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Comment: Re:Beyond what humans can do (Score 2) 394

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47765323) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

I am fine being remembered for pointing out yet again we will be better off in 100, 200 or 300 years keeping the economy strong and forging ahead with technological advancement than slowing it by draconian clamps on the economy (there are many clamps beside environmental remediation).

100 years ago we barely had simple planes and no antibiotics. Horses were still common in the streets. Had they slowed down their growth to "help" us, well, thanks for nuthin', Gentleman Jim.

The best thing we can do for future generations is keep things going.

I remain confident it is the hyperventillation crowd that will be proved murderously dangerous idiots in the long run. I am fine going down on record with that prediction.

Comment: Re:Flip the switch (Score 0) 220

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47764999) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

We also have no reason to believe our simulated universe simulates physics as it exists in the "real" world.

In any case, your consciousness is a real phenomenon, and thus cannot be a result of simulated physics. A simulated consciousness would squeal when pricked, but would not have the subjective experience. A simulated consciousness would no more be conscious than a simulated fire would actually be hot.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 478

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47763849) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The day will come when politicians start to suggest forcing removal of steering wheels because human-driven cars are the only thing getting into accidents anymore.

This will accelerate as it starts -- people will drive themselves less, so they will have less practice and thus be worse, getting into even more accidents when they drive. I have some 20,000 hours of driving experience, putting me at an Olympic level of training. This will be a thing of the past.

Comment: Re:There is no way this could work for me when I p (Score 1) 117

Quakeworld had limited prediction as an "improvement" over original Quake. It had a tough time with rocket jumping. More often than not the screen would freeze and a few seconds later, you'd find yourself running in a corner, the jump never having occurred, or missed badly.

Comment: Re:writs of assistance (Score 1) 206

Government, glomming on more power whenever it can, has long viewed your records and activities held by wire in companies as not private.

Yet as more and more of life is virtual, constitutional protections against search should travel along with you into cyberspace.

Why create a virtual world just to give government, hungry for power, a virtual world in which to establish a Panopticon?

Comment: Safer than thou (Score 1) 51

In the US, the ban was during takeoff and landing, for safety reasons, as there wasn't enough room for recovery efforts by the pilot.

Bans in use while cruising were FCC, not FAA, because your high speed confused and stressed the cell phone network, and had nothing to do with safety.

Comment: Re: Jurisdiction 101 (Score 1) 391

We've never had freedom of expression in the UK. Or Freedom of Speech. Or Government by the consent of the people.

With no constiutional protection for things like freedom of speech, the only thing you have is consent of the people.

Constitutional protections were designed to balk against abuses by dictators, but are intended to hold back demagogues leading The Holy People.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?