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Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 364

Your employer generally doesn't care about what you do in private unless you bring it to work with you.

I don't think they need to get a grip at all. As long as society at large condemns excess of sex, drugs or guns and finds events including those news worthy any boss worth their salt is going to want to distance themselves from people who practice those. Because at the end of the day, if the company ends up being in the news for one of their employees putting up pictures of their weekend sex orgy on the company Facebook account, its the companies reputation, not just the individuals that ends up getting trashed.

If you don't sack the individual pretty quick you might lose reputation and business, and have to sack other people etc...

Its not Employers that need to get a grip, its everyone else, who watches the news.

Comment Re:Net economic loss? (Score 2) 189

Getting lots of smart people together yields cool technology. Doesn't mean that original goal that got them together has economic value, though.

Yes... It really does...

Everything we have today, when converted to your "economic value" was derived by some people doing something they didn't originally thought was going to give them "economic value".

Everything...

The human race literally benefits from any new and seemingly useless activity that it attempts to undertake. Someone much later eventually finds out how to make money out of that idea.

Let me give you a small example... The magazine "New Scientist" is only economically viable because people like reading about new non economically viable (yet) research. So particle physics is already generating revenue for some people.

This site is generating revenue from your visit because you chose to read about this story. Especially as you are anonymous and can see adverts.

It's already economical. In fact it's even better that it's done with public money because private industry (the only industry that generates a little thing called TAX) can just use the useful bits without spending huge amounts on R&D.

So the original goal of sating ones curiosity always has economic value. Even if you just watch other people do it on TV or read about it on Slashdot.

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman

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