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Comment Re:18 million for someone that was NEVER Charged?! (Score 1) 299

The AC is right. The Swedish criminal justice system is different than the US criminal justice system. They need him in Sweden so they can question and then charge him. They cannot charge him in abstentia. In the US he would already be charged, and the purpose of the extradition would be for arraignment and trial.

Comment Re:Yeah, makes perfect sense... (Score 3, Insightful) 299

Can we please end this "only wanted for questioning" deception every time Assange comes up? The Swedish criminal justice system does not work like the US criminal justice system. In the US, "questioning" is just questioning, and comes at the beginning of the investigation, followed by charging, then investigation, then a trial. In the Swedish system, charging comes at the end, and is preceded immediately by questioning so the suspect has the opportunity to say "no, copper, you got it all wrong!" And that can actually work, because the Swedish investigatory system is inquisitorial rather than adversarial. But once the questioning happens, the "right to a speedy trial" bits kick in, so they cannot simply question him without the ability to immediately charge and try him. Which is the goal, as they believe they can convict him of rape.

In the US, Assange would already be charged, and they'd be trying to bring him in for arraignment.

Comment Re:Scarcity CANNOT be eliminated (Score 1) 538

That was basically my thought. Like a genetic algorithm. Make lots. Reward good (with either "money" or "fame" or "posterity") and cull from that. Yes, your media generation box produces a lot of crap, but so? Don't watch those. Your media generation box also includes "best of" lists. It self-curates.

It also has something a post-scarcity society may not: suffering. I wonder what the stories in a post-scarcity society would look like? How do you write a story about someone who's down on his luck but turns it all around, when no one is down on their luck? How do you make a story about surviving against all odds when you're effectively immortal and your survival is guaranteed? What are war movies about when there's no war because there are no scarce resources to fight over? No suffering, no art.

All the world's a stage, and we are merely players...

Comment Re:Scarcity CANNOT be eliminated (Score 1) 538

I'm reminded of a post somewhere by a person who set up a slave art shop in the Sims. I guess in one of the incarnations of the series you can make money by selling artwork. Your Sim practices, their art skill goes up, and the works they create get more and more valuable. So he built a house with a basement and cordoned it off into tiny rooms with no door, just a bed, a toilet, an easel and the smallest food source they could live on, and then put a Sim in each cell. They had nothing to do but paint. Over time they got better and better until he was selling their art for mad cash. He built a mansion on top of the art prison. And no one knew the horrible secret below the opulent mansion...

Sometimes I wonder about the Simulation Argument, and you wonder, "why simulate a universe?" Well, what do we produce that hyper-advanced AI robots can't? Perhaps it's art. Maybe Earth-In-A-Box is an entertainment unit, that produces every different genre of movies and music and literature. Just add power and wait.

"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." -- Mark Twain