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Comment Re:Go one step back in the reasoning (Score 1) 668

There is some involuntary comedy in the fact that people here seem to be complaining loudly about how they have to tolerate all this intolerance.

You are making the exact mistake I complain about: treating all complaints as equal.

I am not complaining about complaints, I'm complaining about:
- Acting upon complaints without merit.
- The lack of critical thinking in analyzing the merit in complaints.
- The lack of teaching effort dedicated to create that critical thinking in recent generations.

Specifically, I suggested John Cleese shouldn't focus on the first point.

You are making the second mistake.

Comment Go one step back in the reasoning (Score 5, Insightful) 668

Complaints about stupid things aren't a problem because of the impact of the solutions. They are a problem because of the decision of responding to all complaints, regardless of their legitimacy.

e.g.: When someone complains about hurt feelings, the problem isn't that the solution will destroy criticism and humor. The problem is taking action based on the complaint without analyzing its merit.

And, if one decides to go even one step before that, the problem is that the constant erosion of the teaching of critical thinking creates a population unable to think critically, which in turn makes that population incapable of deciding which situations are problems that have to be dealt with, and which are nonsense that has to be ignored.

It's: [Eliminate the teaching of critical thinking.] -> [Population takes action over silly complaints.] -> [Illogical action has consequences.]

Don't focus on the last step.

Comment Re:Dear black and whiter (Score 0) 582

The residential street is 100m from a 35mph four lane avenue. No fence, no limits. What stops the same careless kid to step onto the avenue to the left, instead of the street in front?

Following the "think of the careless children!" reasoning, we'd either have to:
- lower both limits
- lower none
- lower the residential street limit and fence the non residential streets to avoid children trespass.

Comment Re:legalism is a crap philosophy. (Score 0) 582

Two things about this, one, slower vehicles are much easier to avoid for careless kids and two, speed kills, every extra ten miles an hour exponentially increases the likelihood of the pedestrian being killed when hit.

Both of those are true in any street.

Are you suggesting to lower all speed limits to "dodgeable by and harmless to careless kids"? Or surround residential zones with guarded fences to stop the careless kids from leaving the special "kid speed" roads.

Sarcasm apart, I suppose you understand it's a matter of degrees, and the speed limit in that street could be correct or otherwise regardless of whether a kid was hit.

Comment 10cm (Score 4, Funny) 33

"Fujitsu and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have achieved a wireless transmission of 56Gbps over a 10cm distance [...] cellular capacity is improved in some areas through the addition of new mobile masts and small cells, the fibre networks used to link these sites to the wider network is either absent or not feasible to deploy in urban locations or on difficult terrain"

I'm no rocket scientist, but are we sure that the best solution is having satellites fly 10cm over our heads?

Comment Re:What about the people? (Score 5, Insightful) 56

Those millions of dollars spent researching moon rocks would be much better spent feeding the starving people on planet earth.

The millions of dollars spent paving your country's roads would also be better spent feeding the starving people. And the million spent in movies, sports or producing reality shows.

Why is it always science that has to justify its usefulness for the good of humanity compared to feeding the poor? Why not every other human venture, of which the immense majority add a minuscule value compared to space exploration?

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