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Comment Re:Phase 2 testing (Score 1) 170

Cool. Now do the same thing 6 more times, without resurfacing.

If he can do it for two months straight around the clock without snapping, my money would be on him doing two years too if he had to/wanted to. Elizabeth Fritzl did 24 years trapped in a cell in the basement, eventually no matter how bad the situation is it eventually just is. Same goes for people with severe disabilities and such, if I ended up in a wheelchair I'd get very depressed right away. But if I live through that first phase I don't see myself saying I've lived a year in a wheelchair but a year and a day is too much. I'd either have found a reason to live - or not - long before that.

Comment Re:No Fools' Cry (Score 1) 448

Why not tell them to grow up instead of indulging their ongoing foolishness?

Because lying marketers are a bigger problem to me than tantruming netizens, both because the latter are easier to filter out and because economy can't really work without the former because nobody can buy your product if they don't know it exists, no matter how useful it might be for them, thus logic dictates I side with the latter.

Also, having to keep your guard up at all times least some predatory asshole takes advantage of you is a miserable and wasteful way to live. Humanity has a habit of driving anything that preys on us into extinction or as close as possible where ever we go; why break with that tradition with those of us who choose to prey on their own species?

Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 380

If you give the FDA more money, they will spend it on things like enforcing rules against importation of epi-pens rather than going through the backlog of generics. They will then claim they need more money to go through the backlog of generics. Basically the last thing a government agency will spend money on are the things people want, because not doing those things is the best way for it to get additional funding. (This is a generalization of the famous Washington Monument strategy)

Comment Re:Feminist/SJW Echo Chamber Circling The Bowl (Score 1) 179

Twitter could have been the proverbial "marketplace of ideas", where people can offer their point of view and by approval and disapproval

It sounds like you had an interesting and considered point to make. Sadly, since you're limited to 140 characters, it got cut off. Better have simpler ideas, ones easily reducible to soundbytes, if you want to market them on Twitter.

Twitter is awful as a marketplace of ideas, is what I'm saying. Forums like Slashdot itself are far better alternatives.

the true opinions of people visiting, unblemished and unencumbered by peer pressure, due to the general anonymity of the medium

A pseudonymous platform isn't immune to peer pressure because it allows karma whoring. Not even truly anonymous platforms like the *chans are immune, because there's an instinctual need to conform and thus peer pressure exists even without any consequences to anything you say or do.

Yes, that does mean that you get to see the radical and even the mean side of society, but if that is what you see, this is what we are.

And it turns out being mean has consequences, such as being shunned or even thrown out. This, too, is what we are. The important question is whether we should be either mean or censorship-happy.

Comment Re: Stop it with the SJW crap!!! (Score 1) 686

What's truly amazing is that AGW is apparently now somehow related to social justice, in the minds of some people.

Although I guess that's the expected end result of increasingly paranoid conspiracy theories that are needed to explain all the things that do not work as they want.

Comment Re: And the other end of the deal? (Score 1) 286

Do you realize that the US women took home more medals in this olympics than the men?

Sure. Katie Ledecki got gold for swimming 800m about 15s slower than Connor Jaeger did for swimming 800m on the way to 1500m for mere silver. Still think there isn't something inherently different about women, or was Ledecki just sandbagging the way to the world record?

Comment Re:I don't have any yoga emails .... (Score 1) 558

Your mention of corporate policies for mail deletion is key here. If emails were deleted in a secure wipe manner as part of a routine schedule for that sort of thing, we have to assume no foul play. But if it was a one-off thing, and especially if it was after they knew there was an investigation, it's very suspicious.

Comment Re:Pokemon Go killed more people than Tesla Autopi (Score 1) 152

When you release something into the world, you should really understand people.

You should, but "some idiot might try to change batteries while driving" is not a kind of thing you can reasonably protect against.

More generally, at some point safety features will actually make things less safe. For example, forklifts have to sound alarm while backing. Good idea if there were always just one, but if you have many of them working in the same warehouse the resulting cacophony masks other sounds - such as the tire noise of the forklift that's about to drive over you.

Comment Re:The anti-science sure is odd. (Score 5, Interesting) 686

"The authors of the paper note it’s particularly interesting that global warming keeps winning the bet despite ocean cycles, solar activity, and human aerosol pollution all acting in the cooling direction over the past 15 years. Human-caused global warming has become so strong that it’s consistently overcoming these natural short-term cooling factors... In other words, betting against global warming is an almost sure way to lose money at this point."

https://www.skepticalscience.com/betting-against-gw-sure-way-to-lose-money.html

Comment New Problems Aren't Worse Problems (Score 1) 146

Sure, self-driving cars will frustrate us in new ways and it's always great to address potential issues prospectively.

However, just because you are used to all the frustrations and inconveniences of the current system and you're just thinking about the annoyances of self-driving cars for the first time doesn't mean the new annoyances are worse than the old.

Those of us who live on obscure streets or on divided streets have had to talk taxi drivers, friends and delivery people to our houses for years. GPS has made much of this easier but the whole complaint here is that google doesn't know exactly where every address is.

Yes, self-driving cars remove the option of talking the driver in despite the GPS error. But in the long run we are better off if we are forced to learn once that "Address X" will bring any visitors to our home rather than having to give them all directions. Not only is this an easy simple fix it actually forces us to do what we should have done a long time ago.

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