You see I too think that most likely our energy problems would not be solved by renewables, efficient and considerate energy consumption, smart grid and what not - we may really need nuclear energy at some point. It would be better if the morons that store all the waste in little pool here and the little pool somewhere else started thinking already what to do with this shit but I guess they wait till states decide on a law forcing them too and who can blame them - if only one company did it it would be out of market in no time I guess. So yes there is lots of morons among opponents of nuclear energy and what scares the shit out of me is that there is at least as big proportion of morons dealing with nuclear energy and its waste as well as a not insignificant group of people who think only about their own bank account when discussing this subject.
If them banks do it right - the cost of service is on you as a customer just as profit of the company is. If they have no profit and/or do not pay for services they need to keep your money safe and buy insurance to pay for losses if things go wrong etc then you have a good chance of being parted from your money anyway.
The question here is: which banks were they the ones that saved on all but salaries of directors or the ones that tried and failed to protect their business.
I just wonder - were insider help needed there? TFA seems to believe the hacking crew had a clear access into finance systems - so it is not little identity theft, was it possible without any insider? If so then another interesting question/issue can be: states like Germany feel free to bribe anybody who wants to take money and sell secrete data of banks all over the place - the socialists that specialize in this art of 'investigation' claim that if not tax evasion there would be no financial problems in the country but I digress. If I were a bank clerk with access to some fat financial data DB I would consider working with German tax office but in lack of its interest I would cooperate hackers too. I think they will strike again - there is a good reason why the chief of NY street crew was shot dead I guess - the hand is off but the head may still be free and working on a better plan....
Of course for the big part of population the right to own and bear arms is god given so no arguments apply. To make any change in risk caused by said arms you would need to confiscate the existing privately owned weapons which is not going to happen. The discussion is entertaining at times but it is not changing anything really.
OTOH majority of code is not hand written anyway but copy-pasted and/or automatically generated by some fancy tool so of course you have less faults.
I actually enjoyed work as self employed system tester but as soon as I got a local contract the job turned bad - nobody wanted to listen anymore and somehow quality of a product I was to test determined my bonus i.e. if it was good I got one if it was as it was I did not as opposed to pay as you go and if stream of faults did not subside go on and get paid per hour. Not sure if management gurus have brains for anything more than counting the money they took away from gullible and stupid. Having social techniques problem meself never wanted to go up but I guess I would feel good there
Come to think of it this never changes. That is how humans are. In 17th century in England - globalization and rapid pace of technological change caused that on regular base people went to the streets and hanged bailiffs and sheriffs because they were not compensated for their work properly, gov sent troops to subdue the protest and introduced regulation to prevent it in the future and businesses avoided regulation by moving overseas (to Holland among other places back then). Today we do not go to the streets anymore but ask for another does of prozac and the leading industries changed - back then it was textile now it is IT and finance.
- have no interest, and who can blame them
- have not enough information and brain capacity to understand even less complex problems
- we all are corrupt to some extent
Bottom line: The parliament is an essence of the society it exists in. If you are disappointed try to change the society if possible in a peaceful way. That is of course impossible in a huge country with huge groups of conflicting interests. I guess the social cohesion is also a factor as well as reasonable approach to this decision making - that is why in Switzerland it kind of works. It must be understood of course that no system is perfect and as we somehow lack places to migrate at the moment we will have to live with imperfect system and hope it works best for us as well as in cases it seriously malfunctions - go to the streets and sometimes even risk our lives in attempt to modify it. The unfortunate fact about society is that it is built of people.
To the 'all agree' dogma there is nothing to say - if you do it that way you will not find many decisions being done in the first place.
I do not say that it is bad idea to have public opinion taken into account especially if technology makes it cheaper and more reliable but you need to do something with following items:
- what to do with opinions of the minorities who were of different view than majority - always ignore may be a reason society dissolves
- you cannot effectively do it all the time, more people are involved the more time it needs to discuss it.
- are all people really willing and have the energy to take part in constant decision making
- what to do with situations where no clear answer is possible or requires special knowledge?
There are many more but whichever system you do you still will have a need for executive branch and leaders of the nation.
Also a system that arguably uses wisdom of the crowd i.e. american courts of justice are flowed. I do not find German system much better but it is better in many ways still and we do have professional judges doing most of the work.