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Comment Re:Childish... (Score 1) 412

Untag yourself and unfriend your parents on Facebook. Done. Nobody but their friends will see it. If it is embarrassment you are afraid of, there are many more ways they can humiliate you without any malice or you having legal recourse.

Really, the article should have been titled "18-year-old Is Suing Her Parents For Posting Embarrassing Childhood Photos To Facebook", because this is what becomes immediately apparent even before you start reading the text itself.

Comment Re: justice demands (Score 1) 72

They are not bad law, they are laws you personally think are bad. This is generally a fairly common practice among individuals without legal training. Furthermore, the idea that lobbies are somehow restricted to the rich and powerful is rather absurd. You are more than welcome to donate to a number of foundations, whose exact purpose is representing your interests. If your opinion is popular enough, it will get traction. You should also watch fewer legal dramas.

Comment Re:Benign dictatorship (Score 1) 205

A benevolent dictatorship is an established term for a dictatorship where the dictator pursues national interests rather than his own, as opposed to a dictator who pursues his own interests over those of national ones. There are a million ways to weasel about how this definition is bad—in which case you would be late, since Nietzsche has already raised this criticism of definitions in general—but it is one all development economists are very familiar with and nothing to sneer at. A go-to example is South Korea under Park Chung-hee, who is generally considered to be a benevolent dictator and has considerably contributed to the nation's development through his macroeconomic policies, versus his successor Chun Doo-hwan, who is best known for his impressive ability to receive bribes through establishment of foundations. You are wrong about the term having any relation to success of the dictator and JasterBobaMereel is equally wrong about there being any relation to his popularity.

Comment Re:justice demands (Score 1) 72

Don't take it the wrong way, but "biased courts" in developed countries are usually synonymous with bitter losers. You can argue that the laws are biased—some of them are, but arguably justifiably so—in which case you should really be running a lobby to append them, but if you feel that the judge is the one who is not applying the law correctly, you always the have option to appeal. At a certain point, it is a question of whether the whole justice system across multiple courts consists exclusively of biased hypocrites or if it is the individual refusing to understand why a certain judgement was applied.

Comment Re:Requires a knowledge of the job (Score 2) 205

Coincidentally, the Industrial Revolution occurs in the same time and is entirely oligarchic in nature. You may be interested in reading some works by Robert C. Allen, in particular the very concise Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction. There are a number of hypothesis for Europe's industrial success and subsequent increased living standards, from Braudel's coal and colonies to Black Death changing the institutional structure of Europe to be more capitalistic to Europe always being richer but having less food due to lack of rice. However, I am afraid that I am yet to hear a persuasive argument for peasants' suffrage being one of them. In fact, if we look at late comers in East Asia, you would get the very opposite impression with unelected elite bureaucrats largely detached from the political process running the country much more successfully than their democratised counterparts with democracy only coming as a latter bonus and in a form factually very different from liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Comment Re:Benign dictatorship (Score 1) 205

I am not entirely sure where you get getting the idea that benevolent dictators have to be even remotely popular. Popularity is a function of how good a leader is at appealing to the populace, not of the importance of the interests of the state to the said dictator. South Korea's Park Chung-hee is a benevolent dictator par excellence, yet a very divisive figure even during his own time.

Furthermore, this does not work for corporations and they are not benevolent dictatorships, because CEOs are already elected by the board of directors, who are again elected by the shareholders. It is already a democratic process, except for the fact that the electorate are the shareholders rather than employees. The companies that are pursuing the whole "you own the company" culture are already giving employees suffrage by offering them stock options, thus making the employees also the shareholders and thus eligible to elect directors.

Comment Re:There are two warnings in the app about this. (Score 1) 175

It really isn't about exploring at all in its current implementation and blocking it while driving would do nothing to help. The most effective way to play is find a spot where three PokeStops overlap and use lure on each one of them. Where I live, these spots are usually filled with players, who just sit there for hours and keep catching Pokemon, while getting Pokeballs from the same three PokeStops. Unlike Ingress, there is absolutely no incentive to find new PokeStops, making any kind of exploration not only redundant, but inefficient.

Comment Re:Windows Phone (Score 1) 191

Microsoft has basically killed Windows Phone at this point with such extreme prejudice, I almost find it hard to believe they did so unintentionally. Not only is the staff skeletal at best now, with 7,800 fired last year even before the release of Windows Phone 10, another 1,850 this May and another 2,850 at the end of last month, they have discontinued the few pre-installed services that were interesting and split the already very weak ecosystem into two.

My last phone was the Lumia 1020, the one before that was the Galaxy S i9000. The two experiences could not have been more different. When I got my i9000, there were few good applications, but progressively their number increased and it became a very nice system to use indeed. The 1020, on the other hand, came with some nifty things out-of-the-box—I really enjoyed Photobeamer and the free 30GB OneDrive option—that Microsoft killed, while third-party support continued to dwindle over time. One got better, the other got worse.

They have a few nice ideas in Windows Phone 10, but none of them makeup for the certain doom the OS has been heading towards the past couple of years. It's a mediocre experience at best and doesn't offer anything worthwhile that iOS and Android cannot do better.

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