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Yeah

2013-05-12 16:46:47 by Cyberdevil

Yeah


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NeoCosmic78NeoCosmic78

2013-05-12 17:00:05

"Yeah!" is a song by American recording artist Usher. It was written by Usher, Lil Jon, Sean Garrett, Patrick J. Que Smith, Ludacris, Robert McDowell and LRoc, and features guest vocals from Lil Jon and Ludacris. It was also produced Lil Jon, who incorporated crunk and he coined as the song's production. The song was released as the lead single from Usher's fourth studio album Confessions (2004) on January 27, 2004, after Usher was told by Arista Records, his label at the time, to record more tracks for the album.

"Yeah!" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for twelve consecutive weeks, before being replaced by its follow-up single "Burn". "Yeah!" was the longest-running number one single in 2004, subsequently topping the year-end chart on the Hot 100. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song received a similar response in other countries, topping fourteen charts worldwide. It was certified platinum in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Norway, and received a two times platinum certification in New Zealand. The song peaked in the top-ten in several Year-end charts.

"Yeah!" was met with universal critical acclaim, with critics lauding its production, more specifically its combination of crunk and R&B. An accompanying music video, directed by Mr. X, shows Usher performing choreography in a club in front of blue laser beams. "Yeah" won a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards, while being nominated for Record of the Year. The song ranked second on the Billboard Hot 100 Decade-end chart. By August 2012, the song had sold 3,575,000 digital copies.

Cyberdevil responds:

Oh yeah!


AsandirAsandir

2013-05-12 17:07:48

"Yeah Yeah" is a song by Bodyrox, written as a collaboration between Nathan Thomas, Nick Bridges, John Pern and Luciana. It was popularised in clubs by the D. Ramirez remix, which became the backing for the radio edit, featuring Luciana. It has been described by both Nic Fanciulli and Paul Woolford as one the biggest tunes in Miami, and has reached #2 on the UK Top 40, also charting in the Netherlands and Finland. But it was a total success topping the UK Dance Chart for only one week on 5 November 2006. In the United States, the single peaked at #18 on Billboard's Dance Airplay chart in 2007.
It is also featured on the Miniclip game, "Up Beat". It is on the hardest level, the most difficult song.

Cyberdevil responds:

Oh, yeah!


AeronMusicAeronMusic

2013-05-12 17:40:58

yeah yeah yeah, it doesnt make any sense ofcourse.

Cyberdevil responds:

Oh yeah?


SileNt-SamSileNt-Sam

2013-05-12 18:16:10

yeah ? if you say so ... yeah :)

Cyberdevil responds:

I say so yeah. :)


GeoplexGeoplex

2013-05-12 20:06:11

Why do you have 6 more fans than I do ;-;

Cyberdevil responds:

Maybe because my newsposts hold such immense quality content. ;)


BumFodderBumFodder

2013-05-12 21:09:15

Yeah, yeah, yeah, heard it all before!

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah


YellowisCOOLYellowisCOOL

2013-05-13 00:35:30

YEAH
u jelly i used capital letters HAH

Cyberdevil responds:

EHAY!


KatMaestroKatMaestro

2013-05-13 06:26:36

Yeah

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah


KatMaestroKatMaestro

2013-05-13 09:48:40

YOLO

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah


S3CS3C

2013-05-13 20:43:05

did you get your new mic yet?

Cyberdevil responds:

I did, but it didn't work very well, will be recording with the old one after all. It looks like I'll need a better sound card.


KuneraKunera

2013-05-13 23:31:50

Yeah!

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah!


jambrother2jambrother2

2013-05-14 03:19:51

no...
look how cool and different i am

Cyberdevil responds:

Being different for the sake of being different is like being like everyone else, because everyone wants to be different, and since everyone wants to be different everyone does the same thing, but it seems you did something different, which must mean you're not being different for the sake of being different but rather not different at all since almost everyone else is commenting differently. Hmm..


