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Comment Recent events (Score 5, Informative) 728

Maas' statement is to be seen in the light of recent events. Following a larger-than-usual wave of refugees, there has been a major outbreak of racist uproar in (mostly eastern) Germany, not only on the Net, but on the streets, too, with groups of neonazi extremists allied with so-called "concerned citizens" demonstrating, shouting hate and sometimes throwing stones or bottles in front of refugee hostels, and a new arson attack on a refugee hostel every other day (most of them, until now, having been empty at the time of the crime, with no refugees being hurt yet, but I fear that's just a matter of time). German government seems to very, very slowly notice that this comes as a result of a development both their domestic and foreign policies over the last 25 years have some responsibility for.

Comment "appropriate sexual dialogue" (Score 1, Flamebait) 223

"The only appropriate sexual dialogue between tech workers" IS none at all, as long as there's just a slim chance someone might be offended, and it's stupidly immature not to get that in one's head, and as long a such immature offenders constitute a significant portion of tech workers, organizations like the Ada Institute are totally needed.

Comment "Totalitarian" is a political fighting word (Score 1) 75

... to denounce socialist ideas by giving the failed state-socialist states the same name as fascist states, thereby trying to blur the crucial differences between both. The "totalitarian theory" that makes such an equation does not seek knowledge about both concepts, it intends a relativization of facist and, significantly, National Socialist crimes.

Comment False History (Score 5, Informative) 75

Yugoslavia was neither, as someone already corrected, totalitarian, the way the Soviet Union or other East Bloc state-socialist nations might have been called, nor even, for that matter, member of the East Bloc at all. Yugoslavia was a non-aligned country, and not just any of them, but one of the five founders of the Non-Aligned Movement of states (NAM).

Comment Re: What "significant cost"? (Score 1) 485

No one questions that things have been going wrong in Greece for decades.

The problem is, completely regardless of whose fault it is, the conditions now imposed on Greece will strangulate Greek economy even further and thereby make the back payment of their debts even more improbable then it used to be. The Syriza idea of a haircut combined with other measures to leave room for the Greek economy to recuperate would, on the other hand, have increased the probability.

But that wouldn't have given the rich parts of Europe, most important Germany, the opportunity to plunder the remains of Greek property.

Which is, by the way, what renowned economists like Krugman and Stiglitz say, too.

Comment What "significant cost"? (Score 1, Insightful) 485

Problem is, the conditions will continue to even further strangulate Greek economy, so that an eventual back payment of Greece's debts will become even less probable.

But the conditions, and that's the one major reason Germany kept insisting on them, will ensure that western European capital will be able to totally and completely plunder what's left of Greek property, while at the same time Germany's hegemony within Europe will be further strengthened.

The 'agreement' that was reached today is a declaration of war to the Greek people, and it is the defeat and the end of the once so promising project called Syriza.

"Wir schaffen es, ohne Waffen-SS" – a satirical comment dating back to the sixties, meaning 'we'll manage it [to subdue the world] without the military', was never more applicable to Germany than today.

I wouldn't expect the Greek people to go along without struggle now, though. Somehow I think today's 'agreement' might not have been the last word.

(Disclaimer: I'm German, but not a tiny bit proud of it.)

Comment Issues (Score 1) 613

Yeah, like all issues which needed to be dealt with, to reach the moderate level of civilization we at least have reached, used to be non-issues for the privileged asshole majorities of their time who thought it was their natural right to boss others around. No, sir; we, and by that I explicitly mean the male part of the civilized population, too, will continue to civilize those who insist on uncivilized behavior wherever we meet them and especially where we meet them in person. At my workplace the likes of you and their big-mouthed anti-feminist nonsense they oh-so-bravely blare into forums wouldn't last even one day.

Comment It is (Score 1) 613

The good thing is, though, that male assholes who behave like those who seem to constitute a slashdot majority on topics like these, are probably already outsiders at most attractive (for any gender and orientation, not just non-male or non-straight) workplaces and will more and more become so. Everyone's entitled to their nerdiness, and while many a nerd's antihumanist attitude may be explained by unfair behaviour the world did show to them at some point in their lives, that of course doesn't make their antihumanist attitude (like the extremist, antifeminist and misogynist hate they literally pour into forums like this) any more acceptable than it is, i.e. not at all.

Comment Re:LibreOffice/OpenOffice still kind of suck (Score 1) 579

The basic office-type products for Linux still kind of suck. I've been using them since the StarOffice/SunOffice days, and now use LibreOffice

My personal experience is quite contrary. Both at home and on the job (although most of the time it wasn't on Linux), I've been using the OpenOffice/LibreOffice line of products since StarWriter 3.0, which was the predecessor of StarOffice, long before Sun bought the Hamburg, Germany, based software company Star Division GmbH, and back then already I liked it much better than MS Word because of its better usability, its much more straight-forward and logical handling and its much more logical and sophisticated styles and style sheets concept. While the package lost a lot in the transition from StarOffice 5.2 to OpenOffice 1.0, I still like it much more than every Microsoft Office incarnation, the latest of which I find to be the worst in usability I've ever seen in any office suite. Unfortunately, for some parts of my work I have to use MS Office, and I'm quite sure I won't get used to it until I die.

Comment Re:Complaints? About what? (Score 1) 579

An explicit naming of complaints seems to be hard to impossible to find, but there indeed were complaints coming from all departments. On the other hand, there are always complaints, and there would have been complaints if everything ran on Windows, too. What's happening now is that a few of the people currently responsible, who by pure chance happen to be adversaries to the Linux migration from the beginning, want to re-evaluate. Many council members still are in favour of Linux, though, and they could very well still be the majority.

Comment It's even worse (Score 1) 135

You're factually right, of course, except for the religion part. Indeed, it's worse than religion, because you can always free yourself of religion, while on the other side and for the time being, capitalism is the one currently available world operating system, wherein the only thing keeping everything going (including the world itself) is profit – until the world finds another, better operating system.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen