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Comment Old Problem (Score 4, Insightful) 153

Socrates on books:

If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks.

There are plenty of problems left in this world to apply unused brain tissue to. . . Freeing up brain matter to be applied to new problems is how we progress as a species.

Comment Re:Why bother with the machines? (Score 1) 734

Except for the zero proof that the RNC was hacked and repeated denials from the RNC chair that the RNC was hacked.

Two things:
1) The party you hacked to lose the election is the party that you WANT people to know was hacked. Common knowledge of the hack results in dramatically improved credibility of the released information attained in the hack.
2) The party that you want to blackmail is the party that you want the hack to be a secret. The more secretive you can be about blackmail, the more effective it is. Also, if the RNC is being blackmailed due to a hack, would you expect them to announce that to the world!?

Of course, even worrying about the RNC being blackmailed is a waste of time if the president-elect is already compromised by the Russkiy's, something we will know as soon as he follows through with his promise to release his taxes (along with getting Mexico to pay for the wall and bringing back coal. . . in other words, don't hold your breath. . .)

Comment Re:Why bother with the machines? (Score 1) 734

. . . there is the possibility it is being used to tamper with the lawmakers. . .

Exactly:
1) Hack BOTH parties A & B during an election
2) Use hack of party A to help party B win
3) Use hack of party B to blackmail party B after they come into power
4) . . .
5) Pribyl'!

Comment Devil is in the details (Score 1) 30

Radiolab broke the story with their http://www.radiolab.org/story/...">Bringing Gamma Back episode. The remarkable thing about this research is that they focused on the lack of gamma wave activity in those suffering from Alzheimers. This has been observed in both the brains of mice and humans.

If human brains cannot have gamma waves induced with LEDs like mice, I am sure there are many different options for inducing gamma. However, the fact that mice and human brains both have gamma wave patterns and both lack this brain pattern when suffering Alzheimers seems to bode well for the possibility that inducing gamma in human brains will also trigger the brain's self cleaning processes like it did in mice.

Most research involving mice involves chemical reactions that can be nuanced enough to not apply to humans. However, this specific research seems to be based on the fundamental functionality of the brain which is more likely to be common across various mammals.

Comment Re:"Critics say!" (Score 1) 302

Bank meltdowns don't contaminate land for thousands of years

But the public gets to bend over and take it whether it is a bank or a nuclear plant that melted down.

nuclear reactors aren't speculative bubbles

Neither are banks. . . (speaking of shitty analogies. . .) Both represent high concentrations of power/capital that can be recklessly managed for large gains to those in power at the risk of large losses to the overall public. Whether it is banks assuming housing prices will alway go up or a nuclear plant expansion project that assumes electricity prices will not fall over 60 years, both show the damage that power concentration causes to the public.

Now, if you could devote more of your post to logical reasoning than vitriol, this might actually start to reasonable a rational debate. . .

Comment *Whoosh* (Score 4, Insightful) 471

FRIEDMAN: Are you worried, though, that those companies will keep their factories here, but the jobs will be replaced by robots?
TRUMP: They will, and we'll make the robots, too. [laughter]

*Whoosh*

I feel like for the next 4 years America will be used as kind of a learning tool for Trump (a, "Trump University", if you will) to learn very basic economic and government principles. . . poorly. And all it will cost is the well being of an entire nation. . .

Comment Re:Feel so conflicted. . . (Score 1) 559

If, during Trump's presidency, the labor force participation rate rises to 68% or more, will you admit in your book that you are the douche? ;-)

Here are the possible explanations for a labor force participation rate increase under Trump:
- broken window economics (increase in low level/value jobs at a price of significant overall wealth destruction and great risk of fiscal and monetary crisis)
- dumb luck (this is not North Korea. . . but do you really believe the 'Dear Leader' has more influence on economic growth or labor participation than, say, technological advancement!?)

Understanding the above does not make one a douche. . . just capable of rational thought in the face of primitive tribalism. . .

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