YellowisCOOLYellowisCOOL

2013-05-14 05:20:03

For some reason you remind me of my English teacher. (In a good way, because I actually like my English teacher.)

Cyberdevil responds:

That's cool. Does he have the same luminous eyes as Doomguy?


jambrother2jambrother2

2013-05-14 06:10:57

yeah well i was being sarcastic so that means
im trying to be different by doing something wich is so obviously not different because people who are trying to be different would do that but that would make me the same as them but because im being sarcastic that means its not something they would do so i am idfferent to the normal people and different to the people who try to be different and are therefore different on my own accord

Cyberdevil responds:

Hmm...


jambrother2jambrother2

2013-05-14 06:10:58

yeah well i was being sarcastic so that means
im trying to be different by doing something wich is so obviously not different because people who are trying to be different would do that but that would make me the same as them but because im being sarcastic that means its not something they would do so i am idfferent to the normal people and different to the people who try to be different and are therefore different on my own accord

Cyberdevil responds:

I think I'm getting it...


jambrother2jambrother2

2013-05-14 06:11:00

yeah well i was being sarcastic so that means
im trying to be different by doing something wich is so obviously not different because people who are trying to be different would do that but that would make me the same as them but because im being sarcastic that means its not something they would do so i am idfferent to the normal people and different to the people who try to be different and are therefore different on my own accord

Cyberdevil responds:

Ah, that's it. Different.


jambrother2jambrother2

2013-05-14 06:11:17

oops

Cyberdevil responds:

It happens to the best of us!


eatmeatleeteatmeatleet

2013-05-14 08:02:44

so populard

Cyberdevil responds:

Yehaw


3DPitDudez3DPitDudez

2013-05-14 19:11:04

HELL YEAH!

Cyberdevil responds:

HELL YEAH!


3DPitDudez3DPitDudez

2013-05-14 19:11:06

HELL YEAH!

Cyberdevil responds:

HELL YEAH!


3DPitDudez3DPitDudez

2013-05-14 19:11:07

HELL YEAH!

Cyberdevil responds:

HELL YEAH!


3DPitDudez3DPitDudez

2013-05-14 19:11:16

HELL YEAH!

Cyberdevil responds:

HELL YEAH!


3DPitDudez3DPitDudez

2013-05-14 19:11:17

HELL YEAH!

Cyberdevil responds:

HELL YEAH!


3DPitDudez3DPitDudez

2013-05-14 19:13:12

Oops, sorry

Cyberdevil responds:

HELL YEAH!


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-14 22:22:10

http://abbuw.newgrounds.com/news/post/842973
Dude's got a new Doom mod......

Cyberdevil responds:

Nice, thanks for the tip


KatMaestroKatMaestro

2013-05-15 03:05:51

Yahoo

Cyberdevil responds:

Google


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-15 09:36:09

Thanks so much for all your help! It's been over a decade since I've sat before GTA 3... man, so much water has passed under the bridge, since I played that game. For almost a year before it was released, I kept telling my gaming buddies it was gonna be epic once it hit the PS2, and it sure was!

Cyberdevil responds:

No problem, helping the GTA lecagy stay alive is one of my many great ambitions in life! :D Yeah, it's hard to believe it's that old considering it's still so playable, and I guess the 10 Year Anniversary edition for mobile devices, with pretty much no graphical changes except for the interface, proves that point in its popularity. There are definitely some downsides to the game though that you notice after playing the sequels... like not being able to swim, getting your car blown up immediately while driving through Mafia territory, not being able to jump over even short ledges, not being able to fly... apart from graphics, were there in any differences in the PS2 version btw?


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-15 16:19:29

Well for III, VC and SA, the graphics on the PC were unfiltered, meaning the codec used to render graphic on the PS2 were not present in the PC versions.... I'll take off 'trails' and futz around a bit more....

Cyberdevil responds:

Aha. So by default better looking graphics on the PS2 versions?


Phoenix64Phoenix64

2013-05-15 20:48:25

yeah

Cyberdevil responds:

yeah


SimplyRobotSimplyRobot

2013-05-15 22:08:10

I remember seeing you around this site like, 6 years ago.
The fact that you are still here is neat.

