I prefer to think that it has slipped through a wormhole and is out of temporal phase with the rest of the Earth.
Who are the one keep electing those assholes into Washington D.C. ?
We, the people.
You're right, of course, but on the other hand any process that involves collective decision-making by 130 million people is bound to act more like a one-move-per-year version of Twitch Plays Pokemon than any kind of particularly rational decision-making.
Add to that the amount of money and effort that is regularly channeled towards manipulating the voting public towards the ends desired by those with resources to do so, and it's impressive that the system works even as well as it does.
But I wouldn't blame the system's deficiencies on individual voters -- the fact is that any individual or like-minded community of voters could in fact do a better job for their particular needs, but at the national level, at least, coherent communities of voters tend to largely cancel each other out, leading to unpredictable results. Which I suppose leads us to the argument that more power should be delegated to lower levels of government rather than the Federal level...
The only way California is able to sustain its current population is strictly because it can import a large amount of its food from elsewhere
If that is true of California, won't it be even more true for Mars? California has lots of farmland -- Mars, not so much.
Someone going to a small colony on Mars would be no different from Polynesians crossing oceans or people packing up and moving across the continent in 1800s.
If Mars was like California, that would be true. But in fact Mars has no biosphere, little atmosphere, little water, and few accessible natural resources.
Fun fact #1: People living in Antarctica commonly suffer from severe depression due to the fact that they have to spend 6 months of the year indoors with little natural light and not much to do.
Fun fact #2: For humans, Antarctica is a veritable Garden of Eden compared to Mars.
Fun fact #3: People living in Antarctica have the option of returning home at end of the winter if they can't handle it. People living on Mars will have no such option, and therefore very little to look forward to other than more of the same until they die.
Prediction: The #1 cause of death on Mars will be suicide. The #2 cause of death on Mars will be homicide.
Monopolies cannot arise in a free market, because for any lucrative business, competition always springs up.
Utter nonsense. In an unregulated market, any sufficiently large company will be tempted to use its resources to exclude competition, e.g. by temporary selling its products at a loss where/whenever a competitor appears, until that competitor runs out of money and goes out of business, at which point prices can be jacked up again. No subversion of government is required to keep the competitors out, only a large-enough cash reserve.
Did you also include the large mixing pump system necessary for binary explosives?
Either a large mixing pump is not actually necessary, or the TSA has been banning the wrong things from all passenger flights for the last ten years.
Either or both of those things is quite plausible, actually.
If you can have a conversation with a rock then it is intelligent no matter what the government says.
Great, I can do that, no problem. But can I claim it as a dependent for tax purposes?
If it can't get up and move away, (no matter how awkwardly), it's not a robot.
These guys would like to have a word with you.
Presumably whoever designed and wrote BitCoin must be really good at programming and distributed cryptography design -- otherwise BitCoin would have been exploited into uselessness a long time ago.
So, do we have any evidence that Dorian has the necessary skills to design/write/debug the original BitCoin codebase? I would expect that someone with that level of specialized talent would not go unnoticed/undocumented for 40+ years.
The only rational place you can draw a line is to say: if you don't want it seen, don't hang it out where it can be seen.
That line gets a lot fuzzier if/when people start using infrared/ultrawideband/whatever to see through clothing. I suppose the argument then will be "if you're not encased in lead shielding every time you leave the house, you're pretty much asking for nude photos of yourself to be posted to the Internet".
Granted, that's not a problem yet, but the technology exists. The problem in both cases is that the difference between "what can be seen" and "what people think can be seen" is growing as technology advances. Skirts make an assumption that nobody will have a line-of-sight view from directly beneath you -- an assumption that was never entirely valid, but is a whole lot less valid now that technology has given people access to discreet digital cameras that they can easily position at floor level.
I do agree, but the court there feels that their stuff is public and they are virtually inviting people to lay on the ground and stare at it
That wasn't the court's reasoning at all. All the court said was that the existing laws do not prohibit the defendant's behavior, therefore what he did wasn't illegal. Probably by this time tomorrow it will be, though.
The last thing the people in charge of the world would like is cheap or free, limitless energy.
RIght, all it would do is make them incredibly rich and powerful. God knows they wouldn't want that.
Solar is infinite dollars per watt at night
Batteries are expensive, but they're not that expensive.
You can't even power cars with only solar. You need an energy storage device. You won't with fusion.
Eh? How do we avoid the need for an energy storage device with fusion?
If you're predicting that we are going to be able to scale fusion reactors down from ITER-sized to something that can operate inside a moving car, I have to say I don't believe you.
Exactly how would a consumer figure out whether to trust a coin exchange?
If it's not regulated and insured like a bank, don't trust it to act like a bank. Easy enough.