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Comment It's the youttube effect (Score 1) 226

Obviously a lot of you don't have kids/acquaintances in that age group. Their free time is spent messaging, skyping and watching the multitude of famous youtubers. There is little free time left for anything else like personal hygiene, outdoor activities, movies, etc. The constant-on connection is occupying all of their free/leisure time.

Comment MSFT should make it a user option (Score 1) 78

Maybe when you get a new PC/laptop, the question should be asked up front. Do you want to make your PC/Laptop more secure/easier to use/similar to your iPhone (with some small print saying that it will become a cloud-only appliance). If you answer yes then it sets itself to be that. You should also be able to switch between the two modes of operation if the need arises.

Comment I lived through that 'european' system. It sucks. (Score 1) 537

As a teenager growing up in Europe, I had to compete for those limited spots. For many reasons, I was out-competed. The effort required to get into the top 'free' institutions was more than I was willing to put forth as I was a kid and wanted to do kid things not spend all day studying. Luckily I ended up in the USA where I got a decent education without the cutthroat competition. I became a very successful professional in a STEM field. I think the USA system costs a lot but gives opportunity to kids to become something without facing life-sucking competition at the age where they should be kids.

Comment I prefer that the govt provide work instead (Score 1) 441

I don't mean for govt to provide more civil worker jobs that are hard to reduce in the long run. They could have a bucket of part time jobs that could be filled by the unexpectedly unemployed. Even if the job is as medial as sitting at a desk answering calls or whatever. That job can pay the UBI as a salary. That way the person stays in the mindset of being productive.

Comment The drugs work but poorly and haphardly (Score 1) 432

All of these drugs have severe mind-altering side effects. Memory loss sometime permanent is a frequent complaint. Dulling of emotions another. Of course, along with all the dulling, the bad thoughts are also dulled and thus the effectiveness. The drugs make you less human so that you can live with the fact that being human is a tough sordid ordeal. Hell, being alive is a tough sordid ordeal. It's just that since we are sentient, we question everything and that causes the root problem. I think that if depression is caught early and diet and exercise is introduced, it can be prevented from becoming life-consuming but it is not recognized early enough and it becomes severe, there is no times for games, the drugs are then needed to prevent a much worse outcome.

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