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Comment: Re: David Cameron is actually a genuine idiot (Score 1) 243 243

We might need some friendly, Vulcan-like AI to decide stuff for us. It won't stop some people from crying "I'm being oppressed!", but at least we'd have some confidence that it isn't actually trying to oppress anyone (or at least greater confidence than is the case with most humans, that is).

Comment: Re:David Cameron is actually a genuine idiot (Score 1) 243 243

Socialism demands big government

I'm not sure that's the case. Socialism requires state ownership of productive assets (if not all of them, then at least the large ones). But considering the traditional meaning of the word "government", I'm not sure that a state-owned factory counts as government. In other words, would you classify a car production line as a part of the legislative, executive, or judicial branch?

Comment: Re:I can see it now (Score 1) 43 43

Imagine if you would, the ability to reproduce an F1 rocket engine.

That's what Dynetics is trying with the F-1B project... With 8 MN of liftoff thrusts, despite the other projects in the works (the Falcons, Vulcan, the mythical Blue Origin launcher), it could still make for an interesting single-stick launcher.

Comment: Re:smart people, including Bill Gates (Score 2, Interesting) 367 367

What happened to get us all to sell ourselves out so cheaply and willingly accept the idea that a few bastards should end up with the bulk of the nations wealth while our children are faced with a future with no jobs and parents whose retirement funds cannot pay to take care of them?

Conservatism happened.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.

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