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Comment: Re:How's your Russian? (Score 1) 330

by ultranova (#46799395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

The problem is that those in charge in the EU will sit on their collective hands and do absolutely nothing until any problem has become so massive that they are dependent on US military assistance in order to hope to survive.

The problem is that many EU countries are dependent on Russian oil and gas. US military can't solve that problem.

Of course, Russia is also dependent on EU buying said resources. A disruption of trade would, at the very least, topple Putin. He's counting on EU being unwilling to take the pain, but it's becoming increasingly clear he's trying to rebuild Soviet Empire. Sooner or later he'll miscalculate, and at that point it's a question whether he can gets removed from power before starting another (world?) war as a desperation move.

But no, Russia cannot win a war with the EU. EU has 3.5 times as much population and almost 8 times as large economy. Even with all the inefficiency inherent in coordinating multiple independent militaries, it could only end in Russian defeat or nuclear escalation.

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 330

by ultranova (#46799275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

I was dirt poor as a student in college, but I still managed to eat just fine and have a car I could get away with when I needed a break.

So you were dirt poor, except you had both property and income and could afford to waste them taking leisure drives? Good for you, but how is this relevant in a discussion about people who have trouble getting food?

Comment: Re: degrees (Score 1) 330

by ultranova (#46799185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Lazy HR by keyword sorting is the culprit.

It's not necessarily laziness but another symptom of the oversupply of labour. When there's a 100+ applications for every position, it's impossible to evaluate them without resorting to data mining techniques. And at that point, if your application is not Search Engine Optimized, for example if you lack a diploma, sucks to be you.

The underlaying problem is that our current economic model, and our model of employment as its subset, is based on the needs of the Industrial Era, which is ending. Capitalism is breaking down just like Feudalism before it, and whatever will replace it hasn't emerged into the mainstream yet. The question is: how long and painful will the transition be this time around?

Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 1) 256

by ultranova (#46794389) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

I wasn't talking about people who are committing suicide. I was referring to idiots that take drugs for fun, and take too much because their stoned from all the drugs they decided to take.

A person who overdosed either chose to do so deliberately, in which case it's suicide, or he did so accidentally, in which case he didn't choose to do so so any more than people who go out after dark choose to get mugged. Which one is it?

People randomly "decide" to overdose on tainted lettuce or dairy products? I was unaware of this trend.

So it's bad luck when people get bad consequences from actions you approve of, and deliberate choice when people get bad consequences from actions you disapprove of? Why do you have such double standard?

Wow, good projection there. It is almost subliminal, following as it does something that makes no sense at all. Givien that my argument is about allowing people to choose to put poison in their body, you want to equate it to walking around and eating food. And somehow that translates into me wanting to control them.

Nice evasion. Now answer my question: Do you have any reason why potential bad consequences from drug use shouldn't be mitigated, besides trying to discourage such use - in other words, control people?

Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 1) 256

by ultranova (#46794309) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Being top dog means you get to butt into their business, not the other way around.

Who lives their lives in the public eye, Joe Average or Joe President? Who has their affairs and birth certificates and stupid remarks and pastors discussed in (inter)national media?

The chains of power bind both ends. All the chains the Top Dog holds end up determining his moves; the necessities of maintaining all that power override any other concern. The US is a fine example: it's politics have worldwide consequences, thus they attract worldwide interest, and are in large part determined by the desire to keep that worldwide effect rather than the good of the citizens.

That's one of the reasons leaders tend to be so awful: what kind of person does it take to want the job?

Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 1) 256

by ultranova (#46790241) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

But, at the same time, let the idiots who decide to overdose suffer the consequences of their actions.

I'm not entirely sure why consider suicide a sign of idiocy. Or did you mean "decide" in the same way as people would randomly "decide" to die of food poisoning if only those pesky regulatory agencies didn't interfere?

That is the point at which the liberals who want to LEGALIZE drugs fail the logic test. They want the government to allow them to use their favorite substances, and then rescue them when they have trouble. I want the government to stop inserting themselves into everyone's personal choices, including during the negative results that will result.

Do you have any particular reason for your wish? Because it seems to me that mitigating risks (of drugs, of walking out at night, of eating at a restaurant, etc) makes people effectively more free, and I don't really understand why anyone would think this is a bad thing.

Do you simply want to control people and pretend you don't?

Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 1) 256

by ultranova (#46790079) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Please butt out of our domestic politics. It's none of your goddamn business, and yet foreign politicians know more about state-level politics in America than they do their own provinces.

You can be the Top Dog or you can be just another face in the crowd but you can't be both. And America made its choice. Don't blame the rest of us if you don't like it.

Comment: Re:Cartels will be fine.... (Score 1) 256

by ultranova (#46789727) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

If they were able to increase their profits from other drugs at a whim, why would they wait to incur marijuana losses before doing it? Why wouldn't they just do it now?

For the same reason corporations wait until being fined before passing it on to their customers: they're just too nice to try and profit more than their fair share.

Comment: Re:The power of EULAs only goes so far (Score 1) 214

by ultranova (#46785015) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

They could also write in that if I click 'like' on a cereal facebook page I would have to kill myself, but that doesn't make it legally binding.

It doesn't have to be legally binding, it just has to make a court case drag on a bit longer. In a battle of attrition the company is always on high ground to mere mortals.

Comment: Re:perception (Score 1) 318

Shantytowns are symbolic of failure,

The failure doesn't disappear just because you make the shantytown illegal. All that accomplishes is make the people who lived there even worse off, for the sake of letting those who didn't pretend the problem doesn't exist. And in a way, it doesn't: a "failure" implies an unintended undesirable consequence of some decision or policy, while demolishing the homes of worst-off members of society for the sake of appearances is an intentional, deliberate action. It confirms that you are okay with this outcome, of treating people like garbage to be thrown aside and disposed of if they aren't economically useful; in other words, you haven't failed, you're simply evil.

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