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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

troll -1 He is not doing it out of vanity (171 comments)

This is a good thing if it brings awareness of what these guys have done. They uncoverred at lot of really very inappropriate behaviour by people in power. They have given us all a pretty good example of how power can corrpupt. They have reminded us of the importance of managing our own government more responsibly. If it wasn't for wikileaks we would all still be ignorant.

about a week ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

troll -1 Re:Open up the spectrum to everyone (66 comments)

Hey thanks for the info. I can find nothing on any models for EM infomation density except at the quantum level. Do you have a refference?

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

troll -1 Re:Spectrum auctions are anti-capitalism (66 comments)

The spectrum is not a finite medium though. AFAIK there is nothing in physics that for a practical purpose puts a limit on information density in space. Interference is a problem because we choose to use an antiquated non-meshed infrastructue. The only reason our phones can't talk to each other directly is because of a bad network design that blocks it. There's no reason we couldn't use these long range phone frequencies so that every device could form an ipv6 semi non centrailzed meshed network that costs next to nothing to run. Why are we still doing it the old fashioned way? Let's open up the spectrum. It's not finite like the FCC says it is.

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

troll -1 Open up the spectrum to everyone (66 comments)

Why can we not open the spectrum up to competition? Why does only one carrier get to dominate a set of frequencies? AFAIK there is nothing in physics that for a practical purpose puts a limit on information density in space. Interference is a problem because they choose to use an antiquated non-meshed infrastructue. The only reason our phones can't talk to each other directly is because of a bad network design. There's no reason we couldn't use these long range phone frequencies so that every device could form an ipv6 semi non centrailzed meshed network that costs next to nothing to run. Why are we still doing it the old fashioned way? Let's open up the spectrum. It's not finite like the FCC says it is.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

troll -1 Hobbesian Dsytopia (545 comments)

Wise people in power and authority always think they know what is best for everyone and how to plan everything out so the world is a better place. They like to tweak things here and there so they can fix stuff that is wrong. There is scant evidence this approach to controlling the economy by making it illegal for people to negotiate their own labor contracts actually works.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

troll -1 Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (93 comments)

I think you'll find these kind of incidents also happen with regular cab drivers. Newspaper articles are often not a good source of data for these kind of stats.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

troll -1 Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (93 comments)

Isn't this simple? You have two people. A driver. A passenger. The driver wants to drive the passenger from A to B and the passenenger wants to pay the driver. What moral right does anyone have to prevent them from entering into their own contract? The state claims safety yet the state doesn't seem to care if I climb mountains which is statistically far riskier. We live in a bizzar kafkaesque disytopia when people are regulating just for the sake of having regulation jobs. Even if Uber is not safe isn't it up to the consumer to decide how much risk to take?

about two weeks ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

troll -1 Another consumer rip off (85 comments)

This is a free zero cost medium. The spectrum should be opnened up to everyone with power being the only limitation. We are told over and over the spectrum needs to be regulated because of interference yet for all intents and purposes there is nothing in physics that limits information density until you get to the quantum level. Wireless carriers have zero incentive to combat interference when they have a monopoly on the spectrum. They just charge more. It's also obvious to many engineers that mesh networks are more efficient. But mesh networks decentralize authority and therefore affect revenue so meshing is not likely to be popular with incumbent carriers. All those billions will ultimately be paid for be the consumer while the incumbents have zero incentive to innovate. We should take the spectrum away from business people and give it to engineers who can actually do something with it.

about a month ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

troll -1 Just the beginning (219 comments)

These free trade sites will keep popping up as fast as they are shutdown. The government's position that unrestricted trade is dangerous is untenable.

about a month and a half ago
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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

troll -1 Free speech but not trade (219 comments)

Interesting how we think we are free because we can say what we want. Yet we are not free. We cannot trade with anyone, anywhere, anytime. I mean you cannot freely buy any product directly from the manufacturer anywhere in the world. Why not? Is it a public safety issue? Is it protecting jobs? Or is it an easy revenue stream for those in power?

