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Comment: Re:Is that it? (Score 5, Insightful) 270

by jedidiah (#48654929) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

You are confused. His goal is not to improve humanity by creating cures for all of the things that will kill him before he turns age 120. His goal is to give a big "f*ck you" to the society that will create all of those cures for him.

He intends to benefit from society without contributing to it.

Comment: Re:Dementia will get'm long before 120 (Score 1) 270

by jedidiah (#48654763) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

> He's 47. He's got more than two decades before those are likely to affect him.

That's just a guess. He could be caught off guard by something manifesting before the "designated time". There probably isn't even enough suitable diagnostic procedures to screen for all of the possibilities.

Just because something usually hits after people are 65 doesn't mean that it will necessarily only hit YOU after you're 65. Those are just averages and people fall outside those averages.

On a certain level we are all unique snowflakes. We are all one-off forks of a massively complex biological code base. We don't understand that entire code base yet.

Comment: Re:Another paleo-wanker... (Score 3, Insightful) 270

by jedidiah (#48654677) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Ultimately, you can't be a slave to any ideology or fad. You have to actually have some self knowledge. You need to observe yourself and adjust accordingly.

We are not factory stamped duplicates. We are each a very complicated machine each a fork of some very complex bio-mechanical software. The idea that we are not all the same should be obvious to anyone on this site.

The idea that some of us thrive on habits that would be bad for others should be not terribly controversial.

You just have to be methodical and make the observations and sort yourself out and not blindly follow anything else.

Comment: Re:Slashdot sociopaths... (Score 2) 148

by jedidiah (#48654093) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

What suffering? If it's a modern zoo then they were doing everything they could to make this animal feel as comfortable as possible. The lack of gawkers might be a bit of an improvement. However, the do-gooders really only traded one guilded cage for another one.

The creature in question has no real legal rights or self-determination in either case.

This creature has just had one master traded for another. Beyond the sensationalist headline, this situation is really indistinguishable from a sales transaction.

This ape is still being treated as someone's property. Except it's now some class of person. Great precedent there.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 3, Informative) 148

by jedidiah (#48654057) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

She's still just an inmate. She's still being held against her will and being treated as a sub-human. The conditions might not even be that much better.

That all boils down to how primitive zoos are in Brazil.

Even if she were due some "big fat settlement" in a manner similar to a wrongfully convicted criminal, she still is in no position to manage it. Trying to pretend that she's a person really doesn't change this.

She has had no say in this process.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 5, Insightful) 148

by jedidiah (#48653931) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

This leads to an obvious followup question...

If this ape is a person then who is responsible for his care and feeding? Normally, an adult person is responsible for their own care and feeding including any required payment.

Will he be on the dole? Will he manage his own money? Will he do his own grocery shopping and cooking? Will he have a lease? Does he know he's supposed to use the toilet? Can he use the toilet? Can he manage putting on his own diapers if not?

Is this ape going to get a job? Or will it still remain effectively a sub-human in a different type of cage?

It looks like not much really changed here...

Comment: Re:false summary is false (Score 3, Insightful) 35

by jedidiah (#48652231) Attached to: Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

No. The real kicker is the Apple fanboys calling Education an "obscure niche" as soon as someone else gives them a bit of competition.

Even if you take the revised numbers provided by Apple partisans at face value, it still doesn't bode well for Apple. They are seeing stiff competition from a surprise "Dark Horse" product that no one would have ever expected capable of this.

They can try and spin things as much as they like but it won't really change the reality of the situation.

Education has long been thought of as an Apple stronghold which is why anyone cares about this.

Comment: Re:Dish Customer Here (Score 1) 259

by jedidiah (#48648203) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

The real retards here are the poople that will flee a cable service just because they stand up to an upstream content provider.

This is not about the bill going down. This is about the bill going up. Fox wants your cable bill to go up and Dish is fighting that.

Like any sane business, they don't want their costs going up. Unfortunately, they are dealing with monopoly products that have a single supplier.

It's high time that ALL cable providers itemized prices so that when channel X raises the bill, it is obvious that channel X is the greedy bastard that made your bill go up. No more hiding behind the reseller.

Comment: Re:The day the music and freedom died. (Score 4, Informative) 152

by jedidiah (#48641393) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Mickey Mouse is a trademark.

That's a different kettle of fish. That's the problem with everything getting thrown together as "intellectual property". It muddles together things with very different requirements and considerations.

Abuses and backlash will be inappriately applied.

Comment: Re: Who? (Score 1) 552

by jedidiah (#48634131) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Unless you've ever interacted with the cops you really have no reason to say anything about anything. Many people have this romantic idealized notion of the cops (or FBI) giving a f*ck when they usually do not.

One troll threatening another on the Internet is probably not enough to get them interested.

These people have important things to do and they have their careers to think about. They aren't going to waste their time chasing their tails over every random piece of bullsh*t. Sorry, but YOU and your problem are probably not important enough for them.

A threat against a school is probably something that they are more interested in. Better collar. More interesting media potential.

Comment: Re:Media blackout (Score 1) 552

by jedidiah (#48633985) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

The "corruption" angle of this is far more pervasive than just games or game reviews. It was an interesting coincidence that a Jewish reporter in Israel was complaining about media corruption from a different angle when this story was being broken.

Her perspective was that inconvenient facts and stories are not published. Things that don't support the dogma that your editors want to push are suppressed. Reality doesn't matter. The media wants to push it's view of things and "the news" is really just a work of fiction. Anything that doesn't support the narrative they want to present is ignored.

I'm not sure if it's shared ideology driven by the state of journalism academia or if it's mainly more crass corporate considerations but there's a definite group think at work.

Professional journalism at this point can be at best described as a form of political propaganda.

Any given program, when running, is obsolete.