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Comment Re:Will it be region-aware? (Score 2) 156

Ok super curious now. I'm guessing "honk" means something else in your dialect? I tried the usual "British English to American English" searches and got nothing.
In American English, "Honk" is an onomatopoeia of the sound car horns make (comparing them to the sound geese make). "To honk" is the verbing of that word. One honks a horn by pushing the center of the steering wheel causing the car horn to make the honk sound. This is done to alert other drivers, get their attention, or express road rage.

Comment Re:Camera outside my apartment? (Score 1) 117

I figured they might mean entrances and lobbies of high-rise type buildings where everyone enters the same door and goes to their unit via internal hallways.
I thought I was poking fun at the writer who assumed that (nearly) all the readers lived in such buildings, as I have only seen such things in movies and TV shows (usually NYC based). I don't live in an apartment at all now, and the ones I did live in in my youth were all small buildings with each unit having an individual external door, and I was trying to imagine the obsurd idea of hundred of cams sitting outside on the walkway, each pointed at one renter's private doorway.
But as the other replies to me have pointed out, apartment complexes and even detached house neighborhoods may well have privately owned cams cooperating voluntarily with the police.

Comment Re:Camera outside my apartment? (Score 1) 117

Ah, I forgot about parking lots and other common areas like the pool, and maybe entrances gates if the apartment is in a gated complex. Also didn't really realize wifi with default connection to the Internet is now the standard way to connect cams (but it's obvious in hindsight that that's what cheap consumer stuff uses these days).

Comment Camera outside my apartment? (Score 1) 117

The summary says there's a public camera outside my apartment. Really? That's weird, I don't even live in an apartment.
But seriously, it seems a strange thing to say. Why would most apartments have public cameras outside? I'm not even sure what that means? 'Public' as in government funded? (Then wouldn't the police have direct access anyway?) Or are they just meaning publicly accessible, as in webcam available on the Internet? But then, who is installing all these cameras outside everyone's apartments? Seems pretty creepy, or are these outward facing cameras from everyone's apartment? But how many people would install such cameras and make them public (certainly not enough to assume everyone has one outside their apartment)?
I could see maybe high-rise type apartments having a cam at the entrance, but that's a pretty rare type of apartment to live in, and I still would think the feed would be private, not on the internet.

Comment Re:because (Score 3) 282

The issue here is there is no option less than 40 hours per week that will put a roof over your head. And working "only" 40 hours is increasingly a pipe dream. 40 hours already feels way too long to me, it dominates the majority of my waking hours. Spending all that time with sore feet, aching back, pain in my eyes, unable to get comfortable, unable to hug my wife or son, surrounded by strange people I don't really like. That's no way to spend the majority of one's existence.

But anything less is strictly fast food or retail work at minimum wage, which won't even pay for rent.

Comment Re:Can anyone explain to me why... (Score 5, Interesting) 180

even many moderate muslims who wouldn't dream of stooping to violence themselves would vote for sharia law if it was brought to a vote.

So why doesn't Indonesia have Sharia law yet? The country is 80% Muslim yet the democratically elected party in power cracks down as hard as it can on Islamic terrorists. The party that lost the election also cracks down as hard as it can on Islamic terrorist (when they were in power). The 2 biggest parties seem to compete on who cracks down on Islamic terrorists the most.

The party that runs on a platform of Sharia law? They can't get enough votes to get a single representative in parliament. In an 80% Muslim country.

it seems to me that if you actually give Muslims a chance to vote, they don't seem to favor hard-line fundamentalism. It's only if you screw around with their voting (or have no voting at all) that Islamic fundamentalism takes hold. And even then, the hard-liners have to constantly, heavily enforce their rules and literally beat the populous into submission.

Comment Re:Some jobs will always be safe (Score 1) 156

If robots replace my job tomorrow, I'll get a job to maintain robots.

I always love this line. We are positing a future where robots are replacing humans across the board, from Doctors to Insurance Salesmen. Yet Robot Repair is going to be totally safe. Cause analyzing totally logical, deterministic machinery to determine what components of its fully documented system are out of spec is totally a job that's safe from being automated.

Comment Re:Of course its gonna get checked (Score 1) 315

According to the quran itself, that is a fundamentally contradictory and inconsistent position to being a "good" muslim.

But that's the same Koran that they are ignorant of, reinterpreting, or ignoring anyway. They can just as easily be ignorant of, reinterpret, or ignore those parts of the Koran too.

I don't see why the strict "Koranic Literalists" should get to define Islam when clearly most Muslims are not literalists (even if they think they are). Biblical Literalists are a small, very disliked minority of Christianity, so why would Islam be different?

Comment Re:Of course its gonna get checked (Score 2) 315

They believe the Koran is good, but most Muslims disagree with the idea of torturing or killing people. They might "understand" a non-literal interpretation, they might rationalize that it only applies in a narrow historical context, they might just be ignorant of the actual passages in in. JUST LIKE CHRISTIANS, they believe what they want to believe anyway; which for most ends up being a cherry-picked, metaphorical, has-to-be-understood-in-context "understanding" that their holy text is all about peace and brotherhood.

If the self-identified Muslims want to believe that God expects them to be peaceful and loving, why the hell would you want to tell them they're wrong?

Comment Re:We COULD get by working 10-20 hours a week (Score 1) 729

Umm, all those publicly traded companies need the investment money to continue doing business. If the stock market starts to shrink, that means the publicly traded companies have less money to operate on.

Except, the stock market doesn't really provide any money to the company, except during an IPO. Publicly traded companies almost never issue new stock (because it pisses off existing stock holders when their holdings are diluted). When you buy non-IPO stock on Wall Street, the money you spend goes to the previous stock holder, not to the actual company you are "investing" in.

So any mature company that's already profitable should be able to ignore Wall Street entirely and just continue doing what it did before. But the problem is, they all have to do it or the economy will shrink and they'll have less money coming in. Which makes it kind of a prisoners' dilemma where companies don't want to be left trying to operate as "normal" when everyone else cuts back and the economy tanks. So they preemptively cut back making it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Comment Re:Switzerland (Score 1) 674

One of the "unspoken rules" of society though is that any outlet exposed in a public place is fair game. And some of the "actual laws" cover the fact that any outlet must be safe to plug into, and any device sold must be standards compliant to safely plug into any compatable outlet. Seriously, the outlets aren't safe to plug into when the train is moving? Why the hell are they on and available? Someone with bad eyesight, or illiterate, or not English-speaking, or seriously drunk could be plugging in. It should be an electrical code violation to have a socket that isn't safe for any (standards compliant) plug to connect to.

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