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Comment: Re:Is that it? (Score 5, Insightful) 225

by jedidiah (#48654929) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

You are confused. His goal is not to improve humanity by creating cures for all of the things that will kill him before he turns age 120. His goal is to give a big "f*ck you" to the society that will create all of those cures for him.

He intends to benefit from society without contributing to it.

Comment: Re:Dementia will get'm long before 120 (Score 1) 225

by jedidiah (#48654763) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

> He's 47. He's got more than two decades before those are likely to affect him.

That's just a guess. He could be caught off guard by something manifesting before the "designated time". There probably isn't even enough suitable diagnostic procedures to screen for all of the possibilities.

Just because something usually hits after people are 65 doesn't mean that it will necessarily only hit YOU after you're 65. Those are just averages and people fall outside those averages.

On a certain level we are all unique snowflakes. We are all one-off forks of a massively complex biological code base. We don't understand that entire code base yet.

Comment: Re:Another paleo-wanker... (Score 3, Insightful) 225

by jedidiah (#48654677) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Ultimately, you can't be a slave to any ideology or fad. You have to actually have some self knowledge. You need to observe yourself and adjust accordingly.

We are not factory stamped duplicates. We are each a very complicated machine each a fork of some very complex bio-mechanical software. The idea that we are not all the same should be obvious to anyone on this site.

The idea that some of us thrive on habits that would be bad for others should be not terribly controversial.

You just have to be methodical and make the observations and sort yourself out and not blindly follow anything else.

Comment: Re:Dementia will get'm long before 120 (Score 1) 225

by bill_mcgonigle (#48654483) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Or many of the other old age related diseases of which there is no treatment. Wishful thinking.

He's 47. He's got more than two decades before those are likely to affect him. I'll bet that in 2034 we have effective treatments for most all of them, with genomic analysis and gene therapy being available at the shopping mall, next to the place that does nails. OK, probably not FDA-approved (possibly even banned in the US due to costs of welfare if people don't die off) but that's what medical tourism is for. You might need to fly to Theil's boat to get it.

Comment: Re:Nothing can go Wrong Here (Score 2) 225

by bill_mcgonigle (#48654443) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

"no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons"

How could this possibly go wrong?

It's just nonsense - to build on a sea platform would require tremendously strong buildings and no owner of such a platform would permit shacks to be built there as crumbling buildings would threaten the platform and its other occupants. The notable difference between a seastead and local building codes is that such agreements on a seastead would be entered into voluntarily, not by fiat backed by violence.

The people who would live and work there would need to be attracted to live on a sea platform, so low-paid workers and destitute beggars aren't even an issue. This isn't a model for society, it's more of a Galt's Gulch.

I still think it's silly to get all the anarchists on a platform that can be sunk by a torpedo (see the Free State Project for a more sensible option) but TFS is written as if by a seventh grader who's heard something about libertarians.

Comment: Re:Stone Age diet ? he wants to live all 20 years? (Score 2) 225

by bill_mcgonigle (#48654381) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Read up on the anthropology, especially about the value of grandparents. Also be careful to avoid means as averages in such cases.

Hint: healthy humans don't undergo menarche until they're about twelve, and human children do not survive well if their parents die off before they're eight.

There's evidence that life expectancy went down with agriculture, though housing heralds an improvement for infant mortality so the means go up, though tempered by increased disease.

Comment: Re:Slashdot sociopaths... (Score 2) 131

by jedidiah (#48654093) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

What suffering? If it's a modern zoo then they were doing everything they could to make this animal feel as comfortable as possible. The lack of gawkers might be a bit of an improvement. However, the do-gooders really only traded one guilded cage for another one.

The creature in question has no real legal rights or self-determination in either case.

This creature has just had one master traded for another. Beyond the sensationalist headline, this situation is really indistinguishable from a sales transaction.

This ape is still being treated as someone's property. Except it's now some class of person. Great precedent there.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 3, Informative) 131

by jedidiah (#48654057) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

She's still just an inmate. She's still being held against her will and being treated as a sub-human. The conditions might not even be that much better.

That all boils down to how primitive zoos are in Brazil.

Even if she were due some "big fat settlement" in a manner similar to a wrongfully convicted criminal, she still is in no position to manage it. Trying to pretend that she's a person really doesn't change this.

She has had no say in this process.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 5, Insightful) 131

by jedidiah (#48653931) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

This leads to an obvious followup question...

If this ape is a person then who is responsible for his care and feeding? Normally, an adult person is responsible for their own care and feeding including any required payment.

Will he be on the dole? Will he manage his own money? Will he do his own grocery shopping and cooking? Will he have a lease? Does he know he's supposed to use the toilet? Can he use the toilet? Can he manage putting on his own diapers if not?

Is this ape going to get a job? Or will it still remain effectively a sub-human in a different type of cage?

It looks like not much really changed here...

Comment: Re:Except that.. (Score 1, Interesting) 205

by Shakrai (#48653823) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

These are people that probably have a valid conceal carry permit, don't normally fly, and just worked out of habit only to have their stuff confiscated. Meaning, that while it was an error they can't get their stuff back.

If you forget that you're carrying a firearm you probably shouldn't have a concealed carry permit in the first place I say this as a Second Amendment supporter and holder of a concealed carry license in a State (New York) where it's pretty damned hard to get them. What excuse is there for neglecting to remember the fact that you're carrying a firearm?

I concur with your sentiment about meas rea, FWIW, but still....

Comment: Re:Precious Snowflake (Score 0) 240

by bill_mcgonigle (#48652669) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

A child without physical punishment learns early that all consequence is harmless. Risk becomes a non-existent factor in decision-making. The child becomes a self-entitled asshole or goes to an early grave.

Right, you know more about this than all the neuroscientists who have evidence that your claim is idiotic.

Lemme guess - your parents abused you and you feel a cultural need to love Mommy and Daddy, so you'll claim it was good for you to make the dissonance stop.

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