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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

gutnor Re: No real surprise (706 comments)

That's just not the way it works unfortunately. People take fashion advice from looking at some star on tv, not from market analysis. The behavior of people at the top definitively matter. So flying your jet around and buying "eco-credit" while preaching abstinence for the common folk will always translate in people mind that this is all bullshit.

The last time there was a crisis, with the ozone layer, a few years later you could not find a can of anything containing that attacked it. For regular Joe, that means 2 things: 1. people in power are not really convinced that there is something wrong, 2. the day they decide there is something wrong the peasant will all need to go f* themselves because it will be legally impossible not to be fully-200% green, and that means live the lifestyle you want while it lasts.

That said, I agree with your 3rd point. I'm not hoping much from the carbon credit though - it has been at least a decade of green consciousness (here in Europe), and green still mean premium for almost everything and for the rest a 5+ investment (if government financial help are not canned like they did this year for solar panels in my country)

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

gutnor Re:user error (706 comments)

If you live in a dense city, cycling is a serious decision. My most safety conscious colleague are in a near miss situation once a year. For the most reckless ones, that's once a week at least. 2 cyclists have been killed / seriously injured this year alone in front close to my office (bus - cyclist joust both time, cyclists lost). Over the last 3 years, all of my cycling colleagues have had a least one physical injury (generally falling: pot holes, white lines, manhole covers are a bitch)

Of course, if you live in a dense city, you may as well take the public transports instead ( and if that city is outside the US, you pretty much have too if you want to get to work at all )

about a week ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

gutnor Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

economic status are biologically heredity

Just nitpicking there, but worded like this, it definitively is. The easiest way to get rich/powerful is to be the child of somebody rich/powerful. Of course, as you wanted to say, the reason has nothing to do with genetic.

about two weeks ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

gutnor Re:Simple (311 comments)

He chose the example of Chaplin fucking teenagers ... that's also a classic hero trope ?

about 3 months ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

gutnor Re:Simple (311 comments)

heroic dying hero

Parent explained that Jobs could be a giant cunt because history would only remember his achievements, not his weaknesses. How the fuck did you read that as treating him as a hero. That's about as anti-hero description as you could get: "Yeah, he did some good stuff, not by courage, just because he had nothing to lose and tried all sort of shits to be remembered"

You can get toilet printed with its picture if you need to vent you anger.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

gutnor Re:Watch Out for PETA (466 comments)

Maybe we will go back to reasonable population of those animals, raised on regular farm and not in factories. "Vegan" meat will essentially replace cheap meat, there will still be a market for $60 per kilo sirloin.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

gutnor Re:As a big comixology user, this *sucks* (244 comments)

Yeah, sure Amazon buys a product, remove one of its feature because they want bigger margins than the company they bought it from, but we should blame Apple. And next we should also blame Obama for not gifting Amazon with a copyright exemption so they can distribute the comics the way they want without having to give a cut of their profit to some stupid copyright owners.

about 3 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

gutnor Re:Tesla (394 comments)

All cars of in that price range have quirks that don't make the news, it is just Tesla. That's the flip side of all the positive media hype surrounding Tesla: extravagant CEO, car company from silicon valley, aggressive communication ( eg: to defend the car after a mild review ), ...

about 4 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

gutnor Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Well if you look at the summary, she does not call it justice, she calls it punishment.

about 4 months ago
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Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

gutnor Re:Oh... (144 comments)

I tend to take it with a very large dose of salt

Well taking that much salt will clog your arteries and you will die in horrible suffering studies say :-)

about 4 months ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

gutnor Re:Going bust not unique to drop-outs (281 comments)

Welcome to real life. HR is run on a budget like everything else in a company. Even if they were technically able to, they simply do not have the resource to properly assess everybody. So like everybody else in this life, they look for external sign of competence. A degree is such a sign, recommendation of a friend is another one, resume that fits the requirement perfectly, ...

On the flip side, it works in your way too. Why do you think that most development job is not done in cheapo place like India, China, ... ? That's not because there is nobody as good as you are over there, it is just that they don't know how to find them. So enjoy working from home as a developer, providing exactly the same service a Mexican would provide for a third of the price, if only he could prove his skills.

about 4 months ago
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

gutnor Re:Dumb (358 comments)

Wasn't that the other way around ? They standardised first the wall part to USB 5V which more or less all constructor (including Apple) followed. Now they want to standardize the other end of the cable, the actual plug in the phone.

BTW, isn't micro-USB limited to some ridiculously small Amp compared to the 2A / 5A / 15A that new devices draw from the cable now ?

about 4 months ago
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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

gutnor Re:Interesting... (263 comments)

There are 2 categories (within the people that really care about giving you real advices, i.e. friends and family) - the true believers that really think in 20 year bitcoin will be the only / most popular currency used on Earth. Considering the limited supply of bitcoin, that means its current value is still several order of magnitude cheaper than when it reaches that goal. So buy 10K in bitcoin today, and in 10 year you will have the equivallent of 1M buying power.

The other category, are the guys that made money out of it. It worked for them, it will work for you, right ? (the same guys that were telling you to buy in the middle of the housing bubble because they sold the house they bought in the 80's for a fortune in 2005)

about 4 months ago
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IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

gutnor Re:Yeaaaaahhhhh... (146 comments)

You don't. Gamification reward result, not long term investment. So imagine you spend time creating a script instead of doing a repetitive task, you lose in the beginning and make up for it at end. If you do not make up for it, then maybe it was not such a good idea and your wisdom sucks.

Well that's the theory. First, except for the most rudimentary task (i.e. the one robots will do around the same time), your result depend on many external factor on which you have no control whatsoever. Say maybe your script was a good idea, but too bad that the company decided to cut the bottom 50% of the staff before you have had a chance to use the script. Well there would be no game without luck being involved, right ?

Secondly, the best way to win at a game is either to cheat or to make other lose. Best gaming system in the world: the financial world, I am sure you are looking forward to have your healthcare following the same model.

about 5 months ago
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Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

gutnor Re:Uhmmm... what? (198 comments)

That has been a common feature on BMW: the navigation screen - so in the middle of the console, meant mainly for the driver - had a DVD player. Never really understood that. The marketing about it is awkward, similarly targeted at the driver. I can imagine/hope it is ultimately for the passenger.

about 5 months ago
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Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

gutnor Re:Correlation == No insurance (104 comments)

correlation imply causation of not finding an insurance.

about 5 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

gutnor Re:Another Tesla story? (318 comments)

Because of Musk. Geeks have also a thing for famous people voyeurism, just not regular star or singer.

about 5 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

gutnor Re:They are all paid too much (712 comments)

That would not work, the intrinsic problem is that they control huge amount of money, and since they sit at the top of the pack they take the largest share, no matter their relative contribution. That's pure animal instinct and that will not change unless you use fear of god or something similar to have them behave.

What would they do ? Hollywood accounting: all the non management worker in a fully-owned subsidiary making shiton of losses because of the cost of contracting the boss from the parent company. Or they would force everybody to be an independent contractor. Unless we get back into full-employement economy, they can basically do whatever they want to work around that problem.

To really solve it you need to work on the actual problem: make the market tougher. Free market is a legal construct where companies fights, you can make it as tough as you want. As long as the rule are fair, competition will still play. For example increase the administrative overload for large group to tremendous level and smaller, leaner companies will take over.

Secondly, you want to change subtly people mentality. People would find it weird for to give the medals and money to the team coach rather than the actual player. Well, with a few exception, everywhere else that is considered normal.

about 5 months ago

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