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Comment Re:Why animals can't be given human rights. (Score 1) 171 171

What exactly do you think "rights" are but a form of social contract?

That's not the exclusive meaning of "right". Here is the dictionary definition:

"a moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way"

The part about "legal entitlement" does indeed fit the definition of a social contract, which is all fine and good, but the definition involving "moral" allows people to get away with all sort of logical absurdities.

So, I think my original objection to the phrase "right to life" still stands.

Comment Re:Trucking (Score 1) 875 875

Speaking of horses... Electric cars have not yet reached the Tipping point of surpassing horses in the US.

That's because horses are far greener than electric cars. You put in a biofuel in one end and compost comes out the other. And they have excellent self-driving abilities. So electric cars don't stand a chance against horses.

Comment Re:Why animals can't be given human rights. (Score 1) 171 171

Humans have a right to life.

Do we? I'ld say its not a right, it's just a social contract. You can get into a lot of logical absurdities if you assume humans have a right to life, rather than simply accepting that we CHOOSE not to kill one another, because, frankly, being killed is a major drag.

Comment Let me rephrase that quesion (Score 5, Insightful) 352 352

I think the question is whether everyone should be writing software AND then attempting to sell it to others via the app store. The answer to that, IMHO is no, as making software for others requires a level of professionalism and quality not everyone can reach.

But it would be nice if we could somehow rewind back to the 80s in which every computer came with a simple programming language so that if I wanted to throw together some code to do a simple task for my own benefit, I could do so quickly and easily.

(Note to Apple: Bring back HyperCard, please!)

Comment Re:New tech fails again (Score 1) 217 217

This very thing was done where I live; although this particular scenario was caught.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_Pennsylvania_Lottery_scandal

I wouldn't be surprised if there were others that got away with such schemes.

Ha, ha! What morons! They might've gotten away with it if they weren't so "clever" as to use 666.

Thanks for the link. It was good for a laugh.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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