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

troll -1 Why? (937 comments)

Why is it so important for people to believe in god?

about 3 months ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

troll -1 Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

Who cares if Uber _is_ a cab company? What moral authority does the state have to stop consenting adults from forming their own contracts and doing business with each other?

about 3 months ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

troll -1 Re:Arrrgh.. (288 comments)

Don't hurt anyone, don't lie or steal from anyone and don't crap where we all live. ...

Most laws are within the confines you set. So what's your point?

But the law that gives the state the authority to restrict carpooling doesn't appear to be within those confines. Consenting adults should have the right to interact and do business with each other as they want without having to get permission first. .

about 3 months ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

troll -1 Carpooling should be as free as speech (288 comments)

Governments today restrict trade just like the church used to restrict speech. We think we are free because we can say what we want but we are not free. We cannot trade with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Freedom to trade is as much a threat to the authority of the modern Hobbesian state as speech was to the church when Galileo was alive. That's why you need permission to operate a carpool. In the future, when the world is more enlightened, freedom to trade will be as much a basic right as speech is today. No higher authority should be able to make it illegal for consenting adults to interact with one another.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

troll -1 Re:Whenever I read stuff like this (223 comments)

The law is meaningless when there is no one left to enforce it.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

troll -1 Classic conflict of interest (223 comments)

The judges in these kind of cases are appointed by the executive, the same branch of government they are supposed to keep in check. This is a problem because the executive has a tendency to appoint only judges with views similar to itself. So it's not surprising these judges often rule in favor of the executive.

about 3 months ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

troll -1 Re:news for nerds? (215 comments)

The US supports democracies that value liberty and freedom as best we can.

I respectfully disagree. The US naturally supports its own interests wherever it can. United States support of authoritarian regimes. No matter how bad Sharia law might be the Islamic State guys are tired of foreign interference. They've had enough of everything that's happened after Sykes-Picot and they want the right to self determination. It's no wonder they have so much internal support.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

troll -1 Free speech but not trade (312 comments)

I find it interesting how everyone emphasizes freedom of speech yet freedom to trade is heavily restricted but is not considered a basic human right. People should be free to trade with whoever they want, when they want, without the need to get permission from some higher authority. Why are we still living under the ecclesiastical guardianship of a hobbesian leviathanical kafkaesque dystopia? Whatever happened to the Enlightenment?

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

troll -1 White House Petition? (643 comments)

The president doesn't have the power to require local law enforcement to wear cameras. Read your constitution ye petition signers. Article II.

about 4 months ago

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troll -1 troll -1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

troll -1 (956834) writes "Mice are dichromats, they have only S and M cone pigments. They don't see color too well. But now researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of California at Santa Barbara have successfully transformed their vision by introducing a single human gene into a mouse chromosome. Jeremy Nathans, one of the authors of the study, describes it as 'the same evolutionary event that happened in one of the distant ancestors of all primates and that led ultimately to the trichromatic color vision'."
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troll -1 troll -1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

troll -1 (956834) writes "Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Stanford, has an op-ed in the NY Times entitled Make Way for Copyright Chaos which references the Viacom vs YouTube case. What's interesting about this article is that it gives some historical perspective on copyright law and the courts. Up until Grokster, Lessig says the attitude of the courts was, "if you don't like how new technologies affect copyright, take your problem to Congress." But in the Grokster case the court seemed to rule against the technology itself, cutting Congress out of the picture. He also explains that Viacom is essentially asking the Court to rule against the safe harbor provision of Title II of the DMCA which apparently protects YouTube and others against liability so long as they make reasonable steps to take down infringing content at the request of the copyright holder. Lessig doesn't give us any insight into who's going to win but he does conclude that "conservatives on the Supreme Court have long warned" about the dynamic of going against Congress when it comes to copyright."
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troll -1 troll -1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

troll -1 (956834) writes "According to The Register the Brazilian judge who ordered youtube blocked because of a so-called sex video has reversed himself. Earlier slashdot story is here. From the article, "Sao Paulo state Supreme Court Justice Enio Santarelli Zuliani clearly thinks things have got a bit out of hand, and has accordingly 'asked the companies to unblock the site and let him know why they can't simply prevent the video from being seen'". Apparently the judge doesn't understand how youtube works. See the video here"

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