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Comment: Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (Score 1) 287

by Le Marteau (#47422795) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

When has there ever been a culture, in the history of the earth, that dispensed fair trials to the masses. Ever.

What made the United States experiment unique was not that it gave the average person justice. It's that it gave the average person a CHANCE at justice.

Go ahead, yuk it up, get all sarcastic and bitter, spell it "Amerika" and all. That chance at justice is something that 99.99999 percent of the people who have walked the face of planet never had.

Comment: Re:OR (Score 4, Interesting) 576

by drerwk (#47368065) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

One could argue that in most cases, a pedestrian paying attention could have avoided getting ran over if they'd pulled their heads out of their phones long enough to look around them.

SFPD claims to be keeping better stats these days but I could not find them online.
However here is what I did find:

All three victims this year entered the crosswalk only after pushing a button to activate several flashing beacons to alert drivers to stop. There are six lanes of traffic across Sunset with an island in the middle. Thursday's crash occurred when several drivers stopped, but a Honda CRV kept going. The driver noticed the woman too late and skidded into her, clipping her with the front bumper and spinning her to the pavement. "She said she didn't see her, " San Franicsco Police Officer Gian Tozzini told KTVU. "I don't know how she didn't see the flashers. Maybe they're just looking forward and not paying attention."

That is three victims, one fatally injured, at a single crosswalk with flashing lights in the Sunset. The description matches what I see in my little New England town where I'll slow because I see a deer stepping into the road and the car behind me thinks they need to pass me on a two lane road so as not to slow down at all - not sure how bad I'd feel other than for the deer. A pedestrian was hit in our crosswalk same way - one car stopped, person started walking, car behind did not even slow down and passed in the next lane hitting the person in the crosswalk - actually tossing them into the front window of another car that had also stopped on the other side for the pedestrian - that car was full of kids coming home from little league.

Comment: Re:And the stupidest thing about it? (Score 3, Interesting) 710

by Jesrad (#47313269) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

you literally can't get more than 40 hours of work out of people anyway.

Try 20.

For most of our existence as a species, 18-24 hours of work per week has been the world-wide average time spent satisfying our basic needs. All the rest was leisure, endeavours in curiosity and socializing. This observation still verifies with the few primitive tribes still around. It also verifies in our records of ancestral agricultural tribes. That's the intensity of work our bodies have attuned to over hundreds of thousands of years of recent evolution.

From my professional experience too it verifies, and I'm curious about what other people may want to report about that. People around me may log long or short hours over the days but once you substract the pauses, all the staring at the screen in a blank mind right after lunch or at the end of the work day, all the heated discussions about this hot topic or that, all the trying to figure out or motivate yourself about what you should be doing next, and concentrate on the actual, value-adding focus and thinking and doing, that's hardly more than 3 to 5 hours a week-day, typically 1-3 hours around 10 in the morning and 2-3 hours around 3 P.M. Even middle management types who try to commit, who show up first and leave last everyday, spend most of their time socializing rather than actually organising things up (basically they're downrate, modernized tribes' chiefs).

If you've got a flexible enough mind, it's a lot more efficient for you (and healthier and easier and saner and...) to wake up without an alarm clock, and not rush to the office, help yourself with organising your tasks with basic methodology, then get stuff done in those 4-5 hours. And outside of those hours relax, talk with your colleagues, allow yourself to enjoy your lunch, etc. There's litterally no point trying to force it beyond that.

Also, you'll benefit immensely from cutting the crap out of your life at home too. Stop inflicting incessant news updates, FB status updates, tweets and 24/7 information TV on yourself, your brain is NOT built for that kind of abuse. Stop thinking in terms of pain/gain balance: an hour of treadmilling is not compensating a handful of cupcakes, not in any way you can measure utility for yourself, ever ; and similarly inflicting huge stress and deadlines and job abuse on yourself so you can then indulge in a more wasteful home and car and lifestyle is NOT balanced either.

That one most precious but limited resource that you have in a basically fixed amount for life: your time... stop throwing it away so liberally. You just need to spend half as much as your income (give or take a quarter of your income, there's quite a margin) and then you can get retired in your 30s (or 40s if you're already late in the game), even on a $40-50 000/year job.

Comment: Re:Socialism is not working (Score 2) 710

by Jesrad (#47313065) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

I'm a french citizen and I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this whole debate. I wish anyone genuinely curious about this topic could live my situation for a couple years, just as I have gone and lived in other countries to see and learn. There is no way to get a useful view on this from a single vantage point.

Comment: Re:Oh yeah it's "workaholism" (Score 1) 710

by Jesrad (#47313059) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

The only "businesses" that benefit from paltry economic growth and inadequation between the qualifications of the potential workforce on one side, and the qualificatio nrequirements of the installed industry on the other side, are the "businesses" that can compel you to "buy" their products, by law. Lots of unemployed, low-qualification adults mean an ample supply of cannon fodder for the army. Low economic growth mean low treasury bond interests which mean they get to print and spend all the money they need.

Comment: Re: threatening our freedom (Score 0) 371

by Jesrad (#47304079) Attached to: Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Ah, that good old marxist crap about eschewing "formal liberty" for "real liberty". It makes more sense to distinguish between positive and negative definitions of freedom.

You'd have to be a fool to think any one can prosper in this world, that we all make daily, without exploiting others.

Actually, you'd have to be a fool to believe that mass prosperity can ever be achieved and sustained by taking forcefully from others. Quite the other way around, and quite the opposite of your premise.

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 345

by Le Marteau (#47279399) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Dangerous to your trim, maybe. Dangerous to your life? Not so much.

It is not speed, but difference in speed, which is dangerous to your life. I fear the one coming up behind me at a difference of 50+ MPH MUCH more than the one next to me doing a couple MPH different. Yeah, the guy next to me may take out my mirror or scuff my door, but the guy behind me may kill me.

The shortest distance between two points is under construction. -- Noelie Alito