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  • Oct 13th, 2017 @ 4:10am

    Re: illegal immigrants are illegal...

    Yes illegal immigrants are illegal (for a reason).

    But that's not what truly matters. Why? Because if the country benefits from it, then the only problem is with the illegality, not the immigration.

    This entire matter is PURELY one of economics, than then can also involve additional issues and context, (as it always has been) - and anyone who tries to deal with it purely as anything else, e.g. as a matter of xenophobia, racism etc. will cause more problems than they solve - hence the issues here.

    When dealing with illegal immigrants, there are only a few things that matter:

    Is the country benefiting from their presence? If so, how, and maybe WHO is doing so?

    What other problems have they brought with them and are causing?

    Does the cost of removing them from the country outweigh the benefits of them being here? THIS is the biggest issue. The problems factor on both sides, though - many individuals benefit from both sides - some from keeping them, some from removing them, irrespective of the overall country's benefit. Obviously it doesn't help matters if there is NO punishment (compared to legal immigrants) - the problem is figuring out the best way of doing that while still getting the most economic benefit from their presence, (so long as they're not guilty of anything more egregious, so economics becomes secondary).

    So, on the one hand we have illegal immigrants being exploited for labour (esp. farm/domestic workers), yet on the other we have people who benefit from removing them, and the war between these two factions is what is causing all the problems.

    And so the most beneficial solution for the COUNTRY, while still respecting human rights etc., is the hardest to find - a way of punishing illegal immigration whilst gaining the most benefit from their presence as a nation. If illegal immigrants had no economic role to play, most of them wouldn't have immigrated in the first place - for most, a better life = a job to support a home/family etc..

  • Aug 24th, 2017 @ 2:20pm

    Re: Truth is a hostile entity.

    Civilization just gets in the way, you know...

  • Aug 9th, 2017 @ 7:28pm


    The problem with the right-wing Republicans and GOP at this time, is that what they really want, is as anti-free speech as you can get: freedom from consequence, with Trump as the prime example of where that can lead. Since they want no consequence for speech, it can never be truly free which is what they're now reacting to in the name of 'free speech'.

  • Jun 28th, 2017 @ 12:35pm


    I just scrolled past this really quickly and thought it said 'mystery course'. Now I'm disappointed :(

  • Feb 7th, 2017 @ 11:25am

    Re: I imagine the trend will continue

    Paul Hansmier is looking for a job, right? :p

  • Jan 5th, 2017 @ 5:12pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Considering how 'in bed' Fox News is with the Republican Party, fighting fire with fire is probably the only alternative? :p

  • Dec 31st, 2016 @ 8:28pm


    No, the underlying problems are far more fundamental than that.

    The pendulum that you see swinging, has in fact been swinging this way for decades in the US, and has only been held at bay for some of the rest of the world for such a time, too. This particular pendulum has existed for millennia - for as long as civilization itself, for it is the basic conflict that enables its existence.

    This pendulum is one of economics - that only a rich minority can ever pay for civilization to exist, and have always resisted and hated doing so, even as they benefit greatly from its existence. (The original minority were the land and farm owners that produced the food everyone else needed to survive.)

    This rich minority are now winning, globally, against the majority in a way that has rarely been seen before - they are forcing people to pay for civilization that can simply never afford to. That they use many things, such as racism, xenophobia, religion etc. as tools to generate conflict (whether directly or indirectly) to distract people from the theft that is happening, only causes greater problems for everyone.

    That's not to say that there is a great plan or conspiracy at work, only that it's extremely easy for such a minority to behave in a similar manner to support similar goals, with similar outcomes - its what they've always done. But this is why the most important role of government - the primary reason it exists, is to regulate the economic produce and wealth of such a minority for the benefit of everyone, which is the last thing such people want everyone to understand.

    The western world as a whole, tbh, is overdue a revolution or two, and the reason why the US is in such a bad situation, is that it's own civil war was not fought for such an outcome, and the previous war of independence only exchanged one (distant) minority for another (local).

  • Dec 8th, 2016 @ 10:54am


    When the bigger the lie, the bigger the win - including the US Presidency - it doesn't make any sense to 'go small' :p

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 8:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Considering how may article titles on Tech Dirt say "Trump"

    Unfortunately for Obama, (because I remember it all from that time), his 'true' super-majority was VERY short-lived, and you obviously don't understand how conservative some members of the democratic party are... Although Republican=conservative, democratic != liberal, (yet).

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 8:12am

    Re: Don't forget Hillary

    Storage is a misdemeanor - unauthorised distribution (to unauthorised personnel) is what really matters for a felony.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 8:09am


    And Soviet Russia before then, regardless of what they had to say about 'communists'.