Cyberdevil responds:

Thanks man, I'm simply robot. ;)


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-17 03:33:18

:O You a bot?!? I've run into some damn fine ones, before my early PC repair days.
Game's looking good on my 2.2 ghz single 64 bit core... CPU barely twitches, but the built in nvidia 6150LE video card sucks balls, real high latency :| Fabulous detail!

Cyberdevil responds:

I'm a bob, but ah, same thing. :P

Single core with 64-bit?! I didn't know such a thing existed, nice. Detail? It's better than it was on the other computer?


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-17 04:12:20

O_e watchoo talkin' bout Willis? Bob...
Yeah, they had single core 64 bit processors, unfortunately, I listened to a pseudo-tech head, and went that way.... an AMD 939 instead of an AM2 chipset, which would've had support for dual-core processors.
Pff, the other computer is a 32 bit, Intel, 10 y/o laptop, no competition at all :| Still gonna work on updating drivers though, or just getting a wireless N card for the better rig, from Goodwill, hopefully. Or just build a new box.

Cyberdevil responds:

Speaking about Willis, just watched 'A good day to die hard' yesterday, the dad-son combo worked surprisingly well, though I'm getting a bit fed up with shaky cam usage. They couldn't keep the camera still for a single dialog, and while zooming in on the action they kept zooming in on something irrelevant then suddenly moving the focus at the end of the zoom. Filming technique is turning to shit... but good movie, some incredible stunts.

Chipsets are a white blotch in my memory map, but dual core definately sounds like a better change. If you didn't have any financial limitations, what parts would you fill a new box with?


S3CS3C

2013-05-17 05:02:05

Kool-aid guy: Oh Yeahhh...

Cyberdevil responds:

Cool. :) I've probably missed out on lotsa good commercials!


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-17 07:35:09

(Kool-Aid guy's kinda old. even fer me!)
I never appreciated the woosy camera shots. But I've done them, but to good effect, I hope. You have to show intent, not ineptitude. Really miss producing video for the sleeping masses :(
After seeing the evil Intel did (payoffs, industrial espionage, overpricing to the max), I'm an AMD kinda guy. It's too bad there's no competition in the video card field. I was pretty happy with my Matrox card, back in the day. I was thinking about a 5 or 8 core AMD... Black edition even. I like Asus mother boards for some reason.... all the other manufacturers aren't around anymore.

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah, I'm hoping it's just a phase, they need to realize the best way to view a scene is objectively, not as a scriptless character. I feel cheated on action scenes especially when I don't get a good view of everything, just the impression that things are intense. Fast movements. Quick switches. If you watch old Jackie Chan movies for example you'll notice there were plenty of cuts even back then, but they're all much cleaner, it's not as noticeable and annoying... I feel. Plausible career opportunity?

Didn't know about Intel's evil side, I think both my current computers run Intel, but the new one's AMD, an Asus MoBo too. Do you know anything about running multiple video cards btw?


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-17 09:36:11

I've never done the dual vid card, but it sounds like a sweet concept... you just put the dual-link plastic bridge on the mobo, plug in two of the exact same vid card, and BAM, over-the-top performance, allegedly.

Yeah mon, I feel exactly the way you do about video in the modern age...... a little, amateur documentary type footage is nice, but too much camera movement just kills it. Luckily, I don't watch TV (since 2008), so whatever they're doing, I'm not seeing :) Interwebz choice in video rules!!1

Cyberdevil responds:

Ah, that simple! Easy to upgrade.

I stopped watching regular TV shows a few years back for the sake of efficiency, but I still watch plenty of movies. Most of them via PC. Seems like the only thing that really changed was the screen size, bit of a downgrade too.. yeah! woo! Interweb111


KuneraKunera

2013-05-18 05:01:21

Yeah?

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah


PotatoeCrab90PotatoeCrab90

2013-05-18 09:25:38

Yeah? Yeah. OHH YEAHHH.

