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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Rande Re:Why is tech singled out? (441 comments)

but where are the SJ crusaders trying to get more men involved in teaching primary education.

Men who want to work in primary education are probably paedophiles, or at least will probably be accused of such, and once accused, will never be able to work again in the field unless conclusively proved innocent, and maybe not even then.

about a month and a half ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Rande Transcendence (352 comments)

Once we give up our meatbag bodies, a lot of the physics problems go away.
Admittedly, the tech to upload our brains into computers is a ways off, but it doesn't require amazing physics breakthroughs to get there (eg. wormholes, antigravity, FTL travel etc.).
We can send our computer brains off the planet at much higher Gs, not have to worry too much about flight time to other solar systems, and can grow and download back into meatbags at the final destination if we still desire such things.

Title aside, I hate the movie - dude, why didn't you just make multiple backups of yourself?

about 2 months ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Rande Re:alternatives (160 comments)

Certainly, sex education where you figuratively got into the water and taught how to do the various strokes would have been a lot more fun.

about 2 months ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

Rande Just because you can... (120 comments)

...doesn't mean that you _should_.

In this case, what happens when the child has the same genetic defect? Pass the womb on 3rd hand?

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Rande Backup your brain (549 comments)

Due to the formidable problem of getting meatbags into orbit safely and cost-effectively, I suspect we'd have better luck uploading our brains into hardware that can handle really high G-forces, and roam the galaxy that way. _Much_ more efficient, don't have to muck about with food or disposal, just ensuring that there's enough solar power and what moving parts you have left aren't seized up.

Okay, okay, if you still want to, you could download back into a meatbag at your final destination.

about 3 months ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Rande Re:10,000 Leagues (203 comments)

I thought it meant distance traveled whilst submerged, not depth. A nuclear submarine could (and do?) circumnavigate the world without surfacing.

about 3 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Rande Re:Nobody has the right not to be offended. (1134 comments)

Get back to me when you've managed to codify 'common sense' into law. Or do you want to punish people who break unwritten laws based on what is held only in your head?
If you've manage to code 'common sense' into a machine, then I think the Nobel Committee wants to have a word with you.

about 3 months ago
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Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

Rande Depends (52 comments)

Is the NPC rescue a quest?
Is it likely to give significant XP/Gold?
Does the NPC respawn even after I've rescued it once?

about 5 months ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Rande Real Address? (113 comments)

What, you put your actual address in there? Why? No one I care about would use the Whois to contact me by snail mail. And if actual authorities need to find me, then they can subpoena my billing address (or maybe, y'know, just email me and set up an appointment?)
I think mine is currently set to some hotel in Uzbeckistan. Next renewal I think I'll set it to a Yurt in Mongolia.

about 5 months ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

Rande Re:False Warnings? (135 comments)

Stick all the company's assets into storage for the length of the sentence.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Rande Re:Isn't this classic anti-trust fodder (211 comments)

Except there's nothing stopping the publishers from opening up their own website to sell ebooks.
The barrier to entry isn't that high.
Offer them for less than Amazon, with a good user experience and people will flock to it.
ie. Pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap.

Or are you saying that Amazon has forced them into 'Most favoured nation' clauses where they aren't allowed to sell for lower than Amazon? (Like Apple did, which _was_ anticompetitive)

about 7 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Rande As a reader... (405 comments)

I think Amazon&Kindle is great for finding authors, especially self-published authors that I'd never have found otherwise. Or even new books from authors I do like - because I'm not going to sign up to 100 newsletters to find out when the next book is.
Sure, quite a bit of self-published stuff is dross, but the 10% sample feature (usually) allows me to weed them out.
I can understand that other people may have different points of view and find the occasional typo, grammatical error or bad typesetting upsettings.
But OTOH, self-pub is often less than 50% of the price of a traditional book, and when you read ~150 books a year, that makes a difference.

about 7 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Rande Re:Lots of alternatives.. (483 comments)

No, but it's government procurement - small companies or one man bands don't have the paper power to be able to jump through all the hurdles.
And even if they did, they would get hounded relentlessly by the anti-DP people.
I suggest import from Africa.

about 7 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Rande Re:Bring back the firing squad (483 comments)

Remote control the guns, and let random people on the internet bid to be the one who gets to pull the trigger?
I'm guessing they would be the same people who get off watching beheading videos.

about 7 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Rande Re:Bring back the firing squad (483 comments)

Too messy. Someone has to clean that up...

Criminals have had that problem solved since the start - position executee next to grave, shoot in head, body falls in, fill in hole.

about 7 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Rande Re:Use confiscated drugs (483 comments)

It would be hard to find a modern citizen without psychological problems who could stomach a guillotine.

...So use a guy with mental problems? Maybe even an inmate. Or does the idea of a person enjoying their job make you feel weird?

(Note that I'm generally against the death penalty due to the large numbers of posthumous pardons. But if a convict chooses to die, I'm not against assisted suicide.)

about 7 months ago
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Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

Rande Re:I did man... apk (131 comments)

Especially the double-tap to the head. Gotta make sure.

about 7 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

Rande Re:or not commit robberies and burglaries (450 comments)

The smart ones go into law and politics....
Where you can buy, bamboozle or masonic handshake your way out of your crimes. ...or even retrospectively make it legal.

about 7 months ago
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Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

Rande Soylent Green (283 comments)

More than just a solution for overpopulation.

about 7 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

Rande Lack of Commentary (477 comments)

The commentary tracks are the only reason that I buy DVD/BDs. It means that I'll at least watch it twice.
They aren't included in pirate rips. ...and more and more often they aren't included any more on the optical formats either, because "commentary doesn't sell discs' apparently.
While I can't say 'No Commentary, no Sale", it's a _very_ high priority as to whether I'll pay more than GBP5 for a disc.

about 7 months ago

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