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Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-23-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,494
Posted By Florian
Re: NYT: How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

I read the article, and I am not impressed by the claims of Apple. Nor by yours, needless to say.
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-23-2012, 09:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,494
Posted By Florian
Re: NYT: How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

My question is: are all those Chinese workers living on tea and biscuits really more qualified than all the Americans who could have been employed?

The idea that there is a shortage of engineers...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-13-2012, 06:10 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By Florian
Re: An Important Note to Our Valued Commenters from Bob

But remember in the dialectic of master and slave, there is a victor: le bourgeois, the synthesis of master and slave.

So perhaps an intermediate term is possible. We can still use this forum, as...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-12-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

I know. I have no intention of continuing a discussion with sugarkang in this forum. It is futile.
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-10-2012, 11:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,162
Posted By Florian
Re: An apparition is stalking America

That's true, if you take the long view of history. The nation state is a geopolitical fiction, an invention of Europe, forged in war and revolution, that has gradually spread to the rest of the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-10-2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

One more measure of your incredible obtuseness.

If you cannot understand the difference between saying that a cliché is almost universally understood to imply something (i.e. that many people...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-09-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,162
Posted By Florian
Re: An apparition is stalking America

I hope so too. But what I find amusing is that Republicans can actually present Obama as a European "socialist." I also find it amusing that certain French and European socialists find that Sarkozy...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-09-2012, 02:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,162
Posted By Florian
An apparition is stalking America

I found this amusing:

"US President Baracka Obama, said leading Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the Republican debate on Saturday, wants to turn the US into a "European welfare state." At...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-09-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

The fact that a cliché is almost universally understood to imply racism does not mean that it is right to infer that someone who uses it is racist. And I never said it was right , or in your words,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-09-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

I have answered this so many times that I can only assume you are incapable of reading. When did I say it is "OK" to presume that someone is a racist when he says: "Some of my best friends are.....?"...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-08-2012, 03:36 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By Florian
Re: Like there's really a "we" to it at all

Sounds like Alcoholics Anonymous. The inspiration for Disqus perhaps?



Yes, I think that is a good summary of what distinguishes a vBulletin forum from the usual internet forum, with its...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-08-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By Florian
Re: Like there's really a "we" to it at all

It is not going to evolve into something better. It is just going to get worse. Why should anyone waste time commenting on intelligent diavlogs when it is impossible to carry on an intelligent...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-08-2012, 07:08 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

I have made every attempt to be as clear as possible but you seem to be unable to understand the distinction between a belief and an action.

Just once more: racism is not a crime. It is a...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-07-2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By Florian
Re: An Important Note to Our Valued Commenters from Bob

You must be kidding when you say that Bob Wright finds it easier to post in disqus than in vBulletin, or the bhtv forum. Is that what you are saying?
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-07-2012, 01:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,501
Posted By Florian
Re: Jan 6th - TWiB Bill Scher and Matt Lewis

True, but I would rather read mini, elegant, semi-professional essays than fly-by-night posters, who are not interested in discussion. The new format is no different from Yahoo message boards.
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-07-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By Florian
Re: An Important Note to Our Valued Commenters from Bob

Like the rest of your explanations, this one rings false.
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-07-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By Florian
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-07-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,501
Posted By Florian
Re: Jan 6th - TWiB Bill Scher and Matt Lewis

We are probably thinking the same thing. Posters to the Atlantic and the New Yorker don't generally engage in discussion with one another (no threads as in bhtv) but they are greatly superior in...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-07-2012, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,501
Posted By Florian
Re: Jan 6th - TWiB Bill Scher and Matt Lewis

I agree. Terrible, terrible mistake....from the point of view of regular commenters. But who knows what is their point of view. Is it a matter of cost? Or does Bob want to attract more traffic? IMO,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-07-2012, 12:16 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

I understand that it is often a joke, or a meta joke. For as long as I can remember it has been a joke, or a meta joke, in Europe as well. The reason it is a joke, or a meta joke, is obvious:...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-07-2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By Florian
Re: An Important Note to Our Valued Commenters from Bob

Sorry to see you go, unit. I agree, Disqus is a very inferior substitute for vBulletin and the bhtv forum.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-07-2012, 06:36 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

Where did I say that unfounded accusations are valid? I said that accusations of racism cannot be proved (or verified) because they refer to thoughts, beliefs and attitudes (of the person being...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-07-2012, 03:45 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

You asked me how a person charged with racism (suspected of racism) should defend himself. I answered your question: He can't. If you see a flaw in my reasoning, let me know.

Obviously, and it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-07-2012, 01:28 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By Florian
Re: LOL

A cliché, like any other assertion about matters of fact, can be true or false. Clever people, however, avoid clichés---especially a cliché like this one which can be easily misunderstood. "Some of...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-06-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By Florian
Re: An Important Note to Our Valued Commenters from Bob

You are taking me too seriously. But I have to admit that I would never say that I liked a post unless I agreed with the ideas expressed or implied in it. So in that sense, a vote of approval from...
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