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Comment universe as incubator, temporary nursery (Score 3, Interesting) 312 312

My money's on the idea that our universe is just an incubator for new life. A nursery. Stars are heat lamps, planets are nests, etc. Eventually, technological civilizations grow out of childhood, learn enough about their surroundings to realize there's much more out there, and their tech develops enough to let them escape and join the party outside the universe, where all the other super-old civilizations are. Crazy rambling, I know, but it's a good seed for ideas.

Comment Re:So true (Score 3, Insightful) 126 126

It seems to me to be a rather empty existence if you define your worth by nothing but what you make [...] if your definition of self is only in what you make, then what does that really say? What is the point?

You get a measure of immortality. (If you're good enough at whatever it is you do, and enough people know about it or buy it.)

Comment the report has almost nothing to do with taping (Score 1) 189 189

I just watched the whole thing. It's a feature on the potential of music videos and the viability of videodiscs (large optical (?) discs containing mostly music videos). The report starts off with some worry over a slump in the music industry, and briefly mentions home taping, but that's one of the few times it's ever mentioned. The entire rest of the report talks about what these new-fangled "music videos" are, and whether videodiscs can ever take off, considering people's limited patience for watching a few minutes of video over and over and over. It's interesting in its own right, but this Slashdot story is completely misleading. If the music industry is "worried" about a few seconds (literally) of incidental hand-wringing buried in a longer report about something else entirely from 30 years ago, these people are insane.

Comment Re:The vicious cycle (Score 1) 510 510

Holy hell. I thought I was the only one who thought of my weekends that way. On Saturdays, I'm like, "Why was I looking forward to this so much? I'm just sitting around, wasting time." And then ... Sundays. *shudder* The dread of Mondays kills any sense of freedom on Sundays, and turns the just-past Saturday into this magical day of wasted opportunity in hindsight.

I think I'd enjoy my weekends more if every Friday I was deluded into thinking I had a 3-day weekend ahead of me, and I didn't find out I had to go into work on Monday until Monday morning, when my alarm goes off. I might enjoy a Sunday, for once.

Comment reminds me of (Score 1) 319 319

Reminds me of the early 1900s, when live orchestras would play during silent movies. Along came recorded movie sound, and thus pre-recorded musical scores to accompany them, and the musicians protested this invasion and the loss of their jobs. I was trying to find an entry about it on the Paleo Future blog, can't seem to.

Comment Re:Getting scary (Score 2, Insightful) 909 909

They have decided to not appeal to fringe geeks and nerds but to instead appeal to the affluent mass market in order to meet their moral responsibility. That moral mass market would prefer if "porn" was not readily available on their consumer electronic devices.

I hate to hit you with this, but the overwhelming majority of the population, both male and female, consume porn to one degree or another, and it is the "moral" minority who consume it more voraciously than normal, healthy people who don't hold fucked up bronze age beliefs that sex is bad. (Amusingly, online porn purchases slightly decrease on Sundays.) The market Apple is appealing to isn't moral, it's just hypocritical, not unlike the stridently anti-gay politicians who frequently turn out to be gay themselves.

The majority may claim to be above porn, but this is the same majority who also claim to be above masturbation, contrary to every reputable study ever conducted, which finds that non-masturbators are a tiny minority, especially among men.

_YOU_ may not like that but Apple's shareholders, to whom Apple answers, likes it quite a bit.

Sounds like you like it. I rather expect that most of Apple's shareholders will like anything that increases their profits. If that happens to be Steve Jobs' messiah complex, so be it. If, on the other hand, they thought there was a good way to monetize the iPhone's use to tap into the multi-billion-dollar porn market without hurting existing iPhone sales, then it would be Apple's moral responsibility -- your words, not mine -- to devote considerable resources to making sure that fisting videos were available with the tap of a finger, now wouldn't it?

But that's how morality goes, isn't it? Any time you hear someone talking loudly about it, you can bet you're dealing with a hypocrite.

It's great to be smart 'cause then you know stuff.