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Comment This is species/state of being -ist (Score 1) 462

The Swedes already have "hen" as a gender neutral pronoun for small folk. We can just rename "lady chickens" something else to free that up. Maybe another like hen-an or hen-do for older and younger hens.

The real proem is that this doesn't address non-human beings. Dolphins, gorillas, and others need to be equal on the Internet too.

That still doesn't address non-caporal entities like Internet chat bots, Tachicomas, giant floating heads, or beings of pure energy and different temporal existence characteristics. Those beings need equality even though we haven't met them yet.

We should really fix all these issues at once.

Comment Re: ...and that makes it better? (Score -1, Troll) 227

Their failure is an open joke now. He should have been fed to the sharks in little pieces five minutes after he bought that ticket to Hong Kong and they reviewed his work access. How are they "watching terrorists" but not their own employees with admin access.

It's time for every manager above Snowden to "fall on their swords". And if they committ suicide right now we won't have to arrest theirs families too. Even if they did catch him, they should be offed for ALLOWING him to gather that much data, ever.

I'm all for whistleblower status, but Snowden should have been DEAD, HORRIBLY within 24 hours of that flight to Hong Kong. They should have "accidented" the whole plane just to get him... They had NO IDEA who he was talking too! Their standards are laughable if THESE PEOPLE are all we got holding the line against terrorists.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 578

Regulation of capitalism has to be like sports rules. sports change rules all the time to make competition between players on the field or teams more fair. Because a game where the same teams always won would be no fun to watch. It's a shame we don't view competition in the free market the same way. Ie "yea, Microsoft invited Apple to the Super Dish again this year". Are they so nice!

Comment Re: Well if HP didn't already have a terrible rep. (Score 1) 385

IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, Cisco... All do it too. Generally, you keep things like this open and free when you want to GROW sales NOW versus cash-in. This move generally means you're confident enough your customers can't jump ship or get their patches elsewhere.

I think as a customer you have to realize a company needs money to "keep the lights on". If you haven't given them money for more than three years, how are YOU keeping their doors open?

Comment Re:here's a suggestion (Score 1) 177

he doesn't know anything about modern computing. He can't even demo his own products successfully, which shows he just doesn't give a damn. He was good at "business" of beating up other companies and Canoodling government and enterprise bosses.

He's also spend decades selling down to only a few percent of Microsoft ownership. He's still the "biggest" owner but not by much. He needs to "go away" and let the company do it's thing. His time is past. He should have got his nose out a decade ago and allowed Ballmer to fail hard. he's just a doddering old grandpa that won't let the sons run the family business correctly.

Comment Re: Stansilaw Lem wrote about this kind of thing . (Score 1) 241

This is "Ghost in the Shell"stuff.

Can the Abstractions have their OWN abstractions? Would those be a copy of the ORIGINAL's consciousness, or an entirely NEW consciousness... Or something else,

In GitS the show several known kinds of this happening. Most obvious is the Major who extensively uses multiple memory backup cyberbrains until presumably the last piece of "meat" dies. The Tachikomas continuously extract and analyze data and modify their own THINKING as they go. They were able to inhabit a remote server and switch bodies at will. Presumably their code contained the keys to doing it again.

Then you had other events like Ryesomes on the network, servers that held a particular point of view even as users came and went.. Kind of like Slashdot. They also had "stand alone complex" in which the larger group of "people" created the same idea multiple times without people collaborating. In that respect, keeping memories and personality "alive" on the network could be a way for humans collective experience to continue even when the idea carrier dies.. To keep the "spark" of those ideas available for the future human race.

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