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Comment Doesn't matter (Score 3, Interesting) 1321

This is like calling on the electors to not choose Trump, or come up with all sorts of far fetched plans that would somehow put Clinton on the big seat. Look at the county results map. Even if the DNC can somehow find a technicality to avoid a Trump presidency, the result will be more or less a civil war imo. There is no way that the actual people in those red counties are going to let 'the big city folks' put Trump aside.

I am not a big fan of him either. Nor of Hillary for that matter. But at this point it's gone so far that either he becomes president or you'll have riots from coast to coast.

Comment Social media are vital to me (Score 1) 186

I have a sysadmin job by day for my main income. But I am also a craftsman and artist in my free time. I occupy a niche within a niche and I am pretty successful and recognized as a skilled person who makes nice things.

None of that would be possible without social media to share pictures of my work, or having customers contact me. More than half my orders come from people contacting me via my fb page. The rest via a forum on which I am very active, and a handful through my website. So I'd say 90% at least via social media.

If it weren't for social media, I would simply not be able to do what I love. 75% of my customers live in the US and I live in Europe. I think I've only had 2 customers ever in my own country. So noone would buy my things which in turn means I would not have the funds to buy the materials I like to work with or the tools and machines I use. At best I would have to go to every single crafts fair in a 300 mile radius and make / sell 'low cost' (less than 300$) generic things that appeal to most people instead of making the things I love using the materials that I love.

Sure, social media can be a huge timesink and distraction if you let it. It can also be the vital enabler for your ideas or business.

Comment Re:How do they solve the credibility problem? (Score 2) 372

. (Sure, the guy can put on a condom, but by doing so he'd be telling the gal he doesn't trust her by default, which perhaps he might try to explain away with an even more awkward discussion about STDs, either way ruining the mood.)

Actually it is perfectly normal to use a condom to further decrease the odds of pregnancy. My gf was on the pill and I used condoms. Trust has nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:This happned to me... (Score 1) 241

Very much this. If you want to be gandhi, be gandhi. Just don't be surprised if you end up being punished because you were making a point. The difference with a main ISP is that unlike the ISP, Tor is used in large part for trying to hide illegal activity such as pirating or sharing cp.

Arguing that the cp is not your problem because you only run the exit node is not going to win you any sympathy, regardless of the philosophical merits of your argument. If they can tie actual cp traffic to your node, you will end up ruined. That is the simple reality whether it is right or wrong.

It's like having right of way over a 30 ton truck: you may be in the right, but the truck will squash you to pulp.

Comment Re:Sir Winston (Score 1) 621

The UK exports 40% TO the EU.
If they want to keep doing that, they will follow EU regulations, and will allow freedom of movement.
They are of course free not to do so, as long as they accept that they lose that 40%

The EU has said several times now that that is not going to change. And they cannot step back from that even if they wanted to, because then the EU would put leaving EU countries ahead of the ones that stay. And that's not a long term winning strategy.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 127

How about: paedophiles who rape little children, or people who beat babies to death with indifference just receive a couple years in prison and then can go along their merry way to repeat themselves. When I see how low those sentences sometimes are, it makes me angry.

Imo. whoever rapes or kills a kid should go to prison for the rest of their natural life without parole. Or if they get out, be actively monitored for life. But apparently it is much more important to consider their feelings and give them second, third or fourth chances than to protect more kids against the staggering recidivism rate of paedophiles which varies from study to study, but over the lifetime of a convicted paedophile are reported typically from 40 to 60%, with the more extreme and aggressive ones more likely to relapse.

I also fail to see how first time offenses should be treated differently. That's like saying that first time someone rapes a kid he should get off lightly so that next time he can be tried for real. First offense should be the last one as well, by virtue of not being able to repeat it. I do believe in second chances for many things, but 'not' being a murderer or child molester are not among them.

Comment Re: Lots of unwarranted concerns (Score 2) 319

Speaking as a Belgian, living in Belgium since I was born, I'd say he is right. We have 5 different governments that partially overlap, we have 3 official languages, and the 2 major language groups can't stand each other. I think Belgium is a great place to live, but that doesn't mean I can't also acknowledge that our political system is pretty dysfunctional and nothing sensible gets done unless it is an emergency.

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