Re: Right to repair?
Funniest part is that they are dumbed down, while at the same time they are labeled as "smart"
I know there is social commentary somewhere in there...
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My favorite billionaire (who baseless accuses people of child molesting, and crashes the market for short-term profit) is better than your favorite billionaire (who keeps people on virtual slavery working conditions, and fights unions like a 1800's industrial baron)
Human behavior is surely baffling, even from the normally-intelligent people who frequent these fora, taking side for one of these people that not only wouldn't give a flying fig for us, but would trample us for profit.
>>need diligent investigation before you hand over any money
People didn't do their investigation with Tulips, didn't do it with South Sea slaves, won't do it now. The world keeps turning.
Fools are parted from their money and the unscrupulous make a mint... I try to avoid being part of the former, and hope I will never be part of the later, not much else one can do as individual.
I love the idea, but a handful of sites have qualms with Palemoon: they identify it as an obsolete browser and refuse to let me proceed.
In my personal PC I have Palemoon as main driver, but I need to have FF standing by to deal with this sort of stupidity.
banking for example, so unfortunately hey are not sites I can just stop using ...
Change for the sake of change has been the bane of technology for a long time. This seems to be a cultural phenomenon, and probably won't change any time soon: business schools evangelize about "embracing change" no matter what, instead of teaching to critically evaluate the new stuff before adopting it.
Agile with its "move fast, break thigs" attitude has certainly not helped things.
Antwerp... Second busiest port in Europe, where goods from all over the world are received to be distributed in all of the continent.
But nope, that is not the case here. If the blow was found in Belgium then it is for local use only: Belgians consume coke by the kilo...
That is Interesting. For me as a non-native speaker (who learned American English) the phrase "I could care less" sounds hopelessly wrong, that is why it seemed funny to make the "correction" in the previous message.
I didn't really know there was a British vs American debate about it.
Yes, this is not a criminal case, the language I used probably is not exact. I'm at a loss for the right words to describe the situation.
As Jake helpfully put it in a later comment, this was brought to the court of public opinion, and there the guy's career was summarily executed: After being kicked from his own project and basically labeled a Nazi, who would want to associate with him? He'll become a pariah, and that's that.
As for the due process, where I work the code of conduct has the wording "[...] up to and including termination". This clearly means the boot is not the preferred course of action, nor is it the one applied for a first time offender, NOR is it applied without an investigation from HR. I know it because I've seen it happen (not to me, luckily)
Again, there is no proof anything like this happened. Someone complained and he was thrown by the board without a second thought.
I find the use of the word allegedly in your post very telling, because it highlights my main gripe with this whole debacle. I am all for people facing consequences for their acts, but justice should 1. Be proportional to the crime, and 2. Follow the due process.
I don't see how any of that is met in this case. The allegedly should imply "innocent until proven guilty"
A summary execution is not justice.
instead we'll invite you, if you so care, to look and form your own opinion.
I care, but I can't go to Twitter to find out what he actually said, so i am left with an incomplete and worrying understanding of the situation:
What I collect from the article is that he said an extremely lame and possibly offensive joke. His punishment: being removed from his own project that he founded a decade ago.
Whitout judging the "joke" itself (I can't) I wonder, is the punishment fitting for the crime?
People really think it is ok to destroy someone's life work for an ill-thought joke? Had he threatened someone or promoted violence against someone or something, I'd understand it... Or perhaps he did. It would be good to know *what* was so henious as to warrant this reaction.
Things like this lend some credibility to the "cancel culture" argument. He crossed some nebulously defined line and got immediately judged and sentenced without right to appeal. Yes, freedom of speech is not freedom from consequence. But I saw once again, is the punishment appropriate?
The gun discussion is a red herring. There are many scenarios in which this stuns could have gone south: the people could have had knives of their own or wrestled it from him or beaten him within an inch of his life, or a trigger-happy cop could have shot before he had a chance to scream "it's just a prank, bro!"
What we should be discussing is why so many morons think it is fun and profitable to perform and film their crimes, and disguise them as "pranks"
In the end, the "prankster" asshole  was not performing his borderline criminal stunts just for sh*ts and giggles. Youtube was making money out of the videos and paying him for them.
So, can Youtube/Google/Alphabet be considered at least partially responsible for this incident?
I would expect the standard social media defense, namely that they only provide a platform for the people, won't fly if there is an exchange of money in the middle.
 never agreed with this saying of "respect the dead". The guy was clearly an idiot when he was alive, and I don't see how his death changes it.
That is LOUSY alchemy. Going on that route, they will end up ceating an abomination against God, and probably losing some body parts in the process...
On a serious note, I love stuff like this. -"We found this cool thing about a rare element" -ok, what benefit can we get from it?" -*shrugs*
They are doing sicence for the hell of it (or rather, simply to learn more about the world), not to get a quick return of investment.
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