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Comment Re:This is not shocking... (Score 1) 132

Your nightmare scenario is so dumb.

What about the government decides they don't like your opposition to fracking and they use your information to poison you with peanut allergy, or give you a pre-disposed diabetes condition that distracts you from your activism.

Or they trace the fact that you are the product of your grandfather's slave raping and just put it out there during an election year.

Or how about they threaten to take one of your children into a mind control program and break them into schizophrenia since they've found out they have a pre-disposition.

Maybe they deploy sensors around town in the future and restrict your movement, mating partner or your career based on your genetics. I could see eugenics coming back around as a 'for the good of the collective, think of the children' idea. Vaccines have, people are forced to have their children vaccinated as if there were no health risks (and I don't mean autism).

How about they develop a genetic virus that kills you and everyone related to you based on your info.

Or they create pre-crime a la minority report based on genetics?

Or you can't afford a lawyer and you get convicted of that case where someone with similar genetics left a partial match.

Comment Re:Those re H1-B bait (Score 1) 167

Actually, I've handled the green card process for one of my employees.

Yes, it's the green card applicant that requires the advertisement process to show that no citizen has applied for the job, however who do you think all the green card applicants are? They are the H1-Bs and the other foreigners, one and the same.

You think people come over here on a student visa or an H1-B, work for several years and then don't apply for citizenship, and just go back home?

Then after the advertisement process, there's another 10+ years where that person can continue to work and move from company to company while their process goes through.

Comment What is this SJW bullshit? (Score -1, Flamebait) 345

What is this Social Justice Warrior bullshit and why does it keep getting posted here?

That's it. I'm done with this smelly armpit of a website.

Can anyone recommend a good place that has news for nerds and stuff that matters?

What goes on between the hands, mouth or cock of some guy I've never heard of and the soft bits of some women that aren't named is something I couldn't give a rat's arse about.

Comment Re:Stop thinking so small (Score 1) 191

There is no price too high for knowledge.

Every human action (and inaction) is a choice between options. Quite often from an incalculably large pool of options and trees.

Choosing to pay for a big science project now is choosing not to do a gazillion combinations of other large and small searches for knowledge. Are you really so confident you know the best course of action?

Obviously, there are additional problems:

  1. You are forcibly depriving individuals of their private property for your pet project. This is immoral.
  2. There are other goals than knowledge. Worthy goals, which other people may have a higher preference for.
  3. There's also obviously a time-preference calculation. Do you want to spend your resources on 10 units of knowledge achieved immediately, or do you spend your resources on the promise of 100 units of knowledge 8 years from now? The obvious answer is the second choice if you ignore time preference. However we have time preference for a reason, what if the knowledge in option two never materializes?
  4. If the wrong decision is made, do you stay the course or change directions?

Quickly these decision trees exceed the abilities of any central planner. Funny enough, this is why socialism and communism always fail in the long run. It's almost impossible to central plan very complex systems efficiently and it is entirely impossible to central plan everyone's means for everyone's personal preferences and goals.

Comment Re:Does anyone remember... (Score 1) 248

Nice cocoon of ignorance you have there. You have an ad-hominem style bias against one source, so you ignore it plus the 6 other sources linked without fact checking a single one.

Yes infowars makes money from hysteria. Guess what so does the mainstream media. IW are also the first ones to break major stories sometimes that are released as 'news' by the mass media a decade later.

Comment Re:How about building subways? (Score 1) 163

Ha.

  1. Since when do you think Germany had a budget surplus? I ask this because a trade surplus isn't really a surplus of any kind. You want to reach into the pockets of other people for your pet project?
  2. It's nice to know that you think you can just divine out of your head some mythical set of desired public ends and think you also know off the top of your head how to use everyone's means without their permission to best achieve those ends. Hubris much?
  3. The cheek of someone who knows nothing of economics criticizing a whole branch of technical workers for not knowing economics. You're like a Dunning kruger walking advertisement.

Comment Philosophy and Ethics (Score 1) 359

Let me preface this by saying that I am an avid Free Software and GNU Linux supporter and user and am very appreciative and grateful for RMS's contributions, directly to my benefit.

Q: It seems to me as an outside observer, that you have struck on this golden idea of Free Software and the 'rights' of the user and started a potent movement. How have your ideas changed over time? I say this because I've seen some interviews and when they stray outside of a narrow band directly related to Free Software, they become slightly less insightful. For example in the patent space, it seems you've come up with arbitrary proposals and while they are an improvement, they are incompatible with my views in favor of voluntarism (which makes all government immoral).

Also I've never heard an explanation of the 'rights' in so much as what are they? Are they 'God given rights'? Are they 'natural rights' by some law of information science? Are they negotiated by us as individuals? Most importantly, are they moral? What is morality?

Maybe you see where I'm going with this. The success of the Free Software Phenomenon (FSP) could be according to many (eg. Linus Torvalds) just a matter of practicality. He sticks with GPL2 because it is more practical. He doesn't like GPL3 because it's not what he 'wants' from a software license.

I'm starting to think that the preponderance of the evidence shows that the FSP is deeper than just convenience. Can you do the work philosophically to break it down to first principles and relate it to what is good, moral, ethical?

I might be asking too much, some people spend considerable time in philosophical learning to be able to give great answers to simple questions such as what is good and what is virtue. Not to mention that it may be impossible to provide good answers without someone like Richard Dawkins in the room to help with the scientific portion of the discussion.

To me this is all one topic of exploration (question).

Finally, just know that you have my profound thanks for helping to change the world for the better.

Comment Re:Intel's linux support is impeccable (Score 3, Interesting) 61

Not sure why AMD and nVidia keep dragging their foot. It makes no businesses sense

I have an older AMD card and the current AMD 'radeon' opensource driver in the kernel impeccably supports it.

In fact it's been about 5 years since I've had to ever even think about drivers for my video card. It just works, with great 3d performance, with every distro out of the box because it's supported by every default kernel and mesa libs. Even usb-flash distros.

Heck I've even run many steam games just to try them out. Had to install i386 packages for steam, but the AMD kernel driver, never had to worry about it.

If AMD can make the next driver arch as good and as open as the 'radeon' driver, I'll be buying AMD again soon.

By the way Nvidia, I wouldn't touch your junk with a 10ft pole. Come back when it's become mostly Free Software and is shipped default in every kernel and distro and I never have to worry about it.

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