u/balthisar 28 points · 8 hours ago 🔗

There are a lot of short-sighted folks in this thread who don't recognize the potential negative impacts that this decidedly populist legislation will cause.

First off, planned obsolescence is largely a myth, and most of you confuse good engineering for it. Among mainstream producers, there's not a single engineer whose job it is to figure out "how do I make this fail in 24 months," which is what so many of you are deluded into thinking is happening.

Instead, that engineer is tasked with making sure that a component will last a minimum of (e.g.) 24 months, at a certain price. While most components will last a lot longer than that, there's generally no reason to spend money to ensure that they last longer than 24 months, because your competition won't, and you'll be at a disadvantage.

Things fail along a bell curve, for the most part. If you define the top of your curve (or bottom, depending how you plot your curve) at two years, you're going to have a whole lot of failures before two years, causing warranty costs that outweigh any profit to be gained. This is why that 24 month requirement is going to realistically cause it to last a lot more than 24 months.

That curve works on the other end, too. That long tail causes survivorship bias. Although 95% of those 1975 Kitchenaid mixers have failed, we all have this mostly false belief that the 1975 Kitchenaid mixers are far superior to the junk produced today, because we are exposed to those remaining 5%.

You might argue, they were better engineered! They have all steel components, and weigh 30% more indicating quality. This doesn't mean they were better engineered; it means they were engineered within their capabilities at the time. Those 1970's engineers were shooting for the same quality standard then as we do now (call it two years in this example). They just didn't have the tools and/or manufacturing technology to make that two year promise using less expensive components and processes.

Looking in a 1975 Sears catalogue, I'm seeing non-branded stand mixer for $69. That's $335 today, and you can get a branded Kitchenaid for $200. That savings came back to you because of better engineering. Sure, a few of those mixers fail, and chances are you hear about them because dissatisfied people tend to complain. You're not hearing about the 99.99% of owners whose nylon gears have never failed them.

Regulations such as this interfere with innovation in a big way by limited what engineers can do. This is going to result in, potentially, larger phones with serviceable modules that cost more, less ability to package things well, and make for less happy consumers in the long run.

This is going to cost society a lot. Sure, it's well-meaning, and it addresses the populist demand to let people repair their own stuff. Sure, go ahead and repair it. It's yours. I fully believe that you own that object you purchased, as well as a perpetual and transferable right to the software that makes it work. You don't own the technical manuals, though, or the creative and engineering decisions that went into that product, and the chances are, your creative decisions are going to result in the Homer car.

While this legislation is limited to things that are big and have exchangeable modules already, this type of right-to-repair is not a good thing in the long run.

u/Athrax 806 points · 14 hours ago 🔗

As someone living less than 10 miles / 15km from the area where most the stronger quakes and tremors currently originate, we certainly are living in interesting times. Having slight tremors below 3.0 Richters is very common here, and usually they are too weak to be felt and only register on the seismometers. Having quakes strong enough that the house shakes.... that's not so common, much less so that it now happens every hour or every few hours.
Still, so far all the quakes have been under 6.0R, and at least personally I'd rather deal with regular weakish quakes than one sudden, strong one. And from what I've read, that's the difference between subduction zone quakes where one tectonic plate pushes beneath another one (looking at you, California) and expansion zone quakes where two plates drift apart. In the latter case you get frequent but weak quakes, in the former you get more rare but much more stronger ones.
Most of the quakes here last between just 5-20 seconds, and when you're not used to it, it's a pretty peculiar experience. Sometimes you first hear a rumbling sound, and then things start shaking, most of the time laterally, with the ground shifting back and forth on the horizontal plane, and since the whole ground moves, you feel like you're dizzy and are losing balance. Then there's of course a few vertical shakes too, rocking things in the shelves and everywhere. As a whole... imagine swerving down a road full of potholes in your car, pulling the steerring wheel left and right wildly and still hitting some potholes regardless. Now imagine your entire house is the car. And no-one is on the steering wheel, you are not in control at all. That's the unnerving bit. That, and you never know when it happens next. Maybe that last quake was the last there is gonna be. Maybe the next hits in an hour, or in a minute. It keeps you on edge.
Of course people are unnerved, especially since the news do partly contradict themselves as new facts are revealed. Some sources report that this will all boil over in a few days, others report that it is an event that occurs every half a century and that the quakes might go on for a year or several years. Guess in the end all we can do is wait and see.
In the end, people prepare. We've drained our fishtanks to half volume, taken heavy objects off shelves and cupboards, and packed an emergency suitcase just in case. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
In the end it MIGHT not be the worst if this turns into a volcanic eruption as long as the ashfall and any lava flows keep out of populated areas, our economy has taken a severe hit during the whole pandemic crisis and we could use a boost via tourism there, especially since we finally seem to have pretty decent checks and protocols in place right at the airport and people need to have a negative test record no older than 3 days before they even are allowed to fly here.
And if everything else fails, we'll sacrifice the tourists to our volcano gods.

