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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More 64

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the roll-high-or-be-sent-to-siberia dept.
An anonymous reader writes The Economist reports, "'UNDER capitalism', ran the old Soviet-era joke, 'man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite.' In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity. Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans' willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8). ... The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers ... when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one."

Comment: NTFS, exFAT, UDF (Score 3, Informative) 130

Suddenly you forget that any filesystem other than NTFS exists.

Not This Fscking S#!+ again. True, Microsoft has been trolling the IT world by patenting exFAT and getting SD Card Association to mandate its use in SDXC. But supported Windows desktop operating systems (since Vista) can read and write UDF on flash drives. Or do specific Microsoft products have problems with UDF?

Comment: Serial novel (Score 1) 202

by tepples (#47505177) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

It's like, you know, books. We don't all read the same novel chapter by chapter at the same time.

Oh really? One thing that Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio and Dickens's Oliver Twist have in common, other than that Walt Disney Pictures loosely adapted both decades later, is that they were both first published as serials.

Comment: The point is the 35 USD (Score 1) 116

by tepples (#47504759) Attached to: The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

If it was built around a $200 Dell Laptop with an Intel Atom Processor, would you list all of that, too?

No. And the reason is that a $200 netbook costs a lot more than $35. Part of the perceived embarrassment is how cheap it is to build a rig that remotely 0wns someone's Chromecast device. If mentioning the Raspberry Pi brand is too much of a Slashvertisement to you, would "a $35 single-board computer" sound more honest?

Comment: Adaptations vs. original (Score 1) 202

by tepples (#47504589) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

I've never seen an episode of Under the Dome. Yet, I know how it ends.

That'd be relevant if all dramatic series on pay TV were adaptations, the way Game of Thrones and Under the Dome are. But things like Breaking Bad and The Sopranos are original. (There is a novel titled The Sopranos but it's completely unrelated. And no, I myself don't currently follow any such "things like".)

Let me put it another way: Waiting for the season box set breaks the shared social experience of all being at the same point in an original serial work. Then the question becomes whether this experience is beneficial.

I'm sorry, your QUESTION must be in the form of A QUESTION!

I'm aware that this question isn't in the form of a question. But neither was Hamlet's.

Comment: "...or other tax" (Score 1) 464

by tepples (#47504557) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use
The individual shared responsibility tax introduced in the Affordable Care Act doesn't change one thing about tax law in the slightest: if you have a taxable income, you have to pay tax. But you do raise a more general question about whether taking away a tax evader's right to vote through imprisonment is constitutional under the "or other tax" provision of the 24th Amendment.

Comment: Re:Go away, you're not 21 (Score 1) 202

by tepples (#47504281) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

things like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones

Breaking Bad is off the air, isn't it?

True, Breaking Bad itself has concluded. But people who followed Breaking Bad while it was showing had the problem that I describe, as do people who follow other original shows produced for pay TV networks (the "things like").

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (1) Gee, I wish we hadn't backed down on 'noalias'.