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Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 1) 308

So maybe all that minor stuff on your list would take 20 years. Maybe. Lets triple it and say 60.

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

I mean many writers have touched on this. For me, I often can picture of the "apathetics" in the movie Zardoz. Who just kind of froze up one day.

"First they stop by a colony of outcasts called Renegades. These are Eternals who, through boredom, malice or discontent, repeatedly violated the rule of law and as a result were punished by being aged, gradually, into senility. They will spend eternity in feeble-minded old age.

The next group they visit are the Apathetics. These Eternals stand around staring blankly in a catatonic, vegetative state, having lost the will to live but, like the Renegades and all other Eternals, unable to die. Friend tells Zed that this is the main reason Brutals are now forced to farm crops for Zardoz-- someone needs to feed these unproductive members of Eternal society. Death is an impossibility in the Vortex because anyone who kills himself is simply reincarnated by the Tabernacle."

I saw that movie when I was a kid and it always stuck with me as a great example of the necessity of a finite life.

Comment costco (Score 2) 463

I have heard costco has a legendary refund policy. That they will take back things after years of use.

Those are physical things that use real resources. No mans sky can be copied and deleted a billion times effortlessly, but only a 2 hour refund window? Why can't we have refunds whenever the hell we want on intangible property?

Comment tiny space = big screen (Score 1) 154

" The vast majority of the public does not buy displays this big, and much less so in Japan where living spaces are tiny. "

Well I dont claim to speak for the japanese, but as a space conscious urbanite, i can tell you that projector screens and projectors actually save space. You can roll up the screen when you're not using it, and projectors are mounted on the ceiling in space you almost never use (1 ft drop from ceiling, 1-2ft diameter).

Far better than sacrificing premium wall real estate, and doubles as a set of blinds and sun shade.

As for the rest, people have said there is no benefit to some arbitrarily large number for ever. "640k ought to be enough for anybody".

I say bring on the 8k!

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 154

People use to say the same thing about 30fps. But in practice, it does matter a lot to limit yourself to what we can see. What we can perceive is always making obsolete notions of what we can "see". The senses have much more depth than their classical definitions.

Besides as a projector owner with a 104" screen, i say bring on the 8k! (have to go through 4k first though...)

Comment normalization (Score 3, Insightful) 33

Once we have been desensitized to mass surveillance of this sort, it will become commonplace.

First they use it for sporting events, then all events with police presence,.then all the time because its cheaper to keep the system active than risk missing something and getting sued.

And thus continues the fall. However with the generations now who love to watch themselves on internet tv, I am not sure if anyone will be left who remembers a world where everything wasn't recorded and archived. If you haven't used an advanced camera system lately, they are approaching zoom, enhance, track, television style skills that was nothing but a CSI joke 10 years ago.

Comment 80mph = 128.747km/h (Score 1) 623

"Freeway speed limits should be 80."

80mph = 128.747km/h. That's so bad for fuel efficiency, there should be no other reason as to make it illegal!

I agree what you say that everyone drives 10 km/h over the speed limit and that immediately jumped out at me as the most flimsy part of the obviously premature faulting of the driver.
However, as that holds true, many roads in the country are 100km/h, or 110, so if everyone drives 10km/h over that then we get to your number of 128 anyways. The point is people will just drive 140 in an elevated speed limit, because hey, 10km over.

(this also serves the police of course, they can pull over whomever they want if everyone is breaking the law)

If what people are saying, that the autopilot didnt "see" the car, is true, then they very well should disable that shit until they fix it!
That's a real issue, a bit of speeding is not.

Comment Re:Gets the history wrong (Score 1) 536

" still in common use today"

I for one have never once seen that connector. And I see ALOT of different connectors.


Looks like coax, but with a large RCA type centre post? looks like RCA but with a weird circle on the (female? trans?) end? On the other hand, you got BNC which provides a lock and already merges RCA and f-type. Why does your connector exist?

Comment Re: Where are big pharma's recreational drugs? (Score 1) 416

Firstly yes, grand parent has never heard of pheonix tears, oil caps, and other eatables. You don't have to smoke at all.

Secondly, saying you cant OD is BS. As a regular user i have OD'ed a few times. Eating too many eatables and not getting the right dose is very easy to do. Basically you "feel" like you cant breathe and "feel" like there is a heavy weight on your chest for 30 minutes or so. All you can do is lie on the floor, try not to completely pass out and watch your breathing. NOt fun.

