Then seven years ago smartphones came along, and even at the bar BS is easily debunked. Some story some dude tells at the bar can't leave a mark in people's subconscious anymore.
Good on anti-trust enforcement..
Then how come they HAVE to run Windows only software in order to do e-gov and e-banking related stuff?
Do I believe in the lessons in the Bible? Sure I do.
Either you're a dangerous sociopath, either you cherry picked the lessons that make sense and chose to ignore the others. What other holy book did you use as an axiomatic ruleset to do the cherry picking ?
If parents want to turn their kids into idiots, that less competition for me when the world needs real engineers to do real shit (stuff that requires real math, not prayer).
I used to think the kids getting more stupid was a good thing for those who don't as it meant less competition. But then I thought that eventually, we'd have to support these dumb fucks, either by some kind of welfare system, either by other solutions all worse. Ultimately, with your level of education remaining the same, you'd be better off with them out-competing then supporting you.
The biggest hassles are [...] and learning a new number.
Which is why they print it on a card...
Another important difference is what can be done to correct things. If I am a terrible driver, I can be quite motivated to stop crashing, or stop driving. However, increasing your premiums doesn't make people stop having type 1 diabetes, or magically fixing a bad back. Leukemia? Let's raise your fees, and you'll get better in no time.
Increased premiums, though, ARE what makes a nation of cowards. If you look up any extreme or injury heavy sports, you'll see that there are much fewer participants in the USA.
Take for instance paragliding, for which there are 30x more participants in France than in the USA (if you take hanggliding into account, which is mostly discarded in Europe as an impractical ancestor of paragliding, you'll still get a 6x figure). In Western Europe, any injury short of death is covered mostly free of charge. In the USA you'll have to sell your house (if you have one) to pay the medical bills. In the end, I suspect only wealthy people engage in such sports
You could buy computers with backs that opened, and you could configure them with new hardware...
Yeah, too bad you can't swap monitors, graphic adaptors, hard disks or SSDs, cpus and memory anymore. The evil corporations took away that possibility to increase profit. Oh wait, you can still do that.
Isn't France on a republic or two beyond that one by now?
You're fooling yourself! They're living in a dictatorship! A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--