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Comment: Re:One word. (Score 1) 483

by briancox2 (#47077549) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny
Can you demonstrate that being unconscious is a more pleasant death than being conscious.

Just because people have convinced themselves that something is better doesn't make it so. Experience belongs to those that have it. Studying blood and brainwaves and chemicals may make the observer feel better about the experience. But it doesn't tell you anything about how the actual act was experienced.

Comment: And he's the only one? (Score 5, Insightful) 311

by briancox2 (#46907823) Attached to: Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law
I can't seems to stop a suspicion from forming in the back of my mind that somewhere someone is trying to shift blame on the recent news of anti-trust behavior onto the one guy who is no longer here. Doesn't it take 2 to tango? In this very news story, I read that Google was complicate in the scheme of preventing a competitive job market. So let's report on the story that should be reported, please -- Who in Google is going to jail over this?

Comment: Re:Why is it that cell phone companies... (Score 5, Insightful) 482

by briancox2 (#46892279) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?
-1 Troll?

I wish I had a mod point to spare you, my friend. Except someone taking offense at your language, you make a great point. (Ironically, Bennet is very much pro-f-word.)

Every couple of weeks, Bennet Haselton has an idea, and much like Hugo Chavez, he feels that he and we have a duty to get into a lengthy discussion about his ideas on the matter. And who is he? He's a guy that started some once controversial websites and promotes internet freedom. So do I, by the way, though I don't make it my full time job. Are his ideas brighter and more wise than mine or yours? I can't say they are when he calls T-Mobile profitable.

But, apparently, timothy thinks his ideas are so important that normal Slashdot story excerpt length needs to be set aside any time he has something to say. So why should it be "Troll" behavior to question why his ideas are heralded while the ideas of most others can only earn a dominance of Score:5 at most? I think that's very relevant discussion on this thread. I M H O.

Comment: An economy is an economy. (Score 2) 331

by briancox2 (#46852905) Attached to: Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust
"what compels people to open up their homes and cars to complete strangers is money, not trust."

That's interesting. Could the exact same thing be said about the banking industry? And the insurance industry? And stock brokerages? ... and ...

The fact that New York magazine smears the sharing economy with the word "desperation" just speaks of editoralizing that tries to use controversial words to grab attention. Without the prestige of slick magazine paper, we would just call that activity "trolling".

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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