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Comment: Re:Not fully junk (Score 1) 305

Cryonics Institute charges $28K for whole-body suspension. A fancy casket, funeral, flowers, burial plot, etc. can easily cost more than that. By spending that cash on cryonic suspension, there's a long shot of coming back in some form or other. Being turned into air pollution or worm poison is pretty much guaranteed to leave your body unrecoverable. Not much of a wager.

Comment: AI isn't taking over (Score 5, Insightful) 294

by gregor-e (#49327907) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk
All the doom-n-gloomers miss what's really going on. AI isn't taking over - we're redesigning ourselves. Once viable non-biological emulation of our existing mind becomes possible, people will choose to migrate themselves onto that. Humans will upgrade. The end of biology will be a matter of consumer preference.

Comment: Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 1) 353

It's anecdotal. It argues a need for someone to take a good statistical look at the situation, but I wouldn't read much more than that into it. She's not the only practitioner in that field, and I would imagine an effect as dramatic as she paints it to have gathered a bit more notice. Probably grandstanding for professional recognition on her part.

Comment: Re:They are just trolls with lots of money (Score 1) 418

by gregor-e (#49031707) Attached to: $10K Ethernet Cable Claims Audio Fidelity, If You're Stupid Enough To Buy It
You can tell the poseurs from the true audiophiles, though, by their electron hygiene. It is well-known that electrons are forced to wiggle back and forth to transmit signals. What is less well appreciated is the detrimental effect of electron fatigue on the quality of the signal. All that frantic jostling back and forth to transmit an audio or digital signal has a price. Electrons get, well, for lack of a better term, tired. This explains why, on first hearing, a new cable sounds terrific, but just a few weeks later there is no longer any detectable difference. True audiophiles take care to refresh the electrons in their cables by sending them to me for cable electron replacement. For just $500 per cable, I carefully swap out the tired electrons with the finest fresh, artisanal electrons, sourced from the lowest-noise, hand-crafted electric piles. Happy electrons make for happy ears. And you really can't put a price on happiness, can you?

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