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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

superwiz ha? (241 comments)

What do you mean "unelected"? Every time someone uses them, they do so by choice. They are elected every single day... unlike some other "elected" institutions.

4 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (448 comments)

Hussein was no more a threat to the US. than the Eskimos.

"How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing. It seems still more impossible that a quarrel which has already been settled in principle should be the subject of war." -- Neville Chamberlain, 1938.

Not having a capacity to wage effective war is not the same thing as not being on a war path. Capacity can be developed, especially if one has unlimited oil revenue (that Hussein would have had once the sanctions were lifted). As every other illiterate, Rachael Maddow, promotes the argument that the war was bad compared to status quo. But history never stands still. There is never a status quo. There is only a choice of possible futures. And anyone suggesting that they know what would have happened in the alternative is either a fool or a liar.

Because she is on TV, many assume that she must be given the benefit of the doubt and she must be assumed to be a liar. Having heard her speak though, I would disagree with all such assumptions. The shallowness of her analysis is so stark that she must be deemed a fool.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

superwiz that's funny (313 comments)

I saw a post last week by someone saying they wouldn't think that Putin was going overboard until Putin decided to invade the moon. Obviously the guy was trolling for Russia... little did he know.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:It is an easy call for so many of us. (448 comments)

No, you can't, because that would involve reading their minds. Unless you mean situations where the person explicitly states their political positions, but in that case, everyone who can read can discern who's who, too. There is no one way that individuals in any group behave.

That's part of the faculty of judgement. If you accept that one cannot make a judgement, then you volunteer insanity.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:It is an easy call for so many of us. (448 comments)

Has it ever occurred to you that just because you hate someone on one "side," that doesn't mean you're part of the Other Side?

Hate? I don't hate anyone. I hate what some people do. But hating strangers? Not my thing. And people who are leftist do often turn around and become decent human beings. I was a leftist myself when I was far less experience, less educated and more reactionary. Now that my faculties are more developed, I can discern rationally who's who. But that doesn't mean that certain postures that people take don't deserve denigration and derision. When the insane have taken the asylum, it's not a very good time to try to analyze them. First, they need to be stripped of power.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

Um, the war is what we are talking about and it and most people now think it was a mistake. Bush owns that legacy. There would have been no Obama and Affordable health care act without it, so you can thank the Iraq war supporters for that. And it was Bush who signed the law. I'm a libertarian and I was against all that from day one.

I was talking about the war. The monetary cost of the war was a side issue brought by someone else and I simply responded to it. Anyone who thinks the war was a mistake doesn't get to brush it off as "everyone thinks it was a mistake". Just Bush gets to own that policy, you get to own your position. You have to have a damn good reason to justify status quo as it before the war. Oh, and the original comment to which I responded called it a war crime to even start that war (not a mistake -- a crime). I would love to see anyone try to defend that position.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (448 comments)

I don't recall a wartime ally of Iraq attacking our naval base in Hawaii.

Not in Hawaii. no. But he was allied with Al Queda. He may have had nothing to do with attack on 9/11, but his allies did. Just like the allies of Germany attacked us. And Saddam Hussein was in a legal state of war with the United States, so the "Germany had declared war" comparison still holds.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (448 comments)

Saddam Hussein had declared war on the United States. He even tried to assassinate a US President. Oh, and if "declared war" is a justification for invasion, does that mean that Hitler was justified in invading France? France did issue a formal declaration of war a year before Hitler's invasion. The truth is that our war on Iraq was just as if not more justified than our war on Germany. He was allied with our enemies, he took steps to harm us and our allies. He wasn't successful as much as we thought he was, but he was on a war path against us. And had he not been removed, no one knows where we would be today.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

That's a lie. Plain a simple. The TARP was passed under Bush. The stimulus was passed in the 2nd month of the Obama administration. It was passed by Criminal Democrats in House and Senate and signed by the Criminal Democratic President. This theft was entirely guilt of the Criminal Democratic Party.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

The more important issue is that over 100K Iraqis died, with 4486 US soldiers dead and 32,223 wounded. And for what? We now have another dictator and Badgad is #1 on the most violent city list.

Different topic. A war gone badly is a mistake -- not a crime. But you simply don't know what the alternative would have been. Saddam was taking shots at US fighter planes all throughout the Clinton administration. You simply don't know that keeping him in power would not have proven more costly (in terms of lives) than what has happened. The was didn't turn a good situation into a bad one. It turned a bad situation into a different bad situation. But before calling it a mistake you'd have to show that the alternative would have been better.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

You seem happy that we borrowed money from China to make Iran stronger, but the 90% who supported the war at the time is smarter now.

