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Comment Re:A bug in Linux? (Score 1) 280

> I will call it OPENER Source.
I will call it FREER Software. And please do not call that kernel "Linux", call it "GNU/Linux's kernel".

Jokes aside, now that there is an Android/Linux "that can't boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support", I suggest using GNU/Linux to refer to the truly free stack :)

Comment Re:Was that really necessary? (Score 1) 208

I definitely agree with your analysis; I would add that it is naturally difficult for people to converge to a common goal as the number of the people interested grows, and guess what, the center of power is raised at every occasion.
First states overtook regions and towns, then federal unions like USA, URSS, EU overtook states, next a global government (which is de facto already here) will make the angry citizen totally irrelevant unless he coordinates with a couple billion friends.

Popular culture pushes for individualism and competition, so no "getting together and doing something about it". Stuff like the mafia is also perverting, as a collateral effect, the concepts of family bond and local, self-organizing society, which are not always bad things.

Comment Re:GM Goodness? (Score 2) 208

And, remember that the GM revolution was publicized like this: "we will alter the DNA so we will make species that are resistant to *parasites* so there will be less need to spray the fields with chemicals".

Instead we end up spraying the fields with chemicals that are even more harmful to natural species (you know, the ones you can freely plant with leftover seeds instead of bending over to patented sterile offerings).

Best scam of the century, even better than the "oh you want to get porn or cute cat pictures online? let us control your data and activity instead" internet.

Comment Re:Same as any other potential fraud. (Score 1) 223

while I'm mostly agreeing that the "globalization" (increased interdependence from a complex system with the room of buttons placed far away the single citizen) makes us slaves in essence, I think society has a little right to frown upon people removing themselves from it, unless they made up for the effort society made in bringing them up. Your own family's effort is especially difficult to be offset.

Comment Re:There are legitimate Twitter users? (Score 1) 45

No no it's real. There are twitter users who are actual persons.
For example :"Hey look at this product, it's awesome and with an affordable price tag. I am using it without problem for months!" is clearly a cheap twitbot, while "OMG LOST MATCH AGAIN DAAAAAMN!!!!1!" is clearly the product of a human brain.

Comment Re:Ok, sure... (Score 1) 164

First, it was a CAR analogy, which can't possibly be bad, by definition.
Second, they do not resist cloning. They don't consider cloning as an equivalent to sexual reproduction. One could make a register with all the horses who actually were sons of couples who liked each other instead of being "forced" to copulate and not consider human assisted sexual reproduction as natural sexual reproduction. We would then be talking about a very conceptual barrier, so what? There is still no justification for third parties to step in and tell them which are the parameters for being included in the registry. Make another registry and STFU.

Comment Re:Define consciousness please (Score 1) 151

QM don't use consciousness, but they don't exclude it. When/if they will be able to predict with 100% accu future interaction of matter, they will have excluded it, not earlier.

Example, what is AAAAAABAAAAAABAAAAAAB? A phenomenon easily represented by a function. It is also a map of my morning preferences (a=cafeteria, b=stay home). It is more than 90% accurate and doesn't use consciousness. Yet my choice could be conscious (if such concept exists) regardless of it.

Comment Re:Ok, sure... (Score 1) 164

There is no artificial scarcity here, there is natural scarcity and artificial abundance due to possible cloning. The keeper of the register do not want to consider clones, fine. Somebody else will do it? fine. This has nothing to do with patents, they did not patent what was already there, nor invent and claim anything.

Comment Re:Ok, sure... (Score 4, Insightful) 164

It's not a monopoly if the item is scarce. What if I built an exact replica of a vintage Bugatti and then insist on having it registered as an official Bugatti? What if I built a hackintosh and insist on apple putting a serial number and a logo on it? The proper answer is "No, f*ck you!".

Do the official registry prevent the creation of a cloned animals registry? Let the damn market choose which registry to consider.

In freedom, one could create the registry of ogm free stuff, male-only (or female-only, or white-only) clubs, and so on. As long as I don't hurt anybody, directly or with negative propaganda, nobody has any business interfering.

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