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Comment Re:resistance is futile (Score 1) 180

Are you trying to start a war? ...Wallonia, the French speaking region of Flanders...and Brussels
Should have been: ...Wallonia, the French speaking region AND Flanders...
or ...Wallonia, the Dutch speaking region of Flanders...

So in fact it is all of Belgium that is against it. as there are only these three entities on that political level. Yes, I live in Flanders and work in Brussels.

Comment Re:Makes some sense (Score 1) 136

If you call your mom or grandmom or great aunt or somebody else who has no idea how a computer works, never ask "Do you see button XXX" because the anser will be yes, regardless if the system is on or even in the room. The reason for this, I believe, is that we are taught that it is very wrong to give either the wrong answer and say that you do not know anything.

Comment Re:But what is a lie? (Score 1) 136

Lying goes further than what people are looking for. It is more about the intend to mislead the person. Even when not telling the truth does not mean you are lying.

e.g. I take the train to work each day and the train takes (if there are no delays) 22 minutes. If somebody asks me how long it takes I say "half an hour" most of the times. Even if I know that the time is not correct and I assume the person know that it won't be 30 minutes exactly, I would not see this as a lie.
Now if I know that the person needs to have a connection so he can take his flight and I say 22 minutes, I would consider that as a lie. Why would that be a lie as the correction is correct? Because I can assume that the question was not really about the duration of the train trip, but about catching their plane.
The correct info would be that even if the trip is 22 minutes, to calculate an hour, because the train can leave up to 5 minutes later and not be seen as delay and even if the train leaves on time, delays might happen in that short trip. Also if the train does not go at all, he still can get the next one and be on time.

Now if that first person where I told how long the trip was is asked, somebody else might ask it and he will say 30 minutes. He would also no be lying, because he does not have the correct information and he does not know that he does not.

Lying is more about the willingness to mislead people than it is about telling the truth.
Car example:
Naming your system auto-pilot is lying, even if you know that an auto-pilot need human interaction and an alert driver/pilot. You know what people will understand it means and if you still use it that way just to say late "but we did not mean that" is lying.

Comment Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 54

more, the likes of Disney, Warner, HBO, and pals want it dead, and refuse to grant them content licenses. It isnt that they dont want to stream it to you, the media holders wont let them. Get it right.

Yes, and it's suicidal of them. There's no going back to pre-Netflix ways of distribution (unless maybe they make DVRs even more convenient and powerful, with remote sharing and stuff, which isn't something the advertisers particularly want to see happen) and nobody wants to maintain 10 different accounts to find stuff

Too bad, they're going to have to anyway. That's the model we're moving towards, and even if it fails, inertia will take us in that direction for some time. HBO and Disney in particular are both large enough to succeed with their own app.

Comment Re:But what is a lie? (Score 2) 136

When I tell stories I want to be detailed; but I have learned that people don't want the full story and prefer summaries. Summaries so short that I more or less have to reinvent the scenario in order to get my point or question out and paid attention to.

No. If you are having this problem, either autism is a lot more subtle than I thought, or you are just bad at summarizing. I have noticed that most people are very bad at this. I am not very good at it myself; I have a tendency to give a whole lot more detail than is absolutely necessary, which turns people off.

Since it's not the complete truth; it's a lie

That is not how it works. Here's how it actually works: let's say you didn't do something because of some other thing, which was foisted upon you by some other person. When someone asks you what happened with doing the thing, first you just say "I didn't do the thing." Then they ask why not and you say "Well, this other person interfered." And then when they ask how, then you get to tell them the next part of the story: They interfered with "action". Oh really? How did they "action"? Well, they did this and this and this thing (only give the names of the things the did.) Then if they ask for more detail on those things, you give the detail.

Remember playing Ultima back in the day? You'd talk to an NPC and they would give you a sentence or so with some keywords in it. Then you'd use one of those keywords to get more information. This is how people actually talk! Well, to be fair, a lot of people don't talk this way. They talk like they do in J-RPGs where you get a wall of text (press X for more...more...more...) and that shuts people down because it is not particpatory. If I want a wall of text, I'll pick up a brochure.

Lying isn't black and white

Yes, yes it is. What you say is either true or not. That's black or white, period the fucking end. There are many, many ways for a statement to not be true, and only one way for it to be an unbiased description of what happened — don't say things which aren't true.

You have to interpret how much and what information a person is looking for.

That has nothing whatsoever to do with telling lies. If a story changes because you're summarizing it, you're shit at summarizing.

Comment Re:8% (Score 4, Insightful) 89

it's kind of amazing how they managed to do that and not have anyone tell them that their ideas were stupid

I have no doubt that plenty of people have told them exactly that. It would not surprise me to learn that they fired anyone who did so, though.

If Twitter were an engineering-driven company, they wouldn't be lousy with SJWs.


Comment Re:progressive thinking (Score 1) 79

Well, yes, some of those peoples are still around, which matters to racists and fascists, who believe that races and peoples have rights and share collective guilt. None of those people are still around, which is what matters from the point of justice and liberty.

It was the peoples who owned the land. They were very much territorial. In some cases, land was owned by a smaller group like a tribe or tribelet. The land was taken from them collectively, so any redress must be to them collectively. You might not recognize the value of the collective, but they do.

The truth is that the land you currently possess was taken from the prior owners by force. It's quite possible that they or their descendants are still around, and if you actually believed that taking property by force is wrong, you'd give it back to them. You don't, but you sure to like to claim the moral high ground that you're not even vaguely close to approaching. There's no way you can in good conscience sit there and rant about property rights you clearly don't believe in, and also be taken seriously.

Comment Re:Hardware is so much better? (Score 1) 70

When I was a kid and turned on a BBC Micro, it was ready to use instantly.

And for its time, it was awesome. And today, a pocket calculator makes that BBC Micro its bitch. But the truth is that most of us never turn our computers all the way off, so it doesn't matter much what the power-on-to-usefulness time is unless we're experiencing a lot of crashes.

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