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Comment Re:Increase productivity?? (Score 1) 357

"Have you ever tried LSD? "

No, and I never will. Only an idiot would sacrifice their mental health for a few hours of tripping.

Perfect example of how thoroughly permeated the culture is with disinformation, even in the internet age. Of course, the fact that legitimate research has been stymied for four decades doesn't help. Even for those of us lacking any negative attitudes about drug use, solid information is hard to come by, and a good deal of prejudice and misinformation has been absorbed.

FYI, that old chestnut from the sixties, that LSD will cause you to lose your sanity - it simply isn't true. If anything can be said in this regard, it's that those already suffering from severe mental illnesses probably ought to not use it.

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 1) 357

I'm tired at the lack of acceptance, entirely based on ignorance and received disinformation.

The important question to ask is, how does the government have the right to tell people what they can and cannot consume? After all, it took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale and manufacture of alcohol, yet, they could not prohibit the consumption! Our forefathers still understood they did not possess this right over citizens. How was this lost? In what way are other drugs any different? Indeed, most recreational drugs are, if not entirely harmless, certainly less harmful than alcohol. The majority of harms associated with drug use are a direct result of prohibition, not the drugs themselves. The truth is, the government does not have this right. Drug prohibition is simply unconstitutional. The federal government has usurped the Constitution via the Commerce Clause, which has been interpreted to allow the government to do practically anything.

Why does drug-taking help criminals? Because taking drugs has been criminalized. Let us not forget that all drug prohibition has its roots in racism. "Health" is a much later justification, a justification made necessary by the slow erosion of the acceptability of overt racism, and made possible only by prohibition itself.

Comment Re:Smart TVs Are Not Smart (Score 3, Insightful) 148

Right. Here's what I worry about - the next time I need a new TV, (or any other appliance), am I gonna be able to buy a "normal" one? Really, I fear manufacturers and app developers more than I fear actual malware. As it is, my TV is basically a monitor, and that's how I like it.
The less shit connected to the internet, the better, as far as I'm concerned, and I don't use wireless for any device except my phone.

Comment Re: "Reset to factory settings" button (Score 1) 148

JBL makes some very good speakers, just not at that price point! I disagree with you about "tight bass", though. To me it means that a speaker is actually reproducing low frequencies, rather than using tuned cabinet resonance, (boomy bass), although I suppose that phrase might be used as a euphemism.

Comment Re:First ever? (Score 1) 36

Was Adamantium named after 80's pop star Adam Ant?

Anyway, Fermi's Paradox isn't so paradoxical. It's a supposition based on pure speculation. Also, the Universe is big, really big, and we may be the only inhabitants of the Milky Way, which itself is really big. We just don't know. Regardless, even we, the only known intelligent life-form, haven't managed interstellar travel. Assuming we do, how many ships would we send out? How many ships would it take to visit even one-percent of the galaxy? Let's not forget, we're talking about ships that would take generations of crew to get almost anywhere, based on what we know of physics.

Same with Drake's Equation. It's a statistical projection based on a sample of exactly one. Not much of a sample, that. If we had any idea of how life arose, we might be able to make some predictions.

Comment Re: Surprise! (Score 1) 103

Right, I don't get what his point is. We have a whole section of our brains dedicated to recognizing faces, so naturally, we experience pareidolia all the time.

"Imagine that: a human face, emerging from the averaging of inanimate objects like combination locks, metal finishes and coffeemakers. And yet, there it is, a face that’s recognizably human. All it takes is a pretty remarkable combination of psychology, design and technology, and shadows of ourselves begin to emerge."

It's got nothing to do with "psychology, design and technology". It has to do with how our brains are hard-wired.

Comment Re:r u srs (Score 1) 519

Look, the guy is right. These people don't think of themselves as evil. They think they're doing God's work, (as does everybody else). It's impossible to express a nuanced thought on Twitter because:no space, but I bet this is what he meant. And yes, the Outrage Brigade behaves like an idiot, (or moron, if you prefer). When a lynch mob forms, whether online or IRL, they're not about to ask anyone for clarification, and they're not in a thoughtful mood. I mean, look at some of the comments here.

Comment Why Would Anti-Aging Effects Be Surprising (Score 1) 101

Rather than target amyloid, the lab decided to zero in on the major risk factor for the disease–old age. Using cell-based screens against old age-associated brain toxicities, they synthesized J147.

If they're targeting "old age", why would anti-aging effects be surprising?

Does anyone understand exactly what this drug is doing? I'm not able to parse that second sentence, possibly because my brain is too old.

Comment I'm Not Paying for Data (Score 1) 622

I'm not paying for data, I'm paying to be connected to the internet, period. If it's truly a few bad apples, and not just a money grab, then figure out a way to deal with them. We in the US already have the shittiest, most expensive internet service of any "developed" nation. These assholes want to make it worse?
Cloud storage is a different matter. There's no reason why you can't set a limit there, and most companies do.
As for phones, I really don't care too much, personally. I'm not one of these people obsessively playing with their phone all day, and certainly not trying to watch video on it. Nevertheless, once you give an inch to these corporations, they try to take a mile. I can see them squeezing harder and harder, trying to wring more money out of us over time. Indeed, "unlimited" plans and flat rates were a response to just that kind of thing. It's exactly why I went to T-Mobile. I got tired of unexpected charges showing up on my bill every month.

Comment Re:Where are the luddites supposed to go? (Score 1) 154

That's what I'm worried about, albeit for different reasons. I'm afraid that, eventually, I won't be able to buy a coffee maker, a TV, or a refrigerator, that isn't basically spyware.

As for the people who think they're being made ill by electromagnetism, there's a nice little community in West Virginia they might enjoy. But the so-called internet of things isn't going to make much difference in that regard. They - we - are already inundated by electromagnetic fields.

Comment Re:It's not just Mississippi (Score 1) 154

I can verify that. I don't have to go fifteen miles before it's all 2G in every direction for the next one-hundred and fifty miles. I live in a small town on the North Carolina coast. As a truck driver, I have traveled pretty much everywhere, and 2G is the standard outside of the larger cities, if you can get a signal.
As for Mississippi, slow down there, feller. They ain't got to the book learnin' era yet. Mississippi has been dead last in every education metric for a long, long time.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead