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Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong (Score 1) 240

by Tom (#47952455) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Is Russia as internet-dependent as we are?

Russia is independent of the USA part of the Internet to a degree you can hardly imagine. They have their own Facebook (vk), their own Google (yandex), two DNS root-server anycast instances, and even for credit cards they'll not be very sorry as Russians prefer debit cards from their own banks over Master/VISA credit cards.

Sure it'd be noticeable and some stuff would stop working, but it is certainly feasable.

Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 2) 177

by Tom (#47944385) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

I can't see wasting money just to say I have money to waste.

Exactly. You're the kind of people they want to keep out. People who think that $5k is a waste. For their target audience, $5k is either not worth even thinking about, or a fair price to pay for making sure you spend your time only with people who fall into either of these categories.

Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 5, Insightful) 177

by Tom (#47943987) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

That $9000 bouncer will be just as happy to let in every reality TV star, pop artist, flash-in-the-pan record producer, a

Those TV and music starlets will stay on FB because they want and need to stay in touch with their fans.

The wealthy have always segregated themselves. That $10k membership fee in the golf club is not because keeping the grass short is so expensive, either. It is to make sure everyone you meet there is in your class.

Frankly speaking, I'm mostly surprised that this doesn't already exist.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 952

by Tom (#47932809) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

[Kurds] but we don't want to support them too much because we don't want them demanding their own state,

Also because we already betrayed them once and they're not necessarily our best friends because of it.

If we stopped working towards keeping the region unstable,

Mostly by changing allies the way other people change their underwear, yes.

Comment: purpose? (Score 1, Informative) 730

by Tom (#47869467) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

If I'd say I'm underwhelmed, it would be a big understatement.

Every major device announcement that Apple made in the recent years was always driven by one thing: It had a purpose. It provided something that was lacking in the world. Not a totally new invention in many cases, but a solution. Smartphones existed before the iPhone, but it is clear that the smartphone market history can be divided into "before the iPhone" and "after the iPhone" - just look at pictures of smartphones from those two periods.

iWatch? I know it was rumoured for two years or so, but in all that time I couldn't see which problem it solves and what meaning to life it has, and I still can't. It seems the Jobs spirit has left, because this is clearly a device that was made in response to the rumours about it, not because someone knew what he was doing.

Comment: Re:Voliunteer workers for the IRS? (Score 1) 246

by Tom (#47853375) Attached to: Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

It would be very interesting to run the numbers.

In government, inefficiency and bureaucracy and corruption cause friction, resulting in only $1 cents of every tax dollar to actually be spent on something.

In corporations, inefficiency, shareholder payouts and top-level management salaries (which have no equivalent in government) cause friction, resulting in only $2 cents of every dollar revenue to be spent on creating goods or services.

I wonder if $1 > $2 or the other way around. I do consider the evidence-free assumption that corporations are more efficient than government to be naive. Show me your evidence or shut up.

Comment: Re:You are a SLAVE (Score 1) 363

by Tom (#47853309) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

You BOW to these "experts".

You know nothing about me and yet assume a lot.

You cannot imagine that YOU could be part of the government and have a rifle at your home. Like these "swiss" men.

Guns have nothing to do with it at all. Here in Europe, it is very clear. We have countries neighbouring each other with very similar culture and economy, one of them has lots of guns and the other has very little. Differences in wealth, political corruption or empowerment? Negliegable.

This "I have a rifle, fuck the government" romantic misconception is from a time when the rifle you had was a match for the weapons the government had. What, exactly, will it do for you when the government comes with an APC, assault rifles, drones and all that shit?

Comment: Re:Misleading Headline (Score 2) 246

by Tom (#47844891) Attached to: Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Some of the more prosperous years in our history were when the government was not in schools, limited themselves on the roads, did not deliver water and so on.

You conveniently ignore the fact that in those years, that infrastructure was owned and/or maintained by communities, not by multinational corporations with a fanatical profit-maximizing agenda.

Comment: Re:Voliunteer workers for the IRS? (Score 2) 246

by Tom (#47844889) Attached to: Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Therefore, it would be irresponsible of it NOT to take advantage of legal tax loopholes or tactics to minimize costs.

That is in one sentence what's wrong with our western society. Maximise profit at all costs, dodge responsibilities to the world around you, and then justify it all as being the proper way to do things.

The crux of the problem here is the way the laws are written, so only your legislators can correct it.

The crux of the problem is the assumption that your responsibilities to society begin and end with the laws, interpreted to your advantage as much as possible.

Comment: Re:Hell no (Score 2) 363

by Tom (#47844869) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

That's beside the point though, if you had the money, how would you use it philanthropically to make the world a better place?

Grants to existing scholars, scientists and researchers in their fields who are making actual scientific progress, instead of making their lives more difficult by founding some hot shot idea you found interesting.

Someone as allegedly smart as Gates, who spent all his life in a company whose success is first and foremost based on marketing and manipulation of perception could be expected to understand that if you read, hear or watch someone telling his great idea and you're fascinated with it afterwards, you can be sure that you have seen a good sales man, but you have no clue whether or not you've seen a good idea.

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project

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