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Journal Journal: Plutus' Revenge

It was the only life-bearing planet in the entire universe; the very first planet to have life. It was the only planet in existence to have the conditions necessary for biogenesis, including being a double planet, each orbiting each other. The double planet was one of the keys of biogenesis, because of the tides. The timing of orbits and gravities had to be perfect, as well as chemical and photonic conditions.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 0) 182

Someone has to set the educational standards for the entire country. ..and you're willing to leave that up to the whims of politicians?

We can't have 50 states marching to a different drummer, especially when we have a political culture that values ignorance over intelligence.

I think it's hilarious that you believe central authority is a remedy to this problem.


Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 2) 182

I remember the push back in the late '70s and early '80s when the educrats were tossing around the term "computer literacy" to try to scare the politicians into giving them more money. A lot of kids who didn't give a shit about coding were forced to waste time writing BASIC programs to shit out multiplication tables and biorhythms.

Rahm Emmanuel should STFU about things he doesn't know shit about. Shame on anyone in Chicago who ever voted for that asshole.


Comment Bingo (Score 1) 367

the San Francisco and Silicon Valley communities have gotten themselves into a trap where preservationists and local politics

The housing bubble in the bay area is a direct result of government interference in the housing market. Every local government around here is extremely hostile to new construction, especially to increasing housing density.

A plot of land with a five million dollar single-family house on it would be worth far more if you put a ten-story apartment building on it, and it would make homes available at far lower cost for far more people.


Comment Re:Outside factors (Score 2) 191

I took an algorithms course at Harvard. It was just as hard as anything I took at MIT, and I took 18.313 back when G.C. Rota was still alive (greatest math teacher ever, by the way).

Of course there are people who are there because they're "legacies", and I suppose they take different courses, but the kids who get in because they're smart are pretty damned smart.

As for left-wing indoctrination, Harvard is a bastion of the establishment. The prep school crowd in particular has been thoroughly indoctrinated in the perfection of capitalism and the moral entitlement of the ruling classes. It doesn't mean that some of them aren't apostates, of course.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 67

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

Comment Re:DMCA needs to die (Score 1) 67

This has nothing to do with the DMCA, this is a straight out copyright infringement lawsuit being filed. The real problem is that the methods the copyright holders (or the copyright enforcement goons acting on their behalf) are using to identify torrent users aren't good enough and its good to see at least one judge willing to call these enforcers out on it.

Exactly. Would have been nice for judges to start doing this 11 years ago, but glad they've come around.

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