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Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 1) 203

by Concerned Onlooker (#47943043) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

"All the hippies need to get over it and come back to reality."

The reality is that evolution isn't finished. We are possibly evolving into something much greater than what came before. Steven Pinker exhibits that the human race has overall experienced a decline in violence in the recent past. (

Maybe the reality is that the hippies were right.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 1) 224

by Concerned Onlooker (#47942595) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

"The huge machinery behind the NSA / CIA / FBI and all those alphabet agencies wants total control, and it has the enthusiastic support of private companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, amongst others"

While I admit that we have a de facto oligarchy here in the US I have to wonder that if the above were true then why have a warrant canary at all?

Comment: Re:Expensive and complicated? (Score 1) 97

by Concerned Onlooker (#47934299) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Well, sort of. There has been a much larger outlay of cash necessary to break into digital photography. You may realize a break even point sooner if you would have shot lot of rolls of film, but the initial barrier to entry is much higher than it was for film cameras, which really only needed to be a light-tight box. Having said that, the price of good digital cameras has come down a lot since the late 90s, so what I observe is more of a trough where film was pretty much phased out yet digital cameras were still really expensive.

Comment: Re:SCI-FI used to be inspiring (Score 4, Insightful) 191

by Concerned Onlooker (#47914987) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

"The current crop of sci-fi-writer-wannabes just ain't got the imagination to inspire"

I'm not sure there's even really a market for science fiction. What was that last Star Trek movie? I can't even remember the name of it now. It wasn't science fiction. It was an action flick with more explosions than ideas. It just happened to be set on a spaceship.

I'm willing to bet not many these days would have the patience to site through 2001: A Space Odyssey, let alone the original Solaris.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 3, Informative) 81

Yep. That is the gist of America's new oligarchy.

"Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence."

Staff meeting in the conference room in 3 minutes.