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Comment: Re:Mod points (Score 1) 104

by hackwrench (#49142341) Attached to: Argonne National Laboratory Shuts Down Online Ask a Scientist Program
No, the FAQ doesn't appear to say. Maybe it used to. I've been a registered user on this site for years, and only once early on in my time as a registered user was I given mod points and that's before they introduced meta-moderation. I remember reading there was a situation on this site where they took moderation away from users that participated, but I don't think I did.

Comment: Re: Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 1) 389

by hackwrench (#49095395) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job
No. I believe that housing and feeding everyone is what's good for society and once a person believes in what's good for society they don't have to be forced to do the right thing. Money shouldn't be used to force anyone to do anything, but there still needs to be a form of record keeping to be assist in keeping everyone up to date with society's needs.

Comment: Re: stop abuses of the patent system, not scrap it (Score 1) 145

by hackwrench (#49086297) Attached to: The Burden of Intellectual Property Rights On Clean Energy Technologies
So all the wars they taught us about didn't happen? And that slavery thing was part of the system too. No the system did not work "just about fine" for 200 years. Sorry, but attempting to look at the patent system in isolation doesn't work. But even there, I am reminded of the situation between Elisha Grey and Alexander Graham Bell. Elisha Grey couldn't file a patent on a similar system because Bell got there a little bit earlier. Perhaps neither of them should have gotten the patent because if two people could independently come up with a similar idea, one might think it would be obvious. Someone in another thread said that the Wright brothers tied up aviation advances for years with their patent. How long did the Roman empire exist for? Do you want to go back to that, too?

Comment: Re: Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 1) 389

by hackwrench (#49084285) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job
What's not logical is to assume that all contributing is rewarded with money, that all people who have money came by all of it by contributing, or that the contributors will produce only as much as they are capable of using so it is not being logical to be upset at those who for whatever reason aren't meeting your standards of contribution. What do you have to say about inherited wealth and investments made from it? What about being born into a rich family?

Comment: Re:stop abuses of the patent system, not scrap it (Score 2) 145

by hackwrench (#49083047) Attached to: The Burden of Intellectual Property Rights On Clean Energy Technologies
What we really need to do is sit down and talk about whether we merely need to stop abuses of the patent system, or need to scrap it altogether and in the meantime do what we can to stop the most egregous abuses of the system. We also need to sit down and have the same talk about the economic system in general.

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Comment: Re: Numerology (Score 1) 183

I've yet to see described the experiment that determines velocity without observing two positions of an object and then doing calculations. That is, I haven't seen described the experiment that observes velocity directly. I only hear of the uncertainty principle with regards to knowing both at the same time and something about Heisenberg having a mathematical proof and nothing about how velocity can be observed and not merely calculated from observing two timed positions. Well of course you can't know the velocity at the same time as the position if the only means of determining the velocity is through calculation.

Comment: Re: Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 1) 389

by hackwrench (#49079613) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job
You want to be left mostly alone by government, but nobody wants to be left completely alone by everybody else. What is work to you? Making elevators go to the right floor used to be something that people got paid to do, but now is done without pay, so I don't accept the without pay no "work" will get done without further proof, and I think those "freeloaders" are probably doing a lot of things that people at one time or another got paid to do, so I don't accept that, either.

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