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What Did You Change Your Mind About in 2007?

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the read-dawkins'-its-awesome dept.

Science 578

chrisd writes "The Edge 2008 question (with answers) is in. This year, the question is: 'What did you change your mind about and why?'. Answers are featured from scientists as diverse as Richard Dawkins, Simon Baron-Cohen, George Church, David Brin, J. Craig Venter and the Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees, among others. Very interesting to read. For instance, Stewart Brand writes that he now realizes that 'Good old stuff sucks' and Sam Harris has decided that 'Mother Nature is Not Our Friend.' What did Slashdot readers change their minds about in 2007?"

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Almost everything (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875194)

I decided to ditch windows and install ubuntu for one, I've never looked back. You can read about some of my experiences here [google.com] and here [contactlog.net]

Please, PLEASE don't read this! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875244)

I changed my girls about two ideas and one cup. I have not seen this video, but I do frankly think that is the hottest thing since Sir Goatse [goatse.ch] . Warning on link! NOT SAFE FOR WORK but quite funny.

Mod Parent Up! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875350)

Mod up for funny!

Re:Mod Parent Up! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875546)

I used to think homosexuality was just another lifestyle choice. After walking in on a gay orgy, I realized it was gross. Guys ins leather, rimming each other, sucking cocks, taking it up the ass, 2-handed anal fisting.... Fucking sick. Never again will I visit the Geek Compound. Worst internship ever.

hey mods! mod parent up! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875398)

I lolled...

MOD PARENT UP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875426)

Uppity duppity

Yep, Mods! Needs to be modded up! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875446)

M0D PARENT UP AT 0NCE!

captcha: jailbait

[MPU] Mod Parent Up! [MPU] (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875472)

MoD PaReNt Up!

Mod parent, NOT GP up! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875560)

MPU!

MODERATORS! Like a foster parent, please mod up! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875586)

WHatever that means

[BREAKING!] Parent To Be Modded Up! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875590)

By you, O loyal moderator!

MOD PARENT UP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875664)

For great justice!

Recent Troll (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875774)

I thought I'd seen the most disgusting trolls ever, until the one about eating feces that some nutjob keeps posting. Kinda funny though.

MOD PARENT UP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875748)

While I don't agree with your point, I will defend to the death your right to make it!

Mod parent up (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875780)

'cause I have feelings for this girl at work that I will never get.

mod up! SHIELDW0LF IS TROLLING! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875800)

Yep, you enver will but i will try to get you modded up so your ip address's karma goes up one and you can continue to troll, shieldw0lf [slashdot.org]

I like Harris' line ... (5, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875236)

Mother Nature is not now, nor has she ever been, looking out for us.

I would go further and say that, not only is she not looking out for us, but Mother Nature is a bitch.

Re:I like Harris' line ... (1, Offtopic)

superash (1045796) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875286)

I tend to disagree on the part that mother nature should look after us. Who are you blaming after all? What is mother nature? I just can't wrap my head around the entity that is blamed here?

Are you blaming earth for being so imperfect with all the volcanoes and earthquakes? Are you blaming yourself for continuously degrading the environment thus making it harder for you to live?

Re:I like Harris' line ... (4, Insightful)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875502)

Who are you blaming after all? What is mother nature? I just can't wrap my head around the entity that is blamed here? Are you blaming earth for being so imperfect with all the volcanoes and earthquakes? Are you blaming yourself for continuously degrading the environment thus making it harder for you to live?

you... need to go outside more.. mother nature she "loves" you, specifically she loves to attempt to kill you at every chance she gets, that's why we develop technology to enforce the restraining order against her.

Re:I like Harris' line ... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875578)

mother nature she "loves" you, specifically she loves to attempt to kill you at every chance she gets, that's why we develop technology to enforce the restraining order against her.

That is one of the funniest things I've read lately.

Re:I like Harris' line ... (1)

knisa (209732) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875648)

Reminds me of GLaD...

