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Comment: Scientists are generally trusted (Score 0, Troll) 260 260

Because scientists are trusted they hold a lot of power to do good or in this case, evil. Reminds me of the junk science and lies with "global warming".

Like cops, teachers, priests, etc., scientists are highly regarded and our blind trust in them can lead to tragic results.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 1) 623 623

I get that, but that too is a lazy argument taken from a Philosophy 101 course (i.e. "if God is all-mighty could he create a stone even He cannot lift?"). My rebuttal is, "what created the universe, it's here so how did it come into being, the Big Bang is generally accepted to be the start but what was before the Big Bang..." etc.) Yet we are in fact here (or we think we are). An accepted way to prove the existence of something is to prove it's effect on the things around it without directly observing the thing or phenomena in question. We see it all the time when studying astronomy. Numerous studies have shown that people who regularly attend church (of any denomination) are generally happier than those who do not. I'm talking populations, not individuals so please don't state how noble and happy you are because there's plenty of folks like that in every camp. Population-wise, believers lead happier lives...what's the root cause? Most likely it's belonging to a group of like-minded people who support each other and go good acts within their communities but could it be that God is acting somehow on their lives? Even if it's a placebo effect, it is a good thing.

Comment: Re:But the price... (Score 1) 128 128

...and I'd rather be wearing a small fitness tracker when I walk then carry my smartphone... I run and see plenty of folks carrying smartphones and wearing gigantic Beats headphones so maybe I'm in the minority but I prefer convenience over accuracy.

Comment: Panic Button? (Score 1) 91 91

The one thing a panic button (or calling 9-1-1) will do is let the police know who raped and/or killed the Uber user. It will not protect them in any way...

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Carry a gun instead (and train how to use it safely and legally).

Comment: Hypocrits (Score 1) 431 431

But not having any encryption by default kept the citizens lawful and the government acted lawlessly. I prefer this way where my personal information is a little safer form criminals and the government.

Really, the government's just mad they can't break the law and monitor us without a warrant.

Comment: Bring back lead-based paint. (Score 1) 290 290

How much energy will the police need to transmit in order to penetrate a home and accurately see it's occupants? Are we all just to accept the fact we'll receive several lifetimes worth of x-ray radiation if the police suspect us of something?

I suspect the laws in the '70's banning lead paint was to prepare for this inevitable day.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.

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