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Comment: Re:Ken Goffman is a huckster and charlatan (Score 2) 53

by PapayaSF (#48948771) Attached to: R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

you are morally bankrupt . nothing else need be said.

Oh right, I'm "morally bankrupt " because I don't take people seriously when they froth at the mouth and throw terms like "fascist" and "racist" and "sexist" at anyone they disagree with. On the other hand, I'm not an Anonymous Coward making absurd and unsubstantiated charges. Anyone who reads just the linked interviews should be able to see that you don't know what you're talking about. I doubt if anyone who knows R.U. thinks he's any of those things. I don't know what your problem is, but in this discussion you're just a troll. If you don't like transhumanism, fine, lots of people don't. There's even a section of the book called "Criticisms of Transhumanism," which is online here. I doubt you can cite anything in the book that any sane person would call "fascist" or "racist" or "sexist."

Comment: Re:Ken Goffman is a huckster and charlatan (Score 2) 53

by PapayaSF (#48948137) Attached to: R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

in fact, Goffman is an ardent supporter of several self defined "neo reactionary fascist" transhumanists... he makes constant support and mention of these people, and they are "race realists" and HBD creeps.

AFAIK this is completely untrue. R.U. is an acquaintance of mine, I've read some of his work, and this is simply false. He actually leans to the left. Of course, any editor who covers wide-ranging topics is going to mention and even publish people they don't entirely agree with. That's how magazine publishing and "encyclopedias" work. But you are spewing bullshit when you say he's an "ardent supporter" of any of that. [Citation needed], dude.

Comment: Re:Ken Goffman is a huckster and charlatan (Score 1) 53

by PapayaSF (#48948083) Attached to: R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

In particular he more than makes the case that the bones of "transhumanism" are in fact : fascist, plutocratic elitist, sexist, racist and overwhelmingly adolescent

Maybe it's just me, but whenever I hear anyone or anything called "fascist," sexist," and "racist" all at once, I think it tells me more about the person using those words than it does about whatever they are talking about.

Comment: Re:Ken Goffman is a huckster and charlatan (Score 2) 53

by PapayaSF (#48948067) Attached to: R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

Wow, that's quite a rant, dude.

his boosterism for the truly evil transhumanist technocrats who oppose democracy and who cheer-lead for general mechanization and dehumanization

OK, I just read the two linked interviews, and I'm just not seeing this. At all. Neither of the authors seem to be cheerleading for evil and dehumanization. They both seem to be fairly positive about transhumanism, but mention flaws and potential downsides. I am acquainted with R.U., and he's not at all a "technocrat," and that comes through in those two interviews.

Comment: Re:What exactly is Transhumanism ? (Score 1) 53

by PapayaSF (#48947927) Attached to: R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

I was looking for practical, real-world things I can do right now to enhance my life through science and technology.

That doesn't look like it was the point of the book. It looks like an overview of the field, not a how-to guide.

Instead, I got very thin treatments of many subjects

I don't think that's fair. According to Amazon, the book covers 90+ topics in 288 pages. I don't see how they could be in-depth about any of them.

important subjects left out (like the 19th Century Russian Cosmism movement (precursor to transhumanism))

The Cosmism entry is on page 52.

Data Storage

Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center 147

Posted by timothy
from the no-humans-involved dept.
An anonymous reader writes A German company has converted a 1960s nuclear bunker 100 miles from network hub Frankfurt into a state-of-the-art underground data center with very few operators and very little oxygen. IT Vision Technology (ITVT) CEO Jochen Klipfel says: 'We developed a solution that reduces the oxygen content in the air, so that even matches go outIt took us two years'. ITVT have the European Air Force among its customers, so security is an even higher priority than in the average DC build; the refurbished bunker has walls 11 feet thick and the central complex is buried twenty feet under the earth.

Comment: Re: Wow... Just "no". (Score 1) 204

by PapayaSF (#48869857) Attached to: Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

The Heritage Foundation proposal did include an individual mandate, but that's like saying your bedroom ceiling is based on the Sistine Chapel because they both are covered in paint. The Heritage proposal was for minimal, catastrophic insurance, what used to be called "major medical." That's the sort of insurance people used to be able to buy for maybe $50/month. But the ACA larded everything up with countless mandates (birth control, etc.), so that even minimal insurance is now expensive. And then, in one of many ironies, deductibles are now so high that many people avoid going to the doctor. Remember when the ACA was needed to ban "junk insurance policies," which were defined as policies with high deductibles? Down the memory hole!

I said years ago, before this monstrosity came online, that it would not work as claimed, and in fact might never work. I believe that prediction still holds. They've stopped talking about the problems with the backend, but AFAIK they have not yet fixed them, and are still doing things manually or with estimates. It will also be interesting this tax season, when millions of people find that their tax bill is higher than they thought it would be, thanks to the ACA.

Comment: Re:So what (Score 1) 160

by PapayaSF (#48853615) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

The rural areas say they hate government and redistribution of wealth - fine - then let them do without the wealth redistributed to them and maybe cities, unshackled by them, can begin to turn their own finances around.

Oh, how I hate this simplistic meme about how "blue" cities support the "red" suburbs and rural areas. One thing that it ignores is that a great deal of the wealth generated in cities is created by people who live (and vote) in suburbs and rural areas. it's called "commuting."

Or try this thought experiment: cities stop "distributing their wealth" to the suburbs and rural areas, and the suburbs and rural areas stop distributing their wealth to the cities... as well as "their" food, water, oil, gas, and electricity. Now who needs who more?

Comment: Thank you, President Obama! (Score 3, Insightful) 105

by PapayaSF (#48847491) Attached to: President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

Thank you for having dealt with all the other more pressing problems, domestic and foreign, so that now you have extra time for these folks! I'm sure they'll have lots of informed, trenchant, challenging questions for you, the answers to which will be informative and enlightening. It'll be the adversarial press speaking truth to power!

Comment: Re:Prediction: another Google flop (Score 1) 61

by PapayaSF (#48817875) Attached to: Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

I agree that "too thin" is an issue. I'd be happy if Apple stopped making iPhones thinner and instead used the space for more battery.

I'm not sure you're right about technological advances, though. While I'm not obsessed with the latest and greatest, I think it's impressive and meaningful that phones are getting to have near desktop-level processors, excellent cameras, etc. But I find it hard to image that Google will be able to create modules 1) with more impressive specs than an iPhone 6, and 2) be able to sell them at a competitive price.

Comment: Prediction: another Google flop (Score 3, Insightful) 61

by PapayaSF (#48817723) Attached to: Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

This has all the earmarks of another sounds-cool-at-first Google project that won't amount to much in the end.

Modularity sounds like a good idea, but in practice, in cellphones, I don't think it'll work. In objects of that size every millimeter counts, and modularity takes up quite a bit of space at that scale, because each part needs to be enclosed, securely attach to the others, etc. The trade-offs will mean you'll be able to pick one or two things (e.g. speed, battery life, extra features, etc.) but not all at the same time. And the prices won't be good, because manufacturer(s) will not have economies of scale: it'll be hard to compete with Apple and Samsung making millions and tens of millions of identical units.

Comment: Re:people are idiots (Score 1) 463

by PapayaSF (#48733981) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

I've been reading for 20+ years about these things called Macs that are far safer than Windows, and yet, somehow, nobody actually uses them.

"Nobody"? Even in the enterprise?

The rest of your comment misses my point: Perhaps in theory, OS X is "just an vulnerable," and maybe the OS X market share means malware authors don't bother. But whatever the causes, in the real world today, the results are undeniable: less malware on Macs.

"Now here's something you're really going to like!" -- Rocket J. Squirrel