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I know it's just one small experience, but the first iphone I ever returned was the iphone 13. The reason was because the OLED screen didn't scroll as smoothly as my existing iphone LCD screens. The text looked all jittery when scrolling even though still images looked better. I LOVE my m1 macbook air, however. Fantastic purchase. Just the base iphone OLED screens are a little weird for me. Maybe the adjustable frequency stuff in the iphone pro line would work better for me. So far, I still have an lcd iphone.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/technology on February 4, 2023 07:49:39

Apparently, it's a [large balloon with a technology/surveillance bay suspended underneath]( I wonder whether it's possible to functionally recover such a high-altitude vessel in order to study its equipment or if the only way to bring it down would be to shoot it down.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/interestingasfuck on February 3, 2023 06:13:31

Look at it this way. Twitter's impact as a service was huge BUT their actual profitability was fairly slim if non-existent. They had amazing technologists working there, yet Facebook and Google as fellow online businesses were 10-20 times as profitable in terms of actual free cash generation. Even so, I heard that Twitter engineers, especially due to their expertise in high traffic, real-time engineering, have always been highly sought after by Google and other businesses. So, people there were highly respected technologically but the company was uncharacteristically small for a tech firm in terms of profit margin. So, this being the situation, when someone nuts (Musk) came along and offered to buy shareholders out for about four times what the company was worth financially, can you blame Twitter shareholders for being giddy and saying yes? I do think, however, the high net-worth shareholders should have helped their employees after that particular windfall. It was a windfall and they should have morally shared a portion of it with everyone, including janitorial and maintenance staff.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/Twitter on January 4, 2023 11:44:28

The only trouble with this line of thinking, which is VERY common for Starcitizen fans, is that when it comes to software, the pure length of dev time is no guarantee, nor is it even connected, to the ensuing quality of the product. In fact, with some projects the software can become WORSE, more convoluted, less able to be managed, the longer it goes. So, this notion that just because he takes 30 years it will be amazing, is just based on false assumptions that raw dev time is necessarily connected to quality. I give you a real world example. One piece of software at a former company I worked at was mired in development hell. They had promised this big feature, which was fundamental, but which had not been fully vetted yet. It didn't work. Maybe in a decade of R&D it could have been figured out but at the time, it didn't function. After 4 years of this, the team had to basically cut the feature, one of its cornerstones. You may have thought this was the end of the story but it's just where it started because now the team had basically nothing after four years and they were now forced to rush like crazy to get anything out at all. The product without that key feature was only an incremental upgrade, but now they had to hurry to just get the other elements ready. From the outside, then, as a customer, you would have waited a combined seven years just to get a minimal incremental product. You would have wondered what happened in those seven years. Well, four years were wasted trying to finish a half-baked technology and the other three years were a sprint to the finish line with the doable features. So, in software, length of dev time does not equal quality of product. The fault in that project was the poorly planned feature which had been hand-waived but already promised by marketing.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/starcitizen on December 9, 2022 09:44:15

Fascinating to hear Christian Nationalists talk. They sound so juvenile, like their education stopped somewhere. For instance the part about North American culture being unduly influenced by Judaism. What historically made white North America is a *confluence* of Germanic, Judean-Christian values. It's not "Jews", it's Germanic, Jewish and Christian influence. It's interesting that Nick apparently denies this confluence. Maybe the reality of that seems too complicated and contrary to his belief system. He probably thinks, "Judeo-Christian" how horrid that the two are put together...

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/Kanye on December 6, 2022 12:11:27

Elon Musk is a Jesus figure. People hated Jesus, too, especially liberals. Elon whose Musk you can smell from miles away once touched me and healed me. I asked him how I could ever repay him. He said "Make sure to tell everyone *I* was instrumental at Tesla, not those other two." A small price to pay. You people should feel bad.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/EnoughMuskSpam on December 5, 2022 11:42:56

Well, he could use AI-based blockchain quanta. These would enable multi-threaded decision trees. Combine this with cyber-truck style bullet proof glass plus a Tesla bioweapon filter ([almost as effective as a 2010 Mazda]( and you got the perfect Elon shyster buzzwords.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ProgrammerHumor on November 26, 2022 17:20:50

Deleted my Twitter account and removed the app yesterday. My account was mostly for reading Twitter. I rarely posted. Even so, I am kind of grieving for Twitter now because it is being hollowed out and I thought it was a cool place to share information. I find Elon’s theatrics distasteful. He is carelessly destroying value and embarrassingly diagramming what Twitter, an ongoing concern, had architected long ago. I also blame Twitter’s old execs. They let the company bloat a bit too much and didn’t keep an eye on the bottomline. Their profitability would have actually been OK in the last few years with a few tweaks and cuts. They cashed out now through Elon's oversized offer and left their employees to rot. Now that Elon has burdened the company with billions of additional debt, though, it's going to be tough. Mastodon is alright, but even there you're at the mercy of these small instances. Not sure yet how it exactly works yet but it could be a small town feel where admins in the individual instances could mess with you, I don't know. Twitter was cool for what it was. Even though I often derided it and hardly used it actively, it's kind of sad to see a popular service be hollowed out from one day to the next.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/Twitter on November 20, 2022 14:06:41

Well, the goal is to cut expenses while increasing profits. Profits at Twitter were ok some years and non-existent most of the time. They were plodding along. Trouble is, at a 44 billion purchase price, it will take an awfully long time if you want to get your money back through hypothetical free cash flow (ie. cash flow left over from your business after expenses, future investments and maintenance). That is his goal to somehow create those owner's earnings (another name for free cash flow). Not sure how he would do that because the idea of Twitter is pretty set as you said. I mean, they are an ad company. Like Google, that's how they make their money. Ads. All he is achieving now is giving the company a bad name and alienating some advertisers. He knows he overpaid, so he is trying to somehow get some cash flow going. Cutting expenses is where it starts, I guess. However, how do you meaningfully change or expand Twitter's business model? Heck, for all we know, the enormous staff cuts could be a hindrance to this goal. As it existed, Twitter would have had to made *some* cuts anyway, I believe. They overpaid some of their executives enormously, I feel. However, by and large they were plodding along and didn't have a bad business model. A few tweaks here and there and they probably could have sustained a modest amount of profitability (as they did during one year). I would blame the original founders and execs as well. They slightly mismanaged things, let things get a bit too bloated and now they have taken a nice pay day (through Musk's oversized offer) while letting their employees flounder.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/antiwork on November 17, 2022 10:32:19

> Nobody can regularly sustain working 80 hour weeks, and anyone who is isn’t all that productive. At my first software job my boss said that the office can be a very unproductive place (even at only 40-50 hours) and he was right. How much time did I actually spend driving the product forward each day? Maybe 2-4. The rest of the time was sort of an amalgamation of meetings and peripheral e-mail chains. Maybe you could call it "general admin". It is similar in other types of writing, I think. I doubt you can actually write more than 3 to 4 hours at a time before needing a couple hours break. Some writers get back at it in the afternoon for another 3-4 hours. I'm convinced from my corporate experience that even the traditional 40 hour week is more of a society-wide 'occupational therapy' session rather than actual productivity. Actual productivity for writing based work is probably around 2-4 hours a day. Few people would like to admit that, however, so we all have to pretend to be "working" for 8 or 10 hours. It's mostly hanging out, though in my experience. The "hang" is what it's really about, it seems. Maybe I'm wrong. Would like to hear other people's experience.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/EnoughMuskSpam on November 17, 2022 05:05:31

