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Comment Re:Well, there go those last remaining factory job (Score 2) 200

High unemployment is not sustainable. People won't just sit back and go "oh well, I guess I'm out of a job for the rest of my life. I'll just sit and do nothing".

The higher the unemployment, the more pressure on governments to do something about it, and the more incentive is given to alternative governments to introduce radical solutions.

I'm quite interested in the idea of universal basic income, since it would free up a lot of highly creative people to do what they love, and create new markets and push new innovative ideas further than is currently possible.

I don't know if/how it would work in every detail, but it sure seems like something we should be looking at as a society. I've heard rumours that there are places in the world where this is being trialled, but can't remember the details.

Comment Re:Let's face it... (Score 1) 260

Yes actually, that book says if Jesus didnt live again, then it's a complete waste of time and to examine the evidence to decide for yourself.

And how do you suppose one should attempt to falsify that?

If you look at the evidence - and despite what you are about to say, there most certainly IS evidence to look at - and say yes, He did live again.... well that's going to be interesting for you, isnt it? But this notion Christianity is not falsifiable is garbage.

At the very best all you can do is say that some people from the first century WROTE that some other people had seen Jesus alive again after he died, some 40-50 years prior. It only works if you trust everything they wrote as being accurate. You can appeal to other events recorded in the same gospels, but now you've just increased the number of dubious events with no means of verifying any of them.

I think there is at best a lot of uncertainty surrounding the events, and at worst it's pretty damn likely there was no resurrection.

Comment Re:one instance (Score 1) 361

Exactly!

From the article:

[quote]Most of all though, we can see that this bomb, like just about every other real bomb, didn’t have a visible clock. Placing a pretty LED display on the outside of the box is something that happens in the movies, not reality.[/quote]

Um, yeah, until someone decides that putting a pretty LED display on the outside of the box would be a good way to have a bomb go undetected.

Comment Re:Way too many problems (Score 1) 74

In the Linux world, I guess we would call this "natural selection" ;-)

I've been using Arch Linux as both a work and a personal desktop for over a year now. What am I doing that you're not, or vice versa?

Arch excels at its primary purpose. It's by far the best linux distro I've used, and I've tried many (for serious work not just tinkering).

Comment Re:Put away your pitch forks (Score 2) 553

I always thought there was a kind of natural selection happening in the linux world.

If systemD is so bad, how is it now the standard in pretty much every distro? It must serve some purpose. On the other hand, complaining about it seems to serve no purpose at all. If the teams who put together every distro thought this way, they wouldn't have used it. No doubt there are some distros that don't use it.

I just don't see the point in all of these complaints. What good does it do?

The existing systems must be inferior in some way - maybe even just PR? If systemD really isn't a better toaster, then either build one that is, or get into discussions with distro makers. That seems to me to be a far better course of action than continually complaining to peers about how bad systemD is and how it's taking over linux.

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