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Comment: Re:Baby steps (Score 1) 348

It's about politics. With one swift cut, you can save billions and stop your predecessor from getting credit for a new moon shot.

Obama killed off one such endeavor of Bush's.

he ideas consist of sending autonomous robots to various locations in space to create infrastructure using local resources with advanced manufacturing technology, such as 3D printing. The new aspect is that someone in the White House is publicly discussing these concepts.

Well, it's about time. I've been saying for years we should launch robots and what-not up to Mars and construct a functional base with food and the ability to grow more, and only then launch humans up there.

This "giant moonshot" standard plan is idiotic and prone to failure.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 2) 173

I am unconcerned if facebook computers are trying to determine if I want to buy Pampers or Depends so computers can sell electrons to other computers to shove electrons in front of my face.

But claiming you have privacy from...just what now? Government, when you are feeding it back to government because government demands it?

What. The. Fuck.

That is the historical abuser of privacy we should be afraid of. Even privacy apps collapse immediately with just a wink from the onrushing government computerized panopticon juggernaut?

It's time for some kind of constitutional amendment to extend and require warrants to virtual property and locations online, to get around the loophole that it's "on some company's server somewhere, so you 'have no expectation of privacy.' "

And keep an eye on the weasel politicians who would water it down.

Comment: Re:No profit in it (Score 1) 173


We pay a "freedom tax" on property every year. You must pay money to the government or it will take your land away.

It's wrapped in memes of fire department, police, roads, but that's what happens at the end of the day.

At least a "privacy tax" to be exempt would give you the option of paying or not.

Comment: Note the economic leftist verbiage (Score 1) 126

TPP would even allow pharmaceutical companies to sue the U.S. whenever changes to regulatory standards or judicial decisions affected their profits.

It sounds more like it would allow them to sue over costly regulations and force them to justify them in court.

I am fine with that.

Comment: Re:Consistency (Score 2) 357

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48158813) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Science understands when life begins quite well -- they just don't includexthe purely religious concept of "ensoulment", nor the equally religious concept that there's a god out there getting mad about it.

Even if there were, the logic still holds -- God has no more right to force his will on you than any dictator (or socialist, for that matter.)

You ALL are part of the problem.

Comment: Re:There is no "working AI" at this time (Score 3, Informative) 98

Pattern recognition, decision theory, game theory, and partitioning are AI subjects. AI isn't just the mysterious general-purpose thinking machine always on the horizon.

Some pattern recognition uses neural networks for training.

Comment: Re:Two global problems solved in my lifetime! (Score 2) 561

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48150251) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Overpopulation is not a problem (in free countries, including economic freedom). People solve shortages and other problems faster than they become seriously impactful (pardon that word.)

This has been measured again and again and again and is a real effect. Julian Simon got famous making loud public bets with gloom and doomers. His minimum granularity was 10 years, and even that was really a little short for comfort to overcome multi-year cycles as well as buffer time for markets to respond to disturbances.

Comment: Re:USA 1969 (Score 3, Insightful) 314

"I don't need it; therefore nobody else does."

People reserve unto themselves the right to purchase things anonymously. It's a check on government power, a kind of spying.

How disturbed I am at the surity with which people view modern government as nearly perfected, and worthy of such spy powers, when nothing in all human history should give you confidence in that.

Comment: Re:Straw Man (Score 1) 622

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48135201) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

As commenters continue to blame Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities for allowing their nude photos to be stolen

No one is blaming them for "allowing their photos to be stolen" I didn't bother reading the rest if that's how you started.

Also, TFA is significantly longer than the tweet length you're used to thinking in.

Comment: Re:Getting tired of this shit (Score 1) 280

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48126419) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

> "but the spirit of the law is good."

This is where I have to disagree. "Well-meaning" is the memetic addition to justify the same ol' same ol' corruption, but in a democracy.

The system is designed to be twisted and perverted, running undercover of "hey, they mean well!"

I do not extend to them the benefit of the doubt, and the remediation to fix the law (often created not by legislators but by regulatory agencies even more slow to respond, and sufferin regulatory capture) is completely inadequate and overwhelmed by the rent seeking.

Comment: Re:The "public comment" is a charade (Score 1) 336

Keep in mind one of the two arguments to have regulatory authorities that make de facto laws without Congressional vote: "It strips it of politics".

We'll ignore for the moment this is a danger to freedom and democracy, and not a good "feature". Rather, realize these politicians could, to a man or woman, all oppose the regulation officially, to appease voters, while supporting it secretly.

None will ever lift a finger to repeal it (which happens only rarely) and will just stand there and say, "I didn't do it!" while leaders bury any attempts to change it.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.