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Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 316

And this is worse compared to tyranny by an MBA? Who uses metrics that are easily gamed to determine promotion and remuneration? Where the techies lose out too?

Funnily enough, self-organised collectives have always existed, and functioned. Humanity may not be much evolved, but we evolved as social beings, cooperation is what raises us above the apes. It is the Authoritarian worldview that must prove itself against evolutionary history.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 316

Leaders need legitimacy, and businesses can't afford to have people get into steel cage matches to let a boss prove their dominance via trial by combat.

You confuse legitimacy with power. Those are not the same, which is a point someone else is making upthread. Even Bakunin acknowledged that specialist knowledge can confer authority, in his famous bootmaker quote.

Comment Re:Finally, we've arrived! (Score 1) 569

Why would someone who is smart be a member of a trade union?

I don't know, maybe because they are literate enough to be able to read a history book, and intellectually curious enough to actually do so?

Of course, if your measure of smart is parroting propaganda, I can understand why you can't recognise actual intelligence. Dunning-Kruger is like that.

Comment Re:GNOME it's getting really good (Score 1) 170

I went the other way, but purely for reasons of taste: I hate the new window style that replaces the menu with a tiny button and builds it right into the window itself along with the window operation buttons.

It's a purely aesthetic decision. I realise some people like it, I just prefer my decade-old sawfish setup to do the window management for me, and until about 3.10 or so that worked fine in combination with Gnome. Now it just looks ugly.

Comment Re:It's not about "Uber" (Score 1) 233

The way to solve the problem isn't trying to restrict Uber's operations with new laws and court battles, it's dispensing with the Taxi License fees to make it an open market.

Of course, the other solution is to stop the race to the bottom, and tell Uber that if they want to compete as a taxi service, they shall damn well play by the same rules as existing taxi services.

Comment Re:What if he tried to board an airplane? (Score 1) 662

Until McVeigh, white guys with trucks full of fertilizer in the middle of a city didn't set off alarm bells; the USA.

In case you hadn't noticed, terrorism is not an Arab invention, and the rest of the world has had to deal with terrorists of various descents, including lily-white ones sponsored by the US.

To communicate is the beginning of understanding. -- AT&T