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Comment I'm still using a flip-phone (Score 2) 135

I have a laptop, a camera, and a GPS, all of which are better stat wise than any smart phone. When I leave the house you can get a hold of me still, but I'm not distracted by my addiction to trolling Facebook political pages. Having the internet at every waking moment is often more of an inconvenience than it's worth, and if I REALLY have to look something up it can usually wait until I get home. The only thing I don't like about it is that everyone just assumes I'm poor, but with a hipster marketing campaign like this I can keep my flipphone and not be a social outcast, I call that a big win for Motorola, it's a smart move.

Submission + - Sweden's Cash-Free Future Looms - and Not Everyone is Happy About It writes: Liz Alderman writes in the NYT that bills and coins now represent just 2 percent of Sweden’s economy, compared with 7.7 percent in the United States and 10 percent in the euro area and this year only about 20 percent of all consumer payments in Sweden have been made in cash, compared with an average of 75 percent in the rest of the world. “Sweden has always been at the forefront of technology, so it’s easy to embrace this,” said Jacob de Geer, a founder of iZettle, which makes a mobile-powered card reader. In Sweden parishioners text tithes to their churches, homeless street vendors carry mobile credit-card readers, and even the Abba Museum, despite being a shrine to the 1970s pop group that wrote “Money, Money, Money,” considers cash so last-century that it does not accept bills and coins. "We don’t want to be behind the times by taking cash while cash is dying out,” says Bjorn Ulvaeus, a former Abba member who has leveraged the band’s legacy into a sprawling business empire, including the museum.

But not everyone is pleased with the process. Remember, Sweden is the place where, if you use too much cash, banks call the police because they think you might be a terrorist or a criminal. Swedish banks have started removing cash ATMs from rural areas, annoying old people and farmers. Credit Suisse says the rule of thumb in Scandinavia is: "If you have to pay in cash, something is wrong." Sweden’s embrace of electronic payments has alarmed consumer organizations and critics who warn of a rising threat to privacy and increased vulnerability to sophisticated Internet crimes. Last year, the number of electronic fraud cases surged to 140,000, more than double the amount a decade ago, according to Sweden’s Ministry of Justice. Older adults and refugees in Sweden who use cash may be marginalized, critics say, and young people who use apps to pay for everything or take out loans via their mobile phones risk falling into debt. “It might be trendy,” says Bjorn Eriksson, a former director of the Swedish police force and former president of Interpol. “But there are all sorts of risks when a society starts to go cashless.”

Comment Re:Why not direct democracy? (Score 1) 490

But I don't think it will work, I think direct democracy requires an informed electorate, and I personally don't want to become informed enough on every issue. For example, I don't want to research regulations on crab fishing, or many other topics. Not worth the effort required to make good decisions.

But the people who were directly effected by crab fishing regulations would vote on crab fishing regulations and you wouldn't be put on in any way regardless of which way they vote. I see a system in which people only vote on the laws that matter to their life, it would certainly be more effective than a career politician making decisions about things they themselves have no interest or understanding of.

Comment Re:Why not direct democracy? (Score 1) 490

Except the constitution didn't really stop tyrants from grabbing power. If you believe the Princeton studies the US is an oligarchy run entirely at the whims of plutocrats. The constitution was ratified so that the aristocrat class could give the federal government enough power to collect funds and pay back war debts to France. It was written by a bunch of rich white men in secret without any input from the public, to pretend they had the best interests of the common man at heart is laughable, I mean they argued over whether slaves were people for fucks sake.

Comment Re:SIgh (Score 2) 490

Also, let us not discount the low tech ways in which the voting system is rigged. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, and endless pools of advertising money psychologically manipulating people to change their votes. There is no perfect government, but given how awful what we have is I for one would be willing to risk something new.

Submission + - "Gynepunks" DIY Gynecology for underserved women (

Alien7 writes: "A collective of radical bio-hackers and TransHackFeminists are out to reclaim gynecological medicine for those women, and for themselves. Under the name GynePunks, they’re assembling an arsenal of open-source tools for DIY diagnosis and first-aid care—centrifuges made from old hard drive motors; microscopes from deconstructed webcams; homemade incubators; and 3D printable speculums. "

Comment Or you could... (Score 1) 486

Just make biodiesel from these crazy life forms that sequester carbon from the CO2 air using energy from the sun, I think they call them "plants". Or Audi could buy out the patent and make cars that just run off of vegetable oil. This seems like a really convoluted way to get diesel when you can just take hempseed oil and add methanol.

Submission + - Swedish fare dodgers taking grounds against transportation authorities (

An anonymous reader writes: Every transit network has its fare beaters, the riders who view payment as either optional or prohibitively expensive. Many cities, most notably New York, view turnstile-jumpers as a top policing priority, reasoning that scofflaws might graduate to more serious crimes if left alone.

But in Stockholm, the offenders seem to have defeated the system.

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