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Comment: Re:Dystopian v/s utopian (Score 1) 171

by deathcloset (#47918269) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Keep in mind utopian failures are not a societal thing they are a species thing. In all cases human utopian societies are subverted and corrupted by a parasitical sub-species of humanity, psychopaths. Quite simply remove them and a lot of humanities problems will go away with them.

Be careful trimming our claws. You wouldn't want the 501st to have fought without a Lt. Speirs now would you?

"Winters assessed Speirs as being one of the finest combat officers in the battalion. He wrote in his memoirs that Speirs had worked hard to earn a reputation as a killer and had often killed for shock value.[7] Winters stated that Speirs was alleged on one occasion to have killed six German prisoners of war with a Thompson submachinegun and that the battalion leadership must have been aware of the allegations, but chose to ignore the charges because of the pressing need to retain qualified combat leaders."

I don't think they need to be done away with, but maybe they need to be better used or positioned: keep the claws, but keep them away from the face.

Comment: WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (Score 5, Insightful) 183

by deathcloset (#47863283) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart
I strongly believe that in the not too distant future the number 1 thing that people will wonder why we were so dumb as to not notice it was a horrible idea was having every goddamn thing connected and communicating.

ROM people. ROM!!! (the second ROM was written in allcaps for emphasis)

You can't remotely exploit a device without a network or public interface.

We're so obsessed with connectivity and networks these days that we are blinded to the negatives of all this connectivity - thinking they are just problems of the system to be resolved rather than inherent aspects of the system which can not be gotten rid of.

Alrighty rant(off);
v Now since, like you, I love the internet and connected thingymabobs somebody please reply and give some really good counterarguments against my thinking that IP addresses+Organs is a bad idea.

Comment: Zero-G is bad long term, but what about 1/6-G? (Score 4, Interesting) 109

by deathcloset (#47769645) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts
This is an unintuitive wild speculation, but I wonder if these effects are a linear function of the gravity or if there is a more complex interaction.
In other words, if Alice spent 6 monts in zero-G and Bob spent 6 months in 0.166-G, and assuming equal eye health, would Bob have less damage than Alice or more?

Obviously the human body emerged out of a 1-G environment, so the eye has evolved with those pressures. But just because removing those pressures completely may result in harm, that is not to say that removing those pressures partially would be harmful.

The only non-zero-G astronauts I know of were the Apollo folks - but I can't find any information (or anectdotes from them) on the difference in physiological effects of zero-g versus 1/6th-G.

It seems like they would have experienced less intercranial pressure and would have had an actual reference for up and down.

Oh space be a harsh mistress.

Comment: Agricultural Revolution 2.0 (Score 5, Interesting) 140

by deathcloset (#47758805) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering
Humans must control the environment, it's just what we do. To quote the late, great Jacob Bronowski, man is, “...not a figure in a landscape, but the shaper of the landscape.” We've already affected the planet - just look at the deforestation in the Amazon (the jungle) from satellite images - it's impossible to ignore, even from space. If your face looked like the Amazon looks right now you would go see a doctor. How could this not be inevitable? First we sow the fields, next we sow the planets.

Comment: Re:Satire is not trolling (Score 1) 457

by deathcloset (#47678279) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases
Those were griefers, not trolls. Trolls do it for the kek but griefers go for the neck. When I troll it is only ever for fun and profit with the only goal being that of enacting some kind of Socratic realization or interaction, but never with the intent to harm somebody emotionally. It's fun to poke, that's what trolls do: griefers don't poke, they stab. Sarcasm and satire are the mainstays of the troll. Personal attacks and such, however, are the M.O. of the griefer. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, there is a difference. Dissent is vital, though understandably a bit unpalatable. I hope one day there will be a widespread understanding of the difference between these two distinct, but superficially similar species and the importance of the one, and the subsequent need to recognize and handle the other.

Comment: Re:Some people... (Score 3, Funny) 457

by deathcloset (#47678165) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases
The jester is not a psychopath. The joker is. There are trolls and there are griefers. One laughs at misfortune, the other thrives on it. There needs to be a distinction before unjust laws might be enacted under which nobody will be able to experience Natalie Portman's hot grits: that would be the real tragedy.

Comment: Re:Please Explain This Crap (Score 1) 868

by deathcloset (#47558315) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
Don't be mistaken, they are a just a lion in a den of other lions. They are all literally fighting over sticks and stones: holy sites. If it were at least Oil we could at least say they were fighting over resources, but that region is obsessed with killing each other over ancient, probably historically inaccurate, vendettas and magical piles of dirt. It is a region of unstoppable forces and immovable objects. This is what happens when they meet - violence and destruction of everything except themselves.

Comment: Convergent and Recurrent Evolution shows this (Score 1) 63

by deathcloset (#47483385) Attached to: The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting
I think that convergent evolution would be a very high-level example of how the results of selection can be predictable and are in fact repeated, even if the actual underlying mechanisms and specific genes involved in the convergent adaption in different species differ, the results are the same. Recurrent evolution also seems to support the "non-random" or "predictable" nature of evolution. In other words, if you put a square organism in a round environment, we know that its successful decedents will have rounded edges.

Comment: Why do scientists falsify? Or how can they? (Score 3) 52

by deathcloset (#47226001) Attached to: Japanese Stem Cell Debacle Could Bring Down Entire Center
They must know they will be found out - especially the more sensational the finding. After all, science is not like philosophy. Science is meant to be used, and for something to be used it has to work. People will try to use it and it wont work and they will immediately know that there has been a falsification. I mean, it's not like this kind of stuff is up to interpretation or anything - there is a method and a result. If there is no result then the method is in error. What are they thinking?

Comment: Re:keeping a budget (Score 1) 174

by deathcloset (#46730061) Attached to: Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

We'd have the money if we'd kick the trailer trash and hood rats off of welfare and sent the illegals back to their shithole country. Be careful who you kick and where you kick them. This guy might actually figure out fusion energy - eh? This dude is why we have welfare. When you mine for gold there is mostly dirt...but there's gold too. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. And a penny saved is a penny earned. And make yourself a bowl of soup and wrap a hot towel around your head. And don't stay out too late! Ah, whatever.

Comment: These are griefers, not trolls. Trolling is fun (Score 4, Insightful) 116

I understand that some trolling is bullying: that's when it becomes griefing - but most trolling is just sarcastic fun. I have, on many occasions, made joking jest and played the role (with dripping socratic irony) of the troll to the great delight of myself and others.

If somebody is truly upset, however, I would not, could not, continue to deride them. So that's where the fine line may be drawn.

Those that would are to be called griefers, not trolls.

Griefers are trolls intending harm. Trolls in my opinion and in my definition are merely out for Natalie Portman's hot grits - whatever those may be.

Comment: Depression is weird (Score 1) 257

by deathcloset (#46654833) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
When you are depressed you are supposed to have lower mental activity, and yet some of the most brilliant people have been known to be clinically depressed [citation not needed]. So then, if depression sometimes comes with brilliance, what gives?

And does this mean that for some people of this class antidepressants (chemical and psychological) have the effect of actually dulling insight and brilliance?

Be depressed, be brilliant: Be happy, be dumb.

Life is such a bitch.

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