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Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 334

So now blaming the victims of state-sponsored terrorists

Who's to blame when your unlocked car is parked on the street and get's stolen? Both the thief and the foolish owner.

which in practice means gossip.

One word: telephone.
Two words: water cooler.
Four words: lunch at the deli.

If that's not possible, then learn to criticize without getting personal. It is doable!

Do you really want to go that way?

Two more words: reasonableness test.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 5, Insightful) 334

Keeping your personnel files on paper and not the computer?

Of course, there's always keep your personal shit off the company servers!!! And keep what you do write in company documents at a professional tone.

That would sure have mitigated a whole lot of personal pain by these supposedly blameless Sony employees.

Comment: Re:What is the problem here? (Score 3, Informative) 137

by Nutria (#48609993) Attached to: Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

The problem is that the US courts ruled that US law does apply in Ireland because Microsoft has a presence in both countries.

But there are decades of precedence for this: see the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the 1988 ruling applying to foreign firms.

Comment: Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (Score 0) 115

by Nutria (#48607267) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

It never ceases to amaze me how such a correction makes people instantly apply "You must be a marxist!" as a reactionary measure.

Because seemingly anyone who could finish dense writing like that (I tried reading both the Manifesto and Capital in college) must be a true devotee. (I didn't get much farther with Wealth Of Nations but attributed that to the archaic words and references rendering it meaningless to me.)

Comment: Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (Score 1) 115

by Nutria (#48607139) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

Xenophobia much?

7. ... the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands

Lack of agricultural knowledge. There's a reason it's a waste-land.

8. Equal liability of all to labour.

But... compassion!!!

Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

Inherent disincentive to efficiency, and why the Soviet Union -- with those huge Ukrainian wheat fields -- had to import *lots* of US wheat.

9. Combination of agriculture ... more equable distribution of the population over the country.

What utter stupidity. There are damned practical reasons that cities grow up where they do, and positing crap like "more equable distribution of the population" denies those realities.

Capitalism and the free market sure aren't perfect, but they are the reason that the First World is so prosperous and China and India dumped communism.

Comment: Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (Score 5, Insightful) 115

by Nutria (#48606045) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

Not so lazy people could leech off the system.

Thus the fundamental failure of Marx: ignoring the reality of human nature.

had the Soviet Union not been a paranoid authoritarian bureaucracy

That many people -- in the Russian Empire, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Korea, etc, etc, -- can't just accidentally be paranoid and authoritarian.

Good socio-political theories must take people's baser instincts into account. That's the genius of Adam Smith's Invisible Hand: it presumes that people will be selfish and greedy.

"Hey Ivan, check your six." -- Sidewinder missile jacket patch, showing a Sidewinder driving up the tail of a Russian Su-27

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