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Comment: This is stupid (Score 2, Insightful) 65

by BarbaraHudson (#49559845) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Has a Message For One Direction Fans

This is really stupid. What next - don't mourn the passing of your child - in another universe they might be alive? Fat lot of good that does for anyone here - after all, neither their nor their child's doppelganger in another universe would be an exact replica.

But I'll look at the bright side - in another universe crap like this wouldn't make it to slashdot's front page.

Comment: Re:But ... (Score 1) 84

I don't think Bruce had many alternatives as to how he handled it - the paparazzi would have been all over this no matter how it was handled, so there was no way of keeping it secret. When that's the case, the brave thing is to embrace it (being out) and be proud of having the courage to do this knowing that it's going to be in the public eye.

Judging by the almost universal support Jenner is receiving, people like Dr. Phil ("Why bother, he's almost 80") look like neanderthals.

I don't think he'd agree that someone else who is 65 and needs help for depression or cataract surgery or a hip replacement would say "Why bother, you're almost 80?" Just goes to show that it's okey-dokey in their minds to attack people by catering to base ignorance. In their minds, ageism isn't right - unless you're trans. Sheesh.

What makes this worse is that there's less than a year between them. A real hypocrite.

Comment: Re:But aren't corporations people now? (Score 1) 56

by BarbaraHudson (#49557623) Attached to: Hillary is still going to be our next president, isn't she?

A bigot is someone who treats someone else with disrespect. Saying you don't understand something, rather than throwing rocks, is a sign of respect. Discussions are better than fight-fight-fight (though sometimes it's hard to tell the difference :-)

I guess my perspective is a bit different because I know what it's like to have a fundy mind-set (after all, I was one), and I know that most of the people aren't monsters. They just believe what they've been, and I do occasionally miss the certainty) taught by people they respect.

People don't (generally) seek a religion because they want to lord it over others. They just want to do what's right. The problem arises when they classify people who don't think like they do as sinners, forgetting "for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of god."

Comment: Re:charging (Score 1) 92

by BarbaraHudson (#49556137) Attached to: Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body

i wonder how many device generations it will take before the apple watch just charges off of your body's ambient energy field.

Probably right before you die, so it can suck that last breath out of you. Then it will bring you directly to your iFuneral, since all the data about your death is already available, so no autopsy needed. People will be able to come and interact with simulations of you in your iCrypt that are generated from all the data they have on you out there. You are now an iPerson.

When your relatives tire of paying your simulacrums' upkeep, you will then be placed in the Apple Store and sold as a digital companion for $2.99.

Comment: Re:But ... (Score 1) 84

The problem here is that enforcement is haphazard. EVERYONE thinks that "just a few seconds" is okay. Bus drivers, cops, soccer moms, punks in their ricers with the coffee-can exhaust pipes ...

I can usually tell when someone ahead of me is on the phone - their car slowly drifts left.

Comment: Re:But aren't corporations people now? (Score 1) 56

by BarbaraHudson (#49555015) Attached to: Hillary is still going to be our next president, isn't she?
This is true, but if you've ever run for election, you know how hard it is to overcome inertia, even when people aren't happy. "The devil you know ..." , which too often ends up as a Darth Vader-ish " I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further " after they're elected.

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.