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Comment How can that possibly be legal? (Score 1) 192

Once you buy it, it is YOUR CAR, and you can do with it whatever you please. Tesla has no right whatsoever to constrict what you can do with your car. That's what "selling" means: giving up ownership rights. And before you ask: no, you are not "merely licensing" the car.

Next up: supermarket tells you buying potatoes is fine, but not if you plan to serve them in a restaurant...

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 242

I'm not sure why I would have to explain that, since I didn't claim any of that. The OP claimed that a human could not possibly land a moon lander. That's BS - humans _did_ in fact land a moon lander, on the first attempt, succesfully, while the computer was busy crashing. That same human decided he didn't want to land in a field of boulders and veered of course to another landing spot. So far that hasn't been achieved by computers either.

Comment Re:At what cost? (Score 1) 877

The proponents of UBI, I'm not one, seem to believe that the money can be found by:
- Eliminating all existing forms of social security. In fact this is a major reason often stated for UBI: it "simplifies" the rules to the point that you don't even need people overseeing it. Which leads us to:
- Reduced overhead. Apparently they believe that several trillions are currently being spent on "overhead".
- And finally, of course you'd be able to tax all those people since they now have income.

So in the end, you take away money from the people who actually need it, spread it over a far larger group including a great many people who do NOT need it, thus leaving everyone in the first group with far too little to live on. And what little you get, you need to return in the form of taxes in order to pay for the whole scheme.

Then they point at "succesful" trials, without mentioning that no single trial was so succesful that it was continued to this day, and without mentioning that all of those trials relied on money being poured in from outside.

We haven't even begun to discuss what such a scheme would do to society as a whole - if you pay people to do nothing, is there going to be any kind of progress? Will there be anyone left for the less pleasant, but nonetheless necessary jobs? Or hell, for any kind of work? Will it be acceptable for foreigners to enter the country and receive UBI, or will a 'wall' be necessary?

Comment Scary (Score 2) 432

It's kind of scary that the people who want to be elected to run the branch of government that is in charge of implementing cyber security are such a bunch of damn clueless morons about it.

I mean there are high schoolers who would do better securing and safeguarding their emails than this crew...

Heh, who's the JV team?

Comment Re:So, what's Soylent really about? (Score 1) 207

Like Boost, too much simple sugar.

Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Blend of Vegetable Oils (Canola, Corn), Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali). Less than 0.5% of: Nonfat Milk, Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Soy Lecithin, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Cellulose Gum, Potassium Citrate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Cellulose Gel, Carrageenan, Salt, Ferric Phosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12, Phylloquinone, and Vitamin D3.

Comment Re:So, what's Soylent really about? (Score 1) 207

The closest would be Boost Plus, which still comes in short on calories and way too much simple sugar. Look at the ingredients!

Water, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Canola, High Oleic Sunflower, Corn), Milk, Protein Concentrate, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, and Less than 1% of: Calcium Caseinate, Soy Protein Isolate, Sodium Caseinate, Gum Acacia, Fructooligosaccharides, Potassium Citrate, Inulin (from Chicory), Soy Lecithin, ...

Comment Re:So, what's Soylent really about? (Score 1) 207

First, you're not realizing what I bill those customers. I don't want to wave money around on Slashdot but I assure you, you too would drink an unoffensive bottle of Soylent for that much. The main thing it buys me is freedom, and there is no shortage of pleasure coming from that. I can work on what I want most of the time, or not work, if I just keep a few of those customers.

Second, you can't have any of the real pleasures in life without your health. You are evolved to be attracted to foods that would have been infrequent windfalls throughout most of the evolution of human beings. Now, you can have them for every meal, and your body is sending you the signals to do so despite the fact that those foods will ultimately be detrimental to you. If you are still compelled to eat them, there's a pretty good chance that's the addiction talking.

Comment So, what's Soylent really about? (Score 4, Insightful) 207

I have some customers in San Jose, and live in Berkeley. Given the horrid traffic and the lack of good trains with little hope that BART's Silicon Valley extension will be done within a decade, I get up at 5AM when it's necessary to work at these customer sites, hit the road by 5:30, and head home around 1 PM.

Obviously, that doesn't leave time for a leisurely breakfast. So, a cold bottle of Soylent 2.0 just out of the 'fridge is about my best option while driving. Warm Soylent doesn't actually seem that much worse, and I've used that during long drives when the alternative would have been fast food.

Yes, I get paid enough to compensate for all of this.

Soylent 2.0 tastes OK, but not so good that you'd eat it just for the taste. It takes care of physical needs and doesn't do anything nasty to my gastrointestinal system. I do not attempt to use it as a total food replacement.

Consuming Soylent, though, leads one to think about how food flavors and other characteristics of food are evolved or engineered to manipulate us, and how this is a dependence or addiction and perhaps the largest cause of health issues in our lives.

Comment Re:Good for India (Score 1) 812

A country is the personal fiefdom of a small, rich oligarchy. Any possible semblance of shared history, identity, or cultural values should at all times be avoided, and if discovered anyway, must be destroyed through indoctrination, mass immigration, and any other means available. The purpose of the people living in a country is to provide cheap labor and easy income through the maximum possible level of taxation. Randomly applied laws will make it clear to them who's boss. Personal profit shall at all times overrule any consideration for the health of the country. And anyone who questions this state of affairs shall be ridiculed and have his public image destroyed.

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