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Comment Re: Just what the world needs (Score 1) 268

He has, as he does with most things, sat on both sides of the fence. In the anti-gay column, he has:

* Supported North Carolina's effort to stop transgender people from using the bathroom matching their identity

Hey wait a second. I thought that transgender people are the gender that they identify with. I mean, gender is a social construct, after all, right? While some transgender people may harbor an attraction toward the same gender they're transitioning to, many don't. Lumping all transgender people into the gay community is pretty damn disrespectful, both to the transgender community, and to the gay community, is it not? <outrage>You fucking bigot!<\outrage>

Comment Re: Just what the world needs (Score 0) 268

I love how someone moderated you as a troll; it's pretty evident that you tapped into their view of heresy. I mean, you simply stated a reasoned disagreement with the way some people are often portrayed -- didn't even trot out the SJW label -- but that's apparently enough to warrant troll status.

This intellectual intolerance is just pathetic.

Comment Re:Cheaper ??? (Score 1) 351

No. If you'll recall, I'm not the one who used ICs as an example. That was Intron. You argued against that example, and I just ran with it. That said, it wasn't a bad example, since it pretty much contradicted the point you were making flat out.

The rest is you just being intentionally obtuse because you don't want to admit that you're wrong. But, you're still wrong. Wrong Wrong Wrongity Wrong :)

Comment Re:Cheaper ??? (Score 1) 351

Well, for starters, you don't necessarily need an exponential curve like that displayed for integrated circuits. There are numerous products that start off expensive individually, due to exorbitant sunk R&D costs, but come down in price drastically -- basically in a step function -- before stabilizing. For example, pretty much every prescription drug manufactured.

If you're wanting other examples of exponential improvement, though, how about DNA sequencing? Or how about medical scanning, like brain scanning? If you can't think of any other examples, you're not thinking hard enough (or just willfully ignoring other examples)... That's on you.

Comment Re:Heck yes, (Score 2) 351

In full agreement. I really don't understand why people are so opposed to cultured meat, but, then again, I don't know why people are so opposed to GM food, even in theory (though I'm not saying that there can't be bad players involved). I guess it comes down to, "it's unnatural, so it's evil!" Never mind the hypocrisy of posting a critique along those lines, or even, you know, existing.

Comment Re:Heck yes, (Score 3, Insightful) 351

Why is that? Are there no grades of meat in your world?

If you set out to surpass the best quality meat available, then maybe you might have a point, but, assuming you can observe and economically reproduce what makes that meat so great, why wouldn't you be able to approach it's quality with cultured meat? At some point, given production efficiencies that would be introduced, cultured meat that closely approximates very high quality meat would be cheaper than low quality meat that's used today. At that point, you'd be comparing crappy real meat against exceptional cultured meat, so, yeah, you'd have something that, at a given price, is superior in taste and tone.

Comment Re:Cheaper ??? (Score 2) 351

Come on dude, you're obviously comparing an essentially mature technology against one that was still rapidly developing. Once Moore's law has reached its end, computing hardware prices will stabilize for the performance offered similar to what's happened with your car.

Lab grown meat is obviously still in the prototype phase right now, and pricing reflects that. Once economies of scale are introduced, and production efficiencies are realized, price per volume will quite predictably plummet. This is basic economics stuff right here.

Comment Re:All About the H-1B (Score 1) 360

I don't know why people are so opposed to this line of thinking. Including third (or forth) party candidates in the process seems like something that would be especially useful this time around -- if only to drive more discussion and call Republicans and Democrats on their bullshit -- but it's not going to happen if people reserve their vote for "the lesser of two evils." Also, let's face it, individual votes don't really matter for determining the outcome of most states, but they can matter, in aggregate, in giving a third party a voice on the national stage.

Comment "Poor judgment and ignorance about technology" (Score 1) 360

I love how they can seriously write this with a straight face in the wake of Hillary's email scandal. I mean, I'm not arguing that Trump knows what he's doing either, but come the fuck on! Hillary's grasp of technology was so grossly negligent that, had she actually continued on in her cabinet position, she'd have been asked to resign, and yet they bring up technological incompetence as a talking point. This is just ludicrous and pathetic.

Comment Re:Not just innovation (Score 1) 360

Just remember this: every time you say Trump will start WW3 or compare him to Hitler, you create another 10 Trump supporters.

I'm not a Trump supporter, by the way, and I agree that "what he says he'll do is so insane he can't actually do it," is a really bad position to take, because he may actually mean some of what he says, and he may actually have the means to accomplish it. He will not, however, have the means to start a war without provocation, nor will he actually be able to round up people already residing in the US of a certain race or religious creed. That would take more than the powers granted to the office of the presidency, and given how little favor he has among both parties, he's exceptionally unlikely to persuade enough politicians to get on board with him to do anything of that magnitude. He can, however, influence things like tax policy and government spending, pointing to a mandate if he wins. In these areas, he really would be a disaster, but I guess it's far more satisfying -- and far less convincing -- to paint him as an evil tyrant.

Comment Re:This Is An Outrage! (Score 1) 200

And by "private company," I mean, of course, "public company." D'oh.

Clearly, what I was getting at is that this is a company that you don't absolutely have to affiliate with. It can't govern you, and there are alternatives -- even to a behemoth like Google -- if this issue really rises to the level of boycotting or something.

Comment This Is An Outrage! (Score 1) 200

Not only does this exclude those who self-identify as gender neutral or fluid (among many other identities), it just assumes that longer hair is enough to signify womynhood, which is a clear nod to the patriarchy!

In all seriousness, though, this is a private company adding to their services. If it really bugs you that much, don't use Google's services (there are alternatives).

Comment Re:Good news! (Score 1) 224

HDDs will stick around for a while -- even tape still exists for some circumstances -- but they really do not compare to SSDs in the long run, and even enterprise settings are moving massively toward SSDs. In those enterprise settings, the performance of SSDs over HDDs is just too compelling (including what it means for the bottom line), so pretty much every cloud-oriented company (speaking of both consumer-facing and internal storage) is making the switch. By the way, in that setting, you're talking about all sorts of requirements on performance and reliability, and SSDs as well as HDDs are priced far in excess of consumer-grade stuff of equivalent capacity (and are far more capable), so don't think that the prices you see at Wal Mart reflect the prices paid by storage-requiring industries.

Comment Re:Science is still vague and unsettled (Score 1) 609

Okay, how about just straight-up mammalian nature, then. Can you point to any mammals that fully cooperate, and don't do things like horde individually, or defend territory against others (even of the same species) not in the same social group? Remember, this needs to be generally true, not anecdotal. This isn't a cultural trait, it's inherent.

Comment Re:Science is still vague and unsettled (Score 1) 609

I don't recall saying anything like "anarcho-capitalism is the solution," and I wasn't extolling competitiveness as a virtue; I was illustrating how competitiveness, if possessed by even a small amount of people, will destabilize any ideal balance obtained through cooperation, and will snowball after that. Also, pure market-based capitalism suffers from similar problems not all that dissimilar to communism, which is why nobody uses capitalism by itself. The issue with communism, though, is that it's pretty much incompatible with other economic theories, even socialism, so its failings can't really be mitigated like the failings of capitalism can.

The fact that you think a critique of communism is an endorsement of pure capitalism is, I think, very telling.

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