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Comment: Protecting the Weak from the Strong (Score 1, Insightful) 224

by mfwitten (#47222909) Attached to: Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

Bruce, there's a reason why the gun is called The Great Equalizer.

Indeed, in the grand scheme, you are suggesting that we take guns out of the hands of the individual, and put them solely in the hands of the State; that sounds like a transfer of power from the Weak to the Strong...

Comment: Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (Score 5, Interesting) 115

by mfwitten (#46784675) Attached to: NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Carl Sagan, in Cosmos:

If the general picture, however, of a Big Bang followed by an expanding universe is correct, what happened before that? Was the universe devoid of all matter, and then the matter suddenly, somehow created? How did that happen?

In many cultures, the customary answer is that a "god" or "gods" created the universe out of nothing. But, if we wish to pursue this question courageously, we must of course ask the next question: Where did God come from?

If we decide that this is an unanswerable question, then why not save a step, and conclude that the origin of the universe is an unanswerable question? Or, if we say that God always existed, why not save a step and conclude that the universe always existed? There's no need for a creation—it was always here.

These are not easy questions; cosmology brings us face to face with the deepest mysteries, with the questions that were once treated only in religion and myth.

Comment: Re:It's alive (Score 5, Interesting) 115

by mfwitten (#46784611) Attached to: NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

inanimate matter

What does ‘inanimate’ mean? The problem is that people are always making this bizarre differentiation between ‘animate’ and ‘inanimate’, when really there is just matter interacting with matter; some sets of interactions are more complex and organized (or, shall we say, repetitive and sustained) than other sets of interactions. Indeed, sometimes that complexity and organization is so great that we call it ‘life’ and even ‘intelligent life’, but it’s all one and the same:

Matter interacting with matter.

When you eat some metal such as calcium, that calcium may become incorporated in your bones. Is that calcium all of a sudden ‘animated’ and ‘living’? Is the water that you drink somehow ‘animated’ because it flows through your brain cells?

A child is a continuation of that complex interaction between matter that we call the parent.

Comment: Eh..... (Score 3, Informative) 153

* Apple has Boot Camp because they have to allow Dual Booting in order to lure in the majority of computer users—Windows users. They sure as hell aren't helping Linux users out.

* Apple introduced Boot Camp when they were still user-friendly—before they started constructing their walled guarden (located at 1984 Infinite Loop).

* Of course Apple provides the Windows drivers for Apple's own machines; every vendor that supports Windows has always had to do so.

Comment: Re:Real Regulation (Score 1) 39

by mfwitten (#45994443) Attached to: Encrypted Messaging Startup Wickr Offers $100K Bug Bounty

Corporations couldn't buy so much power if the government didn't have so much power to sell in the first place.

In other words, either the problem is economic success through voluntary interaction, or the problem is a centralized monopoly on involuntary interaction for hire to the highest bidder. Which one is it?

Comment: Re:Real Regulation (Score 1) 39

by mfwitten (#45992553) Attached to: Encrypted Messaging Startup Wickr Offers $100K Bug Bounty

Bankruptcy is defined by the government.

Corporate liability firewalls are defined by the government.

Taxpayer cleanup is established by the government.

Competition in regulation was destroyed when a monopoly on regulation was declared by the government.

The existing regulation was establisehd by that government.

I see one common element throughout all of the details you dislike. Can you spot it?

Comment: Real Regulation (Score 2) 39

by mfwitten (#45983335) Attached to: Encrypted Messaging Startup Wickr Offers $100K Bug Bounty

You'll get better regulation from this than from anything that could possibly be concocted by government bureaucrats.

Note: This requires the real threat of economic loss, so an organization that can demand payment regardless of its performance—i.e., the government—cannot implement something similar.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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