My tolerance is very high and i can easily OD on eatables. You probably cant OD just smoking it, but times have changed and there are so many more options available now. For instance pheonix tears which i do quite regularly needs to be dosed about the size of a grain of rice. Double that as i have by accident, and its a similar comatose feeling, heart rate slows, etc. Now i'm pretty sure that I have never almost died or anything like that, but i really don't know. There are many new untested products out there these days, and its all "buyer beware" when it comes to dosing. In canada there is no regulation, so you don't even necessarily know the percent of substances in the product. Some of the products, like phoenix tears, is in the 80%-90+% of thc. Incredibly potent!

Comment 1 + 1 = youre fired (Score 1) 224

"Computer-memory specialist Seagate announced that its Q4 revenue would be $2.65 billion, beating expectations of $2.34 billion, and up from the $2.3 billion guidance given previously,"

Firings seem to have little to do with profits in corporate america. Profits up? Youre fired!, Profits down? Gotta downsize! Profits neutral? We need to trim the fat!
I'm sure they have their reasons in the long run, but let it not be said that corporations behave rationally. You can't really, when profits is the goal.

I would boycott them, but segate has such a bad reputation for longevity already, I stopped buying them years ago.

Comment Because america is in the dark ages... (Score 1) 134

I went to america earlier this year and was shocked that there was virtually no implementation of chip and pin. It felt like i went back in time.

I am honestly surprised a day goes by where there is not massive credit card fraud in the US. I swiped my card everywhere and the only check on that was my signature! the merchant is not protected at all!

These kinds of skimming breaches are a direct result of not having chip and pin everywhere. Sure they can install a camera to grab your pin, but that is a bit more involved then simply skimming credit cards. Most POS with chip and pin is end to end encrypted as well and has only the most basic of interaction. The hardware chip in the pinpad does all the encrypt and decrypt stuff. Don't you guys have to do that for PCI compliance anyway?

I'm sure you have chip and pin on debit cards, so why all the fuss about credit card implementation? All the posts thus far are saying things like "thats why i pay with cash" which is completely backwards in mentality. Jesus cash? who carries cash?? next thing you tell me is you walk around with a pocket full of change like its the 1970s!

Unless your buying drugs, or doing craigslist deals, i fail to see the point of cash transactions. Change and cash gets lost or spent way easier than a debit card. Well for me anyway.

Comment Re:Yep - impersonation (Score 1) 565

"The CDC leaders are on the record with quotes like "We're going to systematically build a case that owning firearms causes deaths.". These weren't studies, these were cherry-picked propaganda."

Yes, tools that only exist to injure and kill may cause deaths. How in the world can you object to that statement or think its propaganda? Do you somehow believe that guns don't cause people to die? Thats not what they are for?

Americans are hilarious on this issue! There is so much culture backing your addiction to deadly weapons that you can't even see that what you are arguing for is not rational! Sometimes an outside party has to get involved when people are being irrational.

the same methods would show that hospitals cause death, and therefore it is safer to never go to a hospital

A hospital is for healing the sick. I guess I missed the part where guns do that, like ever, like at all.

"Shouldn't congress make them spend their money on fucking fighting disease, instead of our constitution?"

A brainwashed mind is a kind of a disease. Terrorists get similar kinds of mental diseases and programming that makes them do what they do. Sure when its on a societal level, its harder to fight, but the government should still be fighting to save peoples lives. Compare the US murder rate to any other 1st world country. Then notice *how* most of those people were murdered. You cant say its not a problem that the government shouldn't be trying to address.

Comment why i pirate (Score 3, Informative) 254

Are they doing anything right now to contribute to the franchise. Are they doing anything that is better than the fan made one? The answer is no. Then they should fuck off, move over and let actual interested parties, ACTUALLY DOING THE WORK, get whatever benefits those parties see fit.

You shouldn't be able to copyright a fictional universe. As long as bullshit money rules, copyright has become the spurning of creativity, not supporting it. How many years do they own "star trek" for? beyond the lifetime of most humans?? and even then, its a 60s era remake!! if you cant make enough fucking money off an idea you BOUGHT from a human, in 60 years, whoes problem is that?

A company by its nature can not produce a creative work. Humans do this, and the creative work should then remain the property of humanity, not corporations!

How dare they dictate what people do in their own time, creatively, with their own resources and skills. Fuck CBS. This shit really pisses me off!!

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