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Comment: Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (Score 1) 144

by rtb61 (#47914809) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

It is down to a matter of control. One bullet fired at a particular target versus a continuous beam of laser energy including, potential for reflection, aim vagaries and the threat to civilians, much like using chemical or biological weapons. The preference is to get the enemy army to surrender not to mass main or murder as many soldiers and civilian bystanders as quickly as possible. If that was the case we might as well just let the nukes fly and get it over with. So it is worse because of likely hood of collateral damage. As for law enforcement use, a stern legal reminder needs to be issued to law enforcement that the only legal use of force is the minimum use of force to initiate an arrest. They are blatantly abusing the law when they use chemical, electrical, sonic, percussion or brute force weapons upon citizens with no intent to initiate an arrest.

Comment: Re:Spoilers (Score 1) 106

by rtb61 (#47914775) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

We can also let 99.9999% of businesses decide it. That is the reality by far and away the majority of businesses will benefit by net neutrality, from cheaper data transmission, to protected from interception traffic and competitor driven censorship. All tech staff need to get out and produce an advisory to management about the extremely damaging impact to business digital communications with the loss of net neutrality and the requirement for management to instruct lobbyists to ensure an absolute tiny minority of companies in the order of 0.0001% of companies can control, limit, censor and intercept business communications. A loss of net neutrality is a real threat to the future of by far the majority of businesses.

Comment: Re:Well, if you're going to push... (Score 1) 86

by rtb61 (#47914741) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

However Google is not the original use of the word as in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.... So Barney Google and his Googly eyes and this of course led to google eyed and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.... This is where Google management got it's search (visual action) from, just your typical nerdy geek derivative use of language, although they emphatically disingenuously deny it now. Looks like there'll be a right barney http://onlineslangdictionary.c... over the word google yet to come. Sorry guys just because it is old and drifted out of use a little doesn't mean you can steal it and you can just bet the comic is going to get a revival now.

Comment: Re:Dystopian v/s utopian (Score 3, Interesting) 95

by rtb61 (#47914681) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Keep in mind utopian failures are not a societal thing they are a species thing. In all cases human utopian societies are subverted and corrupted by a parasitical sub-species of humanity, psychopaths. Quite simply remove them and a lot of humanities problems will go away with them. Empathy and a full set of human emotions are a functional developmental requirement for a human to effectively fit in and cooperatively support the endeavours of the society that they are a part of. Rather than preying upon it and demanding to have far more than others up to and including to the point of triggering the collapse of that society.

So rather than a dystopian view of breeding and future citizen nurturing licences a positive view is likely in order.

Comment: Re:DNA? (Score 1) 70

by rtb61 (#47914601) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Let's be honest there is quite a bit of difference on a planet with 7 billion people to enact laws making procreation and child rearing a privilege and responsibility only for those appropriate to do so versus you can spit out all the ones you want expecting the rest of society to care for them and take responsibility for them, this versus extermination camps.

Suck it up, despite all the whining about how badly it was done in the past it will not ever stop all of us or future generations from biting the bullet, it is a matter of inevitability or total collapse from the 20 billion idiocracy taking over and an extinct species replacing them.

A whole lot of problems can be safely easily eliminated in a generation or three or we can continue to fail future generations with them.

Comment: Re:Fallacy (Score 1) 853

by rtb61 (#47899805) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Well if we are going to play the whole Star Trek canon, you should remember that Vulcan all have emotions they just learn to control them and think more logically. To have an absence of emotions, or even a substantially reduced set of emotions and no empathy does not mean you will think logically, it just means you will think psychopathically due to very poor social emotional development, basically becoming a parasite upon society rather than contributing to it (all thought you will be very good at claiming the credit of other people's efforts and of course blaming them for your mistakes).

So what atheists need to really question is what is God because there are a whole range of definitions and beliefs around what are the Gods keeping in mind many beliefs accept more than one. Hard to say you don't believe in something when the rest of the people can't even agree on what that something is, logically speaking. So God? agree what it or they are and I might be able to decide whether or not I believe or not. Until then it tends to be a no, no, no, no, etc maybe thing depending upon which god or gods you are talking about ;).