I cropped the photo and tweaked contrast and saturation a bit. ["Early morning golf lesson"](

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/golf on November 12, 2022 07:17:44

I just watched the videos of profiler Pat Brown. (Both the [current one](, and even more interesting [her profile of the killer a year ago]( She seemed to have nailed the profile pretty dead on and makes it clear that this is a serial killer who has either done this before or has had fantasies about this for years. In her mind it was the typical lone stalker taking an opportunity he saw. He likely was out and saw a chance to act on this. The way he got them into the wooded area seemed to also indicate he was a local who knew the area, including an escape route. It is unlikely that he has never done something like this before according to her, but even in the unlikely event that this was a one and done, this must have gone back years, to childhood even. It would be hard to imagine for her that someone in his mid forties just randomly decided to kill two girls that day with no prior tendency in that direction.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/DelphiMurders on November 5, 2022 19:59:13

Ah, ok. After you said that, I looked up Apple's 2021 cash flow statement and, indeed, for that year, under 'Investing activities' there is a line item called 'Purchases of marketable securities". That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! My question was based off of a small business or personal budget. For some reason, I did not quite realize that big firms do the same thing, invest part of their proceeds into securities.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/finance on October 27, 2022 03:51:16

What would you call market investments which a company makes? For instance CapEx (Capital Expenditures) identifies investments in equipment and machinery. What if a firm took, say, 15% of their net profit and invested it in the general stock market? Is there a term for that on the cash flow statements? The investments wouldn't have created an income yet, the firm just took a portion of their net income that quarter and invested it into the market. Does that even have to be recorded?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/finance on October 26, 2022 07:21:58

Yes, please. Also homemade, electronic soundtrack, please.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/movies on October 12, 2022 10:17:04

Look at the environment and how cold it is, yet the people exist almost naked there. I read an interesting book about exploring this area (“Evolution’s Captain”). The first sailing explorers had a really hard time navigating and mapping the labyrinthian inlets in Tierra Del Fuego. The weather was very unpredictable and storms could come in quickly. While shivering in their early 19th century wool coats these sailors were absolutely amazed to see natives canoeing half or fully naked in these conditions. They sometimes had a thick layer of seal grease on them to protect against the harsh conditions. One early English sailor, however, was so depressed at the harsh conditions in this labyrinth - his mapping project making no progress over a whole year - he quietly went into his cabin and shot himself! The constant storms and back and forth drove him nuts.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/oddlyterrifying on July 12, 2022 10:17:59

Universal health care in some form (including a public option) would be cheaper than what you have right now. The US has the highest per-capita health care spending even without universal coverage.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/UkrainianConflict on July 10, 2022 21:05:25

I love that these fuckers completely lose the point of morality. So it’s morally not ok to have some hair showing in the front but it IS ok to grab women by their chest if you’re in security or mistreat and torture people in jail. There is no moral problem with that!

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/awfuleverything on July 10, 2022 13:44:38

Wait, how did you get out from under the snow? Did you have to frantically dig yourself out or was the snow cover not as bad in your location? You left that part out of your story! Whatever the case, though, pretty breathtaking footage. I had little idea just how ferocious and heavy avalanches are up close.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/PraiseTheCameraMan on July 10, 2022 11:24:55

Oh yeah, you’re right. Thank you for the correction.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/politics on June 30, 2022 21:15:18

Trump appointed THREE judges in his one, short term. Three! The guy who chose to feature a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office (famous for being the dysfunctional successor of Lincoln, messing up reconstruction deliberately) was able to appoint all these Supreme Court judges. Pretty incredible. Correction: Andrew Jackson whose Portrait Trump chose was infamous for the trail of tears in the 1830s. The dysfunctional Lincoln successor was Andrew Johnson some 30 years later.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/politics on June 30, 2022 20:59:52

Yeah, I noticed this beginning around 2015 where mainstream media bizarrely started assigning political leanings to certain pop culture issues. It was mind-boggling because as someone who never voted conservative in my life, I found myself, all of a sudden being labeled "alt-right" because I took a side on some pop culture thing. Really weird how my fellow supposed liberals have started conveniently labelling people "alt right" even if it's about a completely unrelated issue. I mean, have you seen Johnny Depp supporters outside the courthouse? They're mostly young women. You're telling me they're alt-right, anti-feminists? Ok, then... It's a transparent power play to badmouth people who have different opinions from you, even if those opinions are about something non-political. It's a way of shaming folks. The problem is, it just makes me disgusted with the ones doing the labelling and makes me distrust the media and that's a shame.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/JusticeForJohnnyDepp on May 30, 2022 16:39:03

Wow, this seems like such a bad deal. Twitter’s Free Cash Flow is negative(!) and their total revenues are 3.5 billion a year. Musk will probably try to make the company profitable through cost cutting.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/technology on April 25, 2022 20:33:00

That was amazing and poetic in it’s delivery and dark humor. Why isn’t an intelligent man like this President of Russia?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukraine on March 10, 2022 01:41:18

That's why I deep down believe you can ONLY defeat people like Putin and his fanatics by force. The hard military task is to physically frustrate their wishes for domination because they CERTAINLY will never give up their lust for domination psychologically. That's the problem. No amount of talks or intellectualism will change Putin's lust for domination. The only choice is to frustrate his desires physically and defeat him by force. That is the only world he understands. He doesn't understand talking, cooperation or anything like that. It's either physically dominate or be dominated in his mind. It's an interesting 19th century style imperialism he has in his head. I think to most of us it doesn't make sense because we are so used to a world where you can debate things or talk things out. That does not apply to mobsters like Putin. All that counts is actual, physical dominance. Quite primitive but that is how he thinks.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukraine on March 9, 2022 09:32:11

Reminds me of the Yoda scene in ESB when he has a tug of war with R2.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/AnimalsBeingJerks on July 21, 2021 14:12:08

[In a democracy you have to be a player.](

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/todayilearned on July 21, 2021 04:24:04

Why didn’t he just use the fish to make a call?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/instant_regret on June 23, 2021 09:58:51

I started watching PMQs intensely with May during the whole Brexit drama and was usually pretty disappointed in how meaningless the whole thing seemed to be. Why meaningless? Because she frequently didn’t answer the question and I suppose the speaker doesn’t have the power to really make the politicians answer the questions asked. As such it was clear that it was basically a theatrical session with little useful work or discussion being done. I suppose it’s better than having nothing. Parliamentary procedures and discussions outside of PMQs can be interesting but the PMQs themselves seem pretty useless and even cynically destructive in their blatant theater and nihilistic meaninglessness.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on February 7, 2021 15:27:41

On the whole there won’t be positive benefits for the UK but it simply IS the reality of trade that there will be substitution effects. Ie. some suppliers who wouldn’t have chosen UK producers will increase their UK input simply because there is no other choice. So, locally you may get substitutions. Also the increase of red tape will mean more admin jobs. However, if your question is will Brexit be good for the UK economy as a whole we already have the answer to that: there will be a decrease in GDP long-term. Look up Anand Menon. He runs a pretty neutral think tank and had a report out with the data. I think it’s like 3% or something like that. Will there be localized benefits here and there? Of course due to necessary substitution effects in the economy. Edit: On the whole this question of "any benefit to Brexit yet?" is rather useless simply because in *any* situation, even a war situation there will be some benefit to someone. Some supplier out there will have an increase in business, so of course there is *a* benefit. I realise that yours is a sarcastic question designed to highlight the uselessness of the endeavour but it's also a stupid question because if that is your only criteria (is there a benefit?) then it's easy to make the case for "yes" and point to some localised substitution. The real question is not wether there is a benefit somewhere but wether the overall effects will be beneficial to the economy/society and we already have the answer to that.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/brexit on February 5, 2021 11:07:25

