Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on Default Option
    A major fault line in European politics is "Orthodox vs. Catholic". It's Poland vs. Russia, it's Serbia vs. Croatia/Slovenia. I doubt you can blame the Russian Orthodox for the falling out between Russia and Poland. After all, Ukraine has 67%...
  • Commented on Default Option
    AFAIK Greeks work longer hours than Germans, so it's still racism. Keep in mind that Germany's praised "productivity" doesn't come from better and more industrious workers but from a higher level of automation and paying less workers for the same...
  • Commented on Default Option
    ...don't they rather have S&M and illusions on their syllabus?...
  • Commented on Default Option
    ... and public schools are of course notorious for omitting buggery and networking from their syllabus....
  • Commented on Default Option
    If the ECB wants to play it that way - see my above post about "grexit is not an option"...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Printing Drachmas would probably cause more problems than it solves. Greece can just stop paying interest on its debt, than it has a small household surplus. AFAIK Greece is supposed to reshuffle its debt in March or May. Let's see...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Lay-abouts at work ... unreliable, and gum up the works for everyone else. Much better (and cheaper, long term) to have them lay about elsewhere. Personally, I've never considered a job as punitive. Yes, there's effort, long hours, etc. --...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Greece's debts still have to be serviced somehow. The Russians know all about that, from when the Soviet government found they were still expected to service the Russian Empire's debts. Not so sure about that. It's different for a large...
  • Commented on Default Option
    I wouldn't call that "coped". I don't think that anyone wants to see such stuff again. And Greece isn't far away from Europe, Greece is a part of Europe. It's also different if a member of the EU and NATO...
  • Commented on Default Option
    True about the Schengen area. Guess immigrants will not be an additional problem then. But how was Serbia a failed state? I don't see a breakdown of government or predominant civil unrest. Also, there was no danger of Serbia flogging...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Well, layabouts for one thing. "totally out of the labor market" means to me unemployable or or long-term unemployed. "I don't want to work" isn't covered by that....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Denmark doesn't have an unconditional basic income, just a very good social system. Main difference to Greece appears to be an effective tax system....
  • Commented on Default Option
    If Basic Income is implemented in any country in the next 10-20 years, it won't be the US. Just look at all the ideological hate that was spent against ObamaCare....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Default may be an option for Greece, but grexit is not an option for Europe. Angela Merkel said a few week ago, grexit doesn't have threat potential any more. That might (or not) be true financially for the EU, but...
  • Commented on Default Option
    That's voter percentage or seats? AFAIK the winning party get 50 seats extra....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Defaulting on your debt is a lot less painful if you have your own currency, because you can finance government spending by printing more of it. Greece can't do that (unless it withdraws from the Euro), and so a debt...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Back to topic: after Obama now German Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, succumbs to the contagion: "German security agencies should be entitled to and have the possibility of decrypting or circumventing encrypted communication" (link to German news site)...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    zOMG, it's contagious!...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    or just put them in the garbage for thermal recycling (that's currently the official advice in Germany)...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    how happy would people be if investigations into the people responsible for sex-trafficking rings, lethal industrial disasters or financial crashes were constantly stymied by the use of perfect strong encryption? "Looks like it really was just one rogue gangster/engineer/trader/journalist, we...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    So why does he want to ban encryption in order to stop terrorists, if he could as well ban guns and explosives (and machetes maybe)? I think banning physical stuff might be a tad easier than banning information......
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Another way to look at it is that not only have I unlearned my biases regarding one race versus another, I have unlearned the bias that says they must be equal. I simply don't know. A- Human races are social/political...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    2) I chose skin color in the prior example because it's obvious and non-controversial, Skin color is non-controversial? I thing you have a typo there. but is also a genetically determined trait. I would say "influenced", not "determined". As I...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Neither variable is determined by a single genetic marker. My guess is that height is mainly related to a meaty diet and lack of severe infections during youth. Recently was a report that skin colorization evolved several times, so there's...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    And why should an anti-gravity harness should work on an orbital, where there is little gravity but mainly centrifugal forces? In The Algebraist, Banks also argues that stable wormholes can only exist in relatively flat space time, so my guess...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Dunno about the reference, but Death Star construction has already been overruled....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Ah, I think I should take back that Marx attributes power only to big money - I recall he believed in the power of the worker's class. And that quote about gun barrels was from Mao Tsetung, not Lenin. Sorry...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I think wether the next global financial crisis will result in another bailout is an interesting question. Usually the source of power is attributed to big money (Marx) or gun barrels (Lenin). I'd like to take a more abstract approach:...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Also, killing 1 enemy combatant per $100k is extremely cost effective. O RLY? So given the US military budget is about 700 billion dollars, once the USA have 7 million enemies they can pack in?...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Uh, Hellfire against cats playing with small flying objects? That's evil!...
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