We have not paid for newspaper news for something like 100 years. Ads pay the reporters salaries. The money you pay for a paper is miniscule, and maybe covers its printing and delivery. These newspapers are rewriting history, trying to convince us that we used to pay for papers, and should continue to do so. This is simply not true.
Newspapers have always been about bringing eyeballs to advertisers.
Maybe another myth can die. That exercise is useful for weight loss. Exercise is weakly (and sometimes inversely) correlated with weight loss, yet this is the first suggestion out of peoples mouths. Exercise is great for general health, though.
I know it is fashionable to dump on companies, but lets be clear about who the bad guy is in this situation: the US government. The government needs to be shrunk and its powers neutered. Sure, it would be nice if phone companies stuck up for people, but they are at the mercy of the government. They have a government granted monopoly. Of course they aren't going to rock the boat.
I think people have to break their "occupy" mindset to realize the government is the enemy in this, not corporations, who are victims like us.
You do understand that the NSA is a government organization, right? What do you mean, "tech companies got caught"? Got caught obeying the insane US laws? They are probably relieved that this came to light so they aren't (by penalty of law) forced to lie to everyone.
"extremely powerful, extremely wealthy people at the very top"
What the hell are you talking about? You think that business has anything to do with this? Sorry, but this story doesn't fit into your 1% nonsense. This is government corruption, pure and simple. And the solution is reducing the size of government.
This should explain exactly why people are libertarians. "Public and open oversight" is a great idea in theory, but these guys just hide in plain sight. Most people don't have the time or inclination to research these issues.
No, the solution is to not give governments the power in the first place. Mad that the government spent a trillion dollars bailing out the banks? The solution is not oversight, the solution is to not give the government so much money and power in the first place.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: McDonalds coffee... division by four... and stupid deputies
I'm an engineer, and saying 1/4 of 100 C is 25 C is just plain ridiculous. You have to move to an absolute scale.
Think about it, in your world, you'll get different answers depending on whether you start with Fahrenheit or Celsius, which is crazy. You have to convert to Rankine or Kelvin and then do the calculation.
Using the Kelvin scale (or Rankine for USA) is the only thing that makes sense when talking about changes in temperature. Otherwise, your results will be different depending on your units, which is crazy.
You blame the people who called the police? You can't be serious. If I hear what I think is a gunshot or an assault and call the police, am I responsible if the police over react when they investigate?
These codes are just suggestions. Journalist aren't professionals, who have a body that regulates their behaviour (like doctors, lawyers, etc). Engineers actually have to take an ethics exam to get their professional status, and can have it revoked if they are unethical. I don't think any other profession has this.
You have no idea what it is like to deal with people who harass you and argue and fight and lie and scam every second. Go for a ride-along to a domestic, or break up a bar fight that has spilled on the street. They have a ridiculously hard job that tests their patience dozens of times a day. Most deal with it in a responsible manner. That this video shows an example of police brutality is a joke.
No! It is governments that need to be banned off the internet, not businesses. Hollywood wouldn't have any power if it weren't for government granted monopolies for hundreds of years. This has to stop.