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Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 1) 287

Internet hate has been growing for a long time now.

At basically the same rate non-techies have started adopting the internet in their every day lives I suspect. The internet was a nice place before all the normals started using it.

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

The early internet was full of weirdoes and loonies, there just weren't so many of them in absolute numbers.

Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 1) 287

SJWs rarely work that way, opting to mete out their own version of justice by harassing and finding ways to ruin the victims lives by getting them fired, evicted, etc.

If you are fired because you exposed by a "SJW" as doing something that is a fire-able offence, maybe you should not have committed that offence in the first place.

Disclaimer: I'm not in the US, so it's not easy to fire people out of hand here.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 34

I don't understand when the scam is. He makes crappy books by scrapping public-domain services. Okay, probably low-quality and not much added value, but could be useful. He pushes them up with fake review. Okay, immoral, but a lot of people do it.

TFA says that what he's doing is probably not actually illegal.

But just because something's legal doesn't mean that it's right.

Just read the negative and average reviews before buying and you should avoid it, no ? Am I missing something ?

If you have hundreds of fake positive reviews, the occasional honest negative review will get overlooked. Who reads every review anyway? And who bothers to write negative reviews, come to think of it? If I'd downloaded a book and it was crap, I really wouldn't feel much incentive to waste more of my time writing a review. This applies even more so if the book was free.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 1) 379

Saying "yes" to "are you prepared to die" is not the same as saying yes to "are you prepared to live in a shitty cramped tiny colony with other strangers for the rest of your life".

It reminds me of a quote from Dr Johnson: "No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned."

Comment Re: Comment (Score 1) 308

Think about it: Imagine Anthony Hopkins playing the role of a young teenager. Sure, he's a really talented actor, but it would just be really...odd..

The more serious issue is that you seldom get female lead roles for 35 to 70 year olds in mainstream movies. So being "outed" as 38 instead of 29 could render you unemployable.

And, yes, obviously there are exceptions.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 649

Additionally, I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that climate change deniers skew more religious than climate change acceptors.

What's more, I vaguely recall reading some actual religious arguments against anthropogenic climate change. Something vaguely like:

[1] "The climate is not changing significantly enough to harm humanity, because God would not let that happen"


[2] "Only God is powerful enough to change the climate".

And then there's the US's ridiculous Rapture cult, who would WELCOME an Extinction Level Event because they're convinced they'd be Raptured. Don't even get me started on THAT crowd.

There is also the view frequently seen on slashdot that we don't need to worry about climate change because technology/human ingenuity/clever programming will provide a solution at some point before it all goes too seriously wrong.

In terms of unfalsifiability, it is up there with more obviously religious beliefs.

Comment Re:We're doomed (Score 3, Insightful) 259

Am I the only one who is scared about the fact that these clueless fuckwits have enough data on us to diagnose which of us has prostate cancer?

Diagnosing that someone has prostate cancer because they've googled "symptoms of prostate cancer" isn't rocket surgery.

Comment Re: Market failure (Score 1) 428

There are two choices: higher prices, or some sort of rationing. The higher prices are always better for sellers, and usually better for buyers as well.

What you mean is, higher prices are better for rich buyers.

It is self evident that if you're a billionaire you're likely to prefer to pay rather than wait your turn.

Comment Re:Volunteer and donate (Score 1) 428

Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to not understand this?

There's not some sitting in Uber HQ with his hand on a knob that controls the surge amount. Surge pricing is based on an algorithm which is based on the ride data. It has no idea about terror attacks or other disasters.

Then perhaps the whole basis of Uber is flawed?

The fact that you can make money from something does not necessarily make it acceptable. Slavery made lots of people lots of profit until the "evil government" stepped in with anti-free market laws making it illegal.

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