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Comment Re:I can think of better uses for $100M.... (Score 1) 208 208

"How about improving intelligent life here at home instead? "

You mean building better humans?

The politically correct orthodoxy would have you burned at the stake if you announced a $100M initiative to create stronger, more intelligent and more disease-resistance strains of homo sapiens.

Comment Re:Prime Flaw in Fermi Paradox (Score 1) 208 208

"...we have no reason to suspect we know what to look for."

The progression of our own technology gives us a very good reason to believe we know what to look for. At least *some* of what to look for. Namely radio frequency transmissions. It's logical to assume that any advanced civilization would have discovered and experimented with radio waves before developing a more sophisticated communication technology.
Yes, we might be unable to detect "sub space" communications from Star Fleet, but I expect we'd be detecting one of their radio transmissions before a FTL starship enters earth orbit.

Comment Re:Welcome to the new "criminal justice" (Score 1) 446 446

" Do we want to have our locations monitored 24/7 to calculate if we violated [speed limits]?"

Every single person who who uses the "If you're not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to hide" argument should volunteer for that. If they're doing nothing wrong, then they should have no problem with government installing a tracking device on their vehicle which auto-generates a speeding ticket every single time they exceed the limit.

Comment Re:An easier approach might be to modify ourselves (Score 1) 136 136

Technically feasible, politically impossible. We can't even get the paranoid reactionaries on this planet to support the idea of using our knowledge to cure genetic diseases. I'm sure you've heard all the arguments. Any proposal that suggests use of science and technology to select or de-select specific genetic traits generates screams of protest. You get all the "master race" bullshit and hear about how rich people will give their kids genetic advantages and blah, blah, blah.
I'd like nothing better than to see the human race start engineering healthier, stronger and more intelligent homo sapiens. However, the ghost of Adolf Hitler will be haunting us for generations.

Comment When has he been in the job market? (Score 1) 306 306

"...people have come to think that you need these degrees in order to do the jobs, which is not really true. "

Unfortunately, many of the people who think that seem to be in HR departments and IT management positions. Without the right keywords, your resume will be scanned and discarded before a human ever sees it. Some places even want a Master's degree of PhD, when I suspect that the jobs don't really require one.
Maybe Si valley is different than the East Coast, but the job market here is tough. I can't imagine getting an interview without that piece of paper, even though it might be irrelevant to the actual job.

Comment Re:Not all of it is new. But something IS new. (Score 1) 226 226

Negative, they aren't "US business interests" they ARE multinational interests, who have litte or nothing to do with American citiziens, just as those job creation numbers do not benefit American citizens, but do benefit those who have have been GIVEN the majority of new jobs since 2008, foreign visa workers (majority) and undocumented workers (minority).

Comment Cut the crapola, rei (Score 1) 226 226

Negative, sonny, the ISDS and the Living Agreement are major malefactors in a major so-called FTA which gives away any and all sovereignty of the US of A-holes. With each job offshored, so goes a chunk of the GDP; with each fta so goes a chunk of sovereignty.

Comment Best to observe each corporate entity (Score 1) 226 226

Take Wiley Rein, the neocon shyster firm, for instance. Besides being neocon-connected, they successfully litigated in federal court in two separate lawsuits to make fictionalizing the news legal, as well as firing any on air reporters who refuse to spew forth lies during the "news" broadcasts --- and they did this on behalf of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

Also, they represent the Blackstone Group, which is self-explanatory.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 236 236

"all you have to do is not use the stuff."

Some of the "stuff" is just too damned useful. If you belong to any club, organization, political group or whatever, FB has become a very handy planning and organizing tool. Nobody really wants to manage lists of e-mail addresses anymore, let alone a telephone calling tree like we did in the past.
Having a portable device that gives you at least internet access, a telephone, calendar, GPS and camera is also extremely useful.

I think that being cognizant of exactly what you're trading off in terms of privacy vs. functionality is the important thing. I'm not quite ready to retire to the country and become a subsistence farmer.

Comment Re:Dear Pukeface (Score 1) 117 117

You think he should get LIFE in prison for complicity in encrypting some data and demanding a fraction of the payment extorted for the encryption keys? Seriously? There are rapists and murderers who get off with lighter sentences than that. There are Wall St. executives who have done far more (like 10E8 times more) financial harm and have never even been investigated, let alone prosecuted.

Ridiculously disproportionate sentences are a contributing factor in the insanely large USA prison population. He shouldn't spend a single day in jail. If that's going to be the punishment, I hope he's never caught.

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