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Comment Re:Why is income equality necessarily good? (Score 1) 470

I don't define achievement as the exertion of power over others.

The Patriots won. It was an achievement. I may not like it; but I'm not oppressed because of that.

Perhaps that's a bad example because they had to exert power over a tiny percentage of the population in order to win. How about a math test? It's not explicitly a competition--getting 100% is an achievement, even if the other students don't know you got it. Many others will not get a perfect score. You did better than them--and it's funny that I have to point this out: there's nothing wrong with that.

Comment Re:Why is income equality necessarily good? (Score 2) 470

Absolute equality is probably just as bad as extreme concentration. I don't think anybody is seriously proposing that we target perfect equality, except Marxist ideologues.

The problem with absolute equality is the enforcement mechanism and the way it tends to crush the spirit of anybody who desires to achieve.

The problem with wealth concentration in the upper tiers is that it leads to *power* concentration in the upper tiers--government by the wealthy, ie, oligarchy.

I think it's often the case that the optimal position is somewhere in the middle. When wealth is concentrated in the upper tiers, a move towards absolute equality seems appealing, but only in the way that moving towards a fire seems appealing when it's freezing.

Comment Apollo 8 patch (Score 1) 303

I love the Apollo 8 patch. That's a logo designer's dream. It practically designed itself. I almost wonder if they made sure it wasn't 7 or 9 just so they could do that.

Anyway, that mission made sense as a stepping stone to landing on the Moon. Doing it again *sort of* makes sense just to dip our toes back into something other than LEO operations... but if Mars is the next target maybe other missions are more logical steps...

Comment Re:Meanwhile, you can buy a Chevy Bolt today... (Score 1) 112

It doesn't look like it has anything like Super Charger capability. That, IMHO, is what makes the Tesla technology a real breakout--the ability to charge while you have lunch on a road trip. Less likely to affect most people's decision is the fact that you're giving money to the company that took back the EV-1s and crushed them. All else equal, people who know about things like that may feel better giving money to Tesla.

Comment Where's my dollar-sized receipt? (Score 1) 159

I don't want to see any "innovative" paper products until my grocery receipt is dollar-sized and printed on paper with out Bisphenol or some other such toxic nonsense on it. How many times have you bought just a couple things, and they hand you your receipt with the cash and the receipt is 3 times longer than a dollar and a lot wider too? What's up with that?

Comment Re:Doing it wrong? (Score 1) 600

It depends on the language. In Lisp dialects, it's practically required and IIRC compliant Scheme requires tail-call optimization so that it doesn't cause performance issues. My experience in C is that people prefer iteration. One time I did it in assembly and the professor marked me down, but I think it had to do more with combining self-modifying code *and* recursion. Dang, it was compact code though. You might even say it was elegant; but I get the lesson he was teaching and I would never do that now.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 244

While basic essentials like food, water, etc. don't need to be advertised, other things do. How did I find out about the C-64? A commercial. Was it a need? At the time we didn't think so; but looking back, it was. I don't know where I'd be if we didn't have one. Dead? No; but with much fewer interesting things in life. Now in the modern era, kids are playing with things like Rasberry Pi boards and stuff. How do they find out about it? Sites like this? And when some start-up pitches a product like that on this site, what do people say? "Slashvertisement". A product placement or startup interview isn't an "ad" in the traditional sense; but it serves the same purpose.

As much as we might hate to admit it, some level of advertisement is necessary.

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