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Comment Re:This Is a Comment Expressing New Found Skeptici (Score 1) 193

Immediate attack on the parent poster's political affiliation... obviously the party that he belongs to (judging by this one issue, even though I don't know where he stands on others) is absolutely full of complete psychos and want to do all kinds of other bad things that will destroy civilization as we know it. And they completely fulfill the most extreme version of every stereotype about them.

Immediate attack on the two-party system. Accuse Democrats and Republicans of being exactly the same in every way. Baseless claim that Libertarians offer the only meaningful solutions stemming from my mistrust of the horrific lurching monstrosity called "government," whose true functions, in actuality, I only vaguely understand.

Comment Re:The internet says "Prince is over" (Score 1) 450

This is a ludicrous mindset, that making a living should only be secondary for an artist. Replace "artist" in your sentence with any other profession. Try, "the purpose of being a teacher is to teach because it is what you love. If you can manage to not starve while you do it, more power to you." Artists serve an important function in our society (arguably as important as any other profession), and to dismiss their needs because of some cliche mentality of how the arts should operate is trivializing how important they are to our culture. I'm not saying you should go into the arts expecting to become rich, just as you shouldn't go into ANY profession expecting to get rich, but by the same token being an artist is a profession like any other and artists should be able to make a living from their work if there is a sufficient market for it.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 624

Yeah, I can't see how this will withstand a constitutional challenge. Commercial speech in the US is less protected than political/expressive speech, so if anything the government should have a weaker case than it did when that New Hampshire conviction got overturned (it will have much greater difficulty showing compelling interest for the statute, assuming the same level of scrutiny is used). Freedom of speech includes freedom not to speak.

Comment Re:About moral relativism.... (Score 1) 840

Yes, moral relativism is bad.

Bullshit. Morality changes all the time, and has constantly throughout history. Try reading the Old Testament and then tell me that we should live by the code of morality expressed within - one that sanctions slavery, genocide, repression of women, and countless other atrocities (by our modern standards). If morality is absolute, then how do we even know that our society has it right, considering how many other standards of morality have prevailed throughout human existence? Absolute morality is a myth, as any cursory examination of history will reveal.

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 4, Interesting) 287

Unfortunately, for a member of Gen Y, it is not a question of an interest in personal privacy. Facebook has become a legitimate part of our social identity. A great deal of communication and social interaction goes on through Facebook. While I agree that the changes to Facebook are horrendous, deleting my profile is simply not an option if I want to continue to have a full social life - for example, many events/parties/gatherings/whatever are coordinated solely through Facebook, and off the top of my head I cannot think of a single friend of mine that does not have a profile. Not having a profile at this stage would be akin to an 18th-century Frenchman deciding not to go to salons because he thought they were lame. It is simply not an option unless I want to become a pariah.

Of course, the trouble is that Facebook knows how important it has become, and now can essentially do whatever it wants knowing that very few people will ever leave due to the reasons I expressed above.
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Submission + - 5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Ad->

RepelHistory writes: So, the headlines say somebody else has died due to video game addiction. Yes, it's Korea again.

What the hell? Look, I'm not saying video games are heroin. I totally get that the victims had other shit going on in their lives. But, half of you reading this know a World of Warcraft addict and experts say video game addiction is a thing. So here's the big question: Are some games intentionally designed to keep you compulsively playing, even when you're not enjoying it?

Oh, hell yes. And their methods are downright creepy.

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Comment I'm glad they admitted their motivations (Score 2, Insightful) 197

'It is something that would really capture the imagination,' said Dr Ellen Stofan, from Proxemy Research, who leads the study team. 'The story of human exploration on Earth has been one of navigation and seafaring, and the idea that we could explore for the first time an extraterrestrial sea I think would be mind-blowing for most people,'

Sometimes the point of science need be be nothing more than to capture our imaginations and/or blow our minds.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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