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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

rmdashrf Re: Undefined (800 comments)

I see you're crashing your car, would you like help with that?

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

rmdashrf Re:True Costs (589 comments)

Of course people are using those. It's just that a lot of people want to be able to pick and choose *which* tools they're using.

Also, just recently been forced to use Lync and the bloody chat history is in a fscking folder in fscking Outlook and can't be refererenced from the actual chat tool itself. That doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

And that's just one of several dozen idiotic design decisions. Don't get me started about the ribbon, combined with a non-sensical 'regular' menu in certain places. It's a hodge-podge of different styles. The UI designer should be shot, preferably several times just to be sure.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

rmdashrf Re:Sharing is common outside the west (331 comments)

At best the social-democrats had their sights set on some form of democratic socialism and at least here in Germany they effectively abolished that claim with the Godesberg program of 1959.

At least in the Netherlands, the social democrats (PvDA) were infiltrated by what is now called Neo-liberalism, while the population was sleeping and not caring too much, because everyone could buy a new car every couple of years and go on holiday twice every year. The labour party's most prominent 'labour' leader (Wim Kok) is now sitting on the board of Shell. So yes, that slogan goes up in the Netherlands as well

Now people with average wages, something that was more than enough to pay for a family or 4 people in the 80s (corrected for inflation), are now having trouble to pay all their bills at the end of the month.

I am actually hoping that with new technology like 3D printing, some of the means of production move away from large corporates to individuals, but there is no easy way to undo damage done by privatisation of public assets, barring a new government just confiscating these assets.

about 4 months ago
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DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones

rmdashrf Re:We're here to "help" you! (178 comments)

Ah yes, the land of the free. Sounds more like you're prepping for war.

At some point I'd like to travel the US from coast to coast to see the beautiful country side. Apart from not feeling like being irradiated and/or violated at the border, posts like this make me postpone any travel to the US more or less permanently.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

rmdashrf Re:Sharing is common outside the west (331 comments)

They confuse economic system and political system. Communism and democracy could be combined (in theory)

This would be the only true form of democracy. As the US Constitution says 'for the people, by the people' (or is it the other way around) any other form leads to dictatorship.

I personally doubt that such concept would work.

That is how social democratic countries have been functioning in western Europe, until politicians started to see Euro signs and handed over their national sovereignty to Brussels.

In the Netherlands, In the 70's, all education, including tertiary, were free (as in free beer). Up until 1999, I paid about $15/month (which was automatically deducted from wages) to be completely insured for ALL medical expenses. Public services were in the hands of the government, which wasn't always the best service, but it was usually stable and reliable. After privatisation, prices have soared and assets like the phone network, paid for by tax payer money has literally been sold for 1 guilder (at the time) (about $0.60 US), while all tax payers are now again paying for the privilege to use that infrastructure, because it's owned by a private company. In the meantime reliability of services has reduced, since maintenance costs money and cuts into profit margins.

Right now, students opt to not get tertiary degrees, because the financial burden is getting to high and instead of paying $15 US, we now pay 120 Euro/month with a 500 Euro excess, which still doesn't cover everything. Payment is mandatory, but there are people who can't actually make use of healthcare, because they are so strapped financially that they have to choose between paying the excess or pay the rent.

Regulation on rent in the meantime has been greatly decreased as well, meaning that rents have risen dramatically,while the building of cheap homes has been actively been discouraged. At the moment, people who rent and want to move to a similar house in the same city (even if it's to something a block away from where they are living now) can get a 30-40% increase in rent, because their current agreements fall under the old legislation, while the new contract will be drawn up under the new legislation.

Most nations in western Europe had social democratic governments, the only reason this has changed is because of greed, with politicians and bankers cashing in, by making services that should be owned by the public 'more efficient' by privatising them.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

rmdashrf Re:Oh please, Indeed (331 comments)

Only if there is a demand for more production and only if the workers have the correct skill to produce that production. When labour is off-shored, demand for products actually drops, since workers will have less money to spend; it's a downward spiral that can only be broken if there is free travel for people across nation states.

