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Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 2, Insightful) 432

Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands.

These countries (nor the ones GP listed) aren't socialist. Socialism is when the government owns the means of production. This means that the workers work directly for the government, and the government sells goods and services directly to consumers.

Whilst you're correct about these countries not being socialist, you're wrong about what socialism is. What you have described is fascism, the merger of corporate and state power. Socialism is not government ownership, but democratic ownership, where people get more of a say in what a service does. Socialism de-emphasises others owning things over you. Communism is state ownership, but not state corporatism.

To use a simple cow analogy,

Fascism = You have two cows, the government takes both and sells you some milk.
Communism = You have two cows, the government takes both and gives you some milk.
Socialism = You have two cows, you own them and milk them yourself. You share the unused milk with a your neighbour.
Capitalism = You have two cows, your neighbour owns them and all the other cows, you have to milk them and buy the milk from your neighbour.

And just so you know the difference,
Nazism = You have two cows, the government takes both, shoots the one it considers impure and sells you some milk. You are not permitted to be unhappy about the milk.

Most countries in the world use a mixture of socialist and capitalist systems, applying different systems to different needs as they see fit. The ideas are not mutually exclusive.

Comment Re: lack of foresight (Score 1) 179

My cellphone doesn't "run my life", why does yours?

To be fair, my mobile phone is pretty useful. Far easier than carrying around all the stuff I'd need to do the same thing in paper format.

But much like paper format, I don't keep anything on my phone that I need to keep private or confidential.

Comment Re:ICE will love i (Score 1) 33

When the too-stupid-to-be-burger-flippers stop you in customs and demand your Facebook login they'll be drooling over this.

I get your point.

But you also haven't used any of these transfer services.

By and large they are pretty good but transfers take days to complete, partially as a security measure (and partially because it takes time for the money to clear). If I were to transfer money from UK account to a UK account it would still take a day to process (in the UK, I can transfer from account to account in a matter of seconds using Faster Payments). You have to transfer the money from your bank and specifiy the bank your sending it to, so it's hardly anonymous either.

You wont be able to send money via facebook, you'll still have to use your banks process, you will probably just get the quote via Facebook. Personally I'd be more concerned about saved credit card info on your phone (which I try never to do).

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 376

Back when I was in school (when the Earth was still cooling) this was called, "Critical Thinking." It wasn't given its own dedicated program as it was intertwined with everything else being taught.

I'm a Gen Xer but not by much. However critical thinking was also taught to me at school.

However large tracts of the class completely ignored it, it was the same tract of class that said "when are we ever going to use this in real life" when being taught things like algebra.

But if you really want to know who is to blame, look at the news media. Most of the news media offer opinions rather than facts. Attention grabbing soundbites that support their political leanings instead of well researched articles. Inflammatory, cliche laden comments rather than neutral language that tries not to convey bias.

90% of the news media does not want its audience thinking critically about what it says because then they will lose all of their audience. News reports these days are deliberately designed to make the readers angry because this makes it harder for them to think critically and detect the falsifications in the article. It has the added bonus of making people more susceptible to advertising. Its not just news, but all of western society has come to celebrate ignorance and despise an educated or balanced view.

It seems as though this basic skill stopped being taught in primary and secondary schools and replaced with ignorant structures that teach only to standardized tests.

Your blame is misplaced here. These are effects, not causes.

I've worked in education (fortunately as a sysadmin, not an educator given what I saw happen to educators), the problem isn't the admin, they're just reacting to the parents. Nowdays when precious Little Johnny gets an average grade their ignorant parents are barrelling down to the principals office to raise hell until that C is turned into an A. Lets not even think about what happens when a teacher dares to punish Little Johnny for their terrible behaviour, the principal wont be able to sit for a week.

Parents essentially have all the power. Have done for years (at least 15) so administrators have to pander to them or parents will go over their heads and dump crap on them until they do. Teachers would like nothing better than to say "Little Johnny is a right little shit and will remain so until his parents actually start to control his behaviour" however the absolute worst thing they are permitted to put on a report card is "Little Johnny needs to pay more attention in class". In fact, that has become teacher code for "hes an obnoxious little shit and knows he can get away with it".

