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Comment Re: Question (Score 1) 339

Why is playing games 'not useful'?

- why, sure, if you can find somebody to pay you money so that you can play games then it's useful to that somebody. Unless they are *forced* to pay you money for playing games, then it's not useful, it's useless and worse, it's oppressive.

By participating in consumption and consumption only and by not producing while consuming, your life is not in any way helpful to those, who are producing whatever you are consuming.

Let's make it easy for you: 100 people on an island. 10 are producing every single thing needed for the 100 to survive. Unless the 90 are providing sexual or other types of favours, they are not producing anything of any value to provide the 10 with a meaningful exchange for their production.

However if the 90 gang up against the 10 and the 10 do not have enough weapons to take out the 90 without dying themselves, the 90 can force the 10 to be the slaves of the 90.

The 90 then would be eating, drinking, living in houses, using energy and every resource and good produced by the 10.

You can say: without the 90, the 10 would have nothing to do. Of-course that's pure nonsense. Without the 90 the 10 would have more leasure and less worries as they only have to produce for the 10. The 90 are adding nothing except for the effort that needs to go into feeding the 90.

Comment Re:You lost me at "full gold" (Score 1) 339

I assume you mean a currency backed by gold. A modern economy can't do that. There isn't enough gold to back the currency needed for us to keep track of all the transactions we're doing.

- 100% *wrong*. Today gold is money in a much more convenient way than ever before in the history of human existence.

It is government propaganda and brainwashing that created the ignorant believes that you and the vast majority of you are spewing here.

Communism doesn't work and will never work because it has to use force, that's the only reason it cannot work - it must use force to take from some and to deliver to many.

Comment Models and simulations (Score 1) 339

I've long wondered why models and simulations aren't used a lot more in economic and political matters. They're used everywhere in physics and engineering, even when there are many unknowns (look at the Lorenz equation of climate models and how much it's improved since then). So why aren't modelisations with positive outcomes OBLIGATORY before voting some new laws that nobody really knows if it'll improve things or not ? Models may not be perfect but they provide a starting point and WILL be improved.

Comment Re:Oh boy (Score 1) 327

Trump is an incompetent, pompous ass and a political newcomer, hated by both Democrats and Republicans. He is lucky if Congress doesn't cut the White House kitchen budget just out of spite. What Trump wants is pretty much irrelevant since he isn't going to get it.

And yet Trump won the primary and got the Republican nomination. When the Rancor goes down, maybe it's time to stop underestimating the weird kid with a lightsaber?

Comment Not hereditary, but can be (Score 1) 90

The Sichuan University trial, it is important to note, does not edit the germ-line; its effects will not be hereditary.

This test run may not be, but this technique can not only be applied to germ-line cells, but also made 'super-hereditary'. When you change germ-line cells, they are transmitted only in half the cases, no matter if dominant or recessive. But they found a technique to have the modifications transmitted every time ! I don't remember the name of that technique though.

Comment Re:as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 0) 231

Welcome to the real world, the world that businesses had to operate in for all this time, when the scales were tipped to the other side, the side where the collectivist government was able to force businesses whatever the mob wanted.

I build my own products and services and also on a side I provide outsourcing services. Guess what, companies are looking for relief. When I say 'companies' I am talking about small and medium sized businesses that work with me, not giant corporations, they have their own outsourcing solutions and they are unapproachable. But they are not the only ones who understand that the American system of government made the American worker so unproductive as to basically turn him or her unemployable.

Comment Re: Wow... (Score 1) 219

Unless you have a reasonable expectation that someone is about to step in front of your car, the speed limit in such areas is still whatever is posted. If they wanted a lower speed limit, they'd post one.

That statement should disqualify you from driving a car. While pedestrians are supposed to behave, it's YOUR responsibility to make sure that you never drive in a way that makes it possible for you to run over a pedestrian (or hit other cars, for that matter). It's also insane to insist on driving at the speed limit regardless of circumstances. You're still responsible for being able to stop for *anything* that happens to suddenly be in the road, including a kid running after his ball. You're not "allowed" to run over the kid just because you adhered to some maximum speed limit posted.

No, you shouldn't need a "reasonable expectation" to behave like a mindless robot when it comes to speed limits. Sure, the speed limit posted is a *maximum speed limit*, and it's illegal to exceed it. It's not a mandatory minimum speed. You don't have to "expect" that someone will be stepping into the road, you are expected to be able to stop for whichever hindrance might possibly come into your way.

Oh hell, why am I wasting time. It's not "OK" to hit someone at 25 mph. To wrap it up, I hope you didn't mean what you wrote :)

If you did mean it as stated, I'm out of the discussion. Have a nice day.

Comment Re:Hah! (Score 2) 433

To be fair though it certainly seems like people now are much more willing to give up opportunity and freedom for the illusion of security (Economic and otherwise) and to be removed from the list of responsible parties for their lives.

As the world continues getting more interconnected that list keeps growing longer. Your fortunes are ever more dependent on what other people do, the current economic crisis being an excellent example. Nor can this trend be reversed because advanced technology depends on specialization. In such a world being responsible for yourself means abandoning the pleasant fantasy that you depend on no one, and seeking to influence the forces that shape your world to make them take your needs into account.

Comment Re:Original gummy fingerprint tests beat most scan (Score 1) 96

For non-phone devices, you could probably at least come up with something that requires a finger-shaped input (e.g. requires finger inserted, pushes a button at the end to toggle the snapshot) and maybe a heat-sensor.
That might not exclude warm gelatin, but at least it'll beat a laser-printed print affixed to the end of a pencil etc.

Comment Re:Advertised as unlimited, yes (Score 1) 409

I still have the unlimited plan for myself and my daughter. This month I used 14.5 GB and my daughter used 7GB so it looks like we will be left alone. But on my bill is states " Unlimited Plan" in several places online and on paper bill. Just saying .......

a notice or announcement in a public medium promoting a product, service, or event or publicizing a job vacancy.

So no, they aren't advertising "unlimited" anything.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 101

I don't need to stand by the rotation theory. However, the 2.5 degrees that the Earth rotates are about equivalent to the downrange distance.

The first stage is going about 1/5 of the target LEO orbital velocity at separation. While you might well model the trajectory as a parabola over flat ground, given the lack of fuel I would expect that SpaceX puts a lot more care into their trajectory. So far I've failed to attract the attention of the person responsible for Flight Club, the most trusted modeling of SpaceX flights, but I'll message him directly.

Comment Re:Sue them for FRAUD (Score 1) 409

The problem lies in that they are selecting which users to disconnect based on their data usage, so they are explicitly discriminating against users based on their usage of an unlimited plan. If they cut off ALL unlimited plans, that would be a non-discriminatory act.

It's perfectly acceptable to discriminate against your customers. "Heavy bandwidth user" is not a protected class that invokes various laws designed to protect the marginalized.

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