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Comment Re:More to the point... (Score 1) 200

A better question would be "why isn't he saying he didn't?"

Because the best thing you can do after being arrested is to shut the fuck up and not say anything else.

There is absolutely no upside to saying *anything* else at that point.

Besides, what would be the point of releasing a statement saying "I didn't do it."? Unlikely to sway the FBI and if you elaborate they may find something else to tag you with.

Comment Advertising is Immoral (Score 1) 618

At least how it is practiced now. Think of it as exploits for the OS of your brain, because that is exactly what it has boiled down to.

They hook people up, read their responses to different stimuli, tweak and repeat until they have something which bypasses your internal firewalls. We are hardwired to respond to some things in particular ways, and that provides an exploit surface. Then we are firmware wired (social level) that provides another attack surface.

They have psychologists on staff for a reason, and it isn't to help you. It is one step down from using psychologists to devise torture, IMO, but in some ways worse because it is so pervasive and affects many more people.

Imagine of all advertising had to be Courier New in 12 point font, black, using the 1000 most common words in the English language.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Re:Not enough Libertopian novels for you! (Score 2) 232

>>If you read the SF novels detailing life in Libertopia, you'll find that, as if by magic, citizens voluntarily donate enough of their income to feed, clothe, and house those that are poor through no fault of their own. They purchase, build, and staff a full parks system out of the goodness of their hearts.

>This is how things used to be done.

When? Please come up with a concrete time boxed example of a country doing this. I'm pretty sure that I could look at the details and come up with a more accurate story.

Comment Re:Where's Waldo (Score 1) 228

I thought we learned that the overall water content of the planet is steadily increasing due to gravitational attraction of the planet sucking in comets water deposits and the like. Sure in a few hundred years it's not much, and I don't imagine water mining the asteroids or capturing comets technologically.

Comment Re:FIghting the system is a mental health issue (Score 2) 319

So if a placebo cures *your* cancer you should try to get it to come out of remission?!?

That is essentially what you are advocating.

A sample size of one is all that is needed if it works for that one person, especially of the desired result is something like "happiness".


YOUR milage may vary...

Comment Re:I never liked him but... (Score 3, Insightful) 270

> It's quite another if recruiters from Palm are actively poaching their competitors' employees.

And this is what is wrong with your outlook as well as the outlook of most corporations.

You seem to feel that these companies own their employees, keeping them on their "employee farms" and only their King can kill them.

Kind of like cattle.

Now, please let me know what is wrong with receiving an offer of employment at another firm for a better salary?


Comment Always chose C in multiple choice (Score 1) 265

The interesting bit is the meta question implied by this - whether truths developed in a mathematical sense are valid in other contexts.

AN answer is something along the lines of this:

While a single equation cannot be created to fit every possible model it IS possible to develop an equation that fits properties of the model under study (at least to your own level of understanding of both maths and the problem domain).

The question whether mathematical insight can be used as an analogy machine to determine outcomes in other domains is the same question as to the breath of any particular philosophy, IMO.

To come back down to the question at hand Consider that the proposition under study is that differing eras of paradims are incommesurable.

Given the new meta framework we can then ask what would the underlying scientific model changes between physics, biology, and the social sciences be that would necessarily invalidate this proposition?

Since all of these models ultimately rest in mathematical descriptions of experimentation on created models, the question appears to me to be moot. That is, given the basis of these disiplines they cannot help fall into the same category. Even broadening their functions to the philosophical does not lead one out of this conclusion (if one accepts Maths as simply A particular rigorous philosophy).

Regards /.!

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