I would imagine that one benefit of barriers to international trade - and I don't know if this is a net positive, probably a net negative as well - is that certain individual domestic producers can potentially find more local customers. An example is the Canada-EU deal. I saw a report that showed small Quebec goat cheese farmers worried after the deal (CETA) was negotiated. Why? Because suddenly cheaper French goats cheese could be imported from big manufacturers in France and the fear was that they would undercut local producers. Still, in the scheme of things, it seems to me international trade is a net positive because of other advantages you get. Even so, if international trade DOES diminish small local producers, big business which ostensibly benefits from trade deals should be taxed accordingly so that the losers of a trade deal can be compensated or at least be helped in retraining.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/brexit on January 15, 2021 08:49:11

That looks so surreal. It could be a Rene Magritte painting.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/Moviesinthemaking on October 15, 2020 15:30:53

Call an exorcist.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/aww on September 26, 2020 13:53:09

Your beard and your shelves may provide the illusion of “discerning nerd-intellectual” but your pocket book shows what’s really going on behind those bespectacled eyes: “I’m so desperate, I’ll suck on your magic wand for money!”

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/RoastMe on September 26, 2020 11:10:37

It’s crazy to me that US States have still not gotten the message to mandate masks indoors. It’s only necessary indoors really. You can take them off again outside. Look at all these people sitting there closely together without a mask. No wonder US rates are skyrocketing. Completely unnecessary.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/pics on July 17, 2020 15:25:39

“To Serve Man” or in this case “To Seed Man”.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/RetroFuturism on July 2, 2020 05:37:15

I don’t think they can release, both from a technical and a personality standpoint. Here is what I mean: there are some people who, no matter how complex a technology, really emphasize the importance and urgency of shipping. Musk is like that (and you can’t tell me mass producing electric cars with associated software is less complex than Starcitizen) and Jobs was like that amongst others. Then, there are some people who continuously hamper themselves and always get lost in the woods, never to ship anything, no matter how much money they get. In other words, I suspect even if you gave CI 4 billion dollars and ten more years at this point, they still wouldn’t ship anything. They simply lack the temperament and the internal planning boundaries to get a fully fleshed out product out. In terms of the technology, if you look at complex companies like Tesla, they spend years on prototypes, proof of concepts, before betting on a model. CI, in typical fashion, seems to have not done that, so they may actually be stuck technically (which, again, is their own fault and lack of diligence). So, unless they really have a change in attitude, I don’t think they will ever be able to ship a fully fledged product. Every additional cent they get will be just more rope to hang themselves with. Having said that, maybe I’m wrong and they will simply ship something in an unusual timeframe (10-15 or 20 years) but still ship. I just haven’t really seen any urgency or even an attitude to get a product package out on their part. They seem to be satisfied with a somewhat meandering dev process which seems more like a leisurely R&D project that may or may not result in something one day.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/starcitizen on May 29, 2020 05:36:58

Bisexual hippie witch with purple hair? Jesus, any more red flags and you’d be a Chinese party convention. If I had a cent for every time you probably complain about “Patriarchy”, Warren Buffett would ask *me* for money.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/RoastMe on May 26, 2020 14:29:15

I love these synchronized foreign films although the complete context switch in the end is probably too avant-garde for me.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/teslamotors on May 23, 2020 10:52:06

> I have finally realized it's not me. It's her and no matter how hard I try to earn her affection and sexuality; I can't. Because she has very little to offer. This reminds me of the video by Henry Cloud "The coke machine":

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/DeadBedrooms on May 9, 2020 17:14:34

Wow. The dynamite method seems messy and a bit over the top even without the inherent pressure in the carcass. Why not drag such a carcass far out by boat (hopefully beyond immediate tidal wash-back) and let sharks handle it? Cool to see a newsclip from the 70s though. The commentary was fun to hear.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/CatastrophicFailure on April 27, 2020 14:52:34

This sounds crazy but I wonder if some internal rival actually encouraged his binge eating and smoking. Maybe subtly pushed alcohol and drugs as well. It would hardly be seen as attacking the leader because you’re indulging him in the finest of things (Hennessy and Swiss cheese) but it could perhaps amount to to some form of long-term assassination attempt.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/news on April 25, 2020 09:50:36

Cthulhu's healthcare plan is one of the most cost-effective plans out there: Death-for-All. When asked how he would address various pressing issues in the country, one memorable phrase he has used repeatedly is "We have a disease for that." It's good messaging but will it be enough to cut through with voters?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/pics on March 4, 2020 19:47:31

Dirt Roads? You were lucky to have those. When I lived in the country, all we had were worn down footpaths leading to swamps where we used to bathe.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/gatekeeping on January 30, 2020 13:12:00

Nice, but notwithstanding the irony, it is true in my view, that Sanders' policy are basically New Deal type policies. Real socialists actually hate those kind of policies because they make capitalism work better. I don't think neoliberal domestic economic policy and New-Deal-Sanders type policies are that far off. In terms of healthcare, for example, it would be like the difference between the UK and the rest of Europe. The UK uses a MFA (Medicare for All) type system, the NHS. Most of Europe does NOT use a single-payer system like that. They use subsidized insurance based schemes, akin to the proposed "public option". Here's the deal though: The overarching goal in BOTH systems is to limit how much a Doctor or a hospital can charge. Yearly panels determine price lists for various procedures. In other words, both systems implement price controls, which is not very "free market". Outside of healthcare, Sanders' politics may also be left-wing but essentially they still hold up the concept of a mixed economy, which in my view is the best economy to have. So, yes, it's left of neo-lib, but not really "revolutionary" or any of that stuff as far as capitalism is concerned. In health care, wether you implement MFA or the public option, there will have to be price controls on procedures at the end of the day unless you want healthcare to swallow up ever more of your GDP. Right now in the US it's over 15% or something crazy like that. Think about that, 15 cents of every dollar generated goes into healthcare in the US with worse outcomes and LESS coverage! It's crazy and it hobbles US business and entrepreneurs. Whatever road you go down, you will HAVE to regulate health care pricing eventually and you will HAVE to regulate insurance at some level.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/neoliberal on January 30, 2020 07:39:04

Spirit of the Buddha.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/aww on January 29, 2020 07:12:14

The one thing you have to admit though is that Bernie does not use lobbyist campaign financing (or at least very little of it). Most of his money comes from individual donations. Hillary Clinton met with Goldman Sachs during her campaign because these were her funders. Bernie did no such thing. He has no funders to go to. That means a lot.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/neoliberal on January 24, 2020 16:04:57