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-19 04:21:12

Yup (from America, fuck yea).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMxH7JLVdhc

Cyberdevil responds:

Mhm


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-19 04:50:24

Hmm, have you seen "King of the Hill"? I do wonder what kind of television-type programming is on your cable box, so I do. How much of it is translated English speaking stuff?
You (to my perspective), live in a fantasy world of goodness, far away from the dire problems and strife of almost all Western cultures (politically and economically speaking), yet still live in fiscal and Western style luxury.

Cyberdevil responds:

That show showed in the clip below? I've seen a little bit of it... the part you linked to. :)

As for my cable box, it stopped working a couple of years ago, I realized this when there actually was some now-unknown show I'd have liked to watch, but I haven't bothered getting a new one since I'm pretty content with the content I gain from the Internet. The shows we do get here are a mesh of International and Swedish content though, there are plenty of American/English shows that have have Swedish varieties based upon them, like 'The Weakest Link' and 'American Idol', along with national talk shows, random contests, etc. As for series, I'd think it's pretty much the same as in the US, Simpsons, Louise & Clark, South Park, American Dad, 24, Revenge, Burn Notice, Stargate Atlantis, Lost, Sledge Hammer, etcetc. Don't know about new series though, like I said I haven't watched regular TV in a few years. All of these are in English and I don't recall if there were subs or not, but Swedish people are generally not so bad English speakers. Apart from those, there's the occasional Swedish series, mostly comedies, but I've never really settled for Swedish humor, it's too satirical for my taste. The humor's I prefer are, in probable order: Japanese, British, Korean, American, French and Thai. Our movies are usually gruelingly serious too, too much realism for me, but there are exceptions.

Hehe, as always, it seems Americans live in a cage, a continent of their own, unaware of the troubles that linger in countries that bridge the seas. That's a well-known fact here. ;) I'd think the whole world is a bit of a fantasy world though, just waiting to break down. We can't keep abusing the Earth like we do forever.


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-19 15:27:06

That's fascinating, thank you! Yeah, I gave up cable and then TV as well (mostly thanks to Congress changing the old analog signal to something digital and glitchy). Sounds like the Swedes could use a new writer/producer to create not-so-reality-based-entertainment!

:\ We are ugly Americans, and do live in a cage. We keep thinking our government only impacts us, and not the rest of the world politically, militarily and emotionally! We really are just sheep, because if we speak out too much, we disappear (usually after a visit from a Federal agent, politely warning us to shut up). That's why everyone here is hooked on all kinds of drugs, and are sick all the time (household, agricultural and industrial chemical use doesn't help either).

(Updated ) Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah, old reliable technology keeps getting replaced with waves of the digital age, I do like progress, but a lot of it is just an unnecessary complication of life. They plan on making tax for TV obligatory too, even to those who don't watch/own TV. Sure it'll make it impossible to cheat the system, but it seems like an unfair regulation to me... same thing with the tax added to hard drives and other storage devices, reason being they 'can' be used to store copyright-infringing material. And the money they get from those taxes don't even go to the right right-holders, it goes straight to government wallet. If the government wallet was used for a useful purpose then maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing...

Oh man, let me clarify, I meant just that: that Americans tend to think their government affects everyone, or that it should affect everyone, that the American state is the foundation of moral value and ideal in the world, when really there are so many more that play a part in the power balance,, and so many more sides to the circle of what is right and wrong. But we all have stereotypes other nations, I guess, and their inhabitants. Have you tried Swedish Fish btw (the candy)? If you want to buy some in Sweden, the easiest way is to import from the US. :)

The government here really has no control, though, since defense was downgraded they seem to rely on NATO to defend our borders if any trouble does arise, and as a result the Russians are getting a bit pissed off at us. I wouldn't be surprised if they decide to stage an attack and take over, it'd be so easy. Normally Sweden's always been neutral, but the current leaders are a naive and greedy bunch. At least SAPO (the Federal counterpart here) isn't as competent at making people disappear, but the politicians have managed to make cowards out of the people thanks to the wellknown wellfare system that's now crumbling to pieces. Not sure about the statistics, but I think I read somewhere that the taxes here are some of the highest in the world. Entrepreneurs pay almost half of their income in tax. I shouldn't be ranting so much when I'm not so negatively afflicted by all this injustice though, life is OK. :/


