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Comment: Re:Could argue the exact opposite (Score 1) 532

by myowntrueself (#49096873) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

People love to hate on aggression. Aggression is not just the desire to hurt. It is also the desire to act - to explore, to create, to save, and the desire to fight back against evil. A world without aggression would make those idiots that talk about people being 'sheeple' correct.

Does aggression cause problems? Yes. So does complaisance. I for one am glad people have aggression, as opposed to being a bunch of complaisant, laid-back lemmings.

The problem is not excess aggression. It is insufficient self control. The inability to put off current desires in order to obtain greater rewards later on.

This is really a basic tenet of what might be called 'Nietszcheanism'.

Its possible for humans to live a life of 'poverty, dirt and miserable ease' ie where their life is awful and boring and drab but at the same time its so easy and safe that they can't be bothered doing anything about it. Its aggression, dissatisfaction and greed that gets them to step up and demand more from life and to live beyond that state of miserable ease.

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 532

by myowntrueself (#49096803) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

Man's biggest failure may be failing to stand up to aggression, but get RID of aggression? Not going to happen, and not a good thing if it did. Leaders are aggressive.

Aggression, along with greed and selfishness are absolutely essential to the existance of life itself. They are at the very root of life. No living thing exists without doing so at the expense of another living thing and must be selfish, greedy and aggressive to survive and propagate. Even cyanobacteria exist at the expense of other cyanobacteria; occupying space that another cyanobacteria would like to occupy.

Get rid of aggression, selfishness and greed and you get rid of life.

Comment: Re:Would it matter? (Score 1) 576

What makes you think it is so limited? Perhaps they have matter replicators on-board that only require power and they can refuel at any star.

The ship itself becomes a self-sustaining factory that runs forever, making anything you need, including spare parts for the ship.

The external power source is any nearby star for fuel. With enough fuel, there is no supply chain, just the ship.

The example I was responding to involved M1 tanks and the US military of today. I don't think that the US military has replicator technology.

Comment: Re:Would it matter? (Score 1) 576

Well of course, but that misses the point. Aliens traveling across space to come here would of course bring their supplies with them. If we traveled back in time a few hundred years, we'd of course bring supplies with us.

The point is, if the US military today decided to invade... lets say the North Sentinel Islanders, how well do you think that would go for the Sentinelese people?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

My point is that bringing supplies with you is not a supply chain. Its a limited resource. So with those limited supplies you bring with you, you better hope you can finish the campaign before they run out. Or, like I said, those tanks will just be hard cover.

Comment: Re:What's the matter with Canada? (Score 1) 116

by myowntrueself (#49090901) Attached to: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill

I used to think Canadians - even those out in the forsaken, endless prairies - were far more wise and progressive than us USians, but no. How long has GOP-backed and advised Harper been in power now? What happened? Was it tar sand greed? Pure apathy? The assumption they were all as 'funny' as Laughable Bublefuck Rob Ford?

Quite sad; I thought the Canadians were better than, well, just about everybody, but now no different than the rest of the Right-Wing Police State, Might Makes Right, Western world. [le sigh]

Honestly I wouldn't expect anything else from a 5-eyes nation.

Comment: Re:exactly (Score 0) 232

by myowntrueself (#49047559) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

You hand them the license not the wallet. Ive even seen cops tell drivers to take the license out. They don't want to fumble with your wallet. It is the potential to drop something out of it or get accused of stealing from it.

I thought stealing was just normal for cops in the USA? They call it 'civil forfeiture'.

Comment: Re:exactly (Score 1) 232

by myowntrueself (#49047211) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

you beat me to it. this was the very first thing i thought of as well. while convenient, as it would make carrying a wallet unnecessary, it's a huge trap. you can't complain the cops have your phone, if you hand it to them. not to mention the camera you're probably using to document the stop is under their control.

However, if you hand your wallet over to a cop in the USA and theres cash in it he'll declare it 'obviously drug money' and confiscate it...

Comment: Take down = no check up (Score 0) 400

by myowntrueself (#49014489) Attached to: An Argument For Not Taking Down Horrific Videos

If the videos are taken down and no one can see them, people can't check if they are fake or not.

A lot of news media sites seem to refer to a movie 'which appears to show' someone being burned alive, as if theres some question about it. If the video is available then those with the expertise, and stomach, can verify whether it is genuine or if its a hoax and the flames are CG. Keep it hidden away forever and its authenticity might be challenged.

Comment: Re:Poorly written headline (Score 1) 93

by myowntrueself (#48995811) Attached to: LEGO Contraption Allows Scientists To Safely Handle Insects

The headline is written such that it left me to think at first that it was for handling dangerous live insects (say, killer bees, fire ants, etc). The headline should really specify it is for handling insect specimens - or that the device ensures the safety of the insect rather than the handler.

The insects appear to be dead, impaled on various spikes attached to the LEGO. I'd therefore say its NOT safe for the insects.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 5, Insightful) 495

The US government has given the telcos hundreds of billions of dollars in USF fees over the last 15+ years. No one in the world has subsidized broadband as much as we have.

And, apparently, no one in the world has as little to show for the investment...

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