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Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 1) 788

For example, unrestrained sexual promiscuity spreads all kinds of horrible venereal diseases, which would be largely absent in a society that committed to stable marriages, instead.

Except even in the ones that claim to hold that value... fail

There are some very influential religious groups active in Western society which openly teach that good and evil, right and wrong are all just an illusion, a lie holding humanity back from achieving its full potential

they're right. It's how you impact others that matters. What you call or what you claim to believe about it is bullshit

Comment Re:Its always been like this (Score 1) 371

Not disputing your point, but providing information: (...) It's called the Freedom to Roam.

More like disinformation, almost all significant rights to live off the land belong to the land owner. Here in Norway the freedom to roam gives you the right to do what would normally be considered trespassing in the US, but you can't make any long term campsite, cut down any trees, do any hunting and hardly any fishing in lakes and rivers without paying fees. You can fish on the coast and collect wild berries and mushrooms, herbs and flowers with relatively few restrictions but they're made to discourage any significant commercial use and would also practically make it almost impossible to live off.

It's primary function is that you can roam in nature - walking, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and so on. A secondary function is that you can stay a while for say sunbathing or camping out in a tent, you can also collect dead branches and such for firewood but not leave much of a permanent mark. Being able to collect some of nature's produce is a tertiary function and usually only those resources that'd otherwise go to waste, if it's a commercially viable resource there's usually restrictions like salmon fishing or moose hunting. Living off the land pre-agriculture was very tough to begin with, within the modern confines it'd be even harder.

And you'd probably starve anyway, because most people today aren't very familiar with the old ways of preserving foods like drying, curing, smoking etc. which are absolutely essential to survive the ups and down of a hunter-gatherer society. And just the fact that you were a tribe averaging your luck out across many individuals, hopefully at least somebody caught or found something. Agriculture and domestication brought a relative stability to food supply while the natural supply is extremely seasonal.

Comment Re:Why is this x86 and not 64bit? (Score 1) 108

What defines the bit width of an instruction set isn't connected to data bus width, as different implementations of the same instruction can have different data bus widths.

That's news to me. When I doing electronics as a teenager in the 1980's, an 8-bit processor had eight data lines,

A microcontroller has a microprocessor in it, yet may only expose a handful of data lines, and not even have enough to make a proper bus as wide as what it can process internally. The interface is not the most relevant feature. The most relevant feature is the size of the data type which can be processed. The second most relevant feature is the instruction size. But frankly, nothing is more relevant than the size of the general purpose registers, which defines that first part.

Comment Re:They don't need to be up there (Score 1) 108

One review found that it could give substantial performance increases for some games, but it depends on driver support as well as where the performance bottleneck is at.

This remains the AMD problem. The hardware has awesome price-performance, I am still using one of their CPUs and I started with a K6. But the graphics driver problem continues. nVidia's not perfect either, but at least it usually works.

Comment How Ironic (Score 1) 46

Their Android app doesn't even select the search field when you press the search button (it's a standard Android key code, and it used to be a common physical button back when touchscreen phones still had those) and they want to get into search?

This is why I don't send them money. How's about spending some money to hire some professional mediators to moderate some of these article wars? That would actually be useful and make Wikipedia a better encyclopedia.

Comment Re:I won't attend the laying in state, but I appro (Score 1) 788

But the context in which those amendments exist DOES change, and therefore so must their application - (e.g. you now have a standing army, which the second amendment was not written/designed/intended to co-exist with).

No, having a standing army only means we need the second amendment more. Now, not only do we have to deal with foreign enemies, but there is the threat of occupation from within — both due to illegal acts by our own government, but also the potential of rogue military elements acting inappropriately, especially during times of crisis. Everyone thinks that the culture of obedience and respect in their military means it can't happen right up until it does.

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 1) 788

Democracies are uniquely vulnerable to destructive propaganda, because our strong protections for freedom of expression leave even the best government powerless to defend the culture from corruption, no matter how sickeningly evil the invading message.

Nonsense. Nations with Free Speech are uniquely resistant to some forms of destructive propaganda, because ridiculous ideas can be exposed to the light of criticism. But there is no form of government which prevents the entrenched media from doing the will of the government and helping to pull the wool over the eyes of the citizenry.

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 1) 788

The Framers' intentions are important, but should not override every consideration. They were not gods, and a constitution that rigidly locks itself tight is doomed.

There is a process for altering the constitution. If you don't like the constitution, use the process. If you don't like the process, well, you're still going to have to use the process to change it if you want to promise to love the law. Re-interpreting the constitution or its amendments when the authors left copious writings to explain what they meant and why they meant it (which will have been reflected in the actual arguments used to get it passed) is scandalous bullshit and nobody should be giving it a pass, let alone encouraging it. Strict constitutionalism is the job of the Supreme Court. It's Congress' job to change the Constitution, not the Supremes.

We are not rigidly locked to the constitution we have today. We have an amendment process, and if you want to change the constitution, you should use that process. If your changes to the constitution do not merit a constitutional amendment, then you should not be making them.

Comment Re:vague handwaving (Score 1) 181

So, if you have enough biological skills to make bioweapons, chemicals are an easier, and more certain route, at present that is.

It is literally only a matter of time before a disgruntled nerd sitting at home with his bioreactor can print up something hazardous. The tech will get there sooner or later. Are we going to build a better society that takes care of people before we get there, or are we just going to go ahead and create the guy who will do that?

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