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Comment Re:Sweden (Score 1) 1040

I second this (if you're not already organised - sounds like you're not).
Minimum wage is nice in theory, but risk becoming the default wage.

Seeing your final observation, I'm surprised and a bit saddened to see you so strongly assert that you're not a socialist.
You see a minority owning the majority of assets, consider yourself as a slave (your words) - and still you're mindfucked to believe that unions and socialism is somehow bad for you?

Of course they can pay a proper wage - they just rather keep the money. Simple as that.

Comment Re:Bad translation is bad (Score 1) 97

...the law was designed to avoid low quality, low security Chinese android phones...

That may be part of the truth.
Another part is that it encourages/forces phone manufacturers to have factories in Brazil - providing jobs and investing in national infrastructure - as import tax is so high that imported phones can't compete.
I worked several years with a major brand phone manufacturer. All their factories were in low cost / high tech Asian countries - plus one Brazil.

Comment Re:Democracy? (Score 1) 371

It's always strange to hear Americans talk about their government like it's an entity removed from themselves.

Most of us here in Scandinavia trust the government. We think it's on our side, against the drawbacks of capitalism.
We see that businesses are excellent at providing goods and services, but also that that's a by-product of their primary purpose: making money.
Left unchecked, businesses will do bad things to maximize profit.
Not because we, their owners, are evil capitalists, or that we, their employees, are without conscience.
It's just the way that humans - and by extension businesses, our most perfectly egoistic creations - work.

I don't mean to troll, but this is what I experience:
I hear your arguments against a strong government, and most of them don't make sense to me.
I see private citizens open their mouths, and out come the words of business representatives. It's like some darn spooky ventriloquism trick.
You identify yourselves with businesses and not with your government.
Truly, to me many Americans seem indoctrinated to mistrust and want to minimize their government (i.e. their own power, as I see it).
It's the only way I can make sense of it.

Comment Altruism, like everything else, is imperfect (Score 1) 157

I think one stumbling block of evolutionary studies is the notion to consider anything to be perfected.
The reason that altruism does not always make sense (according to a pure 'selfish gene' standpoint), may well be that it doesn't.

We've developed a few genes that makes part our brain mirror what our fellow beings experience. If we see someone suffer, we feel bad too.
Most of the time, that makes sense from an egoistic standpoint. Some of the time, it doesn't.
Altruism is no more a mystery that our preference for certain kinds of food.
Enjoying sweet, fat and protein-rich food is good for humans - except for when it isn't.

Comment Wrong question - it's not about our privacy (Score 5, Insightful) 319

Come on, you're asking the wrong question!
The sun doesn't revolve around you or me.
Those here who answer "I don't care" are halfway right.
None of us will be betrayed by Google or Amazon - that's bad business.
NSA won't post your private stuff or steal your money - they just want to do their job, damn the consequences.

However, after the next economic depression and mass unemployment, or after the next great war,
when we elect our Führers, or support revolutions ending in a totalitarian states,
they will find it convenient that our governments have built the infrastructure for their tyranny.

To answer the question that your should have asked:
* Voice your opinion.
* Support EFF and similar organisations.
* Contact your representative.
* Vote with your head and your heart - not your wallet.

Comment Re:Thought experiments (Score 1) 1216

Are those examples supposed to work as a reality check?
Many countries have progressive taxing. The result is a soft limit on how much an individual can earn.

However, an arbitrary limit is stupid, because it encourages envy.
It is not a problem that people can earn a lot - it's nice to be rich.
It is IMHO a problem when money is spent on luxuries (yachts, sports cars, mansions) instead of necessities (education, healthcare, infrastructure).
The point of progressive taxing is not to limit wages - it's to generate taxes fairly.
If you earn x times more than the next guy, you can spare some.

Comment Re:Guild Wars 2...if it fits your niche (Score 1) 555

I second that.
For exploring / achieving GW2 is probably the best game I've played.
At least as good as WoW, which I played for many years (and will probably play it again some, come next expansion).
WvW (large scale PvP against other servers) is also fun, even though I'm not much of a PvPer.

