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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

ultranova Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (266 comments)

Sex and the city = perfect example of what results when cultural toxins like feminism run amok.

So basically, you're saying they're harmless?

6 hours ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

ultranova Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (266 comments)

Once again, the fascists display their true colors.

Dunno about Mussolini, but didn't Hitler have this weird fetish for getting SS to live in small farming houses on the countryside? Something about it being the traditional German way of life...

6 hours ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

ultranova Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (266 comments)

I'll never live anywhere that won't let me have a car or where for whatever reason cars are uneconomical. I just refuse to live like that.

To each his own. I'd give up the car in a heartbeat if I could. Maintaining and fueling it is just a bother, and driving tired is dangerous.

It makes no sense. Spread out, people. Its a big world. Doesn't anyone want to listen to music without having to worry about whether the neighbors will object? Doesn't anyone want a dog or a garden or just some space that is theirs?

Some people want space, some want fast Internet, some want services and shopping to be within walking distance, most want both. There's a tradition in Finland of having a second, primitive home in the countryside you visit on weekends. That way you get the best of both worlds without having to commit to either.

6 hours ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

ultranova Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (266 comments)

Complexity. the "vertical" transport system only goes to given floors in a given building. The roads go everywhere. I can drive from NYC to Los Angeles... and anywhere in between.

But I only need to go between points A and B, and don't much care about hypothetical point C (since I can always rent transport there, if needs be).

yesterday
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

ultranova Re:Power Grab (266 comments)

In order to transition an economy or government to true socialism,

Finland has been social democrat since the World War II. It's only in the recent years American-style capitalism has become fashionable. I'm sure it's a pure coincidence that our economy switched to an apparently permanent tailspin at the same time.

Gaze upon our debt-free university-level education and despair. Or grow balls and demand it from your own government. Either way, I'm gainfully employed and paying taxes because and only because my government gave me an education offer I could had refused, but didn't see any rational reason to.

yesterday
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

ultranova Re:Another blow to Uber (266 comments)

How is this blow against Uber?
Uber is illegal in Finland as taxis here need a license to operate and they have service obligation.

Why would anyone use a taxi to get around Helsinki? It's the one city even I just leave my car parked at the outskirt (Mellunmäki metro station 24h free parking with enough space to make sure some is always available - take note everyone, that's what it takes to get people to abandon cars) and switch to mass transit.

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

ultranova Re:god dammit. (467 comments)

Nuclear power requires uninterrupted police powers for tens of thousands of years to control nuclear waste.

Anything that stays active for ten thousand years is either not dangerous or fuel. The exact same power that damages your tissues will just as happily turn a steam turbine for you.

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

ultranova Re:god dammit. (467 comments)

Lots of things kill birds, and actually wind turbines are pretty low on the scale. Even nuclear plants kill more by some estimates:

Yes, obviously it takes a retarded bird to be hit by an easily visible object moving at a perfectly regular path. That doesn't stop people from protesting wind power on behalf of birds, though. And the thing is, they aren't necessarily wrong: while it takes spectacular bad luck for a bird to die from an encounter with a windmill, it also takes a ridiculous amounts of windmills to replace a single nuclear plant.

Of course, there's always the possibility of not having a single large turbine, but a tower full of small turbines. That would not only make them bird-safe, but also allow them to run right up to and including hurricane winds, unlike a single large one (due to stress to bearings because windspeed varies across the area).

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

ultranova Re:god dammit. (467 comments)

Thanks California. Human impact of using coal fired plants? Nope, think of the children has been replaced by "think of the birds".

It's not California. It's everywhere. Anything whatsoever has some impact, thus enviromental groups oppose it. Even damn wind turbines have been opposed on the grounds that they might chop up birds.

None of which means we shouldn't think about how this effect could be mitigated or prevented (maybe use optic fibers rather than open space to transport and concentrate light? Put a glass roof on the whole thing?) but no matter what, there's going to be some negative ones.

yesterday
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

ultranova Re:Big Data (168 comments)

The soviet government was unable to keep the lie going. The USA government does not have that problem: They are funded by biased taxation and trade agreements, a monopoly on many forms of intellectual property, a monopoly on 'world police' duties, and sale of most of the international currency. When all that fails, they simply invent 1/3rd of their federal revenue from thin air.

The US government is hardly synonymous with capitalism. Whether that's a good or bad thing I won't get into, but it's entirely possible that US might survive the fall of capitalism and recover. However, should this not be the case, it doesn't matter how much money it can print for itself. Money only has value within a functioning economic system; all the money in the world can't buy anything is no one is selling.

All the people provide is disposable labour and babies for future labour markets.

And they're starting to admit that, too. Once you consciously admit that the promises offered by some Power that Be are lies, it no longer has any power to compel your loyalty. It might try coercion, but as the Soviet coup demonstrated, that's a desperate gambit that has low chances of working, even if the people who make up the army still stay under its spell.

In short, capitalism is going to fall for failing the same test it judges people by: can you deliver? And it could had avoided its fate by showing mercy for those who can't. There is irony in that. But the stupid thing is that it already got a stay of execution back when communism first arose by becoming lighter and softer with unemployment benefits and keynesian stimulus economics, and is really only dying due to abandoning those - and could still repent a second time, it's just bloody unlikely to.

yesterday
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

ultranova Re: idgi (226 comments)

or, more practically, make sure your phone password turns on immediately after the phone is put to sleep, rather than there being a 5 min delay.

