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Comment Re:Ungreatful Cunt (Score 1) 214 214

Really? You think you'd be allowed to destroy a multibillion dollar cancer treatment industry with your cure? Especially if it was a cheap cure?
You don't think they'd kidnap/kill you, torture the formula out of you, and then only offer the cure to the very rich/powerful in secret?
(Okay, not realistic - cancer has so many forms that a cure for one type isn't going to work for most of the other types, but the sentiment remains.)

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

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) 328 328

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) 441 441

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) 352 352

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) 549 549

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 1134

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.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"