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Comment: Sorry. No, I won't. (Score 1) 254

Yeah I never heard it called "Obamaphone" before this article.

Watch a little Fox "News" ...

Sorry. No, I won't. I don't watch "infotainment", and that includes both "news" programs from Fox and MSNBC, which both just try to confirm the existing biases of the people who are already in their target demographic. Well, that, and they manufacture "sound bites".

Unless you want to bring back real news programs, I'm entirely uninterested in current television "news".

Guess that explains how I missed that little "gem".

Comment: Re:Availability (Score 4, Insightful) 401

by tlambert (#49796641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

What makes you think this magical treatment (which doesn't exist, and may never exist) will be available to everyone?

Because it's cheaper to have an immortal serf class than it is to have to train up larval serfs for 20 years at a net negative value before they're useful?

Young people are generally a resource sink with no return on investment for a couple decades.

Comment: Re:Not enough room? Not enough food? (Score 5, Insightful) 401

by tlambert (#49796619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

SO yes this is true. The biggest waste of resources is animal production for food. A single cow uses approx 2000 gallons of water for every pound of meat produced. The same pound of beans takes approx 100 gallons.

Who cares?

Build more nuclear plants, and use the power to operate the desalination plants you also build.

BONUS! By removing sea water from the oceans for the purpose of desalination, you mitigate the ocean level rise due to global warming!

DOUBLE BONUS! By building nuclear plants, you mitigate the production of greenhouse gasses, reducing global warming!

TRIPLE BONUS! By having an excess of water, you can grow more cattle and crops and increase the planets carrying capacity!

QUADRUPLE BONUS! Excess fresh water allows you to address ongoing desertification!

Ching ching ching ching ching ... -- human net prosperity slot machine paying out

Comment: Re:Not enough room? Not enough food? (Score 1) 401

by tlambert (#49796601) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

It's not a matter of space. The planet can only dissipate so much heat.

Which is why you build space structures to control the amount of sunlight actually reaching the surface of the Earth. And coat those space structures with solar cells so that they generate power at the same time.

Comment: Re:Not enough room? Not enough food? (Score 4, Insightful) 401

by tlambert (#49796595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

In other words, lots of people don't have enough food.

No, in other words, lots of people have more government corruption than they need.

Lots of food aid gets delivered to famine nations in Africa, and it either rots on the docks (what the corrupt government doesn't use itself or give to its soldiers), or the surplus that would otherwise go to people who are not corrupt government or soldiers gets sold off to other nations in order to raise money to buy weapons for the soldiers.

In other words, exactly as the GP said: a distribution problem, but one unrelated to the mechanics of distribution, rather the politics of distribution.

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT UP! (Score 1) 207

Maybe - but I find it more likely that the government is simply just promoting a pro-IP stance because our economy is so heavily dependent on protecting those sorts of provisions.

Meddia is not the same thing as software, so your examples really don't apply in this case. Better examples are:


Lotus Development Corp. v. Paperback Software International. U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. June 28, 1990. 740 F.Supp. 37, 15 USPQ2d 1577

The interpretation that the federal government is holding forth here is that both of these cases were adjudicated incorrectly.

If the Supreme Court fails to hear the current case, both of those previous cases are defacto overturned.

You can effectively say "goodbye" to the software industry, if companies are allowed to enforce interface copyrights. At least in the U.S.. Obviously, other countries will just ignore the U.S.'s idiocy, and continue on their merry way, and quickly surpass the U.S. in software development, just as they have in other economic areas.

Comment: MOD PARENT UP! (Score 3, Interesting) 207

Or Google has been resisting the NSA a little too much.


It's pretty obvious that this is a punishment for adding encryption to Android devices, and for going to SSL for all web transactions, making it much more difficult to spy, despite administrative objections.

The recommendation is clearly punitive because Google has pissed the executive off, and consistently opted on the side of data protection, and has disclosed many of the recently discovered OpenSSL and SSSL protocol flaws which made eavesdropping easier.

Comment: Re:I'd prefer they stay armed, TYVM (Score 2) 64

by tlambert (#49788557) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT

I think you might take a look at Afghanistan and what it helped do to the soviets

The Soviet involvement in Afghanistan was more along the lines of:

Boris: "We need something to distract the people at home! They are getting restless!"

Piotr: "How about a war? That's always worked in the past!"

Boris: "Yes, but against who? We have to pick something close enough to be threatening, but far enough away that they won't come here!"

Piotr: "How about Afghanistan?"

Boris: "Perfect! Whoever heard of a Moslem holding a grudge?"

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein