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Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 640

by Racemaniac (#49346681) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

"Something strong enough to make him regret he did it and be exceptionally careful about it in future"
Sounds like an idea, but your suggestion of "forfeited his 6 months pay and made him apologize to producer on the show" is just ridiculous. He did the second, and would hardly notice the first.
He just ruined his own show, i guess he'll now regret he did it and be exceptionally careful about it in the future.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 4, Insightful) 640

by Racemaniac (#49346441) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

What planet do you come from, and how do i get there?
On this planet greed is one of the main things people are more than willing to shove their ethics aside for. Most companies if they can choose between the ethical thing (throwing JC out), or keep profiting from him since he's one of the main stars, will choose the latter. Greed and ethics often conflict, and it's nice to see a big company go for the ethical option.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 5, Interesting) 640

by Racemaniac (#49345333) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I love it how when a big company for once doesn't choose for the money but actually takes a stance against a star misbehaving, and then everybody is like "sucks being them, they'll lose a lot of money over this".

Do we want them to be ethical, or just chasing money no matter the consequences? Either of both appear to be the wrong thing to do it seems.

Comment: Re:Self-Driving problems... (Score 1) 451

by Racemaniac (#49289827) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

Odd, i was thinking the opposite way. Have some selfdriving cars be modified a bit extra by the police (with some proper calibration of everything, and some extra sensors), and you've got near permanent police presence on every big road. And it's no longer just people driving to fast past a speed trap that get caught, but all other antisocial behaviors too. It'll make the roads hell for human drivers who are used to being jerks on the road :).

Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 5, Insightful) 247

by Racemaniac (#49194819) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

There are ways to go about it, but this isn't it...

I'm curious, which ways are that?
I find it hard to say what to think about such people. They're on the far end of the scale, but they do have a point. We all react more strongly to some things than to others, and they focus on that. What i'm wondering most, you start off by calling them crazy, but are they? Seriously, prove them wrong (or rather, they're being proved right a bit more every day). It's just not the immediate end of the world as they may view it, but is being more sensitive to such things being crazy?

Comment: Re:Is it just me... (Score 2) 516

by Racemaniac (#49135715) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

design and fashion is always such a cycle. I don't know why you feel these are " 256 color, flat, windows 3 style icons". They look far better than the old windows 3 icons do. To me they just look like the next evolution.
And seeing people freak out over icons that pretty much look as expected seeing current gui practices... yes, it makes me feel people are just opposing change. To me they look like a nice new set of icons, and if you prefer another set, put that on your windows :).

Comment: Re:If you hate Change so much...... (Score -1, Troll) 516

by Racemaniac (#49135449) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

If this means nothing can ever get changed... no.
Why can't they change the look of things a bit from time to time? i think it's a nice look, and if you don't... you'll still get used to it :p.

I just had to think about a little "customer riot" here in belgium. A big chain wanted to change the name of their cheap beer. It was apparantly a huge riot because people wanted the name to remain the same, and not just be renamed to the cheap brandname they use for all their cheap products. I was reading it and really wondering "wtf is wrong with the people complaining about this"...

And i've got a similar feeling about this. It's a fresher design, you may or may not like what the current gui design standards are. But is it really worth all this effort? i honestly think the screenshot in that article looks great. Probably better than the win7 icons i'm currently looking at.
But change must always be shot down it seems. And then afterwards we can all complain that nothing ever changes (or changes far too slowly).

Comment: Re:If you hate Change so much...... (Score 1, Troll) 516

by Racemaniac (#49135405) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Lol XD
But i'm wondering the same. I looked at those icons, and don't see the issue. Yes they're different, a bit more like a lot of modern things are styled. You'll get used to it...

And to answer your question: everybody wants the world to change, but nobody wants to change themselves :p. That's the nice paradox our society is stuck in :).

And i'm probably going to kill any chances of getting modded up by saying this: I had the same feeling with windows 8. I heard all these terrible things about it, how the UI sucks. Did install it, and gave it a try. It's certainly different, but i don't see the issue. I looked up how to configure the new screen, grouped my icons on the metro screen nicely in a way i find convenient.

Now we've said our thing, the microsoft bashing may continue :).

Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 3, Insightful) 320

by Racemaniac (#49127585) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

I mean in common treatment. Unless you complain about psychological issues (or act really really weird), you won't see anyone who really cares about your mental status. People with serious illnesses who go to modern medicine for treatment end up in a pharmacological & scientific world where their body will be scanned, probed, checked, double checked, analysed, etc.... they'll be given substances & treatments to cure whatever they find. But psychological assistance to go along with this just doesn't belong in that world it seems. You're here for cancer, not for feeling good about yourself.
And i think we still vastly underestimate how much also feeling good actually helps us get trough things, and helps our body going in such grave situations.

Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 4, Interesting) 320

by Racemaniac (#49127057) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

I'm actually wondering what the result would be if they began implementing this.

From a pure biological point of view it's ofcourse pure bullshit.

But we can hardly deny that our current doctors just suck with the psychological side of feeling bad/illnesses. A lot of the power in "alternative medicine" is to support the people mentally, which as the placebo effect shows also helps quite a bit. It doesn't cure your cancer, but adding some spiritual side to the process that doesn't treat the people as patient #145563255 might actually give quite a positive result.

I think that no longer ignoring the psychological needs of people who are ill is one of the next big medical challenges. I've read people who fought cancer who said that the interaction with doctors & staff is also one of the hardest things. They seem to think you should be able to deal with all the shit that comes with it yourself and be fully informed and pay attention to every detail etc... while you're feeling like shit due to chemotherapy and are trying to resolve everything in your life before it's too late.

Now we seem to have 2 branches of "medicine". One that cures your body, but doesn't care much about your mind. And one that's full of "you should feel good and be happy" but doesn't know shit about your body (well, depending on the alternative medicine. there are some that do know some things, but still won't cure cancer).

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.