Declassified note shows U.S. intent to defend Taiwan against China Three year old memo
u/TheBushidoWay 8.82K points · 19 hours ago 🔗

And we'll all stay skinny cause we just won't eat

u/RamblinWords 947 points · 1 day ago 🔗

Will not sanction Saudi Arabia for killing and dismembering a US resident, but will sanction Russia over the treatment of a Russian citizen. Are also happily sanctioning Iran for breaching a deal the US broke.

Is it possible to sanction someone over confusing rules?

An anti-gay Hungarian politician has resigned after being caught by police fleeing a 25-man orgy through a window
u/trevor32192 4.79K points · 17 hours ago 🔗

This is why i feel like the current inflation measurements are useless. They put too much emphasis on non essential items and not enough on the things we really need.

u/---TheFierceDeity--- 27K points · 4 weeks ago 🔗

In 1962 Myanmar (then known as Burma) became a military dictatorship after a coup. This lasted till 2010 when after decades of non-violent protest against the regime, the current government was elected. For the past decade the country has been improving in areas such as human rights, economy, international relations. The military still tries to get elected and runs as a political party.

Last year the government won the election by a massive margin, and the military called foul and said the election was full of voter fraud but much like a certain American party, provided zero proof.

So the military decided to launch another coup, cause they lost and they're using "The government failed to seriously consider our claims of voter fraud and they didn't delay the election like we wanted (they used the virus as the reason)"

This is a military dictatorship wanting to get back into power and return to the bad old days.

However the government isn't very innocent as they did some horrible things to Muslims etc. Its just a shitty group all around. Maybe the military has some legitimate claims about voter fraud. Fact remains this country is never stable for long, someones always overthrowing someone else >.>

EDIT: To stop the smart asses "glossing over the genocide" part when I intentionally left it vauge cause I didn't know enough about it, heres a well explain comment from someone of the country

"I want to explain as a Myanmar citizen why the world thinks the government lead by NLD (National League of Democracy) isn't very innocent. In 2008, the military made a new constitution called 2008 constitution which gives equal power to the 2010 elected government and military. The 2010 elected government was the main rival party of NLD called "Pyi Khaing Phyo" and they were formed with former military officials. The first elected president, U Thein Sein (Former Burmese General), started the Rohingya crisis where he had given green cards to Rohingya refugees and asked them to vote for him. But he lost the 2015 election to current NLD government. Daw Aung San Su Kyi who was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the state counselor of Myanmar from NLD party, even tried to defend in ICJ for the current Military General , Min Aung Hlaing, who intiates the 2021 coup. So, the whole thought that the government lead by NLD is not very innocent which is not true. The main villain here is the Burmese General Min Aung Hlaing. And I want to fucking punch him in the face"

u/DissonantNeuron 459 points · 1 day ago 🔗

No. I do not think your distinction is necessarily valid. People will offer all sorts of reasons, but it boils down to geopolitics.

I'm glad they aren't sanctioning MBS.

MBS is very popular in SA -- seen as someone who has done a lot of good in modernizing the country, and while those steps may seem silly to us in the West, but they represent big changes in the Kingdom. SA remains an integral actor in the region, whether we care to admit it or not. As long as oil is still a crucial commodity to keeping the global economy going, SA has a seat at the table of global politics.

Sanctioning MBS would likely cause several retaliatory steps from SA. For one, it would not change Saudi policy in the least bit. No sanctions will convince MBS that their position in the world has changed, and it would likely further consolidate his support with the people. The US 5th Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain. An easy first step MBS could take would be to kick out the USN from Bahrain, as Bahrain is practically a Saudi vassal state. Additionally, SA would likely look to shift their defense ties to Russia or China, who don't give two shits what SA does with their weapons. It would take time for SA to pivot their integrations, but if they believe they will find a more stable foreign partner in those two states, they will absolutely do that. So, you lose the ability of using arms exports as a bargaining chip in future negotiations.

Further, Saudi princes tend towards disseminating the resources demanded by regional jihadist groups. What's to stop a Saudi prince from putting a bounty out for American troops or citizens for jihadists? It doesn't even need to be sanctioned by MBS - all it takes is for one royal to decide to take matters into his own hands.

Lastly, oil is traded in US dollars. US sanctions are effectively because of how ubiquitous US dollars are as the reserve currency. SA could easily decide to sell their oil in Yuan instead of dollars, effectively decoupling their oil sales from broader American influence and giving a tremendous amount of power to China. Sanctions are the single most effective pressure tool in the American toolbox, and removing that tool limits the types of actions the US can take. In my opinion, that means kinetic action is actually more likely in the long run.

This is realpolitik, and whether we like it or not, SA is still an important actor in global politics.

U.S., EU set to impose sanctions on Russia Russia
u/Unit219 -5 points · 18 hours ago 🔗

Suck it Donny and Vlad.

Edit: my first gold! Thank you! 😳

Confirmed: Morocco Will Legalize Cannabis Next Week
Canada hopeful 1st doses of AstraZeneca vaccine could arrive as early as Wednesday COVID-19
u/Fredegar-Bolger 5.58K points · 4 days ago 🔗

This whole shit show should be worrying people and not for the reasons that people are already worried.

Revoking citizenship is unheard of for good reason. Next time the UK wants to deport someone undesirable, they've just opened the door to other countries saying no and revoking their own citizens rights to return. There is a reason why this isn't done, Javid (ex-Home secretary) did this to throw some cheap red meat to the voters who wouldn't think twice about it and just want to be angry.

Secondly, she was born in the UK, raised in the UK and educated in the UK. At the end of the day, she isn't Syria's responsibility and unless they plan to detain her she is the UK's responsibility and the UK should live up to it's responsibility and look to detain her or rehabilitate her if possible.

The UK likes to tout itself as one of the leaders of democracy. Ask people about what the UK stands for, you'll get various answers, but amongst them you'll get stuff like "freedom", "democracy", "Rule of Law", "fairness" etc. etc.

You have true monsters sitting in jail in the UK. They are infinitely worse than Shamima; they are guilty of child murder, rape, torture and worse. They were however given due process, a trial and a sentencing. Shamima has received no due process and yet the UK is punishing her. She deserves to be punished and held accountable - but after she is investigated, charged and judged by a jury of her peers.

If you don't value due process then fair enough, but I can tell you it's the difference between utter authoritarianism or worse, and a civilised society. Due process is one of the most important rights we have, but it hasn't been afforded to Shamima.

Finally, she was groomed as a 13/14 year old, married off at 15. She has never been outside that bubble since and is now most likely quite indoctrinated. She is surrounded by extremely vicious people who would murder her in her sleep if she spoke out.

She should be brought back to the UK to face investigations and charges like a civilised country normally does to criminals. It should annoy you that they are breaking international law and their own guidelines to show off how "zero-tolerance" they are.

She should be investigated and her culpability established. Was she willing, was she groomed, how did it happen what is the context and at that point society can decide how she should be punished? She could also have knowledge of the inner workings of terrorist cells.

This entire affair is just another embarrassment for the UK and honestly the attitude on reddit has been really disappointing. People refusing to scratch even a small amount below the surface and making up their mind without showing much of an understanding of what may have happened in this instance.

