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Comment Simple? (Score 1) 184

Our way of life, particularly in SV, simply does violence to human biology. Sitting around, thinking too much, worrying, business, meetings. Little or no mindfulness.

I recently got a smartphone, 3 weeks ago. I can already feel how different my attention is changing, feel an alienating disconnect and craving for attention and stimulation constantly.

Our culture is violent. So is our means of making a living (and I don't mean physical violence).

Comment Uh.... (Score 1) 105

Could they have flipped the bird any harder at all the people who backed it?
I read somewhere someone railing against Palmer Lucky (at the time it seemed overblown) and how he's an all-business sociopathic waste of space who would sell his grandmother for a dollar given half the chance, and would probably end up screwing over the Oculus backers out there.

I am a little amazed, but not completely.

it makes some business sense, yeah, but wow. Just, wow.

Comment All in the wording (Score 1) 266

Look, I *know* someone at the EPA so I should be able to stand up and clap for them but....

Their wording says it all: They have not found widespread evidence that water is affected *now*. Right now. Not later, or in the years ahead, but right now.

I have a very bad feeling that in ten years, when they do the studies again, the shit will hit the fan, but then it'll be too late. What are they gonna do, purify underground aquifers? Yeah, that won't cost a gajillion dollars or anything.

Comment Whoa, I think this is not true... (Score 1) 74

Antibodies only stay in the body to combat viruses for a certain period of time after that virus was killed, not one's whole life. That is my understanding from a Duke-trained med student.
Are there certain viruses that show antibodies for one's entire life and ones that don't? or is the headline misleading? I am very curious.

Comment Anon due to mod points.... (Score 1) 150

It was also a process which mostly eliminated artisan work. Now the work just has to be "good enough".
Have you *seen* the things that get made these days? Some might say they're not exactly beautiful.

Same with, say, math. Math skills will be "good enough" and no more. It could spell the end of advancing fields of study.

Mechanization may make things take less time, but they also no longer are studied and refined, only copied. The same could prove true with the mechanization of knowledge. A piece of information can only copy itself, but (in general) cannot add anything useful.

otoh, maybe this will finally spell the demise of "everyone goes to college" and people who are going to pursue an actual course of study will be able to do so. Those with aptitude can grow their aptness, and those without or with no interest can go elsewhere.

In a sense, while some may cry "doom!", I wonder if this isn't actually the beginning of a solution to a number of problems?

Comment Re:$86 fare? Won't last long. (Score 1) 515

Have you MET any business-people from SF or LA?

Seriously, they don't fucking give a shitfuck little wankjob for your sight-see fuck you fuck ass IS IT DONE YET wait I didn't ask for you to WHAT WERE THE QUARTERLY NUMBERS!? I'm gonna die it's so fucking hot in here and the delivery was supposed to be here an hour ago WHO THE FUCK IS THIS ASSHOLE IN THE CAR IN FRONT OF ME oh the speed limit is 65 mph STOP FUCKING WITH THE AIR CONDITIONING what is wrong with these black homeless people and ......

seriously. these people have the attention span of a goldfish, have a lot of money, and their emotions fly off the handle at the drop of a hat. And someone is funneling coffee and aderall into these maniacs.
They have no patience, they despise minorities and poor people, and are epic douchebags who are reeeeeeeally nice (saccharin-sickly nice) in public. They're terrifying models of the worst that humanity has to offer, and they want status. status. status. If they have to pay $300 a ticket to ride in comfort so they aren't reminded that they grew up in a wooden shit-shack in a polluted, crime-ridden rat hole somewhere, they will. God help the person who tries to get in their way.

Comment Re:Might as well (Score 1) 113

Honestly? Thank heaven. I love my hyundai. it's quiet, safe, and I can drive for 20+ hours at a stretch without falling asleep (less road noise/vibration, methinks).

People who want to rumble around in loud, turbulent metal machines, well, fair enough. I'd rather get from point A to B (and whatever's in between) relaxed and as rested as possible.

Porsche: there simply is no substitute. -- Risky Business