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Comment Re:Nope, no wealth inequality here (Score 3, Insightful) 170

Sorry but there's no way one person should be allowed to acquire so much personal wealth that in the list of the worlds 191 countries by GDP, he individually is the 68th richest.

Using the word "allowed" kind of implies that there should be laws against becoming rich. That's a terrible idea. The real issue is that society has become so tilted in the favor of the rich that individual humans have more wealth than many countries. Don't hate the ultra-rich person, hate the world that created them.

Comment Re:We're All Dying (Score 5, Insightful) 509

I think it's more that hobby contributors have been replaced by corporate paid, "my way or the highway" contributors. That has had both positive and negative effects but, to me, the most noticeable effect is that projects have formed agendas that in *no way* reflect the actual users of those projects. You see it happening in almost all the big projects now. Users hate Gnome 3? Too fucking bad. Users hate KDE4? Too fucking bad. Users hate the loss of functionality in Wayland? Too fucking bad. Systemd has consumed the userland? Tough shit.

Maybe it's just the changing of the old guard to the new guard but, frankly, I have no desire to live in the world that the new guard is creating. They aren't improving things, they are taking a page out of the Microsoft playbook and trying to co-opt them for personal or corporate gain.

Comment Re:WTF? Where am I? (Score 1) 512

The poll didn't say "choose", it just asked what OS your main computer is running. A lot of people on this site will probably be given a laptop for their jobs and it may be easiest to just use that laptop as their main computer. If that laptop happens to run Windows, it happens to run Windows. The nice part about an employer owned Windows laptop is that when it inevitably goes to shit, you just walk it down to the IT guys desk and say, "It's broken". It's actually not a bad OS if you have an army of support staff.

Comment Re:-based? (Score 1) 512

Surprisingly, the versions of Debian that most non-developers use are indeed based Debian. In particular, Debian stable is based on Debian testing and Debian testing is based on Debian unstable. You could argue that those are alpha/beta releases of Debian but, that's not actually how it works. For example, Ubuntu is based on Debian testing. Debian stable is also based on Debian testing. Is one "Debian-based" but the other isn't?

Comment Re:What a terrible legal system (Score 1) 287

Well, part of what you are describing could be construed as parallel construction. Did the cops have reason to search for that evidence before seeing the illegally obtained video? If not, then obtaining that evidence would be "fruit of the poisoned tree". Though, police frequently use parallel construction in the US to get around that pesky constitution stuff. In this case, it sounds like they tried to play a trump card (No pun intended) and got caught cheating. It's obviously an extremely unfortunate case but, it sounds like the legal system working correctly rather than preferential treatment for the rich.

Comment Re:Obligatory Star Trek: TNG episode (Score 2) 250

I would agree with you about the distinction between sentient and technological species. But, in making that distinction, you bring up another point: Energy. A species can become sentient without high energy needs. A species cannot become technological without being able to feed very high energy needs. So, the technological capabilities of a species is somewhat dictated by the natural resources of the planet the species originates from. And, oddly, by the amount of time the planet has existed.

To give an example of what I mean: Imagine humans had evolved 2 billion years ago. And that the Earth had fewer heavy elements like Uranium. The window for that civilization to jump from coal/oil to fusion/solar to fission would be much, much smaller than ours. Possibly small enough that they couldn't do it (and maybe we can't do it).

So, yeah, I agree with you. And that just ads more variables.

Comment Re:One of many famous Fermi Paradox answers (Score 1) 250

Conclusion: Short of managing to destroy all multicellular life forms, planets which evolve advanced life will have advanced civilisations from then on with possible gaps.

Those gaps could be measured in millions or billions of years. Once you've depleted the "low hanging fruit" energy sources, it might prove to be almost impossible to re-bootstrap an advanced civilization. You could probably even compute the percentage of a Kardashev Type 1 civilization where you've reached the point of no return. At that point, your civilization either flourishes or it has consumed too many resources to start again on a reasonable timescale.

Comment Re:Obligatory Star Trek: TNG episode (Score 5, Interesting) 250

I think the first few seasons of Babylon 5 is a better analogy. In fact, the first few seasons of Babylon 5 is basically about the struggle between the older races and the younger races. It's possible that we are one of the "old ones" but an early stage. It's also possible that we are one of the younger races but, to the "old ones" we are nearly indistinguishable from ants (G'Kar gives a nice speech about this).

On a more serious note, anyone who has sat and given some thought to what the TFS talks about has probably realized that we could be one of the earliest sentient races. The universe didn't start with the ingredients of life. It was brewed in stars and then spread by the exploding of stars and the re-coalescence of that material. That shortens the possible time frame for sentient life but, you also need a fairly quiescent part of the galaxy to give sentient life enough time to form. So, really, it's impractical for sentient life to arise until *all* nearby giant stars have gone supernova. Then you have the time it takes for new solar systems to form and stabilize, basic life to come into existence, mass extinctions, the possibility that lifeforms unsuitable for sentience will dominate a planet, etc, etc.

It really takes an extraordinary amount of luck, over an extraordinary amount of time, for sentient life to form. And, as we've seen in the last century, it also takes a lot of luck for a technological society to not destroy itself.

Comment Re:Problems with BT & Chrome OS on Multiple De (Score 1) 151

The problem isn't the technology, it's the ramifications of the technology. You want to take devices where security is, at best, an afterthought and allow them to interact with the internet? That's pure insanity. A web browser is already an enormous attack surface and people want to increase that attack surface by adding devices where security is non-existant? No thanks.

Comment Re:Actually not too worried (Score 1) 153

I think the Slashdot community as a whole has very little experience in "deciding what to do as a deposed leader of a country". Personally, I'd fly to Buenos Aires and just vanish. Women, wine and great food. They also have a sketchy history of letting "undesirable" people into the country. Though, someone should warn Erdogan that if you overstay your tourist visa for long enough, they will kick you out. Nazis? Sure, no problem. somenickname? NOT WELCOME.

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