I have zero sympathy for this girl. However, this case has nothing to do with how much sympathy we should have, it's about upholding the vital principle of due process and the rule of law.

u/karogin 625 points · 1 day ago 🔗

I just needs to check inside ya asshoe!

Edit: Thanks for all the awards for my totally made up and original comment that I swear I made up myself!

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Sent to Notorious Prison Camp Russia
u/beete17 968 points · 1 day ago 🔗

This is not where I expected a stepmom anal story to go.

u/Aercturius 6.49K points · 2 days ago 🔗

Yeah so fun fact: In most of Mexico, "committing immoral acts" or "performing sexual activity in public" are not actual crimes, but something akin to civil infractions and, as such, they require a citizen's complaint for the police to act, but then that same citizen has to accompany the police throughout the whole process, which can take up to 24 hours with no rest and ends with paying a fine and three days arrest at most, so police only use these terms when they're looking to extort the arrested party into giving them money (which is about 99.99% of the time). If the "aggravated" party refuses to accompany the police and present a formal complaint, then the police have to let the arrested party go.

From reading the story, it seems that these police officers saw an opportunity to extort who they thought were vulnerable people because of their sexual orientation, but they severely misjudged the people's reaction in that case. Sadly, rural Mexico is still pretty conservative and homophobic, and the police are really corrupt, but we're getting better (on the homophobia part, since we're still getting fucked by corruption and it doesn't seem to be getting any better).

Source: Am Mexican. Am lawyer.

Edit: sexual orientation, not preference.

Edit 2: civil infractions, not misdemeanors.

u/MaracaBalls 394 points · 1 day ago 🔗

They took r jabs !

u/Old_Cheesecake 69 points · 1 day ago 🔗

Knowing Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Im sure a plane filled with money went to Turkey.

You clearly don't know Turkey or Saudi Arabia then.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are major geopolitical rivals. Turkey supports Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabian leadership considers a direct threat to it's monarchist rule: Muslim Brotherhood, while Islamist and conservative in nature, encourages the ideas of political activism and free elections within Islamic societies, and even caused several successful uprisings in Muslim world - that's not the kind of thing Saudi or Emirati royals can afford to have in their countries if they want to stay in power. Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates even designated Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

Besides Turkey, another major backer of Muslim Brotherhood is Qatar. Saudis even wanted to invade Qatar over their pro-Muslim Brotherhood stance and blockaded Qataris for a while, up until Turks agreed to supply Qatar and station Turkish troops there to deter Saudi agression.

Meanwhile Saudis harbor several major members of Gülen movement, an Islamist group previously affiliated with current Turkish leadership that later engaged in power struggle with it and was outlawed and hunted down, and these members run several media outlets fully dedicated to spreading negative news about Turkey on Saudi and Emirati payroll 24/7.

In Libyan conlflict Turks are fighting a full-size proxy war with Saudi Arabia by arming and sponsoring the side that fights Saudi-backed faction. Men paid, trained and armed by Saudis are getting killed by men paid, trained and armed by Turks (and vice versa) in Libya as we speak.

Add to that the fact that Khashoggi was personally pretty close with Erdogan and was of Turkish descent himself, that Khashoggi's fiancee is Turkish, that Khashoggi lived in Turkey and planned to spend the rest of his life there, even buying a new apartment in Istanbul just before his murder, that he cooperated with Turkish authorities and frequently cited Turkish model of social progress within a predominantly Islamic society as an example for Saudi Arabia to follow, that he was murdered on Turkish territory in an assassination that the author of the new Khashoggi documentary claims was specifically planned by Saudis to get Turkey framed for, and you will understand why Turks and Erdogan specifically took it so personal.

And that's not even taking into account that Turkey and Saudi Arabia compete with each other for leadership, domination and influence in Muslim world with two radically different approaches and ideologies.

