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Comment Re:Can we afford technically incompetent politicia (Score 4, Insightful) 299

You know of an IQ Test that can measure corruptibility? I don't think the problem with our elected officials is generally a lack of intelligence; it's a lack of character and responsibility to their actual electorate, rather than the highest bidder.

Comment Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (Score 1) 257

I can't figure out how it isn't basically Facebook messaging. They have tried pushing that down users' throats, perhaps if they let users message each service back and forth they can slowly wean any stragglers who use only WhatsApp back onto facebook.

But like you said... those users will likely have jumped ship anyway by the time that happens. What was that one picture site that everybody used before Instagram? Exactly.

Comment Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (Score 1) 257

I still don't get it though. I just can't shake the feeling that the sphere of users of WhatsApp probably intersect heavily with the sphere of users of Facebook. I don't know anyone, personally, who uses WhatsApp - but I can't imagine with as pervasive Facebook is, they've already got them as members.

Comment Re:Of course they are. (Score 1) 712

Get the fuck out of here with that. $60k for brain surgeon vs. $15k for the most replaceable of employees? The type of stress, the training, the degree of skill that it requires to become those positions? Settle down. I would venture to say that at today's minimum wage, astronauts, brain surgeons, and the President of the United States are all getting paid a reasonable amount. This article is about the uber-elite; not sure why you're trying to make an enemy out of upper-middle-class careers.

Comment Re:Whining diatribes by do-nothing people (Score 1) 245

Wrong. I looked into the problem, saw it was more than unfix-able for the next 10-20 years.

Started a job search for opportunities in the EU. Found one. Moving in 2 months. Helps I'm a dual citizen by birth, but that wasn't necessary in the long run. I'm not betting on this place getting worse before it gets better.

With the way America is educating its youth - lack of reason, dearth of Math skills and farcical mythical conversations taking place in science class - would you wager on it being fixable any time soon?

Comment Re:And how much would that cost in America? (Score 3, Insightful) 82

I know I'm feeding a troll, but that's a really great argument. Justifying the backbreaking expense of keeping oneself alive against the cost of fuel in two countries. I suppose if you consider the far more efficient vehicles, the vastly reduced amount of driving required, and the great public transport alternatives the argument kind of doesn't seem as brilliant. But I'm just splitting hairs I suppose.

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