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Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 1) 243

by retchdog (#47737499) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

well, yeah, children are dumb; even, or especially, the smart ones.

however, Livius said "I've still seen very few environments where [intelligence isn't a liability], and all of those only well after childhood."

for a grown adult, this is just pathetic (without mitigating factors, at least). even Spock could occasionally pretend not to be autistic when it was to the advantage of his commission.

Comment: Re:Have they proved the root cause? (Score 1) 97

by retchdog (#47712727) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

it doesn't really matter whether it helps or not. Congress has the Constitutional power to grant patents; end of story.

what you'd have to do is get a Constitutional Amendment, rather than rant on slashdot (unless that's the best you can do toward that end, in which case, go ahead). in this case, the burden is on you to either fix it or move elsewhere.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 1) 299

by retchdog (#47697359) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

well, yeah, fedgov doesn't really want Assange dead (what good would it do?), let alone to the point of murdering someone under diplomatic protection in a foreign country. shit, we probably wouldn't even kill Osama bin Laden if he were under European protection (not that he would get it in the first place, but this is a hypothetical).

however, that doesn't mean Sweden wouldn't want to score some cheap brownie points by throwing Assange to the wolves, and we certainly wouldn't turn it down.

Comment: Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (Score 1) 327

by retchdog (#47677531) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Yeah, I summarize this sometimes by suggesting that the real political problem is that we've overvalued human life, and everyone has their own solutions to this. That is to say, rather than the real cost in terms of life itself and the environment, Californians have calculated the "real cost" for our stable lifestyle. If we are going to compete (and who says we have to?), it would be necessary to sacrifice the lifestyle.

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