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Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 1048

It's reasonable to expect all people to refrain from credibly threatening the lives of others.

Sorry, but it really is unreasonable to expect ALL people from credibly threatening the lives of others. After all, these are people we are talking about. Maybe you don't have a lot of experience with people, but some are really messed up. Since we are talking about credible threats, it's reasonable for us to kill anyone who makes these credible threats.

As a disclaimer I'll point out that the above threat is not credible.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by invid (#47576721) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
Unfortunately, for most people's everyday online activities, they can get traced back by a sufficiently informed an connected agency and are not truly anonymous anyway. I see a future where anonymity and privacy are going to fade away, and most people will just shrug and say 'meh'. We give away privacy for convenience ever time we use a credit card. We do it every time we use a smart phone. Currently, it only exists for those who actively try to be anonymous.

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 5, Informative) 503

by invid (#47481901) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
The only way the Russian's can "win" this propaganda war is if they can somehow convince those Europeans who make decisions about sanctions that they had nothing to do with the downing of the passenger jet. People will want to know where that Buk missile launcher came from, who gave the order to shoot, and where that missile launcher is now. If there is any evidence that the Russians had any direct involvement with this, no amount of propaganda will help them outside of the regions where they have complete control of the media.

Comment: Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (Score 1) 93

by invid (#47118531) Attached to: Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets
I'm going to assume that intelligent civilizations are much more rare than natural resources in the galaxy. Since intelligent civilizations probably develop in radically different ways, we would be far more valuable as objects of study than as a source of minerals. It would enhance the survival of a star spanning civilization to understand how other intelligent civilizations evolve.

Comment: George Carlin (Score 1) 136

by invid (#47073559) Attached to: Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

~George Carlin

If all the world's economists were laid end to end, we wouldn't reach a conclusion. -- William Baumol