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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

mcvos Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (323 comments)

But if it's anything else, taxes are so great. "Pay your share!" Despite the fact that the government doing the taxing is just going to use those resources against you in the form of militarized police, warrantless wiretaps, and drone surveillance.

The problem here is not the principle of paying your taxes, but that you guys keep electing the wrong people into office and don't punish them for giving you all that crap.

It doesn't matter what else you do. As long as you keep electing bad governments, you're going to get bad governance. Nothing is going to fix your problems until you fix that.

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

mcvos Re:Boy toy (760 comments)

I'll have you know I had my home computer calculating all night long to generate a single flying toaster.

2 days ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

mcvos Re:The closest? (58 comments)

Why did this get modded down? I know Anonymous Coward regularly posts some inane crap, but this is a very valid question.

2 days ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

mcvos Re:Actually... (58 comments)

At what point would you say that one "knew" what America was. We know that Columbus didn't know it.

I don't know, but if it takes credit away from that genocidal pedophile slaver, I'll take it.

2 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

mcvos Re:Eh (200 comments)

But that part is also sexism. Sexism is not just preventing women from doing interesting things, it's also treating them as valuable property. But the sexism was indeed not just NASA's; NASA obeyed the sexism in society as a whole.

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

mcvos Re:Eh (200 comments)

Have you read the article? It mentions that she performed in the top 2%. It doesn't specify whether that was top 1.4%, but your blind assumption that her performance was not outstanding is quite clearly unjustified.

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

mcvos Re:Women are nothing but parasites (200 comments)

You think the first astronauts invented rockets and the necessary physics themselves?

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

mcvos Re:The mention of Valentina Tereshkova is ridiculo (200 comments)

Parent has it right. All early spaceflight was about political stunts. The USSR used it to send a positive political message: one of gender equality (well, Gagarin was still the first, but women weren't all that far behind). The US sent a negative one: only men get to go to space.

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

mcvos Re:Eh (200 comments)

Isn't the lesson to use the best people regardless of gender? In which case, why should she go instead of someone more qualified?

When she was tested, there weren't many that were more qualified. She should have been part of the Mercury 7.

Sending her now, well, it wouldn't make sense in a role more suited for someone younger, but if she could be sent as part of aging research, like John Glenn was, then that'd be great. But mostly the article laments that a great talent was denied something she'd have been perfect for because of stupid sexist notions from the 1950s.

4 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

mcvos Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

I'm certainly no fan of Helvetica either. I actually prefer Google's Roboto. Roboto got criticized for having too many variations in how to handle some shapes, but it's those variations that make characters easy to distinguish. In Helvetica, everything looks the same and letters start to blend together in dense text. It's pretty, sure, but it's not the most legible.

4 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

mcvos So how do we lengthen those telomeres? (422 comments)

Great that people are finding out more about what shortens telomeres. But with all that data, can we also find out a way to repair them?

4 days ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

mcvos Re:dangerous delusion (243 comments)

Only temporarily.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

mcvos Re:dangerous delusion (243 comments)

If you really want to save resources you have to find a way to reduce the number of people on the Earth.

We already know how to do that: education. Highly educated people tend to have less kids than people with little education. So we need to invest in more accessible education for everybody in the world.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

mcvos Re:Worst physics nobel (243 comments)

I haven't seen any LEDs dying in one or two years. My oldest LED lamp is now 7 years and still excellent. (Doesn't show the kind of degradation that fluorescents often do after a couple of years.) And the cost is dropping fast. A few years ago, I bought a couple of LED bulbs for about $3 each, and they give excellent light.

The really cool thing is that they don't have to be bulbs. LED strips are popular, and can be programmed for different colours or patterns. You can have flat or other surfaces that emit light. The only real problem is that there's no good standard for it yet, so you get lots of different custom solutions with wires all over the place, but I'm sure that problem will eventually be solved, and then we'll have real SciFi lighting in our homes.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

mcvos Re:Light pollution in my living room (243 comments)

Yeah, I've got a phone charger that gives a blue light whenever it's plugged in, no matter whether a phone is attached or not, and whether it's actually charging or not. I guess they're afraid I might not find the wall socket in the dark or something. It is utterly useless.

Same thing with a battery charger. I'd like it to indicate whether it's finished charging, but it just indicates that it's plugged in and there are batteries in it. I used to have one that switched between red and green depending on charging status, but apparently we lost that technology already.

about two weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

mcvos Re:It's like the metric system... (276 comments)

Well Alexander Fleming was not trying to discover the first antibiotic, yet he did, should we stop crediting him for that?

Shouldn't we first start crediting him for that? Who even heard of Alexander Fleming? Yet everybody learns about Columbus discovering America, but without mentioning that he immediately started to enslave and kill the indeginous population, and used their children as sex slaves. Why does a guy who destroyed so many lives deserve so much more credit than someone who's discovery actually saved countless lives?

about two weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

mcvos Re:Big Old Liar (276 comments)

I suspect AC has not murdered hundreds of people, nor sold their daughters into sex slavery. As such, I think AC deserves quite a bit more celebration than Columbus.

But if you've got to celebrate explorers, there are far more noble ones than that bastard Columbus. He was really truly a despicable person. He does not deserve that kind of credit. He was wrong, he was not the first, and he was a terrible person. But he brought in lots of wealth for the colonial powers, and that's why he's famous.

about two weeks ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

mcvos Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

A big part of the problem here is of course that the burden of child care falls most often on women. Too many dads don't pull their weight in that area. More equality in the home will lead to more equality at work.

about a month ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

mcvos Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

How about the fact that a significant number of women still care more about building a family than a career?

Sockatume said "skills-matched employees", not working men versus women staying at home. Of course women staying at home make less than working men. But even in the same kind of job, with the same education and skills, women still make less.

Instead of trying to push for legal change, you guys should push for a cultural change where women don't pressure other women to get married young and start having babies.

Why do you think it's the women who push each other? I've seen plenty of men who originally promised to work less so they too could take some of the care of the children, and once the children were born, they claimed they really couldn't work a day less. And it's also men at their office who push them to continue working full time and push the child care on their wife.

We absolutely do need a cultural change, but it's a broader one than you're implying.

about a month ago

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Pirate Bay bought for $7.7 million

mcvos mcvos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mcvos writes "Global Gaming Factory bought The Pirate Bay. For $7.7 million! Who would pay that amount of money for a site that's in court and probably doomed to disappear? Well, somebody who can afford $7.7 million for PR of course. Don't expect TPB to remain unchanged:

"Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File sharers need faster downloads and better quality,"

So instead of a filesharing site, it's probably going to be a new web shop under a familiar name. Which reminds me: how is Napster doing these days?"
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