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Comment Re: Another Ministry of Truth? (Score 2) 182

If there is still anyone thinking that Wikipedia is in any way neutral, they need do little more than learn a language or two and compare a couple of articles locked for editing. Look at the one for GamerGate. Off the bat, it's described as a hate movement and no credence is given to the participants' claims that they oppose corruption in video game journalism. Now look at several foreign articles, such as the German one, which immediately describes the movement as an anti-corruption movement. You may be on either site of the fence, but either way at least one of the articles has to be very biased given the circumstances. That these people want to check news for facts is the joke of a century.

Comment Re:Will never happens (Score 1) 270

It would help you if you actually read more thoroughly. DB does not even track delays shorter than six minutes. The fact that it is late all the time is not even disputed by DB at this point, who blame it on the fact that they have too much money and keep renovating their routes.

If you are interested in anecdotal evidence, I am yet to travel from Frankfurt Airport and arrive on time. And if we want to talk about context, yes, trains are fantastic, if you travel in Japan, they are utter trash if you travel in Germany or some third world cesspool. Implementation, it matters.

Comment Re:Will never happens (Score 1) 270

Oh yeah, because as we well know trains are never late. Our train services have been the epitome of punctuality to the point that I have probably not arrived on time more than twice in the past five years and have still have to leave an hour and a half early every day to account for the delays. - signed: Germany

Comment Re:That's all well and good (Score 1) 215

In jurisdictions where they are banned, all of the above are high risk and high yield enterprises for effectively unskilled individuals typically supervised by organised crime. I do not see many people being ready to go to prison for tax evasion in order to work as an underpaid, uninsured and non-unionized taxi driver. May as well collect welfare instead.

Comment Re: I can't believe Japan wants to be known... (Score 1) 77

We shouldn't licence person operate cars to be used when autonomous cars are a viable alternative. If you want to go into silly analogies, we probably shouldn't also licence nuclear weaponry to the general populace even though they may find a creative use for it like killing vermin. Could be doing this all day, buddy.

Comment Re:I can't believe Japan wants to be known... (Score 1) 77

Yes, precisely like cash. Now I know that many on /. are very much from the "nobody knowing how much Sprite I buy is more important than busting tax evaders and preventing drug trafficking" camp, but there being an equivalent means of escaping prosecution now is not an argument for introducing new means in the future. From Mankiw's "Principles of Economics":

One puzzle about the money stock of the U.S. economy concerns the amount of currency [read: cash]. In 1998 there was about $460 billion of currency outstanding. To put this number in perspective, we can divide it by 205 million, the number of adults (age sixteen and over) in the United States. This calculation implies that the average adult holds about $2,240 of currency. Most people are surprised to learn that our economy has so much currency because they carry far less than this in their wallets.

Who is holding all this currency? No one knows for sure, but there are two plausible explanations.

The first explanation is that much of the currency is being held abroad. In foreign countries without a stable monetary system, people often prefer U.S. dollars to domestic assets. It is, in fact, not unusual to see U.S. dollars being used overseas as the medium of exchange, unit of account, and store of value.

The second explanation is that much of the currency is being held by drug dealers, tax evaders, and other criminals. For most people in the U.S. economy, currency is not a particularly good way to hold wealth. Not only can currency be lost or stolen, but it also does not earn interest, whereas a bank deposit does. Thus, most people hold only small amounts of currency. By contrast, criminals may avoid putting their wealth in banks, because a bank deposit gives police a paper trail with which to trace their illegal activities. For criminals, currency may be the best store of value available.

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