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Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

thtrgremlin Re:This has gone too far (420 comments)

Lew Rockwell has a think for flare, I am glad to see this article got some attention even if misunderstood. There is no way you can make an argument against the criminalization of potential crime without addressing the issue of drunk driving. His argument is that while we should be diligent in the persecution of trespassers that persecution of potential trespassers is going too far. In business management there is an idea that you should not focus on punishing people for what they were doing while they should have been doing something else, focus on what they were NOT doing. People should be busted for not driving safely, but are we using the best metric?

It is more of a legal argument than a moral one. If a person is driving dangerously should they not be cited if it is determined that they are not legally intoxicated? Why not instead bust people for driving dangerously and only allow for intoxication to be an enhancement. The law is HIGHLY technical, and Rockwell likes to often attack it in highly technical and extreme ways. His articles tend to be worth controversial discussion and not group think.

Ayn Rand is not the beginning or end of libertarian thought. She was a contributor. She also supported the idea of using war to promote US interests, possible the most anti-libertarian position anyone could take. Just because something has a founding in Libertarian principles does not mean that the conclusions that individual comes to is representative of all Libertarians.

more than 2 years ago
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Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

thtrgremlin Re:This has gone too far (420 comments)

Simpler than that, Intellectual Property is incompatible (and an erosion of) with a capital theory of property rights. Can't visit youtube right now, but the first result if you search for "Stephan Kinsella" gives a great lecture on this subject.

more than 2 years ago
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Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

thtrgremlin Re:This has gone too far (420 comments)

While I am not sure how it works exactly in Europe, "Tax Exempt" in the United States is only an exemption from filing because you are stating up front that you do not intended to produce "profit". There is lots of other paperwork you need to do instead. The only "tax break" is for those making donations to legally recognized "charities".

more than 2 years ago
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Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

thtrgremlin Re:This has gone too far (420 comments)

everyone should be able to say and believe absolutely what the hell they like, and those rights should be protected indiscriminately

And as beliefs go I know ASCAP would completely disagree with you. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Requiring Algebra II In High School Gains Momentum

thtrgremlin Re:Correlation is not causation (490 comments)

In communities where there is already motivation to "be all you can be", this new requirement will mean that marginally successful students will not graduate. In less motivated communities it will be a motivator to drop out sooner. If you want to encourage more students to take Algebra II, try convincing them on the merits, not with threats. This plan works on the same flawed logic of price fixing.

As long as people seem to be foaming at the mouth to impose all kinds of "requirements" on people, why not require that all high schools make available the opportunity to meet the states high school graduation requirements, and let them graduate.

Relating to price fixing, minimum wage will always be unlivable, and "high school graduate" will always be "unskilled".

about 3 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

thtrgremlin Re:Of course... (542 comments)

1) What incentive would the bank have to hold your money for free at zero reserve?
2) Similar to what you were saying about bonds, how would this be different from, or why not let the market, determine the reserve rate?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

thtrgremlin Re:Of course... (542 comments)

Google is doing well.
Irish Government is going bankrupt.
Just on face value, which group is being the most responsible with their money?

Is it just me, or does the idea of taking resources from one group of responsible people and giving it to another that are clearly incompetent counterintuitive? IMO, the best example of the failure of "trickle down economics" is giving money to the government. The logic makes sense though: a majority of people do not gain direct monetary profit from Google. Government likes to throw wealth around like sand on a beach. Google has lots of smart people that will probably survive a swift kick to the face, and when the government starts throwing the money around, there is a pretty decent chance some of it will come my way one way or another, at least relatively to leaving Google with its own money that it earned. So in democracy, we can trade A for B, take back A, then trade it for B and C, take back A again, and trade it for B, C, and D. And apparently, this is how you build an economy. And what do we do if people claim to feel cheated by this system and don't want to play along? We throw them in jail, call THEM a cheat, and get to take all their stuff.

TL;DR Fuck institutionalized theft.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

thtrgremlin Re:Of course... (542 comments)

They are clearly evil for not paying their fair share. I don't think I can support a company anymore that obviously hates police, fireman, and teachers. The government should shut them down. If not for taxes, what has Google really done for us? I mean, I use their search engine and most all of their apps every day, I even bought one of their new phones. I think it is time after all that loyalty that they do something for me! Those greedy bastards...

more than 3 years ago
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Voting Machines Selecting Default Candidates

thtrgremlin Re:I abstain (794 comments)

There are many ways to be here legally and not all of them include citizenship. People come here temporarily for work and school in addition to vacation. Further, how can people not be denied the right to vote but then also need prove that they are not just a tourist?

Personally, I think you just made the best example of "here legally" != "legal citizen", and how it can be get complicated.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Announces Hardware Endorsement Criteria

thtrgremlin Re:Isn't that Communism? (273 comments)

No. Under a capitalistic, free market, private property system it is generally accepted that zero scarcity = zero cost, as far as "taking it to its logical conclusion". Some business models just don't work or depend on fraud / deception. Creating artificial scarcity is a form of fraud and deception.

