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Comment: Re:... Driverless cars? (Score 3, Interesting) 290

They're the sort of union that if they don't get what they want they sometimes break equipment, throw bricks through windows with murder threats on them, and other fucking insane bullshit.

Were this a union group without that reputation then I'd give them the benefit of the doubt. But this is the teamsters. They've a reputation of being rough with people that don't give them what they want. And the reality is that no one has patience for that shit anymore.

Or the anonymity, for that matter -- approaching a Google Street View car from any direction, probably results in enough images being captured of you from enough angles to turn your vandalism attempt into a scene from the Matrix. If they haven't matured out of that old-school kind of approach even today, a little technology may not be sufficient to get them to change their ways fast enough.

Comment: Re:You really have a lot of it covered already.... (Score 1) 690

Seek out people who understand this. Don't waste time with people who don't.

Only my opinion, but my corollary to this is that if you find yourself wasting time like this, make sure you tell yourself the truth about that. Your time is one of the only things you can't replace, and if you are truly forced to waste it in these situations, be kind to yourself and forgive yourself for the time you lost, and as soon as you can, don't throw years of good time after bad by thinking there's some benefit to it.

Comment: Re:My mother died of the same... here's what she d (Score 1) 690

Only you can provide these things about you, so focus on providing them. And IMHO, the thoughts, views, ideas, hopes, dreams that you had, including the ones which nobody else really got when you shared it with them -- share them with her. It's part of what makes you uniquely what you are, and right or wrong, it's something she can keep with her and remember what made you you once you pass on. You can provide the specifics; she and others can provide their own analysis and conclusions later on.

In the future (and the present), you can look up public information on any topic, with varying amounts of research, so I'd worry less about that.

Comment: Re:Is aggression really survival+ for tech. societ (Score 1) 532

by Krishnoid (#49102851) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

The costs of the big powers going to war is just too high for everyone (rational) to bear. So instead we trade, more or less peacefully.

Oddly enough, Saga depicts a war with costs along those lines. As a result, both sides "outsource" the conflict and have the native populations of other planets fight on their behalf.

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 2) 532

by Krishnoid (#49096993) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

... the downside of inducing passivity into a population. Aggression is ultimately what gets people out of bed in the morning instead of just remaining immobile and dying of thirst.

I'm waiting for the sequel, where they learn from their mistakes and directly induce passive-aggression into the population instead.

Comment: Re:Is aggression really survival+ for tech. societ (Score 1) 532

by Krishnoid (#49096965) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

How about, two space faring species meet, trade technology, form a conglomerate socieity which is greater than either of them would be alone, culturally richer, with every individual in both societies better off?

Congratulations. I think you came up with the plot of the first sci-fi movie that nobody would bother to torrent.

Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 2) 193

by Krishnoid (#49090765) Attached to: Human DNA Enlarges Mouse Brains

Change this gene in something with a larger brain and you could create animals smart enough to deserve human rights. At that point the only ethical course of action is to give them said rights. The problem is the lack of a proper legal framework for such. ...

We need to start defining legal rights for intelligent, non-human entities immediately.

Totally not necessary:

  1. Wait until animal brains improve some
  2. Have them pass the bar exam
  3. Now the burden is on them to define and argue the appropriate legal rights
  4. Continue to improve animal brains
  5. Legal framework is now in place once they reach the appropriate level of intelligence
  6. Prosper!

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead