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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

Gavagai80 Re:Goodbye Lens flare... (328 comments)

They did ramming speed already in Nemesis.

4 days ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Gavagai80 Re:Nothing can go Wrong Here (439 comments)

The people who would live and work there would need to be attracted to live on a sea platform, so low-paid workers and destitute beggars aren't even an issue.

You could say the same of Qatar. All you have to do is offer the job that sounds fair to entice the desperate worker to come, then you have complete control over their lives and can change the terms and abuse them as slaves as much as you like. It's not as if they can swim for shore from international waters, or appeal to a fair legal system. A sea platform is the perfect system to exploit trapped workers.

5 days ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

Gavagai80 Re:The Interview (115 comments)

Pretty sure Hollywood has done hundreds of movies about assassinating Fidel Castro already. Fidel never cared, because he was too busy worrying about the CIA's actual attempts.

about a week ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Gavagai80 Re:Time for something new. (106 comments)

You can't get hundreds of people to agree on a single new project to collaborate and donate their time and money to. Sure something original would be nice, but you'd never get enough people enthusiastic about to reach the same production quality without the instant brand recognition of something like Star Trek.

about a week ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Gavagai80 Re:This is worse than mythology. (390 comments)

What's the motivation for the AI to do that? Might as well worry about relativistic kill vehicles blowing up the planet.

about a week ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Gavagai80 Re:Does Samsung or Google have any influence? (201 comments)

Most android phones are cheap (with some obvious exceptions that are a relatively small part of the market). People expect cheap products to be exploitative. When they pay more, they expect it to be less exploitative (even though in reality many expensive products are exploitative, like diamonds). As the by far most prominent expensive luxury phone, Apple naturally gets most of the flack. People see how much they're paying and the huge profit margins and feel that some of that profit should be used to better conditions, unlike a cheap phone where there's barely any profit margin.

about two weeks ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Gavagai80 Re:Why not push toward collapse? (435 comments)

If Russia were to actually collapse, it would be an extremely bad thing for the west. It would mean wars and it would mean big increases in terrorism exported from the region, and not just from Chechnya.

Iraq collapsed. How's that working out for US interests?

about two weeks ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Gavagai80 Re:I actually agree with this decision; but (435 comments)

When the whole rest of the world wants sanctions, as with South Africa, they may be useful. When the whole rest of the world trades with Cuba and we don't, we're just shooting ourselves in the foot. Also, the South African government was far more malleable because it was elected by white citizens who suffered from sanctions -- the Cuban government is not elected by anyone who can be hurt by sanctions.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Gavagai80 Re:Let cool (200 comments)

A cool Venus would actually still be much harder to live on or terraform than Mars, because it has no water (in any phase).

about two weeks ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Gavagai80 If automated had always created as many jobs (679 comments)

If automated had always created as many jobs as it destroyed, we'd still have child labor, 80 hour work weeks and other such goodies from days of yore. If we lose more jobs, all we have to do is mandate a 30 hour work week or raise the working age to 18.

about two weeks ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Gavagai80 Re:And on the plus side... (330 comments)

Northern California is not and never has been remotely desert-like. There are in fact huge forests around me. And this is where the drought has been severe and has caused a lot of forest fires.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious Martian Gouges Carved By Sand-surfing Dry Ice

Gavagai80 Re:Where to look for life (26 comments)

The carbon dioxide is what freezes and unfreezes seasonally at the poles, not water. The water is always frozen.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Gavagai80 Re:undocumented immigrant (440 comments)

The USA goes through the motions of attempting to pay Cuba, which rejects the money because the Cuban government doesn't recognize the legitimacy of the lease the USA signed with the old puppet dictatorship.

about two weeks ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Gavagai80 Re:Easier method (448 comments)

It couldn't be that police in some cities and neighborhoods are more racist than in others like yours? Nah, that's unthinkable.

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Gavagai80 Re:Move to a gated community (604 comments)

Even if you can get the same job in Sacramento that you can get in Silicon Valley, it'll pay more in Silicon Valley because the cost of living is so much higher there. As long as the price of gas is low enough that people can buy a much higher standard of living by commuting 2 hours to their job every day from a cheaper area, some people will do that.

about two weeks ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

Gavagai80 Re:What Native American is supposed to mean (307 comments)

Then what's a better term for "people descended from people who were natives of North and South America in AD 1491, who had their land forcibly taken from them in European invasions from 1600 through 1900?"

First nations, like in Canada. Better conveys the distinct legal status and history.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

Gavagai80 Re:the pirate bay is important (251 comments)

The freedom to make tens of millions in ad revenue from other people's efforts.

about three weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Gavagai80 Re:KUDOS USA! (772 comments)

The report is allowed to surface only when it details a previous administration led by the other party... and that previous administration's party still desperately wanted to keep it secret.

about three weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Gavagai80 Re:Effectiveness doesn't matter (772 comments)

If torturing one prisoner could demonstrably save millions of lives, the act might still be immoral but it would certainly be welcomed by nearly everyone. So effectiveness can matter to the issue of whether it should be continued. Some people either want to set that threshold very low, or are paranoid that terrorists are a far worse threat than they actually are, or both.

about three weeks ago
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Asteroid Impacts May Have Formed Life's Building Blocks

Gavagai80 Re:Drat! (46 comments)

Catholics believe in evolution, but they don't believe in abiogenesis, which is the issue here.

about three weeks ago

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