Your ability to read my from internet comments is unsurprisingly bad. But I don't blame you for it. Mood is hard to read from text for everyone -- not just you. The war went badly, sure. Rumsfeld should have been fired much sooner. But it wasn't costly considering what it did. And it certainly was not a crime considering what it attempted and what it accomplished.

Bush increased the debt by about 5 trillion in his two terms.

4.3 trillion. And he had to fight a war and deal with post-dot-com crash of the economy. And that 4.3 trillion included the 700+ billion of the bank bail out that both Obama and Hillary voted for (as senators).

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

They didn't have a budget. Obama assumed office in early 2009 and began work on implementing his policies

Are you really taking everyone to be an idiot? Does this idiotic, factually wrong, argument ever work on anyone? Here, idiot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... This was a spending act over and above the budget. It was passed under Obama in his 2nd month in office. It was entirely financed through deficit. It was 831 billion dollars. That alone is twice the largest deficit that Bush had ever ran (400 billion dollars).

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:It is an easy call for so many of us. (448 comments)

who is this "we"? You and the other leftists in your remedial reading class? Leftist dumb ass... oh, but I repeat myself.. don't worry it's for your benefit. You know... so that an idiot like you might have a chance at understanding.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

No, actually the Iraq war was very economical in monetary terms. The entire cost of the war FOR ALL THE YEARS is less than the "stimulus" that Democrats stole under Obama in the 1st year of Obama administration.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

The deficit has been reduced by more than half in 6 years. The national debt has increased greatly, because of the huge deficit which Obama inherited from Bush.

No, it hasn't. Even the smallest of Obama's deficits is larger than the largest Bush deficit. And tax receipts are highest in history, so it's not because of people not paying enough taxes. He is just too incompetent to do anything right (including managing government's finances).

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:Recycling Personalities (448 comments)

The deficit has grown at the fastest pace though. And it's not because of the economy. Tax receipts are the highest in history and the deficits are the highest in history. You can't blame it on economy or on "Bush tax cuts" because tax receipts are the highest in history.

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (448 comments)

Removing Saddam Hussein from power was not a crime. Removing his regime from power was not a crime. As for the claim that it destabilized the region, you simply don't know that. You don't know what would have happen in the alternative. Allowing him to stay in power could have destabilized the region much, much more. You can't disprove that. I am not saying that you have to. But I am saying that you can't claim that the Bush administration produced a bad situation. There was already a bad situation. They produced one of the possible alternatives. You would have prove to me that the alternative of allowing him to stay in power would have been better for the region before you can claim that it was a mistake to remove him (much less a crime).

about two weeks ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

superwiz Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (448 comments)

Just as United States had "no grounds" to remove Hitler from power. Nazi Germany did not attack the United States in Pearl Harbor. Did United States illegally fight the war against Nazi Germany, too? Everyone knew that it was Imperial Japan which attacked Pearl Harbor.

about two weeks ago

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Scientist Claiming Threat to Polar Bears Suspended

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement. Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct."
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A teen simplified Bernoulli formula

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "Fox news reports this (oddly enough I can't find this story on the AMS website, so it might be a hoax):

I am wondering if he found a formula for Bernoulli denominators. But so far I can find little details beyond the "he simplified the formula" statement."
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Does ABC populate discussions with fake comments?

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "I just read this story http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4933727&page=1 on the ABC news web page and naturally I was tempted to comment on it. After registering as a member of the ABC news (first and last name were required for the registration, mind you), I tried to post a comment and was no longer able to load the website. Each browser that I tried was stuck in set-user-name-cookie/reload infinite cycle. I tried multiple browsers. And yet when I loaded the page without loging-in, there were already comments posted. If I wasn't able to log in and post comments, I would assume that neither could anyone else. So is ABC news putting up fake comments to the story as part of their attempt to control the content that they deliver? Is this astro-turf? Or is it a bona fide technical problem?"
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HP makes memory from a once-theoretical circuit

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "
Thirty-seven years ago, Leon Chua, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, mathematically theorized that scientific symmetry demands that there should be a fourth fundamental circuit. Engineers were already familiar with resistors (which resist the flow of electricity), capacitors (which store electricity), and inductors (which resist changes to the flow of electrical current), which can be combined to build more complex devices. The fourth circuit, which Chua called a "memristor" for memory resistor, would register how much current had passed.
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9932054-7.html?tag=nefd.lede"

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Progress And Nihilism

superwiz superwiz writes  |  about 7 years ago

A lot of soul-searching is happening in light of the Virginia Tech shooting. Many people sighed with relief that the shooter was not a video game player. Many others sighed with relief that he wasn't a Muslim. Everyone is shockingly asking "why?" Far be it from me to know what was the last straw that made him snap. I've known angry people in my life. I've known people fascinated with the truly morbid. None of them snapped. The last I heard, they were all living productive lives. So what made Seung-Hui Cho snap?