Oh yeah, Sanders is in a different league in terms of his universal appeal, that’s for sure. My comparison with Corbyn doesn’t really work there. Sanders has charisma, an ability to communicate and an ability to show passion. Those are rhetoric and leadership skills that Corbyn lacked in my opinion. What I’m wondering is not wether he would passionately fight for the policies, but wether a US voter like a UK voter will look at all of the changes he wants to make and say, just the mere *quantity* of change is too much and also be doubtful wether any of it can be accomplished. Granted, Corbyn wasn’t as good a communicator as Bernie, but part of the loss was also that his policy book seemed overloaded and costly. The US context together with Sanders better communication might be different though. However, just yesterday during this convo I saw another tweet from him saying nationwide rent control is needed! This was after the drug and prison reform changes. I mean “nationwide rent control”? That in itself is yuuuge, but it would just be one in twenty of his gigantic policy reforms. That’s when the Corbyn/Labour loss alarm bells go off in my head, because that’s what the Labour Party did, throw out all sorts of policy ideas, including public, free broadband in the end. Again, different context, different situation, though.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/SandersForPresident on January 20, 2020 10:46:09

The only scary thing about this is that, to me, it seems like he is promising way too much. Almost every day, a new promise to completely undo this or that aspect of the system, to fund this or that program. These sort of promises of the moon and the stars have tanked the Labour Party in the UK and center-left parties in Australia. In Bernie’s case, the way he always says we will make this free, we will make that free, we will do this and that, I get the same alarm bells, even though I agree with it. If he were to simply get the public option through which Obama couldn’t, that would already be a giant accomplishment and I have a hard time believing he could even get that through Congress. Most of the EU, by the way, uses a public option insurance type scheme. Most do not use a single-payer scheme like the UK or Canada. With all these promises, there is a danger that those of us who agree with it celebrate amongst ourselves, pat ourselves on the back while we stay in our own, lite mental utopia of promises and fantasies in our own, little progressive circle. That’s kind of what happened with the Labour Party under Corbyn. Let no one tell you Labour UK only lost due to Brexit. The leadership of Corbyn, the confused promises of everything, including an ambivalent, have-it-all policy on Brexit is what tanked it.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/SandersForPresident on January 19, 2020 15:06:33

I like her facial expressions the best.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/whitepeoplegifs on January 18, 2020 11:39:20

Insane or inane?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/oddlysatisfying on January 18, 2020 11:37:12

I heard the argument that Trump tweeted this in order to give Russia a heads up on our capabilities. It's pretty mind boggling that one should consider this traitorous possibility, but with Trump one can't be sure.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/news on January 15, 2020 05:10:43

His point is probably that according to Putin it would open his eyes that Assad isn't a bad guy or a murderous dictator and is just fighting terrorism. You don't need to go far to hear those sentiments, by the way. A lot of Americans and Brits on social media, especially the conspiracy minded folks and those who support Brexit/Trump, seem to love Putin and Assad (strong men) and think they are doing the right thing. It's a bizarre outgrowth of anti-establishment, I suppose. They don't value their own countries' "liberal establishment", freedom, press, the West and NATO, yet somehow love dictators like Putin/Assad and see them as wise men who are really putting it to the liberal order. It's just bizarre. It's a disdain of liberalism and a like of totalitarianism. Popping up everywhere.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/worldnews on January 13, 2020 05:29:20

Oh, please. You know as well as I do that these types of activists just want to “tear down the system”. They will intellectualize this incident by saying that the ambulance is part and parcel of the system of power and as such is a valid target for interruption. Their ideology justifies any form of action because it’s about the larger notions of systemic justice, as defined by them, of course. I think it’s toxic behavior hiding behind a cause and, hey, anything for the cause.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/iamatotalpieceofshit on January 11, 2020 13:35:29

Looks painful but it must have been a relief to finally have that out of there.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/PeopleFuckingDying on January 11, 2020 12:58:29

Super late response. Just came out of the holiday haze. That’s amazing. Every job has it’s pitfalls, eh? I didn’t realize needles are involved in folding the parachute. Probably for patching up small holes. Nonetheless, never thought I’d talk to a professional in that area!

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/todayilearned on January 6, 2020 09:01:52

It is, unfortunately, the socialist way at times to be completely intolerant of any other political position and to seek to destroy and demonize opponents rather than to discuss anything with them. There is an old, humorous English story from the 1930s that compares how different political parties deal with internal conflicts. When it came to the Communist Party which existed in Britain at the time, the satirical verdict was that members took the simple route of killing anyone in their midst who disagreed. Communists and socialists seem to have this tendency to really not want to see any other viewpoint as even deserving of consideration, especially not within their wing. That’s also where the ban happiness, cancel culture and all that stuff comes from. It’s probably like that with any zealous, ideological activism. One doesn’t have to look far, after all, to find torture happy, murderous right-wing totalitarians either. Having said that, I do not find this kind of toxicity to be the case with Bernie himself. He spent his life working with people who have totally different viewpoints from him.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/YangForPresidentHQ on December 31, 2019 14:26:35

They want systemic change, but politically the Left has won when it brought people from different viewpoints together and communicated a unity message. Luckily, Bernie is good with that. What the Left can't do is what you see on social media, where it segregates itself and becomes patronizing, calling every opponent racist, misogynist, fascist, etc. That's the road Hillary went down a little and it didn't work. She forgot that a lot of Trump voters had voted for Obama previously. Obama, however, was amazing at public speaking, communicating and bringing people together. Obama felt like the adult in the room. He was a bit too centrist and caved in on the public option, but he was a fantastic communicator. That's what you need. Someone who refrains from demonizing the other side and insists on "one America".

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/politics on December 27, 2019 06:53:19

She’s gorgeous. Has she considered modeling?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/aww on December 19, 2019 03:20:29

One question. Why are the British afraid to privatize doctors and instead subsidize and regulate a health insurance based systems? A lot of other countries in the EU work on an insurance based system but it is not a US style system with unregulated, private insurers. Instead, there are subsidized insurance providers which sort of work as public insurance and how much you pay depends on your income (with a lower and upper limit, exceptions for unemployed). There is private insurance as well for people who want or can afford that, but it is heavily regulated. The private plans can't just drop you like US insurers. The biggest difference is that doctors don't have to work for one, giant state agency, but instead they can go into a number of mixed entities or be private. In other words, it's the insurance that is state controlled and subsidized, not the doctors. There are problems with that system as well (as in any system) because the prices paid by the public insurance are often fought by doctors and are sometimes seen as not enough. There can also be an ugly divergence between private and public insurance where private insurance plans are seen as "Cadillac plans" vs. the pleb plan for everyone else. All in all though, those systems seem a bit easier for those involved and perhaps more cost effective (?) compared to having one big health service that has to employ all the doctors and nurses directly. A little easier for those involved because doctors don't have to work for one public entity, they can go into any number of ventures but their fees are still capped by the state insurance plans. I don't know whether a system like that is more cost effective or leads to more patient satisfaction, but it seems to be the case just from my superficial observations in both systems. It would be interesting to compare the cost effectiveness and patient satisfaction of the British system and, say, any of the Scandinavian or other north European countries (most of whom use insurance systems as described).

