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Comment Why wouldn't BB-8 become a lonely persons friend? (Score 1) 354

Why wouldn't BB-8 become a lonely persons friend?

Of course a sufficiently intelligent robot has the potential to become a humans friend. That's just about a no-brainer.

  My mother loves her dog more than some people love their child. She is devastated whenever the latest "Version" of her Yorkie dies - once every ~20 years - and quickly gets a new one, costs be damned. You should hear her talking to it.

Give a lonely fat nerd a sufficiently intelligent animee-cutie Android and of course he'd fall in love with it and have sex with it too. ... Heck, *I* would might even find that tempting even though I'm currently 90% fine with my love-life and the tango-hotties I regularly dance and sometimes do the hookie-pookie with are a strong source of envy to my buddies.

Comment Re:Its always been like this (Score 2) 354

People are wiling to throw away capitalism so easily because a lot of people can understand at an intuitive level that capitalism coupled with the fundamental laws of nature will result in the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer

You're an idiot. Look at north and south korea. Look at east and west germany before unification. The freer the market, the better off the average person gets.

-jcr

Comment Goes to show: Have ICBM == get taken seriously. (Score 1) 286

As strange as it is, this does go to show that ICBMs + Nuclear are the equivalent of pulling out a live hand-granade at a meeting.
Guaranteed full attention by everyone present.

There are people who say that the Ukraines biggest mistake was giving up their ICBMs. ... As tough as it is to admit, I think there's some truth in there some where.

Comment ATTENTION: Editor shortend my question - here's th (Score 1) 269

German officials recently suggested to make all transactions larger than 5000 Euros illegal in cash. It's only a proposal, but definitely some back-room grey-suits machiavellian attempt to introduce the concept of ultimate transaction tracking in the long term. We all know how this goes. With all this and the ever-looming cyberpunk future in close proximity, I'm starting to wonder if it isn't time to get myself familiar with crypto currency as a means of trade.
Bitcoin is all the hype, but the blockchain has flaws, in that it isn't as anonymous as one would hope for â" you can track past transactions. Rumors of Bitcoin showing cracks are popping up and also there are quite a few alternatives out there. So I have some questions: Is getting into dealing with crypto currency worthwhile already? Is bitcoin a way to go or will it falter under wide use / become easyly trackable once NSA and the likes adopt their systems to doing exactly that?
What digital currency has the technical and mind-share potential to superceed bitcoin? Are there feasible cryptocurrencies that have the upsides of bitcoin (such as a mathematical limit to their amount) but are fully anonymous in transactions? What do the economists and digi-currency nerds here have to contribute on that? What are your experiences with handling and holding cryptocurrency? And does bitcoin own the market or is it still flexible enough for an technology upgrade? May the discussion begin ...

Comment Weak reasoning. (Score 4, Insightful) 460

Excepting cases of rape and incest, you chose to have sex, deal with it.

What if the partner was lying about contraception?

What if somebody wasn't educated on the consequences of sex?

What if the mother was brought up in an enslavement society that taught her from early childhood that women should to as they are told and spread their legs when told to? (Basically all societies on this planet until a few decades ago)

What if somebody was emotionally coned into getting a child and the abandoned by those just as responsible? (Mostly men abandoning women, except in societies that ensure guys don't chicken out and have more-or-less equal rights)

What if somebody is using a child as an excuse for a free ride and as a vector for irresponsible behaviour?

Aside from that, I'd like to hear from you if it's better to keep the child and have it born into misery and/or abadoned into foster care or rather ensure that someone who doesn't want to have a child or technically can't handle it can abort (up to a medical resonable point that is).

Bottom line: Your reasoning looks so neat and simple, but it has holes so big as to drive a mac truck through them. Ergo: Wrong. You should reconsider your maximes on this.

Comment The Age of Cyberpunk with its Corporate Socialism (Score 2) 186

We're headed deaper into the world of cyberpunk once more with all its hallmarks, including corporate socialism (corporates reap gain, citziens/taxpayers pay loss). TPP is just another step along the way. ... I wonder when there will be a counter movement. ... Right now everyone get's bored when I try to explain software and algorithm patents to them.Or they simply believe it doesn't exist.

Whatever happens, I want a cyberdeck and Kanedas bike from Akira. ... And a tank with a few clones of me so I don't grow old. :-)

Comment Re:Trusting the UN? WHAT THE FUCK? (Score 1) 327

I've got news for you, sparky: saying "right wing propaganda" isn't some kind of magic incantation that makes your favorite teleprompter-in-chief's incompetence just vanish in a puff of wishful thinking.

What you are complaining about is that Obama didn't manage to clean up the complete mess that Bush managed to create

More like, the motherfucker continued everything he ran against. How many times has he signed extensions to the PATRIOT act?

-jcr

Submission + - Is it time to seriously get into crypto-currency? And if so, which?

Qbertino writes: German officials recently suggested to make all transactions larger than 5000 Euros illegal in cash. It's only a proposal, but definitely some back-room grey-suits machiavellian attempt to introduce the concept of ultimate transaction tracking in the long term. We all know how this goes. With all this and the ever-looming cyberpunk future in close proximity, I'm starting to wonder if it isn't time to get myself familiar with crypto currency as a means of trade.
Bitcoin is all the hype, but the blockchain has flaws, in that it isn't as anonymous as one would hope for — you can track past transactions. Rumors of Bitcoin showing cracks are popping up and also there are quite a few alternatives out there. So I have some questions: Is getting into dealing with crypto currency worthwhile already? Is bitcoin a way to go or will it falter under wide use / become easyly trackable once NSA and the likes adopt their systems to doing exactly that?
What digital currency has the technical and mind-share potential to superceed bitcoin? Are there feasible cryptocurrencies that have the upsides of bitcoin (such as a mathematical limit to their amount) but are fully anonymous in transactions? What do the economists and digi-currency nerds here have to contribute on that? What are your experiences with handling and holding cryptocurrency? And does bitcoin own the market or is it still flexible enough for an technology upgrade? May the discussion begin ...

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