While this may be an unpopular position during this time of our unsuccessful prosecution of the war in Iraq and the all-too-obvious fact that the war on terror was hijacked to become a war to grab oil, I will still make the claim that this was a terrorist act. And I will attempt to say why terrorism occurs and why it is the scourge of civilization. While the term "civilization" is often used to distinguish those within one's group from those outside of one's group, I will try to be more precise in defining it. I will say that a civilization is a society that is committed to progress. Where progress is a process of making physical life (not spiritual, but physical) more comfortable. That is progress is the process of improving creature comforts for people so as to relief the suffering and discomfort that is caused to them by the mother nature.

Progress has a certain life-cycle. First, it is born. It is born out of innovative thinking of visionaries or out of aimless wondering of the curious. But it always starts with a new way of seeing the world. That is followed by a period of convincing the general population that this particular piece of progress is a good thing (tm). This is not always successful. Often the new and innovative ideas die at this stage. But those ideas that succeed, attract a following of the competent (often confusingly called "technologically elite") that wish to profit from blessing the world with this new way of living. As they go through the iterative stages of making the new progressive idea more usable and acceptable to the world, the "technological elite" earn enough power in the form of the world gratitude (usually expressed in financial compensation) to join the ranks of the actual elite -- the people who wield actual power over the general population.

Those who don't see the hard work, ingenuity and talent that is involved in creating progress don't see why it happens. All they see is the progress' missionaries' rise in power or affluence. They feel that they are not part of this rising tide (even though they do become benefactors of progress) and as a result they loose hope. For what is hope? It is the belief that future will be better than today. And once the rise of others is clear and is accompanied by realization that one cannot participate in that rise, it becomes very easy to believe that endeavors of one's life do not improve one's condition are not fruitful. Many times this is a fallacy because one's "moment of greatness" simply hasn't come, yet. Alas, sometimes it is, in fact, true. There are those who just coast through life not trying to improve it. Their moment of greatness never comes.

So what is the next step after the hopelessness sets in? Well, inevitably it is nihilism. And that is the last stage in the life-cycle of progress. Those who did not participate in progress' fruition loose hope and become nihilistic. Nihilism is a destructive tendency. As a matter of fact, it can be defined as taking joy in destruction (not necessarily caused by one's hands).

Nihilism takes many forms. Communism is one of the most grandiose nihilistic movements because it wishes to reverse the clock on progress and to re-distribute the wealth created by progress so that those responsible for it get no more benefit than those idly standing by. Large scale terrorism is a smaller scale nihilism. It only wishes to wrest the laurels of progress from the peoples that created it in order to give it to those peoples that did not. Mass murder is an even lesser scale and harder to understand form of nihilism because it is always impossible to predict when it so happens that a single individual passes that threshold of having a glimmer of hope and having none.

It is the wish of everyone involved in the work of bringing progress to fruition that they be recognized for the great benefit that they bring to the world. They are the only ones that separate us from savages. Social scientists and clerics would argue that they contribute a great deal, too. But their work has not changed much in 2000 years. Civilization has improved in that time tremendously though. So what can a civilization do in the face of nihilism? Well, its only choices are to surrender to it or to fight it. Now I can feel the reader's eye rolling up at the word "fight". How can I suggest that destruction be met with something so uncreative as more destruction? I am doing nothing of the kind though.

This fight must be for the minds of those without hope. It must be waged by teaching the world how to become active participants in the work of progress. The primary goal of governments must be not only protecting the civilization from the destructive drive of those who surrendered to the nihilism, but also the educating of those who have a glimpse of hope -- educating them how to create. The missionaries of progress must walk hand-in-hand with those in power so as not to isolate themselves from those who can contribute and who wish to contribute to the work of creation. It is very tempting to argue that it is a basic human right to be left alone. But that won't stem the building tide of nihilism outside of one's castle.

In the end stage of life-cycle of progress is a test of civilization. The test of whether a civilization can fight nihilism without itself becoming more destructive than the nihilists. The civilizations that pass this test get to part-take in the next wave of progress. The ones that fail it, get to be fondly remembered as the "good old days".

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