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Comment Re: Is there any truth to what they're saying? (Score 1) 651

There can be bad side effects but it is better for everybody that nearly everybody else are vaccinated. It might be better for each person not to be vaccinated, when most everybody else are though (the probaility to get any of these diseases is quite low right now because of the vaccines). Not getting vaccinated without a good reason (such as very weak immune system), ensures that most people aint vaccinated however, so I think this is one of the examples where we need goverments to enforce a non-stable outcome (it is not stable since each person are better off not doing it).

Comment Re:Subsidizing Businesses.... (Score 2) 445

It would be closer to the post and courier services. The post has to deliver a mail to anywhere and not just the easy places. This is not the case for courier services.

The taxi companies (at least many places - I do not know if it concretely the case in Massachusetts) has to drive you were you want to go, even if it is to a part of town the taxi driver wants to stay out of. This is not the case for Uber/Lyft.

Comment Re:If it looks like a phone company. (Score 1) 25

Well, you are not allowed to sign your self into slavery, so there are business deals you cannot make. Is privacy a good enough reason to make a transaction illigal? Note that Europe cares more about privacy than the US, so the culture might matter for the answer.

Also, you can call peoples phones through skype, so it is not really clear that all involved people will know that their conversation is used for ads. Is that fair?

Comment Yanis Varoufakis (Score 1) 866

Alot of the current posts suggests that it is redicules to listen to a former minister of economics from Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, on economics. He is also "Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens and a private consultant for Valve Corporation" (Wikipedia), however.

While being minister of economics from Greece might not be good for your credentials (not with standing that he was the guy Greece called in to deal witht the crisis), being a professor at University of Athens and a private consultant for Valve does sound fairly good.

Comment Re:Huh (Score 1) 491

Obviously, in the USA (and most other countries), they would treat this man far worse. Most places he would have been executed.

According to Wikipedia, there are 36 countries where execution are used in practice, another 51 there execution is not used in practice, but still on the books, 7 where it is only used for war crimes (or similar) and 103 where it is not used. Even if we assume that it would have been called a war crime and that he would be executed if there was a law allowing for such (even if it was never used in practice), then Breivik would still not have been executed in half the countries of the world. On the other hand, over half the worlds population lives in one of the countries were execution is used in practice.

With that said, while I'm not in favor of harsh punitive treatment in prisons IF it doesn't help prevent crime, nothing in the article sounds unreasonable. He is a dangerous killer - he killed 77 people. It's not unreasonable for his jailers to try to prevent it from becoming 78. He's so dangerous that making him wear cuffs when moving him between cells and preventing him from coming into proximity with other prisoners seem like reasonable precautions.

As others have noted, the crime this is meant to prevent is his murder. His crime was committed with weapons. I have not heard anything about him being especially dangerous without such.

Comment New = better? (Score 1) 247

I think the new could be viewed as better than the old. Not doing anything is not evil and would therefore qualify for the old but not the new. it would have been more clear perhaps if they had said: be (or do) good. The problem with that is that would only say what was wanted when compare to the old, since good is not just the oppeosite of evil.

I think any cynical reading was clearly not intentional (you need to be quite strange to tell people that you intend to be more evil in the future) but they should have seen it coming.

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