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Comment Re:And how much will the EU (Score 1) 866

If you would inform yourself a little bit than you would find out that the EU did not so much pay Greece, but the banks who invested in Greece - that is, instead of having to cut their losses for a bad investment these banks and their investors (mostly French and German, btw.) got EU tax money. The scheme sounds familiar, doesn't it?

If things would have been done right, Greece would have defaulted in 2010.

There is even a letter written by Alexis Tsipras from January 2015 to the German people that explains the issue.

Comment Re:Closed source... (Score 2) 51

So it's how long, about 8 years, since AMD announced it's going open source with its GPU drivers?

They did say it's going to take a while to fully shelve Catalyst, and I could understood if the new open source drivers didn't fully support 5+ years old GPUs due to various transition periods etc. But really?!

This is the open source driver status. Looks pretty good to me. Regarding the new driver, it is part of their mixed open source and closed source strategy: The kernel module is open, AMD provides the closed source user space that that should provide the latest and greatest features, while the community provides user space part as open source that might have to catch up a little performance wise.

Comment Re:Trump is untouchable (Score 3, Funny) 242

As an outside observer I think the main divide between Republicans and Democrats is that of idealists and pragmatics.

I think it's more like Jarod Kintz put it in This Book is Not FOR SALE: “There exists a big circus tent, and the right entrance is named The Republicans, and the left entrance is called The Democrats. People argue over which is the correct path, not realizing everyone inside is a clown.”

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 210

Regions ruled by Muslims and their laws are some of the worst hell holes on Earth, only ever exceeded in their evil and barbarity in human history by places run by Communists or National Socialist pagans. Oh, and YES, there is such a thing as "evil".

Don't forget the witch burning Christians on that list, and all the old religions where human sacrifices were common, or maybe it is all just about "power of authority" like shown e.g. by the Stanford Prison Experiment

Comment Re:Yeah, sure (Score 1) 412

[...] Also note that a similiar mechanism is well established already: Those without other income can get money from social services. [...]

That's different from country to country, for instance in Spain, when you don't have a job and are out of the unemployment aid (maximum two years), you are on your own. Last time I read something about this it was stated that in Spain there are around 2 million persons without any kind of official income.

Comment Re:Stop these stories (Score 2) 107

I would like ./ editors to stop with "future Russian plans" stories, 'cause I can almost give you a warranty that given the today's economical situation in Russia, and given the fact that it's on the verge of collapse next to nothing will pan out in the nearest 20 to 50 years.

I think it is way to early to write Russia off: Russia is big and has most if not all of the raw materials needed for all the important industries, the ties to China are also becoming stronger, and 20 to 50 years is a very long time.

It would have been better if you'd run a story about the Russian ruble. It's dying. [...]

A low value of a national currency makes imports for this country expensive and exports cheaper for buyers, which means a low valued currency is good for export oriented countries. Russia is an export economy. Considering that Russia mostly exports raw materials, and imports goods like cars, computers etc. such the push from the falling value of the Ruble may actually be good for its industry, because it makes these industries more competitive compared to imported goods (e.g. as imported cars become more expensive cars produced in Russia may become more interesting to Russian buyers).

Comment Re: Scary Times (Score 2) 458

Sign of the times. Back in the day at least they gave us a blue screen, now we're stuck with black ...

Or like Neil Young put it ...

Out of the blue and into the black
You pay for this, but they give you that
And once you're gone, you can't come back
When you're out of the blue and into the black.

Comment Re:We COULD get by working 10-20 hours a week (Score 1) 729

If you base it on what people already have, you essentially give them and incentive to spend everything they get to keep their wealth low so they get more basic income.[ ...]

I think you misunderstood the parent. Currently, if you have much wealth, you can invest in stocks etc. to get more wealth without really working for it. If you have little or no wealth and you have a badly paid job (or two) you are busy satisfying your basic needs usually you don't have enough to save something to get out of that treadmill. Hence the current distribution model is based on what you already have and it favours the rich.

Comment Re:License (Score 1) 255

Or everything-and-its-cat now depending on systemd.

It is interesting that you bring up systemd in a GPL discussion. Their was some discussion about how the IPC infrastructure of systemd can effectively be used to circumvent the GPL by providing a GPL wrapper to a GPL library/program that provides a RPC interface and then use this interface from a non-free program remotely. Since no direct linking is involved, this is actually legal, and the a legal way to prevent this is licensing the code under the AGPL

Comment Re:GPL enforcement? I don't want to be involved! (Score 3, Insightful) 44

I don't want to support, or otherwise be involved with, GPL enforcement. It sounds to me like it's the creator of a piece of software dictating exactly what I can and can't do with it.

Wrong, the GPL only refers to the distribution of the software, and here the only requirement is that you pass on all the freedoms that were given to you when you received the software. For what you actually use the software this is completely up to you, in fact restricting the use of the software (e.g. "non-commercial only" or "no military use") is incompatible with the GPL.

The right for somebody to create closed-source derivatives is something that should be protected. Not protecting it is merely the act of taking away freedom.

Here you contradict yourself, because by distributing a closed-source derivative of some free software is taking away the freedom to create a derivative from your modified version.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 600

Right, but the same applies to Russia too. Russia is pretending to bomb ISIS "terrorists" in Syria, and yet for every hundred bombing raids it's done only one has actually been against ISIS and ISIS territory. The other strikes have hit everything from al Qaeda off-shoots, which we'd probably agree is fair play, through to Kurds and Turkmenis who just want to be left the fuck alone in their particular pocket of Syria just because they also oppose Assad.

AFAIK the Russians never bombed the Kurds, Turkey however did, Turkey also closed the border for Kurds when Kobani was under ISIS attack. There is an interesting analysis about why ISIS survives. Short version: Because the Turks support them in many ways.

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