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Comment Re:Redefining words so we can make a "discovery" (Score 1) 142

In common parlance, "continent" in French means mainland

My arse it does.

OK, so why do people in Corsica always talk about going to "le continent" and people visiting Corsica always talk about being from "le continent"? "My arse it does." contains no information to refute my claims.

Comment Re:Redefining words so we can make a "discovery" (Score 2) 142

A Continent is a landmass, not a slightly shallower section of ocean.

Except that we've redefined the term "continent" many times already. In common parlance, "continent" in French means mainland, and in the UK, that definition survives in the tendency to refer to "mainland Europe" as "the continent". The original Latin root means continuing/continuous, and as there is no surface discontinuity between Europe, Asia and Africa, the notion of "continent" as we understand it was completely arbitrary, right up until the discovery of plate tectonics. Even then, people have been reluctant to follow plate tectonics to its logical conclusion -- note how the Indian plate is referred to as a "subcontinent" even though it's a distinct plate from Asia. It's also worth noting that various languages have different numbers of continents, each making the distinction on different geographical, geological, ethnic or political bases.

Comment Re:This has to be a 4chan joke... (Score 1) 904

They don't even have alpha males in the wild. That dynamic only appears in wolves in captivity, in the wild they simply don't behave in an alpha/beta pattern.

And besides, it's fucking wolves.

But primates do. So basically dogs are cool, and apes are dicks.

Also, fucking wolves is a dangerous perversion.

Comment Re:Donnie Downer (Score 1) 904

Hahahahahaha.

You know what the result of every single "internal investigation" is, right? "No evidence of wrongdoing".

Uber's entire schtick is a PR charade to cast aspersions on a woman for pointing out their misogynistic culture.

Fun fact: all of the boys here loudly whining about "evidence" will take the results of Uber's "internal investigation" completely at face value despite having zero proof of their own.

The immediate problem for Uber is compounded by having Arianna Huffington on the board. It would be a major loss of face to her to be associated with a coverup on this.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 2) 904

Illegal why? This is not a court case, she has not sued anybody.

Exactly -- this is not a court case. She gained all that material during the course of her employment, and therefore does not have ownership of the IP. She is allowed to release it to court, but in all likelihood publishing it would technically be a breach of copyright, and that's where the story would get twisted.

Comment Re:This has to be a 4chan joke... (Score 1) 904

Yup. And the observation of primates in the wild is that you can get to be an alpha male by bullying and raping, but you won't stay at the top long. Alpha males who get their position through cooperation with females can hold their throne into a good old age, well beyond the age where they'd be able to defend their territory in a straight fight.

Comment Re:What's wrong with this people? (Score 1) 904

At the very least, it's pretty one-sided to be in an open relationship when your other half has lots of opportunities to meet other people but you're working all hours for a poorly organised mega-sized startup. Perhaps it worked fine for them before he started at Uber -- I wouldn't want an open relationship, but I won't judge him for it. But what I will judge him for is unprofessional conduct. If he has a problem with how his personal life is going, that's not something he should be bringing to work.

Comment Re: Jacobin Jeopardy (Score 1) 904

No, I mean that governments inevitably interfere with the market system. That's about the same minimal level of deviation from an ideal that communism's defenders invoke to say that true communism has never really been tried.

Philosophical communism is generally defined as being anti-statist, so state socialism like the USSR isn't really "communism" at all, even leaving aside the question of corruption at the state level.

We were much closer to true capitalism a couple of hundred years ago now, when "penny pies" sold in the street were stuffed with sawdust to try to get round the rising cost of food; when landowners were free to kick people tenants off their land to make way for sheep; when people were working seven days a week for wages that weren't enough to feed the family; when people with no other wage were condemned to the "poorhouse"; and when the only detriment to a factory for crushing a child worker to death was the loss of the carpet that was stained from the child's blood and gore.

The whole reason communist thought arose was as a reaction to the excesses of bourgeois capitalism (the French revolution was a bourgeois-democratic revolution, and the bourgeoisie are damn near the dictionary definition of capitalists).

Governments stepped in on food safety; trade unions stood up for workers rights (and the weekend break); etc.

Eventually, we got to the stage where children all go to school instead of work, the unemployed aren't herded into forced labour camps. All good stuff.

So yes, capitalism has been tried pretty much as far as it could.

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