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Comment Yes, I installed N (Score 1) 148

I installed the version before this. Why? Because A, I wouldn't use a touch device to do anything of real importance anyway (so the danger of not being able to browse 9gag on the toilet is quite survivable if worse should come to worst) and B, the last version pissed me off anyway and lo and behold, this version actually did bring soothing to my life.

Comment Re:Seagate Fires 6500, Stock Soars (Score 3) 224

Are you sure there was more to be proud of a few decades ago? What happens around the world today is, basically, the result of the fuckups the west committed in the last century.

You sure the difference isn't just that you're better informed nowadays?

Also don't kid yourself. Central and South America, as the rest of the world, is densely populated with people. There's just as much to be ashamed of there as in the US or where I live.

The only difference will be that it's new bullshit which gets you another few years to get used to and then fed up with. So that might be worthwhile.

Comment Re:Really? (Score -1, Troll) 983

You already underpay them to an obscene degree. Now you want to weaken the sign of their badges by making them risk their lives on capturing someone alive who already killed their colleagues.

How dangerous and unattractive does the job of a police officer have to be? People are already griping about how dumb the average cop is. How on earth do you expect to get mentally more capable people on that duty if there is no security, literal or financial, nor respect anymore?

Comment Re:WTF is happening (Score 4, Interesting) 198

My year of birth is 1981 and I went to school in Switzerland.

I think you hit the problematic nail on the proverbial head: Attention span and learning by heart a bunch of dates.

See, I don't know whether an abstracted simulation of historical and social events is a good tool but let's not act like our schools (there are exceptions, of course) did a swell job of teaching us much of true interest.

I feel like I had to go over the Roman empire three or four times. My wife has similar trauma with the French revolution. However, nobody ever took the time to actually, truly teach what led to them and what consequences they had. Hell, in geography we had to mark rivers and towns and cities... Had they tied that in with history it might actually have led to an understanding of WHY our world is the way it is. Hell, rather than rivers they should have taught us about highways, at least that way we'd have some practical use for the knowledge.

It's good to know that hills were made by glaciers but that one sentence would have been enough information in that regard.

We had to become adults and be interested in history to learn that Celts weren't actually barbarians enlightened by the Roman empire but rather were providing fine jewelry and soaps on a quality level the Romans had a hard time achieving. And these were the people who were our forefathers. Instead we glorified the conquerors.

  We had to find out much later that while the French revolution was, more or less, the founding of todays understanding of democracy and the people's power, the people leading it were just as much opportunistic aristocrats as the ones who ended up on the guillotine (and nobody ever told us how many innocents were killed that way either!).

It's the same thing with people like Magellan or your very own Columbus. So much of what we were taught about these people was so very wrong it's appalling.

Frankly, I believe we should take kids when they enter school, show them how google works an ask them to tell us their opinion (!) on how much their book might be wrong about certain events in history.

Children are so very inquisitive and they can be like freaking drug sniffing dogs when they feel they're being lied to. Let's use that! It'll teach them to gather information and build an opinion just as much as how to question that which kinda feels too comfortable to be the absolute truth.

Comment Re:Progress (Score 1) 183

If Amazon wants to keep selling (and not just shipping), then someone's got to buy and for that to happen, the very same people need to be paid.

The people demanding raises don't just do so because they need more luxury, you know. Some? Sure! But certainly not all and probably not most.

There's going to be some interesting times ahead.

Comment Re:To put it into perspective (Score 5, Interesting) 237

Jeez, what a surefire way to be wrong you've chosen. Others already commented on the infinite time frame you've chosen but I'd like to add that "cost effective" is pretty relative.

There just needs to be a shortage of material found on an asteroid that is either life threatening or lowers our quality of life enough for people to decide they're going to try it.

And why should this never be cost effective? Robotic mining equipment needs to be deployed once. And without much gravity to speak off, all you need to do is launch the mined material in the direction of a desert every few days.

Can't be that hard to accomplish.

Comment Re:I want the pointing stick (Score 1) 82

Yes, well, what does a keyboard with trackpoint add in cost? I'd be happy to pay the ten bucks the sales people make out of the 50 cents material cost.

If I can deactivate the trackpad and have a trackpoint available, I'm happy. It cannot possibly be this hard.

Then again, nobody makes sensible smartphones with hardware keyboards (where I'd love to have a trackpoint instead of a touchscreen tbh) anymore, so perhaps it IS hard...

Comment The answer comes from society (Score 1) 1144

In my opinion, there are two factors at play here: One is people thinking that their actions will gain them something and psychopaths.

For the first, you "only" (it's hard...) need to make sure that people have something to live for. And you need to make sure that they don't risk losing that. In my opinion, terrorists succumb to the fundamentalist dogma because their lives are shit and/or they do not feel appreciated enough by their peers without proving themselves.

Modern Christianity is often about the love of Jesus and therefor the love for your neighbor. When this is actually lived, I doubt very much that someone growing up like that will ever become a terrorist. Much too often it's about something else, though. Too often it's about "if you do X, which I don't like and I believe Jesus does not like, surely Jesus will stop loving you and therefore I will stop loving you because I love Jesus more than I love you".

Imagine a child growing up like that knowing that their parents, and later their peers, will oust them unless they conform. The need for your peers' approval is strong in humans.

We're all about individuality today but only as long as it's the individuality we approve of. Look at what happens if someone honestly says they feel uncomfortable around blacks, jews or what have you. Instead of saying "That's okay. As long as you let them live in peace, you are entitled to not liking them" we want them in therapy and/or sensitivity training, the earlier the better.

Hell, look at the pedophile witch hunts. Instead of recognizing what poor bastards those people are, never going to be able to enjoy their sexuality because it inherently conflicts with the well-being of others... what happens instead is we even make cartoon drawings uf underage people illegal to sexualize. I mean deny the starving man his rotten potatoes, why don't we.

If some loner isn't bothering anyone and slowly dying inside, we might have him ostracized even more by punishing the bullies but when was the last time you saw someone sitting down with the kid and having a hot-dog with them and talking about life in general?

My opinion is that we are too preoccupied with categorizing people on race, sexuality, gender, money, religion and so on, we just don't have the time and mental energy to just walk over there and provide company. Hell, the debates I've had in my head on how it may look if I went and did X right now, even though X was a perfectly human comfort to offer. I myself have been trained so much to never show weakness and never offend, I am almost incapable of what I've written about here.

YMMV. I hear in the US people re actually much friendlier, if more superficial, than around here.

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