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Comment Re:Show of hands (Score 1) 252

When a company controls so much of the screen real estate, this actually moves beyond what they're allowed to censor. Otherwise they can create their own views, tell you what's acceptable, and of course how to vote.

Is your solution to have governments punish companies for not posting everyone's posts? Do you really want the government to have that much power over media companies? Think of the oversight necessary to enforce this law. You would have thousands, perhaps millions of people complaining to the government that these companies aren't posting their content, and if the media companies deny that this content was ever posted on their platforms, the government would have to have permanent access to the servers to monitor if the posts are in fact ever made. Who is to determine how big a media company is before the government takes control of it?

Comment Re:So (Score 2, Funny) 252

The issue is people will choose to go with whomever filters content they don't like and promotes content they do like even if it is wrong.

Just look at fox entertainment news.

To be fair MSNBC does the same damn thing.

Exactly. And the info bubbles will become info force fields. So you'll have two populations, one that is skewed slightly left of reality, and the other that is skewed to an alternate dimension where Donald Trump is competent enough to be President of the United States. Oh wait, we already have that.

Comment Re:Fake news (Score 1) 533

As usual, the number doesn't count the 'statistically employed' - people who've been out of work for long and have given up looking for work as a result

I have a relative in his 30. His wife is a computer programmer and makes good money. He hasn't worked for years. He stays home and smokes weed all day and is perfectly happy. Are you saying we should be counting him as unemployed?

Comment Re: I feel sorry for you guys. No joke. (Score 2) 395

Hillary might have started one, over Syria. She fucked up in Libya as SoS and was talking of escalating in Syria.

Don't kid youself that Trump will be worse. Clinton is a warmonger. Or would have been, we've dodged that now.

Get in your "But Hillary would have been worse" arguments while you still can. They will provide increasingly diminishing returns. If America isn't sick of winning in 4 years we're going to be really pissed.

Comment Re:Finally a chance to do things right (Score 0) 275

All citizens will use Dvorak keyboards, the metric system, drive on right hand side of the road, nonsmoking, use vi text editor, do not use system d

...replace tabs with spaces, 3 spaces per tab. Use a base 12 number system (this of course conflicts with the metric system, we'd have to create something better). Tau instead of Pi.

Comment Re:Forget Mars... (Score 2) 348

From what I read elsewhere, one of the Martian moons would become a way station for the initial flyby and landing missions.

The thing about a mission to Earth's moon is that if there is a major failure it would only take a few days to return to Earth. It would still take months to get back from Phobos or Demos.

Comment Re:Forget Mars... (Score 4, Insightful) 348

Colonizing Venus with floating cities is a far more sexier venture.

...or at least send a solar powered robotic drone into the atmosphere. The winds can get a little rough (over 200 kph) but we would have a freakin' plane flying around through the clouds of another world.

Before sending people to Mars we should send a practice mission to the moon for 2 years. If you can't send people to the moon and have them survive on their own for 2 years, you certainly can't send them to Mars.

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