You're right that kids are being taught to be ignorant and that throwing a tantrum is an effective way to get what they want... but they are learning this from their parents, not their school.

Basic comprehension and competency isn't really enough. A good education teaches you facts and provides knowledge. A GREAT education teaches you how to teach yourself. Having an open mind and being willing to admit being wrong in the face of new evidence is what separates the latter from the former.

Couldn't agree more.

Comment Re:Tech too often a veneer for Snake Oil (Score 1) 93

Of course there's no science behind 95% (guess) of apps that really need science behind them.

I want you to define what apps need science behind them. Based on the universal concensus of exercise / movement / not sitting on your fat arse at the TV all day = good for you I would say every single fitness app has science behind it.


I think the GP used the wrong word, I think he meant apps that claim or directly imply that there is science behind them (when more often than not, there's none).

Most fitness apps are not even loosely based on science, even when they are its almost always using assumptions that are impossible to apply to most people, let alone everyone due to a large range of heights, builds, diets, habits, metabolic rates, environmental conditions and what not. Most of them are based on measurements that are turning out to be increasingly inaccurate to most people like BMI.

The thing that fitness apps are doing is gamification. Gamification is a short term only thing and in many way counter productive. It has to be designed to reward people on a plateau so people think they're making progress rather than actually making progress. Further more, people are only doing it for gratification, so when people stop getting likes on Facebook (because everyone and their dog has blocked the AttentionWhore(TM) fitness app ) they'll give up and move onto the next thing.

Comment Re:The decline in online stores (Score 1) 183

With Amazon, its not about the cost but the selection and convenience.

I live in the UK.

If I need something but don't need it right away (I.E. 90% of non-food items), it isn't necessarily much more expensive for the item at a store. The problem is that stores will only stock one or two brands and it takes time for me to get it. Not to mention the fuel I use going to the shop, every mile is another 30p to the price. However it's not even that.

The left low beam bulb went pop on my car yesterday. The selection at Halfords was limited to Halfords brand bulbs at £5 each, Amazon had OSRAM bulbs for £15 a pair with Prime. Even Euro Car Parts only had Chinese brand for £8 a pair or Phillips for £30. So I ordered the As it stands I've got the bulbs sitting on my desk as I type.

I got a better quality bulb than Halfords even offered and I didn't have to drive to the nearest ECP (which is a 3 mile detour though heavy traffic on my way home). OTOH, I needed a Molex to SATA power adaptor the other week, It was faster to drive to the nearest Currys and pay £4 for it (although parking was so shocking there, I may as well have walked).

Amazon isn't for cheap chinese crap any more (you've got Ebay and Alibaba for that), Amazon is for products you used to find in B&Q and Halfords before they all decided selling Chinese crap with UK pricetags. That being said, if I want 20 SATA cables, Amazon is as good a place as any.

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 183

I don't shop at Amazon because it's cheaper - it's usually not much, if any. But it's much less work for me. Get online, check inventory, make sure it's in stock, drive twenty minutes each way, hunt for the item while in the store, wait in checkout line... if I don't need it right now, I can get online, click "place order", and it appears on my doorstep two days later. Huge time-saver for me, as my work is intermittent - I have lots of three-to-five-minute idle periods, which means I can get personal stuff done during the day, instead of wasting that time and having to invest even more after work.

I tend to use Amazon because they actually have the products I'm after.

I needed bags for a vacuum cleaner, not a single supermarket or homewares store in 10 miles had them, but Amazon prime had them for less than 6 quid. I'm not even sure if a store beyond 10 miles had them. Prime delivery is 1 day and they delivered on a Sunday... but seriously, being a member of the 20 MPG club means that driving 10 miles there and back is 6 quid on it's own.

Comment Re: Nice. (Score 1) 183

I live in a smallish town in Saskatchewan, Canada. All of the small shops closed up shortly after Walmart moved in 17ish years ago. I find Amazon to be the lesser of the two evils in this situation. Plus Amazon has a much bigger selection than the local Walmart, and I'm not really willing to drive an hour away to buy stuff in the next town over unless I desperately need something that day.