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on December 15, 2019 13:48:11

Interesting to see X-Wings in this "New Republic" context. I am used to thinking of them as a rough and tumble, rebel army sort of thing. Here, they were more in a law enforcement role. Also Bill Burr?? Did anyone expect that? It was great. They are really having a lot of fun expanding on the Star Wars universe while also staying true to it. The one slight criticism is that the anthology-like style of the series, where every episode new characters come and go, can feel bit too fleeting. The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda and a few other characters are constants, but to see all these other great characters just sort of come and be gone within 45 minutes can feel a bit hasty.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/StarWars on December 14, 2019 07:22:29

I believe this is the future.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/woahdude on December 13, 2019 05:09:59

I've seen his speech on the manifesto. Good policies in my opinion, but there is just an "oomph", an energy missing which Bernie has. I mean, I hope he surges, he has the best policies in my view, but you simply can not discount the factor of rhetoric and public speaking skills. I have seen Corbyn have good Prime Minister's Questions debates once in a while, but by and large he just comes across as sort of limp as a politician to me. It is a curious combination to have strong, even rebellious progressive policies but to have a sort of lack of charisma while you're selling it. Who could forget Corbyn bringing up friggin' busses when the Conservative government was on the ropes with it's disastrous Brexit negotiations? I personally need public transport, but I was like, WTF? He just doesn't have that killer instinct, that instinct to really get the political KO. You should see how Tony Blair savagely chewed up John Major in old PMQs. It was brutal. Again, you may think that's all superficial bullshit, but I think it is political and life reality that intangible things such as "energy", personality and rhetoric do matter. It is not all about policies and in your explanation about the political splits you may be way too cerebral. Focus on personal energy and killer instinct as well. Why do you think Obama was elected? We forget now in the cynicism about his eight year presidency, but he was famous in his election speeches to be such a powerful and emotional speaker, he often made people cry. That was quite besides the fact that his policies were a reprieve from eight years of George W. Bush. He combined policies WITH powerful rhetoric. Obama is a bit over the top. I don't mean to suggest Corbyn needs to move people to tears, but a bit more is required, I think. p.s.: Obama was also a killer in debates. He took apart his opponent point by point.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/politics on November 26, 2019 09:16:54

Not quite, in my opinion. What you need is a strong progressive who can thrill a crowd and has genuine energy. Sanders fulfills that from what I've seen, but Corbyn, for instance, a strong progressive in the UK who is perhaps the Bernie-equivalent in terms of policy, is lagging behind the disastrous conservative government in the UK. Why? He can't sell it. He doesn't have good rhetoric skills and comes across as limp. Think Dukakis. That's sort of the energy of Corbyn and no matter how good his policies are, he can't hold a candle to crazy, disheveled Boris Johnson who at least has a certain demented charisma in his dishonesty. Hillary Clinton had similar problems, I think. She couldn't sell whatever she was offering. She didn't have good public speaking skills and couldn't really thrill a crowd. I heard she was good one on one. May sound superficial, but rhetoric, public speaking, energy have been acknowledged since ancient times to be important in politics, so it's not something to just ignore. You can't just be cerebral about it and go strictly by policy. Doesn't work. Between Biden, Warren and Sanders, I think Sanders has the best energy and also happens to have the most progressive policies. A rare combination.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/politics on November 26, 2019 07:15:10

This type of shooting is probably a big reason why American cops are so aggressive and paranoid. Things like this just don’t happen as much in other industrial countries because everyday people simply do not have as much access to guns. In the US, every Dick and Harry, every loon has super-easy access to guns. As a cop you probably have to assume everyone is about to shoot you. Those assumptions don’t have to be made elsewhere (at least not to this degree). America really needs to DRASTICALLY reduce the sheer number of guns in circulation if normal people are to feel safe and sane.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/news on September 28, 2019 17:16:00

Interesting. Have you seen any glimmer at all of people wanting more democratic governance?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/teslamotors on August 29, 2019 14:20:38

I believe that's one of the big hurdles China will have to face. They have done a tremendous job (a miracle, really) to grow their economy to this extent over the past 30 years. The only issue is that the growing educated middle class will have little patience with a dictatorship where there is no separation of powers, no elections, censoring and endemic corruption. In other words, their political system will have to modernize, just as their economy has. The pressure will increase. It can either destroy them or the ruling class can get wise and liberalize voluntarily over time.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/teslamotors on August 29, 2019 11:53:22

Oh yeah, I know. Even on a forum like that, though, I’d be wondering if they’re mostly into tech itself or coming from a broader base. I looked at the first page of the comments, by the way, and it doesn’t seem bad at all. To me, it’s always a slightly ominous sign when people’s reactions get waved away with arguments that “it’s not for them”, as if they aren’t fully functional people with brains and, perhaps, taste. As if there is some demo out there which these forum folks simply don’t understand. These people, I suspect, are normal TV viewers just like anyone else.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on August 29, 2019 10:36:25

Are people really “plastering Apple sucks all over the Internet“ due to this show or are they simply voicing their opinion on this preview? In a forum where Apple news is a topic, you’d expect people to voice their opinion on such news. No reason to dismiss and categorize them. However, I do agree that it’s way too premature to say anything about a show from just a trailer. So any strong reactions are misguided. If you’re skewering those overly strong initial reactions, I can see your point. Especially these days, though, I would be curious how many Apple followers even in a forum like that are actually in tech. Apple’s fan base seems a lot broader than that.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on August 29, 2019 10:10:08

I find the use of the term “bros” tiring and dismissive. The suggestion is that you, of course, are *so* much more sophisticated than these revolting “bros”. In the last thread about this show there was the term “tech bros”. Of course let’s not forget all these primitive “Bernie bros” from three years ago.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on August 29, 2019 09:01:20

I was wondering what the story was with the EU parliament. Everybody always talks about the UK's parliamentary reaction, but I didn't hear much about EUparl. It gave me the feeling that the European parliament's approval was sort of taken for granted. Do you happen to know whether it was members of the Brexit Steering Committee that were in on the negotiations? Also, in general, when you look at for example, you can see the makeup of the different parties in the EU parliament. Can people in the Brexit Steering Group or anyone else confidently say how all those different factions would vote?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on August 25, 2019 15:42:52

Oh sure, other than no-deal which is the default. Should have made that clearer. We may or may not differ on that, but I would call no-deal a disorderly Brexit. An abrupt severing of large sections of a country’s trade and regulatory arrangements in one fell swoop. Pretty unique experiment. Kind of insane that that’s the default.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on August 24, 2019 10:17:22

The problem is, how do you get any deal through parliament? Remember, wether the WA gets changed or not, it still needs to be ratified by both the EU and UK parliaments. People have this idea that Merkel, Johnson and other EU leaders will hash something out last minute. That doesn't work in this case. Any "last minute deal" HAS to be ratified. It's not a situation like with Greece where prime minsters in one room can make a late night decision between themselves and it's done. Nothing is done until the Parliaments have ratified a deal - any deal (other than no deal). The only thing that I could see happening last minute is that Johnson and the EU council delay the departure date, yet again. Other than that, it's simply not in their gift to make a final deal because they are not in control of the whole ratification process.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on August 24, 2019 08:18:31

Agree with you in terms of looking at what makes people angry, but I honestly can't imagine that there are less angry youths elsewhere. In other places I experienced, angry youths have been rude and anti-social which is annoying and hurtful, but nowhere near as worrisome as angry kids having easy access to guns. That's the real difference. Guns are available elsewhere too, but you have to jump through a lot more hoops to get them. Meanwhile, America which is 4.4% of the world's population has 42% of the world's guns! No wonder angry people of all kinds can simply reach for that easily available outlet.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/news on August 21, 2019 09:16:10

Cancelling a meeting with an ally because that ally is unwilling to just sell its territory along with its inhabitants. Every day you think “we cannot sink lower” and low and behold, we do. What remains of “the West”?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/worldnews on August 21, 2019 05:48:36

Well, yes. He was looking for jobs and found one.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on August 20, 2019 17:16:45

