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Comment Re:"Good Enough" is the enemy of "Better" (Score 1) 1162

Yea, the article is quite disingenuous with the math.

Blu-ray player + 5 movies = $70 + $150 = $220
DVD player + 5 movies = $30 + $75 = $105

In other words, you get about 90% of what you want for about 50% of the cost. Heck, if you buy used, you can probably get 80% of what you want for 20% of the cost. It's pretty obvious to me that until blu-ray players charge a 10-20% premium instead of a 100-200% premium on their products, it's not going to be the dominant thing.

Comment Re:Big difference (Score 1) 1486

Taking something on faith means that you simply believe and you have no option of ever verifying it yourself.

Seems to me a very strange division of faith and trust.

Here's something normall in the category of "science" that you can't verify. You can't "verify" that a proto-horse evolved into a giraffe without millions of years of observation. You can't very well say it's theoretically possible to verify something so therefore it's science. If it's not practically possible, it's not really verifiable.

Conversely, if you want to verify things that one would normally put in the category of "faith", there is a very simple way to do it. Kill yourself. You can find out then whether there is an afterlife or if there's reincarnation or nothing whatsoever. And you'll know conclusively so there is an option to verify it (though I imagine very few would).

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 1486

Well, there are people who have walked across America and other continents, so the distance is not a problem. You're only making it more difficult/impossible by adding water, whereas the original argument does not have any significant hurdles to overcome.

You're proving my point. You can't get walk from Boston to London. Micro-evolution is walking in the analogy. Macro may include walking but is absolutely not the same thing as walking. Unless you want to posit that you can walk on water, the arguments/methods for the micro are not sufficient for the macro. As for the charge that "the original argument does not have any significant hurdles", I'll note two logical errors:

1. You did not make an argument. You asserted "micro is the same as macro" as fact. Where's the evidence that they're the same?
2. You again do the same by saying there are no significant hurdles. Where's the evidence that there are no significant hurdles?

I'm not aware of evidence for either so what you're stating is nothing more than faith.

Comment Re:No. (Score 0) 1486

Macro and micro evolution are the same thing on different time scales, and if one works, the other has to.

By this logic if I can walk from my house to the store, I should be able to walk from Boston to London. They're just at different scales!

What evidence do you have that macro and micro evolution are the same thing? Your argument "it has to" is exactly no argument at all, but a statement of faith.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 362

You're attacking a straw man here. I never said they shouldn't be allowed to do research. I just questioned whether all this research is always a good thing like you claimed. I'm saying that it's not.

For now, China seems satisfied to get scientific prestige measured by how much they publish. But it's not stopping there. All this research is to get an edge on the rest of the world, not for the good of the international community or science or whatever. Once they have the edge, are they going to use it benevolently? Either to the world or to their own citizens? I highly doubt it.

In my view, this large recent increase in research has as good a chance of being a bad thing as it is a good thing.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 362

More research and more results is a win for everyone.

I understand the sentiment of this quote, but I have to disagree. Suppose they develop something harmful? An example might be a new biological weapon or technology to make government control more pervasive. We already know that their human rights record is horrifying. What makes you think that all the developments will inevitably be positive?

Comment Re:There will always be an Edgar Friendly (Score 1) 467

In such a world I see a few other consequences:

1. Number of lawyers goes down dramatically. So much of what everyone argues about is what did A say vs what did B say? A jury of your peers would be able to tell what exactly was an agreement based on first-hand evidence instead of second/third-hand evidence.
2. Every industry would be innovation-based. Now that your trade secrets are exposed as well as how you make money, I can go and make the exact same company but take a few cents less per unit. Just about everything would commoditize very quickly, so the main advantage would become innovation.
3. Everyone would get paid what they're worth. Bad employees would get fired all the time. Good employees would be seen for what they were very quickly and be offered better compensation until it didn't make sense to do so.

2&3 make it a perfect market economy. Everyone and everything gets the exact price it deserves.

This would require storage that's so ubiquitous that we can record literally every moment of everyone's life.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 200

It's not hard to understand their thinking. They saw the amount of money that Apple was making and realized that the key piece to what Apple has is their own OS. They want their own iTunes, app store, etc.

Not saying it will work, but I can see where they're trying to go. The big advantage Apple has over all the other PC manufacturers is that they control everything from hardware to software. HP took a step in that direction so they can give the user a better experience.

I mean, Dell's acquiring AMD and that's pretty much the same play in the hardware direction.

Comment Re:It is time to call it (Score 1) 726

It will not happen overnight (hell, I have been watching it for 30+ years), but economic prosperity was the US' to lose, and the Religious Right is destroying it, bit by bit.

[sarcasm]Yep, it's all their fault. Not exploding deficits, corrupt unions, a horrible school system or stupid regulations. The religious right's fault, entirely [/sarcasm]

Once upon a time, I thought that open communication would help empiricism win out over magical thought, but after watching a couple of decades of religious right mumbo jumbo flowing out over the Internet, unperterbed by anything resembling empirical scepticism, I think nothing will penetrate their confirmation bias.

s/religious right/environuts/. Clearly, this is exactly what's happened with climategate.

By pandering to our population's basest fears, they are systematically destroying the ability of one generation to teach the next how to think critically, and disrupting our ability to maintain science and math competence. We're toast, and it is time to acknowledge that, as the primitives dance around celebrating the 100th birthday of their harbinger, Ronald Reagan.

Nice bait-and-switch. Religious people must be terrible at math then! Please do not put climatology and evo-psyche on par with 2 + 2 = 4, that's just offensive.

I am so glad my SOs do not want children.

I, along with other Christians, would like to thank you for this. Clearly your Christophobia will not be spread into the next generation.

Comment progressives (Score 1) 759

why don't you understand how you are being used by the rich moneyed government workers and public employee unions?

if you ARE rich and moneyed government worker, congratulations on your successful manipulation of your larger herd of sheep


you act as if one side is more virtuous than the other. totally not true. fact is it's a fight between evil corporations vs. incompetent government. i'd rather not have one side dominate, thank you very much.

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