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I was initially impressed that Google was stepping up to get this up for the good of the country. I'm not the best estimator (a good manager will double what I tell them) but I think a lot of us here could have something testable by Monday, surely I thought Google could have...

I think there was some hope that capitalism would bring about democracy. It hasn't quite worked out (yet?).

Why would you think that an economic system based on minority control over (often formerly public) resources would bring about a political system based on majority entitlement?

This type of argument always kind of bothers me as well, be nice to state it as "helped create" or something but then there is a lot to say for the old saying "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem".

Without the West's various investments and opening of trade partnerships and eventually ushering China into the WTO, China would be in nowhere near the position that it is in today.

No argument on that. I just don't quite believe that the "west created it", I guess it's possible that it was willful and meant to prove the communist utopian ideal...

This should be called what it was originally "spooky action at a distance". Calling it teleportation is marketing.

In the US there is the concept of "Expectation of Privacy" [0] so it depends.

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expectation_of_privacy

The link elaborates that this concept is enshrined in the US Constitution Bill of Rights (4th amendment), so it covers government surveillance. It is not directly applicable to private entities using recording devices.

Counting by those apprehended is a pretty poor metric. Correlation, blah, blah, blah

I've been on sabbatical for a while but a while back it was pretty much C, C or C.

Why do you think this is an attempt at humor? I would say this is what is often referred to as a thought exercise.

I think it got a valid thought across. It works as a sort of shorthand. Would have been 3x longer in essay form.

> It works as a sort of shorthand. Would have been 3x longer in essay form.

beering’s sibling comment made essentially the same point in direct expository form, and was much shorter, so I disagree with the suggestion that that rambling narrative is any sort of shorthand.

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