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Comment: Grow up under Socialist system (Score 5, Informative) 619

by sageres (#47506551) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

In order to fully understand how any society works, one must grow up under that system. As a person who grew up in the old Soviet Union, I am intimately aware of how and why the people were being cheated. My father pretty much gave me an introduction to the old Soviet system, and explained how it works.
Story #1.
My father used to work two jobs, as a house painter. First job was for the state, and the second job (In Russian "Khaltura") for himself. We lived OK, and could make ends meet. One time on a weekend, when I was ten years old, my father took me to his second job. I was carrying a bucket of paint (it was very heavy), and my father was carrying three. On the way he told me how it works. A state on the first job gives five buckets of paint to work on the apartment. By doing some Soviet Innovation chemical Magic with water, paint, iron powder and gasoline it is possible to make five buckets of paint out of two buckets (which what my dad used to do), and three of the buckets he would take to the second job. I recall being in shock, and my dad told me that the state hardly pays any money for survival, and only the second job can. He also told me that everyone steals, and in the Soviet System everyone steals because EVERYONE IS THE OWNER. I did not like the explanation, and was quite upset. However the person who we pained the apartment of (a local surgeon), interjected into our conversation. He told me that he does the same thing, except he and his nurses take (steal) antibiotics and other drugs, borrow medical instruments and once a week go to remote villages that lacks doctors to operate on the patients. That's how they make 70% of their living. This incident really opened my eyes. Everyone was stealing. A state store personnel would divert the goods from the store onto the black market, thus making a profit. A car mechanic would reuse old brakes (again, Soviet innovation magic) instead of replacing onto new ones, selling the new breaks. And everyone was doing this, not because they are dishonest, but because they needed to survive. To illustrate some quirks of Soviet Survival, here is a story #2.
This happened when I was 11 years old. It was a middle of the night, and approximately 3 o'clock early morning. I suddenly saw a light coming from my parents' room, and heard my dad walking in his heavy shoes. Looking at my alarm clock, I could not understand what would my dad be doing so early.
I came out rubbing my eyes, seeing my dad fully dressed I asked, "Dad, where are you going?"
And he answered me, "I'm going to a milk store, son".
I told him that the milk store opens at 6 in the morning, why would he need to leave at three. To which he replied:
"Son, if I wait until that time to come to the store opening, there is going to be such a huge line of people, that by the time my time comes to get the milk -- there is going to be none there. So I have to go and stay there for three hours, waiting until the store opens."
After my dad left, I drank some tea, ate my breakfast and went after my dad to the milk store to stand with him.

Comment: China and forced population control (Score 1) 302

by sageres (#47409635) Attached to: Wireless Contraception

"There's also the issue of making it easier for governments to control population levels. "
I can think of China... It has been widely known that besides "encouraging" abortions and sterilizations, there is a number of documented cases of forced abortions and sterilizations in the country. It would be too easy for them to implant the chip into the "people's offenders" or anyone who had at least one baby right at the birth clinics. Potential human rights violations made easy with technology.

Comment: Extra time between events. (Score 1) 579

by sageres (#47368037) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

My thought: implement a full three to five second delay between when the pedestrian light turns red and add a "Yellow" -- ready signal during the transition between red to green lights. That should add extra-time and delay traffic between the events of pedestrian stopping and traffic moving. (I seriously hate it when I see someone crossing an intersection in a car within a microsecond of his light turning green.)

Comment: Russia Fascist (Score -1, Troll) 158

by sageres (#47367837) Attached to: Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

The article also discusses a ban on swearing in books, plays, and films that went into effect today in Russia.

Slashdot readers, please if you currently support Russia or neutral to their current policies -- please don't trust my words for it. Please research the facts and please do not support Vladimir Putin. Support Ukraine and Russian opposition.
Russia is a modern fascist-governed country. The chief ideology that replaced democratically-aimed Yeltsin era became Russian Christian-Orthodox Fascism. It is evidenced in prohibition on much of the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, murders of critical journalists, arrests and trials of the anti-government activists, arrests and trials of the gay activists, rampant government-sponsored homophobia and xenophobia, and even aggression and annexation of the land of her neighbors.
That's why I don't understand American left (from the group of those who always defend Russia no matter what). It is more then obvious that Russia is in the business much worse then the USA when it comes to human rights, privacy, freedom of speech and expression, and respect for other country's territories. Even the famous American anti-spying pro-privacy whistle-blower Snowden after finding refuge in Russia became its internal praiser (few months ago he was the one that threw a "softball" question at Putin's press conference if there is any electronic monitoring is going on within the FSB (renamed KGB) walls, question that was obviously designed for him to be asked and for Putin to be answered, even though Snowden never had any journalistic accreditation to be in that press conference in the first place.
A rampant anti-Americanism and anti-Europeanism allows even the highest in power to call Americans "Pendos" (a derogatory Russian word reserved for the Greeks) and Europeans -- "Gay-ropeans" -- an obvious reference to the Russia's extreme homophobic stand in the years of Putin's reign.
Russia has actively supported the most corrupted regimes in their vicinity. When Ukraine has decided to rebel and depose its corrupt leader because it wanted to live like civilized people -- Ukraine's political leadership was quite ironically accused of being fascist, and the Crimean peninsula was annexed through a "referendum" under the barrel of unmarked Russian solders' guns (which was later admitted by Putin to be actually Russian soldiers.), and even that referendum's results were corrupted. (A commission appointed by Kremlin specifically admitted that only 43% of the people of Crimea wanted to be part of Russia, not 98%., and only people of the city of Sevastopol (where the Russian fleet has a base) voted at close to 80% to be a part. In one famous press conferences Vladimir Putin gave at the time of annexation, on the question what would happened if the Ukrainian military in Crimea will not give up their arms and start fighting invading soldiers, Putin answered that the soldiers will stand behind women and children, and he will see how will Ukrainian soldiers shoot at them.
For the last few months after the Crimea's annexation Russia has been blowing up tensions in Ukraine's eastern regions, sending their weaponry and thugs, paying and training these thugs to terrorize and murder the Ukrainian people. They have done it before in 2008 in Georgia.
I can give many more examples of this, but Russia is most parallel with the Germany of 1930s. The same Goebbels' style propaganda is across all the Russian TV channels and newspapers, with lies, falsified information and imagery and unprecedented paranoia (Russian political idea that Americans want nothing but to enslave the Russian people), at times antisemitism (recently one of the TV presenters had a flat-out said that Jews are guilty of Holocaust), xenophobia (against all nationalities, even the Slavic ones that do not support the policies of Putin), homophobia (the chief of the Russian main news agency, Dmitry Kiselev said that homosexuals' hearts should be burned upon their deaths), and many more things.
Slashdot readers, please if you currently support Russia or neutral to their current policies -- please don't trust my words for it. Please research the facts and please do not support Vladimir Putin. Support Ukraine and Russian opposition.

Comment: useless buzzword for marketing only (Score 2) 309

by sageres (#47221529) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

"Web programming language is a buzzword that I heard before since 1994-1995 over and over and over and over and over again. Here is one joke about one of the "Web programming languages" from that era:

--Knock knock!
--Who is there?
--... (wait one minute before replying... And then:) Java!

But for some reason, every declared "web programming language" seem to not having universal adoption.
Question is: Why, and why are they talking about it again and again?

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