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Comment: Re:Who watches the watchers (Score 3, Interesting) 111

by Intrepid imaginaut (#46800037) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

I'm not sure why there's all this hand wringing over corporate influence on the political process, I'd much prefer corporations having a say than some of the more powerful ideological interests that influence politicians.

I say this because corporations are basically greedy.

Greed doesn't care about your skin colour, your gender, your nationality, greed isn't interested in reframing the social dialogue in order to deconstruct gender roles that are constantly evolving anyway, greed won't murder you or drive you out of a job because you think the wrong way or hold the wrong opinion. All greed cares about is its own self interests. I trust greed, I know what it is and what it wants, and I can reasonably reliably predict what it's going to do next. Greed is in fact the great equaliser that is the holy grail of most progressive politics.

I mean putative corporate dystopias can hardly hold a candle to some of the actual real life ideological dystopias which have existed.

And so I don't get worried about corporations influencing governments. As long as they're kept at one anothers' throats (capitalism) things are working more or less the way they should.

Comment: Re:Lets organize a boycott .. (Score 3, Insightful) 202

by Intrepid imaginaut (#46752677) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

I haven't weighed in on the Eich thing yet because I couldn't quite put my finger on what exactly was giving me an uncomfortableness about it. I support gay marriage, I'd question why anyone would be insane enough to actually want to get married, but if they want it why not.

What burns about the whole affair is that the relevant parties had their say, the people voted, and that should be that. Instead we've got vengeance seeking from those in favour of gay marriage, making lists, hunting people down and persecuting them by whatever means are available. In other words, McCarthyism.

Fuck that.

Comment: Re:Is something being casually elided here? (Score 1) 431

by Intrepid imaginaut (#46742673) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Honestly you can hardly blame them, I finally read the summary on the last story after posting a half dozen comments and found that a link I'd spent five minutes googling was the first link up there. Scanning quickly over the other comments I found that three other people had "discovered" this same link and been modded up for it.

Once I figure out how to make relevant comments without even reading the other comments I will truly be a max level slashdotter.

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 5, Insightful) 689

by Intrepid imaginaut (#46740781) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

I fail to see how you fail to see what I was responding to, specifically "You're missing the real picture. GNOME is running out of money because they spent it on stupid outreach programs for women and "trans-women"". This does appear to be the case. The rest of the comment is indeed misogynistic and irritating.

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 5, Interesting) 689

by Intrepid imaginaut (#46740587) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

As charming as your characterisation of /.s membership is, I'm more interested in whether or not there is any truth to the assertion that Gnome's funding was eaten up by outreach programmes. I managed to track down this article, so there does seem to be a certain amount of legitimacy to the claim.

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