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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Vaphell Re:McGill Studies Won't Affect Asia (856 comments)

true that, and then there is another billion souls in the queue, this time in Africa.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Vaphell Re:Why so much resistance to climate science? (856 comments)

are you certain that average non-(libertarian retard neckbeards) want to deal with the followup?
Imo most people pay lip service but if you told them what measures would have to be taken to even make a dent in emissions they would not be amused. And it's not like India and China give a shit, with Africa following. That's 3 billion people who want a piece of the action too, even if it means some CO2.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Vaphell Re:There's more than one part to this (1112 comments)

Bottom line: keep your social opinions to a personal level and keep them out of a professional environment.

Eich did exactly what you promote here. He kept his private life and opinions separate from the work, he was never heard saying eg "being gay is unprofessional" from a position of authority that made employees uneasy and influenced their behavior. Some longtime coworkers were actually very surprised to find out he supported prop8 because he never let himself slip in his professional conduct. Apparently he even supported company-granted bennies that extended to employees' partners no matter the orientation.

The only reason for this shitstorm are the disclosure laws, as the donation was on a private time and dime.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Vaphell Re:Some are more equal than others... (1112 comments)

Can you name a pro-gay group that's also a hate campaign?

so disagreeing on the definition of some word on religious grounds is hate?

Either way I don't have a name, but the disclosed data about donations was used to create a google maps overlay with names, employers and amounts. People who supported prop8 were harassed, received death threats, envelopes with white powder, etc. Doesn't that fall under terrorism (fear and violence used for ideological or political goals)?

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Vaphell Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1112 comments)

> However, I do not, nor do I think most people, support everyone's *legal* rights.

Are you sure most people support let's polyamoric marriages? I wouldn't be so sure and all these marriages would do is to remove yet another arbitrary constraint, this time not on sex of people involved but on a number.

Either way, by harassing people like Eich who always kept a strict separation between private and proffesional life, perpetually offended busybodies legitimize the opposite, like hounding gay rights supporters in backwards places. Long story short, if your stance on how to conduct business between 2 sides of the issue doesn't survive multiplying by -1, it fucking sucks and is hypocritical.
Half the progressive state of California VOTED for it, ffs.

And it's not like you will change people's minds when your politically correct zeal pushes them underground. They feel wronged and the persecution only fossilizes their worldview.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Vaphell Re:i don't understand (564 comments)

Despite being a majority in Cali at that time (prop 8 passed after all), the supporters were harassed, received death threats and envelopes with white powder because somebody used the disclosed donation data and created a convenient google maps overlay with names, employers and amounts. One could argue it fits the definition of terrorism understood as using violence and fear for a political or ideological goal.
That doesn't say anything good about the moral integrity of the pro-LGBT crowd at large. If you want progress, you better take the high road and lead by example. If you resort to petty eye for an eye methods at the end of the day you are as much of an asshole as people you fight.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Vaphell Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Homophobes think gays are inferior and bad for society.

So yes it is like he's a skin-head.

you are begging the question - you assert that he is a homophobe with no proof and flow from that. Not agreeing on changing the definition of the word he might hold dear is not a proof of hate. I am against sending free food to Africa but that doesn't mean i hate black people there. Unless you have a legit proof of actual phobia you should avoid calling people names because you escalate unnecessarily.

so when does half of the state of California start losing their jobs for supporting and VOTING FOR prop 8, a controversial, but still legit lawmaking initiative?
Obama himself in 2008 said he is anti gay marriage, where is the outrage?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Vaphell Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

why are they 6 years late to the party (he was a CTO after all) and when do they start boycotting javascript?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Vaphell Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

the fact that he supported prop8 is known for a long time, why was there no outrage when he was a CTO, also an important figure?
Professional victims woke up from slumber or what? So when do they start to boycott javascript?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Vaphell Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

bollocks. Freedom of speech is a two way street. If you hound people in their jobs for things they say on their own time and dime, you legitimize hounding people you like by the people you don't like for whatever bullshit reasons. So what now, half of Cali should lose their jobs because they supported and voted for the Christian definition of marriage and professional victims in LGBT movement have an issue with that? And then in retaliation every Dem loses his job in red states?
"No, b-b-but it's different you see? i am RIGHT and they are WRONG".
No, you are a fucking hypocrite. If your stance on how to conduct business between the 'good' guys and the 'bad' guys doesn't survive multiplying by -1, it fucking sucks.

