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Comment: Re:McGuffey's 4th New Eclectic Reader:"The Colonis (Score 1) 723

by rossz (#46737185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Way back in the dark ages when I was in high school (the 70s) we had a project to select the people required to colonize another planet. I argued intensely with my group about a fundamental error they were making. They chose mostly science and engineering types. Not one farmer was included. A modern farmer doesn't just stick seeds in the ground and ride around in a tractor. He also analyzes the soil to know what should be added for a healthy crop along with a lot of other "sciency" things. On another planet, that is especially important.

When it came time to present our choices to the class, I immediately said that our group would be dead within a year due to starvation. Surprisingly, none of the other groups bothered to include a farming expert.

Also, I argued that every essential skill had to be duplicated. You didn't want to have just one medical doctor because shit happens.

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 4, Insightful) 507

by rossz (#46711473) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

A good friend of mine has two autistic sons. She would give anything for them to be cured. Alas, she knows that isn't going to happen.

As for the deaf, one of the activist's arguments is "we aren't broken." Uh, yes you are. It's great when you can overcome a handicap, but it is still a fucking handicap. Here's a few reasons why you don't want to be deaf:

1. Beethoven's Ode to Joy
2. Children laughing as they play
3. Birds singing
4. A smoke alarm waking you from sleep and saving your life
5. The best part of farts

Comment: Re:My WoW replacement (Score 1) 669

by rossz (#46283719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Ditto. The Panda bullshit was their last chance. They failed. I jumped back to Warhammer Online for the last couple of months of its life (which turned into a horrid cluster fuck so I bailed on the last week), then finally fired up Rift. I'm enjoying it. I played it over a month before I finally decided they deserved some money, then bought a three month patron pack.

Comment: Re:Not at all (Score 1) 236

by rossz (#46274145) Attached to: I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

How is it undemocratic and fascist (ignoring the horrid movie)? No one could be denied the right to earn their citizenship. No exceptions (well, maybe criminals were an exception). Also, military service wasn't the only way to earn citizenship. But the book's protagonist chose that route so that's where the story centered.

Also, no where in the book is it even suggested that dissent was discouraged. Now if your entire view is based on the movie, I can see where you can be completely clueless since they got just about everything wrong in that stinking turd.

Comment: Easy to do now (Score 1) 341

by rossz (#46193335) Attached to: California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

It doesn't require a kill switch. It doesn't require a change in hardware or an upgrade in the software. All it takes is a central database of the unique codes (I forget what they are called) each cell phone has that all reported stolen phones would be placed on and the legal requirement that a cell phone can not be activated if it is on the list.

Comment: The Artists should be thrilled (Score 3, Insightful) 164

by rossz (#45981233) Attached to: Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

If the record companies were honest, the artists would be making more money so would love streaming services. Unfortunately, the record industry is controlled by a bunch of thieving assholes who see paying artists as unnatural. So the record companies are making money hand over fist, and the the artists get screwed, as usual.

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum." --Arthur C. Clarke