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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!

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 MS to the "rescue" again (Score 2) 54

Looks like Microsoft is up to their old tricks and maybe O'Reilly didn't publish fast enough:



They have to work really hard to step in and mess things up for countries trying to break free (or for those who DID break free) from proprietary MS products. Brazil has a lot of corruption, so this seems to fit right in :(

Comment Re:I trust them to do the right thing (Score 1) 219

>"I'll see what the end result is. There's enough browsers to choose from nowadays."

And that is where you are WRONG. Please list all the browsers that are:

* 100% open source
* Run on all major platforms, including Linux
* Run on just about any Linux and without relying only on distro packages.
* Will work on 99+% of websites because the browser is an accepted standard (think business software, not just home stuff).

Your list is going to be very small. And that is where a lot of us stand. Firefox is not something we can just throw away, and for many of us, Chrome is simply not an option. It either does not give us the control or addons we need, or we can't tolerate the closed-nature or potential spyware like environment.

Comment Auto-pay (Score 1) 84

>"Sprint's plan requires the account owner to enable AutoPay, ensuring the bill is paid on time each month"

Yep, and the other carriers are doing this too. And it is WRONG. They are all slipping this anti-consumer crap into their plans. How about not trying to force this type of s*** down our throats and punish people who actually SHOW they are irresponsible by penalizing JUST THOSE PEOPLE instead of everyone?

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