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Comment Re:Or we could stop being afraid of death. (Score 1) 692

For thousands of years humanity has had a pretty comfortable relationship with death (even two hundred years ago there were 'wakes' held in the family home for several days in many developed nations). Historically, attempting immortality has tended to go hand in hand with delusion, disconnection from reality, and/or mental illness.

I think its the other way around. People throught the history were usually very religious. Religion was/is a way to cope with loss of loved ones, death and offers a consolidation in a concept of afterlife. So the guy who was going in a dangerous war campaign, fishing in the open sea etc at least had a "guaranteed place in heaven/valhalla/zeus's dinner table". I think the natural state is to be afraid of death, or have a great aversion to it.

Nowadays people are not so religious anymore (at least in the developed world), or are pro-forma religious and highly doubt all the stories about afterlife. No wonder that as you get older (from adulthood) you are absolutely averse to death.

Comment Re: What did you expect? (Score 1) 197

And this got me thinking, how can they outlaw strong encryption anyway?

If I send you a file which contains random garbage, how is that different from a file/text encrypted? I don't think there is a way for them to prove that you were using encryption beyond reasonable doubt.

All of this trying to outlaw strong encryption completely pointless.

Comment Re:Prepare for more (Score 1) 257

As far as I know, there aren't a lot of Catholics strapping bombs to themselves, and chanting, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the holy Ghost, amen.", detonating it on the end of "amen".

Oh, but they would! if you are living in a very very poor country, with no law enforcement and no future, I'm certain that this would breed extremism and of violent sort probably. Whatever the dominant religion there is.

Trying to portray christianity or some US denominations as somehow peaceful is silly. Just because those religions are operating under a developed society where there is a rule of law (in broad sense), forces them to behave. They would go out of control if given the chance.

Comment Re:Using NASA's dictionary (Score 1) 445

Big Brass Ones are kind of required at this level.

I don't agree. It is just a matter of training. While I'm no spaceship captain I was in couple of quite tight spots where the probability of loss of life of my crewmembers and me was quite high. Shouting and panicking over the communications channel helps absolutely no on,e and I would be very much surprised if the Apollo 13 or some other Captain was screaming on the radio to Houston.

It is just drill, drill and drill more. You don't think much, everything is done almost by reflex. So you are crediting those those brave guys with a bit too much. I've even read somewhere that in tight situations a very small minority will panic, other will keep their wits about them.

Comment Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

So you get a discount on paying cash for the car?

I always thought this is normal but I went and bought a car with cash and was surprised that I couldn't get even a cent of discount or some upgrade package on it.

Asked why and the guy just shrugged and said that if I pay by monthly installments it doesn't make any difference to them because the bank pays the full price of the car to the dealer and then the payments are between you and the bank.

This is in Croatia though, dunno how it is in the rest of EU.

C++ is the best example of second-system effect since OS/360.