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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

gdr Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

... you said one reason the USA LE was lower ...

Precisely, one reason, not the only reason. Europe might have better healthcare systems than the US, which is why LE is higher there but that does not mean that Cuba has a better healthcare system than the US because it has higher LE. I offered an alternative explanation. Given that a lot of the health problems in the west (and especially the US) are caused by overconsumption (obesity, binge drinking, etc.) then this is not an unreasonable alternative explanation. These problems are also present in Europe (to a lesser extent) and maybe they handle them better with universal healthcare systems but that doesn't mean that overconsumption doesn't have an impact on LE, a problem that an authoritarian state can handle through compulsion.

yesterday
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

gdr Re:Inherantly anti-first-world-consumer (154 comments)

I agree, it's the DMCA that is anti-free-market not region locking itself.

2 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

gdr Re:Inherantly anti-first-world-consumer (154 comments)

In a free market companies are free to use region locking. Whether this is a good thing or not is a different question.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

gdr Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

I'm not sure there is anything to explain. I was pointing out that life expectancy is not an accurate proxy for the performance of a country's healthcare system.

So if life expectancy is ranked like this: Europe > Cuba > USA. It's still possible for the quality of the healthcare systems to be like this: Europe > USA > Cuba. Because Cuba's life expectancy is artificially raised by forcing everyone on to a healthy diet through rationing.

What do you think life expectancy would be like in the USA if everyone was forced to eat healthily?

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

gdr Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

... it's also their nutrition programs.

What a great euphemism for rationing. One of the reasons the US has a lower life expectancy is that US citizens have the money and right to eat whatever they want.

2 days ago
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UK and Germany To Collaborate On 5G

gdr Re:5? (82 comments)

LTE-A is the 4G we were promised. LTE is "ITU-R folded to the network operators 4G" that we currently have.

about 9 months ago
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

gdr Re:This is clearly against E.U. Human Rights (374 comments)

But you can be forced to reveal who was driving your car when caught by a speed camera which implies no right to silence. Quote from the full judgement:

"The applicants contended that the right to remain silent and the right not to incriminate oneself are absolute rights and that to apply any form of direct compulsion to require an accused person to make incriminatory statements against his will of itself destroys the very essence of that right. The Court is unable to accept this."

about a year ago
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"Perfect" Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

gdr Poor reporting. (150 comments)

The Standard Model doesn't predict that the electron EDM is zero.

1 year,4 hours
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The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

gdr Re:Absolutely False (674 comments)

How many people in Detroit were out of work once robots started spot welding all the car frames and moving parts into position for assembly

Any how many people were put out of work because people couldn't affort to go to a restaurant, cinema, or bar because of the high price of cars? Do you think that if we banned robots everybody would be employed and prices wouldn't rise? At the end of the day if someone is employed somebody else has to pay their salary. Destroying productivity never creates jobs.

about a year ago
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The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

gdr Re:This article is nonsense (674 comments)

...nearly all of the extra wealth created by this productivity increase is channeled into corporate dividends and not wages..Pattern is very clear - less workers doing more for about the same pay.

Except this is wrong. With competition the increases did not all go to shareholders. As companies competed prices fell. Food, cars, etc are all either cheaper or of much higher quality (often both). The poor of today live like the kings of the dark ages because they can afford many things that only the richest could afford before (or weren't even available then).

about a year ago
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Unmanned 'Terminator' Robots Kill Jellyfish

gdr Who's next (149 comments)

First the robots came for the jellyfish, but I did not speak out because I was not a jellyfish ... (Not sure if joking).

about a year ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

gdr Re:Master Password (Thuderbird+Firefox) (482 comments)

So because a master password does not provide perfect security we should make do with no security?

You might as well argue (warning, car analogy approaching) that because a determined thief could easily break into your car you might as well leave it unlocked with your laptop on the back seat.

I would be willing to place a large bet that in any scenario that would allow me to recover Chrome or Safari passwords, I would also be able to recover firefox passwords that are locked with a master password, within a reasonable amount of time.

Maybe, but without a master password anyone with a passing knowledge of firefox could get a copy of all your passwords in seconds.

about a year ago
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Google Ordered Back To UK Parliament To "Explain Itself" Following Investigation

gdr Re:Why explain himself? (176 comments)

"The Google executive is being brought back because it's now been shown that most of the Google operations are based in London, not Dublin and he was therefore telling porkies."

Google claim that their UK operations are in marketing and advertising, sales are negotiated and finalised in Dublin. So far no conclusive evidence has been found that Google UK staff are negotiating and finalising sales.

The PAC are just trying to distract attention away from the fact that the tax laws that are being explioted were designed by incompetent politicians like themselves. You can't blame companies when they are following the law. If they are not following the law they should be in court, not before the PAC. As IamTheRealMike said in an earlier comment, this is a show trial.

about a year and a half ago
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Climate Treaty Negotiators Are Taking the Wrong Approach, Say Game Theorists

gdr Re:Poor Summary (227 comments)

" ... a minimum of €150 in the main pool had to be collected ..."

Actually 150 chips not 150 euros (otherwise why bother to contribute at all, the cost will be the same either way).

more than 2 years ago
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Baskerville Is the Greatest Font, Statistically, Says Filmmaker Errol Morris

gdr Re:Compensatory depletion (158 comments)

Every time I ever get an email or printout using Comic Sans it's from a woman. I got a name sign for my cubical in Comic Sans and I had to print myself a new one because I don't work in a f***ing kindergarten.

more than 2 years ago
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The Tricky Science of Olympic Gender Testing

gdr Re:The answer... (559 comments)

Exactly, and you could introduce suitable categories in to the paralympics for those who are "cromosomally challenged". The guys at the paralympics are experts at defining who does and who doesn't have a disadvantage due to various levels of disability.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Wrongly Gives Britain the Day Off

gdr Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (253 comments)

Sorry that should be the first sentence of the Wikipedia article: "His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936".

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Wrongly Gives Britain the Day Off

gdr Re:This is what happens with kings/queens (253 comments)

First sentence of the article linked to (emphasis mine):

"His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 (1 Edw. 8 & 1 Geo. 6 c. 3) was the Act of the British Parliament that allowed King Edward VIII to abdicate the throne ..."

The Act did not remove the monarch, it allowed him to abdicate.

more than 2 years ago

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BBC to publish 'right to be forgotten' removals list

gdr gdr writes  |  about 2 months ago

gdr (107158) writes "The BBC is reporting that it will publish a list of URLs that Google have removed from search results based on the European Court of Justice's 'right to be forgotten' ruling."
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gdr gdr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gdr (107158) writes "The BBC are reporting that The UK shadow chancellor George Osborne estimates that the government could save £600 million a year by using more open source software. He also complains about the lack of open standards in current systems stifling competition and hampering innovation."

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