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Comment: Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 1173 1173

we balance our budget and live within our means

Not really, the US federal government spends $1.00 for every $0.60 it raises in revenue.

Government budgets are not household budgets, national debt does not operate like a giant credit card. The shortfall in revenue is made up by the US FED printing money and exchanging it for US treasury bonds, US treasury bonds are considered "safer than gold" by the market because they never default, they never default because they are paid in US dollars which they can always obtain from the FED simply by issuing more bonds.

Comment: Re:Structure & microstructure (Score 1) 43 43

Agree, very promising technology with lots of small scale uses right now. This is the first time I've heard of printing ships and I like the idea of printing buildings on site using recycled building materials.

Living bone awesome, they have their own independent neural network that can function without any help from the brain, (as does your gut). The neural network in your bones is responsible for the structural adaptations made in response to environmental stresses in individuals, it basically senses stresses in 3D and orchestrates bone building to compensate. It is light years ahead of our current materials science but not so much as to be totally implausible.

Comment: Treasurer for sale (Score 1) 265 265

It's actually relatively rare for Aussie politicians to sue people for what they say, Sir Humphrey would call it a "very courageous decision". There was however the recent case of our Federal treasurer who sued a major newspaper for printing the headline "Treasurer for sale". He won a partial victory, the article and headline together were deemed ok because a "reasonable person" would not conclude he was corrupt if they read it in toto. However, using the same logic, promotional posters that just displayed the headline were deemed defamatory. It was also shown via internal emails that the person responsible for the headline had a personal grudge against the treasurer, ie: intent to defame was established.

Disclaimer: Personally I dislike the federal treasurer on multiple levels and think he is guilty of many misleading headlines and public statements that have caused significant financial harm to millions over the last couple of years, but I consider myself a reasonable man and agree with the court's reasonable decision.

Comment: Re:Fee Fees Hurt? (Score 3, Informative) 265 265

Free (political) speech is the traditional interpretation of relevant common law that dates back almost 1000yrs, it is not specifically codified in most commonwealth countries but I'm pretty sure the people who wrote the bill of rights were well aware of English common law and similar traditions in France. Speaker's corner in Hyde Park has been the icon for that tradition since the 1850's. Under the traditional interpretation you have a right to broadcast your opinion and you can poke fun at me via parody, but you don't have the right to deliberately misinform the public in order to defame me, nor do you have the right to follow me around and shout at me. For example, in most commonwealth countries the Phelps family would be classified as a "serial pest" and would quite likely spend some time in the lock up for harassment. It has nothing to do with the vile things they say, it's all about the time, place, and manner, they choose to say it.

Commonwealth countries also do not elect unqualified judges from the general population, they are appointed on merit and experience, not popularity.

Comment: Bullcrap! (Score 2) 265 265

Cheap, reliable, VPN's are everywhere, ya wanker!

I use a VPN daily, as do many people I know here in Melbourne. Malcolm Turnbull (the federal communications minister and first heir to the Aussie throne) recently stood on the steps of parliament and strongly recommended their use as a privacy tool, his words were broadcast and dissected ad-nauseam all over the national MSM for days on end. I'm in my 50's, and sure, our current far-right government is the worst pack of amoral bullshitters I have ever seen in parliament but the "anti-piracy" legislation does not ban VPN's and was never intended to do so.

Pro tip: Might want to get someone knowledgeable to check that the "blockage" you are experiencing is not due to a malware infection.

Comment: Re:I can see it now (Score 4, Interesting) 43 43

I can see a ships hull being printed in one piece but a lot of plane parts are made from drop forged metal because it's the only way they can be made both strong enough and light enough to fly, I assume jet engines have a lot of drop forged parts for similar reasons, 3D printers are not going to replace drop forges any day soon. Also the skin of an aircraft is not like the skin of a car, commercial aircraft use a laminated skin to make it more resistant to tearing when the skin is broken at high speed.

Comment: Re:It's that time... (Score 1) 336 336

Asimov's intention was to demonstrate there is no such thing as a "recipe for life" for robots, humans, or any other life form. The 10 commandments and other real life attempts to provide a recipe for life are also full of holes, ambiguities, and corner cases that can only be resolved by human judgement. This is why courts have a judge and jury.

Comment: Depression is not self pity (Score 5, Insightful) 181 181

Would you say a financially comfortable american with terminal cancer is 'better off' than 99% of the world? - Of course not. Same thing with depression, depression is not self pity, it is a mental illness that has fuck all to do with the size of your wallet. As Robin Williams demonstrated, sufferers are unable to endure living even when swimming in money.

I'm not having a go at you personally, most people who don't understand depression have your dismissive attitude. I suggest you try educating yourself on the subject because odds are you will encounter a loved one with depression at some point in your life and it's handy to know what to do after telling them to "cheer up" doesn't work.

As for TFA, I don't find it surprising that "start up" people have a high proportion of manic-depressives, the manic phase of the illness is characterized by extreme optimism.

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