Not sure aboot sunny Canada, but here in cold and dreary England you can get a fair few things delivered from Amazon in 4 hours (for a delivery fee of course). I live in a smallish town about an hour outside of London and I've been able to get things delivered at 22:00 on a weeknight. Of course you don't get the full Amazon selection, but it's actually better than the 2-3 brands Tesco would have.

With that said, I do my best to support the local businesses I can. I buy meat from the local butcher, eggs and other produce from local farmers market, go to the smaller independent grocery store over the big box chain, pet food and supplies from the local pet store, etc.

I by and large agree with this.

But that doesn't mean that local vendors should get lazy. If you make it difficult to find and obtain services (I.E. no online presence, no Sunday trading, close at 12:00 sharp on a Saturday) then of course I'm going to go to Morrisons instead.

Comment Re:Third Path (Score 1) 170

3. Apple pays Ireland seven billion dollars to leave the E.U.

And the EU starts invalidating patents, seizing property, issues arrest warrants for executives (yes, unlike the US, the EU is willing to jail tax evaders).

Just how much money do you think Apple has involved in Europe. Hell, they dont even have to start seizing property, they can just issue arrest warrants for execs and they'll find it hard doing anything in a country that you cant be extradited to the EU from.

Attempting to say "Fuck you EU, I'm taking my ball and going home" is just going to end badly for Apple.

As the old saying goes: Billions for defense, but not one cent for tribute!

Except Apple isn't defending themselves, Apple are trying to get away with breaking the law.

You're better off with the old line "I fought the law and the law won". All Apple can do from here is delay the inevitable, much the same as Microsoft spent billions doing in the early 00's.

Comment Re:Sooner than that even (Score 1) 170

The EU doesn't want those taxes, they want Ireland to collect them according to their tax schedule in order to create a level playing field in the EU. What local business wouldn't love a 0.005% effective corporate tax rate? Most pay 20-25%

The EU wants Ireland to stop being a money drain.

Brussels is simply forcing the Irish govt to do what they don't want to do, given that Ireland took the EU's money the EU has some entitlement to do this (which is why the EU cant dictate terms to the UK... well at least until we lose the ability to veto things after brexit).

Comment Re:This has to be a 4chan joke... (Score 1) 892

Except the company president was the alpha. Company president. Has money. Is banging Hooters girls. Nobody's complaining about him.

If the hooters girls are consenting to it, what the fuck is the problem.

Yes, paying for sex is still consentual sex.

In this story, though, it's our boy's wife who's got no problem finding fresh cocks to hop

And this makes it OK to harass and coerce women into sex... how?

If he's having trouble getting chicks, it's his problem, not theirs. He either needs to up his game or start paying for it.

Comment Re:A bad way to start (Score 1) 892

Unless they are a Democratic President (see: Bill Clinton).

I was going to reply to the GP, but seeing as you bought up this nugget I have to point out how stupid it is.

It is actually OK for the boss to ask for consentual sex with a subordinate. Fuck, it happens all the time, forgive the pun, between successful middle aged men and young women in private companies. If GWB had consentual sex with an intern, he also would have done nothing wrong (legally speaking, of course his party would have crucified him for it, but that's besides the point). The key word is consent. Bill had it, this Uber twat didn't. However, what the twat at Uber did wrong was to continue to make sexual advances after it was made clear they were unwanted.

Then what Uber did wrong was refuse to sack the guy because he was too highly placed.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 892

A manager in a position of power asking their subordinate to have sex with them is absolutely sexual harassment.

Even then, they have to force the issue for it to be considered discrimination.

There have been several cases in where the alleged perpetrator got off because after they were rebuffed, they dropped the incident completely. Mostly because they were smart enough to report the incident themselves (CYA). Discrimination and harassment has to be sustained in order for it to be considered discrimination or harassment.

If advances were clearly rebuffed, and the advancee dropped it, harassment cases fall on their arse.

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