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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Shortguy881 Re:Assange would disagree (641 comments)

How would a country sustain a population with that law in place?

about two weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Shortguy881 Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (641 comments)

I think you missed their point entirely. The Swedes do not criminalize trivial or idiotic things like the US. Or if they do, they do not enforce the laws as stringently where as the US is ramping up its mandatory minimum sentences.

With that, the Swedish government could theoretically hold this position and do it well without infringing on anyone's freedoms and not criminalizing anything. If the US government instituted a similar program, the penalties would be huge fines and drone strikes on citizens.

That being said, I don't think any government should have control over video game rating systems. It's something trivial and has no place in legislation.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

Oligarchy refers to the organization of the government, socialism to how it handles economic activities. The two are mutually exclusive. Between welfare, medicaid, medicare, government subsidized health insurance, food stamps, disability, tax rebates, subsidized cell phones and internet plans, and many more programs, we live in a socialist society. Most people disagree because the rich don't pay as much into this system but that's because its an oligarchy. Those in power are redistributing the middle class wealth to the poor.

Saying the world sucks, people suck, and there is nothing we can do about it is pointless. Apathy towards the worlds problems is a big part of the reason we are in such a mess.

Capitalism lends itself more to self interest, playing off human behavior. That is why I think its the better choice. Its not perfect, but at least I'll take a stand and try to make the world a better place.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Shortguy881 Re:Wonderful idea. (698 comments)

Actually all you need is flash suppressor (not as quiet as a silencer so still legal) and subsonic .22 rounds. Sounds about as loud as dropping a text book.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

Actually we live in a socialist oligarchy, far from any real capitalism. I also don't believe pure unadulterated capitalism is the way to go. There should be some oversight. However, the fundamental concept of capitalism, that I have to work for my own keep, is better than the idea of work or not you get your fair share.

As you pointed out in your post, the problem really isn't Capitalism or Marxism or any "ism." Its the corruptibility of people. So how do you plan to fix that?

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

Actually you are taking the risk by using a credit card. Go to an ATM and get some cash. Problem solved.

Better yet, lets get rid of capitalism all together. How about we just walk into a store and be given what we want. Clearly we are all entitled to it.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

I think you missed the point. New regulations means more stringent requirements, means newer equipment, upgrade costs, compliance testing, etc. If you don't think these new regulations are going to be a burden, you are naive.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Shortguy881 Re:CYA (127 comments)

Hmmm... what better way to close a bunch of small businesses than demand all businesses meet some arbitrary security requiremnts.

"Sorry mom and pop, your shop doesn't have the required firewall, point of sale equipment, network security administrator, or minimum database standards.I'll have to shut you down"

"But we dont even have a computer. All our sales are manual!"

"Sorry, take it up with the Another Department to Fuck You Over**"

**Name pending

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Shortguy881 Re:Its prison (356 comments)

While I am a libertarian, I also strongly disagree with a privatized prison system. It needs to be held accountable to the people.

That being said, while for profit prisons bring their own issues, the aforementioned problem is a political one. Using the typical party lines, republicans are for punishment and democrats for rehabilitation. However since this isn't a hot button issue, you tend to find more bleeding across party lines. Another important issue with the prison system stems for the judiciary branch. Its hard to walk down the street now a days without breaking some law. Criminalizing every activity we've criminalized the American population.

While I agree with you on the monetization of prisons, I bring up these other issues because without understanding the whole picture, we cannot hope to solve the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Shortguy881 Re:Its prison (356 comments)

The US prison system is very disjointed. Depending who you ask its either about punishment or rehabilitation. One of those two has a statistically proven track record for reducing crime. God forbid the US use statistical evidence to make political decisions to better the country. With that, the US prison system sits somewhere between the two and does nothing well besides making it harder for criminals to renter society.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Shortguy881 Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

Here comes the "Think of the children!" excuse. How about all the things that led up to that child ending up in a strip club? They would have to willing hide their age thinking that strip clubs are better than foster care. This regulation, from the point of protecting our children, is a band aid put on after the damage is done. If you want to prevent this we need to work on the educational system and foster care system.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Shortguy881 Re:Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

I'm going to go with the hockey stick graph scandal and the first global warming report stating 100+ scientists agreed global warming was caused by man. I read the later and, yes, all of the scientists agreed global warming is caused by man but the level of impact ranged from 100% to .01%. That kind of renders the report meaningless due to margin of error.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Shortguy881 Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

Yeah but I dont have to hear "Oh... you use an android..."

