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Comment Re:Who will care? (Score 1) 499

Somewhat, though it is an apples and oranges comparison. See, I'm a bit crazy. I hold to heart this quote:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. â" That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, â" That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

And the idea that it is "government of the people, by the people, for the people." That government sometimes has to know certain things, is part of being a government. A private corporation however? That's not even in the same book, much less the same page. I'm a citizen, not a product.

Comment Re:if your strength relies on the weakness of othe (Score 1) 130

China is nearly half a century behind us in military tech. And currently, their budget is a quarter that of the US. I'm not exactly sure what you think they're going to do to us in this or the next generation, but by the time they actually catch up - even if we merely matched their budget - we'd be back to where we were 50 years ago with Russia - neither defensively able to counter the other's offensive capabilities, thus "mutually assured destruction" being the deterrent. On the other hand, maybe the US doesn't need to project military force across the entire farking planet? What craziness could we accomplish if we were just using our military to defend ourselves, not police the planet? (prior military, btw)

Comment if your strength relies on the weakness of others (Score 3, Interesting) 130

if your strength relies upon the weakness of others, then it isn't really strength. I know, "without light there is no dark" "without up there is no down" "without weakness there is no strength" - no. China is just 1 country, and has 6x the number of people. There are plenty of other countries that are in poor shape, if we (in the US) really feel we need to be "superior" to someone else. Until then, this kind of crap is a waste of tax dollars, under the thinly veiled cover of nationalism

Comment charging available only at power stations? (Score 1) 198

The Tesla supercharger uses 120kW to do 170, as TFA says, and this does 372. If we assume a similar power factor, that's ~328kW needed for this. Where the fark are they going to find a place to plug that in? Just for reference, that would be nearly 3k amps on a 110v plug

Comment Re:Awesome satire. (Score 4, Insightful) 457

Here ya go - they even briefly bring it up during the movie (good satire can't overtly call itself satire while it's being satire) - the only good bug is a dead bug - skip to 2minutes and 9 seconds. It couldn't call itself a spade any more blatantly because, well...when's the last time you saw the Onion saying "hey no really, this is all fake, satirical stuff - don't take it as real, we're mocking things to make a point..." - you won't see Onion doing that, because...it's not supposed to. You're just supposed to use common sense and see that it's satire

Comment Re:Awesome satire. (Score 3, Insightful) 457

which part are you deeply unsure of? That humans attacked the bugs first, and that news snippets during the movie actually spent a couple seconds talking about protestors pointing that out? Or that the whole thing was obvious satire? Spending half a second, I find an interview with the director, where he describes it as satire that mocks fascism. Even the wiki entry for the movie calls it satire - in the very first sentence . Do you seriously not catch that the whole movie is making fun of the US and the cycle of generate fear => throw the military at the problem => generate fear?

Comment Re:Awesome satire. (Score 5, Insightful) 457

This. HighPickens and EditorDave should feel bad about themselves. Starship Troopers was a very, very obvious satirical piece, *mocking* racism through an analogy so transparent that anyone who does anything related to movie critique and yet didn't see the extremely obvious, overt, mocking of racism and war-for-war's sake, needs to go get a new job. It was over-the-top and ridiculous precisely to show how stupid most (all? meh) wars are. The bugs could think, only attacked because we attacked first, and were even giving humans the benefit of retreating back so an attempt at communication could be made...instead, we sought to exterminate them completely. Is there really anyone who can't see that it's mocking racism? That the bugs are just a replacement for badguy-of-the-month, be it Muslims, or whatever else we've decided to fear and attack?

Comment Re:I'm fine with it.. (Score 1) 369

::sigh:: Here's what Milo thought about "free speech" just a couple years ago. "So perhaps what's needed now is a bolder form of censure after all, because the internet is not a universal human right. If people cannot be trusted to treat one another with respect, dignity and consideration, perhaps they deserve to have their online freedoms curtailed. For sure, the best we could ever hope for is a smattering of unpopular show trials. But if the internet, ubiquitous as it now is, proves too dangerous in the hands of the psychologically fragile, perhaps access to it ought to be restricted. We ban drunks from driving because they're a danger to others. Isn't it time we did the same to trolls?" As found here. He's not for free speech, he's for whatever gets him attention. Twitter did nothing more than quiet a very hateful, angry voice that Milo himself argued should be quieted.

Comment as someone with a hereditary parkinsonian disorder (Score 1) 367

(parkinson class of disorders, not parkinson's disease - very related, not the same) - I chose to not have kids. Bummed my wife out quite a lot, but I told her I was also ok with raising the children of her pick of donors - I even made a few suggestions. Either way, my disease is under study, extremely rare, and currently un-named; it's also dominant-trait, and generally is rather minor in the impact it has on my family members what that have it. Gene editing for disease control? How about we just get screening for it figured out, that's a bit easier and less...dangerous. To edit out my parkinsonian disorder, you'd already have past the screening step, so...just toss the embryos that have the disorder, keep the others, all set. Tada! Easy editing that solves the stated goal without causing the stated concerns. That said, my condition could very likely be solved some day by some sort of blood nanites, since control of my disease is actually somewhat simple enough already (albeit manual) of self-monitoring of dopamine levels, and then taking sinemet as-needed...so the other thing poster talked about that isn't gene-editing, that could be useful too. Risk to humanity? Probably. (ps, rambling is a sign I need to take a pill...ha! thanks for letting me know earlier than I would have, slashdot!)

Comment Re:Not totally true (Score 3, Interesting) 109

many people actually let google "know" who they are during their surfing, so if they google for the porn their google account has a record of it. Instead of doing the easier/better bit of opening a "private" tab or whatnot, they subject themselves to bing. That would be my guess for such a thing being true, if it is.

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