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Comment Re:USSR from parallel universe (Score 2) 169

At least on paper, there was a difference in between cooperatively owned one and government owned ones (kolkhoz).

I am not sure, what your background is, but you are confusing things. "Kolhoz" was ostensibly collectively-owned ("kol" for "Kolletive"), although in reality the government exercised full control. The bona-fide government farming enterprises were named "sovhoz" ("sov" for "Soviet"). There was nothing else...

"Cooperative" was a way to obtain an apartment — for lots of money and additional labor — it had nothing to do with means of production.

Comment Equality of Opportunity, not of Results (Score 1) 169

False equivalency. The push for equality is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence

What the Declaration enshrines is the Equality of Opportunity : we all have the same rights and obligations, our results depend on what we do with them.

What Altantic and other crypto-commies are talking about is Equality of Results — whatever you do in life, your results will be roughly the same as those of everybody else. If you prosper, the government will tax you. If you suck, the government will subsidize you.

False equivalency indeed!

Comment USSR from parallel universe (Score 3, Informative) 169

Luxury goods firms were in private hands up until the death of Stalin.

Maybe, I grew up in a different USSR. What "luxury goods"? Name one private label, that existed in USSR in 1952...

Cooperative farms were de-facto private, up until 72-76 when they were all finally nationalised

They were called "collective farms" and weren't "private" at all. Though ostensibly the farm's chairman was elected, in reality the sole candidate was introduced by the Communist Party's representative for the members of the collective to rubber-stamp. Whatever they collectively farmed could only be sold to the government as well.

better known were Cocacola

Neither Coca-Cola nor Pepsi owned anything — USSR-owned factories were producing the drinks under license.

and Fiat

Nope. Some Soviet models tried to emulate foreign cars, but Fiat didn't own any stake in the factories.

Comment Prior Art on Slashdot (Score 4, Interesting) 33

The company is looking to design a "rolling warehouse" system in which a drone is "deployed from the roof of a UPS truck and flies at an altitude of 200 feet to the destination." It returns after dropping off the package while the truck is already on its way to the next stop.

We discussed just such a system here on Slashdot about 4 years ago... If anything, that discussion should allow other players to implement their own without fear of stepping on UPS' patent(s).

Comment Re:You almost got it (Score 1) 375

Nate Silver and his "group of hacks" made it clear that there were no guarantees. Perhaps if you had read his analyses, you would understand that. He made it clear right up until the election that Trump's chances were far from non-zero, and even went into detail in some of his blog posts to explain some of the problems with polling in some of the states. If you had actually read anything he wrote, rather than just inventing a "Nate Silver is a hack" narrative to beat him with, then you would understand a great deal of how he weighted the polls, and how uncertain he viewed the projections.

Comment Re:No longer all the news that fits (Score 1) 375

But again, op-ed pieces are all about narrative. They're often a series of stories written by the same columnist. Anyone who takes op-ed pieces that seriously obviously doesn't understand how newspapers function. That's not to say that there aren't informative op-ed pieces, far from it, but they are *opinion*, and inevitably that is where newspapers' ideological leanings will show up, and indeed where they should. By and large, the Guardian's actual journalism is often rather good, and they have one of the best investigative journalism reputations in the English-speaking world. Just don't go to "Comment is Free" to see it.

And that's what bothers me about your whole "narrative" line. In one respect, you're absolutely correct that newspapers and other news media spin narratives. That's what the press has been doing for centuries now. Do you think the press as it existed in the lead up to the American War of Independence didn't have plenty of column spent condemning nasty King George and praising the brave colonies for defying his despotic rule?

As I said, where I will criticize modern media is jumbling up opinion and journalism on the same web page, and CNN is actually worse for that than even Fox News or MSNBC. It almost goes out of its way to confuse readers on what stories are actually news and what pieces are opinion, and I will say that I think there is intent there to trick readers and to push a narrative, but if you open the stories they still make it pretty clear what is opinion and what is actual news reporting. Part of that is simply driven by the need to count clicks, to sell advertising, and the opinion section has been the seller of newspapers for a very long time.

Submission + - Last mile? UPS develops drones for the last 100 yards of deliveries... (

mi writes: A Bloomberg article describes a test conducted by UPS on Monday, launching an unmanned aerial vehicle from the roof of a truck about a quarter-mile to a blueberry farm outside Tampa, Florida. The drone dropped off a package at a home on the property, and returned to the truck, which had moved about 2,000 feet. The company is looking to design a “rolling warehouse” system in which a drone is deployed from the roof of a UPS truck and flies at an altitude of 200 feet to the destination. It returns after dropping off the package while the truck is already on its way to the next stop.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 330

Many of those private schools are only interested in providing thought silos so that kids cannot ever get honest opposing views.

Kind of like how the public schools and colleges have been doing for decades now with the progressive views and agendas....?

Hell, you try to espouse anything remotely conservative in one of the public school "thought silos", and you get shouted down and silenced. At colleges, the situation is even more harsh where you risk violent protests and physical violence at worst, or possibly expulsion and bad grades at the least.

Comment Re:No longer all the news that fits (Score 1) 375

You are aware the Guardian story you reference is a comment piece. Op-ed pieces are fundamentally different than reporting of stories, and in fact, in general, comment pieces are often inflammatory, even absurd, because, guess what, it's often the op-ed section that sells newspapers, and not the news itself.

Comment Re:No longer all the news that fits (Score 2) 375

And there was a point during the election when a landslide Clinton victory seemed likely. But what of it? Papers having been making wrong calls for as long as there have been elections and newspapers. Remember "Dewey defeats Truman"?

The other thing about all of this that bothers me is that people seem to be confused about what constitutes "reporting" and what constitutes "opinion and analysis". Op-ed pieces are renowned for their bias, and in fact that's the whole point. Now it is true that there is a subtler kind of bias elsewhere in a newspaper, but a lot of what people attack and declare "fake news" is often the op-ed and "analysis" pieces, and if I can criticize newspapers for that, it's that I find they often shove some of the op-ed stories on to the main page of their website. I don't think that's an issue of bias so much as it is deliberate click-bait, in that if you punch up your main web page with stories like "Just how big will the Clinton landslide be?" you'll get a lot more hits than more mundane stories reporting the daily grind of a presidential campaign. The latter, even in this last election, can often be pretty fucking boring "Clinton attended a luncheon of the so-and-sos, and had a rally at such and such a place, and the polls shows she's leading by x% in California."

To my mind that's the real problem here, not a bias specifically, at least not political bias, but a constant need to sex everything up. But come on, that's not even new either. Every edition of a newspaper has to have a headline, whether the underlying story deserves it or not. That's the nature of newspapers for over two hundred years now.

Comment Re: Trump on Sweden (Score 1) 375

I agree that that is difficult, and in fact Sweden is experiencing integration problems (though it still remains one of the safest countries in the world). And if Trump had actually been discussing that problem, then he would have had a strong point. But since he appears to do no research other than to watch news broadcasts and respond viscerally to what he doesn't like, he comes out with idiotic and factually-impaired statements that the White House spin doctors have to try to find some event close enough in time and space to make what he said sound even vaguely plausible.

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