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Comment Re:great insight! (Score 1) 237

You won't need to worry about the murder rate with the starvation, disease and poverty this carbon halving would cause.

Unless your local government scores 0.1 T[*] or higher, it will be smart enough to implement the required measures without significant inconvenience for their population, and only above 0.5 T there is any chance of additional starvation, disease, or poverty due to these measures. Happily only a few countries have such a bad score. I'm sincerely sorry for you if you live in such a country.

[*] Where T is a measure of incompetence. The USA is at 1.0 T at the moment. There are a few countries that score higher, but not many.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 469

I'm not sure what you want to project on me, but I don't see anything wrong with the original premise of this whole discussion: the Gig Economy can be a dangerous trap for some people because they cannot earn a living wage with it except by working themselves to death. It makes sense to note that danger, especially because Uber and such are not exactly protecting people against themselves here.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 5, Insightful) 469

... or you could just have a society with sane and decent regulation. Contrary to what the propaganda says, that is not automatically communism, it's simple human decency.

Talking about decent, I seem to remember that one rather popular religion is preaching this. Something to do with a rebel that got up the nose of the Roman authorities. And isn't there another rather popular religion that has giving to the poor on its shortlist of things you definitely should do? And then there is another religion/philosophy that explains that being decent to your fellows may help you escape suffering in multiple incarnations. Come to think of it, it seems that being decent to your fellow human beings is on the recommended list of just about every religion. Imagine that, perhaps it is just a good idea?

Comment Re:I knew it (Score 1) 94

But there are plenty of markets where Apple did fail miserably - enterprise/servers, TV, netbook competition (the air), to name a few.

Servers I grant you; that just isn't Apple's strong point. TV was always presented as a hobby, and is not a market where anybody has done remarkably well. I don't see how you can describe the Air as a failure. Just about their entire laptop lineup has some Air DNA nowadays, and they are still doing pretty well in a shrinking market. No, the Air was not a netbook killer, but Apple never pretended it was, and netbooks did not need a killer.

Apple's success rate is well below 50%, so betting against them is actually a pretty good bet, especially in the post Steve era where all innovation has been killed off by Mr Cook.

Measuring success rates is a bit more complicated than just counting the products that failed and succeeded. More telling is: what significant new product markets did Apple miss after the Jobs era? The best example I can come up with is drones, but that is already pretty remote from Apple's core business. Ebooks perhaps, but that's also not a strong example. Possibly the interactive stuff Microsoft is coming up with nowadays. Apart from that I can't think of anything really significant.

Therefore, to me AR is the first post-Jobs technology that Apple cannot afford to miss. At least they are working on it. Again, for technical reasons I have my doubts anyone can do this well, but since Apple seems to be determined to make a splash here, I am not betting against them.

Comment Re:I knew it (Score 4, Insightful) 94

This is Apple investing in Google Glass. Remember that thing that Google did that failed miserably and that they gave up on years ago?

Apple is going to do that now, with the exact same result.

I've heard that one before about MP3 players, mobile phones, and tablets. All great examples of products where Apple was predicted to fail miserably, and failed miserably to fail miserably.

Don't bet against Apple in cases like this. On technical grounds I am not convinced AR can be done well, but if someone can do it, it is Apple.

Comment Re:Expats? (Score 1) 289

Don't expect coherency, honesty, or fairness if the non-integrated muslims throughout Europe ever get any real power, either.

Since there is zero chance of that happening in the next 50 years, and after that the world will have changed too much to make any reasonable predictions anyway, your prediction is uninteresting.

Comment Re:Expats? (Score 1) 289

If with 'integration' you mean that all traces of their ancestorship have been erased, then yes, you may argue that integration has failed. But then integration of the immigrants from Indonesia, China, and Suriname has failed as well. Hell, even the Hugenots that fled from France centuries ago still have some French-language churches in the Netherlands.

For reasonable definitions of 'integration' things are working pretty well.

Comment Re:Expats? (Score 1) 289

... For small values of 'they', but hey, xenophobes would never generalise, would they?

But go ahead, vote for Wilders, it's better than suppressing this idiocy. One warning, though: Wilders has as much of a clue as Trump, so don't expect coherency, honesty, or fairness if he ever gets any real power.

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