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Comment: Re:LOL democracy! (Score 1) 253

by gerddie (#49773413) Attached to: Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn


“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” —Ben Franklin


“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and ... breaks up the foundations of society.” —Thomas Jefferson

That's why you really want a consensus democracy:

Consensus democracy is the application of consensus decision-making to the process of legislation in a democracy. It is characterized by a decision-making structure which involves and takes into account as broad a range of opinions as possible, as opposed to systems where minority opinions can potentially be ignored by vote-winning majorities.

Comment: Re:There is something to it, people are missing (Score 1) 742

by gerddie (#49767027) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

If I were to lend 10.000 euros to someone, I'd have a better chance of having that loan paid in full from a German citizen living and working in Germany than from a Greek citizen living and working in Greece. That does not mean that I would not lend to Greece, but it means that I would take a higher interest rate to compensate for the risk.

Which, on the other hand, means, that it should be possible that this risk of Greece not paying back should also be realized. However, Greece was "bailed-out" which means the investors were bailed out instead of sucking it up that they did an insecure investment. In 2010 about 100% of the investors in Greece debt were private investors (Deutsche Bank for instance), now it is the tax payer who will lose if Greece declares bankruptcy.

It is not a diabolic German plan to put Greece down. It's just economics.

Actually, there is a plan to put the current Greek government down, because if they somehow succeed to get Greece back on track than this is a signal for Spain, Portugal, and maybe even more countries in the Eurozone that a different politic is possible than is not based on the austerity dictated by Germany.

Incidentally, there are general elections in Spain in November, and yesterdays communal elections showed that the anti-austerity movement goes strong. If they could point to Greece as an example of how to do it differently, then it's bye-bye for the currently ruling party.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 5, Informative) 98

by gerddie (#49758357) Attached to: TPP Fast Track Passes Key Vote In the Senate, Moves On To the House
The idea of this type of trade agreement is to introduce rules that big business wants, but are currently difficult to push through in your country. If the trade agreement is ratified, the government will then say "We need to set these rules, because they are part of the trade agreement", and you are fucked. In other words, TPP will be used to diminish your rights. You might want to continue reading here.

Comment: Re:Capitalism is not a moral system (Score 1) 142

by gerddie (#49652475) Attached to: From Commune To Sharing Economy Startup

[...] Basically he had visited a bunch of World Vision type projects where they would fly in and dig a water bore and setup a community pump. He said everyone would celebrate and think they were doing a wonderful thing, but in a year or two they would go back to the village and find the pump broken. When they inquired as to why nobody had bothered to fix it, each person would say it wasn't their responsibility, or blame someone else for breaking it.

I'd rather say that the project was not well planned, because they didn't make sure to make someone responsible for the pump, e.g. the village council. It may also show that the pump may have been a nice addition, but not considered a necessity by the villagers. I'm quite certain that if the object in question would not have been a pump, but a bridge on the only road to the village, they would have gotten their act together and would have fixed it.

Comment: Re:That doesn't work (Score 1) 142

by gerddie (#49652423) Attached to: From Commune To Sharing Economy Startup

I could have sworn that the collapse and utter disaster of communist countries proved this. [...]

Whoever came up with the idea that these countries were communist, doesn't know the first thing about communism:

"Communism (from Latin communis – common, universal) is a socioeconomic order structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money, and the state, [...]".

For starters, all those "communist " countries used money and were states.

If you have no reason to learn things then get a good job and work hard, you're not going to. People are lazy as hell. If everyone's even and shares everything, nobody tries and your country sucks.

Where I come from people generally enjoy learning things and like to do some fulfilling work. People are generally lazy when it comes to doing things tht they don't like to do. For these jobs, "that need to be done" on the other hand a five hour week (pdf) should be enough.

Comment: Re:Hello? The 21st Century Calling (Score 1) 229

... There is no time savings from a computation unique to a Xeon chip, that cannot be replicated by a supercomputer cluster with software higher precision emulation. Its just more work and higher energy consumption costs.

Actually, for performance-per-watt arm64 is the winner.

Comment: Re:A database... (Score 1) 73

by gerddie (#49051601) Attached to: EU Preparing Vast Air Passenger Database

So up to know the EU has NOT been keeping track of who arrives and leaves???

Apparently yes, in December, when I went to India when exiting the EU in Madrid they just looked at the passport, compared the face that the boarding pass is valid, without any further check (e.g putting the document on some kind of reader).

Crossing an international customs border is not a private affair

But it should be.

Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 2) 328

by gerddie (#48917153) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Shit like this [Chile coup, Pinochet -mi]

Chile's Pinochet, upon stepping down (show me one Left-dictator to have done that!), has left his country as the top Latin American economy.

Really? Then why is this organge line indicating the average of Latin America above the blue line indicating Chile between 1970 and 1991? There is also a different story to tell.

Comment: Re:Not at all the same (Score 1) 192

by gerddie (#48898031) Attached to: WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

Taking that even further, they pay to keep their XMPP servers running, WhatsApp Plus don't....

Actually, this is not quite correct: To connect to the WhatsApp servers one has supposedly pay for a subscription after the first year, and this subscription is bound to the account and not the client software; the official WhatsApp client is free on Android.

Comment: Re:Telegram (Score 1) 192

by gerddie (#48897807) Attached to: WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

Really? Using what server? Run by who? If you want guaranteed privacy, keep your data off a network.

With client end-to-end encryption it shouldn't matter who runs the server, should it? And since the client is FLOSS, you can check that they really do use a secured client-to-client connection when they claim to do so.

The major difference between bonds and bond traders is that the bonds will eventually mature.