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R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

PapayaSF Re:Ken Goffman is a huckster and charlatan (53 comments)

you are morally bankrupt . nothing else need be said.

Oh right, I'm "morally bankrupt " because I don't take people seriously when they froth at the mouth and throw terms like "fascist" and "racist" and "sexist" at anyone they disagree with. On the other hand, I'm not an Anonymous Coward making absurd and unsubstantiated charges. Anyone who reads just the linked interviews should be able to see that you don't know what you're talking about. I doubt if anyone who knows R.U. thinks he's any of those things. I don't know what your problem is, but in this discussion you're just a troll. If you don't like transhumanism, fine, lots of people don't. There's even a section of the book called "Criticisms of Transhumanism," which is online here. I doubt you can cite anything in the book that any sane person would call "fascist" or "racist" or "sexist."

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R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

PapayaSF Re:Ken Goffman is a huckster and charlatan (53 comments)

in fact, Goffman is an ardent supporter of several self defined "neo reactionary fascist" transhumanists... he makes constant support and mention of these people, and they are "race realists" and HBD creeps.

AFAIK this is completely untrue. R.U. is an acquaintance of mine, I've read some of his work, and this is simply false. He actually leans to the left. Of course, any editor who covers wide-ranging topics is going to mention and even publish people they don't entirely agree with. That's how magazine publishing and "encyclopedias" work. But you are spewing bullshit when you say he's an "ardent supporter" of any of that. [Citation needed], dude.

yesterday
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R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

PapayaSF Re:Ken Goffman is a huckster and charlatan (53 comments)

In particular he more than makes the case that the bones of "transhumanism" are in fact : fascist, plutocratic elitist, sexist, racist and overwhelmingly adolescent

Maybe it's just me, but whenever I hear anyone or anything called "fascist," sexist," and "racist" all at once, I think it tells me more about the person using those words than it does about whatever they are talking about.

yesterday
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R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

PapayaSF Re:Ken Goffman is a huckster and charlatan (53 comments)

Wow, that's quite a rant, dude.

his boosterism for the truly evil transhumanist technocrats who oppose democracy and who cheer-lead for general mechanization and dehumanization

OK, I just read the two linked interviews, and I'm just not seeing this. At all. Neither of the authors seem to be cheerleading for evil and dehumanization. They both seem to be fairly positive about transhumanism, but mention flaws and potential downsides. I am acquainted with R.U., and he's not at all a "technocrat," and that comes through in those two interviews.

yesterday
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R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

PapayaSF Re:What exactly is Transhumanism ? (53 comments)

I was looking for practical, real-world things I can do right now to enhance my life through science and technology.

That doesn't look like it was the point of the book. It looks like an overview of the field, not a how-to guide.

Instead, I got very thin treatments of many subjects

I don't think that's fair. According to Amazon, the book covers 90+ topics in 288 pages. I don't see how they could be in-depth about any of them.

important subjects left out (like the 19th Century Russian Cosmism movement (precursor to transhumanism))

The Cosmism entry is on page 52.

yesterday
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

PapayaSF Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (300 comments)

I've used it as a snow shovel as well, imagine shoveling snow with a laptop or phone!

A MacBook Air would make a great snow shovel. Have you seen the front edge? You could slice cheese with it.

3 days ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

PapayaSF Re: Wow... Just "no". (204 comments)

The Heritage Foundation proposal did include an individual mandate, but that's like saying your bedroom ceiling is based on the Sistine Chapel because they both are covered in paint. The Heritage proposal was for minimal, catastrophic insurance, what used to be called "major medical." That's the sort of insurance people used to be able to buy for maybe $50/month. But the ACA larded everything up with countless mandates (birth control, etc.), so that even minimal insurance is now expensive. And then, in one of many ironies, deductibles are now so high that many people avoid going to the doctor. Remember when the ACA was needed to ban "junk insurance policies," which were defined as policies with high deductibles? Down the memory hole!

I said years ago, before this monstrosity came online, that it would not work as claimed, and in fact might never work. I believe that prediction still holds. They've stopped talking about the problems with the backend, but AFAIK they have not yet fixed them, and are still doing things manually or with estimates. It will also be interesting this tax season, when millions of people find that their tax bill is higher than they thought it would be, thanks to the ACA.

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

PapayaSF Re:So what (160 comments)

The rural areas say they hate government and redistribution of wealth - fine - then let them do without the wealth redistributed to them and maybe cities, unshackled by them, can begin to turn their own finances around.

Oh, how I hate this simplistic meme about how "blue" cities support the "red" suburbs and rural areas. One thing that it ignores is that a great deal of the wealth generated in cities is created by people who live (and vote) in suburbs and rural areas. it's called "commuting."

