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Comment: Needs animal testing/experimentation, not a ban. (Score 3, Informative) 299

by Rande (#49300693) Attached to: Scientists: It's Time To Resolve the Ethics of Editing Human Genome

My ethical problem would be that in the short-medium term, we don't understand what we're doing and will hurt more than we heal.
So need a few more decades with animal testing.

After that? Open the floodgates. Not everyone will want the 6'2" white blonde blueeyed children. I can see a market for catpeople, dogpeople, merpeople (colonise the oceans!); I'm sure there'll be one or two who want to incarnate Cthulu; wings capable of unaided flight might be difficult.
Never worry about being the wrong skin colour as everyone will be any colour of the rainbow - or even rainbow coloured!
Nightvision - eyeshine a reality!
Solar powered - get a lot of your daily calories just by standing naked in the sun.
Turn hair-growth on and off. Never have to shave again.

People who worry about eugenics are just lacking in imagination.

Comment: Foreclose (Score 1) 328

by Rande (#48917919) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Why not treat Greece like a Company or an Individual?
Send in the Administrators and the Baliffs. Greece still has lots of assets, sell them off, starting with the museums, some of the islands.
Fire the entire civil service and make them reapply for their jobs, supervised by some people who know how to run a government - maybe the Swiss and Austrians?

Or simply let Germany foreclose on the entire country and no more debt! And all the people are then the responsibility of the German govt to house and feed.

Comment: Re:Why is tech singled out? (Score 1) 441

by Rande (#48319771) Attached to: The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

but where are the SJ crusaders trying to get more men involved in teaching primary education.

Men who want to work in primary education are probably paedophiles, or at least will probably be accused of such, and once accused, will never be able to work again in the field unless conclusively proved innocent, and maybe not even then.

Comment: Transcendence (Score 1) 352

by Rande (#48219319) Attached to: White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Once we give up our meatbag bodies, a lot of the physics problems go away.
Admittedly, the tech to upload our brains into computers is a ways off, but it doesn't require amazing physics breakthroughs to get there (eg. wormholes, antigravity, FTL travel etc.).
We can send our computer brains off the planet at much higher Gs, not have to worry too much about flight time to other solar systems, and can grow and download back into meatbags at the final destination if we still desire such things.

Title aside, I hate the movie - dude, why didn't you just make multiple backups of yourself?

Comment: Backup your brain (Score 1) 549

by Rande (#48036227) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Due to the formidable problem of getting meatbags into orbit safely and cost-effectively, I suspect we'd have better luck uploading our brains into hardware that can handle really high G-forces, and roam the galaxy that way. _Much_ more efficient, don't have to muck about with food or disposal, just ensuring that there's enough solar power and what moving parts you have left aren't seized up.

Okay, okay, if you still want to, you could download back into a meatbag at your final destination.

Comment: Re:Nobody has the right not to be offended. (Score 1) 1134

by Rande (#47828105) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Get back to me when you've managed to codify 'common sense' into law. Or do you want to punish people who break unwritten laws based on what is held only in your head?
If you've manage to code 'common sense' into a machine, then I think the Nobel Committee wants to have a word with you.

Comment: Real Address? (Score 2) 113

by Rande (#47495235) Attached to: Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

What, you put your actual address in there? Why? No one I care about would use the Whois to contact me by snail mail. And if actual authorities need to find me, then they can subpoena my billing address (or maybe, y'know, just email me and set up an appointment?)
I think mine is currently set to some hotel in Uzbeckistan. Next renewal I think I'll set it to a Yurt in Mongolia.

Comment: Re:Isn't this classic anti-trust fodder (Score 2) 211

by Rande (#47117451) Attached to: Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Except there's nothing stopping the publishers from opening up their own website to sell ebooks.
The barrier to entry isn't that high.
Offer them for less than Amazon, with a good user experience and people will flock to it.
ie. Pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap.

Or are you saying that Amazon has forced them into 'Most favoured nation' clauses where they aren't allowed to sell for lower than Amazon? (Like Apple did, which _was_ anticompetitive)

Comment: As a reader... (Score 1) 405

I think Amazon&Kindle is great for finding authors, especially self-published authors that I'd never have found otherwise. Or even new books from authors I do like - because I'm not going to sign up to 100 newsletters to find out when the next book is.
Sure, quite a bit of self-published stuff is dross, but the 10% sample feature (usually) allows me to weed them out.
I can understand that other people may have different points of view and find the occasional typo, grammatical error or bad typesetting upsettings.
But OTOH, self-pub is often less than 50% of the price of a traditional book, and when you read ~150 books a year, that makes a difference.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"