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Comment: not really (Score 1) 196

by PJ6 (#47902263) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem
Niven's view of such devices seemed pretty realistic, that the problem would take care of itself after a few generations.

Even if you were immortal, a droud would still be equivalent of death; remove the constraint of time, and limitation is measured by the boundaries of your mind's total potential state-space.

Any sufficiently intelligent being - no matter how powerful or long-lived - would avoid pleasure-death.

Comment: study is misleading (Score 1) 588

by PJ6 (#47813441) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study
What is not mentioned is that these low-carb and the low-fat diets were both done in the context of the typical, and rather terrible, Western diet. Since no distinction is made between simple and complex carbs, naturally 'low-carb' is going to win, since sugar is the worst offender for creating obesity.

I also have to roll my eyes because we already know what a healthful diet is. The most massive study of this kind in history came to a simple, unambiguous conclusion: eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, and keep animal protein under 10% (even better, 5%) of your total calorie intake.

Comment: Needs better metric, not a restriction on wattage. (Score 1) 338

by PJ6 (#47738041) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
Consumers want number(s) to base their decisions upon. The wattage problem could have easily been solved by putting useful measurements of vacuum effectiveness on the packaging, such as guaranteed pressure drop and flow rate over the life of the product.

And the industry could do that all by itself without any regulation.

Comment: Re:Perhaps this won't be a popular view... (Score 1) 364

by PJ6 (#47736445) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

But I think it's a good move. I always thought they were trying to do too much in one episode. And really, who can argue with focusing on two really awesome dudes who love to blow stuff up?

More isn't always better, sometimes its just more.

Too much in one episode? Are you kidding me?

There's a lot of unnecessarily repeat after commercials and switching between myths. This is particularly annoying when watching on Netflix, where there are no commercial breaks.

Most episodes could be dramatically improved by cutting their length by 30%.

Comment: Re:Free market (Score 1) 257

by PJ6 (#47734399) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Don't worry guys, the free market fairy will take care of it.

The free market has taken care of it. Good customer service is expensive. Consumers have demonstrated that they are unwilling to pay additional money for good customer service. Successful companies have aborted customer service to keep prices low.

Tell me how having one ISP to chose from is "free market".

Comment: Re:Zooooom! (Score 1) 233

by PJ6 (#47725481) Attached to: Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

I'm gonna disagree.

This is supposedly a sign that the race to the bottom is actually done. The bottom filled out and is rebounding, and "we" mostly resisted our worst political urges vis-a-vis protectionism and removing regulatory protections that exist for good reasons. An equilibrium has been reached, and all the sacrificing has been mostly of the short term kind.

The problem with deregulation is that it was applied ridiculously unequally, greatly contributing to income inequality. For example, while unions were being busted up all over the country, doctors successfully bought legislation to make it much harder for foreigners to come practice medicine in the US - legislation that to this day keeps your medical bills artificially high.

And income inequality, when it goes past a certain point - far from being merely a social problem - can be quantified as massive, long-term economic damage.

Comment: Re:Growing pains. (Score 1) 233

by PJ6 (#47725393) Attached to: Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

My point there is that democracy, while important, isn't a cure-all. It's inherently adversarial, a conflict which has notably ground today's national legislature to a standstill.

I'm going to disagree with your point. The founders of the USA designed gridlock into the system, so that if there isn't agreement on what to do, nothing will get done.

Are you worried about theocrat conservatives? Don't worry; they will never get any of their goals accomplished.

Are you worried about liberals completely turning the country into a socialist country? Don't worry; there is a point past which they will never be able to go.

There's only gridlock for the issues that the powerful don't care about. For the other stuff, there is no meaningful public input or interference.

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr

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