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Comment: Re:How about ignoring it? (Score 1) 450

by Sperbels (#48634661) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

What you can or cannot believe isn't important, the truth is that canabis can have a devastating effect on the developing teenage mind.

Then legalizing and age restricting it will probably make it harder to acquire. As I recall, when I was in highschool in the early 90's--with the "War on Drugs" in full force--it was far easier to acquire pot, LSD, and cocaine than it was to get beer. Now that's just sad.

Comment: Microsoft the pusher? (Score 3, Insightful) 215

by Sperbels (#48620027) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?
Give them a taste for free, then when they're hooked, gouge them.... Visual Studio and .Net do tend to be well received by everyone. The consensus is that it's a good product and a pleasure to use. The only problem with it is that you have to run it on Windows. So, perhaps the plan is to support .Net on Linux for a while, then yank the support for Linux away and force everyone back to Windows and SQL Server or rewrite their application for another platform.

Comment: Pointless (Score 1) 198

by Sperbels (#48617903) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration
Venus will never be inhabitable until we can radically alter the atmosphere. Colonizing the atmosphere is pointless. Where are you going to get raw materials? It would be far easier to hollow out an asteroid and colonize the interior than it ever would be to establish a presence on Venus.

Comment: Re: This is not the problem (Score 1) 654

by Sperbels (#48617201) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Well it's clear you don't want to be part of the group. You can probably take your lunch tray from our little social microcosm and sit at your own table all alone and nobody will care. At least until you come back and shoot up the school because your self inflicted ostracization fucked you up mentally.

Comment: Re:Luddites (Score 1) 654

by Sperbels (#48617049) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

The beauty of an AI system is the system can be designed from the ground up avoid the restrictions we have.

Any sort of sapient artificially intelligent program we "create" is almost certainly not going to be designed from the ground up. It will most likely be designed with the ability to learn, and it will teach itself.

Comment: Re:Tired of this shit (Score 2) 446

by Sperbels (#48611637) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies
Well, now that you got your rant out, I'm going to tell you that you missed my point.

I don't really care too much about making social commentaries or judgements. I just think it would be interesting to see how it affects you psychologically when you are a treated differently by society. I suspect that you'll quickly become a different person and behave and perceive the world like that other person. You might ever see yourself behaving in a manner that you despise in others. It would be quite an effective way make everyone a lot more tolerant of everyone else (not just black and white Americans) because everyone can empathize with everyone else. But more importantly....what an excellent trip toy.

Comment: Re:Tired of this shit (Score 1) 446

by Sperbels (#48610853) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies
Uh, this is not an accusation. As far as I call this is just an interesting social experiment. And one that I'm eager to participate in. Ever since I got Oculus Rift, I've been wanting to experience the world through the eyes of other people and see how it psychologically affects me to be treated like somebody else. Somebody uglier, or more attractive, or smarter, or dumber, or a better dresser, or a different gender, or a different race, or a richer/poorer, a different age, sicklier, buff and intimidating. Surely this is something that would be extremely interesting to most people.

Comment: Re:Sentimental claptrap (Score 1) 91

by Sperbels (#48523623) Attached to: Why Pluto Still Matters
I'm not sure I would consider that a boundary. For a substantial part of their lifetime, our planets were not considered planets.

We know now that planet formation is common place and occurs around nearly every single point of light in the sky. I just don't think the word should still be specific to the Solar System as it currently stands. We need a definition that includes the current planets, and the "other planets".

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie

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