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Comment Re:Bury the lede (Score 2) 64

What are you talking about? We are sacrificing red tape on the altar of the people. The national ID card is tremendously helpful. It cuts the latency of most of your government interaction down to mere minutes, the time it takes you to click through the user interface of a service. This is unheard of In most of the civilized world, where it can take months to get your random papers done. The crypto on this is open source, and anybody is free to implement their own. I cannot figure out what better 'clear goals' you could ask for.

Do you know how long it takes for me to prove my legal existence and identity? A few seconds.
Do you know how long it takes for me to file my taxes? About a minute.
Do you know how long it takes for me to start a business? A few hours.
I could go on.

The meat of your comment seems to be the all-too-common American hate towards the government. Well let me tell you, do not make the mistake to assume that a government per se is bad. A government is what you make of it. You can not exist without one more than you can exist without the division of labor. You might also remember a certain revolution in which you replaced a bad one with a good one so you have options, you know.
Ours government might not be the best, but it's also not the worst, and we trust our everyday lives with it. The fact that your government is the worst is your own fault and your own fault alone, and until you fix it or replace it you deserve all of it.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 255

What he probably means is closer to 'reinventing/NIH considered harmful'. If you start from scratch, you are bound to make many of the same mistakes the original developers made. Also you will only have a vague idea of the actual requirements of the project, which will waste a lot of your (time) budget on redesign. Even if you are the author of the original, once some time has passed you most probably don't have any idea what most of the code does - weird corner cases and bugfixes everywhere, with no recollection of the reasons thereof.
The devil is in the details, and once you take a few steps beyond a 'hello world' program the accumulative domain knowledge and experience embedded in the code of a mature project become pretty much invaluable, making up most of the costs sunk into it.
Rewriting such a project should therefore, within reason, be avoided if at all possible - once you actually start with it, you really don't know where it will take you. While the English language knows about reinventing the wheel, my language (Estonian) talks about reinventing the bicycle. That gives you a very good perspective of the work you would have ahead - think about all the little details, dead ends and improvements the bicycle has had in it's 200 years - would you be willing to do it again?
Exceptions, of course, do exist. Sometimes you just cannot make the existing code work for you. Sometimes you do not have the source or the rights to change it. Sometimes you want to do it for fun, for excercise, for experience. Sometimes it is the crapfest that is OpenSSL and you just need to take it behind the barn and shoot it. Just don't make a habit of it I guess:)

Comment Re:Uh uh (Score 1) 372

Wow, critical of the critique, while not pointing out any flaws therein. That has got to be the most original viewpoint I've ever read anywhere.
Tell you what: how about you depose of your own tyrant heads of state first and then we'll see if we can find mine in my run-of-the-mill western democracy.

Comment Re:Uh uh (Score 2) 372

I would say you need to go deeper than that.
Technology in itself is neutral. Why is it a problem? Who are the people who abuse it, what are their incentives, how is it that they are in a position to create problems out of technology?
Globalisation in moderation is quite nice. I mean you like foreign food, goods, people, culture. How has globalisation then evolved into a situation where it craps on everything it touches?
Regressive taxes. Well a society can structure taxes whatever way it likes, there is no right or wrong way besides suitability for a purpose. When I look at the situation in the US, I get more of an impression that the problem is that all the people hate all the taxes. Well taxes are your goddamn phone bill, you do not argue against paying your bills, do you? With taxes you split the bill to purchase services, whether the reason is to save on cost, improve on quality or just make the service happen at all. You all want police, roads and schools, and you want them to be good, right? Then put up or shut up, pay your way and get some QA and accountability into the process.

The thing with reasons is that you need to always look deeper into them. What are the reasons of the reasons? What are the reasons of the reasons of the reasons? You need to find the root reasons and solve those, then you have the possibility for improvement. When you are sick, you don't treat the symptoms, you treat the illness.

Comment Re:Uh uh (Score 5, Insightful) 372

I'm constantly amazed by the fact that americans are all pretty happy to acknowledge that their status quo rather bad, yet they are not willing to look for the reasons nor even talk about changing any aspect of the system.
It must be quite a feat of mental gymnastics to demand that everything somehow change for the better while everything remains the same. A three year old might find this idea reasonable, but grown men and women? Come on, this is a textbook definition of an idiot - someone who does the same thing over and over again expecting the results to differ.
As an outsider, it seems to me that most of what americans believe about politics, society and the human nature is rather a twisted picture indeed. Accepting the problem is the first step towards a solution, and luckily, usually the hardest. Yet the steps must be taken, otherwise things will only get worse.

Comment Re:Question and wild theory (Score 1) 642

I read mr. Willy Shakes indeed, but not so much in (his) English, sorry. I do very much enjoy what he did to the English language however, it has never been the same since:) I also like to take liberties with language myself, but I'd rather build on it and find new ways to convey meaning rather than just half-arse something in the hopes that the receiving end does the actual work. You know there was a time when the correct way to express something in French was to express it in the most beautiful way?
But I'd say the annoyance is mostly an issue of what you signed up for. If I set out to read old English there is a reasonable probability that I will actually like it for what it is rather than be annoyed by it. Contrast this to the fact that I rarely set out to stream a show in order to enjoy the packet loss and resulting artefacts.
Sometimes, however, I find myself in a speaking situation when the common English has just too much boilerplate, in which case I might switch to something what I would call periphery English for lack of a better word - in the general lines of what hillbillies, southern folk, black and caribbean folk might talk - it turns out that you can easily take English apart and put it back together in another way. And this another way might be a very enjoyable mix of raw power and a certain beautiful simplicity, all the while remaining meaningful, to the point, and easily understandable.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 369

It's not that starvation is less an issue than before. Check out the kids malnutrition issue in, yes, the USA in the years since the crisis for example. You don't need to go looking for it in Africa or wherever you expect to find your favourite hellhole.
We do indeed have enough food in the world to feed everybody, but we have a serious distribution issue. Pretty much the same dynamics here as in the whole 1% vs. 99% issue, classic inequality stuff, if not so finely defined nevertheless.
And the thing is, in a (purely) capitalist society we will never fix this. Once everyone has food available, the prices will fall and profits will bottom out, which is not something the industry will be looking forward to. There needs to be a scarcity to drive up the prices. On the other side of the same coin, revolutions and riots all around the world are heavily correlated to food prices, up to the point you could almost single this out as the only cause for masses on the streets.
So, yes, i might eat myself into the Mustard Tiger on them cheeseburgers, but this will not help someone on the other side of the world.

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