Thanks for sharing. Is there any sort of budget increase on the horizon now that the economy has somewhat recovered? Admittedly, they probably won't reverse the outsourcing to non-profits, though. Politicians seem to love to privatize and outsource things in the name of efficiency. In terms of zoning, it does seem like certain California suburbs either have nightmares about potentially huge, imposing condo towers (I wouldn't like those either) or try to preserve dreams of idyllic, village-like single-family homes that are a bit impractical in a city that needs housing. The notion of three or four story apartment buildings with little architectural flourishes and shops/cafes in between is probably still being blocked by good, old NIMBYs who still dream of 1950's orange groves in Palo Alto.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/news on August 20, 2019 15:46:52

The answer, in my view, to both the housing issue and the problem of the permanently homeless is better managed, better funded, more efficient social services that can sharply target those problems. I had a similar discussion about exorbitant housing prices in Silicon Valley. People blamed the tech companies when in actuality they should take local and regional politicians to task and ask them what they do with the billions of tax dollars they get from said companies. What is your public and subsidized housing policy that is the question. In Europe, there are also cities that have exploded with hundreds of thousands of immigrants and sky high rent prices. The places with high rents are like this because a lot of companies are there. The solution? These companies get taxed and then the city turns around and builds thousands of new apartment units with that money as well as fund social services departments. The apartments aren’t “projects” either but tastefully done 3-4 story buildings which are affordable and it’s not only for the poor, it’s for everyone under a certain income. That way, even the most expensive areas have working class, middle class and rich people somewhat mixed. This proper taxation, then, also leads to investments in social services as a whole but you have to spend money and have highly paid, professional administrators and case workers. Thousands of them, who make the whole thing go. That’s probably the biggest difference in Europe vs. the US: Case workers and people working on these services are actually highly paid and regarded as professionals. That’s the real difference, I think. There is also less danger from law suits for people in health care sectors and health care is subsidized and not as expensive. Services in the US seem inefficient and a bit chaotic. The US has more tax receipts than Europe and is richer, so I’m not sure if it’s a funding issue, a political problem or just bad management and graft.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/news on August 19, 2019 21:46:01

Im sure it’s just the facial structure, but that cat looks legit scary with that permanently stern look on its face.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/aww on August 19, 2019 19:55:24

My comment was about this trailer and about a larger issue (independent of your exact opinion here - I don't know you and I'm not trying to imply you believe this or that) and something I've been thinking about for a while in other contexts as well. I should have made that clearer. Your summary just kind of triggered a response, but that doesn't mean I'm trying to put words into your mouth. It's just something I've been thinking about in other contexts as well. It wasn't meant to be personally directed towards you or anything like that. This is a public forum after all, so threads here in a way are "public discussions" where its not just about one person's comment or dissecting their words but also about larger points.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on August 19, 2019 14:17:41

Well, to be fair, you did summarize it as women fighting in a man's world and the men being either psychos or broken. In other words, the two men do have their internal world and flaws, but the women are mostly just struggling in relation to external characters (men and male leadership). Where are the women's internal flaws independent of men? Granted, you can't dissect much from the trailer, but your summary (hunch) and the little the trailer showed did hint of that and that is a problem in my view.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on August 19, 2019 13:12:02

Can you see how sexist and patronizing that is? In other words, the women are basically all good, pure at heart and valiant. The men, of course, are either psychos or losers who need to be apologetic. I really, *really* don't understand this American, hamfisted way of dealing with gender. Hollywood does that, of course. It seems like its trying so hard to pat female characters on the head. In the end, you may think this constant patronizing of female characters is good. It isn't. Look what they do in Europe. Women are seen as people. People with flaws, strengths just as anyone else. Men are seen as people. People from either of these sexes may be in various states of being or emotional growth, depending on their background, values and education. That is why European countries easily have female heads of state, they don't patronize their women and make them inhuman. If you really want to have an interesting character, you "throw them in the hole" as one screenwriter has said. That means the opposite of perfection or flatness. Hollywood apparently really does not have the courage to make women people. The hero story of having to overcome something is universal and has its origins across the world (not a Western concept only). It is so universal that you can put any character at all in it and it will be interesting because we all have to overcome internal and external difficulties. We find it interesting to see someone struggle, because we struggle with *internal* and external problems. We all fight against ourselves and need some help from others from time to time. That's what the hero story is about, the true human experience. When it comes to women though, American society and filmmakers right now are paralysed and seemingly do not dare making a true hero (with flaws which they have to overcome) a woman. It always seems to be the external conflict, always the system, the enemy or whoever else. The other part, the internal struggle we all have is forgotten. Hence, no real characters, especially not for female parts right now.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on August 19, 2019 12:54:25

So, give the UK full benefits of membership without them being a member? I think the concept of a "basic interim FTA" is precisely the sticking point in all this. There will be no such thing without a backstop. You may turn around and call that "obstinance" and point to that as the reason for the ensuing malaise, but many in the EU would disagree.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on August 16, 2019 09:29:14

Ah, I see. How will you deal with the period during which a potential solution gets sorted, then? Let's say it takes 2-5 or even 10 years for an FTA and a solution. What will we do in between?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on August 16, 2019 09:18:21

Why are you not understanding his point? It is very clear. The UK has simply not demonstrated how it would square the circle of "no CU, no SM and at the same time, no internal Irish border". What makes you think brand-new FTA negotiations will somehow with a snap of the fingers change the UK's ability to solve it? This is a prerequisite for *any* FTA. The UK has not shown how it would deal or solve this prerequisite. Assurances and hand-waving won't do it. It is the UK's responsibility to come up with solutions. It has not, so far. The OP is exactly right that instead of actual solutions we have instead heard louder and louder pronouncements that "the Irish border won't be a problem". You know for someone who calls himself a Tory, you really seem to have very little appreciation of your own country's complications. The UK is not just a simple country. You do not seem to appreciate this. You have sensitive land borders in NI and Gibraltar which, due to history, directly affect your and your neighbour's economic and social stability. That is not the case with other trade deals between other countries. I don't see any appreciation of that by Tories. Gibraltar, of course, never being mentioned at all. Forget Ireland, I never hear *any* concern what will happen to Brits working in Gibraltar who live in Spain. There will be no FTA without solving these things ahead of time. For three long years, the irresponsible UK has tried to hand-wave this. Its over. No more hand-waving, no more sultry Rees-Mogg accented, hot-air assurances. A real solution has to actually be shown, otherwise no FTA. That's the OP's point. Not hard to understand.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on August 16, 2019 08:28:40

That gave me a Knight Rider/Kitt feel.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/teslamotors on August 11, 2019 16:58:52

Apparently, there were difficulties with the director on set (it was his first movie). Ben Stiller indicated it was a miserable shoot for him. The poor reception after release then sealed it, I suppose.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/movies on August 6, 2019 14:27:32

I thought it was an underrated movie which even the cast hated. There were some deliciously funny moments played entirely serious, like William Macy’s “Shovel Man” justifying to his wife with sad, earnest eyes why he needs to go out at night with his shovel.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/movies on August 6, 2019 11:58:31

Hopefully the new design is better. Otherwise, I would look at downgrading through the used market, building yourself a Hackintosh or switching. Trouble is, I hate Windows. Apple laptops used to be the best (and offered great value compared to PC laptops, at least when I bought pre-2013) but with the price increases, the hardware having gone loopy and questionable design choices, the brand is taking a hit. Very sad.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on July 23, 2019 12:13:44