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Shortguy881 Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

My recruiters are great at finding me jobs. After getting me a great job, they keep sending me more job offers.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Shortguy881 Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

Hmmm... from an insurance company perspective, if I wanted my 20% of margin to represent the amount I was making before, what would I do? Oh yeah increase costs. This sounds like a great way to cause runaway costs.

about a month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Shortguy881 Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

This is in large part do to runaway costs on the content provider side. There was just a large debacle between Viacom and Suddenlink over just this. Viacom asked for 50% more year over year for their content while their viewership numbers had one of the largest decreases. I think Suddenlink did the right thing and told Viacom to go f themselves, found new content and didn't raise customer prices. Its become expected of the content providers to require a double digit percentage increase in profit and those costs go strait to the consumer.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Shortguy881 Re:Redistribution (739 comments)

Thank you. People fail to realize healthcare is a limited resource. You can give everyone health insurance but you can't give everyone healthcare. Its just not feasible, yet. A perfect example is organ transplant waiting lists.

Now with the addition of more people, these resources are even scarcer. So who gets that heart transplant? The 9-5er who had health insurance and has contributed a lot of time and effort to society or the newly added single mother of seven on food stamps and well fare.

Im using that anecdote to segue into the larger issue of political ideology, mainly capitalism vs socialism. Fundamentally, capitalism is the idea that those who produce in a society reap the benefits of living in it were as socialism everyone benefits equally (one could argue those who don't work benefit the most from socialism as they still get the same quality of living as everyone else with no effort). As this applies to healthcare, I think those who work should be first in line for healthcare.

Before anyone tries to use the US as an example of corrupt failed capitalism, I'd like to add we are more a socialist oligarchy. This is ultimately the shortcoming of Democracy in a country full of voter apathy, not socialism or capitalism.

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Shortguy881 Re:Really? (286 comments)

"with the right physical proportions" - They must be fat

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Shortguy881 Re:Boy toy (786 comments)

The hormones testosterone and estrogen have a direct effect on cognitive behavior. Countless studies have been performed around this, and it just seems to be common knowledge men and women think differently. One study of note, marked the differences between genetic abnormalities XXX and YY chromosomes. People with either of these have a substantial increase in estrogen and testosterone, respectively.Those with excess testosterone tend to be more aggressive and overtly hostile while those with excess estrogen, more nurturing and empathetic.

Now neither of these play into cognitive ability, but they are a clear difference in the way these two groups think. There are always outliers to a group so this doesn't fit 100% of people, but my point is a push to have a 50/50 split of the workforce in any industry is idiotic and counter productive. As you said, all people are different and they will find their own calling. We have no need as a society to push people into a category to meet a quota.

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Shortguy881 Re:Boy toy (786 comments)

There are obvious cognitive differences between men and women but we as a culture refuse to acknowledge these differences. This stems from decades of civil rights movements toting that everyone is exactly the same. That just isn't true. People are different, but different isn't bad. We should've focused focused on that decades ago and celebrated our differences.

Unfortunately, we've backed ourselves into a corner where even the suggestion that one group of people is different than another is politically incorrect and even taboo.

about a month ago

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Organic molecules detected on comet by Philae

Shortguy881 Shortguy881 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Shortguy881 (2883333) writes "Carbon-containing "organics" are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history. The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to "sniff" the comet's thin atmosphere. Other analyses suggest the comet's surface is largely water-ice covered with a thin dust layer. The European Space Agency (Esa) craft touched down on the Comet 67P on 12 November after a 10-year journey."
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