Only once ever have I been to a dealer for parts (and never again). Common service items such as oil filters, gaskets and various other bits and pieces can come from any generic parts store. Anything else can be found via some shop on the internet (and for older cars, the scrap yard will usually yield a spare in good condition - when I owned an older car, my parts needs were nearly always fulfilled by the local scrappy)
If we had any shortage in the labor force that would make sense - but we don't. In fact increasing automation seems to be on track to give us a massive glut of labor on the market long before the century is out.
>If longer lives were optimal for our speciestens to hundreds of thousands of years ago, we would already be living them.
Things change. Technology and culture far faster than biology. If something were to happen to reduce the human population to an easily sustainable number, say a few hundred thousand, then my only opposition to life extension would be how it allows the powerful to continue concentrating power that much longer before the instability and diffusion that comes with trying to transfer it to the next generation.
Absolutely no reason you can't do both.
Is she worthy of backing?
Is her cause worth backing?
If your answers are "No" and "Yes", and you make that clear, then your support can be an even more powerful boon to the cause than the support of those who would happily follow her off a cliff. Not to mention informing her potential opponents in the next election as to which issues are actually important to you.
If human beings were better about planning for even a couple years down the road I might buy that line of reasoning.
Perhaps XFCE would make a better choice?
Consider - user-space fragmentation is a non-issue. So long as I can grab a program and run it, my choice of GUI is irrelevant to anyone else except the tech support guy. The issue is developer-space fragmentation: a developer doesn't want to incur the extra expense of supporting a bajillion different platforms, even a handful can be a pain in the ass. And the vast majority of software doesn't actually care all that much about the OS GUI or the fancy features it adds.
So, it makes sense to choose one of the most minimalist GUIS as the baseline - something that is potentially a strict subset in terms of API-exposed functionality so that anything that works on it, works on everything. Now I don't know much about the guts of XFCE, but if nothing else I imagine it would be easier to modify that into a baseline than KDE or Gnome.
Indeed. *Provided* of course that binaries are compatible across distros, which of course also requires a comprehensive set of shared APIs for common functionality.
One of the reasons I've never done much development for Linux is that, unlike Windows, it requires making multiple packages for at least all the primary "trunk" distros, and I still get a far smaller audience than with Windows. Meanwhile if I target Windows and spend just a little extra effort to make sure it's WINE compatible, then pretty much anyone can use my software without issues.
So long as the cost is paid by Microsoft in the form of decreased OS market share, I don't see the problem.
Oh, by all means take pleasure in it. But if you want to see things change keep your pleasure to yourself and back her protest. "Even my detractors are rallying behind me" is a powerful battle cry.
Only a little? Time to paint a few more updates on the side of that barn...
Can't argue with that - anyone claiming that space colonization is a solution to the population problem is living in a fantasy land. Except for the scenario you yourself pointed out - space colonization is an *excellent* test bed for the technologies that would let us build closed-loop arcologies here on Earth.
On the other hand arguing that the resources spent on space exploration would be better spent on life extension research is equally deluded, and far more destructive if successful.
By that logic fusion power is easy, we've already made plenty of devices that employ it. It's only the controlled release of energy and the conversion to electricity that's hard.
Power transmission generally refers to the complete end-to-end system - i.e. transmission hasn't meaningfully occurred until you can plug in an appliance at the destination. I agree that near-GEO orbits are the way to go for ease of targetting, but that increases the transmission range by two orders of magnitude. If we've managed 90 miles with decent efficiency (I have no idea what the efficiency was, maybe they transmitted several kW and only received 20W) then power transmission to/from LEO should be feasible if we can manage the targetting issue. But trying to extend the same technology to 22,000 miles is a not-trivial feat of engineering. Remember the old adage "In theory there's no difference between theory and practice, in practice there is"
Prohibition generally refers fairly specifically to the banning of the recreational consumption of certain substances, other uses generally use the word form "prohibiting". So you're talking about a victimless act that is generally banned either for fear of broader social damage - alcohol's effect on self-control and "morality" being a really obvious example here. Or because it's a convenient way to target certain sub-populations for harassment, or is financially convenient for large actors - marijuana being the obvious candidate here as, at the time of prohibition, it was primarily popular among lower class "colored people", especially Mexicans, due in part to it's low cost (it's a weed - even on the black market it's still cheaper than alcohol) and it's cousin hemp was a major competitor to both the pharmaceutical and lumber industries - bigots and big business allied to make a massive push for prohibition on that one.
Perhaps the fact that we're currently consuming an estimated 40% more resources than can sustainably be harvested from the planet, continuously depleting the carrying capacity of the planet's biosphere? Sure, a lot of that is waste, maybe most. But until we get our consumption under control we can't sustainably support even the existing population.
You're kidding, right? Kids at boarding school have far more access to porn than those who are not.