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Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

mano.m Re:NSFW Search Results (255 comments)

India has never asked for a law against blasphemy in the UN, unlike Pakistan. Please don’t lump India in with the failed state it is forced to live next to.

about 2 years ago
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The Zuckerberg Tax

mano.m Re:"Solution to the problem"? (1065 comments)

The problem is that income is treated differently when it comes from regular employment vs. taking a loan against capital (Ellison) or inheritance (the Jobses). All persons with the same income ought to pay the same taxes.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

mano.m Turn the question around. (735 comments)

If your company could hire someone else equally qualified, experienced and competent to do your work for £7k less, would they have any qualms firing you? What about £15k? Outsource it to India for 15% of the cost?

You are in a purely transactional relationship. You provide knowledge and hard work, and you get paid in money, prestige and satisfaction. That's it. It's your company, not your parent or sibling or friend or spouse - you 'owe' it no loyalty beyond that transactional relationship (and even personal relationships break down when they don't work out....). You wouldn't think twice about switching if someone opened up a new grocery store that was closer to your home and offered the same products for a lower price. Why is this different?

Do yourself a favour, mate. Go get the £7k + 7.5 hours of your life (almost a full work day on its own!) per week back. Good luck!

more than 2 years ago
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Sheikh Carves His Name In Desert So It's Visible From Space

mano.m He is not the President of the Emirates. (336 comments)

Nor is his personal fortune 'second only to the King of Saudi Arabia'. Has the Daily Mail been tipped off about Wikipedia yet?

more than 3 years ago
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UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi

mano.m Re:WWIII? (501 comments)

This isn't about Libya being Muslim. Libya's own ambassadors to the UN urged the SC to impose the no-fly zone. This isn't an imposition on the Libyan people as much as it is on Libya's government.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi

mano.m Re:Similar Revolts (501 comments)

He isn't talking about high prices because of the suppliers; he means high prices due to taxes that would discourage oil use and encourage the use of alternative sources.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do People Respond To Being Touched By a Robot?

mano.m Re:Human touch is seen as empathetic (137 comments)

I disagree. Empathy and kindness can be programmed, and if sufficiently advanced, may be indistinguishable from human empathy or kindness. What makes my genetic programming or yours more legitimate than that of a future robot? Then again, we may not even need to get there. Humans have a tremendous ability to empathise unilaterally. Spock and R. Daneel Olivaw are two of the most beloved characters in sci-fi. We emotionally connect to pet rocks and the abandoned lamp in the IKEA commercial; we feel for characters in novels and are moved by music. Why not a robot?

more than 3 years ago
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Cold Warriors Question Nukes

mano.m Re:Fsck ALL these politicians-turned-"statesmen" (274 comments)

It isn't easy. Admitting an approach was 'wrong' damages their legacy. And no one is saying it was wrong then; they are merely saying it is wrong to continue it now.

more than 3 years ago
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How Europe Will Lower Emissions — Self Driving Cars

mano.m Re:Just stop it (317 comments)

So I'd like to ask you to shut up and stop applying your situation to everybody else. Just because YOU can be happy and content with public transportation does not mean everybody else can.

I'd like to ask you to shut up and stop applying your situation to everybody else. Just because YOU can be happy and content with the concept of private transportation, with its concomitant waste and inefficiencies, does not mean everybody else can.

more than 3 years ago
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Indian Launch Vehicle Explodes After Lift-Off

mano.m Re:Kanada! (227 comments)

No, that's more of India's al-Qaeda. Or everyone's, really.

more than 3 years ago
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Voting Machines Selecting Default Candidates

mano.m Re:Why do we need Spanish? (794 comments)

Sadly, English proficiency is not required for citizenship, and the United States does not have an official language (some states do, but not the country as a whole).

more than 3 years ago
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Why Facebook Won't Stop Invading Your Privacy

mano.m Re:gb (219 comments)

I agree that Facebook is a good tool, but we had friends before Facebook advent, and we will have friends after it will be forgotten. The point is that we should not rely only on Facebook, taking in account its flaws, and we should avoid addiction. BTW, a face-to-face conversation, or a phone call, when possible, is much more effective than a Facebook message.

Yes, we had friends before and Facebook may well become irrelevant one day, but social networking is here to stay. Email is here to stay. So are newsgroups and online fora and relay chat. Forms of communication, once invented, cannot be un-invented. Some of them do fill niches better than any did before. Face-to-face is charming and telephones are polite, but inviting a hundred people at once is much better on Facebook. Efficacy is sometimes not the point; efficiency is.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Facebook Won't Stop Invading Your Privacy

mano.m Re:gb (219 comments)

Good question. Depends on the event. I can send a mass email to any pre-determined set (colleagues in my department, members in my club) for events going from the private (birthday parties) to the public (protest marches and elections). The flexibility and visibility settings keep it context-specific and useful.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Facebook Won't Stop Invading Your Privacy

mano.m Re:gb (219 comments)

I do. I stay in touch with friends (real ones I know and care about from meatspace) in Vancouver, New York, Paris, Dubai, and Bangalore. I use it to send out mass invitations to events, share photos, and participate in conversations in a way email does not permit. Having all my information in one place organises my life and makes it simpler. Like it or not, Facebook has its uses.

more than 3 years ago
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India To Build Neutrino Observatory

mano.m Re:Complete waste of money!! (102 comments)

If by 'believe' you mean 'accept without evidence', then you aren't much of a scientist. If by 'believe' you mean 'trust its ability to deliver a better future', then you're being myopic in this regard. There is no reason China and India shouldn't advance their scientific capabilities simply because they're poor. Development is not a sequence; all of it must happen in parallel. America hasn't shut down research because it has no decent airports, nor has Europe decommissioned the LHC because they're facing a debt crisis in Greece. If you're going to build a civilisation, you need to learn to do more than one thing at a time.

more than 3 years ago
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The Binary Code In Canada's Gov-Gen Coat of Arms

mano.m What links Shatner and Johnston? (486 comments)

GG Johnston was also the 14th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, which William Shatner attended. The students got together and named University Centre (the student union's building) 'Shatner', although the administration refuses to acknowledge the name.

more than 3 years ago
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Armed Man Takes Hostages At Discovery Channel HQ

mano.m Re:It's a good thing... (1090 comments)

I really hope the militant atheist faction on Slashdot takes note of this. Crazy people look for an ideology to justify their actions and prejudices. Sometimes they find one ready made in the form of Christianity, Islam, environmentalism, or the FSF. Other times they invent one. Similarly, all of these ideologies have a lot of mostly rational members (I've never met a completely rational human - and neither have you). Blaming the ideology for the crazy person is a lazy cop-out.

Atheists aren't the ones with a book telling them to slaughter people who believe differently, nor do are they the ones who insist eternal damnation awaits those people. They are certainly not trying to take away anyone's right to believe in any hokum they like. See the (many) differences?

more than 3 years ago
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Armed Man Takes Hostages At Discovery Channel HQ

mano.m Re:It's always refreshing (1090 comments)

No, because atheism does not have a book requiring atheists to murder theists.

more than 3 years ago

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Google labels Sino-Indian disputed land in Chinese

mano.m mano.m writes  |  about 5 years ago

mano.m (1587187) writes "The Times of India reports that place names in the disputed territory of Arunachal Pradesh were displayed in Mandarin by Google Maps hours before Sino-Indian talks over the border dispute. The opposition has called for investigations and foul play by hackers is suspected."

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