Comment: Re:Ask the US Postal Service (Score 4, Interesting) 123

Again this would lead to corruption with patent pre-screening and favoured people getting patentable stuff and unfavoured people getting junk and working for free.

I'll bet core of this problem is yet again right wing performance based measures ie number of patents reviewed and approved. Everyone time right wing idiots do performance based measures it fucks things up. Performance based law enforcement, people get arrested for nothing, law enforcement is in a rush, slow them down and get tasered or shot, so minimum number of arrests per day leads directly to maximum number of million dollar lawsuits great bloody saving, huh. Performance based schooling means, directly leads to stacking classes for select charters schools and teachers with better performing students and sticking the poor performing students in poor schools with cheap teachers, yep, that is going to produce results.

Stop filling government departments with political appointees, especially management positions, that is the single greatest cause of failure and of course directly leads to even idiots can monitor performance based guidelines, yep, manage them right into the ground.

Comment: Re:Great news (Score 1) 267

by rtb61 (#47885673) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

The brain chemical reward system, defines for each individual what is boring and what is not so gaining knowledge for the more intelligent is neither dull not boring but quite a soothing pleasant mellow ride and interruption of said mental ride can and often will result in quite negative expressed reactions. This in it's most extreme form is represented in autism, where singular mind focus disrupts from normal social development and disruption results in reaction akin to drug addicts being denied their substance of choice. The brain chemical reward system is somewhat flexible and can learn new stimulants to provoke that reward but again that varies between individuals.

To confuse issues of course, you can have a genetically more efficient and effective mind however due to lack of brain chemical reward it is not exercised and you can have a less efficient and effective mind but the brain chemical reward not matter how used really does not achieve all that much, in comparison to others.

So likely a composite of factors including diet of the mother during pregnancy as well as health and well being during childhood. Not just genetics, let alone a single genetic trait.

Comment: Re:Traditional crimes (Score 0) 140

by rtb61 (#47885561) Attached to: Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

More simply put, freedom of speech is the right to freely express your opinion as just that and not the right to misrepresent lies as the truth. Apparently Ronny Raygun eliminated that distinction in the US http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... his singular greatest achievement, if you are a lying psychopath corporate executive.

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 4, Insightful) 351

by rtb61 (#47885403) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

In this case it was all pre-planned. Basically the whole batshit crazy idea, lets turn the computer desktop into a phone interface to force users who don't want it to get used to the windows phone interface and buy it like mindless lemmings.

Apparently that whole batshit crazy plan backfired and did more damage to windows on the desktop than it ever did to force acceptance of windows on a phone.

Comment: A Lesson Learned (Score 1, Interesting) 59

by rtb61 (#47885323) Attached to: Ozone Layer Recovering But Remains Threatened
Unfortunately the whole Ozone event did one thing for sure and certain, it taught the carbon polluting psychopathic corporate executives to get in early with their PR=B$ teams (public relations and marketing) and lobbyists to kill anything that might affect short term profits. The future, fuck the future, they want it all now, more and more and more. If they attempted to tackle ozone depletion now, you just know they would fail.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 496

by rtb61 (#47877949) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Have you ever been a member of an organisation that "Prevents others from exercising their constitutional rights", youch, based upon many recent civil law suits and prosecutions that would get you barred for ever having been a member of many local police forces and even federal government agencies, I guess they must exemption when you do it corruptly for the current politicians in power.

Sorry but those guilt by association questions cross the line and seriously nearly all religions cross that line of "Prevents others from exercising their constitutional rights" just read their religious works and seriously if your religions abides by a religious work and that religious work contains instructions and requirements that cross the constitutional line then you and your religion are crossing that constitutional line. Just like any other written threat or terrorist act.

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 1) 729

by rtb61 (#47876983) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

You are aware, that with credit card like payments, the onus of proof is upon the retailer not upon the credit card holder. However the current problem is failure to prosecute retailer's for fraudulent charges and the whole identity theft lie. A lie designed to throw the burden on individuals and away from credit card companies and retailers. A prime example of first class marketing by PR=B$ companies, got you all sucked into believing that the individual must prove their innocence, rather than the guilty people, the retailer and the credit card company must prove they did not intend to commit fraudulent charges ie that must prove that they were defrauded by someone impersonating you.

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