  • Jul 13th, 2016 @ 4:40pm


    (Remember not to hit return after typing in the subject :p )

    Pro piracy and obscenity?

    I guess she doesn't give a 612.46 :p

  • May 31st, 2016 @ 11:56am


    I guess I should copyright:

    Noun, auxiliary verb, verb, conjunction, verb, pronoun...?

  • May 21st, 2016 @ 10:45pm

    Re: Re:

    The problem with API's being copywritable, is that no-one has used the correct 'analogy' to describe what they are and why they matter: how we describe the functionality of language itself.

    Imagine if noun/verb/adjective/adverb/subject/object/thing(s)/property of things etc. were copywritable in describing a language? This is what an API is, and for... That they become more complicated with computer code is not the issue...

  • May 20th, 2016 @ 11:49pm

    Re: Three display screens?

    Oops - pressed enter after typing in the subject and it submitted it :p

    The patent can be found here:

    So, given what it says, does Google's software use three displays to show the hierarchy of music tracks based on categorisation? If not, it's not applicable...

  • May 20th, 2016 @ 11:47pm

    Three display screens?

  • Jan 15th, 2016 @ 11:31am

    Re: Percentages and numbers

    But there's more than one type of quality music can have, and that matters here - in fact, it's the second kind that's really been the record label's problem:

    Production quality.

    When the labels owned all the ingredients necessary to produce a good quality recording, they could then decide which bands/albums/songs got the time/effort/value of production added to them, which then made them sound better and boosted their appeal. Again, this was a barrier to entry they controlled.

    With the rise of digital audio, and the lowered cost of recording equipment, however, this has changed dramatically. Now, even amateur recorded music can sound good (if they know what they're doing), regardless of how good their music is.

    And what we've found, is that production quality is one of the main things people react to when listening to music - if not the most immediate thing. Now the labels don't control that either, they know they have even greater problems.

  • Aug 19th, 2015 @ 10:10am

    'Free market'?

    Given how often people over there like to use those words, I'm surprised that anyone even truly knows what they mean anymore - are they truly used for anything more than just propaganda?

    (There's never really any such thing as a free market with minority control over the economic multipliers, let alone monopoly control over such pieces of information.)

    (It started with farming, and civilization exists because its produce was regulated for the benefit of the majority, freeing them up to be more productive in new and different ways.

    That's why the main purpose of central government is economic regulation - the regulation of such produce. (Defence? How can you have an army without feeding, training and equipping them?)

    But an understanding of this has been lost, and so the minority now, for all intents and purposes, rule over the majority. This is how civilization will ultimately end - when everyone starves, because the minority no longer cares to feed the majority. It's also why starvation/famine are the main symptoms of failed states and civil wars.)

  • Jul 14th, 2015 @ 5:02pm

    Capitalism at work...

    State-sponsored capitalism, too...

    The problem with capitalism, is that at its worst, it is not simply uncivilized - it's anti-civilization in general.

    But to understand that, requires an understanding of economics very few people seem to have, (I wonder why? ;) ), aswell as an understanding of human history, that is untainted by the propaganda of the rich and powerful who want things to work a certain way, for their own benefit.

    What we're dealing with here, are UNEQUAL economic relationships. The problem with capitalism, is that not only is it based upon such relationships, it's about worshipping them and making them greater - exploiting them to their full degree for individual gain, and sod the consequences.

    The biggest problem, is when people mistake the use of these relationships, and the so-called free-markets they form, as being the cause of civilization... None of which is true.

    There is a reason why civilization was caused by farming, but it's not because of capitalism - it's because of the management, by government, of its produce, (of a minority), to benefit the majority, which then enabled people to be productive in many different and greater ways, since they no longer had to constantly hunt/fend for their own food.

    Such economic regulation and management is the foundation of civilization, which capitalism, when taken too far, corrupts - which is why we now have so many problems...

    The fact that so many people now think that the primary purpose of central government is defence, rather than such economic management - (how can you have an army without making sure they have food to eat?) - should tell us just how bad peoples understanding is, and just how deep the propaganda has affected our entire planet.

    Unfortunately, western 'civilization' has often been affected by such problems, almost from the outset, and so perceiving it as and by the incorrect cause isn't hard to do - (especially if pushed) - and so the best possible examples of civilizations being managed properly, (though they all have their own further 'foibles'), tend to be more foreign - Central/South American, especially (before the Spanish arrived). (E.g the Inca.)

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 9:26pm

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