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Submission + - And you think you're having a bad day. (theatlantic.com)

ColdWetDog writes: The Atlantic has an interesting article on how societies have decreased economic equality -

The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states—these are what reliably reduce economic disparities. Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. Yet it is all too easy to forget just how deeply this newfound equality was rooted in the cataclysm of the world wars. The pressures of total war became a uniquely powerful catalyst of equalizing reform, spurring unionization, extensions of voting rights, and the creation of the welfare state. During and after wartime, aggressive government intervention in the private sector and disruptions to capital holdings wiped out upper-class wealth and funneled resources to workers; even in countries that escaped physical devastation and crippling inflation, marginal tax rates surged upward. Concentrated for the most part between 1914 and 1945, this “Great Compression” (as economists call it) of inequality took several more decades to fully run its course across the developed world until the 1970s and 1980s, when it stalled and began to go into reverse.

Yep, the intro is a bit of a swipe at Trump. But this should get the preppers and paranoids in the group all wound up. Grab your foil! Run for the hills!

Comment Re:Clickbaiting (Score 1, Insightful) 340

Funny, the majority of the posts I see at +1 or better now are repeating some form of Trump's 'failing NYT' bullshit. And it is bullshit, as even TFS shows that the NYT is doing fine.

I thought it was the Right that was supposed to be the realists and the Left the ones living in a fairy-tale world?

Comment Re:It is interesting (Score 1) 152

How much an Apple is like a Big Mac.

What, good looking in pictures and tasty in theory but actually a disappointing mess of crap?

How dare you. Hundreds of millions of independent creative individuals, who are not sucked in by all of the advertising hype bought these products _because_they_know_what_they_want. They're not like the sheep and clones who bought, you know, the other, thing. How Dare You!

how dare you.

Comment Re: This is an OS (Score 1) 145

My windows 10 installation was by no means forced, but when setting up a new ssd after the previous one died, i had the choice of installing windows 7 and spend two days applying patches from the horribly broken windows update or just installing windows 10. Yes, nowadays there is that patch rollup, but not back then.

Submission + - Spike of radioactive Iodine levels is detected in Europe (theaviationist.com)

schwit1 writes: Iodine-131 (131I), a radionuclide of anthropogenic origin, has recently been detected in tiny amounts in the ground-level atmosphere in Europe. The preliminary report states it was first found during week 2 of January 2017 in northern Norway. Iodine-131 was also detected in Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain, until the end of January.

However, no one seems to know the reason behind the released Iodine-131. Along with nuclear power plants, the isotope is also widely used in medicine and its presence in the air could be the effect of several different incidents.

Or, as someone speculates, it could have been the side effect of a test of a new nuclear warhead in Russia: an unlikely (considered the ability to detect nuke tests through satellites and seismic detectors) violation of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Submission + - Apple doesn't like Philip K. Dick's novels

lesincompetent writes: We all heard our fair share of kafkian AppStore rejection stories but this might be a new low for Apple.
This developer had his app rejected just because it dared mention Philip K. Dick's famous sci-fi novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?".
The problem of course is that apparently barely mentioning the word "android" is enough to infringe on rule #2.3.10 of the App Store Review Guidelines which mandates don’t include names, icons, or imagery of other mobile platforms.

Comment Re: Microsoft deserved it (Score 5, Insightful) 120

Which is why a 90 day disclosure to public announcement deadline is a reasonable measure. If a bug can be discovered by a nice engineer, it can also be discovered and exploited by a malicious one.

People being mad about this announcement would be akin to people being angry about leaks from Trump's administration rather than the malfeasance uncovered, which would be, you know... Ludicrous.

Or Snowden, etc...

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