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Comment: Cruel Inversion (Score 2) 222

by StikyPad (#46295515) Attached to: Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

pushing a product on the public with the hope that it will be useful once we have it is a cruel inversion of how product adoption should be handled.

Nonsense. People buy a product like a game console speculating that they will get future use out of it. This doesn't always pan out, as many second and third-gen consoles can demonstrate quite well. You can certainly make the argument (and I believe the author has) that the XBone raises the risk too high, and that's a valid point, but the only inversion going on here is the one between reality and wishful thinking.

Comment: Re:Everyone creates arbitrary lines (Score 1) 628

by StikyPad (#46021177) Attached to: 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

What's more cruel, caging chickens, or pricing food out of reach of the poor? While I acknowledge that it doesn't have to be a dichotomy, I would suggest that eliminating human starvation is a higher priority than deciding whether chickens are sad (but obviously not starving) and if so, how to remedy that.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell