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Comment Re:Am I missing something? (Score 1) 81

I guess it didn't happen then because "trust me" and "you suck" aren't sources.

I'm not doing your homework for you. If you want to appear knowledgeable, you're going to have to go forth and become knowledgeable. I already have the knowledge, and I'm not getting paid to point you towards it. My life will not be impacted in any way by you thinking less of me, except that I have one more fun new target to insult when you cross my path. I will not spare you even though you are unarmed with wits.

Those of us who actually care about the correct answer to the question of whether Microsoft is intentionally spying on its user base and lying about whether you can disable telemetry already know, because the information is readily available. And then there's you, a shill spreading FUD about people. You're a liar, and there're already many of those on Slashdot so you are redundant and uninteresting.

Comment Re:Summary fail (Score 1) 65

and that the great thing about MS-DOS 5.0 was that it wasn't MS-DOS 4.0, and...

AFAICT MS-DOS could have stopped at 3.3, DOS 7 "The bootloader for Windows 95" aside. That was the last release whose version I cared about. DOS 5 was bloatware. Man, it makes me chuckle just to type that, but it's true.

Comment Re:relative wealth (Score 1) 538

"For the first time ever, the number of people living in extreme poverty is set to fall to below 10% of the global population in 2015, the World Bank said."

Oh yeah? Let's just look at your article. "The organization defines living in poverty as anything less than $1.90 a day." Wow. $1.90/day? Is there actually anywhere in the world that $1.90/day is legitimately out of poverty? All needs met? I don't fucking think so. Maybe you should get your head checked before you trust the World Bank.

Comment Re:relative wealth (Score 1) 538

Today poverty means you have a house, plenty of food, and can afford your own means of transportation

No. Poverty means that you have unmet needs even if you are working. You can't afford proper health care, food, etc. And note that if you have a job (or don't need one) and a home and you know where your next meal is coming from then you are part of the eight percent. That's right, the majority of the world is living in poverty, and doesn't actually have all those things. They're skipping some meals because they can't afford to eat, or they aren't getting proper health care, etc etc...

Comment Re:Unlimited Energy (Score 1) 538

Although the "humans are now perfect" theme just made people less interesting, eliminated sources of drama, and just made Trek need to use one dimensional aliens as a crutch to represent interesting human characteristics.

Even TOS had examples of disreputable human characters, and they only became more numerous in the other shows... except Enterprise, where only the cap'n ever had a real moral decision to make.

Comment Re:The TL;DR (Score 1) 74

Some web browsers start using the color names for some reason that the article glosses over

I understood this to be a result of the leading browser at the time (Mosaic) being developed on Unix. You had to have Motif to compile it yourself, but there were binaries available for most popular Unixes. Most of them didn't come with Motif, although that was beginning to change.

Comment Re:abysmal human rights records (Score 4, Insightful) 59

Yeah, they should torture its citizens the way we do it (solitary confinement) and manipulate politics the way we do it (through the media, and institutionalized vote fraud) and oppress only the minorities we oppress, etc. etc.

I mean, I'm with you on China, but we should clean our own house first

Comment Re:Please, it is getting old.... (Score 1) 33

You can look at the network packets and go from there.

Right, that's been done, we discussed it here on Slashdot.

Now, since that requires some basic technical skills, you ofcource are incapable of doing it

Big words from a coward who isn't even capable of looking back at prior discussions we had on this topic where, if you did so, you would find vindication for my statements.

Comment Re:Trek Still had money. (Score 1) 538

They used the credit system for trading with other worlds. So there must be some form of currency.

Does the federation really use a credit system for trading with other worlds? Every time we see a starship captain need something they can't replicate, they wind up having to trade for it. If the Federation used standardized trade credits, they could just make a wire transfer.

Even in Starfleet, Officers get their own quarters, while many enlisted members share bunks. There is still a reward system in place for people who do the smaller supply and high demand job. As well in the trek world.

Only a small percentage of Federation society belongs to Starfleet, or even works on a freighter.

there seems to be people who are doing some rather tough jobs, not because they really want to, but because they feel like they need to.

That's how it really works for most people with tough jobs who are not at the very bottom rung of society. They could work less or work a different job and still meet their needs.

Now they may not have a currency system, but perhaps a system where your work that you performs allows for a particular quality of life. So a low skill job, such as the equivalent of a fast food worker. Will allow you to have a small 25 square meter studio apartment, with 10 square meter rooms for each child. You would have transportation privileges to go to places you need to go with a modest amount needed to go to places you want to go.

Actually, they'd probably let you go absolutely anywhere. But you probably have to win a lottery or something to go to the most popular places that everyone wants to visit. We already have systems like this.

While if you are in charge of a galactic institution where you have a lot of responsibilities then you have the equivalent of a mansion, and access to nearly unlimited transportation, and other privileges.

Didn't Data have such a dwelling at Cambridge?... ah yes, Wikipedia informs me that my memory does not fail me on this occasion.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 538

Jealousy isn't a basic human behaviour? I think the world over can demonstrate that it is.

They have jealousy in Trek, even among the ostensible best of us, that is the characters typically presented on the shows who can be presumed to be the best of the best. But they have very few greedy. I assume their society is better at providing for people's basic needs; once those are met, it takes little more to be happy.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 538

Your example however fails to demonstrate that an economy without money would work. While the Roman would have laughed at you or pitied you - only the medium of exchange has changed. The underlying organization of the civilization and economy remains the more or less same, and still relies on money.

Actually, there's a pretty big difference between a pure fiat currency and a currency which has actual intrinsic value like a gold coin. That gold coin can be made straight into jewelry. That dollar... well, you know how it works.

Comment Re:But we're already relying on artificial scarcit (Score 1) 538

But obviously some things you might ask for the Mind it couldn't do for ethical or resource issues; and then the Mind would presumably not do it.

Sure, but if you were crafty enough you could go take some LPs (limited personalities, that is) off to an asteroid field someplace and do whatever you wanted.

You've been Berkeley'ed!