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-19 17:56:48

A TV tax for people who don't use TV? Ludicrous :| Why not accept the British model of a TV license? And a tax on recordable material (or just HD's)? Sounds too much like the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_act yet another reason we bolted from British rule. You wouldn't mind such taxes, if they were properly accounted for, and the revenue of said taxes, were used as they were meant (as opposed to going to the 'general fund').

I think as time goes on, the few numbers Americans who believe we got 'it' right, and should aggressively promote our way of life, will dwindle. If we're going to lead, let it be by example only... but our example is dirty, shoddy and unruly. Heh, haven't had Swedish fish in a dog's age, and I do like them!

NATO? Fuck NATO! Stand for yourselves! Especially with the North-West arctic passage being open (to fishing and, of course, oil drilling), you need... a deterrent :|

So, there's a rather large welfare state in your country, huh? Not good. In this country, it basically keeps the poor people in large cities, fed and housed (and not rioting) :| The poor people in the suburbs and country (for the most part) are on their own... Landowners have it the roughest here, paying heavy school taxes, that never seem to increase the intelligence of the kids attending, only to support a faulty system, of union protected teachers, who only are allowed to teach what's in the Nationally/State mandated 'lesson plans', which are geared to teach obedience and direction-following only (which assures compliance and control of the future workforce). Nice run-on sentence, huh?

Cyberdevil responds:

Indeed. I don't think the storage tax affects recordable material like tapes, it's HDs, SD cards, flash drives... stuff like that. Ah, interesting act.

So the numbers of such individuals are few? It's always the minority that make themselves heard, I suppose. Haven't tasted Swedish fish myself btw, yet, hope to take a trip to the states eventually. :)

Yupp, I wish the politicians thought so too. They arrange military exercises in collaboration with NATO as well, and what a waste it is. We don't have any deserts to bomb, just dense forests. You'd think they'd care more about remaining wildlife, but it appears the cuts on defense don't cut down on destruction. Also, resource mining is free for any country here, the winnings go to the rest of the world, not us, right now Canadians are prospecting for uranium and all kinds of minerals up North. But the government sees any foreign exploitation as a potential increase in jobs. The deterrent might be... a revolution. :P But it seems nobody has the will/power to do anything.

Yeah, there's welfare for everyone, and everyone's allowed in; immigrants get a bigger cut than pensioners. Everybody without a job gets allowance, hospital fees are free after a certain margin, sickness is rewarded... the only service that's still hellishly expensive for everyone is dental care.

People gather in the cities here as well, or rather, the one big city (Stockholm). That's where all the jobs are, they claim. In most smaller villages the medium age is around 70. School is free here, university/collage too. I went to International schools for a while, with American curriculum. The history specifically seemed a bit angled, but overall the quality of education was waaay better than it is here. Teachers have the most underpaid jobs right now, nobody wants to be be a teacher, since schools don't have the right to suspend or expel students (I believe that's the reason) there's no order. Everybody comes and goes as they please, nobody really needs or wants to learn. I didn't get a very good impression of it when I moved back from abroad, and since I graduated they say it's worse. But we don't have the problems with violence that you seem to have, no shootouts... yet, no problems with weapons being brought onto campus. Btw, how common is it for people to get shot while trespassing around where you live?


TropicanaTropicana

2013-05-20 06:18:23

you do have the coolest icon

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah. :)


SplatsSplats

2013-05-20 07:04:22

No, because "yeah" is too mainstream. :)

Cyberdevil responds:

Yeah, right! :P


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-20 07:25:25

Hm, seems like your Interior Dept. or whoever looks at public lands should get off their asses and re-asses the situation :| Maybe even tax or levy a fee at foreign mining companies, to fund the defense of your country! But in fairness, the people of Sweden get paid a living wage, for almost any job, amirite? That's a quality of living the US hasn't seen, since just after the end of WWII.

