Todd Boyle

Kirkland, WA, United States

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Todd Boyle
Posted over 2 years ago
Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun
I'm in the U.S. None of the wars since at least WW2 have been self defense. Our military killed millions of people in Korea. Millions more in Vietnam/ Cambodia, and again in the middle east, at least a million especially if you include proxy wars like Iran/Iraq. None of these people were a threat or even intended to attack the U.S. Anybody who doesn't recognize the real character of the U.S. military and the five or ten lobbies who control U.S. decisions to make war is *highly* naive. Apparently this includes Peter van Uhm.
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Todd Boyle
Posted over 2 years ago
Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun
Peter Van Uhm makes the most honest, straightforward and direct sales pitch for the military I have heard since Thomas PM Barnett's talk. Peter Van Uhm quotes Steven Pinker, another fast-talkin' advocate of State power. Pinker's thesis (that violence has declined, etc. ) is logically demolished by Paul Chappell. A more straightforward rebuttal is simply the fact that NONE of the wars by the U.S. since at least WW2 have been self defense, even remotely resembling the wars of defense described by Peter Van Uhm. His proposition is based on WW2. Still exploiting the past glories of armies who defeated Hitler. The truth is, the U.S. has killed millions of innocent people in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq. Those people never attacked the U.S. So why did we kill them? Most of victims were noncombatants -horrific deaths-- burned to death, buried under buildings, shot with automatic weapons, artillery, blasted by explosives.. I cannot honor soldiers. The whole acttivity they are devoting their time and years of their life, is NOT serving America. They are disserving us, even after we TOLD them loudly and clearly NOT to do these things.. The reputation and standing of the soldiers, the veterans, and the Congress and President institutionally AND INDIVIDUALLY, comes from the character of their actions, not by wishful thinking. NATO troops perpetuate this criminality and evil by participating in occupations, after U.S. aggressions. It is furthermore, dishonorable for the men and women in the US military to subordinate their moral judgment in matters of life and death of such vast numbers of victims, to follow the commands of ANYBODY, especially people you don't even know. Moral judgment is not something you can outsource. That's not how things work.
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Todd Boyle
Posted over 2 years ago
If you could open-source one piece of technology, what would you choose and why?
The implied interest rate applied by corporations and investors to discount future cash flows is objectively provable. The value of future cash flows beyond 20 years is negligible. No corporation or investor values them at all-- NO R&D, or creative or artistic investment is made in pursuit of revenue streams so far in the future. Society is getting NO benefit by such long copyrights. The economic cost of copyrights AND patents even at 7-10 years exceeds the economic benefits by a wide margin. The heavy hitters in Copyright lobby are motivated by the need to maintain monopoly positions in distribution, and by advertising and content revenue paid by political actors in the media landscape.
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Todd Boyle
Posted over 2 years ago
If you could open-source one piece of technology, what would you choose and why?
Jon Bosak, one of the creators of XML and many other fine things, once told me that among all the things at that time, circa 2001 he wished the protocols and behaviors for cable TV were open, so that everybody could build set top boxes or other technologies integrated with their computers, devices etc. Of course the cable giants depend on the secrecy and inaccessibility of those interfaces LOL!! Like, if only banks would leave their vaults open to the public so we could access them after-hours... Laughing, ironically, sadly.