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Comment Re:Other bugs (Score 4, Insightful) 410

Aaah, I can tell you're a young one.... 'Tis the sign of another tech bubble, all of it. It's a replay of 1997-2000, but in a different mix. Now, google plays the part of Microsoft; Mozilla is alter-Netscape, trying to catch up; and Girls is Bizarro-Friends.

As Mark Twain famously said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes."

Comment Re:Science! (Score 1) 737

I hope I am not misrepresenting your argument. ConEd lied about Tesla's application for its own gain ("We cannot make an electric chair out of DC"). Scientists who temporarily threw Lamarck's insight onto the trashbin of history did so for their own gain, too, even if for tenure or popularity rather than financial gain.

BTW. I was against RICO from the start, and continue to be outraged at the outlandish uses to which it is being put. It's the old Lenny Bruce routine: every sin is three: you planned it, you did it, and you liked it. Three charges under RICO are likely to be plead down to one where only one charge might be defended.

Comment Re:Science! (Score 1) 737

Randall, this is an old discussion by now; nonetheless your response interests me. Is there really a difference between outlawing organizations acting on behalf of unaccepted (or unacceptable, or downright unique) ideas and scientists doing the same individually? Do we have to wait for flames to break out when we already have seen smoke?

Comment Re:Science! (Score 4, Interesting) 737

Wrong or "wrong" is subject to interpretation and sometimes future revision.

A scientist named Lamarck was once persecuted for suggesting if each generation exercised their right arms, eventually the trait would be passed on to future generations.

A scientist named tesla's story is more famous.

Never trust orthodoxy without corroboration and reflection, not prosecution.

Comment Re:Day late, and a dollar short as usual (Score 1) 132

Why? I don't use google, so I would have had to wait twelve or more hours to see it, instead of reading it here right now, opening a new tab, and navigating to google. I've used duckduckgo for many years, but I do think I see a difference in the logo, now that you draw my attention to it. (yawn.)

Comment Language Problem (Score 5, Insightful) 379

The release was written in Neuspeak, invented first for banks and hotels in the mid-twentieth century.

In neuspeak, "for your convenience" really means "for our profit."

"For your safety" means "For our convenience."

Neuspeak is spreading slowly to other industries, as well, but its form and syntax were perfected when used on a sign on a shuttered bank office in Sycamore, Ohio, which read: "For your convenience, this branch is closed."

Comment So Be It (Score 3, Interesting) 519

"When in the course of human events...." ads become too onerous, rebellions break out. The "consumers" of news (as if news can be "used up" somehow) are rebelling against too many and too invasive ads.

It was easier to find the information I wanted on the internet before the media companies filled all google's top spots with commercial products instead of the student/hobbyist stuff that was there before.

Saliva causes cancer, but only if swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time. -- George Carlin