In any case, I will not retard our technological sophistication simply to satisfy the baseless worries of Luddites.
Don't worry about it; they'll be more than glad to worry about it for you.
And just guessing here -- if you can appreciably extend life, then you're also putting off "meeting your maker". I could see a fatwa brewing over this, since "if man was meant to live longer God would have done it already."
Or hell, maybe I'm getting too cynical in my old age.
They're only breaking the spirit of the law, not the letter.
TL;DR: then write better laws that account for that in the first place.
This sounds like you're somehow upset. Why? No, seriously? Ignoring the fact that I'm an atheist and think spirits only exist inside bottles [but none of mine, they're all empty], why is this a problem?
SAY what you mean, but don't have an unwritten agreement about what it's supposed to mean. Now you can argue all day long over what the meaning of words like "IS" is (at least if your name is Bill), but damnit write the law in an unambiguous way.
If you write it incorrectly then don't be surprised if people interpret it differently. Yes, I know -- companies are evil and always trying to just barely stay on the legal side of the law. Well: GOOD. FOR. THEM. Not everyone was present when it was written and perhaps missed the wink wink nudge nudge dance about it's actual meaning.
If you wanted something else to happen, then it should have been written that way in the first place. If a law is outdated, "wrong", or if you don't like it then get it changed -- but then don't go make and make it retroactive, either. Laws are supposed to enforce certain actions and discourage others, but it's impossible to change PAST actions.
Also, if you have unintended consequences for a law, maybe you should have read/thought about it more before you enacted it. I swear, I think the only ones that actually read a law before it's passed are the flunkies who actually type it in; everyone else goes off what it's SUPPOSED to say.
And (I think) we have too damn many of them -- everyone's a criminal now-a-days. Let's enforce the ones on the books, ditch the ones that are wrong (...from who's standards? But still enforcing them while they're on the books), and reword the ones with problems.
The NSA? Oh, I think they're mostly the good guys. It's the senior level managers that are supposed to keep them in check. But the NSA Chief lied to Congress and they don't hold him accountable, so why should be be surprised when that trickles on down? Hell, you can even see how the lawyers bend things into shape if you read "Privacy" as "No human knows". (If a message is read by a computer and NEVER by a human, is it still private?)
For that matter, why don't "We, the People" hold our own representatives accountable for their (IN-)actions? We're just as bad as them -- even MORE so since we're the ones ultimately responsible for the things being done in our name.
A judge's job is to interpret the existing law, not make stuff up to conform to what the law should be....
I agree with that.
So judges are effectively a CPU, simply executing what's written. (GOTO but not DWIW.)
"why does e^(pi * i) = -1", in a very non-obvious way
That IS a very non-obvious way to say it. "Math is Hard" Barbie says why not just come out and admit it without the shaming and cryptic symbols:
I Eat PI which gives a result of -1 -- since I ate it, it's gone, and so magically disappeared! (...and perhaps magically delicious too if it's made from Lucky Charms.)
. So, when you have to physically sort things, what algorithm (if any) do you use?"
The pitchsort algorithm AKA a bonfire. Works even better in winter!
Of I just toss it if it's a bill. They'll send another...
This is why we should go 100% solar and not use electricity at night.
Damn. I can't find the link -- maybe this?
I remember reading an article maybe 5 years ago about how in Europe (Germany?) they were providing subsidies for solar power. During an audit, they discovered one company providing (and billing for) generating solar power at night.
How? Easy: diesel generators.
Video is a form of documentation, you know.
Yes! Yes! That's exactly why I watch so much pr0n, just for the documentation. And I sometimes have to study for hours just to understand all of the nuances of the control functions.
By that logic, a "B" student in one class could be an "A" student in the same class with the same professor on the same material with the same answers
Then they REALLY HAVE "worked for" and "deserve" that A, don't they?
(Now give me my trophy for breathing already.)
far too many of us get comfortable and find ourselves reaching into our middle years with skills that are no longer in demand.
What are you talking about? I can still read the punches from 80 column Hollerith cards directly with the best of them. And although I'm out of a job right now, this nice guy from Zimbabwe is promising to meet me in an interview once I pay for his elderly mother to be taken care of. After all, it's not a skill everyone has today -- I'm in demand!
One trick is to make all your responses correspond to extreme and erratic indicators of "lying," completely throwing off the baseline
Accurate, but not exactly new. I learned about this trick from Harry Harrison's "The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge" published in 1970 (I had to look it up; I've slept since then.)
Fooling a polygraph takes skill, practice and training. All of which I had. It can only be done in certain circumstances and this one had been ideal.
A sudden interview without normalizing tests being run on the subject.
Therefore I began the interview in a near panic--before any questions had been asked. All of this must have peaked nicely on his graph. I was afraid. Of him, of something, anything. But when he had asked the loaded question meant to uncover a spy--the question I knew was coming--I had relaxed and the readout had shown this.
I for one would like to see my great^x grand children living on another rock circling another fireball one day.
On yet another rock? Screw that, they aren't big enough, they're dirty, and just too darn cold. How about living on that great big fireball instead? Lots more room, and we solve the global warming process as well!
MS is going to be out lots of money for the licenses they've charged for.
Nope -- no replacements, no refunds. Didn't you read that in the EULA when you clicked and legally agreed to everything in it?