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Comment Re:Same old playbook (Score 1) 508

This is how everything goes to crap. E.g:

It's fine to blame the government, and the *current* political community on top of it, but don't blame the voters.... Many of us using the state and its derivatives (the law, the institutions, the services) think this thing is horrible and would have stepped in earlier if we'd been paying closer attention to politics five or six years ago. We kind of just assumed that the adults who'd been in charge there were still making decent architectural decisions while we went on with our lives.

Comment Re:Bury the lede (Score 2) 64

What are you talking about? We are sacrificing red tape on the altar of the people. The national ID card is tremendously helpful. It cuts the latency of most of your government interaction down to mere minutes, the time it takes you to click through the user interface of a service. This is unheard of In most of the civilized world, where it can take months to get your random papers done. The crypto on this is open source, and anybody is free to implement their own. I cannot figure out what better 'clear goals' you could ask for.

Do you know how long it takes for me to prove my legal existence and identity? A few seconds.
Do you know how long it takes for me to file my taxes? About a minute.
Do you know how long it takes for me to start a business? A few hours.
I could go on.

The meat of your comment seems to be the all-too-common American hate towards the government. Well let me tell you, do not make the mistake to assume that a government per se is bad. A government is what you make of it. You can not exist without one more than you can exist without the division of labor. You might also remember a certain revolution in which you replaced a bad one with a good one so you have options, you know.
Ours government might not be the best, but it's also not the worst, and we trust our everyday lives with it. The fact that your government is the worst is your own fault and your own fault alone, and until you fix it or replace it you deserve all of it.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 255

What he probably means is closer to 'reinventing/NIH considered harmful'. If you start from scratch, you are bound to make many of the same mistakes the original developers made. Also you will only have a vague idea of the actual requirements of the project, which will waste a lot of your (time) budget on redesign. Even if you are the author of the original, once some time has passed you most probably don't have any idea what most of the code does - weird corner cases and bugfixes everywhere, with no recollection of the reasons thereof.
The devil is in the details, and once you take a few steps beyond a 'hello world' program the accumulative domain knowledge and experience embedded in the code of a mature project become pretty much invaluable, making up most of the costs sunk into it.
Rewriting such a project should therefore, within reason, be avoided if at all possible - once you actually start with it, you really don't know where it will take you. While the English language knows about reinventing the wheel, my language (Estonian) talks about reinventing the bicycle. That gives you a very good perspective of the work you would have ahead - think about all the little details, dead ends and improvements the bicycle has had in it's 200 years - would you be willing to do it again?
Exceptions, of course, do exist. Sometimes you just cannot make the existing code work for you. Sometimes you do not have the source or the rights to change it. Sometimes you want to do it for fun, for excercise, for experience. Sometimes it is the crapfest that is OpenSSL and you just need to take it behind the barn and shoot it. Just don't make a habit of it I guess:)

Comment Re:Uh uh (Score 1) 372

Wow, critical of the critique, while not pointing out any flaws therein. That has got to be the most original viewpoint I've ever read anywhere.
Tell you what: how about you depose of your own tyrant heads of state first and then we'll see if we can find mine in my run-of-the-mill western democracy.

Comment Re:Uh uh (Score 2) 372

I would say you need to go deeper than that.
Technology in itself is neutral. Why is it a problem? Who are the people who abuse it, what are their incentives, how is it that they are in a position to create problems out of technology?
Globalisation in moderation is quite nice. I mean you like foreign food, goods, people, culture. How has globalisation then evolved into a situation where it craps on everything it touches?
Regressive taxes. Well a society can structure taxes whatever way it likes, there is no right or wrong way besides suitability for a purpose. When I look at the situation in the US, I get more of an impression that the problem is that all the people hate all the taxes. Well taxes are your goddamn phone bill, you do not argue against paying your bills, do you? With taxes you split the bill to purchase services, whether the reason is to save on cost, improve on quality or just make the service happen at all. You all want police, roads and schools, and you want them to be good, right? Then put up or shut up, pay your way and get some QA and accountability into the process.

The thing with reasons is that you need to always look deeper into them. What are the reasons of the reasons? What are the reasons of the reasons of the reasons? You need to find the root reasons and solve those, then you have the possibility for improvement. When you are sick, you don't treat the symptoms, you treat the illness.

Comment Re:Uh uh (Score 5, Insightful) 372

I'm constantly amazed by the fact that americans are all pretty happy to acknowledge that their status quo rather bad, yet they are not willing to look for the reasons nor even talk about changing any aspect of the system.
It must be quite a feat of mental gymnastics to demand that everything somehow change for the better while everything remains the same. A three year old might find this idea reasonable, but grown men and women? Come on, this is a textbook definition of an idiot - someone who does the same thing over and over again expecting the results to differ.
As an outsider, it seems to me that most of what americans believe about politics, society and the human nature is rather a twisted picture indeed. Accepting the problem is the first step towards a solution, and luckily, usually the hardest. Yet the steps must be taken, otherwise things will only get worse.

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