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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (617 comments)

There are no lobbyists or campaigns in North Korea.

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

sabbede Re:Audiophiles never agree on anything, except... (161 comments)

Blose?

I had an audiophile friend (yeah, weirdos) whose primary complaint with Bose was that they are overpriced for what you get. Bit like Apple if you ask me.

4 days ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

sabbede The Doctor knows what's up (161 comments)

Dre sold it off just in time for a patent suit to come down the line. Luck or sneakiness?

4 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

sabbede Apple doesn't need to slow old hardware (281 comments)

They just stop supporting it unconscionably early. The last OS update available for a first gen iPad is 5.1.1. An iPhone 4, released at the same time with the same hardware still gets updates.

Screw you Apple. You've made my iPad an insecure piece of junk.

4 days ago
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Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

sabbede Re:CrAssphage? (99 comments)

Bit too "on the nose" right?

4 days ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

sabbede Re:Advertisers and marketee aren't allowed to lie. (128 comments)

Oh, I'm not saying that marketers aren't bad people whose job it is to deceive and mislead consumers, but there are rules and agencies that enforce those rules. Spammers and scammers don't have to worry about their company being punished so there is nothing holding them back.

4 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (617 comments)

Okay then, I'll find someone who is actually interested in intelligent discourse.

4 days ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

sabbede I know! (128 comments)

Advertisers and marketeers are trying to sell something real (that might not be interesting enough to click), and aren't allowed to lie. Phishers are already breaking the law, so no worries about false advertising or dull products.

about a week ago
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

sabbede Well, that sounds fair (75 comments)

Though perhaps it would be more fair if, in exchange for being allowed to sell data about you, Verizon provided your cell service for free. Or at least reduced so that FinalBill = BaseFee - ValueOfYourData

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (617 comments)

Irrelevant. ExxonMobil is worth over ten North Koreas, and has zero influence. A state cannot both be strong and beholden to outside influence.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Money (617 comments)

The numbers don't actually change all that much. Those that succumb to the temptation when the numbers go up cancel out those who think it's 'too much'. I've only seen it tested up to about a hundred bucks (scarce funding for the research), but the composition of the sample group has more of an effect on the percentage of cheaters than the amount of money on the table.

What I've found to be the most interesting result is that the vast majority behave altruistically/honestly/fairly.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (617 comments)

As autocracy increases, private interests are crowded out by the increasing dominance of state interests. As private space shrinks, private interests can only survive by being captured by the state. The inverse is not really possible as the state is just too damn big to be captured. There isn't enough room for any private interest to become powerful enough to attempt it.

Practically, what tends to happen is that corruption increases, allowing private interests to prevail on an increasingly large scale. But as this continues the state weakens and eventually collapses.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Correlation is not causation (617 comments)

Individual wealth is not a good predictor of ethical behavior. There's no real correlation there, but what little there is suggests that poverty and altruism are positively correlated. What this study shows is that growing up in a corrupt system correlates with corrupt behavior.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (617 comments)

I disagree. For private interests to dominate, a weak state is required. Powerful states do not share their power.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Breaking news (617 comments)

A corrupt system corrupts the people.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sabbede Re:Money (617 comments)

Which is why relatively small amounts are used. The researchers are going after a baseline, not extreme cases. Someone who doesn't cheat for $6 might cheat for $10k, but someone who will cheat for $6 will almost certainly cheat for any larger value.

What's really interesting about this study is that normally, an individual's social or economic background is not a good predictor of the likelihood they will cheat.

about two weeks ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

sabbede DAMNIT! (138 comments)

I'm Netflix...

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

sabbede Incentives aren't punishments (353 comments)

There's a big flaw in the post. Insurance companies offer savings if you have a box in your car. Very different from charging you extra for eating too much ice-cream. There's a big difference between incentivising good behavior and punishing bad.

about three weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

sabbede Taking advantage? (253 comments)

Sounds more like a modern take on the traditional apprenticeship system than "taking advantage" of students. Why should these kids have to go to college to get a bit of paper proving they have skills they can already demonstrate?

about three weeks ago

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