Turks and Saudis loathe each other, saying that the latter sent money to the former is like saying that Israel sent money to Iran.

u/that_guy898 7 points · 1 day ago 🔗

I’m impartial here but pretty sure I’ve seen democrats screaming about doing the same thing to Trump the last 4 years

Hasan Minhaj responds after Netflix pulls episode of his comedy show in Saudi Arabia - “Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on Youtube.”
u/Jufloz 3.62K points · 6 days ago 🔗

Can confirm, live in Vancouver myself and Asian. I hate it. It feels like 2003 all over again with the SARs pandemic. Hearing older folks being attacked by thugs for the little change they have during CNY made me very upset.

When you're attacking elderly that's really really pathetic and I seriously hope they get justice served to them one way or another.

Edit: I'm starting to see quite a few people not aware of the situation on what lead to this. This is just my observations and personal opinions. I am not looking for any debate or argument or trolling. But it seems like there's quite a few people that aren't aware of what's going on.

This all started when former President Trump went on live national television to speak on the pandemic. When you have a President of the most powerful nation calling it the "Chinese" Flu consistently along with the die-hard trumpists or trump followers you get a recipe for disaster. I get some of you guys have other theories and remarks that may true or not in regards of the situation but what I'm trying to say is we need to keep our minds OPEN and CLEAR from the false information being passed around.

Also: it seems like I made people angry for calling it "Chinese new year" instead of Lunar New year, and to be very specific of what type of Asian I am, I'm Chinese. I call it Chinese new year because our version falls under a different day compared to others that also celebrate it. Lunar is usually accepted as a broader term because of other places celebrating it on different days. Ie. Vietnamese people will celebrate it couple days later, Tibet as well, and Malaysia. So let's pump the breaks on the name calling and other things because it only continues the same cycle of hate that people are trying to break. So I do apologize that if you were offended by the fact that I called the holiday of my culture wrong because that's how I grew up interpreting it because I'm of Chinese descent.

u/Cmon_Let_It_Go 1.41K points · 4 weeks ago 🔗

Burmese people are frankly exhausted from trying to explain this to the ignorant people:

Now before all of you come in here saying "the government deserve it because they're responsible for genocide" NO. The ruling party is not. The military started the whole ethnic cleansing mess and ASSK was forced to deal with it. She didn't have any real power either. Before y'all priviledged people sitting in your cozy house start making judgements like "oh but she could have voiced out..." SHE COULDN'T. You guys just don't understand how evil 3rd world military dictators can be. If she spoke anything off the script, the coup would have come sooner. And it's obvious the smear campaign was successful because the west eats up whatever the media feed without thinking critically or doing any researching, stripping off the Nobel Prize and titles, making her the figurehead of the genocide.

"Oh she was racist against muslims.." Nope. Her right hand man was a burmese muslim who got assassinated by the military because he was in the process of drafting a new constitution that renders the military with less power. He was also a very respected man in the country. (Search U Ko Ni)

This coup is extremely bad. Before you know it, not only are the Rohingyas going to actually be ethnically cleansed (obliterated), there will be Karens, Arakans, Shans and other ethnic minorities who will be genocided by the military . ASSK and the NLD was the best hope is uniting the country (and between the ethnic minorities). She was in the process of gaining more power so that she can work towards it. The military didn't like it.

So you guys saying uninformed statements like "she is evil" or "karma" is really ignorant and unhelpful in anyway. Please read and research more.

Tldr; the Rohingya crisis is caused by the military not the govt that is currently captured.

Edit: thank you everyone for your kind comments and for trying to read up about the situation here! I'll try to answer as much as possible. I'm sorry if I sound too antagonizing, I'm stressed and anxious about it.

u/wilster117 2 points · 1 day ago 🔗

Not op, but everything being a shade of grey is just part of life. There's so many variables that go into every situation that it's almost impossible to completely understand something that doesn't take place in a controlled environment (e.g. scientific experiments). Human behavior is no different in that people's actions are influenced by countless factors, such as their upbringing, cultural background, past experiences, perspectives, relationships, etc. It's inaccurate and unfair to people to reduce their behavior/actions/beliefs down to a binary good/bad, but we do it often because it's faster and less mentally-tasking than trying to evaluate every countless variable that goes into decision making.