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Comment Re:Oops ... (Score 2) 266

Suprise inspections, secret water testing, force them to publicly show their procedures and regulatory processes. Frankly I'd much rather the fracking industry put under so much pressure that they decide it's not worth it than risk poisoning our water. As a society, by allowing fracking, we're saying "Yeah I'm okay with toxic chemicals passing through our already scarce groundwater sources and applying pressure that *may* cause earthquakes" Even if the science is clean of bias/corruption/negligence, which I strongly doubt, I don't think I'll ever be okay with it as a route to energy.

Comment Re:Mass Murder (Score 1) 249

You did not say "etymology" specifically but you were discussing the meaning of a word and the definition of "etymology" is:

the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.

Pretty sure that's what you were talking about in your original comment. Just because you're discussing current etymological trends of the term "genocide" doesn't make it any less an argument based on etymology.

Also, I'm gonna go ahead and say that your point about genocide not being "wrong at all" technically speaking, is pretty ridiculous:

Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aimed at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. [Lemkin]

How would one go about that peacefully?

Comment Re:Artists paid 16 times as much for Spotify than (Score 1) 305

But we live in a capitalist society and your (and others) attitude towards artists will inevitably influence (TBH we're probably past the PONR) the entire music sector. Just as you must (if you want to be a responsible citizen, i suppose...) think about your groceries, household products (really everything!) that you purchase, so too must you think of how your purchasing affects musicians (and all the arts).

Unless of course you are excited for more Disney pop stars and less creativity/complexity in music...

I don't owe musicians anything

Just because *you* don't value your music doesn't mean that it is "their problem" as you so rudely put it. As members of a capitalist society, if we want any non-survival/necessity product to remain cared-for/value-generating then we must be diligent in providing proper valuation or risk losing it. Gov't/Corporate interests have readily shown for much of the twentieth century that valuing music (and all the entertainment industries) and musicians is an externality of lining record company execs' wallets. Musicians who try to change that are just excluded from the measly scraps leftover.

That's exactly what I'd need to do if what I did brought in no money.

Right, because the RIAA are so keen on helping musicians. This is such an out-of-touch conclusion that assumes that there is something they can do. The problem MUST be the artists are just not willing to fight for it! Right... the way Americans and the US/State governments treat unions, collective bargaining, government workers is indicative of how "that's exactly what I'd need to do" is EXACTLY what none of them can do.

But I guess everyone should just homogeneously shift into only the most efficient money-producing professions....

Comment Not that much better than javascript (Score 1) 180

This is what turned me off on Dart as well. Carte blanche optional typing is about as useful as no types at all. Either add static typing that is enforced or don't add types at all.

Also turned off by the arbitrary divergence from JS. Why?

If they would've required typing there would've been a hell of a lot more people complaining about it than the few who can't handle a little developer freedom. Sometimes you just want to scaffold out some code. Then something starts messing up, go back and add some types and see how your data moves through your application. Or start entirely with typing, then as you run into some of the pitfalls of typing, remove some of that typing and boom, your code is smooth again. It's really the best of both worlds as it allows for both typing people and non-typing people to work together through typedefs and interfacing. Or you can live wholly in either world! You also have to keep in mind that (a) the code is probably going to be compiled down to JavaScript (for the time being) and (b) that the production dart engine doesn't typecheck at all and that's a part of how they get their performance (there is a checked production option though too). BTW, have you seen this?

Comment Re:subject (Score 1) 347

Read it again because they are not saying speed of light is wrong. Even the headline isn't saying that but the headline is sensationalism anyways. As a previous commenter stated (and the OP), since the light as it travels periodically (potentially/probably might be better word choices here) changes into an electron-positron pair, those brief times as massed particles are affected by gravity (naturally) and it adds up to quite an impact at large distances.

Comment Kickstarter/Amazon still get their cut (Score 1) 448

Problem is, this affects Kickstarter's credibility as everyone who gets burned on this will think twice about supporting Kickstarter projects in the future. Services like Kickstarter seem to forget that even though their revenue is coming from the creators, their primary user-base is still those pledging and when you want people to plunk down large sums for (degrees of) unknowns, then you better have user trust as a primary company value.

Comment So... (Score 1) 311

The current method being expensive has no bearing on whether or not this method will prove futile or at least overly expensive. Especially because the costs are never-ending and many roads in the US are beyond their intended life. It's quite obvious that the hullabaloo over this idea is that it will mean maintenance costs are negligible (this is the idea at least) in comparison to current roads (where complete reconstruction is needed) and the roads themselves become energy capital! It's quite obvious to anyone aware of the costs and the process involved in road maintenance that our current method is not sustainable nor efficient. That's why some states use tolls and others just say "you deal with it" through adopt-a-highway programs.

Comment Re:Out of Body? (Score 1) 351

You sound rational. You may wish to incorporate the studies of Sleep Paralysis into your knowledge base. I experience "out of body" experiences, see demons and angels and aliens and many other strange things, even hear prophetic voices while awake, I can confirm events with people in the room with me, except that which occurs due to my waking dreams. Even the profound sense of infinite selflessness and love, or blushing with jealousy or terrible unfounded fear can be mental hallucinations in this state.

Agreed that the mind is capable of melding dream imagery with real world perceptions. Another simple example is how getting your leg caught or hearing knocking can manifest inside of dreams as your mind tries to make sense of it all.

The mind constructs elaborate delusions to make sense of the random synapse firings, but the structures of the brain yields commonalities (won by evolution) when stimulated -- That is what feelings are, ancestral knowledge encoded in you DNA about how to respond in certain situations that is generally favorable to preserving the genes. Thus common hallucinations are also observed, we have similar DNA, it's only logical.

Not sure how you reached many of these assertions or how this relates to the OP's point about subjectivity and science's lack of tools (or perhaps incompatibility) with regards to comprehending it.

To continue the OP's train, you can do some analysis of subjective experiences (though arguably just philosophical) by finding commonalities, discussing origins and evolutionary purpose, and searching for something objective that could be further studied. On this route, the most interesting question is why would this begin occurring as your brain shuts down? From an evolutionary psychology perspective, why would this be helpful to human beings?

I would argue two possibilities arise: to ease or to excite (with a possible third being your point of utter randomness). Personally, easing the dying mind seems to make sense but also feels like it would require intelligent design. To excite would be odd because an NDE usually involves dream imagery and thus would probably lower your chance of survival as your brain may be battling a centaur rather than the guy who just knifed you in the street. To be random is certainly plausible but I don't really understand why this would arise as your brain is beginning the shutdown process and (as noted in the original article) is even more active than waking state. The scientists even go as far as asserting that the brain is capable of "well-organized" thought. To me, the mere fact that your brain is creating a semi-sensible NDE puts a kibosh on the idea that this is random.

Comment Re:Even now (Score 1) 364

What I really want to know is what factors are preventing them from taking this route. They already have a site for HBO GO but it's only accessible to cable subscribers with HBO package. I'm wondering if the cable networks have HBO locked into a deal or maybe they are just threatening some kind of anti-compete lawsuit or something.

Comment Re:Obama's too conservative (Score 1) 688

Actually being "conservative" in America today is not necessarily the "right" either. conservative can be broken down into social conservative and fiscal conservative. Fiscal leans NOT towards personal freedom but freedom of capital. Social leans NOT towards personal freedom but for traditional christian values ('traditional' being up-in-the-air as to what that means really) To me both are terrible political ideals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participatory_politics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participatory_economics

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long