12 months ago in Everything
Being a billionaire means something.
 1 year ago in Everything
Automation is the only job that's safe from automation ;)
 1 year ago in Everything
Authoritarian and antidemocratic government is just as legitimate as any other
 1 year ago in Everything
Companies growing so that they can be worth more when their investors sell them is the whole point of businesses in general. It's the reason we all go to work every day.
 1 year ago in Everything
Better to keep the decision space clean. I would rather my trash be digital than cognitive.
 1 year ago in Everything
Is nuclear waste even still a problem? We have been storing nuclear waste for more than 60 years in ‘temporary facilities ’ while we’re looking for permanent solutions. As far as I know, nothing happened in that time.
 1 year ago in Everything
Yeah, the fact that any appearance of US military assets requires Pentagon to approve the script means that Hollwood is unable to record a movie depicting modern US millitary in any critical or non-heroic manner.
 1 year ago in Everything
China has mechanisms to change laws but they have to be routed through the proper channels.
 1 year ago in Everything
There is no "liberal censorship", unless you can point me to an instance where a bunch of liberals imprisoned someone for offending them.
 1 year ago in Everything
China appears to have chosen safety over freedom. The outcome is horrendous for minorities (Uighur etc), but for the majority?
 1 year ago in Everything
Soon enough of the "vast majority" will probably try to ban "HTTPS for everything" because of the "implications" (read as: additional CO2 footprint or something like that)
 1 year ago in Everything
The world outside HN is quite different
 1 year ago in Everything
Isn't myopia beneficial? When eye gets adapted to screens, books maybe it's bettter? I can see every single pixel on screens and it's very useful in daily life.
 1 year ago in Everything
I think it is not too difficult to refrain from being involved in politics or sensitive issues
 1 year ago in Everything
As for the values of the CCP, consider them like the Constitution in the US or the values of the "founding fathers". People don't get to change those either in any direct democratic way (but through a slow, ideological and legal process).

Besides, 1 party vs 2 parties alternating seems hardly much of a difference...
 1 year ago in Everything
Intentionally or not, I believe not talking about politics is politics, because not talking about something strengthens whatever the status quo - good or bad - at that time is.

That's extremist talk.
 1 year ago in Everything
Having been here for about four years, I can't agree to your statement about a "small minority" acting as "censors". Rather, the community as a whole seems to be very much in agreement as to what constitutes valid topics for discussion, and what types of behaviour are considered unwanted.
 1 year ago in Everything
Imagine if humans weren't born with biological mouths, instead synthetic mouths were invented and sold by a company, allowing people to speak. We wouldn't accept the company installing a blacklist of words or phrases to stop people from saying them.

But we already have that in European countries.
 1 year ago in Everything
Democracy needs provable facts to work
 1 year ago in Everything
China [..] where you would just voice your discontent and let the 'technocratic' 'leadership' figure out a solution.

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