Democrats by and large but people like you and I simply have to do our best these days to speak against the more extreme nuttiness of shrill identitarians even as we’re largely supportive of center left policies. Bernie Sanders is still the best choice IMO because he gets the important things right in terms of economic policy and Keynesian public investment. More importantly, uniquely in American Presidential history he is actually free of lobbyist influence which is unheard of in modern politics. Most corporate Dems and Dem supporting corporate Media do not understand that about him. He is *actually* independent of K-Street in terms of his campaign finance which is pretty unbelievable in politics. First guy to do so. Anyway, the crazy identitarians are something I just grin and bear but I do get into arguments with them. They always make me feel like a Republican when I argue with them but they’re just so shrill, racist, sexist and toxic, I feel I have to. A lot of libs hate them. Bill Maher speaks about it a lot. So, for me it’s still Democrats but not without criticism which is ok.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/news on July 22, 2019 14:06:14

No, we need some humanity back in the design. It's too sterile and cold now.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/apple on June 28, 2019 11:19:19

Oh yeah? Ok, if we play the “carrying the load game” without knowing about the family, this is just another reminder that the Dad here is probably extremely busy bringing home the immense amount of money it takes so that these four kids can be all kitted out and celebrate their birthday in the first place. Probably works his ass off for every one of their little knick-knacks they carry around. I couldn’t imagine one day in the life of that guy. “Emotional load”. Give me a fucking break. I want to see your hefty “emotional load” without the mullah to sit back and contemplate your precious emotions. So sick of these one sided, ivory tower, gender-studies BS terminologies. Reality is it’s probably team work. He takes care of a lot of things she couldn’t and vice versa. She does things he can’t do. They both carry a load, but I guess he doesn’t get to have a fancy term like “emotional loads”. One-sided, unfair terminology cloaked in pseudo-academic language. “Emotional load”. Give me a break...

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/WatchPeopleDieInside on June 17, 2019 11:29:40

Ugh, stop this black & white thinking which seems to be SO enigmatic of social media these days. Nobody is “unproblematic”, everyone has some sort of battle and has done wrong or immoral things. You can’t live life and be “unproblematic”. In fact, if that is what we demand from people nowadays that’s actually pretty “privileged”, as that word goes nowadays, because it means only people with healthy families who have no hang-ups get to be in the spotlight. What should *really* be celebrated is personal growth. Doesn’t matter how messed up you and your upbringing is, if you can at least have some insight and try going on the painful road to growth you got my respect, no matter your age.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/wholesomememes on June 1, 2019 14:49:22

OMG, love this. Jets flying over fantasy land, unicorns as aggressive racoons eating trash and being a nuisance. What a great idea. If there is such a thing as "fable innovation" this is it. This is so rich in metaphors, they can do a lot with that idea.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/movies on May 31, 2019 13:50:26

Ok, at first glance, this sounded like Jeff Ross type roast joke about Bernie's age: "If you're ever sad, remember that the world was inhospitable 4.53 billion years ago. Bernie certainly remembers". Had to do a double take. Not sure if this is a good meme...

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/SandersForPresident on May 30, 2019 05:47:26

Look at the tragedy of Greece and Cyprus. Absolutely disgusting. I don't know if it's because Greece is broke, but I wish the EU would really help completely transform energy systems there. Imagine, if Greece could export energy. They are broke anyway, why not solve our environmental problems *and* make money in the process? I read some inane right-wing German blog that said solar plans in Greece would be a horrible idea and they should stay with fossil fuels. Imagine that. I truly hope that sort of stone-age thinking is not prevalent in the EU as a whole.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on May 28, 2019 10:10:37

Hi Quentin, thanks a lot for the answer. I appreciate it. Ok, so Art. 13.4(a) ("made best efforts to obtain authorisation") means in the case of Youtube, for example, it could point to an updated ContentID. Also, the principle of proportionality which you have highlighted multiple times has been very helpful, but I have to say, it has not been communicated well in the preliminary analysis I saw. I read articles by lawyers and professors who were uncertain how one would prove 13.4(a) and where platforms would get authorisation. The sort of blanket licenses you talked about make sense but the principle of proportionality (not all types of content need to be licensed, not all platforms have to use filters) is crucial. There was (and is) a strong fear that a lot of smaller EU platforms will have to close because of this! That's why you see so many people in the streets. For me personally, the fear was that platforms I use every day would find all this too vague or complicated and just resort to overblocking to avoid liability. I really hope these principles of proportionality can get communicated more clearly (even to the platforms themselves!) and also what would be considered "best efforts". Why is it that few other proponents of the directive have explained it as concretely and clearly as you did? It would have prevented a lot of worry. I mean, even Youtube itself and lawyers working on the topic seem to have open questions about this. Anyway, thanks a lot for answering the questions and some of these things really need to get communicated more clearly, so that people don't freak out! Does further clarity usually happen in negotiations after a directive is passed?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on March 5, 2019 15:00:29

Let me ask you a similar question that [Youtube asked in their video yesterday]( regarding Article 13: Say I have a 5 minute video of me talking. In the middle of the video, I use a royalty-free image. Since Article 13 makes youtube directly liable for content infringement on their platform, do you expect them to watch my whole video beforehand, see the image and try to determine if the image is really royalty-free before they publish it? It would involve hours of research on their side for my five minute video. How do you expect platforms to do this? With Article 13 they are supposed to prove they did their best to obtain authorisation. Authorisation from whom? How do they find out beforehand who the image belongs to? I know it's royalty free. How should Youtube make sure it is before they publish my video? I also use other platforms like Vimeo, Soundcloud and instaudio to send vocal auditions to producers and clients. I feel, it is too little understood that small artists like me leverage these platforms to get jobs and that for me as an individual creator the "right to upload" is also a human right. I understand Axel Voss says he is fighting for human rights. Well what about my human right to upload my works as an individual creator who doesn't have a publishing house behind him? I do not feel acknowledged or appreciated enough in this legislation. The legislation sees platforms as thieves who exploit artists. For me, it is exactly the opposite: I use those platforms to get my work out and they are incredible tools for me as an individual. What about my right to upload and make a living? When asked about this, Axel Voss just shrugs his shoulders and doesn't seem to care how hard or easy it is going to be for individuals to upload in the future.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on March 5, 2019 11:35:34

Isn’t it the case that only the EU commission can make legislative proposals? The EU Parliament can only vote for or against, but they can’t really initiate change I think.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on March 4, 2019 18:56:55

I don't know, 13.3 removes the existing liability ("Notice and Takedown"). Under that regime, platforms are liable if they don't take down the material. It is replaced by 13.4, a new, immediate liability, unless platforms can prove 13.4a-c. So, at the very least they are automatically liable and are forced to directly get licenses for the infringing content. How much rights holders can squeeze them is an open question. This whole law seems so over the top, I can imagine the ECJ will strike it down. It didn't have to be that way. Rightsholders are just shooting themselves in the foot by supporting this.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on March 3, 2019 15:15:36

In order to avoid liability, content sharing platforms would have to prove they tried to get authorization when infringement is found. In other words, they will have to show they tried to get licenses before publishing the upload. It’s unclear how they would do that, but in practice it probably means trying to buy some sort of worldwide license from collection companies. This is in 13.4a and would be in addition to upload filters in 13.4b-c.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on March 3, 2019 12:11:20

