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Comment: Technophobic bureaucrats (Score 5, Interesting) 224

One of the main problems here is that people are given these technologies without understanding them completely. When I was working in the US, I made a big fuss once at my workplace about sending sensitive documents in unencrypted emails and was treated like I was hysterical and unreasonable. I managed to coerce the morons in charge to do this, but the incident was turned into a laughing matter from that point on. It's hard to convince drawer-minded bureaucrats to change their behavior when there aren't any regulations, created by other drawer-minded bureaucrats, that specify how it is that they should actually behave. I mean, god forbid, they might need to resort to independent thinking and resolution.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 1) 431

by GenieGenieGenie (#46742081) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
If you can formulate an objective measure for "sloppy thinking" and/or "depth of thought", I will apply with you for a grant from the NSF to do the study, and then write the paper together. One thing though - you will have to convince me that there's a chance you can convince them to cough up the cash. Until then, I'm going with feeling here.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 5, Insightful) 431

by GenieGenieGenie (#46741619) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
People who are encouraged as kids to be sloppy about their writing tend to emerge from adolescence sloppy about their thinking too. This is a cliche but it is, unfortunately, quite an accurate one. There are exceptions to every rule, of course, but where I live there is a generation of people who can't spell or read efficiently and this is reflected in how shallow their thoughts are.

Comment: Re:They have the money to do this (Score 2) 250

by GenieGenieGenie (#45691011) Attached to: Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

Your leaders, sir, have been put there by voters. One of those voters may even have been you. So don't put the blame on them. In democratic and pseudo-democratic countries, leaders are just reflections of their populaces.

Oh, and just to make sure you don't think this comes from some partisan BS, the other side would have done precisely the same thing.

Now go and get yourself a serious government.

Comment: Re:Offer lower rates? (Score 1) 567

Not entirely zero sum. Theoretically, if these contraptions make people more conscious of their driving, thinking "oh wait, big brother's watching so maybe I'll cut the stunts" etc., this might actually lead to a reduction in their accident rates. Which means insurance companies pay less, have larger margins, and in an efficient market, this means they can afford to lower prices. Also, as some posters here demonstrated, people who agree to put this thing in their cars are usually safe drivers. So if an insurance company attracts them by dangling low prices in exchange for outing themselves as nerdy drivers, they can reduce their accident rates, thus their margins, and the lower prices might even end up increasing their profits.

Comment: Re:Why must we celebrate violence? (Score 3, Insightful) 211

The US fight in the Pacific probably saved many lives elsewhere in Asia, the surrounding archipelagos, and Australia. We were allied with just about every other country fighting Japan.

If everyone had just surrendered to the Japanese, there would have been much fewer deaths in the Pacific theater in WWII. The point of fighting that war was not about saving the quantity of lives, but the quality of them.

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