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Comment: Re:BIG ROUND NUMBERS!!! (Score 1) 140

by penguinoid (#49627251) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

No, you moron, if you actually read beyond two sentences, they talk about per-capita consumption, and it's STILL higher than non-megacity living.

But why would he read beyond where they're obviously spouting irrelevant crap using absolute numbers instead of per-capita numbers? If you used your critical reasoning skills, you might suspect that the only reason New York City has higher than non-megacity consumption is because they're comparing megacity Americans to third world populations. But feel free to insult someone who can both read and think.

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 1) 175

There's no rule that says that if you disagree with a law and decide to break it, that you have to be willing to accept the punishment and draw attention to the situation. That's only one way to do civil disobedience, and it will only work if people are extremely sympathetic to those breaking that law. Uber's method of blatantly breaking the law but having anyone important untouchable due to technicalities, also works well. Presumably not getting caught would be yet another (and drawing attention via the amount of resources wasted on attempted enforcement).

Public civil disobedience would of course be the best method for those few who live in a democracy.

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 1) 175

The police are still free to enforce the speed limit though. The defense in court that everyone was doing it doesn't hold any weight with the judge, and in in jury trials where the odds of finding people more sympathetic to the herd argument it might not work. Also in this analogy, if the police are letting speed infractions slide, they might still pull over tailgaters and other aggressive drivers that are making the road more dangerous irrespective of speed, or they might cite the speed limit infraction along with the reckless driving infraction.

No, in that area they will pull you over if you do go the speed limit, because if you're not speeding then you're impeding traffic. Go ahead and try it if you don't believe me.

The problem is that the people who make the rules, the people who enforce the rules, and the people most affected by the rules, are all different groups with different objectives. Reality is based on which rules are enforced or followed, not what is written.

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 0) 175

As such it needs to abide by passenger livery laws. If it doesn't like the laws, and if the passengers in a given area also feel that there's a problem, they should work to change the laws, not to break them while claiming that the laws do not apply.

Or, they could just ignore the bad laws like a responsible grownup. (Eg, compare to certain places where the speed limit is 35 but no one goes below 55, it is clear that the law is bad, that the people don't want the law, but instead of changing it people and law enforcement just ignore it). Changing laws is hard!

Comment: Re:Canadian Memorial to Vietnam opponents (Score 1) 159

by penguinoid (#49609347) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

I wasn't there so I can't judge them but I am sure many who fled had no conviction about Vietnam other than they didn't want to die in war over there, same as all the ones who did go.

They didn't flee from a war, they fled from a "police action". Since most of them weren't cops, that seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

Comment: Re:It wasn't the tweet (Score 1) 185

by penguinoid (#49581317) Attached to: How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value

This doesn't quite make sense to me. Assuming the bots are smart enough to parse the earnings reports (highly plausible) wouldn't they react the same as if it were a proper release?

You see, you have to sell it now before the price drops. If you predict that the price will drop further due to panic selling, time to sell again. Then you buy it back after you predict that the panic has ended. If the sudden buying causes the price to soar, well then that just means you have to sell it again before other people notice...

Presumably if the release had been proper, the machines would have been instructed by humans as to what specifically to do with the stock when the markets opened, and also wouldn't predict any panics.

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