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Comment Re:I can think of better uses for $100M.... (Score 1) 208 208

"How about improving intelligent life here at home instead? "

You mean building better humans?

The politically correct orthodoxy would have you burned at the stake if you announced a $100M initiative to create stronger, more intelligent and more disease-resistance strains of homo sapiens.

Comment Re:Prime Flaw in Fermi Paradox (Score 1) 208 208

"...we have no reason to suspect we know what to look for."

The progression of our own technology gives us a very good reason to believe we know what to look for. At least *some* of what to look for. Namely radio frequency transmissions. It's logical to assume that any advanced civilization would have discovered and experimented with radio waves before developing a more sophisticated communication technology.
Yes, we might be unable to detect "sub space" communications from Star Fleet, but I expect we'd be detecting one of their radio transmissions before a FTL starship enters earth orbit.

Comment Re:Welcome to the new "criminal justice" (Score 1) 446 446

" Do we want to have our locations monitored 24/7 to calculate if we violated [speed limits]?"

Every single person who who uses the "If you're not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to hide" argument should volunteer for that. If they're doing nothing wrong, then they should have no problem with government installing a tracking device on their vehicle which auto-generates a speeding ticket every single time they exceed the limit.

Comment Re:An easier approach might be to modify ourselves (Score 1) 136 136

Technically feasible, politically impossible. We can't even get the paranoid reactionaries on this planet to support the idea of using our knowledge to cure genetic diseases. I'm sure you've heard all the arguments. Any proposal that suggests use of science and technology to select or de-select specific genetic traits generates screams of protest. You get all the "master race" bullshit and hear about how rich people will give their kids genetic advantages and blah, blah, blah.
I'd like nothing better than to see the human race start engineering healthier, stronger and more intelligent homo sapiens. However, the ghost of Adolf Hitler will be haunting us for generations.

Comment When has he been in the job market? (Score 1) 306 306

"...people have come to think that you need these degrees in order to do the jobs, which is not really true. "

Unfortunately, many of the people who think that seem to be in HR departments and IT management positions. Without the right keywords, your resume will be scanned and discarded before a human ever sees it. Some places even want a Master's degree of PhD, when I suspect that the jobs don't really require one.
Maybe Si valley is different than the East Coast, but the job market here is tough. I can't imagine getting an interview without that piece of paper, even though it might be irrelevant to the actual job.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 236 236

"all you have to do is not use the stuff."

Some of the "stuff" is just too damned useful. If you belong to any club, organization, political group or whatever, FB has become a very handy planning and organizing tool. Nobody really wants to manage lists of e-mail addresses anymore, let alone a telephone calling tree like we did in the past.
Having a portable device that gives you at least internet access, a telephone, calendar, GPS and camera is also extremely useful.

I think that being cognizant of exactly what you're trading off in terms of privacy vs. functionality is the important thing. I'm not quite ready to retire to the country and become a subsistence farmer.

Comment Re:Dear Pukeface (Score 1) 117 117

You think he should get LIFE in prison for complicity in encrypting some data and demanding a fraction of the payment extorted for the encryption keys? Seriously? There are rapists and murderers who get off with lighter sentences than that. There are Wall St. executives who have done far more (like 10E8 times more) financial harm and have never even been investigated, let alone prosecuted.

Ridiculously disproportionate sentences are a contributing factor in the insanely large USA prison population. He shouldn't spend a single day in jail. If that's going to be the punishment, I hope he's never caught.

Comment Re:Just wait until the AI and robots get hear. (Score 1) 614 614

I'm happy to compete against other U.S. citizens. I'm not happy to have the federal government (which I'm reluctantly funding) steadily importing new competitors for the express purpose of changing the supply/demand dynamic to benefit the potential buyers of my services.

Comment Re:Gerrymandering (Score 2, Interesting) 609 609

Nonsense. Maybe Republicans have been more successful in gerrymandering, but both parties have engaged in this practice. That's why there are so many "reliable" Republican and Democrat seats.
In certain places, you know for certain that the 'R' or 'D' candidate is going to win. Incumbents from both parties typically have a 90+% re-election rate.

If Democrats are so much more popular, why aren't they able to maintain majorities and governorships in state governments and re-district to their own advantage? Are they too principled to use this tactic?

That's why the TEA Party was such an excellent movement. They managed to oust incumbents who had little chance of losing a general election. Impressive achievement for a bunch of old white people. How many incumbent Democrats have progressives and socialists managed to defeat in the last 10 years? And it's not like there aren't plenty of 'D's whose only appeal to the left is that they are marginally better than Republicans.

Note that with a few rare exception, I hate both of these scumbag parties and have rarely voted for either.

Comment Re:Political Speech vs. Commercial Speech (Score 1) 246 246

I don't see how they could possibly convict him for publishing or selling information that simply described how to defeat a polygraph. That's a definite First Amendment issue.

He screwed himself by running his mouth about how he had "F****d the government" and by coaching someone to pass the polygraph test, knowing(believing) that their intent in doing so was to get a government job.

Comment Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 1) 422 422

Now, how do you propose to raise the tens of trillions of dollars necessary to build this massive solar-hydrogen power generation and distribution infrastructure you're talking about?

Let me guess. Massive taxation and huge government subsidies for projects that are obviously not economically feasible at present? Maybe outright nationalization of the energy and transportation industries (because that always works so well)? Government imposed food and energy rationing? Limits on vehicles? Limits on home size and living space?

I don't give a shit about the evidence. I'd rather be burned alive than live under Warmunism.

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