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Comment Mooned (Score 3, Insightful) 79

Senator: "What good is electricity in the house?"

Engineer: "Senator, in 20 years, you'll be taxing it."

In time, governments will try to tax and control it, perhaps even stopping colonization or private enterprise, probably even cheered on by some around here who, one presumes, were completely down with Europe looting the New World to feed their governments' voracious appetites for cash, dead-set against any colonies not their own, much less independence.

Comment Re:Distributed responsibility (Score 1) 406

When a doctor tortures a patient there is a direct cause and effect from the doctor's actions to the pain and suffering of the victim.

When an engineer designs a weapon, he's not actually causing the pain and suffering. Once you get away from "complete responsibility", the rest is easy:

And if a doctor is asked to treat a tortured prisoner so that they may be healthy enough to be tortured more?

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 406

And does your employer only sell weapons to customers you are morally comfortable with, or do those weapons end up being sold to just about anybody the government wants to placate at the moment?

Can you guarantee that the weapons you're designing are being deliberately used to threaten someone else's sleeping baby girls, if not your own outright?

Comment Re:Scalpel or gun can be used for good or bad ... (Score 1) 406

Its not the scalpel or the gun that is the problem, it is the mind and the intentions behind the hand holding the scalpel or gun.

Medical companies refuse to export drugs to the United States that they know are used in executions. But nobody will stop selling arms to someone else unless and until international law gets involved, and sometimes not even then.

It seems pretty clear that those in the field of medicine have a higher moral standard.

Comment Re:Tough luck.. (Score 1) 923

Actually no, the Founding Fathers seemed more Dieist than Christians and there is a constitutional prohibition against the establishment of an official religion in the US. The number of Americans who are Christian by default far exceeds the number of Americans who are Christians by choise, many more Americans are Christians for Baptism, Wedding and Funerals than are continuously practicing.

Comment Re:make my day... (Score 1) 453

Yeah you can attach a keyboard and a mouse and a bigger screen but at that point I wouldn't call it a tablet anymore your using a tablet + buying and attaching a bunch of crap to turn it into a desktop.

Perhaps the point is that once you already own a tablet, "a bunch of crap to turn it into a desktop" is cheaper than a desktop.

Comment Genres other than FPS and RTS (Score 1) 453

But it is much quicker an precise to do text selection with a mouse than it is to do it with a touchscreen.

True, but how much of time spent writing and editing a document is done in text selection? Besides, when I don't have a mouse available, such as while riding the bus, I can use keyboard keys to move the cursor by a word or line at a time. This works on my laptop's built-in keyboard or on a Bluetooth keyboard paired to my Nexus 7 tablet.

Not if you want to use a keyboard and mouse which is the optimal setup for FPS and RTS games.

Granted, that's fine for FPS and RTS. But plenty of genres that aren't FPS or RTS don't benefit from a mouse. Take a cooperative platformer for example. I don't see how a platformer would benefit from a mouse unless it's a Contra clone like Abuse. On a console, you'd put player 1 on the included gamepad and player 2 on another gamepad, either one sold separately or one included with player 2's console and brought from home. On a PC, you'd put player 1 on the keyboard and player 2 where? (It'd be possible to put player 2 on a USB gamepad, but only if player 2 learned how to play on a gamepad and not on a keyboard.)

Not everybody wants to sit within cable-distance from their screen with a mobile device

HDMI cable distance is pretty far.

much less have a cable hanging out of it.

People tolerate a cable coming out of a computer mouse.

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