Re:I like Harris' line ... (4, Insightful)

canadian_right (410687) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875530)

"Mother Nature", AKA the natural laws of the universe, doesn't care about us one way or the other. Mother Nature isn't even aware we exists as Mother Nature is NOT aware of anything. Attributing awareness to 'mother nature' is irrational.

Re:I like Harris' line ... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875554)

What is with you people? Can't you recognize a JOKE when you see one? And why don't you read Harris' letter, in which you would have realized that he was saying the same thing you are.

Cripes.

Re:I like Harris' line ... (2, Insightful)

mcpkaaos (449561) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875758)

Attributing awareness to 'mother nature' is irrational.

You must be new around here (humanity), because that's just what we do. Almost everything we do not understand is assigned an identity, a personality, and it almost always wants to hurt you (or burn you in hell forever... out of love).

In any case...

Mother Nature is NOT aware of anything

how are you so sure?

Re:I like Harris' line ... (2, Funny)

Timinithis (14891) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875604)

No, Mother Nature is a Whore....

A Whore will screw everybody...a biatch will screw everybody *but* you.

Re:I like Harris' line ... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875678)

Yes, well, I was referencing one of the common Murphy's Laws. I figured everyone would get that.

Re:I like Harris' line ... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875650)

Monty Burns: Oh, so Mother Nature needs a favor? Well, maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys. Nature started the fight for survival and now she wants to quit because she's losing? Well, I say "hard cheese"!

Pizza instead of Chinese (1, Funny)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875240)

I really wish I had eaten pizza last night instead of ordering takeout Chinese.

Other than that, I can't think of anything.

Okay, I'll bite. (0)

DeusExCalamus (1146781) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875270)

Unix.
[Peorth@Avalon ~]$ uptime && uname -a 12:52PM up 19:03, 1 user, load averages: 0.11, 0.05, 0.02 FreeBSD Avalon 6.2-RELEASE-p9 FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE-p9 #0: Thu Nov 29 04:07:33 UTC 2007 root@i386-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC i386

Outsourcing actually isn't to bad (2, Interesting)

johnjaydk (584895) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875280)

I learned that offshore outsourcing isn't to bad after all. It's actually quite an asset.

It has a disciplining effect on the entire organization since the punishment for immaturity is harsh and tangible.

An additional benefit is that it has a rather sobering effect on local know-it-all's when they see that their work is in fact inferior to what we can get from a third world sourcing partner. After this sort of ego bruising they are more ready to accept modern and mature practices.

Re:Outsourcing actually isn't to bad (5, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875468)

Congratulations on your promotion to management.

Offshoring is a non-solution to a non-problem. (4, Insightful)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875556)

An additional benefit is that it has a rather sobering effect on local know-it-all's when they see that their work is in fact inferior to what we can get from a third world sourcing partner.
Exception, not rule. The locals will end up cleaning after the large amounts of mistakes.

It has a disciplining effect on the entire organization since the punishment for immaturity is harsh and tangible.

After this sort of ego bruising they are more ready to accept modern and mature practices.
Play $DEITY somewhere else, not with workers. If one has to add fear (by offshoring) over their heads to drive a point, something is terribly wrong.

You're part of what makes people hate offshoring, you use it for fear, and not productivity.

And of course.. theyre also willing to accept.. (5, Insightful)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875558)

well, not willing to, more like "forced to" accept triple the workload they used to, resulting in fatigue around which an entire industry of pharmaceuticals arose to keep them up with stims rather than labor regulations to keep offshoring down so they can live healthy lives which involve rest and the possibility of actually speaking with and raising their kids.

and of course they have to accept the erosion of their middle class status to the point they will never ever retire and can't ever afford a house.. "as the rents go up, and job opportunities go down"

yes i'm sure our descent into third world status will "only" harm the "immature"

and where do you get off declaring what is and is not mature? did it ever occur to you that you may be the one who isn't mature. Usually the ones who believe themselves far enough above others to pronounce judgment are themselves the fools.

