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  • Nov 30th, 2017 @ 4:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lawn chair rental

    I'm not sure you can ever truly understand the NATURE of the problems your country has, if you cannot recognise and understand the specific nature of the issues I just gave you.

    Which is why government exists - because individuals are EXTREMELY bad at regulating their own behaviour, knowledge and understanding to solve problems on a larger scale - and internet is as large as it gets.

    Unfortunately, the nature of government also means, like any other tool created by humans, it can be used to both ill and good. And since so many people refuse to understand it, they seek to destroy it, which leaves the rich and powerful, now often using corporations, too, to rule instead.

    At the minute some corporations want to RULE the internet - the only thing standing in their way is government regulation - net neutrality rules.

    The US government is the ONLY thing standing in the way of a feudal state - if you wish to destroy it, then rule you they will. You've already given it to the corporations, rich and fascist - why not get rid of it all together?

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lawn chair rental

    You didn't read the intro to the paper then, just the title? lolol.

    The thing about waste is that it's ALWAYS there - which means, UNLESS you can prove it's gotten worse, the historical context is a WASH...

    Within this context, the income from taxes to support road infrastructure in the US, is getting lower. FACT. If 20% of that has ALWAYS been lost to waste, then that has no bearing on the lower income, only that it affects all of it, ever.

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 12:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lawn chair rental

    Nope - it's VERY correct - if you think I pulled that out of thin air, you'd be extremely wrong.

    The problem is that infrastructure spending in the Us is primarily paid for by gas taxes, which haven't increased since 1993, and take in even less due to more fuel efficient vehicles.

    Taxes on gasoline and diesel are the primary sources of transportation funding at the state and federal level. Due to inflation and improved fuel efficiency, these taxes are increasingly inadequate to maintain the transportation system. In most states and at the federal level, the real fuel tax rates decrease because they are fixed at a cents-per-gallon amount rather than indexed to inflation.

    If Washington is spending less than it should, falling tax revenues are partly to blame. Revenue from taxes on petrol and diesel flow into trust funds that are the primary source of federal money for roads and mass transit. That flow has diminished to a drip. America's petrol tax is low by international standards, and has not gone up since 1993. While the real value of the tax has eroded, the cost of building and maintaining infrastructure has gone up. As a result, the highway trust fund no longer supports even current spending. Congress has repeatedly been forced to top up the trust fund.

    https://www.loc.gov/law/help/infrastructure-funding/infrastructure-funding.pdf

    http://www.scienc edirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967070X16301482

    http://www.economist.com/node/18620944

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 8:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Lawn chair rental

    'Examples'.

    Not good enough. We all know why modern toll roads exist - because TAXES aren't enough to support the infrastructure many states/municipalities need (from turnpikes to bridges/tunnels etc.) - they're too low.

    THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE INTERNET.

    Why?

    Because the taxes THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAID to build the infrastructure have not been used correctly to provide the service the providers promised - it's not that the money provided is not enough, when you factor in the declining cost of providing the service, and ongoing subscription cost vs cost of maintenance and new builds, it's just the corporations involved are too greedy.

    This is why my above example was an ANALOGY - if ALL roads were toll-based, and built using taxes in the same way as the internet is, THERE'D BE RIOTS - the reason why toll roads are used is to LOWER the use of TAXES to pay for it - if that wasn't true THEY'D HAVE NO REASON TO EXIST.

    But that's exactly the case with the majority of your internet infrastructure - PUBLICLY FINANCED but PRIVATELY OWNED AND RUN - and you want them to have ALL the power over who, how, what, when, where and why it should be used?

    I guess we know who'll be bending over first...

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 8:02am

    Re: Lawn chair rental

    Talk about a inaccurate analogy... Here's a more accurate one:

    Imagine that the US road network was suddenly handed over to private corporations to own and support. What do you think would happen to it WITHOUT regulations to govern their behaviour?

    Less-used roads would disappear. The cost of using them (tolls) would vary for everyone depending on what you wanted to use them for and where you wanted to go, even if everyone paid a (varying) subscription to use them (regardless that they were built with tax money). Private users would be secondary to corporate users - tough luck if it means you never get to work on time - because they can afford better contracts. If you can't get to where you need to go for any reason, sorry, SOL.

    Either way, the road owners get rich, and everyone else gets a lot poorer, with many towns and villages now being wiped off the map due to no transport options to anywhere else, even if the companies 'promised' it would happen - and because they bought off the state and national government, these local communities can't even build their OWN roads.

    This is the situation net-neutrality seeks to prevent - just like the road network - enabling anyone to use it within the basic regulations/laws required, requiring those that need it to be supplied as best as possible, for any and all purposes at any time, (required maintenance permitting).

    Anyone against net-neutrality is against CIVILIZATION ITSELF, because this is how its infrastructure has to operate, in order for it to fully exist.

  • 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

    Hmmm...

    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

    Awww...

    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

    Re:

    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

    Lies...

    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

    Re:

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

  • Jul 13th, 2016 @ 4:40pm

    Hmm...

    (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

    Hmmm...

    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:
    http://www.google.co.uk/patents/US6928433

    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...

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