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Comment: What? (Score 1) 532

by Jiro (#47880181) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Isn't imposing a large cost on the other country the whole point of an embargo? What's the complaint here? I mean, Cuba obviously doesn't like it, but it's sort of like Russia claiming that the sanctions for invading Ukraine are costing it money, or Al Qaeda claiming that US military intervention is killing terrorists. That's the intent.

Clearly $1.1 trillion isn't enough considering it hasn't worked.

(Also, does this figure count Russian aid during the Cold War against the loss from not trading with Americans?)

Comment: Re:No, it wasn't. (Score 4, Insightful) 463

by Jiro (#47804313) Attached to: Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Having a law that permits them to use electronic devices just means that using the electronic device isn't automatically a crime. It doesn't (or at least shouldn't) mean that they are excused from all consequences of doing so.

If you want a car analogy (no reason I can't use a car analogy to make a car analogy), a driver's license gives you permission to drive a car, so that you can't be arrested just for unlicensed driving, but you still can be arrested if you run over someone with the car. Likewise, the police have a "use electronic device license", so the use by a policeman is not a crime all by itself, but the negligent use of one still can be.

Comment: Fearmongering summary (and article too) (Score 1) 531

by Jiro (#47757061) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Reading TFA, even if I take TFA at its word, TFA's headline claims the group is Koch-backed, but TFA itself only says that the head of the organization previously worked at a Koch-backed organization. The idea that there's any Koch connection, financial or otherwise, to his current organization is complete speculation.

TFA further obscures this by containing a link for the phrase "strong ties to the Koch brothers", presented in a way which looks like it should be about the current organization, but which when you follow it, turns out to be about the previous one.

"Koch" has become such a left-wing bugaboo that any reference to it should make the reader automatically skeptical.

Furthermore, TFA quotes the email, although using an image (why, I don't know--to make it harder to search?) The claim that "he thinks net neutrality is Marxist" is a distortion of that email. It claims that

1) It is like things done by China and Russia (astute readers may remember that Russia gave up being Marxist decades ago; summarizing this as "he thinks it's Marxist" is another left-wing scare tactic meant to bring to mind McCarthyism) and

2) a reference saying that one *specific* group led by one specific Marxist individual supports it.

Comment: Re:They're not gamers. (Score 1) 276

by Jiro (#47744107) Attached to: Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

The way you see it, calling someone who only reads the ingredients list on the back of food packages is like calling someone who plays Candy Crush a gamer.

The way you see it, calling someone who sings the Star Spangled banner at the start of a ball game a music fan is like calling someone who plays Candy Crush a gamer.


"Gamer" does not mean "someone who plays a game" in the same way that "reader" doesn't mean "someone that reads something".

Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 1) 276

by Jiro (#47744061) Attached to: Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Nobody would read that headline and believe that whales are really doing the same thing as people with engineering degrees. The literal interpretation is so obviously impossible that everyone can see that it's an exaggeration and should not be taken literally.

The literal interpretation of "women outnumber boys in gaming" is not impossible in the same way that whales having engineering degrees is. It's just incorrect.

Comment: Re:Apple (Score 2) 257

by Jiro (#47732749) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

People want cheap and get cheap because it's easy to tell what something's price is. f you have to choose between a cheap laptop and a more expensive laptop that has the same specs but might fall apart faster, it's really hard to get figures on how fast the laptops fall apart such that you can determine that the money you save is not worth it. Hiding laptop failure rates is easy, but you can't hide the price, so consumers buy based on it.

This may be better in the case of repeat customers, but honestly, how often do you buy laptops?

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 748

by Jiro (#47705583) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Also, if anyone holds a political opinion that isn't subject to change when faced with new evidence or arguments, while I admit that happens a lot, that's a problem.

But that's a different sense of "change". Evidence can change it, but you can't just change it by saying I choose not to have this belief because people with it are subject to prejudice".

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 748

by Jiro (#47703577) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

I am skeptical that someone can honestly think, for instance, that farm subsidies are good, then say "I choose to believe that farm subsidies are bad", and tomorrow honestly believe that farm subsidies are bad. I'm not even convinced that "choosing to believe X" is a coherent concept.

But even supposing that someone has a messed up belief process such that they can do this, intelligent people who use reasoning won't to be that way. Congratulations: you've just decided that prejudice against people with the wrong politics is "different" from prejudice against gays when its only different for people who you don't want on your forum anyway.

(Or you could just say "well, anyone who disagrees with my political side is stupid and doesn't use reasoning". But I hope you can see what's wrong with that.)

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure