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Comment Re:What's happening? (Score 3, Informative) 195

The problem is far different than VWs because it is so easy to verify. Fill car with gas. Drive. Refill. Divide miles driven by gallons used. My Nissan never gets the mileage it says it should, nor what it claims to be getting with inboard electronics. BFD. It's like almost not cheating when it's that easy to check. Consumer Reports will even check for me. But they don't check emissions.

Comment Re:Religion is poison (Score 1) 385

I find your argument that religion and all spirituality etc is a poison of the mind to be factually inaccurate, given the scientific although circumstantial evidence that people with religion tend to be healthier, happier, live longer, etc than people without religion. If you extend religion to spirituality and meditation practices, there is direct evidence of lower levels of stress hormones and even beneficial epigenetic changes that are caused by meditating.

Perhaps you have a problem with the specific term religion, similar to creationists' problem with specifically human evolution.

Comment Re:DRM is bad. (Score 1) 106

Some people once thought a Dr. Who original episode, once shown, was straight up garbage. Ask a widower if he'd like copies of all old emails, text messages, etc from his spouse. Straight up garbage to you and me, but to him, maybe not. I think we are producing data that is of interest to N people (N >0) at a rate that outpaces our ability to store them. But this does not keep me lying awake at night. So long, as you point out, I have an archival procedure for all the junk I care about.

Comment Re:DRM is bad. (Score 1) 106

I worry that we are producing more things that could potentially be stored digitally at an exponential rate, (data never sleeps 3.0) and at some point, it's all just going to be so much noise. But the way the internet works currently, find a passion, find a dozen people who share the passion, and you can restore or maintain digital data for . . . a while.

Comment Re:It's nothing to do with "you" (Score 1) 168

I'm sorry, but I think this definition is too far-fetched. A dead person bombarded by light will be observed, eg absorb particles and emit particles, but has no consciousness. The person is dead. The ability to interact with the external world is not consciousness. It's a part of being in the world (Thermodynamics anyone?).

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