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Comment Re:Or, perhaps you just demonstrated a Catch 22 (Score 1) 241

Indeed. I think I've heard about this guy on the radio. When it comes to the 'murdering psychopath' twist, it was identified that you not only needed the genes, they also generally had to be 'activated' by a horribly abusive childhood.

IE you have a reasonably well adjusted member of society if you raised your potential psychopath well, or a person without the genes horribly(sad as that is). It's only when the two mix that you get serial killers.

Just because you're a psychopath doesn't mean you need to be a murderer - as I like to joke: 'I'd have no problems killing you, but hiding the bodies is such a pain'.

Personally, I believe in the 'social contract'. Humans are NOT set up to 'go at it alone'.

Comment Re:War (Score 2) 519

I think this is extremely unlikely. First of all, China will have to match US spending before they can exceed it. And to do that, they need to funnel hundreds of billions of dollars away from their already very poor interior. Second, the US accounts for something like half of their exports. Since the conventional wisdom is that the only reason the Chinese government can keep legitimacy is through high economic growth, it would be suicidal for them to risk that trade - even if it would severely damage the US economy.

It is possible that your thesis could play out when and if they get enough of a domestic market that they don't depend on export growth anymore. China is nearly as large as the US, and so it has vast resources - but don't forget that it also has several times the US population, so those resources won't go as far. If they are importing oil and raw materials, they will be just as susceptible to supply line disruption as the US is today. In other words, they might be able to afford a huge military - but they will need it for reasons other than standing off with the US. Especially if they keep pissing off their neighbors.

Comment No, PayPal always for eBay, not porn (Score 4, Informative) 172

PayPal never was popular for porn. On any given day of your choice, there was 100 times as many PayPal transactions on eBay than PayPal transactions for porn.

Porn went from AdultCheck and other AVS systems to iBill and a few iBill competitors. With the fall of iBill, CCBill took over the adult sector.

Comment Re:landline? (Score 1) 497

The one they use until he drops it, then they start calling his cell phone..

While everyone gets an occasional scam call, getting them *all day long* sounds really odd and i think there is more going on here that we ( or the OP ) don't know about.

If you are only getting an occasional scam call, consider yourself lucky.

I'm debt free, and I still get phone calls from bogus debt collection agencies

But my television service displays who is calling on the screen. Any phone call that is "800 service", "Unknown" "Number not available" or "Out of Area", just gets blocked now. It slows them down for a while, then a new batch of scammers starts up. Right now, I get around 10 a day, and none are legit. My SO wants the landline otherwise, I'd just have it disconnected.

Comment Re:Businesses can't hire people who don't exist. (Score 4, Insightful) 381

Did you miss the part about training more? It's pretty much the whole summary.

There is a very odd misconception in the world today. That is the idea, that all you have to do is plug in someone, anyone, into a job slot, and the results are the same.

It certainly isn't. The question that needs asked, is do an equal amount of young women even want to become programmers?

I have participated in many "Take your sons and daughters to work" days, and have been in on the efforts to get young women interested in tech fields and engineering.

These are the daughters of tech people and engineers, so you would expect there to be some interest.

Haven't found much at all. The young ladies prefer fields like lawyers, MBA's, and medical fields. This is a sampling of hundreds.

So we are left with perhaps forcing young ladies into tech fields?

Comment Re:Hail to the uninformed (Score 1) 194

The only desirable trait they're looking for is one that will make a quick profit. They've got lawyers and corporate sovereignty to protect them from any downside, so bombs away!

And since the end users. the ones who will eat these products, are not the customers of Monstanto, etc, they don't really give a fuck if any of us want these "desirable traits".

Comment GM isn't precise (Score 2) 194

They talk about genetic "engineering" as if it's a precise technical operation. But my understanding is that the kind of "engineering" done is to get a plasmid with some gene and blast it randomly at the plant. Don't know how it will land, don't know where, don't know how it will be expressed. So you then grow lots of plants with this randomly inserted genetic sequence and test whether any of the plants end up having the behavior you desire and no apparent behaviors that you don't want.

"Engineering" always seemed a deliberately misleading word.

That said, I totally buy what the article said from the NAS, that the health risks from blasting genes are low, and the health risks from UV radiation to create random mutations is low.

The article didn't at all address the environmental risks of over farming due to non-enhanced crops vs the environmental risks of irradiated vs gene-inserted crops. And didn't mention any economic risks with monopolies or IP ownership of seeds themselves.

Addressing solely "health" risks at point of consumption is also deliberately misleading.

Comment Re:landline? (Score 3, Interesting) 497

I've never once gotten a nuisance call on my cell phone. I wonder why I have been so blessed? They always come in on the landline, which is why we have an old-fashioned answering machine and basically just set up all the numbers of people we know with a specific ring and any other number has a silent ring.

So, using this old digital answering machine, and its ability to set up personal ringtones, we're able to create a white list. If someone needs to call me who is not on our phone list, they can send an email or call the celly.

Comment Re:Stock Options (Score 1) 1216

I guess the problem, then, is that the regulation is restricting the "good" ones who play by the rules. I think as a society we want to encourage those types to provide jobs and push our economy forward.

Now that doesn't mean I think the answer is "no regulation". Regulation, like the rules of football and baseball, help to maximize the goal of the game (or in this case, economic growth and stability). We need to be smart about finding the rules that help the game without making it boring or detrimental. Sometimes we have to decide to revert the rule about kicking off from the 30 yard line... it seemed like a good fun rule on paper, but caused too many injuries, which is detrimental.

Comment Re:Yes. (Score 1) 1216

The biggest monopolies aren't in retail. You have to look at the companies who have separated themselves from market forces, such as the energy companies, chemical conglomerates, pharmaceuticals.

It's why we're seeing companies in the retail sector working so hard to redirect their customer base. For example, who are Google's customers? Who are Facebook's customers? Who are Microsoft or Apple's customers? Most important, who are the banks' customers? At one time, they were the depositors, borrowers. Today, even though there are hundreds of millions just in the US who have money on deposit, those can't really be called "customers" at all.

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