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by Mittagessen
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs
Replies: 28
Views: 6459

Re: Mayday PAC against SuperPACs

Part of me wants electoral reform to be more representative of the voting share of the public. We have an issue where there is only one right wing party, the Conservatives, but four viable left wing parties. In a first past the post system, this means that you can win a seat in a riding with 25% + ...
by Mittagessen
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India
Replies: 114
Views: 12754

Re: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India

It's only the end point of the debate if you accept the premise that government regulation of business activities is theft. If you do not accept the premise that regulation is theft, then it is not a crime for a sovereign government to pursue the interests of its people by setting rule for business...
by Mittagessen
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India
Replies: 114
Views: 12754

Re: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India

Why can't the drugs be shipped instead of the people? Because either one of the conditions of the compulsory license is to not make the drug available outside India (Sorafenib in 2012) or as Bayer threatened they won't obtain a patent in India but still hold the patent in the rest of the world, cau...
by Mittagessen
Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India
Replies: 114
Views: 12754

Re: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India

What's really weird is that it's government-sanctioned piracy. No it isn't piracy. Patents are temporarily granted monopolies (they do not share most properties of real property being limited in time and subject to several limitations) existing under the premise that granting such monopolies enhanc...
by Mittagessen
Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India
Replies: 114
Views: 12754

Re: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India

There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of international patent law. For a long time India didn't recognize patents on pharmaceutical products at all. When she joined the WTO in 1995 one of the requirements was to bring its patent law in line with WTO guidelines which require the patentabil...
by Mittagessen
Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atlas Shrugged movie?
Replies: 203
Views: 35236

Re: Atlas Shrugged movie?

Jorpho wrote:Much amazement is being expressed that Part II is in fact a reality, despite the dismal failure of Part I – free market and all that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsx-Phoe ... r_embedded


To cite the comments: "So soon? But my liver is still recovering from part one!"
by Mittagessen
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188887

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

But I'm of the opinion that people *should* be able to sign the average contract without reading them and not get screwed. Careful reading is only for those few instances when huge sums of money are involved. That's already the case in many Napoleonic code jurisdictions. Which causes everybody to j...
by Mittagessen
Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188887

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

PhoenixEnigma wrote:SyFy, the home of terrible sci-fi movies like Sharktopus, has engaged a big name director known for horrible movies for a new series, and I don't think I'll be able to look away from the train wreck.


A damnit, I hoped they would hire Uwe Boll and start a new era of horrible movies.
by Mittagessen
Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 18141

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

How do you go about authorizing a bank transfer? ... There are other ways to authorize transfers, ... they're usually more effort than writing a check. You don't. I just give my bank account number (or IBAN + BIC for inner-European transfers) to the seller and she can transfer money from my account...
by Mittagessen
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 56240

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Infant circumcision is the norm here in the states, and mostly for medical (non-religious) reasons. It's far from necessary, but its deemed "worthwhile" all the same. Whats to stop parents from just citing this and hiding any religious backing? It isn't very common over here (~10%) and I ...
by Mittagessen
Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Countries want U.N. to regulate the internet
Replies: 21
Views: 3393

Re: Countries want U.N. to regulate the internet

So there's more than just a vague "We hatez the US" at play. If ICANN was a shining example of cooperation and transparency, most people could probably ignore that the US government has in theory their hands on the off-switch.This kind of stuff is always complex, with many stakeholders al...
by Mittagessen
Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: April Fools 2012 roundup
Replies: 40
Views: 11118

Re: April Fools 2012 roundup

. The idea of genetically screening preschoolers is outlandish, but the idea six year olds can effectively learn the addressing system of C is truly unbelievable. Not really. While fullblown abstract thinking starts only with puberty, the only part of C that's even remotely hard to comprehend for m...
by Mittagessen
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: April Fools 2012 roundup
Replies: 40
Views: 11118

Re: April Fools 2012 roundup



The principal's surname is literally nonsense in German.
by Mittagessen
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition
Replies: 30
Views: 4210

Re: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition

if he retired at 65 and stayed employed Can you clarify this bit please? Retiring usually means you stop being employed (mostly). I think what Seraph means, (and please correct me if I'm wrong on this one), is that your pension can pay you 95% of what you would be getting of the average amount of s...
by Mittagessen
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition
Replies: 30
Views: 4210