Corporations don't have the artifical boundary not being able to operate outside their inital borders, but are capable to set up shop anywhere. Real people, on the other hand, are bound by artificial impediments like work visas and are unable to do the same.

about 4 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

rmdashrf Re:Scholarships, you mean (321 comments)

That's not in the long term benefit of most governments. Having an educated population that can actually see through their bullshit is contra-productive to staying in power.

about 6 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

rmdashrf Re:No, Salaries (321 comments)

Nothing gest done about it; there's too many people who think that at some point in time they'll be doing the fleecing.

about 6 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

rmdashrf Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

So now instead of using two interfaces to interact with my OS (mouse and keyboard), I'll be using three different interfaces, with the added down side that every time I want to use this third interface, I have to bend forward over my desk, raise my arm and make a smudge on my screen.

I'd rather press CTRL + arrow left/right keys to switch to another virtual desktop where I have my media-player open already (yes, not using windows) while keeping my hands always in the vicinity of my keyboard/mouse and my screen smudge free.

about 8 months ago
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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

rmdashrf Re:Won't happen (259 comments)

You do realise you don't have to live up to your account name.

about 8 months ago
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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

rmdashrf Re:LIAR (572 comments)

If he does indeed go to Germany and help them defeat NSA spying in that country, well then the treason label fits.

What? Germany is an enemy now? You're off for a better part of a century

about 8 months ago
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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

rmdashrf Re:Boohoo (572 comments)

never to be seen there again.

If only. The problem is that the US doesn't do that. The US is toppling democratically elected governments with puppet dictatorships, because the democratically elected government is not biased towards the US enough and would actually like to use their resources to their own countries benefit

The US government fights proxy wars abroad, then leaves the battleground in ruins, abandoning everyone who's still alive after US troops are gone. (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan)

The US is sticking its nose in other peoples affairs at the detriment of everyone involved except for the US (you even screw over your supposed allies). It's no wonder there are a lot of people pissed of at the US government, and in turn at US citizens who defend their governments actions.

I am very sure that if the US government would treat other nations/people as they would like to be treated themselves, people would be somewhat less pissed off. Instead I see a culture where greed, selfishness and pettiness are the norm.

about 8 months ago
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Former Microsoft Exec To Lead HealthCare.gov

rmdashrf Re:Microsoft (214 comments)

With a website that's only usable with Internet Explorer.

about 9 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

rmdashrf Re:Yeah (280 comments)

South african from Boer/dutch descent. Same difference.

about 9 months ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

rmdashrf Re:Yeah (280 comments)

Dutch people are usually quite direct up to a point where a lot of people non-north western europeans consider it to be rude. At least you don't have to second guess what they really mean.

about 9 months ago
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The Burning Bridges of Ubuntu

rmdashrf Re:CentOS == win 7 of linux (346 comments)

No, RPM is not bad, it's pure EVIL, have you ever gone through the RPM documentation? It's a nightmarish twisty maze of implicit dependencies and inflexible as hell

Just having Yum sitting on top of it obscuring the RPM 'dependency from hell' cycle, doesn't mean that it's ok. If .deb packages leave cruft behind, that means the pre/post install of the particular package needs some work. Nothing to do with the package manager itself.

Using RHEL at the moment, but would drop it in a second if there was a serious contender for Redhat who would do Debian enterprise support.

There is a point of light though, someone is rebuilding RPM from the ground up, which seems to address the issues that plague the current version of RPM

http://rpm5.org/

about 9 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

rmdashrf Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

You have had time to contemplate this now, something you probably were not able to do when you actually had to make that decision. Would you do the same if you could go back in time?

about 9 months ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

rmdashrf Re:It's not about innovation (219 comments)

The design is OBVIOUS.

- proportions

Hey it needs to fit in your hand and you need to be able to manage it with your fingers. The proportions of the device are related to the proportions of the human hand.

- size
Even though hands come in different sizes, there's probably a size that will be both usable for people with small hands and people with bigger hands.

- contour
Rounded edges. Wow. Not having rounded edges are uncomfortable in your pocket. Oblong, well oval or round phones are not comfortable in your pocket either and you'd also like something that doesn't use more space other than to house the required components, of which the size of the touch screen is probably the most important factor.

Most people handed the same components would come up with the same generic design.

about 9 months ago

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