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Comment Re: Rationale aside... (Score 1) 1502

As far as a "race to the bottom", is that what we see with APEC, or NAFTA? No [...]

... because nobody can compete with the elephant in the "room" - the USA.

And that's why the unions work: they are narrowly defined (not really full-fledged free-trade/etc unions), and they are dominated and controlled by the USA. (And please do not pretend that it is not so. Or probably from USA's perspective, being dominated by USA is the norm of life. But it is not.)

Comment Re:Good for the Brits (Score 1) 1502

The great thing is that now that the UK has voted out, several other countries are going to follow.

"Liking or not liking" the EU is not the same as "in or out". So it is not going to happen.

Oh, Brexit would make a splash. But.

First. When UK economy would stagnate for few years - and NHS would see even less funding - even nationalists would come to their senses. First-world nationalists tend to lose support quickly, when people's living sandard is on the line.

Second. UK is unique in that it is living in a virtual media bubble. You have a completely perverted image of the EU, created and nourished by the media over the past 15 years. I know it, because 15+ years ago I was reading lots and lots of UK press. And the reporting was on completely different level. I have seen it changing from small stupid lies and half-jokes 15 years ago. To stupid unfustified accusations 10 years ago. To blatant lies and red herring - on front pages! - 5 years ago.

Some saner UK reporters are depicting that it is as if the people started believing their own lies.

Even here on the thread, most US readers know political system of the EU better than the most UK readers. And that's the f*cking Slashdot, where more or less exclusively only highly educated people are gathering. Let it sink for a moment: UK, being part of EU, knows less about EU, compared to the US who is related to EU only remotely.

Comment Re:The Naked Truth (Score 1) 1502

you mean the UK tried to retain a strong trading relationship without abandoning its sovereignty?

EU is all about trading - but, excluding: price manipulation, currency manipulation, equity manipulation, market manipulation, and so on.

If you want to sell me something, if you want my money, you automatically have obligations toward me. If I want to sell you something to you, I automatically have obligations toward you. That's Business 101.

Nobody is going to deal with a country which might rip off somebody, and deny responsibility because "but sovereignty!" excuse. That's Politics 101.

P.S. You might want to visit Cuba and ask them about how they reveled for decades in sovereignty.

Comment Re:Democracy restored (Score 1) 1502

From whom you got your information?

UK has 73 seats. You are almost 5% off the mark.

Malta and Luxembourg have 6 seats each. That's 40% off the mark.

So from the 7:1 influence ratio you tried to cry here about, it is more like 12:1.

IOW, the voice of the UK in EP is 12 times more powerful. Or in other words: it would take 9 countries at the bottom to match the voting power of UK. and at least 10 to outvote.

Still not enough??

P.S. Seats in the EP.

Comment Re: Rationale aside... (Score 1) 1502

a simple free trade/economic cooperation treaty

It would end up either very loose and inefficient, or very short-lived.

Because as long as there are no political boundaries set, every state member is free to participate in the "race to the bottom" of deregulation, as a mean to attract more business and hopefully tax income.

Or other way around: how many free trade/economic unions, not dominated and controlled by a single larger country, can you name? I know of precisely zero such unions in existence. And I have read how such unions in the past have deteriorated quickly because everybody tried to exploit and capitalize on each other's weaknesses.

That's why if you want a long term union, you have to level the playing field for every participating country. A political framework is needed for that.

Comment Re:They do run 'cleaner' when they're not sabotage (Score 1) 496

They are not. Many independent organizations since then did the tests to confirm just that.

One German magazine made a test of several diesel cars, and threw in one benzine one. In their test, only one - diesel! - car complied with the advertised emission standard. (Don't remember the brand (not BMW). What was surprising to me is that even the car running on benzine produced the NOx.)

Another German magazine did a test too, and IIRC only BMW diesel emission was within the advertised emission standard.

The larger problem behind the scenes is that the manufacturers have promised too much to the regulators but couldn't deliver. Thus the existing Euro 6 emission standard, established on the said promises, is simply not implementable at the moment. The industry insiders told that the emission limits should be raised by at least 70% to be in alignment with the current level of technology.

Comment Re:Perl6 greatest failure (Score 1) 145

discussions of variable sigils are so far down the list of relevant considerations when discussing a programming language, I can't fathom why anyone who has coded for more than a week would actually bother mentioning them.

You probably never had to code couple thousand lines of code in a day, have you?

Perl5 is otherwise fine language. I'm using it now for more than 15 years, including using it 2 years full-time professionally.

In the past, on smaller things, Perl's syntax was not as cumbersome. But for newer code, especially OO one, the denser code is just overflowing with the sigils (and dereferences). In the older times, for small/medium stuff, one often resorted to the built-in variables. In OO code, literally everything is a user variable, and a reference more often then not. Sigils and the -> are the most typed characters and are the most annoying ones, since they are hard to type by touch. Modern Perl5 iteration lessen the burden by allowing to skip the -> in more cases than before. But the sigils have remained untouched.

Comment Perl6 greatest failure (Score 1) 145

Over the years of using Perl5 I have realized its greatest shortcoming: I have to type $/%/@ characters too often, what sometimes gets me - especially if I try to do something OO in Perl.

I have looked (again) at Perl6 recently, and was appalled to see that it used even more of punctuation than the Perl5.

As a way forward for Perl5, a special mode which allows to omit the $/%/@ qualifiers would be really nice. After all, Perl already has the "bareword" error handling: it shouldn't be too hard to make the qualifier optional.

Comment Re:The crux of the Pseudoscince Issiue (Score 1) 344

The problem isn't the theory itself but that no establishment scientist dares to criticise it or debunk it.

Some scientists bear a lot in common with religious people. Few psychologists and philosophers claim that we, humans, naturally predispositioned to have blind believes, aka religion.

Or let me put it in a different perspective. Some scientists believe that laws of physics control the world - while others know that laws of physics are just loose model describing our knowledge about the world around us.

This really is the crux of the whole argument and the whole problem here, from a different perspective. Fear of ridicule. Loss of reputation, loss of career.

And that's what we call "herd mentality". And how it is enforced: with the fear of social exclusion.

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