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FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

spirality Re:why do you find it necessary (205 comments)

Democracy needs to be tempered with a due respect for the rule of law. That's all. For instance the 17th Amendment was a bad idea.

more than 4 years ago
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FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

spirality Re:absolutely (205 comments)

Getting people to agree with you is not a measure of right.

This country was great because it was NOT a democracy, but rather a Constitutional republic, which recognized certain spheres of power.

A democratic element was a necessary part of this structure, but it was just one of many.

The national government had its place. The state governments theirs. The individual theirs.

Corporations (read economic power), especially post industrial revolution, is difficult to grapple with, indeed.

However, what needs to be appreciated is that oftentimes economic power colludes with political power. Corporations are powerful often because of big government.

You imply that a corporation does allow you to say "that's not fair". However, you can choose not to do business with a corporation. That is your check. You can also try to convince others to not do business with that corporation. Without customers corporations do not exist, well unless they have convinced the government to prop them up, and that is a HUGE problem.

On the other hand, you can not choose to ignore the government, or if you do, you do so at your own peril. The government has a monopoly on the use of force and if you do not comply you will ultimately find yourself deprived of property, liberty, and life. Depending upon how far you are willing to take your non-compliance. There is no peaceful "opting-out".

The merger of these two powers is especially scary. What has happened in the last three or four years in the U.S. is very troubling. Bailouts, healthcare "reform", financial "reform" - these represent the merger of economic power with political power. Of course, it's not like this just started in the last three or four years, but there has been an acceleration.

more than 4 years ago
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FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

spirality Re:a lesson for libertarians (205 comments)

Of course, the next story in the news feed is a bit about how the FBI will be tracking you online. Heh... so much for government protecting me. So much for that Fourth Amendment.

Point is: big government, big labor, and big business collude to destroy your rights.

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ScienceBlogs.com Deals With Community Backlash Over PepsiCo Column

spirality Re:Translation (299 comments)

Who said I was not skeptical of the corporate scientists? Clearly they can not be always be trusted.

I was just pointing out how corporate scientists always get a bad rap and how government scientists tend to get a free pass.

But in fact government scientists have an interest in promoting ideas that free up more funds for their research. Also, as government employees/contractors, they have an interest in pleasing the source of their monies.

Basically it comes down to this. When a government scientist reaches conclusions that call for more government you should view such conclusions with some skepticism because of the inherent conflict of interest that exists.

Just like when Phillip Morris's research department says smoking is actually good for you.

Just like when businesses promote legislation that benefits them.

You must always ask "cui bono"?

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ScienceBlogs.com Deals With Community Backlash Over PepsiCo Column

spirality Re:Translation (299 comments)

They (the FDA) represent themselves as being scientific.

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ScienceBlogs.com Deals With Community Backlash Over PepsiCo Column

spirality Re:Translation (299 comments)

Why aren't government scientists treated with as much skepticism as corporate scientists?

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South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

spirality Re:You don't say (1224 comments)

That was a long time ago. We are no longer that people.

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What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

spirality Re:DP, Algorithms, OOP A&D, Threading, etc (396 comments)

Yeah, these are the things that simply "programming" won't teach you. Not that you couldn't learn these things yourself.

As a practicing software engineer, I think my limited knowledge of computer architecture has proven quite valuable over the years.

Also agreed on theory. Having the ability to identify NP Complete problems is useful.

I would add the following to your list:

Basic Operating System Design, although you do encompass that in some of your other categories - threading, architecture

Functional Programming: Scheme, LISP, ML, etc... Most people who are "just programmers" don't learn such languages and thus don't typically think functionally, which can be useful when solving some problems. Sadly many computer science programs don't even teach this.

Math Generally: calculus, linear algebra, statistics, combinatorics, logic

more than 4 years ago
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IBM, Other Multinationals "Detaching" From the US

spirality Re:Corporations are Greedy (812 comments)

Make shareholders liable for the actions of the companies in which the hold stock.

more than 5 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

spirality Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (874 comments)

So what you're saying is that hope and change have quickly become hype and chicanery.

more than 5 years ago
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US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

spirality Re:All Health Care is Socialized. (925 comments)

Yeah, sure. The government is already picking up the tab for well over 40% of all health care costs.