What would that accomplish, other than getting your phone "dropped"? Or maybe you just get tased until you voluntarily give the password. Or maybe you just get shot for assaulting the officers. That seems to happen a lot in the US.

Let's be honest here: does anyone really believe their rights will be respected by the law enforcement?

yesterday
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

ultranova Re:Big Data (168 comments)

Please show me the gun that's being used.

This delusional refusal to acknowledge that anything but outright violence could ever be coercive is the acid that's quickly dissolving whatever credibility capitalism still has left and exposing the grinning skull of feudalism beneath the mask of prosperity. I wonder what economic system will replace it, once people finally get tired of having structural flaws treated as unchangeable laws of nature or blamed on their victim's personal weaknesses?

The current climate is just like that which preceded the collapse of the Soviet Union: the prevailing myths are so much out of sync with reality people are running out of willing suspension of disbelief and losing their faith. No one believes anymore that hard work will be repaid with anything but layoffs, or that business success comes with a superior product rather than gaming the system, or that the rules are the same for everyone. The system has already lost its beating heart of credible mythology that can organize behaviour, it's just a matter of time before the necrosis of anarchy spreads everywhere.

2 days ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

ultranova Re:Did I miss the breakthrough? (289 comments)

Did I miss the part where the human race had a miraculous breakthrough in fusion technology?

Does it matter? Fusion is still nuclear power, so even if we had a working reactor right now we couldn't use it.

2 days ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

ultranova Re: Women should earn more than men. (98 comments)

Actually feminism is about equality for men and women.

Okay. So naturally feminists are working hard to set up those shelters for men who suffer from domestic abuse which you confirmed are currently missing?

The thing is, you can claim you are about equality, and even believe so from the bottom of your heart, but if you only ever adress inequalities that go one way, you aren't. You're a lobbyist promoting special interests, perhaps fair-mindledly, but a lobbyist still.

2 days ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

ultranova Re:A lot of assumptions... (98 comments)

The problem is that when women do it, it's considered 'empowering.' When men do it, it's considered sexist bigotry.

Having a double standard for members of your own group vs. members of other groups is also natural human behaviour. Neither women nor feminists are any less hypocritical or power-hungry than humans in general. Every movement, no matter it's initial purpose, eventually degenerates into benefiting the people within at the expense of the people without, and at that point should be considered as having exhausted any moral high ground it might ever had had, and abandoned in favour of something new and still shiny.

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

ultranova Re:"they shouldn't email you?" (231 comments)

In theory you could just let the emails sit there until you are back at work, but in practice sadly it is often expected that you check your email inbox every now and then.

Just make it so the work email account is unreadable from outside the office network, and any emails going to your personal account means an hour of automatic overtime pay. Then let the beancounters discuss whether the message really was so important it couldn't wait with the sender.

3 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

ultranova Re:Defeats the purpose (231 comments)

My world should not stop because you chose to get off.

Then you'd better make arrangements to have a backup contact, now wouldn't you? Just like you'd do with any other mission-critical system.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

ultranova Re:What is a troll? (381 comments)

Troll is a person posting an inflammatory message with the deliberate intent of exciting readers into a controversial response. This is the exact definition.

The problem is, that makes trolls indispensable for meaningful discussion, since they draw the implicit assumptions and attitudes out into the open for all to see. Ghandhi, Martin Luther King and Jesus were all epic trolls by this definition. And the authorities of the day wanted to ban them all, which rises some questions about where, exactly speaking, does this apparent concern for the sensibilities of forum readers originate?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

ultranova Re:It's impossible (381 comments)

No one wants to talk seriously online to total strangers. Where's the value add?

You see no value in a chance to promote your viewpoint? Or hear others?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

ultranova Re:Very subjective (381 comments)

If there were a real-names policy (an actual, checked, real-names policy, not bullshit like what Google tried to pull), one would surely see less trolling.

One would also see less insightful posts, since any kind of insight typically steps on the toes of some entrenched interest. And even on Slashdot posts expressing unpopular opinions typically end up downmodded because, after all, if it provokes you, it's a troll.

A forum with real-names policy is basically worthless, which is precisely why the Powers that Be try to push them. Stripping people of the shield of anonymity makes dissenting opinions easier to silence through chilling effects. And of course this is marketed for our own good, after all we all know that having someone get away with posting something offensive on the Internet is the worst thing ever.

3 days ago

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Finnish HIV vaccine testing to begin

ultranova ultranova writes  |  about 8 months ago

ultranova (717540) writes "FIT Biotech, based on Tampere, Finland, has developed a vaccine it claims will cut the cost of HIV treatment to 1/10th of its current price and might eliminate the virus entirely. The vaccine is based on genetic engineering and will enter clinical human trials next year."
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Firefox 4 released

ultranova ultranova writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ultranova (717540) writes "Firefox 4 has been released. However, 100% CPU usage bug seems to be back (and severe enough that I was forced to downgrade back to 3.6 after half an hour or so), and the new interface is just different enough to be annoying; for example, "Open in new tab" and "Open in new window" menu items have been swapped around for no apparent reason.

In short, I recommend you don't upgrade at this time."

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