Or try this thought experiment: cities stop "distributing their wealth" to the suburbs and rural areas, and the suburbs and rural areas stop distributing their wealth to the cities... as well as "their" food, water, oil, gas, and electricity. Now who needs who more?

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

PapayaSF Thank you, President Obama! (105 comments)

Thank you for having dealt with all the other more pressing problems, domestic and foreign, so that now you have extra time for these folks! I'm sure they'll have lots of informed, trenchant, challenging questions for you, the answers to which will be informative and enlightening. It'll be the adversarial press speaking truth to power!

about two weeks ago
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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

PapayaSF Re:Prediction: another Google flop (61 comments)

I agree that "too thin" is an issue. I'd be happy if Apple stopped making iPhones thinner and instead used the space for more battery.

I'm not sure you're right about technological advances, though. While I'm not obsessed with the latest and greatest, I think it's impressive and meaningful that phones are getting to have near desktop-level processors, excellent cameras, etc. But I find it hard to image that Google will be able to create modules 1) with more impressive specs than an iPhone 6, and 2) be able to sell them at a competitive price.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

PapayaSF Prediction: another Google flop (61 comments)

This has all the earmarks of another sounds-cool-at-first Google project that won't amount to much in the end.

Modularity sounds like a good idea, but in practice, in cellphones, I don't think it'll work. In objects of that size every millimeter counts, and modularity takes up quite a bit of space at that scale, because each part needs to be enclosed, securely attach to the others, etc. The trade-offs will mean you'll be able to pick one or two things (e.g. speed, battery life, extra features, etc.) but not all at the same time. And the prices won't be good, because manufacturer(s) will not have economies of scale: it'll be hard to compete with Apple and Samsung making millions and tens of millions of identical units.

about two weeks ago
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Short-Term Exposure To Diesel Fumes Causes Changes In Gene Expression

PapayaSF We already know something about long-term exposure (132 comments)

We already know something about long-term exposure, based on observing career truck drivers: diesel fumes don't cause weight loss.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

PapayaSF Re:people are idiots (463 comments)

I've been reading for 20+ years about these things called Macs that are far safer than Windows, and yet, somehow, nobody actually uses them.

"Nobody"? Even in the enterprise?

The rest of your comment misses my point: Perhaps in theory, OS X is "just an vulnerable," and maybe the OS X market share means malware authors don't bother. But whatever the causes, in the real world today, the results are undeniable: less malware on Macs.

about a month ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

PapayaSF Re:people are idiots (463 comments)

The mechanisms of Cryptowall work under any OS.

Except, as the AC said, it doesn't presently work under OS X. I've been reading for 20+ years how "Macs are just as vulnerable as Windows," and yet, somehow, that malware parity never seems to happen. Sure, every now and then there's a headline about Mac malware, but when you read the article it's either a theoretical vulnerability or, at worst, something that happened to a handful of people. You can claim it's because malware authors don't want to bother with Macs or whatever, but the end result is the same: Windows users are always dealing with more malware than Mac users, and, I'll bet, always will. So the modded-down-to-oblivion poster above is not wrong: getting a Mac would have prevented this attack, and many others.

about a month ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

PapayaSF Tim Ferriss talks about this (234 comments)

Tim Ferriss talks about this in The 4-Hour Body. It's one reason competitive swimmers are in such good shape: it's not just the exercise itself, it's being in water that's much colder than body temperature. One of Ferriss's weight-loss tips involves using ice-packs.

about a month ago
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Meet the Doctor Trying To Use the Blood of Ebola Survivors To Create a Cure

PapayaSF Re:ZMapp (33 comments)

I've watched way too many zombie movies to feel comfortable with the drug's name.

Heck, never mind the name, this is the beginning of the plot of more zombie movies than I can count.

about a month ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

PapayaSF Re:Ugh, WordPress (31 comments)

Thanks for the info. However, Joomla is up to version 3.x now, and I'm pretty sure the restrictions you saw in 1.5 no longer apply. E.g., core Joomla allows grouping users and defining their permissions.

about a month and a half ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

PapayaSF Re:Ugh, WordPress (31 comments)

Seriously, though: aren't WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal the three free open source CMSs? I think Joomla is far more powerful than WordPress in many ways, avoids at least some of the failings of WordPress listed by the OP, and is easier to use than Drupal. I'd like to hear what you and others have to say about the three of them.

about a month and a half ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

PapayaSF Re:Ugh, WordPress (31 comments)

No love for Joomla?

about a month and a half ago

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Stars Exposed in Massive Nude Photo Leak

