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Comment: Re:Citizen, I notice your resistance (Score 1) 74

by mark-t (#49818385) Attached to: Cybersecurity and the Tylenol Murders

It is worth noting, I think, that absolutely *everyone* has something to hide... Even if only from people who might abuse such knowledge.

And that even *if* the government were compltely trustworthy (and I do not allege that they are, but hypothetically,even if they were), if they can see your confidential information, then it is theoretically also possible for someone with less noble intentions to do so as well, and if they exploit it before they are caught, the damage can sometimes be utterly irreparable.

Comment: Re:highly intelligent (Score 3, Insightful) 142

by mark-t (#49809715) Attached to: Mystery Woman Recycles $200,000 Apple I Computer

a little while after meeting you they kind of distance themselves, they get a weird kinda awe-inspired respect for you

If the tone of your post is any indication of what you are like in person, I believe that you may be entirely wrong, almost to the point of being polar opposite to reality, about their intentions about why they distance themselves... .

Comment: Re:Why have children? (Score 1) 685

by mark-t (#49805529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

total lifespan is still limited by other factorsLike what, exactly? If you can cure aging, then by extension, diseases that are induced by aging should also be eradicated. That just leaves dying by diseases where survivability is *not* significantly connected to how old someone is, death by accident, or else homicide.

In other words, some 70% of the reasons that people die will be eliminated. It is effectively immortality.

Comment: Re:Bad logic) (Score 1) 685

by mark-t (#49799523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
Many of the diseases that predominantly affect the older generations often arise not simply because of the passage of time, but as a consequence of the aging process itself... That is not to say that aging is necessarily the sole cause, but it is extremely obvious that declining health as one ages plays a very large factor. If certain medical treatments existed to genuinely halt or even reverse the effects of aging, then one's overall health would be expected to remain at otherwise "youthful" levels (in fact, if it did not, then the treatment doesn't actually do anything), and people would not tend to die from illnesses that are typically associated with declining healthy levels as one ages any more than people who have otherwise lived only to a relatively young age already do.

Comment: Re:Not aging =/= not dying (Score 2) 685

by mark-t (#49796805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
Some morbidly obese people would no longer necessarily continue to be morbidly obese... since some weight gain can be caused simply by a slowing metabolism associated with aging. If the aging process can be reversed, then some fat people may eventually be able to become skinny again, without even necessarily any significant change in their diet or lifestyle, since no such change is necessarily required to become fat in the first place.

Comment: Re:Why have children? (Score 4, Insightful) 685

by mark-t (#49796457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

I would think also that there would be no small number of kids born simply because... well... accidents happen, and the parents do not want to simply terminate a pregnancy on the grounds that having it amounts to what is just a large inconvenience for them.

I would suspect that there is a very sizable percentage of the world's population that would not exist if people only ever had children when they intended to.,

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