Inevitably we will end up with a more fascist system that we have now if/when this bill is pushed through.

It's just one more step on the way to total insolvency and hyperinflation IMHO.

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US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

spirality Re:The irony, of course... (925 comments)

The best commentary I have read on this issue is this: âoeEvery choice (whether to have private or socialized medicine) leads to other choices. So if what the media tells us is true, that âmost people favor socialized medicine,â(TM) then what theyâ(TM)re really saying is most people would rather be dead than bankrupt."

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US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

spirality Re:Great quote... (925 comments)

And none of the rat bastards will have read it before voting on it.

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Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

spirality Re:marijuana legalization issue was Painful to Wat (709 comments)

The CIA is questionable. The Pentagon's budget is too big. Fine add that to my argument.

I don't have the time to argue with you about the rest of what your saying. You need to think about root causes.

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Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

spirality Re:marijuana legalization issue was Painful to Wat (709 comments)

If this is what you really believe then I would urge you to support a limited federal government in all matters.

The issue is this: If you give them the power to regulate X, they invariably regulate Y and Z. On the other hand if you do not want Z to be regulated then you may have to settle for X and Y going unregulated as well. It's not to say your state government could not be more proactive. Invariably power over one object extends to power over other objects until power over all things is obtained. Just consider the velocity US policy in the 20th century.

So, if you do not want your morals controlled you may have to give up federal control of say education and healthcare. Let the states handle it. There is something to be said about 50 competing solutions. Eventually someone will get it right. On the other hand if we have a single solution and get it wrong... It really makes for a mess. I believe any inefficiencies are made up for by the robustness of a decentralized solution.

I would urge you to read the Constitution and see if those words justify: 1) Any of the bailout nonsense, including the take over of GM. 3) Marijuana prohibition. 4) A central bank. 5) Universal healthcare or indeed medicare or medicaid.

For what it's worth I agree whole heartedly with you about MJ. It can be harmful. Hell, you may eventually get lung cancer from smoking it someday, but (at least in my eyes) you own yourself and you are as free to make your own decisions as you are free to deal with their consequences.

Anyway, please think how control begets more control.

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Using Net Proxies Will Lead To Harsher Sentences

spirality Re:Away! Into our submarine! (366 comments)

These rules are not being written by the legislative branch of government. What exactly is the US Sentencing Commission anyway? What are non-congressional bodies doing making laws? Congress is not empowered to delegate its power to write laws.

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Tesla CEO Says Gov't Loan Is 99% Sure and Deserved

spirality Re:In other news... (652 comments)

The government shouldn't pick winners and losers regardless of what the perception of the technology is. No government loans for Tesla. No government loans for GM. The Public Private Partnerships smack of fascism.

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Time Warner To Offer Unlimited Bandwidth For $150

spirality Re:Wheres the friking backlash? (479 comments)

So don't do business with them.

You pay for electricity, what's so weird about paying for the bits you download?

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Mentioned In Virginia Terrorism Report

spirality Re:A.C. (779 comments)

Similar thing happened in Missouri recently. See : http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/ron-paul-supporters-terrorists

The government is out of control... They should not be calling out places/groups/persons that express dissent. But this is what is happening. Hell it's been happening for decades, but that doesn't justify it... COINTELPRO?

more than 5 years ago

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Against a National Broadband Policy

spirality spirality writes  |  about 7 years ago

spirality writes "The hype surrounding broadband socialism has grown over the past year. New political alliances have begun to promote regulations that will allow the federal government to use its seemingly idle hands to touch private pies. Not only do presidential candidates such as Barack Obama seek to subsidize technological rollouts at the expense of coerced taxpayers, but, along with Representative Ed Markey, they want to regulate what network property owners do with their own infrastructure. All of this is done under the guise of the new populistic policy called network neutrality."
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