But yeah, go ahead and support the destruction of the middle class for your twisted sense of self righteousness regarding other people's maturity.

Re:Outsourcing actually isn't to bad (3, Insightful)

caluml (551744) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875600)

Yeah, cos people work best with the threat of losing their jobs hanging over them.

Re:Outsourcing actually isn't to bad (1)

rthille (8526) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875698)

Outsourcing or not, it's important to get the right skill level for the job, or plan for training. The trouble we have is we have a large, complex, code base, and we had too much turnover with the engineers in India. Also, the time difference can be a big impact when you've got a day for the round-trip of question-answer-review...

(btw, writing 'too' as 'to' makes you sentences more difficult to understand)

Ron Paul and the war (4, Interesting)

argoff (142580) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875292)

I changed my mind about the war in Iraq because of Ron Paul. I was always sympathetic to the idea of bringing liberty to those overseas, but it is clear now that the source of liberty is individual choices not government ones. Ron Paul made it clear and final that the war is not helping the freedom of the people over there, and it is obviously not helping the freedom of people over here, and is directly responsible for the rise of a police state mentality in the USA, and is contributing greatly to our ongoing economic collapse. As Ron Paul once said, if we want wars all over the planet and want the government babying people from cradle to grave - then we must have an IRS and massive debt. But if we want freedom and liberty, then yes we can get rid of them.

Re:Ron Paul and the war (2, Insightful)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875358)

Who said anything about bringing liberty to anyone? The only thing I heard GW talk about was exporting democracy.

I'd be much happier if the US was really in the business of exporting liberty.

Re:Ron Paul and the war (2, Insightful)

aichpvee (631243) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875694)

If we should be in support of exporting anything (except goods MADE IN USA) it should be secularism. Liberty and democracy will follow from that.

And GP: It's kind of sad that it took a lunatic like Ron Paul to finally see something so blatantly obvious, but congratulations anyway. I sincerely hope you are not supporting him though. The guy is an anarchist, creationist, and at the very least a promoter of racists.

Re:Ron Paul and the war (1)

Auckerman (223266) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875582)

Sometimes I wonder about how people think. The invasion of Iraq was planned in the late 90s (Remsfeld, Cheny, Wolfowitz) and executed the moment it was politically possible. Most of the US media fell short on it's responsibility to inform people of the papers written by the architects of the war and the real reasons for the invasion and allowed the administration to lie to the people. Because of this, America was able to fall under the umbrella of belief that somehow Iraq and 9/11 go hand in hand.

After a time, it became a case of liberating people. We have been liberating the hell out of those people for a while now. Killing people is not liberating them. The chaos that has resulted from our invasion is not freedom.

What is war good for? (4, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875786)

I was always sympathetic to the idea of bringing liberty to those overseas
Which is why that emotionally potent oversimplification was used.
Not because it applied, but because it would make you agree.

Why are they killing people? For liberty! We like liberty, so it makes it okay to kill people: it's for something we like!

Ron Paul (0, Offtopic)

kihjin (866070) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875296)

Before 2007, I was doubtful about whether this country had any hope for change. Whether or not he wins, he represents what this country needs.

If you don't already know about him, his website is helpful: http://ronpaul2008.com/ [ronpaul2008.com]

Re:Ron Paul (0, Offtopic)

halivar (535827) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875366)

I think argoff (in the comment above) did a better job contriving contextual relevance for his Ron Paul (!!!!11!1!!one!!) advertisement. Your approach was a little more ham-fisted.

Re:Ron Paul (1)

kihjin (866070) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875606)

You're right. An actual advertisement might have been more convincing, rather than seeming like a misplaced answer to a question no one asked...

Re:Ron Paul (-1, Flamebait)

kihjin (866070) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875630)

I just want to extend a big "fuck you" to the individual who moderated the above message 'Troll'.

I married! (1, Offtopic)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875298)

In a simple ceremony I married my sweet heart with whom we'd been together for 8 years. That was an achievement I guess.

Re:I married! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875410)

In a simple ceremony I married my sweet heart with whom we'd been together for 8 years.
Okay, and to keep this on topic, you've now changed your mind? Well, happy new year :)

Re:I married! (2, Funny)

caluml (551744) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875616)

That sounds like you and someone else had been together with your sweetheart for 8 years. What does the 3rd person think about your marriage?

Re:I married! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875778)

He , I'm getting a divorce, after 10 years of marriage .. Good luck for you :)
AC (for obvious reasons)

The price of oil is still too cheap (5, Insightful)

Ranger (1783) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875314)

I know everyone is complaining that oil and gas is way too expensive. They are wrong. I used to think the same way. I saw a nice chart showing gasoline prices adjusted for inflation over a period of about eighty years [blogspot.com] . You know what? It really hasn't changed that much. It was still higher in 1981 than it is now. What has changed is a decrease in our earning power.

Proof that gasoline is still too cheap: I still see tons of Hummers, Expeditions, Navigators, Armadas, Sequoias and other mondo SUVs (aka Urban Assault Vehicles) on the road.

Re:The price of oil is still too cheap (1)

Browzer (17971) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875376)

(If you live in the US) Have you ever been out of the country in the last 15 years?

Re:The price of oil is still too cheap (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875474)

You may have changed your mind but it seems that you didn't learn your lesson (to look things up instead of assuming). Earning power has steadily increased for at least fifty years. [census.gov]

Re:The price of oil is still too cheap (4, Interesting)

bmartin (1181965) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875526)

To expound on how correct you are, we're not really looking for alternative fuels in the US. It's sad; Europe (as a whole) is a much more agile entity than we are. For some reason, a dozen countries are making economic and social progress faster than a single one that has been an economic powerhouse for the past couple hundred years.

If gasoline were a more appropriate price (e.g., $6/gal), we'd see alternatives popping up. Europe has been paying that much for gas for several years now. At this rate, the US will continue to produce/consume SUV's and trucks until gasoline becomes so expensive that it makes economic sense to switch over to something else. That aside, the US gov't is promoting patent law bullshit instead of realizing that it hinders our economic progress and ties up our courts, just like the war on drugs.

The incentives for the US to stop sucking eggs aren't in place. It feels like there's nothing we can do to stop idiots like Ted Stevens from getting elected. Congress doesn't enact laws that are in our best interests and the president's a moron.

I changed my mind about wanting to live in the US in 2007. It seems worth seriously considering a move to another country or even another continent. I'm thinking about vacationing in London. Canada and the UK don't seem like bad ideas right now. There's more wrong with this country than its president.

Re:The price of oil is still too cheap (1)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875592)

I predict it will hit 5/gal by the end of 2008.

There are 4 reasons for this:
1) The middles east is stll unstable 2) Sweet crude was recently added to the strategic pertoleum reserves 3) Nigerian production has dropped 4) China and India are using more ( and to improve its pre-olympic green image, China will buy more of the sweet crude )

Linux (4, Interesting)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875322)

I switched from XP to openSuSE in March, and decided it was too hard to work with, to the point that I pined for Window's familiarity. Temporarily lacking an XP CD, I downloaded Ubuntu as a stopgap. And decided I didn't need that XP CD after all.

Windows XP (5, Funny)

m50d (797211) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875326)

it's not *all* that bad, actually

Flying cars (4, Funny)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875340)

I finally realized that I was never going to have a flying car.

Re:Flying cars (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875374)

Sure you will. [youtube.com]

Re:Flying cars (1)

nick.ian.k (987094) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875414)

Obviously you didn't score one of *these* [amazon.com] babies.

