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  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I do wonder if the EU is so antidemocratic because the ideologues that set it up saw what a mess voters made of selecting sane candidates and decided to 'manage' the democracy out of the system. I think the consideration...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    You should try everything once, except incest and folk dancing. Even reading the Grauniad and Wail. I'll respectfully submit that all activities described by some variation of "dying by" and "dying of" are also best avoided, at least until your...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Somewhat derail'ish: Germany is a bit different having been divided by superpowers for 40+ years. Even most Germans admit that Bonn was never more than a strip mall. Germany is not different because it was divided for 40 years, it's...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The final statistics for 2015 for the entire Germany seem to not be published yet. The state statistics I found (Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-W├╝rttemberg) said that roughly a fifth of all new German citizens had Turkish citizenship before the naturalization....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The attitude to the PIIGS is part of the localist low-key xenophobia that having a large, unassimilable Turkish minority has inflamed, and it's really toxic: there's no sense of Germany as being part of a greater European project. which totally...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    For seconds, Germany's citizenship law has an emergent failure mode, as witness the Turkish gastarbeiter problem. Simply put: to become a German citizenship you must renounce your existing citizenship. That is no longer true since December 2014....
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Do your worst, pseudonymous person on the internet I have this theory that it's actually a search/chat bot loosely guided by a human. Whether that is true or not, it certainly makes the entities texts better digestible....
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    The emancipation of women is actually part of an encompassing trend, "humans are not property" aka cannot be owned. The idea that women are not property has still to arrive in quite a few heads, and the situation for children...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    and now for a completely different idea for misery: do an aptitude test on children when they are ~ 8 years old, and choose their occupation from that no matter whether they like it or not. Unhappy and unwilling practitioners...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    The examples you bring for "not learning from history" for me are more a proof of the value of discussion, with a good salting of showing the value of diversity (of knowledge and experience). One of the advantages of the...
  • Commented on Holding pattern
    yay more Stross books. I'm sure you'll recover, eventually ;-P...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    You are focusing a lot on software and intentional breakage .. Your CPU fan breaks. can you repair it? (I own a computer that's been in continuous operation for >20 years; it's on its 8th fan. All moving parts break...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    regarding the fate of Generation Z: Germany already feels the effects of its demographic shrinkage; my employer (IT) usually has trainees, and has increasing trouble finding any. At present IT companies don't have a huge problem with more people getting...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Kameron Hurley
    I bought God's War a while back and it languishes a third read in the living room. It makes me want to slit my wrists and drown myself in a bucket at the same time, which is to say, it's...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    As a "sorry couldn't resist" aside: Everybody knows toasters run NetBSD, not Linux....
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    off on a tangent: I can understand why someone would want to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, even if I don't agree with them. But a marathon? No, I don't understand that. And the spammers or virus...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    On the plus side: the Eurovision song contest is cancelled. :) are you in Sweden? do you need temporary asylum? ,)...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    I'd like to address Charlie's point about the India rape protests, from a tangent. [...] The relevance of this is: if the universe is a good place, victims deserve what they get. Yet, victims of burglary, theft and robbery do...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Gender politics (and notably sexual violence and the oppression of women) in India is suddenly coming front-and-centre as a big issue in a country with around 20% of the planetary population. Having read up on why this went so viral...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    The established parties in Germany do something offensively stupid in the area of copyright and/or surveillance/Internet censorship. (duh) This happens in time for the Pirate party to gain 10% and thus, seats in the Bundestag at the next election of...
  • Commented on Customer Satisfaction Survey
    Theoretically, a business is in the business of making stuff that it can sell, and make profit doing so. Creating justice and setting proper limits to businesses and such (and e.g. deciding that some things, like eg making water available,...
  • Commented on Customer Satisfaction Survey
    2012, well... My copy was too cluttered and confused and busy while at the same time not offering a lot of sense of achievement. I guess I enjoyed the few occasions enough where the game became worthwhile to play the...
  • Commented on Customer Satisfaction Survey
    ... academia in general, where thirty-somethings live year to year on low wages, have to relocate regularly (with removal to loved ones and relocating costs that eat up your savings), and sustain enormous peer pressure with no serious perspective of...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    let me guess, you can't just fit one of the tap holes with a mixing tap and the other hole with a plug, the pipes wouldn't fit, you have to replace the procelain? I can see that tipping the scales...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Separate hot and cold faucet handles fall into this for now. but these still have one "snout" where the water comes out mixed, from both the cold and the hot water pipe (obviously, if you opened both), don't they? I...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    (so you are a USSAian?) Bavarian, in fact. I suppose the people I 'talk' to rub off. I'm a bit surprised that having separate faucets for hot & cold is a thing in the UK. Is that simply old installations...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    You can shop elsewhere, Apparently, even going shopping in China may not actually save you from being bombarded with the High Mass of Consumerism and the Feast of the Local Retail. Do you know shops where the home run area...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    As a result of the ensuing tabloid panic, the SNP therefore passed a regulation requiring all domestic hot water installations to be maxed out at 40 celsius. Meanwhile in Germany there is a regulation requiring all hot water systems serving...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    The Swiss seem to have the militia system with every adult storing a functional military assault rifle and being required to spend two weeks a year doing a refresher military service stint. Options: you forgot women exist you did not...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Given acquaintances who had less than stellar good sense and restraint cooking up explosives (and varying damage to self and buildings), I'm not sure I would welcome unrestricted ownership of anything, at least while people I care about (including me)...
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