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Comment Re:The TL;DR (Score 1) 59

Some web browsers start using the color names for some reason that the article glosses over

I understood this to be a result of the leading browser at the time (Mosaic) being developed on Unix. You had to have Motif to compile it yourself, but there were binaries available for most popular Unixes. Most of them didn't come with Motif, although that was beginning to change.

Comment Re:abysmal human rights records (Score 1) 26

Yeah, they should torture its citizens the way we do it (solitary confinement) and manipulate politics the way we do it (through the media, and institutionalized vote fraud) and oppress only the minorities we oppress, etc. etc.

I mean, I'm with you on China, but we should clean our own house first

Comment Re:Please, it is getting old.... (Score 1) 32

You can look at the network packets and go from there.

Right, that's been done, we discussed it here on Slashdot.

Now, since that requires some basic technical skills, you ofcource are incapable of doing it

Big words from a coward who isn't even capable of looking back at prior discussions we had on this topic where, if you did so, you would find vindication for my statements.

Comment Re:Trek Still had money. (Score 1) 477

They used the credit system for trading with other worlds. So there must be some form of currency.

Does the federation really use a credit system for trading with other worlds? Every time we see a starship captain need something they can't replicate, they wind up having to trade for it. If the Federation used standardized trade credits, they could just make a wire transfer.

Even in Starfleet, Officers get their own quarters, while many enlisted members share bunks. There is still a reward system in place for people who do the smaller supply and high demand job. As well in the trek world.

Only a small percentage of Federation society belongs to Starfleet, or even works on a freighter.

there seems to be people who are doing some rather tough jobs, not because they really want to, but because they feel like they need to.

That's how it really works for most people with tough jobs who are not at the very bottom rung of society. They could work less or work a different job and still meet their needs.

Now they may not have a currency system, but perhaps a system where your work that you performs allows for a particular quality of life. So a low skill job, such as the equivalent of a fast food worker. Will allow you to have a small 25 square meter studio apartment, with 10 square meter rooms for each child. You would have transportation privileges to go to places you need to go with a modest amount needed to go to places you want to go.

Actually, they'd probably let you go absolutely anywhere. But you probably have to win a lottery or something to go to the most popular places that everyone wants to visit. We already have systems like this.

While if you are in charge of a galactic institution where you have a lot of responsibilities then you have the equivalent of a mansion, and access to nearly unlimited transportation, and other privileges.

Didn't Data have such a dwelling at Cambridge?... ah yes, Wikipedia informs me that my memory does not fail me on this occasion.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 477

Jealousy isn't a basic human behaviour? I think the world over can demonstrate that it is.

They have jealousy in Trek, even among the ostensible best of us, that is the characters typically presented on the shows who can be presumed to be the best of the best. But they have very few greedy. I assume their society is better at providing for people's basic needs; once those are met, it takes little more to be happy.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 477

Your example however fails to demonstrate that an economy without money would work. While the Roman would have laughed at you or pitied you - only the medium of exchange has changed. The underlying organization of the civilization and economy remains the more or less same, and still relies on money.

Actually, there's a pretty big difference between a pure fiat currency and a currency which has actual intrinsic value like a gold coin. That gold coin can be made straight into jewelry. That dollar... well, you know how it works.

Comment Re:But we're already relying on artificial scarcit (Score 1) 477

But obviously some things you might ask for the Mind it couldn't do for ethical or resource issues; and then the Mind would presumably not do it.

Sure, but if you were crafty enough you could go take some LPs (limited personalities, that is) off to an asteroid field someplace and do whatever you wanted.

Comment Re:Democrats, not the "Electoral System" (Score 1) 209

The UK has a first-past-the-post system had had a coalition government between 2010-2015. It has also seen the complete wipeout of the two main parties in Scotland in favour of a third nationalist party.

The idea that a two-party system under FPTP is inevitable, is not backed by the facts.

Comment Re:Summary fail (Score 1) 59

OpenTTD's interface is absolutely marvellous, it's like a proto-Win95 within itself.

Oh yeah, windows 95. That's the operating system where I had to memorize a bunch of shell commands because the GUI was so incomplete. I can see why you'd draw that comparison, but not why you'd find it to be favorable.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 477

If everything is all sunshine and roses on Earth after first contact, then there's no reason for anyone to go offworld and start forming colonies.

Sure there is. They're looking for something other than sunshine and roses. Lots of colonists complain about how Earth is too crowded for their tastes, and they want to do something other than the usual safe activities of Earth. It's hard for people to get killed even mountain climbing or what have you on Earth in the 24th century, apparently.

Earth has been colonizing space for over a century by the time we get to the events of TNG et al., so it's not shocking if there are Earthling colonists way out in bumfuck.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 477

Harvey Mudd. He certainly got around. Of course there was Deep Space 9, a portal for trading ships to come and go.

Trading ships from Earth are government-sponsored. Mudd presumably swindled his way into his ship. But any citizen of the federation can renounce their citizenship, and if they can manage to keep their hands on it without help, nothing in intergalactic law appears to prevent their owning it. Otherwise, there don't appear to be any interests within the federation which are powerful enough to create a starship save for the federation itself. Not all of it can be replicated even if you can come up with the energy budget, however that's accounted for, and you've got to come up with useful dilithium crystals someplace.

There appears to be vanishingly few starships in private human hands in the Trek universe.

You are in a maze of UUCP connections, all alike.