Slashdot is not what it used to be! (1)

Browzer (17971) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875352)

That is... "News for Nerds. Stuff that matters"

Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875382)

I realized it isn't really about stuff that matters.

The government isn't out to get me (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875388)

They are just out to control us all.

scientist?! (1, Flamebait)

callmetheraven (711291) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875394)

Calling David Brin a scientist is like calling Josef Stalin a humanitarian.
Brin is the King of Hacks.

Re:scientist?! (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875518)

Actually, he is a physicist in addition to being a damn fine SF writer (IMHO). Scientists usually are all logical and stuff but even the best of them can use a bit of imagination (SF) to prod them in their explorations.

Nothing (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875396)

I changed my mind about absolutely nothing. As I'm always confidant with what i want to believe/feel the first time.

Re:Nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875596)

The day will come when you'll change your mind about that.

Am I the only one.. (1)

jx100 (453615) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875404)

..who saw Sacha Baron-Cohen instead of Simon Baron-Cohen?

Re:Am I the only one.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875476)

Nope. How about a Borat tag? :D

Re:Am I the only one.. (2, Informative)

damburger (981828) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875580)

They are in fact cousins.

Weed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875432)

The biggest thing that I changed my mind about was drugs. After smoking bud, it opened my world up to wonderful things like E and acid and such.

Re:Weed (0, Flamebait)

shawn443 (882648) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875796)

Wow, just 4 years after you decided girls didn't have cooties. Congratulations on your 16th birthday. This same post in 2020, you decide you no longer like drugs because your wife won't let you.

That's easy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875434)

Blue. No yel-- Auuuuuuuugh!

Politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875436)

I thought the Democrats would run things better than Bush in 2007. Turns out they were worse. Quite a feat given what a numbskull Bush is. At least they took the challenge seriously.

Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875450)

I still think it is an awesome company, just now I think it is a little TOO awesome. They're starting to scare me.

I have to post this anonymously because my employer does not like me talking about them.

another year, another loss. the usual... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875464)

I realized that thanks to /. the love of my life (as far as i know) will never reciprocate, thus leaving me single. yet again.

Republicans and Democrats (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875496)

I've traditionally voted Republican because I'm a social conservative. In 2007, Bush and the Congressional Republicans behaved so irresponsibly that I wanted them out.

So I leaned Democrat. Until I saw that the Democratic Congress rolled over for Bush just as much as the Republicans did.

Now I don't know how to lean. Now I just despair.

Third Party (3, Interesting)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875672)

Now I don't know how to lean.

Why not third party?

I'm a Government conservative and a social liberal (I think we should stop violating the Constitution, get rid of the IRS, stop these stupid wars, religion doesn't belong in Government, I don't give a rat's ass who you sleep with, and I don't see why gays can't get married). I vote third party and if there's not third party candidate, I abstain with the naive hope that the politicians will notice somehow.

That politicians / legislative bodies ... (4, Insightful)

HW_Hack (1031622) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875508)

can effect any type of meaningful change.

Healthcare reform, acting on global warming, tax reform, ending a meaningless war, supporting the middle class, fighting terrorism at its roots ( in the Madrases ) and local Muslim populations (versus invading random countries like Iraq or Iran), energy independence ........ on and on

Since a teenager I've been at least tuned into the issues / politics - and would get wrapped up with one candidate or another .... now in my 50's I see that this just a bunch of horse-shit. I'll still vote (as I have since I turned 18) .... but to invest any time, money, or emotion in the political process ----- fuck that shit.

Republicans (0, Troll)

christurkel (520220) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875520)

The more I see of the Presidential candidates on the Republican side, The more I see fascists running for Dictator in Chief, that a Gulliani presidency will mean a police state, a Huckabee presidency will will bring a theocracy and only the Republican who isn't bone chilling frightening is Ron Paul. When did the Republicans becomes Fascists?