Oh, Gob no. Hardly anyone ever gets shot around here. It's only in large liberally (Democratic party) run cities, that cave into the violence and 'street-economics' of drugs, women and bling 'reallocation' :\ but there exceptions to that rule. Outside these cities, there's not much gun violence at all. In point of fact, the rate for such crimes has gone down (even against population growth) for 20 years, ever since the Ronald Reagan era's 'political correctness' social order took hold (which was created by the ruling elements of our government, not any one party).

But most ppl who get murdered here, are shot. And with mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent criminals, the prisons are a booming, private industry (though many jails and prisons are county, State, and Federally created and operated)... which undoubtedly do create even worse criminals.

Cyberdevil responds:

They should. And your right, employees definitely get paid a living wage, so life's pretty comfortable for everyone who works for someone else. At the same time though, new graduates have a harder time getting real jobs because of regulations on the minimum wage allowed. There's not supposed to be an initial difference based on age or competence, so that of course contributes to a shortage of jobs. And the less jobs there are, the more taxes the people who do have jobs need to pay to keep the jobless portion of the populace in good health. It's nice with a safety net like this, but at the same time it's constantly abused; not fair for those who work hard and get little reward. Self-employed people (farmers, for example) are required to pay more than regular employees, and need to save their own pension. It's not a very good business climate for smaller companies, which is why a lot of companies move their production to other countries, which is why the government tries to appeal to the international market with natural resources as a lure to get companies back in. Vicious cycles...

That's good to hear!

Oh, sounds like the world of Death Race is becoming a reality over there! Speaking of which, privatization of social establishments is another problem. Most government-owned establishments were sold in recent years to open up for competition, and as a result service is suddenly much worse. With independent companies maintaining railways, roads, healthcare, etc, the interest has shifted from the service itself to monetization of the service. If things go bad, nobody takes responsibility either... but I could keep ranting on the wrongs of this world forever! Obligatory mood swap initiated: Today, the sun is shining, I sat out in the shade in a cool breeze eating a frozen banana. Life's bright! I'm getting the computer back on Wednesday, twas the graphics card that was broken, and the new one ordered to replace it will be slightly better than that which has now been discarded. 2GB VRAM instead of 1. That should be able to handle a sequel or two...


VicariousEVicariousE

2013-05-20 09:29:46

:O All madly interesting, glad you got a better card!
Death Race... I saw the first (original Death Race with Sly Stallone) one on broadcast TV in the late 70's (minus all the quick little pieces of violence, and the nudity was taken out, by having a machine pan around the naughty bits... movie ended up being 45 minutes after that :|
But, yeah, private companies suck when all they care about is money, whereas the government has to be held accountable and hire better people.

Cyberdevil responds:

Thanks; glad these random rants are readable! :)

Death Race 2000? That was something else. The remake is a recommended watch though, with Statham instead of Stallone, though the two sequels after that didn't have much to contribute (other than money for the makers). So the censored version was only 45 minutes huh, short.

Yeah, that's the way it should be. Would also help to greatly reduce politician wages, so the people who chose such positions do so without regard for the money, but rather with an ambition to serve. Oh man I'm ranting again...


S3CS3C

2013-05-20 18:10:56

the only swedish movie i have seen is "the girl with a dragon tattoo"nd was quite impressed with how it turned out, outside of the first action scene, which was terrible lmao. That noomi rapace is quite easy on the eyes but in a strange way. havent read the books though, and the american version didn't look as good.

that comment left by VicariousE about America is overly hyperbolic and not representative of all of our Western culture. I'm not saying people have it bad over here, because people do, but in general and at large the economic and political "crisis" is laughable compared to the oppressiveness and poverty found in some if not most of the third and second world countries. That's not to say I support the politicians. I didn't vote for Obama, nor Romney. I also don't think either of them are the antichrist, inherently evil, and a part of some secret group that has been intentionally scheming against the "sheep" since centuries ago. I think the corruption that can happen is a very gradual thing...Politicians want you to pick a side, vote for one, and plot parties against each other as that gives them more attention and power. If more and more people where to vote for third parties or not vote at all, ignore mainstream politics (aka the liberal vs conservative dick measuring contest) the parties that have actual power and money might actually pay more attention to getting shit done and focusing on working together.