There seems to be an eerie silence and lack of knowledge about the topic. People talk about upload filters. As bad as they are, those are the least of the problems in Article 13. In addition to filters, content sharing platforms (including reddit) would have to first ask permission and buy global rights from publishers. It’s vaguely defined, but it amounts to protection money of sorts. Forget filters - it’s also about the requirement to license, lest you want to be liable. It’s a pretty far reaching directive and few people understand what it’s really about.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on March 3, 2019 08:01:14

> Not a single one of the 6 conclusions by "pledge2019" is based on facts. I disagree. Of course, the directive doesn't spell out these things, but lawyers and experts have repeatedly shown this is what the effect will be. Just yesterday, [a lawyer again](, went through the text, line by line, and showed what would happen to a small content-sharing platform containing about 200,000 creative-commons pictures. The platform in his example earns about $60 a month, is 18 years old and has 200k pictures. It would simply have to close. Period. He goes through all the conditions and the platform would a) be liable now, b) would have to offer an upload filter. The small platform can not afford to be liable or install upload filters. That website had a grand total of THREE notice and takedowns over the last 18 years. This platform would vanish from the web because of this law, simple as that, and many small content-sharing platforms would face the same circumstances. So the point of "less variety" is absolutely based on facts. When multiple lawyers - [another one, in English]( analyze the text word by word and come to this conclusion, that is a fact. When IT experts tell you that there is no filter on earth that can distinguish all these things and would de-facto ban memes (even though it's not the intention of the law), that is fact of technology. When [high-level IT advisers]( say the law would mean massive Data protection problems, that is a fact. I would listen to what tech experts and lawyers have to say and take their warnings seriously. Not least, because it is ineffective even for your interests. If you have a law that is so unrealistic and unworkable, it simply will be annulled or repealed eventually. You are just hurting yourself. Much better to get all sectors involved and get a reasonable balance. That balance is simply missing from this law.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on February 28, 2019 07:23:34

> I don't see how we continue forward with these kind of standards without a new civil war in our future. You see, I think that’s just way over-the-top and people have to learn how to disagree without catastrophizing things. I don’t think there has ever been a period of history where there didn’t exist extremely annoying, substantial political or social differences. The other side, wherever you sit, always does something stupid, destructive, shitty, etc. That’s normal. Things you vehemently disagree with and find disgusting exist. Being a member of a democracy and republic means you give voice to your criticisms and you talk, critizice, protest and vote on an ongoing basis. Expect injustices from private and public institutions but don’t get panicked. Learn from the Seals. Shipley is a great example. It's not made clear in the story, but he actually left YouTube YEARS ago when the audience went on his nerves. He didn’t like YouTube, so he went out and systematically built his own video service. Typical Seal behavior. He is probably chuckling about this episode now. Why? Because he isn’t deluded about the world. He knows stupidity, injustice and obstacles exist. As a Seal, though, he knows not to let that stop him and he calmly (cursing is considered “calm” right?) continues.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/youtube on February 27, 2019 17:55:34

Sure, the law itself exempts memes and parodies, but technically it won't be possible for AI to recognize that. As for the general viability of youtube, reddit and user-generated content, the finalized text throws into question their business models in the EU because the new text doesn't limit itself to "filters" anymore, it went a step further, keeping platforms liable - even if they use filters (called “best practices”)- unless they can also prove they tried to buy licenses for any infringing content beforehand. That is the key change. Here, read a lawyer's take on the updated text (in German, but Google Translate gives good results): - and, here is another German lawyer, who went through the new text line by line giving a real world example of the effects of the text on a small photography plattform: -

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on February 26, 2019 17:07:51

Why has the sticky about the EU Copyright Directive been removed? I understand, people are tired of it (I am sick of it) and that especially now, we don't want stuff that would turn people against the EU, but this thing is really important. It proposes to change liability law for the web in the EU and as such could have large consequences for everyone.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on February 16, 2019 04:49:43

The problem is the following: Youtube gets millions of uploads every day. If they are automatically liable, they will err on the side of caution and over filter everything emanating from the EU. With current technology, Youtube's ad-sense algorithms already make many mistakes and it only hurts small youtubers. Imagine if youtube is asked to make their EU filters even more aggressive. If you are a small, fledgling youtuber in the EU, these filters will, of course, make life harder for you. The big media firms will have no problems, it's the small EU youtubers that will be hurt. The result: Big publishers have less competition from the small upstarts. I remember when you had to host online videos yourself on the internet. It was expensive. Youtube and other plattforms democratised this, but with these enforced filters life will get harder for the person starting out. The copyright system WORKS as it is now. You can get content removed. However, if you are making platforms automatically liable, forget it. Dysfunctional, overzealous filters will be applied in the spirit of "rather safe than sorry". Now, you, as the content provider will have to petition to get your content uploaded. Precisely against the spirit of the internet and more in the direction of how it used to be: you have to approach gatekeepers to ask to upload your content.

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/europe on February 14, 2019 07:00:25

As someone who likes the EU, the Euro is a half-finished currency that doesn't really work in the current model. It's one currency for very different economies, without a means of coordinating the fiscal policies of the different Euro zone states. Secondly, a government that is in the Euro has no means of controlling its own currency via its own central bank. No monetary stimulus can be done, the currency can't devalue, a country needs to go to the ECB. Funnily enough in the UK, a country that does control it's own currency, current austerity policies are purely moralistic. They have little to do with the actual financial picture. The UK controls it's own currency and as such it is not like a private household or a Euro-dependent state which needs to balance it's books. The UK could stimulate its economy if it chose, just like the Fed does in the US. Instead, it's intent on strangling it's own economy, depriving it of monetary oxygen due to conservative, moralistic BS. Again, a country that controls its own currency is not like a private household or a Euro country - which is an advantage. Look up MMT (Modern Money Theory).

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on December 21, 2018 18:34:19

> voted leave and I would be willing to accept a minor impact on the economy in return for things like being out of the CAP, no longer under ECJ jurisdiction, out of the single market etc. You see, I find that completely self-contradictory. The single market has been the UK's home market. A market of 500 million people. Exiting that single market means you, by definition, put trade barriers up. The entire car manufacturing model is enabled by the customs union and the single market. That's why a car and a car part can cross the channel many times before it's done. It's seamless. Why is it seamless? The customs union and the single market. I don't think you can be out of the SM and the CU and have the same amount of seamless transactions. You are basically putting up trade barriers and completely changing fundamental variables which the economy has operated and developed under over the past 45 years (through the UK's design, no less. SM being pushed by the UK). All this is fine, if you chose that, but to think that a fundamental change like this is a "minor impact" that is where the contradiction lies. Ho can you expect to go out of the CU and SM and it only be a minor impact? I'm sorry but there is some analytic deficiency in your theory if you really think that would only have a "minor impact". Doesn't make sense. Everything from your grocery stores to your car manufacturers to your science sectors have relied heavily on the CU and the SM. How can you think that this would only be a "minor impact"?

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on December 21, 2018 12:38:01

Jacob Rees-Mogg just commented on this: "It is a situation that is quite intolerable. I'm afraid people who say we can not catch mice without the protectionism afforded to the present occupant are quite wrong. We can get much cheaper mice-catchers if we just opened up our markets to other cats. There is nothing to be afraid of."

Commented by /u/cosnoid in /r/ukpolitics on December 12, 2018 14:59:49