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Comment Re:Doesn't matter (Score 2) 279

I'm not saying you're saying this, but just wanted to point out, the solution is not to revert to the one child policy or remove the child limit policy. In fact the source of the problem is education and economic development. By education I mean raising the general education level of the population and not just 'educating' people to not do certain stuff.

This problem occurred elsewhere in the world, with other ways of old-style, feudal thinking. Once populations are educated and their economy provides them with a stable existence then people naturally come down two having a few children instead of many.

I get my source from Hans Gosling and his analysis of UN data. During his presentation he shows you the UN stats on how the population crisis is being solved, by raising education and wealth.

Comment Pure sciences vs. not pure sciences? (Score 1) 174

I've always thought it had something to do with this. Yes, another xkcd post:

I can see how messy proving things are in sociology and psychology, and how absolute mathematical proofs are. It's always disturbed me how uncertain we can be with the sciences as we move to the left, though I really don't know at what point we can call something 'pure.'

Comment She's not all bad... (Score 4, Informative) 194

To her credit, when the employees complained about them being stack ranked at a general meeting (i.e. they vote who is the worse in every team and then fire them), she categorically denied it was stack ranking with no explanations and then proceeded to read a children's book to everyone. That showed a lot of respect to...

No wait...

Comment Re:A look from the view of ultra-capitalism. (Score 1) 183

Well, I don't really know about the US, but the prisoners up here in Canada are paid for their work. Not very well and the system of having them buy daily necessities isn't great now, but apparently they've gone on strike to protest that last year. If the US is forcing their prisoners to work for no pay then that might be something they need to change.

Although, I was thinking outright slavery since it reminded me of news reports in June talking about slaves being used in Thailand for the shrimp trade. In that case, the slavers there were also murdering their slaves, in addition to forcing them to work.

Comment Re:Not if you're global... (Score 2) 183

Yeah, I realized that a bit as soon as I hit submit. I tried. 8)

The article sparked my thoughts of what I heard about the shrimp slave trade from Thailand, for example, and not just necessarily factory workers in Malaysia. Possibly what is going on is this race to the bottom via slave labor, 'forced' labor as the article says, prison labor, dissident labor, etc. In order to compete countries are taking this tack. But I was thinking with the outrage of slavery, maybe it's enough justification going in there with guns and outright killing the slavers. i.e. one country trumping up some reason to invade, hiring mercenaries, etc., etc. Not that I would advocate it as I imagine the situation would only get messier, but this is very similar to how gangs work. I just suspect someone is thinking about 'solving' the problem that way.

For anyone interested, the slave labor trade was reported in June.

Comment A look from the view of ultra-capitalism. (Score 3, Interesting) 183

Let's play devil's advocate here. Let's think about this assuming we don't care about the mass suffering, slavery and murder of humans, which is kinda bad enough already for us to try to end this practice any way we can. Say we are just bare naked capitalists, only interested in profit, past the point even Adam Smith would find horrific.

This is still bad enough for us to care.

We can't use slavery to produce our products because of laws and non-corruption in our countries, nor can we change our system to allow slavery. It would cost too much. So there is no way we can compete with Malaysia who is allow things, official or not. They are gaining an 'unfair' advantage by resorting to this practice that only they can use.

Therefore, even if you are an inhuman psychopathic capitalist (or at least a long-term high functioning one), you should care about abolishing slavery, since it grants those who do an unfair advantage.

Comment Re:Standing Desks? (Score 2) 176

I've seen a few employers do this for their workers. LIke 2 out of the 7 different places I've been at (but this is Canada we're talking about). You're right though. Most employers will probably not do this.

The other thing I've heard of for ergonomics is that we should have a chair that lets you lean back and forward spontaneously, rather than have to fiddle with any levers, etc. Supposedly you should relieve the pressure on your belly once in awhile when you sit too...

Anyways, I guess for us office workers this just shows us how important breaks are. i.e. These things are essentially work hazards that are as dangerous as fumes and particles in factories.

Comment Standing Desks? (Score 5, Interesting) 176

I don't have any evidence that standing will help as much as walking, but I was thinking this is why we should have more standing desks at the office. By standing desks, I mean the ones that convert from sitting to standing easily and encourage people to change their body positions often during the work day.

It's not just a good idea, but it's probably something to keep your work population alert and productive!

Comment Sarbanes-Oxley (Score 3, Insightful) 455

We have this requirement of corporations where they must keep records of all electronic communications. Missing communications during a court case is considered to be 100% condemning on the part of the corporation that lost their data. So, I'm not saying this is working 100%, but if we can do this for corporations, can't the police do it for cameras too?

How does Sarbanes-Oxley treat regular malfunctions vs. tampering?

We can at least point to this to start the conversation.

Comment Less tolerance? (Score 1) 608

Finkler writes. "... My tolerance for learning curves grows smaller every day. New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness, now seem like hassles. I'm less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives."

I feel much the same way, but I thought this was the result of me turning old, bitter and cynical...

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