Cyberdevil responds:

Ah, I haven't seen that one myself, but I definitely should. I don't watch enough Swedish movies, ironically. Kopps (2003) and Wolf (2008) were pretty good, if you ever stumble upon them. :)

Yeah, it's pretty much the same way in Sweden, elections have turned from something necessary to just a game for already renowned and worthless political parties. It's either socialists or moderates (roughly translated), and if either don't seem to be getting enough votes they form alliances with other, smaller parties, that have always been on the sidelines representing certain groups of people. When new ones rise up to really address the issues in society, they are ignored completely. Each election brings a load of promises, of which most are scrapped soon after elections are over, budgetary issues, etc. Would be nice with someone in charge who cared more about their own salary. In the US it seems like the presidents do have visions though, that they want to change things for the better, or is that just a facade they put on?


S3CS3C

2013-05-20 18:14:23

also, saying that Americans cannot speak out against the government...that is completely untrue. There is a myriad of websites calling Obama an NGer (add an extra G and a vowel in there), comparing him to Hitler, saying he's a Muslim trying to covertly take over the US...South Park is extremely controversial. there's many more websites that contain conspiracy theories, and the government could care less, because that's usually all they are, just conspiracy theories. Why isn't the Wikileaks banned in the US? Why isn't Google censored like they do in China? As long as you're not making threats or defamation whatever you may say in the U.S. is covered by the first amendment and perfectly OK. there is no fed waiting to get or warn you, although I do hear that tinfoil hats may cause such hallucinations.

isn't copying (sometimes incorrectly referred to as piracy) intellectual property legal in Sweden, if not encouraged? if so, taxing on hard drive space seems like a legitimate taxation, it may be end up being more beneficial to the developers (but not so much to large publishing corporate CEOs) as well. even if you dont partake in file-sharing activities there's still legitimate reason to get taxed IMO. i've never had to use an ambulance (knock on wood) but I don't mind my tax dollars going towards the saving of another person's life, and if I have to pay an extra five dollars a month to give another less fortunate person health care, then so be it. of course there's always the other side- an overall decrease in the quality of medical care, longer waiting times for those who could actually afford previous premiums which could eventually lead to death, etc. I'd also like to think that in a perfect world there would be some socialistic division of wealth, where everyone has enough money to put a roof over their head, put foods in their mouths, and live a healthy life, and no one makes more than 10 million dollars a year (which is still A LOT) to avoid creating a classless society. But the downside to that is the end/decrease of philanthropies and charitable organizations- however, such institutions may not even be necessary if the wealth was more evenly spread.

Cyberdevil responds:

Hehe, would be cool if Obama was an NGer though. ;)

Not to take sides here, but I'd think the government cares about their image enough not to censor Google or ban Wikileaks. People would see that as a turn against democracy, though they seem to turn against it anyway with all the recent attacks on the Internet. I'm hoping the MegaUpload case will manage to make a difference though, because if the US is allowed to legally censor what they like it's not going to end well, most of the top-level domains in the world are managed by the US.

Tinfoil is actually great protection against electromagnetic radiation, from mobile masts ex. Not that I wear tinfoil hats or anything...

As for Piracy, it is not legal or officially encouraged here in Sweden, it's just that it's taken so long for the government to react to the 'threat' that a good deal of the people no longer think piracy is morally wrong. So many of the largest file-sharing sites and movements started here. There's a strong front for freedom on the Internet, the ideal that culture should be free, the sharing is caring... but the APB (Anti-Piracy Bureau) is constantly trying to scare people by giving file-sharers they do catch unjust sentences, prison time if they can. They have a bigger taskforce dedicated to hunting file-sharers than they do child-molesters/pornographers.

