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Comment: Re:Great tool for insurance companies, too (Score 2) 74 74

The flu isn't really a great example for "risky behavior." I would be surprised if I've been exposed to less than 50 strains of the flu virus and I go 3-5 years between being sick with the flu or similar on average. The flu is mostly just a symptom of a life-style that involves being around other people.

Comment: hmm (Score 4, Insightful) 126 126

For one thing, the tickets capture seats that will go unused, and an airline would have no way to sell those unused seats.

So they're arguing that because the customer doesn't use a seat they paid for thus preventing them from reselling it to someone else that they can't resell it to someone else.


Comment: I don't know what to think (Score 5, Interesting) 407 407

I am completely and totally for letting people have the freedom to do whatever drugs they want to. The war on drugs has been a blight on our civilation long enough

That being said, a world where taking things like adderall to compete in the employment world is not only accepted but possibly even expected scares the shit out of me.

Comment: It's done on purpose (Score 1) 368 368

A lot of sci-fi has its roots in an earlier era where it was risky to question the way things were. Authors of the time got around this by setting everything in an alien setting to disguise what it really was. Most sci-fi to this day continues the tradition of being more about social commentary than getting things accurate.

Comment: Re:What is it? (Score 1) 80 80

This is a very good point. There's a very active campaign going on to confuse people about net neutrality. I've gotten into enough arguments with people that actually agreed with me but had been misled by some of these campaigns that I have to ask people what they think it is before we talk about it.

Comment: Too bad so much Creative Commons is poisoned. (Score 4, Interesting) 39 39

When creative commons licensing first started gaining a lot of popularity I was excited. What a great way to share creative talent with on another and help to create even better works. Then I started looking on a bunch of music sites that host creative commons licensed material and was shocked by what I found. Song after song and sample after sample contained blatant sampling of other copyrighted works. I personally can't trust anything licensed under creative commons as I can't verify that what I'm using is safe to use without fear of a lawsuit. Unfortunately, the well has been poisoned.

One person's error is another person's data.