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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

SwedishPenguin Re:Next, be a woman (386 comments)

I largely agree with your post, but really what you're saying about Sweden is woefully incorrect. There have been many highly publicized cases of obvious rape where the perpetrators have been acquitted with the motivation that it wasn't "obvious" enough that the victim was not in on it. Enough so that there is debate about enacting new laws to deal with the problem. I admire what Assange has done for the world, but don't take his characterization of Sweden to be the truth without doing some research of your own.

about a week ago
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IDC: 40 Percent of Developers Are 'Hobbyists'

SwedishPenguin Re:Too narrow a definition (148 comments)

While I agree that it's nice to distribute the code that generated your results, this is hardly the only way for other researchers to know how to go from data to results.. This is the entire purpose of the published paper, to describe what you did, in words and math, sometimes in psuedo-code.

about 4 months ago
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Tor Now Comes In a Box

SwedishPenguin Re:Using Tor requires care (150 comments)

Exactly what I was going to post. If you don't take care of how you're using Tor, it will probably do more to flag you as "interesting" for the authorities to investigate further than protect your anonymity.

Not a Tor user, btw, if the NSA is listening. ;)

about 5 months ago
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Monthly net electricity use in my household:

SwedishPenguin Re:No Need (327 comments)

I have many choices, but I don't really see why anyone would have this need of having a choice between 300 different providers which are all trying to screw you over in order to maximize profits for their owners, rather than one provider which has a democractic mandate to benefit citizens rather than owners. The electric market is a natural monopoly, whoever owns the grid calls the shots. In my city, the local grid was sold off by "free market"-worshipping liberals like yourself years ago, the result is not pretty.

about 4 months ago
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Monthly net electricity use in my household:

SwedishPenguin Re:173 kWh (327 comments)

That's actually about what I use, I used about 160 kWh in October. Live alone in a 43 m2 one bedroom apartment, 42" flat screen TV, desktop computer with dual screens, tablet, phone, refrigerator and freezer, combination of LED and CFL lights, occasionally used stove and oven (mostly microwave, unfortunately). District heating, so that doesn't factor in to the equation. I don't see how people can use so much electricity use unless they heat they're running electric heating or AC.

about 4 months ago
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Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

SwedishPenguin Re: Telegraph was the first "Internet" (419 comments)

Well, speed of light between relay stations at least, you'll have to wait for the telegraph operators to forward your message at each station, so the lag would still be terrible.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Model S Can Hit (At Least) 132 MPH On the Autobahn

SwedishPenguin Re:It can drive? (410 comments)

Why would you "look like a douche" by driving an electric car?

about 5 months ago
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8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

SwedishPenguin Re: nope, in Tx YOU decide if you spend $2,000 on (327 comments)

Or, you know, you could make sure everyone has the *right* to paid maternity (or paternity) leave, as in most of the world... That you have to depend on the goodwill of your employer in cases like this is mindboggingly insane.

about 6 months ago
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Japan Refused To Help NSA Tap Asia's Internet

SwedishPenguin Re:Why does Japan's constitution prevent surveilla (375 comments)

Ugh.. Would you please stop sounding like a typical American rube? I'm a socialist and I can guarantee you that Obama ain't one. What is so hard about looking up the definition of the terms you're using before spouting them off as some kind of nonsensical insult?

Also - spelling, grammars and general coherence would go a long way towards making your argument for you.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

SwedishPenguin Re: Already considering uninstalling firefox (362 comments)

This is not necessarily for bank operations, at least in Sweden, it can be used to log in to the bank but the banks have their own primary authentication methods that can in turn be used to obtain a bankid. Bankid is used for things like the tax authority.

about 6 months ago
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Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

SwedishPenguin Re:Simple... (187 comments)

If I remember correctly - isn't Tesla essentially doing what you're suggesting with the Model S? I believe they update OTA, so it can certainly be done.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

SwedishPenguin Re:Already considering uninstalling firefox (362 comments)

In Sweden ours is called BankID but I don't think it's the same vendor (the actual program I believe is called Nexus Personal), it's not in Java but is a native plugin, or a mobile app as that's how I'm using it, so much more convenient.
You would think they could cooperate and build a common system for stuff like this, especially with nations as small as ours.

about 6 months ago
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US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

SwedishPenguin Re:Finland (745 comments)

Understanding English in principle and understanding fast-paced dialogue in English are two different things entirely. My parents understand English (though they are somewhat reluctant to speak English), but they still rely on subtitles for English-language TV-programs. Also, kids don't achieve a level of English understanding that would be sufficient to watch many popular movies until maybe their mid-to-late teens, until then reading is their only hope of understanding popular movies.