The big TPB trial that took place in Sweden was bullshit. Though the site was in fact not breaking any current laws by indexing .torrent links, nor making any money, the owners were all sentenced to pay millions in fines, and one of them has been doing prison time for about a year. One of the main leading witnesses in the case suddenly moved to Hollywood and now has a well-paid job there, and it was revealed that many of the judges (or whatever they're called) had ties to the APB, one was a close friend, it was as far from an objective trial as it could get.

I wouldn't mind the tax on storage devices so much if it was legal, nor mind the wellfare taxes if they were lower. Does 30% seem justifiable? Well, in a perfect society it might, but it's an abused system. To top it off the government keeps loaning money from other countries... to give away to other countries! As I see it, we need to care of ourselves foremost, and if there's an excess of resources, then we can help others.


S3CS3C

2013-05-20 18:23:24

One point that I would entirely agree with you guys regards how a multitude of Americans believe that their form of government is the best and should be implemented into other cultures. That is incorrectly assuming all cultures in the world operate like Americans. always said that the problem is not the political system itself, but the people who find holes in the system and take advantage of it. Socialistic (if the right word to use) parties work when the majority of people buy into the system and genuinely want to give back to the society and make their communities a better place. There will always be free education for those that need/want it, there will always be doctors available to give you treatment regardless if you can afford it, etc. (Btw- American education at a university level is a massive scam, my tuition for a semester is 5000-6000$, to park on campus is ~700$, housing and food if you live on campus is at minimum an additional 2000$...half of the teachers are just assholes reading off slides from a powerpoint anyway. I can get superior education by going to a library, visiting Khan Academy and posting on forums relevant to my interests and have a more personal not to mention FREE learning experience) Like I think you vaguely mentioned in a response below, people are a held to an honor code to do their part. Detractors to your form of government may cite that a socialism (again, not sure if the actual system you guys have in Sweden, just using socialist as a blanket term) induces laziness and creates an outlet for people to mooch off the amenities provided by the system, which is a valid reason. Capitalism could be a better political-economical environment to "keep people in check" when there's a lot of corrupt people who disregard such honor code. Socialism probably work in America considering how entitled and uncompassionate some people are. . Like everything else, the system is America is people turning invaluable institutions like education and medicine into maximizing revenue as their #1 priority.

Cyberdevil responds:

On that we agree. So it costs you over 8000$ / semester? I don't even have that much saved up...

Yeah, education is generally free in Sweden. There are private schools that require payment, but for all the 'official' ones, it doesn't a cost a thing, including university. Anyone can apply for a basic grant, which means you'll get around $1500 each semester to finance your studies. They used to provide free education and grants to students from abroad as well, but thankfully they've stopped doing that! People were applying for studies here like crazy for a while...

The wellfare system definitely encourages laziness, and it's been going for so long that most people just don't care anymore. It breeds stagnancy. With good leaders, it'd be a good system, but if the system is created to control the individual, it's not so good. I'm thinking this place could use a good dictator to sweep away all this injustice, but that might be the wrong thing to wish for...


S3CS3C

2013-05-20 18:23:30

And when you make $$ your main priority is where the corruption starts. so easy to fall in the trap, and especially easy for me to highlight how capitalism can be taken advantage of when I have zero intentions of starting a family, and thusly money should never be a huge problem for me.

(Updated ) Cyberdevil responds:

True that. Here, poor people make babies to get child support. ;)

Maybe that's the wrong term though, what I mean is, a parent gets one paid year away from work + a certain sum each month. The more kids, the more money + free time + there are additional grants for having multiple kids. IMO there are enough people in the world already, so they should get rid of ^ ASAP.


BumFodderBumFodder

2013-05-20 19:23:01

Have fun paying your tv licence!

Cyberdevil responds:

Oh man, I can't wait, it's going to be so awesome! >:(