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Comment How do you live with the pedants? (Score 2) 129

How do you feel about the fact that while important questions go unanswered people are harvesting points simply by taking the word "thanks" off the end of posts? Does it worry you at all that the kind of people most attracted to your site are not interested in actually answering questions?

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 563

"Do we need actually infinite resources or would we just need enough resources to cover everyone's needs?"

Spot on. Although you mentioned socialism so be ready for the flood of accusations of being a communist dictator.

It's only our primitive 21st century economics that tells us we need infinite exponential growth in order to continue.

Let's just see how sustainable we think that is 300 years from now.

Comment Re:Relativity gets ignored in Star Trek (Score 1) 563

"you do not adequately understand the effects of relativity"

No it is entirely untrue that the writers of star trek ignore the effects of relativity - they even play on it in oh I don't know EVERY THIRD OR FOURTH EPISODE EVER. That is why long range communications or interstellar travel involve subspace, a space where presumably some form of instantaneous of much-faster-than-light travel or communication are possible.

Now don't get me started on the whole Star Trek IV warp 10 thing, but if you can believe that a spaceship can be made to go faster than light is it not even possible to imagine that they have sorted out some of the other problems inherent to that?

Submission + - Are Apple, Google, Facebook about to profit from domestic violence? (

aybiss writes: On ABC's (Australia) The Drum tonight there was a story about the Australian Federal Govt pledging $100m towards domestic violence action. Part of the story involved the purchase of 20,000 'safe phones' which can be given to those escaping domestic violence so that they can't be tracked by GPS.

Do you think that the big tech companies have something to answer on this issue? I for one disable the entire feature and I'm not sure whether these phones simply won't have GPS or whether it is permanently disabled or simply turned off in the phones' settings, but surely instead of pledging to purchase MORE smartphones and either pay more for the phones to be specially made/setup or for someone to set them up, we should be demanding that phones explicitly ask every time they want to make someone's location public?

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 64

"Is a "no, you!"-kind of reply all you can come up with for a proper comeback?"

He/she probably decided a dick like you that lashes out at random and clearly has huge issues about relationships wouldn't be worth the effort.

I've seen people be all sorts of idiots on here, this is about the most unjustified and personal attack ever.

PS before you ask I'm married AND know where my wife is. Is that OK with you?

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 307

At some stage a decision was made to monetise ads by how many times they're served, not by how many times they're actually effective (e.g. clicked on).

I don't think they could have foreseen the landscape that would create, but hey, they're advertisers - anything bad that happens to them is just funny.

Comment Re:What happens when (Score 1) 1291

This has been said so many times on this page.

a) What do you care what Joe spends his money on? It helps the economy anwyay, which your opinions on this would seem to indicate, would help you.
b) I'm sure you won't smell too much of the rotting Soylent masses from your ivory tower, so why do you care what happens to Joe?
c) For the love of God how does it hurt you if someone else decides to help Joe?

Please try to think about being in a position that doesn't involve having just bought a Jeep and then reconsider the proposal. That goes for everyone else on this page who assumes nothing bad will ever happen to their career.

"Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!" -- The Ghostbusters