That's not to say that this is the sole contributing factor, but I would agree with the GP that it does play a part. A larger factor is probably the traditional egalitarianism of our countries with little segregation, meaning kids performing bad and kids performing well are not segregated to the same extent as many other countries and can learn from each other, though this is going away more and more at least in Sweden as society is becoming more segregated, and this also coincides with a drop in our standing in international rankings.

about 6 months ago
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US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

SwedishPenguin Re:No adult left behind (745 comments)

While I agree with your post, I think you should take another look the grandparent, it seems quite sarcastic.

We have our own ideologically blinded proponents espousing the supposed advantages of private vs public education in my country, with the difference that private schools are funded using the same means as public schools, they all get a set amount of money per student. It is now quite common to go to "free schools", these schools are allowed to profit from public funds and have both a large incentive to fudge the grades in order to make themselves look more attractive and an incentive to cut down on staff. They can get away with cutting staff because the free schools tend to attract the better students and can refuse students that require more attention, such as children with special needs. While Sweden still scores quite high on this test, we have slipped quite a bit, largely because differences between students have increased. Those doing poorly are now doing worse, stuck in schools where few of the students are doing well. This of course coincides with segregation in general being on the rise in this once-egalitarian country, but the free schools are certainly a major factor.

about 6 months ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

SwedishPenguin Re:Crime (318 comments)

He's more worried about being extradited to the US, and while politicians here say that won't happen and I sort of think that would deal a PR blow both to Sweden and the US, I don't blame him for thinking so considering how much Sweden currently kowtows to every whim of the US. Obama was here only last month after what was practically fawning love-letter from our prime minister to his idol, it was branded by our foreign minister (known for acting as a spy for the US embassy during right-wing government negotiations after the 1976 elections and for his subsequent close ties to the US) as a "feel-good" meeting. This is no longer the same country where the prime minister (Olof Palme, later assassinated) once condemned the firebombings of Vietnam resulting in US withdrawal of their ambassador.

about 6 months ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

SwedishPenguin Re:Crime (318 comments)

Swedish prison let most of the prisoners out for weekend

Err, no, never heard of that. A prisoner can apply for "permission" after serving something like a third of his/her time in prison, and then they can leave prison for up to three days at a time (decided by prison administration, or, as in a recently publicized case, by a central agency on appeal), but I don't think any prisoner gets permission every weekend...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?

SwedishPenguin Re:just wait for auto cars to use the same GPS mod (190 comments)

If it knows your position at some point it should still be able to extrapolate your position at a later point, think accelerometer, compass, or even cameras/lasers to build a 3D model of the environment around you and compare it to the map.

about 6 months ago
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Sorm: Russia Intends To Monitor "All Communications" At Sochi Olympics

SwedishPenguin Re:Monitoring (193 comments)

Do you seriously believe there is a tangible difference between the Democrats and the Republicans in matters of any consequence? No matter which party is in power, in any country really, capitalists are the ones really in charge by simple virtue of their power to control so much of the economy and their unparalleled resources to drive legislation and influence the media which they own.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

SwedishPenguin Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

Interesting system, I assume the speaker of the house the only one who can introduce legislation? I always assumed that any parliamentary member could introduce legislation, in the Swedish parliament, there are two different ways of introducing legislation, the first being a "proposition", introduced by the government, and the second being a "motion" which can be introduced by any MP or any group of MPs.

about 7 months ago
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

SwedishPenguin Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

What Americans call "corporatism", the rest of us call "capitalism". A capitalist system does not become "socialist" simply because the capitalist-controlled government makes a few concessions in terms of social welfare to avoid an all-out revolution, and a capitalist-controlled government giving profitable "contracts" to private corporations or using taxpayer money to bail out failing private corporations (i.e. enriching a few capitalists using resources collected for common use) is about as far from the definition of "socialism" as you can get.

This all stems out of confusion as to the meaning of the terms "capitalism" and "socialism" which seems quite common everywhere, but especially so in the US. "Capitalism" essentially means that means of production is in the hands of the few, the "capitalists". A hallmark of capitalism is that a minority gains more and more money from interest, rather than work. Socialism, on the other hand, means the means of production is owned by the workers themselves, whether via cooperatives, via a (truly) worker-controlled state, some other means or (more likely) from a combination of these.

A capitalist economy can never truly become a democracy simply stemming from the discrepancy in power between the workers and the capitalists. Capitalists have so much more power than workers by simple virtue of their wealth, that even if completely free and fair elections were guaranteed, the media was in no way influenced by the interests of their owners, and corruption was unheard of (i.e. an ideal fantasy world), capitalists, by virtue of their single-handed control of the means of production can still exert undue influence over society and thus put any democracy out of action by for instance threatening to withhold production of some essential good if their interests are not satisfied.

about 7 months ago

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