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The financial industry doesn't need 'regulation'
It needs to stopped being subsidized. One reason the bubble was so bad was because all Wall Street knew they'd get bailed out when things went south(ex, LTCM), so it was actually a low-risk industry to insiders. Knock off the corporatism, relax regulations to let smaller businesses compete(did you think Big Business pushed for those out of the goodness of its heart?) and cut unemployment benefits(get people interested in working, rather than mooching for eternity) and the economy will recover. Education also needs to be depoliticized, though what exactly that'll take is an exercise I leave to the reader.
It's not that bad, people
The article's about exempting certain kinds of traffic from datacaps, not about crippling anything. This is just a nice bonus for the people who don't shell out for unlimited plans. The asbestos one, please.
Microsoft only owns a minority share and that's probably due to GE(owners of NBC) not feeling like spending the money to completely buy them out of the deal.
The real problem
Is the fact that, in any given area, there are about three options for broadband. Unrigging the game so it doesn't favor the big incumbents would do more than regulations ever would(fat chance of that happening).
No, no no
"*THY* TRAFFIC SHALL NOT PASS"
Color is nice
But they were talking about using this stuff in newspapers back when they first announced it, so where the fsck are the ebook readers that look like actual books? The ability to flip amongst several pages is still a pretty big advantage for dead wood.
State and local are irrelevant
The military's budget probably outstrips the amount of federal subsidies for non-federally mandated programs, so really bringing them in is a nonsequitor. The program itself is minuscule compared to the cost of Medicare and Social Security, which are where the feds would have to look to do much in terms of trimming the budget.
When you subsidize something, inevitably it'll be used more than otherwise. By cutting the subsidy, you encourage the development of fuel-efficient equipment and investment into alternate energy sources with the most powerful persuasion known to man - geld.
And there's the rub
With it becoming easier and easier to duplicate things, copyright and patent laws are running headlong into the fact that they're nothing more than state-granted monopolies and not any actual form of property, with no basis in anything but politics. You can't stop human ingenuity forever.
Come in two types
De facto, AKA what everybody does and de jure, AKA what people on high horses think everybody should do. When the high-horsed people concoct ridiculous sounding standards, they shouldn't be surprised when everybody continues to use the old standard, especially when the only point of confusion is deliberately manufactured to sell storage.
It's called cache
And Firefox manages it badly; simply put, when Firefox's pool of allocated memory buckets fills up, it decides which bucket to keep based on which one's bigger; not a problem if you don't need many giant buffers at once, but it can easily build up.
In layman's terms, Firefox does free memory, but in such as way that the amount used always goes up.
Linux does nothing special to keep an application from being compromised; it merely makes it unlikely for a compromised program to elevate itself to root privileges. This isn't as restrictive as it seems - it's entirely possible for an unprivileged program to do everything described in the article, provided it avoids most ports below 1024 or so(though I'm pretty sure that restriction's limited purely to receiving and that it could send to a low port without hassle).
The whole point of fascism/corporatism is that the state serves the interest of well-connected companies(as opposed to socialism, where its members act in their own interest; there's really no winning unless you're in), so even if a company new its secrets were being given to its competitor by the government, there's little they could do about it except start delivering messages in person.
Do you really think a company could survive if it ticked off all its customers? Business have folded because of minor indiscretions by their owners that had nothing to do with what was being sold! Besides, heavily regulated markets are harder to enter than less regulated ones.
Clearly your knowledge of history is weak: our forebears in ancient times thought everything not obtained at the point of a stick was worthless; this has survived as a taboo against showing people getting it on voluntarily.
Can happen in any language; the issue here is that C was designed when simple bounds checking was horribly expensive and as a result pushed a lot onto the programmer whose time was cheap compared to the runtime cost. C's original design as a system language helped in this error, since that role requires the ability to remove type barriers. Of course, C++'s requirement to cast to and from a void*(which I never could understand) is what made the error undetectable: a C compiler would've happily converted, but sparked an incompatible pointer warning.
For the love of God, the human body can tolerate small amounts of U-238 without problem(and the radiological effects are minimal) - perhaps you're thinking of plutonium, which is extremely combustible and for which the body lacks any tolerance. Depleted uranium has been used in everything from silverware to planes - it's safe, ya nitwit.
NT originated as a collaboration between IBM and Microsoft called OS/2; true to form, Microsoft reneged on the agreement.
EVERYBODY CALM DOWN!
First, let's admit that our chemical dumps have probably had SOME effect on animal populations. Second, let's remember that part of being human is resisting biological impulses. Third, wasn't the gay bomb designed to start an impromptu orgy?
Did anybody else see
The fact that this service meets federal security guidelines? From where I'm sitting, Big Blue created it for Uncle Sam and's letting commercial clients use it to help pay the extra cost of the phonejockies - and the Toby Keith albums.
About that Jool-Aid
It was really Flavor Aid.
The worst part about this
Is that Travis county tends to be very lenient with its sentencing - even considering the punishment for refusing to sign, that tasering will probably make up the majority of her punishment. Oddly enough(or not), neighboring Williamson tends to throw the book at just about everybody and throw it HARD.
First, LAME stands for "Lame Ain't an MP3 Encoder", though it's evolved into one and Wine dropped the acronym long ago. Second, Debian's the only distro I've used that's worth the trouble(as far as repo size goes, Debian's king - 26K+ packages is nothing to sneeze at!).
Is probably going to end up like jamming at worst, gas at best: completely useless or only useful when you don't need it.
The Big Bust is coming
If ten percent fractional reserves isn't enough to keep banks liquid, two percent will just sink the entire economy - the inevitable bust might even be our fall of Rome.
As for waiting two thousand years for digital computers(mechanical ones were well known to the Greeks), that was because Heron of Alexandria never thought to put his steam ball and knowledge of pistons together.
His only mistake
Was forgetting to delete the edit log.
We're bitching and moaning
Because there's no money to invest. The only way to fund this is through increasing the already monumental deficit he has planned - and investors are not getting as excited about T-bills, making the Fed run the printing presses. I can't wait for Obama's youthful, energetic portrait on the new hundred trillion dollar bill.
To those arguing for this crap
It's unneeded and very rarely helpful. Maybe after holographic displays come along, but certainly not before then. The few good uses of it can use Java applets and not flood the web with pointless crap.
Most of the people who fall for these scams have the ability to figure it out. However, they're so damned greedy that they'll respond to Nigerian scams(especially those who fall for it time after time) - those who don't know better usually don't receive mail direct. So yes, most people deserve our scorn.
How dare he!
How else will we complete Plan 2100? For those not in the know, Plan 2100 has the following goals: one world, one nation, one tongue and no damn 'u' in the word 'honor'!
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