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Comment Re:No news! (Score 1) 75

Yes, it's just you. Facebook is hugely popular among people like those you mention. If you're not like that, and you don't want to read their political articles about FEMA death camps and how Hillary is a secret Satanist and how important Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings are, and you don't like all the news articles Facebook itself presents to you in its feeds, then maybe you shouldn't be using Facebook.

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 1) 307

I should hope that if we figure out our biology enough to achieve biological immortality, we'd also figure out how to finally conquer those STDs. Of course, it probably won't be a single holy grail achievement, it'll probably come in stages, with each advance bringing longer lifespan and less age-related degeneration and disease, so maybe we'll have longer lifespans (like 150-200) for a while but still not have figured out the STD problem completely.

Submission + - Bandcamp: the Holy Grail of online record stores (

David Gerard writes: Is Bandcamp the Holy Grail of online record stores? Hell yes. Unencumbered downloads in any format you like, excellent discoverability and a ridiculously better experience than any other download store. Musicians too: "The interface and the available tools are all so well-thought-out it’s genuinely a pleasure to use." They also like that they straight-up get 85% of the take.

Comment Re: Morons (Score 1) 311

A male nerd who is good at talking to girls?

Iron Man was pretty good at this one.

A cop who is happily married?

I don't think that exists in real life. Interestingly, I've seen several women on dating sites write in their profiles something like "no men in law enforcement; been there, done that". I've never seen women specifically exclude any other professions like that.

Comment Re:Cloud Based Backup (Score 1) 357

Wouldn't it make more sense for them to launch some radio relays into space and then use smaller, cheaper ground based dishes to communicate with those relays? This would also eliminate the problem with the Sun being in the way (position one relay far away from the Earth so that you can beam the signal around the Sun).

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says...More like Vampire Chronicle (Score 1) 307

I'm old enough now that, when feeling particularly sour I said something about not liking the music now, the attitudes now, etc. And in the next sentence, I admitted that my father felt that way about current times when I was in my 20s.

Assuming you're around my age (40s), your father was wrong. The music of the 70s-80s was the best. The music being made now is crap, at least if you're talking about commercialized stuff. (There's a lot of good independent stuff though.)

The world has changed and I don't fit in quite so well anymore.

Oh please. The nice thing about modern times and the internet is that you don't need to "fit in" any more; you can live in your own secluded subculture. There's no shortage of online communities (and offline ones too: see catering to any eclectic interest you might have. You really do need to live in or near a metro area to take advantage of much of this though if you want any in-person interactions with others of your subculture.

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 1) 307

you still have infinity more years. What will you do for the next thousand? the thousand after that?

You don't have "infinity more years". The chances of you living more than a few thousand is not that great, even with biological immortality. At some point, something is going to happen to you: either you're going to have an accident, or someone is going to kill you. Or you could die of a new disease that they don't figure out how to cure in time. Sure, auto accidents will become more rare in coming years thanks to self-driving cars, but people die in accidents all the time, and there's always murders, terrorist attacks, etc. Your chances of dying this way in a 100-year life are not that high, but change it to an unlimited lifetime, with a 30-year-old body (so you don't spend your older years just sitting around the house), and now your chances of dying by accident or murder become 100%.

Comment Re: Idiots Rule The World (Score 2) 311

How so? The other choice is at least as bad, and just perpetuates the problem.

The best choice, IMO, is to vote third-party; if enough people did that, they wouldn't be "third parties" any more. But I can understand someone voting for Trump just to shake things up like a bull in a china shop.

What we really need is an all-new system that allows multiple parties to exist, enabled by a voting system that supports this (i.e., anything besides first-past-the-post).

Comment Re:Send six women (Score 0) 175

Send six women to Mars and see how long before they start trying to kill one another.

This is completely unfair and stereotypical.

If you send female scientists, I really don't think there will be a problem.

However, according to my wife, if you send women who work in law offices, you can absolutely expect murder to happen, or at the very least a lot of fighting and back-stabbing. And from what I've seen, you can probably expect similar results if you send women who work in HR.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 212

You're completely wrong here.

If you were talking about a normal, competitive industry like cars, you'd be correct: reliability costs money, and unreliability costs customers. Detroit knows that lesson all too well. Sell someone an unreliable car, and they'll badmouth it and start looking for another car in the same price range with a better reliability reputation. This is why Japanese brands have commanded higher prices than similar American cars for a long time; it takes a lot of time (esp. in the car industry since people keep their cars for years) to fix your reputation. It's even more pronounced in other markets where the products cost less and people don't keep them as long (cars are the second-most expensive items consumers typically purchase, behind houses).

Microsoft does not operate in a competitive industry. If someone thinks Windows 10 is unreliable, what are they going to do? They could buy a Mac, but those are much more expensive than Windows machines; you're not going to get a Mac for $300 or $400. And the Mac won't so easily run their Windows software, unless they run it in a VM (like with Parallels) but then they're still going to have the same unreliability problems since that's really Windows. They could run Linux, but there again you have the software compatibility problem, and on top of that most people don't even know what Linux is. In the enterprise space, it's really worse because even though they have professional IT, those IT pros only know Windows (you'll have to lay off your whole IT department and start from scratch to switch OSes), and they run all kinds of crappy "enterprise" software that only runs on Windows.

So, since the customers aren't going anywhere (except holding out with their older Windows versions as long as possible), what incentive exactly does MS have to invest in reliability? None. It's really a waste of money for them, and hurts their profits. It's better for them to make Windows as shoddy as possible to save money (while not making it completely non-functional because then they can suffer class-action lawsuits, returns, etc.), and keep profitability high while letting the customers suffer with unreliability.

So, since the

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