PapayaSF PapayaSF writes  |  about 5 months ago

PapayaSF (721268) writes "Nude celebrities, bitcoins, and Apple: it's a story seemingly designed to stir up the entire internet. Scores of private photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have been leaked (allegedly from Apple's iCloud), and posted on 4chan in exchange for bitcoins. A list of 100+ names has appeared, but pictures have not yet appeared for many names on the list (including Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Kaley Cuoco). Victoria Justice claims the photos of her are fake. Twitter accounts are being shut down. The story is still developing, so grab your popcorn."
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HealthCare.gov Can't Handle Appeals of Errors

PapayaSF PapayaSF writes  |  about a year ago

PapayaSF (721268) writes "The Washington Post reports that roughly 22,000 people have claimed they were charged too much, steered into the wrong insurance program, or denied coverage, but the website cannot handle appeals. They've filled out seven-page forms and mailed them to a federal contractor’s office in Kentucky, where they were scanned and entered, but workers at CMS cannot read them because that part of the system has not been built. Other missing aspects are said to have higher priorities: completing the electronic payment system for insurers, the connections with state Medicaid programs, and the ability to adjust coverage to accommodate major changes such as new babies. People with complaints about mistakes have been told to "return to the Web site and start over."

Earlier coverage of this saga includes Slashdot's discussion of the recent TheHill.com report that Accenture Faces Mid-March Healthcare.gov Deadline Or 'Disaster'."
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Accenture faces mid-March deadline or disaster

PapayaSF PapayaSF writes  |  1 year,13 days

PapayaSF (721268) writes "TheHill.com reports that Accenture has two months to fix HealthCare.gov by building a "financial management platform that tracks eligibility and enrollment transactions, accounts for subsidy payments to insurance plans, 'provides stable and predictable financial accounting and outlook for the entire program,' and that integrates with existing CMS and IRS systems." The procurement document, posted on a federal website, states that if this is not completed in time, there will be "financial harm to the government" and "the entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized." Risk mitigation (which pays insurers who enroll a higher-than-expected number of sick patients) must be accurately forecast, or it might put "the entire health insurance industry at risk.” Accenture will also have to fix the enrollment transmissions, which have been sending inaccurate and garbled data to insurance companies. Because the back-end cannot currently handle the federal subsidies, insurers will be paid estimated amounts as a stopgap measure. The document also said that officials realized in December that there was no time for a “full and open competition process” before awarding Accenture the $91 million contract. What are their odds of success?"
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The SEC is about to make crowdfunding more expensive

PapayaSF PapayaSF writes  |  1 year,27 days

PapayaSF (721268) writes "Proposed new rules require that funding portals register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Intermediary Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In addition, investors must have access to a business plan, use of proceeds, a valuation of the company, and financials, so CPAs may needed. The SEC estimates that for amounts under $100,000, the fees will be 12.9% to 39% of the money raised, though it may drop to under 8% for higher amounts. Is this needed regulation, or bureaucratic overreach?"
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"Green gasoline" breakthrough

PapayaSF PapayaSF writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PapayaSF writes "Researchers have announced the first direct conversion of plant cellulose into "green gasoline." Rapidly heating cellulose with catalysts and then cooling it produces liquids like naphthalene and toluene that are a quarter of the components of gasoline, in under two minutes. The result can be further treated or used as part of a gasoline blend, and can be used in existing engines without the mileage penalty of ethanol-based fuel. The process requires less energy to make than ethanol, can use forest or agricultural waste, and (in principle) won't have a carbon footprint. They say it could be at the pump in five to 10 years."
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Total Music to Challenge iTunes

PapayaSF PapayaSF writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PapayaSF writes "Business Week is reporting on a plan by Universal Music, Sony BMG, and possibly Warner Music Group to create an industry-owned digital music service called Total Music. The business model: get hardware makers and cellphone carriers to pay them about about $90 per device and in exchange consumers get all-you-can-eat free music. They figure that hardware makers will go for it because they'll sell more units, and consumers will happily pay the extra money upfront to get free music. So will this be a real challenge to Apple, or another music industry flop?"
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Journals

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Mod points return!

PapayaSF PapayaSF writes  |  about 4 years ago

After about five months without mod points, they came back right after the redesign. Coincidence or not? Who can say....

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I wonder what happened to all my mod points

PapayaSF PapayaSF writes  |  more than 4 years ago

For a while over the summer it seemed like I was getting 15 mod points every week or two. Sometimes I didn't use them all up before the next batch came in. Then around September they all stopped. I don't think I've had any for three months. Were my mod abilities suddenly considered to be not up to snuff? Did a bunch of other Slashdotters come back from vacation, eager to moderate? Did my half-hearted stabs at meta-moderation work against me? (I *much* preferred the old metamod system and was much better at doing it then.) Maybe someone out there knows....

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