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Comment Re:Meanwhile the REAL hate... (Score 1) 1041

If you, from a nation beaten to a pulp not too long ago by an alliance including Americans (and Ukrainians), feel comfortable not only to participate in American political discourse, but call participants names and offer other "advice", why should an odd Ukrainian hold back from treating you likewise on occasion?

Because Ukrainians are generally too stupid to run a country. And that "not too long ago" was before both of our fathers were born.

My grandpa was telling yours what to do in 1943, why should not I continue?

Given that Ukraine was freed in 1944, this is highly unlikely. And given your general attitude your grandfather was probably a Hiwi so he was doing what he was told by Germans.

Why couldn't a Ukrainian be pointing out your stupidity and susceptibility to propaganda? Or indeed, proneness to strange perversions? (German porn is rather famous among connoisseurs!)

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. You are the one spewing propaganda around and besides, 90% of child porn comes from Ukraine. Who is the pervert now?

but we are American

Well, except when they have brown skin or arab sounding names, then they'll get beaten up by the likes of you. Especially now that Trump won the presidency the likes of you feel suddenly empowered in their xenophobia.

In fact, it is worse than over here. Immigrants stay immigrants in Germany, but if they integrate themselves into the society, they are perfectly accepted. In fact, at my workplace we have an Ukrainian (the worst IT guy I've ever met in my life and the most unpleasant person as well), three Russians (two guys and a gal, all decent software developers), two Arabs, two Croatians, a few Italians and Poles, several Turks - obviously, they are the largest minority after all and so on and so on. Everyone is perfectly well integrated (except the Ukrainian) and respected by the German colleagues (also except the Ukrainian). I actually enjoy the opportunity to practice Russian and learn Croatian since I love Slavic languages (except Polish). Too bad I have no Czech colleagues to practice my (nowadays rusty) Czech as well.

At every workplace in the past it has been exactly the same - many immigrants who weren't treated any different from Germans. In fact, since Germany itself is very fragmented, there were more intra-German rivalries (for example Bavarians were generally disliked in NRW, or the sometimes serious rivalry between the citizens of Frankfurt and citizens of Offenbach).

Lange Rede, kurzer Sinn - don't confuse my strong dislike of you personally and nationalists generally with my attitude to immigrants.

Comment Re:I thought diesel ran cleaner (Score 1) 204

GP is right, though, that diesel engines move a lot more air. Gasoline engines run roughly at a stoichiometric air to fuel ratio, diesel engines run way leaner, they start at ratios that are almost too high for a gasoline engine to work properly (running diesel engines at lower lambda would produce a shitload of soot) and go up to 6:1.

Comment Re:Too much to express here, but (Score 2) 439

Humans want to succeed and have a successful lineage, they want to build things, they want to tinker with things, they want to learn things, and they want to do so without oppression. This is an instinctual set of principles which led to Humans becoming the top of the Food chain.

That doesn't mean our social systems make us the 'most fit' to survive ourselves.

This is not limited to today, but a historical normal. No opportunity for self and family advancements leads to unrest and revolt. Just like all other Utopian dreams, the dream of the lazy human doing nothing while robots do all the work will not succeed.

Just because people *can* be lazy doesn't mean they *will* be lazy. Lazy is boring and lazy people don't exactly make it to the top of the food chain. I work 8 hours a day to be able to work on my ambitions which is the other half. If I didn't *have* to work I would spend my time working on my ambitions, but I would have the freedom for a little more time for surfing and exercise.

How will it work if you have 90% unemployment? Simple, it won't be that way for long. You will have massive unrest, and all of the horrors that would entail.

Have you considered what happens if that 90% of people had their basic food shelter and medical needs provided and could choose any education they qualified for? What if we usher in a post-scarcity society with AI and that allows people freedom to start solving the problems humanity faces? What if it is 90% education instead?

How do we know how many Einsteins have died of starvation in Africa or are sleeping under bridges in any of our cities?

I'm not going to rehash the Nobel Prize winning economist I mentioned in my first post. Read them, study them, and learn from them. "Capitalism and Freedom" is a must read for anyone who wishes to discuss economic theory.

Economic "Theory" is based on 19th century understanding of thermodynamics and whilst I will read the book (and thank you for the recommendation) I think it is the fresh paint job on a house of legal structures that are falling apart. All of these systems have delivered failure due to their inherent susception to corruption. The rich and the poor are free to sleep under bridges.

We are at the end of the Industrial Age and Captialism, Communism, Socialism (isms everywhere!), left and right politics are all, therefore, obsolete concepts. Hawking internal prejudices are based on the parameters of a thinker extrapolating the conditional thinking imposed by the Industrial Age. An age that suppresses the ideas that drive human advancement using patents so that market advantages can be maintain. Complete corruption of ideas that challenge capital, THAT is the crowning achievement of capitalism.

The very fact that we are talking about an AIs place in society is the very thing that ushers in this new reality. It's part of the culture shock that people are experiencing fatigue from the empty promises the 20th Century isms. It's the 21st Century and that societal change can either be imposed or controlled but it cannot be stopped.

Comment Re:Not mine. (Score 1) 439

That's why they love politicians who talk endlessly about corporate tax cuts (heck, I've seen some people argue corporations shouldn't pay tax at all, and now you know why), but at some point, automation is going to mean corporate tax bills are going to go up.

It would be interesting to offer corporations zero tax if they are then exposed to the *full* liability of their decisions. Unlimited liability.

The corporation only got limited liability because they served a purpose in the community, for example to build a railway, because it is what the community wanted. Over the years they were afforded other benefits like "personhood" and the ability to expand their charter.

That corporations have a legal obligation to create a profit for their shareholder make it impossible for them to do anything that does not benefit it's profits. Expecting them to behave differently would be asking the board to break the law because even if they want to address community concerns they are obliged to put shareholder profits first. For that reason it is a parasitic legal construct whose structure and purpose in society should be evaluated.

Consider this: A corporation is a legal entity driven by people to make money. Look at how destructive humans have been driving this flawed construct which is destructive because *WE* make it so. Now imagine the same thing being run by a set of co-operating AIs. It is not the AI that is destructive, it is the legal structures *WE* have created that make destructive behavior.

If we are going to have AIs in our society we have to have moment of introspection about what sort of society we want to be, simply because AIs will amplify all human flaws. Technology is a gift that can work for or against us.

Comment Re:Hmmm.... (Score 1) 135

Like I said, I have been there and have actually seen them. And there was a shitload of them. Besides, most of the candidates of the 2014 election could be described as nationalist and authoritarian at the very least. I mean, the party names say it all: fatherland, people's self defence block, freedom (founded as social-nationalist party of Ukraine). Even their current president Poroshenko was the founder of the "National Alliance of Freedom and Ukrainian patriotism 'OFFENSIVE'" party. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

And what does your "google russian nazis in donbas" has to do with it? This is a bloody whataboutism, Russian neo-nazis are not the point here and I am well aware of their existance, but that absolutely doesn't excuse Ukraine's government arming their neo-nazis and making them official state troops.

Comment Re:an unpopular opinion. (Score 1) 273

I'm a Socialist. I know about the Frankfurt School. Which you obviously don't.

'Cultural Marxism' is an easy shibboleth: it invariably indicates someone with a sub-Breitbart level of political sophistication. Also known as 'an idiot'.

Comment Re:Hmmm.... (Score 1) 135

I think a rotating launch pad is an awesome idea - no need for spending precious fuel for rotating and some other advantages. Don't understand why it is such a nuisance - USSR managed to build several in the early 1950ies, surely Russia of 2016 ought to be able to build them without any problem.

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