Re: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition

They got into this mess by having very low retirement ages... Repeating this over and over again doesn't make it any more true. The average labor force exit age is higher than the EU average with 61.5 and pensions are low, especially taking the very high cost of living (and high indirect taxes) in ...
by Mittagessen
Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition
Replies: 30
Views: 4210

Re: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition

You mean the solution isn't gut social spending, sell off as much of the government to u.s. multinationals as possible, and lower taxes on the wealthy? After all, the poor burning down cities just means you can declare the land blighted and sell if off to redevelopers for cheap. Yes it is. Germany ...
by Mittagessen
Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Verisign repeatedly hacked in 2010
Replies: 33
Views: 5201

Re: Verisign repeatedly hacked in 2010

Most people here are pretty smart about identifying phishing sites and I don't think we'd use a banking website on a public network. Oh you have no idea. It's trivial to build a phishing suite that looks exactly like the original. Using UTF-8 or simply registering similar domain names works for a l...
by Mittagessen
Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?
Replies: 77
Views: 29279

Re: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?

Vaniver wrote:Yeah, I can't see extending the honor to Disraeli and Gladstone and not to Thatcher.


Disraeli got India. The only thing Thatcher invaded/reclaimed was the Falklands.
by Mittagessen
Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Slaughtering horses for human consumption now legal in US
Replies: 92
Views: 9671

Re: Slaughtering horses for human consumption now legal in U

I never understood the objections against eating horse meat (especially if coming from Americans, a crowd consuming vast amount of other animal products). Horses are an animal like any other, neither more cute than some other meat source (guinea pigs) nor more intelligent (pigs, dolphins, wales).
by Mittagessen
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek bond holders to take 50% cut
Replies: 77
Views: 6942

Re: Greek bond holders to take 50% cut

Really? The measures are in line with Nazi Party policies? I usually expect politicians, especially German politicians, to avoid Godwin's Law. Wrong. The austerity measures are similar to the ones taken toward the end of the Weimar republic, where weekly changing administrations had an obsession wi...
by Mittagessen
Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek bond holders to take 50% cut
Replies: 77
Views: 6942

Re: Greek bond holders to take 50% cut

So what happens when(if) the greek people decide "No we won't concede those concessions for this bailout?" The government goes ahead and does it anyway? Just to be replaced by the next government that votes with the wishes of it's people? The government goes back to Europe and says "...
by Mittagessen
Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek bond holders to take 50% cut
Replies: 77
Views: 6942

Re: Greek bond holders to take 50% cut

Dark567 wrote:Well, I think now at the minimum we're going to see Greece get kicked out of the Euro.


That's bullshit. There is no mechanism for kicking a member out of the eurozone. On the other hand Greece could leave voluntarily.
by Mittagessen
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 206640

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

On this side of the ocean, the 200 people camping out in the financial district of Frankfurt have just been praised by the local authorities for their orderly and organized camp. In other news the camp in front of the Reichstag in Berlin has been evicted [0] as bothering the government/administratio...
by Mittagessen
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Freeport-McMoRan bribery, "mysterious" attacks on workers
Replies: 7
Views: 2001

Re: Freeport-McMoRan bribery, "mysterious" attacks on worker

Yeah I was wondering this too. A 30% increase offered by the company seems pretty big, though clearly depends on their current wage which is also unknown to me. How reasonable is $7.50/hour there? Wikipedia claims the current rate is about $1.50/hour. Assuming 40 hour work weeks that amounts to $56...
by Mittagessen
Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vasili Arkhipov Day
Replies: 44
Views: 5260

Re: Vasili Arkhipov Day

They were civilians, but Japan counts them as if they were Japanese civilians . It'd be like Germany claiming that all the Jews, Roma, Etc, killed were German civilians to make it look like the Allies were more cruel to Germany than they actually were. That analogy is seriously flawed. Claiming all...
by Mittagessen
Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amanda Knox Trial
Replies: 55
Views: 7268

Re: Amanda Knox Trial

Yeah, it seems that most nations, while being opposed to double jeopardy in principle, consider an appeal by the prosecution to be okay. Here in the US, it's ingrained in us that an acquittal at any level is final. In the US the prosecution can't appeal? I never knew that. That's... weird. How do y...
by Mittagessen
Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 485574

