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Comment: Re:It's hard to take this article seriously (Score 1) 316

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48642493) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

If those companies are run by people who are happy to deliver worse service as long as they can pay fewer people.

Before you start smashing any looms there Neddy Ludd, the purpose of automation is to deliver equivalent or better service for a lower cost. Automation doesn't mean lower quality, usually it means the exact opposite.

Comment: Re:Failed state policies (Score 1) 424

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48624531) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Emphasis on the "near" total embargo. Healthcare and medical products and services were excluded, hence why they have a certain amount of relatively good hospitals and many, many doctors. The good hospitals aren't for the natives incidentally, they get the oil lamp and cockroach treatment, they're for wealthy medical tourists.

I have no information about people starving on the streets but I suspect it's a similar story.

Comment: Re:Mods on crack? (Score 2) 874

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48599873) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Spain was far from the only front against the Caliphates and Islam, there was also constant pressure on the east. If you think the crusades had a patch on what Islamic forces had been doing before and continued to do afterwards you're sorely mistaken. As for Constantinople, that was the doing of a crafty old Doge of Venice who had a long standing grudge against the city.

The real problem here is people start pointing at the crusades as an example of Christian warmaking as if they were something special, if you read the history of the times pretty much everyone was kicking the shit out of everyone else and kept at it right up until the middle of the 20th century. There's nothing unique or even notable about the crusades, Genghis Khan was causing much bigger problems for Islamic civilisation as he tore through it from the opposite direction. And that's before we start looking at warring between Islamic states after the reconquista.

Comment: Re:52% (Score 1) 201

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48549171) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

Absolute bollocks. From around 1998 to 2004 the country experienced a massive influx of sub Saharan Africans, for the first time ever people were actually immigrating here. Almost immediately after that, the country's population increased by about 15% over the course of three years due to Eastern European economic migrants.

Race riots? None. Right wing parties emerging? None. Public unrest and disturbances, widespread racist incidents? None. Actually there was one "secret" right wing neo nazi rally but that runed out to be some Polish lads.

Show me another developed western country that can say the same.

The kids playing happily together outside my window come from every corner of the planet, and their parents get along fine too. So spare us the slurs like a good (wo)man.

Comment: Re:52% (Score 0) 201

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48546265) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

I found that comment to be as ridiculous as anything else he'd said. Ireland is possibly the least racist country on earth, and has been for a long time. This weird impression a lot of Americans have of Irish people being racist, as opposed to say the English, seems to arise from the way Irish immigrants were treated in the US, ie worse than black people. To distinguish themselves they appeared to have "gone native".

Comment: Okay just stop (Score 1) 346

I've read the comments and even, blasphemously, the article, and I still have no clear idea what's going on here.

Leftists quit because the publication was going right wing?

Talented editors quit because whatever (gawker?) wanted to turn into clickbait?

Nobody seems to talk about what actually happened here.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."