The state of California as a whole supported Prop 8, and even Obama was antigay marriage in 2008. What we have here is a convenient scapegoat from 6 years ago because someone, somewhere was not outraged for too long.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

Vaphell Re:Different from the NSA (264 comments)

I would like any evidence that the first paragraph is correct. State governments are not magically immune to the influence of lobbyists. See the governors of VA, NJ, (ex-)IL for examples of this.

They are not less immune but the damage they can do with their corruption is not counted in billions and the scope and return on investment much lower - i've read about ROI in the ballpark of 20,000% at the federal level. The more power in one hand, the more profitable is to buy said hand. Having everybody important conveniently in one place and being out of sight of average citizen sure helps.

As for local values, I would argue that allowing that to define laws is insanity. Are people citizens of the same country? If so, then they all should be dealt with identically, regardless of who they are, what they believe, or even more so, who their neighbors are and what they believe.

Why don't you believe in self determination and what's your take on the affirmative action then?
The only way you can achieve something like that, with the absolute equality, is to you extract the lowest common denominator from all world views. There would be a problem though, because it would be something like the US constitution and the bill of rights, but without the reinterpretation nonsense.
Universal agreement to more than that is impossible because different people weigh freedom, safety, convenience and what not differently and there is no way around it.
Btw, shouldn't you strive for equal rights for all people? The superstate is as arbitrary as the state. Why does the federal govt have the right to segregate people to 'Muricans and these other dudes usually with dark skin who can be droned just because?
And social issues aside, how are you going to apply your identical solutions to economic problems to places with varying levels of economic activity? Uniform minimum wage doesn't work for all states, it's either too low for SF, LA, NY or too high for the rural South or American Samoa.

On competition, what do you propose to do with states that find a bad solution?

On the lack of competition, what do you propose to do with the federal govt finding a bad solution? Oh right, nothing. And you most likely you wouldn't even know how to fix it, because you wouldn't have 30 convenient examples telling you how to do it right.
Are you sure the ACA is going to pan out? I wouldn't be. And how do you feel about the NSA spying on the citizens? What are you going to do about it?

There's no reason to "pray and hope" for a good outcome from some disconnected ruling class. You fund government agencies with tasks.

So who decides what their task is, not to mention what the definition of 'is' is? Lawmakers do. Let's see...

the Patriot Act?
the NDAA?
the NSA spying on citizens?
the TSA molesting children at airports?
No Child Left Behind?
the SEC doing nothing to curb banksters?
Monstanto owning their regulators?
the FDA generating exorbitant costs to the pharma industry to the tune of billion dollars per trial?

Yup, sounds like the federal govt is a neverending stream of successes. You might want to rethink if it's as simple as creating an agency with tasks.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

Vaphell Re:Different from the NSA (264 comments)

the might not be optimal but they appear to be just right in size, much more so than the federal level superstate. They are big enough to enjoy economies of scale but not big enough to suffer from diseconomies of scale which affects the top level of the govt (more levels of wasteful bureaucracy, less acurate information about the situation on the ground, more delay in action, ...). Mismanagement of a program at the federal level can mean a waste of countless billions of dollars with next to no accountability. You have more than a snowball's chance in hell to affect your city and state govt, at the national level you are one of few hundred million nobodies and the Washington congresscritters are detached from reality, living in a bubble created by lobbyists.
States are also much more likely to represent the values of the local populace. Pushing redneckish laws on SF hipsters doesn't sound like a brilliant idea, conversely progressive legislation sounds like an oppression to bible thumpers.

Why would you want competition between states? Because you have ongoing 50 experiments at once and you can quickly see what works and what doesn't. Consider it a genetic algorithm having 50 paths with crossbreeding. With one-size-fits-all solutions you can only pray and hope for the best that the ruling class is smart enough to understand the issue and that it had your best interests in mind during the backroom deals. What they concoct is what you will get and there is no way out.

Your road example is a good one - it shows one of the failures of the federal govt. Why do you think people in the US are so dependent on cars, oil, suffer from the urban sprawl and have next to no mass transit? Because the top-down approach to road building spraying federal dollars everywhere oversubsidized the car usage, making it artificially cheap to live in burbs in huge houses, have 3 cars and drive everywhere. Obviously it killed all other options except planes for long distance. There are so many roads that the country can't afford to pay for their maintenance.
As you can see the federal govt can create an illusion it doesn't have to obey laws of economics, but that's not true. The problems it creates are not obvious at first sight but they are there and once you can't ignore them they are huge. At the state level without the magical printing press you have to evaluate what your needs are and what you can afford.

