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Comment: Re:Climate never STOPS changing (Score 1) 171

by AmiMoJo (#49366745) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

I think you missed the part about objecting to human activity rapidly changing the climate in destructive ways. It's not the mere fact that the climate changes people object to, it's the fact that some of us are doing to to enrich ourselves at the expense of others in the world and in the future.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 309

Once they've done that, their debt to society is paid in full.

Says who? There is no natural law that says wages+taxes are the end of it. In fact that isn't even the case today, where companies are required to provide things like safety equipment, toilet facilities and so forth. You are delusional if you think they do that stuff out of the kindness of their corporate hearts.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 309

This is tautology. Circular logic. You're saying companies are responsible because you said they were responsible.

No, I'm saying companies should be responsible because they are a social construct, something that society finds beneficial and so allows within certain rules. In exchange of being able to place certain burdens on society and benefit from things like education, law and order, public roads etc. they are expected to contribute back. The most obvious way is through taxation, but also through laws that require them to treat employees a certain way even if it isn't the most profitable for them.

There is no right to profit, no right for companies to exist. They are not people, they are there to serve society and wouldn't exist without it.

Comment: Re: What Would be a Trivial Amount? (Score 1) 183

I design products that need to run from batteries for at least 5 years. I can do a wake-on-IR that needs around 2.5uA and costs about 15p in parts (that's about 20 Euro cents). It's just a phototransistor, comparator and an RC circuit that makes sure it only reacts to fast edges from remote controls and not passing shadows etc.

Comment: Re:What Would be a Trivial Amount? (Score 1) 183

You can get one with a foot switch so you don't have to bend down. I use a few of those.

I've seen devices that use less than 1W in standby and have remote power control, but only in Japan. Given a few years the technology will filter down to the west. In Japan energy saving is a big selling point. People feel like they want to contribute to the country's efforts to save energy, particularly after Fukushima and because energy is expensive.

Are you really that lazy that you need a remote control for power on/off rather than using a physical switch, even if it costs you money? A lot of set top boxes and other crap devices pull 20-30W in standby. These consoles are actually pretty good in the scheme of things, which is a bit depressing.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 309

Children are the company's responsibility, to the extent that society requires it to be. Companies operate within the laws that society makes. If society says people get X days holiday per year, they get X days holiday and the company has no say in the matter. If society says that the employer must contribute X% to a pension then the employer must contribute X% to a pension, it's as simple as that.

You can't use babies in this argument. If society really needed the babies then the last thing it should do is give women anything to do besides have babies.

You are completely insane. Seriously, your brain if fried if you think that is a rational argument.

People are not machines that society or corporations can use to perform required tasks. People are human beings with lives and freedom to choose. Any argument has to deal with that reality, and yours does not.

Comment: Re:Damage has been done (Score 1) 309

by AmiMoJo (#49360379) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

The law doesn't work the way you think it works. Just because she lost doesn't mean she lied and cheated and is a feminazi. It just means she couldn't convince a jury that on the balance of probabilities she was discriminated against. And actually there is still one claim still to be decided upon.

Let's wait and see if the judge brands her a feminazi, shall we?

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 0) 309

by AmiMoJo (#49360369) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

Watch the first 10 minutes of this video: https://youtu.be/2BzDmZHYCrw

It explains a lot of the issues facing women (didn't mention the pay gap) and has a nice well designed study to back it up.

Things are improving, but the issue isn't "over" yet. We went from 35% of CS degrees going to women in 1985 to about 18% now. That needs to be explained, and if you just look at the data you it will be.

Comment: Re:This whole issue needs to be buried (Score 1) 309

by AmiMoJo (#49360343) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

Your view is that of a dedicated capitalist who sees workers as tools for business and nothing more. The reality is that society needs children. Look at Japan where due to the things you mention the birth rate is very low. It's a huge problem for them because and their population is set to fall by 30m in the next 40 years.

More over most people do want children at some point in their lives. Most people are supposed to make the rules (democracy) so companies are going to have to respect that and make allowances for them.

Of course the rules should apply equally to both genders. You could argue that people who don't have kids should get more time off, or that people who do have kids should get some benefits because the burden they accept is beneficial to society and as we can see in Japan society needs to encourage that behaviour. Society wants well brought up kids too so making parents choose between work and their offspring isn't desirable.

How about people like you get a tax break, on the condition that in 30 years time you can't see any doctor under the age of 55?

Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 1) 257

by AmiMoJo (#49353951) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

I use Keepass backed up a cloud storage drive and my home server. Even if I lose everything on me I can still go to any random computer and access the database file, and open it with a quick download of Keepass. In the event that I lost everything at the airport I'm sure I could scrounge give minutes of computer time from somewhere.

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