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Comment solutions? (Score 1) 168

My issue is not with the science that reports human activity is warming the planet, it's with the POLITICS surrounding it, and discussions about what should be done. From what I've read, all of the current initiatives, regulation, etc will not do squat to change the situation in anything under 200 years and even then it's marginal at best. The only real solutions seem to imply (or say rather directly) that world GDP would need to be rolled back significantly. I simply don't see that happening. With all that in mind, it seems like politicians/corporations are using climate change as means to consolidate power. In general. I'm against concentrating power in government or corporations. It never seems to work out well in the long term when that happens. I may be naive, but it seems to me the way to save the planet is to develop space and other worlds so that people can leave and take the stress off of the planet. I'm pretty sure we can do that in under 200 years.

Comment They will weasel their way and drag their feet (Score 1) 149

Just look at the cable card debacle. They purposely underfunded and under engineered support for third party devices with their cable cards. What do you think will happen with this? I guarantee you there will be "delays" and it will be a bear getting anybody to help you if your app on Roku for comcast does not work right. Call me cynical, but do you think they will WILLINGLY give up that cable box revenue stream? Even after they are forced to do so I'd bet they will "roll" the loss of those cable boxes right back into your cable bill. Maybe not all at first, a buck here, a buck there and 5 years later everybody is paying an additional $20 bucks a month. It will be called "Internet HD TV access charge".

Comment What about selective fertilization? (Score 1) 367

Editing DNA is just too creepy for many people to consider it. BUT..... Selectively choosing sperm and egg for specific properties from a large pool created by the parents (like what was done in Gattaca) is something I could see done. People would simply see it as taking the randomness out and picking the best characteristics from what they (the parents) contribute.

Comment Re:"3 whole buttons to talk to Nana? Bullshit!" (Score 2) 114

Look, SIP works. It's just a signaling protocol. Facetime uses SIP even though it's closed to anybody else. SIP is a standard, everybody could use it. It's not hard to implement. It's well known and well supported. Just to re-iterate SIP is a SIGNALING PROTOCOL. It has nothing to do with call quality directly. There is no reason why vendors can't implement it. There is also XMPP, but I prefer SIP myself.

Comment Meditation (specifically Mindfullness) (Score 1) 254

"Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness," said McElroy, according to The British Psychological Society. "Awareness of their tendency to be less active, coupled with an awareness of the cost associated with inactivity, more thoughtful people may then choose to become more active throughout the day." Seems like the correct prescription would be mindfulness meditation.

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