Are the states perfect? Nope, but good luck pushing gay marriage or marijuana legalization from the federal level, purely top down. You'd wait much much longer if the people at the state level didn't touch the subject first.

about 3 months ago
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Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

Vaphell Re:So what's her argument? (247 comments)

that's BS. You don't fix the past by counter-oppressing people who had nothing to do with anything but belong to the same abstract category as perceived oppressors of the past.
Also last time i checked vast majority of men had equally shitty lives. Not everybody was a feudal lord, common men had to bust their asses in less than impressive conditions to survive and nobody ever asked them if they feel like going to war to die. In fact they got their voting rights only recently, as a compensation for their duty to fight. Women got the same just few years later for free.

Another problem is that the affirmative action undermines the legitimacy of pioneers' achievements and breeds resentment: "you suck, you can't cut it without someone helping you!"

about 3 months ago
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Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?

Vaphell Re:Mod the parent up. (213 comments)

Many (most?) places take the woman's word at face value. As a man you have to actively contest it in court and usually you have only a short window of opportunity, like a year or so. After that you are the father in the eyes of the state and on the hook for support. Papers informing you that you were named as the father got eaten by a postman's dog? Sucks to be you.

IIRC in France paternity tests are illegal because apparently they affect wellbeing of children negatively, of course no man slaving away for 20 years to provide for a child that is not his was available to comment on his own wellbeing.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

Vaphell Re:It's more like a stunt to me (229 comments)

if the productivity increases are a result of serious capital investments on the employer side, why should the employee get a cut? He didn't buy the computer he works on, that replaced his pile of paper, bunch of pens, calculators and/or abacus. If you produce $100 of output by pushing a button one day, and then you produce $200 of output the next day because the button you use is newer, your contribution didn't change and doesn't deserve the pay raise.
Also remember, markets are global now and competition is a thing.

about 4 months ago
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China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

Vaphell Re: Why (333 comments)

Paper is not as ecological as you think it is. Its production uses a lot of energy, water and a variety of nasty chemicals.

about 4 months ago
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Italy Investigates Apple For Alleged Tax Fraud

Vaphell Re:common practice (175 comments)

You've got it easy. I live in Germany. There's a legend that half of the tax laws world-wide are german.

i'm not from the US :) Either way that legend is hard to believe. Reportedly the US code itself is 16k pages and with the IRS rulings you get to 73k o.O
According to the internet France is somewhere around 2k pages and i doubt Germany is different.

as for corps not being easy to uproot - well, what you say is probably true. Still, individuals don't hire whole departments of people whose only job is to shave off 1% here and there that will translate to hundreds of millions. With that kind of incentive you can afford to set up all kinds of schemes involving dozens of entities, subsidiaries and all that BS that will make the taxman's head spin.

about 5 months ago
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Italy Investigates Apple For Alleged Tax Fraud

Vaphell Re:Predictable (175 comments)

For example, Amazon in the UK basically pays no tax but it does get the benefit of UK educated works and does get to use UK roads causing wear and tear and the publicly subsidised postal network. This makes it a net drain on society (the jobs it creates and the taxes paid on those wages don't make up for it's overall cost to society) meaning

i hope you got some hard numbers supporting that notion that they are a net drain. What if the gains from reduced prices for consumers are in fact greater than the additional burden on the taxpayer?
Either way corps are pass-through entities, a fiction conjured by law. They don't live, they don't eat, they don't spend, they don't earn - people do. Chasing corps is an excercise in futility, a game of whack-a-mole.

about 5 months ago
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Italy Investigates Apple For Alleged Tax Fraud

Vaphell Re:common practice (175 comments)

so how about keeping it simple. Set the corporate tax to 10% no ifs no buts and get rid of all the bs. Why is there a corporate tax anyway? Corps are merely pass-through entities that can uproot and move with few strokes of a pen. Just wait at the exit, where the money gets passed to the flesh-and-bone people who actually get to spend it.

I've read somewhere that the compliance with the US tax code costs in aggregate something to the tune of 200 billion dollars. Nobody cares about that but that's countless man-hours thrown at a completely unproductive activity, a pure waste.

about 5 months ago
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Canonical Targets Ubuntu Privacy Critic

Vaphell Re:Angie's List did the same thing to me (259 comments)

and that means that you can't write a rather polite letter without being crucified by the anti-fanboys all over the internet? If simple 'NO' was sufficient, why the owner went all 'HEY GUISE, UNBUNTOO ARE CENSORING TEH FREE SPEECH!!!' ?

about 5 months ago

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