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Comment Re:And how much will the EU (Score 1) 866

Indeed. Wasn't this exactly was Greece was already doing with half of the population?

No it wasn't. Greece's public sector is at 22%. Which is not small, but it is not the thing that got the country into trouble. Even the UK has more public sector employees let alone the northern european countries like Denmark and Norway that go up to 35%. [1] Anyway, the word universal on UBI does not mean "half the population" nor 22% of them, and that distinction is quite important.

Greece's main issues where the same issues that most countries face, only a bit bigger. Corruption was rampaging. The local (and european) elite were bathing themselves with public money. They owned the media and the governement for the last 20 years. The public insurance institutions' assets have been handed away again and again on pyramid schemes like the stockmarket bubble in the late 90's (Greece's stockmarket soared to 7000, only to return to 1000 a few months later). Public money were been wasted on a huge military budget as a result of under the table agreements between Greece and the US, Germany, France and sometimes Russia. At some point they even legitimized corruption and getting a cut for every agreement. Sure, there are many issues on public spending and efficiency that should've been improved, but that was only a small part of the problem.

Claiming that Greece has a UBI of a sorts is not backed up with data unfortunately. Greece has had issues with income inequality before the crisis struck, but with the austerity measures and the economy taking a dive, this has only gotten worse [2]

The problem with taxing the rich folks is not that they will move their money away. They are already doing that. You can not compete with tax havens. But what is evident from the recent Panama leak (and the swiss and Lux before it) is that governments are not only unwilling to tax them, but they are part of the scheme. You can not honestly believe that the US can not force Panama, the UK the Cayman or the EU Luxembourg to play nice and hand over the data.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_public_sector
[2] http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2015/04/how-greek-austerity-has-stoked-inequality/

Comment Re: Obama: please stop helping us! (Score 1) 417

How is it an absolute success? The U.S. citizens have the fewer and some of the most expensive options when it comes to fast internet through the phone lines. Same goes for mobile phones. If you're referring to the good old ground phones, then sure, there are options. But that's because the barrier to entry was very low and the cost pretty much the same, since everybody used Big Bell's infrastructure. The phone and internet market in the US has been exactly where the market has failed. Don't compare what you have now, with what you had 30 years ago. See what the US citizens have now in terms of broadband and phone value and what the rest of the developed world has.

And its not just the telcos. Health? Banking? Transportation? Prisons? All examples of failure. Unfortunately, Europe has been moving the free market way the past decade so we're going to see the same overseas.

Comment Re: Obama: please stop helping us! (Score 3, Insightful) 417

Of course the market is failing. The market-driven model always fails on big markets (oil, telcos, banks, etc). Free-market economists quickly realized that there is a tendency for monopolies and oligopolies. They will eventually create trusts or use tactics like selling below cost to drive new companies out of their field. Enter the state-regulator: A small government with a singular goal; to regulate the market and ensure competition. The problem is that on big markets, the dominating companies are so powerful that they end up controlling a big chunk of the government. Or at least enough of it, so they can use it to ensure continuation of the mono/oligopoly.

It is a pretty nasty situation and hard to get out of it, since the only one with the power to break the cycle is the government which is already corrupted. That leaves us with "the people". Well, that is why most of the ppl that own banks and oil companies, also own a lot of media.

Comment Re:That is not for you to judge... (Score 1) 594

But TFA is not talking about whether space tourism is dirty. It is talking about the eulogies given by the CEO's. If the flight was just a regular air flight going to Maldives, nobody would be talking about heroes moving frontiers. We would be discussing whether the planes are properly maintained, the pilots having enough rest, etc. Now, we are willing to ignore those questions because it involves "space". The pilots may or may not be aware about the severity of the risk they were taking. The CEO may or may not have cut safety costs to turn a profit. But all those questions should be asked as we would have done if it was an airline company.

Having the guy that stands to make billions, talking about the heroic deaths of two of his employees that were doing their jobs (which is more or less trying to make him richer) is just disgusting. Yes, these are hard, risky (and comparatively well payed) jobs. But there is nothing heroic in being a pilot transporting rich tourists.

Comment Re:Americans surrendered in Vietnam (Score 4, Informative) 380

Communists have the unique distinction of killing approximately 100,000,000 people in the last century.

Quoting "The black book of communism"? Really? That books is considered a joke by many scholars, lets say that it is at least controversial. Even if you argue 100mil victims of communist regimes, you can hardly say that it is a "unique distinction". Capitalism has killed much more, fasism has had its share too. It is a mute arguement. If you want to argue against communism/capitalism/fasism, etc, at least do it with some serious arguments like the economics, liberties, their feasibility, which system is more just, etc.

Submission + - EU Parliament adopts resolution to set standards for cloud interoperability

Clopy writes: The EU Parliament adopted a resolution backing up the European Commission’s cloud computing strategy. The resolution calls for adoption of standards that “should enable easy and complete data and service portability, and a high degree of interoperability between cloud services, in order to increase rather than limit competitiveness”. Another interesting aspect of the resolution is that "cloud providers should have a status of ‘data controllers’ which means that according to EU data protection laws they will share liability with the customer in relation to their data protection obligations". Among other things, the resolution also hints on the recent NSA snooping scandal, calls for anonymity protection, strong encryption, environmental and energy consumption issues. On Wednesday, the UN General Assembly, also adopted a resolution proposed by Germany and Brazil calling on the 193 U.N. member states "to respect and protect the right to privacy, including in the context of digital communication,"

Submission + - the open source way to manage your cloud servers (mist.io)

provetza writes: Mist.io helps you manage your virtual servers across different clouds, using any device that can access the web. It is provided under the GNU AGPL v3.0 License and the code is at https://github.com/mistio/mist.io. It is also a freemium service at https://mist.io/ which lets you monitor your servers and set alerts that trigger actions.

Comment Re:Switch to another one...? (Score 1) 702

Despite what most of the comments are focusing on, IMHO limited ISPs is not the issue here. There could be a dozen ISPs and still NN should be enforced.

TFA claims that if you don't like NN you have to leave the country. That's true. But guess what, that happens with every law in any country. It's a generic argument against any law. And there are many laws like NN. When a commodity is part of the structure of a country's economy there usually are laws that ensure equal access to it.

E.g. you can not force different car or truck owners to use different lanes and speeds just because you built and manage the road. There are state laws that deal with the speed limits, etc. If you don't like it, you have to move to another country.

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