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Comment Re:Give it time (Score 1) 37

Transhumanism is inevitable. Shortly after prosthetic performance exceeds human performance early adopters and those willing to push boundaries will opt-in to the technology. Acceptance is then just a few short generations away, all the while the state-of-the-art will continue to improve.

Can you imagine a future baseball league with a F1 style technology homologation committee to normalize the performance of the athletes' augmentations? I can't wait! Unfortunately I probably won't live another 80-130 years to see it.

Comment Freedom of Speech is the key. (Score 4, Insightful) 662

As Martin NiemÃller sagely said:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.

Political correctness* stems from a perfectly reasonable idea: be nice to other people.

But as the Founding Fathers wisely intuited 240 years ago, to INSIST on that itself is at root a sort of social tyranny, which indeed then opens the slippery-slope question "according to whom?"

A multicultural society CANNOT function in which everyone has to constantly try to anticipate everyone else's triggers.

The only reasonable solution is a general promotion of freedom of speech and internalizing the idea that offense is self-created. This isn't to say people shouldn't be offended; in my view much of the progress of humanity has stemmed from people being offended at something or another. They certainly have the right to their offense. But when this offense fuels actions that are then designed to constrain other peoples' right to their own freedom of speech - there a line is crossed, and the corrosion of free speech begins.

(And for the pedants, yes, I'm aware that the Constitutional provision about free speech only applies to the behavior of the Federal government; I'm speaking more broadly in terms of cultural values.)

*the real comedy is that there are still people who ardently insist there IS "no such thing" (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/9/24/781372/-)

Comment Irrelevant (Score 1) 196

....as Scotland isn't a country.

It's as meaningful as insisting a plane overflew "Iowan" airspace.

It may have overflown UK airspace, and I'd suspect that the UK was cool with it (whether they knew what it was doing or not, as I'm guessing US/UK flights don't necessarily engender too much scrutiny).

Comment Re:Hey, anybody that can... (Score 1) 634

She did. And....she won the equivalent to 6 of 6. Somehow.


"The disclosure that Hillary Rodham Clinton parlayed $1,000 into nearly $100,000 through highly speculative commodities trading may create political embarrassment for the Clintons, who have sharply criticized a national culture of greed during the Reagan and Bush years in the White House."

Comment Re: gwx_control_panel (Score 1) 573

Why is it bad when Microsoft does this?

It is bad when Linux does it -- sometimes. Remember the backlash against Gnome 3 and Unity? This is why we have mate and Cinnamon desktops.
But, that being said, it's worse in this case with Windows for a variety of reasons:

* It's almost compulsory.
* Windows 10 comes with a lot of privacy concerns
* Windows 10 does not work on all systems it wants to install itself on (google "Something happened" for more info)

Additionally, I HATE Microsoft and this is easy bash fodder. So, there's that.

Comment Re:Slashdot: News for Haters (Score 1) 405

tl;dr version: We waste shitloads of money on all sorts of things, why not waste it on this?

(Which is a pretty weak justification for massive spending of public money...)

I think the reasons the /. posters are frothing so much about this is in direct relation to how FUNDAMENTALLY stupid it is, and this is a technically oriented crowd that reacts viscerally to technical ignorance: you know, like make a public roadway surface of GLASS (with all of it's obvious shortcomings*), expecting that glass to remain light-transmissive despite the use by millions of cars (tires carry things like, you know, stones?), etc.

1) strength, obviously. Trucks weigh upwards of 50t. Add the compressive forces of braking, etc...yikes.
2) fragility to temperature: one of the reasons asphalt is so widely used is that it's FLEXIBLE at a wide range of temperatures, resisting cracking. Glass is notoriously bad at this - as you can see pouring hot liquid into a glass that's at 0 c..
3) repair costs: (also related to #2) - asphalt is used as a patcher because it's super cheap.
4) friction is pretty important to a road surface, particularly wet friction. While a glass surface can certainly be 'rough textured' this would directly impede its ability to transmit light for the solar power function.

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