Re:Republicans (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875594)

Sorry but Democrats aren't any better. Barack's a Muslim and Clinton is totally untrustworthy going into all this. Nether side has many good candidates.

Re:Republicans (1)

CheeseTroll (696413) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875674)

Just because a candidate is somewhat religious, doesn't mean that they will impose their beliefs on everyone else, or whore out their religion to gain power. That is the difference between Obama and Huckabee.

Re:Republicans (2, Insightful)

Oligonicella (659917) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875770)

Same time the Democrats did.

realization! (1)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875522)

I realized that all the really smart people around are not that smart. They know some stuff but will not/cannnot apply it and so they squander their intelligence...

Link to the bloody index, idiots! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875534)

Nowhere in the summary did any of the links point to the bloody index [edge.org] !

Isn't it still generally accepted to start at the beginning when reading, or has digg finally removed all semblance of intelligence from the general public?

religion (5, Interesting)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875568)

I changed my mind about religion, ironically it was because I started going back to church that I realized I didn't believe any of it.

Changed my mind about the future of the US. (0, Troll)

lcoscare (1121345) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875570)

I changed my opinion about the future of the United States and Capitalism. I was completely pesimisstic and was predicting complete economic and social collapse. But, thanks to Ron Paul, I realized that it was possible to go back to what made America great, and away from this welfare/warfare fascist/socialist mess that will eventually bankrupt the country. Thanks to Ron Paul, I also changed my mind about the Federal Bank. I always realized that the bank was the reason for the housing and dot com bubbles, but I always assumed that the bank was necessary, but Ron Paul made me realize that a better system is possible.

Re:Changed my mind about the future of the US. (4, Informative)

damburger (981828) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875646)

Ron Paul is a dangerous fad. He does not believe in evolution and he wants to scrap what little healthcare the poor in the US have access to (bear in mind that the US already has lower life expectancy and higher infant mortality than European countries that spend less per capita on healthcare). His platform is yanking away what little social protections exist in the US so that the middle classes can pay less tax, and considering that the US isn't nearly as far from mass famine as you would think a developed country would be - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/7148880.stm [bbc.co.uk] - its a recipe for a Katrina-like failure on a far bigger scale.

Re:Changed my mind about the future of the US. (1)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875792)

The less social "protections" we have, the better. Life expectancy is a personal choice, no amount of health care will fix someone eating crap.

Mass famine? We grow enough food to feed the world, let alone ourselves. Get real.

I changed my mind about the music business (2, Interesting)

illectro (697914) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875576)

At the start of the year I still thought the big labels hadn't figured out to work with the internet and were going to litigate my favourite websites into submission, but they've finally got it and made deals instead of suing potential business partners. At the start of the year I was steadfast in my opinion that music labels were going to collapse, by the end of the year I've got the feeling that they might just make it through.

The housing market (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875624)

A year ago I thought the housing market was great.

Now I changed my mind.

Impeachment. (3, Interesting)

Hamster Lover (558288) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875628)

At the start of 2007 and after a Democratically controlled Congress was sworn into office I was of the opinion that impeachment should be off the table while Congress got down to some real business with a President that recognized the winds of change. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Hope for a good President (1)

ZonkerWilliam (953437) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875640)

When Steven Colbert wasn't elected to the Republican ticket!

I changed my mind about canada (1, Interesting)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875642)

In the next 5-10 years it will be the place to live.

global warming will soften some of the colder months.

the CAD is already worth more than the USD

Canada is actually tech friendly, and looks like it will remain so for the forseeable future, so it will attract the talent the US has been crushing to death under IP laws.

Canada, land of the free, home of people with a spine, the future of north America.

The iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875690)

I thought the iPhone was just a phone only a pretentious dickwad would buy and that it was incredibly crippled as a phone (lacking basic MMS support, video recording, customizable ringtones, Bluetooth (tethering/object transfer), replaceable batteries, 3G speeds, standard mini-USB charging port, 3rd party applications (Java or otherwise), GPS, memory card slot, etc., all things my current phone had). I fell in love with the slow Edge web browsing and the e-mail client though so I decided to become a pretentious dickwad and bought one. Unlike the Apple commercials with the Guido guy though, I really still need two phones... one for e-mail and web browsing, and one to act as a regular phone to do everything else. I wish it was easier to swap the SIM card back and forth between the iPhone and my old phone or have two identical SIM cards so I could use either phone at the same time.

Aactivley refute Religious fundamentalism (1)

canadian_right (410687) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875706)

I am by nature a very tolerant person, but it is time for all good people to actively refute the ideas of the intolerant fundamentalists of all stripes. I am appalled that there are politicians in the USA who think it is OK to condemn people due to their religious beliefs, or lack of belief. For example, Bush isn't sure atheists are citizens. [positiveatheism.org] Some politicians think they should be able to tell you what you do in the privacy of your own home. [wikipedia.org] But these guys are pikers compared to Religious fundamentalists. Even peaceful, tolerant Canada had to deal with this, Teen killed by father [www.cbc.ca] , and if we scoot over to Afghanistan we have the Taliban executing people who dare to try to educate girls. [jihadwatch.org]

Peaceful discourse is our best weapon.

Happy New year.

The gold standard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21875730)

Or fractional reserves or other commodity-based or scheme that allows competetive currencies to compete internally against the greenback. Anything that prevents the fed printing whatever they want whenever they want without the market being able to fight by fleeing to something that might hold value.

I thought this was one of Paul's most esoteric or kooky ideas, but it seems more clear that the fed plus congress have every interest in printing dollars for handouts, good intentioned programs, pork, and world building. They have little intention in preserving the buying power of the dollar. Dollar deflation really hits savers and people that live paycheck to paycheck.

The world situation is really what dooms the fiat dollar. We now have competetive world currencies that holders can trust. And if the monopolies in using dollars to purchase oil for OPEC ever end, the shit could hit the fan.

As things stand now, we have already hurt ourselves, as we now have to compromise our policies to the Chinese, Saudis, or others that help prop up our dollars, lest we offend.

Environmentalist and VideoGame Nuts and Linux Fans (4, Insightful)

Hercules Peanut (540188) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875734)

1. O.K. I believe in global warming now. I heard a lot of dissenting evidence but it appears to be tainted.

2. Video Games do affect behavior in many children. Studies and family members in the field of education with years of observational experience have made me switch my opinion. I'm still not a big fan of government intervention on the subject, though.

3. Linux is ready for the desktop thanks to the EeePC. In fact, much of open source appears to be ready to eliminate the needs or even desire for a commercial alternative. Linux, OpenOffice, Firefox. I no longer feel like I'm having to settle for second rate in order to save money. I'd actually choose them even if the alternatives were free.

4. Slashdot is moderated largely by hypocritical children who will mod up popular opinion and mod down unpopular posts regardless of accuracy. I predict the slow demise of Slashdot as the comments area, a once fertile land of discussion and intelligent observation becomes a members only arena linux/mac fanboys and video gamers who can't envision anyone else's opinion being right other than theirs. It will be a place where where speaking ill of religion, republicans or windows will be given an automatic +2 informative while speaking ill social web sites, video games, or modding practices will be an auto -2 troll.

All four are great discoveries and lifestyle changes for me.

Happy New Year.

Sugar (1)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875756)

Just trying to be honest. I've almost completely cut sugar out of my diet, and I feel better to show for it.

Ubuntu (1)

Bender_ (179208) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875768)

Ubuntu 7.1 finally made me realize that it is actually possible to use Linux as a Desktop OS. For at least 10 years Linux had been the ugly OS I only accessed via SSH on my server.

Doublethink (2, Funny)

aldheorte (162967) | more than 6 years ago | (#21875776)

I didn't change my mind, I just rewrote my past comments.
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