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Have you ever been to Gilo? Gilo (Hebrew: גילֹה‎) is a Jewish neigborhood in East Jerusalem with a population of 40,000. The international community views it as an illegal Israeli settlement under international law, although Israel disputes this. Clearly a case of: a slight ongoing property line di...
by Mittagessen
Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 9102

Re: Physical force in schools makes a comeback

So, if a country only allows you to vote if you served, that's fascist, but if it sends you to jail for not serving, it's not fascist? This seems... so... weird to me I am not even sure how to respond. For what it's worth, I personally, would rather not have voting rights than to be considered a cr...
by Mittagessen
Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 9102

Re: Physical force in schools makes a comeback

As far as voting rights, that's fine with me. There are democratic countries today which require all able-bodied citizens to serve in the military, and if they don't, they go to jail. To me that seems more harsh than lack of voting rights for not serving. None of these nations grant any substantial...
by Mittagessen
Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 9102

Re: Physical force in schools makes a comeback

Germany until two months ago. No, we consider(ed) people too stupid to avoid conscription as daft. And not serving has no implication on my ability to vote or stand for office or have kids or receive any kind of state support. Comparing the fascist fantasy of some militaristic quack with any modern...
by Mittagessen
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 485574

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

than with a innocent third party that has been dragged into the conflict without much fault of their own. The Palestinians rioted for decades, attacking and killing Jews. They weren't an innocent third party dragged into the conflict. The Jews immigrated illegally for decades and formed terrorist o...
by Mittagessen
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 485574

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Then you point out that there is in fact a German group advocating for rights of German refugees. A quote from the article you linked to: Markus Meckel, a foreign policy spokesman for the junior coalition partners the Social Democrats (SPD), said the government should withhold all support for the a...
by Mittagessen
Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 108
Views: 29516

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

Man, who uses actual spoons? Those are ridiculously variable. I don't even *own* an actual teaspoon. However, my ratios are definitely correct for the US, and they're also what google reports when you use their calculator to do conversions (though they do specify "US teaspoons" in the ans...
by Mittagessen
Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 108
Views: 29516

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

Why do you think that teaspoons are unscalable? There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon, and 2 tablespoons in an ounce. In other words, a teaspoon is 1/48 of a cup. Pinches are indeed not an exact measurement. I've scaled them before, but I forget what I assumed them to be. You're funny. Maybe this a...
by Mittagessen
Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 108
Views: 29516

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

I'm using metric for everything and have used imperial units for exactly one purpose lately: preparing food requiring moderately exact measurements in a kitchen lacking a kitchen scale but having for some inexplicable reason an US standard cup. Converting grams of $component to cm^3/ml and then to c...
by Mittagessen
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Unedited Wikileaks cables accidentally leaked
Replies: 53
Views: 8741

Re: Unedited Wikileaks cables accidentally leaked

Huh? With most applications, password authentication is rare and slow hash functions result in no noticeable overall performance cost. No, you run the hash function n times over the password. So it's basically f(....f(f(f(f(f(x))...)). PBKDF2 is one of those mechanisms. But this only protects again...
by Mittagessen
Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Unedited Wikileaks cables accidentally leaked
Replies: 53
Views: 8741

Re: Unedited Wikileaks cables accidentally leaked

I'm always puzzled at the possibility to brute force security systems... What makes it impossible it to force the user to wait 1 second before he can try another password, and multiply that by two after every wrong password? You don't seem to fully understand the nature of a brute force attack. Usu...
by Mittagessen
Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 45860

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

Also, a lot of people would disagree with you about the IMF. Of course, most of them don't live in france. But we all know brown people don't count. Honestly, just ending the Washington consensus gives this guy a major bonus in my book. It would have been nice to see a non-fascist elected in Europe...
by Mittagessen
Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 485574

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Talk about blowing something out of proportion. I'm not saying that the deaths of Egyptian soldiers near the border isn't tragic, but to act as though it's some horrible form of aggression? That said, I hope that Israel does compensate the families of the dead Egyptian soldiers, even if Israel does...
by Mittagessen
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Famine in East Africa
Replies: 59
Views: 5709

Re: Famine in East Africa

We are planning a holiday to Ethiopia next year, and the people in the know say that Somaliland is apparently a nice place to go if you want to include some beach-time in your holiday. They haven't entirely convinced me, they are bit too much the type of adventure-tourist who wants to be FIRST11!! ...

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