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Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 371 371

Not exactly, within the spectrum are people who will sincerely type "free mp3 downloads" into google and click things. Torrenting is only a few ticks up, all it really takes is overhearing the word and they're running around with the most ad-laden phone-home clients google has to offer.

They are advancing from the larval stage, and those who survive the burning forge of the chrysalis will emerge with better defensive wisdom, like you mention.

The rest will make phone calls to the "knows computers" family member, once the OS is ad-riddled past functionality.

Comment Re:Again? (Score 1) 43 43

Paper walls are nice. Collective progress requires coordination, morals, guidance. Everyman's outward efforts should be directed towards these, only these will affect the meta.

Everyman's inward efforts should put up real walls that actually keep shit out and fuck with the rest. Shutter your windows and poison their wells. At this stage the SJWs are invited to call me victim-blamer, while the remainder appreciates wisdom for actual results.

Comment comment subjects are dumb (Score 1) 141 141

"Joke"? I don't see any kind of in-line conflict, anything to misconstrue, any lingual curveball or disruption, anything contradictory (seemingly or actually), or even a pun. I'm not talking about "taste", I'll allow a shitty level of wit, I mean either you pony up some kind of mechanic that's at least ARGUABLY capricious or that word does not fucking apply and the person at each step of the echo chamber tracing back to Original Claim is an idiot.

With these headlines I normally drop something clever about imaginary property, but I'm still bent out of shape over having to blast that "joke" business back into line.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

Threatening a person is illegal because you threatened a person*, not because of the particular event wherein you had a gun in your hand or even that its sights passed over their person. Threatening a person and using a violent device to support the threat is more illegal, whether it's a sharp spoon or a satellite laser you own (and involve in the coercion).

* this seems redundant but it's being specific - yelling "FIRE" in a theater doesn't even involve the first amendment, it's illegal because it endangers human life, there is the legal restriction.

It might seem tediously technical but it's important so we can avoid the very ambiguities you're worried about. And if we make weaponized drones illegal, I hope we do so with precise law, not arbitrary interpretable bullshit. We fucked up hard on lots of computer law, we should bitch about new law for everyone's sake. Sometimes I get heat when I do, especially around hot items like proposed laws re: swatting, free speech, harassment, when I actually welcome new law - that's clearly marked and not decided by the judge's mood that day.

Comment Re:Wow.... that's a full G of acceleration! (Score 1) 171 171

My understanding is that exceeding 1.0G requires adding downward net force by windfoil and surface grip. Apparently formula racers spin their wheels before starting guns, just to heat the rubber sticky. Apparently the main ramification of a small bump or aerodynamic failure is usually catastrophic: Your racer shooting up into the air and flipping vertically like someone put a bomb under your front lip.

Well, I got that last one from internet GIFs. Shit be nuts, yo.

Comment Re:I've said it before (Score 1) 391 391

I guess I made some crazy assumptions thinking that people would want things like education, career, reliable finances; and of that pool, that there would be a subset that's careful.

I won't force anyone, but let's /generously/ assume that people are still after those things, let's assume people are still averse to being poor and homeless because they're still made of flesh. They're also still waiting to hear what these "abundant, human-performed jobs" are, exactly.

Or are you implying it's going to take a lot less than 335y to hit? I already knew that, I just didn't want the imminence to distract from solutions.

Comment Re:I've said it before (Score 1) 391 391

Human desires are infinite, but we sure as fuck won't seek them using expensive-ass humans that need benefits. And sleep.

Turns out that hand-made outfits are only being bought by some hipster niche subset of the wealthy, while the real world is buying robomade shirts. Turns out luxury items are an exception to the rule, an outlier, a fluke. The path of the bottom-line, of efficiency, is still king. Is the only reality pertinent enough to discuss, unless you need to be misleading.

Turns out they only buy from flukes too, the outliers of hand-sowing talent. The whole concept is negligible. A rounding error. Human desires are infinite, but buyers aren't.

There's a young man in 2350 who was assured by someone in 2015 that he wouldn't need to worry about everyone jumping to unpaid robolabor. Even so, he's taking no chances, he worries employers will overlook those without approval from the diploma mills. But he'll buy the signature with a paycheck, because our little wiseass knows student loans are a predatory industry, an authorized scam.

He's not disabled, physically or mentally. He's a perfect specimen. He's healthy, he's eager, he's earnest, he'd like one of those abundant human-performed jobs he heard about.

Comment comment subjects are dumb (Score 1) 151 151

> We need to protect our ability to create value.

"Creepy" has gotten awfully hype to drop, but this is what legitimately make my skin crawl.

Like, I can see someone saying it with a straight face. The whole line is euphemism. Like, four or five layers worth. It makes military euphemism look honest. It makes manure look forthright. It's like I'm staring at a knife wound, big slice, blood right flowing out, and the victim doesn't blink. Society doesn't blink.

Too busy creating value out of thin air. Yet on the distal side, the value will have consequence, and it won't be thin air. That will need a source. And, just as natural as water flowing downhill, as natural as entropy, it'll come from the bottom.

Comment Re:... How can they even watch the internet? (Score 1) 63 63

This. I think things derp slightly differently now (and I noscript/requestpolicy everything) but noughtie's internet was oozing with flashing GIFs and shit. Also SWFs. Shoot the duck and win a ringtone! Catch the balloon and win an ipod! You are the 1,000,000th visitor to the site!

This is yet another example of the post-surfacedwellers internet trying to PC everything. Though, I suppose this instance was a positive one.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long