Only thing that concerns me is how they're able to make money, considering there's no subscription once you've bought the game, and the real money store is mainly fluff.
But I guess enough people like funny hats to keep it going.

Comment Re:Random homicidal moments (Score 1) 1144

... only we still have nukes and billions of guns.

This is what really makes me worry about the US economy. If it gets bad enough (and I'm not talking about the current situation), what stops you from invading other countries to claim their assets?
I don't mean some apocalyptic scenario where US citizens are starving either. All it takes is enough corporations not making sufficient profit, and you'll be fed enough propaganda to think some resource-rich country is conspiring with the communists or al-Qaida or whatever scares you enough, and the war is on.

Comment Just the data, ma'am, please.. (Score 4, Insightful) 164

Oh man, I get so bothered when someone presents interesting data - only to append a theory that isn't connected to it.
Why is that? Don't you get to publish unless you have a theory, no matter how unrelated an implausible it is?
Human sciences especially - it's understandable though, as it's hard to read people's minds.

Neurons firing? Really?? Does fantasizing about objects we can actually see and touch suddenly make it science?
If the study included brains scans or something, sure. But all they did was look at numbers.

If you don't have a theory that's related to your study, just post your data and spare us your fantasies. Thank you.


Submission + - Is there a new geek anti-intellectualism? ( 1

Larry Sanger writes: "Geeks are supposed to be, if anything, intellectual. But it recently occurred to me that a lot of Internet geeks and digerati have sounded many puzzlingly anti-intellectual notes over the past decade, and especially lately. The Peter Thiel-inspired claim that "college is a waste of time" is just the latest example. I have encountered (and argued against) five common opinions, widely held by geeks, that seem headed down a slippery slope. J'accuse: "at the bottom of the slippery slope, you seem to be opposed to knowledge wherever it occurs, in books, in experts, in institutions, even in your own mind." So, am I right? Is there a new geek anti-intellectualism?"

Comment Re:Could Someone Explain to me... (Score 5, Insightful) 591

I'm guessing Google picked up on how several of my family members (and many, many other computer users I'm afraid) actually enter URLs:
1. Click browser home button, arrive at
2. Type URL in search box, then click first link (for advanced users: click "I'm feeling lucky")
No matter how I try to explain how backwards this is, they keep doing it. Take away the search bar and I can't even argue the sane alternative.

More hits for - more data, ads and more money for them. Only makes sense, really.


Submission + - Happy 20th SDF (

m0smithslash writes: "Where were you in 1987? 1987 was the year that Oscar Arias Sanchez won the Nobel peace prize, Supernova 1987A is observed (the first "naked-eye" supernova since 1604), the Unabomber, N.Y. Giants defeat the Denver Broncos, 39- 20, in Super Bowl XXI, and the The Legend of Zelda released for the NES in North America. June 16th, 1987 marked the day that the SDF-1 received its first caller at 300bps. From the press release:

This little Apple ][e BBS of the late 80s turned into a Public Access UNIX System with the demise of "" during the "Operation Sundevil" raids. Since then it has grown to become the oldest and largest continually operating PUBNIX on the planet.
For crying out loud, all users have access to their own GOPHER space as well as more modern technologies like blogs, wikis and so forth. What more could you want?"

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Dynamic Keyboard Layout Changers

Howard Dews writes: "NST has just posted an interesting write-up regarding the difficulties of changing keyboard layouts for those amongst us that don't like QWERTY — and an innovative way of addressing it:

Imagine a keyboard with a scroller on the side with a little analog screen next to it. You can scroll to the layout you want and type — no BS involved. Even better, imagine a tiny cylinder that sits between your USB port and the Keyboard — with a scroller on it. It can (on the fly, of course) intercept outgoing scan codes from the keyboard and replace them with the right thing according to the layout you selected
I wonder how long it'll take before someone takes this idea and flies with it....."

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