There were many that thought that the printing press would start a revolution where no author would ever write again if books could just be printed and shared with anybody. There was a revolution... but I don't think it quite went the way the incumbent industry thought it was going to go.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Announces Hardware Endorsement Criteria

thtrgremlin Re:Disguised keyboard emulators (273 comments)

Just word of warning, if I ever hear someone say, "I made an informed decision today! I bought the hardware that says 'Works with Windows' on it. That is what we use, right?"

I am going to *facepalm* at them very very loudly.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Announces Hardware Endorsement Criteria

thtrgremlin Re:Disguised keyboard emulators (273 comments)

Technically, "Works with Windows" just means that a driver was written. I do not believe it makes any claim to its functionality or quality assurance. There is only an implication. It would be just as informative to put on the box "Window users should buy this product. The greatest barrier to driver development is hardware manufacturers that go out of their way to obfuscate how a device works. Whether or not a device has software to make the hardware more functional is an important business decision that depending on the product will determine their long term viability. If there are "restrictions" on fraudulent and deceptive advertising in addition to promising that nothing was added to the product to make it more annoying to use or develop for thoroughly covers any remote value a product might gain from a "Works with Windows" sticker.

This is pretty cool. I hope it actually shows up on more than one product, and purchased by more people than just Richard Stallman. It is something that may or may not catch on to a certain segment of the market, and not just the Linux community. And remember, this is a standard being proposed by the FSF, not a new law being proposed.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Announces Hardware Endorsement Criteria

thtrgremlin Re:Disguised keyboard emulators (273 comments)

That is like saying that there being no difference between individual liberty and liberal government, freedom for people to make their own choices about their own life and be responsible for them, versus freedom for the state to help or protect you in any way that it sees fit for your own good.

Total anarchy is not the only form or "true" freedom. I wouldn't even say that is much freedom in any sense.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook, Microsoft Team Up Against Google

thtrgremlin Re:Plus. (297 comments)

It is also easy to avoid controversy by never doing anything interesting ever, but I will agree that "common sense" is a much more polite term, and probably more socially acceptable. Good call since people that boring typically have nothing better to do than to blog about how upset they got when they were accused of being boring.

Obligatory

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook, Microsoft Team Up Against Google

thtrgremlin Re:Plus. (297 comments)

Too bad I'll never know... not really.

more than 3 years ago
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Study Shows Babies Think Friendly Robots Are Sentient

thtrgremlin Maybe... (159 comments)

this only proves that social construct theory is nature rather than nurture / environmental. People form social groups through the avoidance of annoying and hostile relationships. It does not seem far fetched at all to think that people would trend towards useful, interesting, non-hostile, non-living things. People, including babies seek stimulation for learning. A playful robot would hold my attention, and I might lose interest if I thought there was a good chance he robot was going to cause me harm.

This "study" would have been much more interesting if they had only released the video tape and not shared their opinions.

more than 3 years ago
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Top Reason for Facebook Unfriending Is Too Many Useless Posts

thtrgremlin Re:Isn't this just summarizing twitter? (300 comments)

Thanks for pointing that out for all of us. All posts may be useless, but yours is clearly least useless of them all, second only to this one pointing out how less useless your post is.

more than 3 years ago
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Top Reason for Facebook Unfriending Is Too Many Useless Posts

thtrgremlin Social Construction Theory (300 comments)

Gaining an understanding of the way the network of friends morphs based on wants and needs is interesting. Using that insight to try and maintain a maximum number of friends is questionable at best. I would much rather use such information to let people know that they do not need to feel guilty about unfriending because it is normal, or if the results seem irrational we can know how "normal" people think so that we can be sure to avoid such behavior in the future, even if just for ourselves.

TL;DR Now you know if you are normal on FB. Yay?

more than 3 years ago

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Anyone minding the store at the Federal Reserve?

thtrgremlin thtrgremlin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thtrgremlin writes "Rep. Alan Grayson asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that the IG does not know and is not tracking where this money is."
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jurisprudence and imaginary property law

thtrgremlin thtrgremlin writes  |  more than 5 years ago Just because the RIAA is able to buy its way into congress doesn't mean that the laws it writes are not subject to jurisprudence.

I believe in the rule of law and do not give 'god-like' status to the government in my mind, or in my obedience to it.

Truth is not a democracy.

The content industry has spread lies and fears based on dubious hypotheticals. Now that it turns out that either they were totally talking out their ass, or had an ulterior motive. This should challenge the system to change, as it is an obligation of politicians and people of a republic.

But given that these multi-billion dollar companies likely didn't get where they are by being stupid, looking at the "real" threat of of a healthy commons, and recognizing the roots of the constitution where it says, "Congress shall have the power to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries", and compare it to what is going on in our legal system today...

...there are people that are very angry. And they should be.

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