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Comment: Re:Maybe... (Score 3, Insightful) 195

by dcollins (#47899363) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

In principle, I'm all for this. Practically, however: life always expands to take up all the space/resources available to it. The Star Trek economy needs either infinite resources (impossible) or population controls (distasteful) to be feasible. Otherwise at some point you'll get a virus such as a religious doctrine that says have as many kids as you can and suck up as many public resources as possible, and do nothing else with them, and we'll be right back at the edge of scarcity and collapse.

"Which is the greater danger - nuclear warfare or the population explosion? The latter absolutely! To bring about nuclear war, someone has to DO something; someone has to press a button. To bring about destruction by overcrowding, mass starvation, anarchy, the destruction of our most cherished values-there is no need to do anything. We need only do nothing except what comes naturally - and breed. And how easy it is to do nothing."
-- Isaac Asimov

Comment: Re:Dear God, no (Score 1) 368

by dcollins (#47869025) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

"We all work so that we can pay the bills... go on and do bigger and better things that 2BN dollars can provide."

Will the work on the things post-2BN also be to pay the bills? Seems like a contradiction. I wonder what proportion of people are actually not working to pay the bills.

Comment: dash cams. (Score 3, Insightful) 455

by dcollins (#47794287) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Skeptical; citation needed. This goes against millions of cases of city payouts for rights violations. Google "payment for false arrest": 4.95 million results.

Here's just one that's on-topic from earlier this month: "Brooklyn man wins $125,000 settlement after claiming he was arrested for recording stop-and-frisk"

Comment: Re:Who signs the checks (Score 1) 371

by dcollins (#47692395) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

This is a great story and thanks for posting it. The best companies are where the engineers are founders, in charge, or co-in-charge (as in your story). When the founding engineers leave, basically, engineers will never again control the direction of the company and it becomes more or less zombie-fied thereafter.

I have a lot of friends who have indie businesses like artists, musicians, one-person fashion design shops, etc. One thing that becomes highly evident is that you have to be a great and dedicated artists, yes, but then you also have to double your effort by spending an equivalent time on the business side (bookkeeping, billing, promotions, sales, etc.) It's hard. But it's kind of telling that most of the posters in this thread are bellyaching about how helpless they are in the face of businesspeople, without talking about the "find or found an engineer-driven company", which is the real solution. To the extent that someone wants to put their head in the sand and avoid business issues (as I did when I was younger), then you're handing over just this power to people whose personality tends towards taking advantage of the vulnerable.

Or engineers could unionize, but we all know they're not willing to fight for themselves in that way.

Comment: Re:East end subway (Score 1) 131

by dcollins (#47692265) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

I have/had certain acquaintances who would fall for almost every conspiracy theory and faux-news story that came down the pipe on FB. The first thing I thought about this feature is, "Oh god, now D--- will start railing about the Facebook conspiracy to de-legitimize these critical alternative news stories."

Comment: Re:This is why I'm leaving academia. (Score 1) 541

by dcollins (#47666135) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

So you agree that the only true scientific debate here is on the debunk-the-book side. But you're irritated that 100 researchers are motivated to agree with that. And you're also defending Time Cube guy? If someone spent time debunking that, you'd be morally offended? Your point is so murky I seriously can't tell what it is. You must have some convoluted tangle of beliefs that I can't even begin to visualize.

Comment: Re:This is why I'm leaving academia. (Score 1) 541

by dcollins (#47666051) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

"...most science is now funded by governments with an intense need to have AGW true so they can enact policies they really, really want to implement."

Ludicrously insane. Explicate these supposed policies and why they'd supposedly want to implement them sans global warming. Contrast with the political will on the side of energy companies and big oil with enormous wealth, massive lobbying, and an incentive to prevent any type of reform -- the real analog to tobacco company interests. Consider: What policies have been implemented to fight global warming? Ah, that's right: none whatsoever.

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