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Comment Re:vague handwaving (Score 1) 116

This stuff is getting more sophisticated. I've been involved with microfluidics development and have at least a vague idea of the speed at which the field advances. It won't take more than two decades before any old engineer (not scientist) will be able to design bacteria. That includes the batshit crazy Islamist in Saudi Arabia or Turkey.

Comment Re:And is an example of the worst... (Score 1) 113

One reason why there was prosperity for all and not only the top 1% was related to the strength of unions. As the unions in the US got weakened and disbanded, so did the salaries and rights of workers decrease. The working class lost a lot of their negotiating power, and by now even lost the memory of those different times and conditions.
In the 50s, 60's and 70's, being left-leaning actually meant something. Today it's often a synonym of politically correct moron. Back in those decades the ultra-rich feared socialists and communists. Today's "liberals" are no threat to them. They would be ecstatic if Hillary became president.

Comment Re:Real liberals need to stop this (Score 2) 668

I have found lately that when I ask my liberal friends about this phenomenon (the erosion of free speech on college campuses by Generation Butthurt), they either feign ignorance or say that "it's no big deal" and quickly change the subject to whatever evil they think the Republicans are pulling lately. This is weak, and frankly I don't know how a true liberal would stand for such an encroachment on their own civil liberties. If these opposing views are so terrible, let them out there to be discussed and torn apart on the public eye, and force those espousing them to defend their viewpoints. Of course, that means you have to be able to defend your viewpoint as well, which is what this is all about.

I'm a (nordic) socialist, but also somewhat old school if nothing else because I'm +40, and to me the US and most of Europe's self-described "liberals" are nothing but weak and spoiled cunts. I despise them deeply.

Comment Re:UEFI is TCPA repackaged, nice and shiny. (Score 1) 699

UEFI in my book is definitely a reason not to buy the hardware using it.

So lock yourself in a cave away from technology is the only option?

Your logical fallacy is: strawman.

You misrepresented someone's argument to make it easier to attack.
By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone's argument, it's much easier to present your own position as being reasonable, but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.
Example: After Will said that we should put more money into health and education, Warren responded by saying that he was surprised that Will hates our country so much that he wants to leave it defenceless by cutting military spending.

Comment Re:Twitter shouldn't be shutting anyone down.. (Score 1) 832

The concept of free speech is far bigger than the constitution of the USA. People outside of the USA cherish it just as much as you, and many are still dying exercising or protecting free speech. Twitter may have legal rights to engage in selective censorship, but that does not make it right.

Comment I'll stick with VGA and SDI as long as possible (Score 1, Interesting) 406

Why? Because FUCK HDMI, that's why. I want my video port to send the video signal to my monitor without hand-shaking, asking for permissions and assuming I'm a pirate and kitten-murderer. HDMI takes so many rights and adds so many potential problems, that I find it hard to accept its presence in any of my devices. I have a ThinkPad with HDMI, but sure as hell am not going to use it.

Comment Re:Not without storage (Score 1) 346

There are many valid arguments against nuclear, but this isn't one of the stronger ones.

Actually, there aren't. On average, nuclear reactors are extremely clean and safe. Far, FAR safer than coal plants, and way more environment-friendly. In fact, nuclear plants are more environment-friendly than hydroplants.

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