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Comment What do we do? Think for yourself. (Score 4, Insightful) 361

What do we do about this? Wrong idea. Each one of us does something about it individually. You think for yourself; you vet things yourself; you don't worry about the rest of the "crowd" and how they might be deceived. Evolution only has you socially rigged up to truly affect about 150 people, max, anyway.

But, if everyone carries out that solemn responsibility, things will be fine. Problem is, because of a lingering reliance on big media, most people don't. And it was a serious problem back in the days before crowdsourcing too, because the "gatekeepers" have told some whoppers over the last century or so. This was especially true around the time of Goebbels and WW II, and it has never recovered since, despite all the best intentions of journalistic integrity. The journalists did their best to hold the lie machines at bay, but that time has long since passed. A few decades ago, by my reckoning.

So, the horse has been out of the barn for at least that long, and we are talking about shutting the gate? Now? What the hell, folks? Mass media is a lie machine, and it functions because it is a lie machine, and all we've done is given the keys to the lie machine to everyone, instead of only the "gatekeepers." That, by my yardstick, is a profoundly good thing, although it will take a period of adjustment to become used to it.

Personal responsibility and a ready supply of grains of salt is all we have left. Don't believe everything you read. Since CGI advances, don't believe everything you see either. Welcome to the Brave New World. IMHO, it's a "good thing," but you have to be careful what you choose to believe these days.

Comment Re:of course, a little less moving... (Score 1) 566

Gandhi did his work in homespun cloth to protest colonial British industry. Despite the fact that he could have chosen otherwise, he forsook all the benefits of his wealthy pedigree.

It most certainly does change the validity of their complaints, from the context you've provided, if they continue to reap the "benefits" of the system they purport to oppose while they protest.

In short: Gandhi they ain't.

Comment Re:The scam of Siri (Score 3, Informative) 403

It's still a bit scammy, but I would guess they're using early adopters as a massive beta test before rolling it out to iLife in general, so rather than depriving anyone, they're being cautious and scaling up usage slowly. Think "Apple Newton," and it's reasonable to suspect the company may still be a little gun shy with this kind of tech. Even if it is running "in the cloud" instead of on the device, there's a whole lot that could go wrong with Siri. (Page is for entertainment purposes only. Not to be construed as actual examples. I am a non-attorney spokesperson.)

More than that, availability matters here, and they want the initial adopters to have a premium experience before they roll it out to the hoi polloi, and everything goes pear shape when they run into the usual scaling issues. You know, like the ones AT&T ran into with the first iPhones.

Comment Blast from the past (Score 1) 37

Any bets that a Time Cube forms and starts tearing up Bibles?

Humans are wiser at birth than after fully educated – for they are taught negativistic anti-life ONEism that does not exist on opposite + & - pole Earth.

Everyone knows the magnetic shift is caused by TIME CUBE!

Seriously, we have no idea what's down there. Sounds like a fun experiment.

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