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Comment Yea, whatever... (Score 1) 108

While this is a noble endeavor, I am not worried much. Should internet become censored and completely shut off like AOL, a new peer-to-peer network will spring up overnight and people will flock to it by the thousands - information wants to be free and it always will be. Who's to say we can't ressurect BBSes? Totalitarian government is blocking phone lines? Well, there's always packet radio. Jammers on every street lamp? Hey, why not use pigeons that deliver data sticks to a remote location where a designated operator rebroadcasts them to the world. Birds are shot on sight? Well, we can always rely on human couriers with mad parkour skills, I suppose... Well, I know, i'm exaggerating, but the point stands - you can't stop information, no matter how hard you try. Just look at the Great Firewall of China - it's a great success, isn't it? Same thing with USSR - people found about jeans, Mercedes, Beatles and Pepsi... and if you think about it, isn't this what caused it to fall apart? Why spend 12 hours in a factory if you can never have something that "inferior capitalists" enjoy on a daily basis.

Comment Re:From personal experience (Score 1) 118

Tyranny of the moment only seems like a bad thing if you choose to do something bad at that moment. You see, if you'll go from a moment to a moment choosing to do something interesting or exciting, than these moment will add up and you will always be doing something interesting or exciting, resulting in you always finding yourself interested in your activities. This way, tasks don't even feel like "tasks". If you follow this direction, you may find doing something entirely different with your life, compared to what you THOUGHT you were supposed to be doing... and trust me, it might end up being better than what you have imagined yourself doing originally. However, I am not saying you should stop thinking ahead at all, thinking ahead focuses you and chooses your direction. For example, if you absolutely decide and justify to yourself that you don't want to do any drugs or drink alcohol, no matter how exciting they might seem - when you'll go into the "do next most exciting thing", alcohol or drugs will NEVER come up as an option, why would they?

Comment Re:From personal experience (Score 1) 118

"I feel like saying something to her right now, I should say it."

*Uuuuh, hey, babe, wanna get laid?


Obviously, you don't come up to a hot girl on the street and ask her to have sex with you. If you want to do that, you're obviously insane(or very confident). Instead, ask yourself not what you want to get(sex that is), but what you want to say when you come up to her. I highly doubt that you'll come up with "do you want to have sex?". I hope you're getting my point.

The right way to approach things is not to think about the future AT ALL, it is hard, but possible.

AT ALL, means AT ALL. Your D'oh means that you're trying to predict the future again.

Comment From personal experience (Score 5, Interesting) 118

I've been fighting procrastination for several years, and I am sure many have and still are. The one(and seemingly only) solution that I have found is to change your entire attitude towards your life. Procrastination arises from your mental extrapolation of how long a certain task will do and how many other small sub-tasks it will include. This line of thinking is most likely to overwhelm you and stop you right in you tracks("well, just look how much there's still to do, i'd rather do it later, when i am not as busy"). This is, at least for me, is the source of laziness. The right way to approach things is not to think about the future AT ALL, it is hard, but possible. Living in the moment and doing what excites you at one particular moment in time still somehow accomplishes the task at hand, and you don't spend your time thinking about it as a bunch of small sub-tasks. Think of it as writing a 50 page essay. You don't just sit down and start thinking "oh I have to write a 50 page essay, look at how much planning i have to do before it", when to actually do it, all you have to do is just separate it in sections based on topics that it covers, sit down and start writing in said section sentence by sentence. Different approach, same result. This advice, my fellow geeks, also applies to interaction with opposite sex. "Oh no, i might say something, and then she might say something and i'll ruin everything so i shouldn't say anything at all." - Bad. "I feel like saying something to her right now, I should say it." - Good.

Comment Re:I'm gonna go Orwellian on yo ass (Score 4, Insightful) 49

I can see this as something most people are not going to want to carry around. Phone, keys, wallet and sunglasses are too much as it is.

Maybe they can integrate them into purses/man-satchels/bras/brossieres etc. along with wireless recharging and built-in antennas in the straps.

Give it a few years, cellphones in early 90 had brick-sized batteries and yet people still carried them around, now it is hard to find a phone that is not a miniature wi-fi enabled game console with a video camera that can also make phone calls.

Comment Re:So not that acquainted with the street then? (Score 1) 527

Actually, an interesting thing that I've noticed - quite a few dealers I know still have a sense of responsibility and would never sell anything to a kid under 14 or so. But that's just small pot dealers, chances are, those who are in it to make a living off it and would also push harder drugs, wouldn't probably care.

Comment Re:This stuff matters (Score 1) 620

Actually, you raise a very interesting point. As soon as you can convert real money to not just game time, but chips(PLEX) and then gamble them using odds(which depend on your ship and stats), you have a casino... and not just any casino, a casino where you can only spend your winning on other games in it and never cash out. Made more interesting by the fact that other players can gamble without any chips and yet take all of yours, like in this story... It's like a medieval arena in a bad fantasy novel - somebody challenges you to a fight and you can't refuse it... and if you lose, you lose everything, if you win, you get nothing, just more battles until you eventually lose.

Comment Oh yea? (Score 1) 283

I'm telling you, the government has a car that runs on air, man! They just don't want us to know, because then, we'll buy all the air. Then... there will be nothing left to breathe but pot smoke! and the government knows that weed....will set us free!

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