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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

Shortguy881 Re:Quick history lesson (128 comments)

Yep, right away it is clear, this is capitalism's fault.

3 days ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

Shortguy881 Re:Why? (481 comments)

Really? If someone comes to the US and gets a graduate degree in a STEM field, they should be given citizenship, not a temporary work visa. We need more intelligent people in this country. Next, if we could only somehow deport the stupid American citizens...

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Shortguy881 Re:Capable, sure (329 comments)

To say that religious polarization didn't play a part in terrorism in Northern Ireland and that politics doesn't play a part in terrorist acts committed by Muslims, is rather ignorant. And yet, you were modded insightful...

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

Shortguy881 Re: To the mods: (272 comments)

You're being modded down because your comments give nothing to the discussion at hand and in the cases above are even attempts to start unrelated arguments.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

Shortguy881 Re:The longer you live...Cancer could be your rewa (272 comments)

Every person has innumerous mutations throughout their lifetime. With ~37 trillion cells constantly replicating, it happens a lot. The human body is also very good at catching and correcting this errors. Some are genetically predisposed to better handle mutations which is why cancers are genetic. As you age, you're immune system becomes more and more compromised increasing your risk of cancer.

My point is, our body already knows how to fight cancer very well. Using this knowledge, there is no reason to think we couldn't completely prevent cancer by increasing our immune responses to both mutagens and mutations.

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

Shortguy881 Re:And? (448 comments)

Working for a cable company, that is the general perception of most people outside the industry. What you and they also fail to consider is the packages (Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Spike, +11 others) are all from the same company, in this case Viacom. The content providers, like Viacom, are the ones most threatened by al a carte programming. We as a cable company would love this model as we could grab many more subscribers while reducing costs paid to the content providers.

Here is an example of how these content deals work. Viacom has several niche channels that wouldn't sell without being tied to huge money makers like Comedy Central. Viacom doesn't want its channels to fail, so it'll agree to sell us CC only if we also buy their crappy channels. The majority of the cost of cable comes from these kind of deals through the numerous content providers that make up the whole cable television market. This is why we have 200+ channels of which 15 or so are any good.

about two weeks ago
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Inside Amsterdam's Efforts To Become a Smart City

Shortguy881 Re:Sounds like Agile (16 comments)

Do you really believe the sludge you are spewing out? Partisan politics is a waist of time. Grow up and have an original thought.

about two weeks ago
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Inside Amsterdam's Efforts To Become a Smart City

Shortguy881 Re:Sounds like Agile (16 comments)

I completely agree. I'd also love to see some large federal programs in the US dissolved and passed to the states. Then we would have 50 test grounds to see what works and what doesn't. Unsuccessful states could then adopt programs from the successful states.

I may take some criticism for this, but the first area should be education. The federal government has completely failed the people in this regard. I honestly think the current situation is so bad, its worth creating test programs across the 50 states, guaranteeing some will fail, to find out what really works. Also as an after thought, because someone will ask, success could be measured based on a combination of graduation rates, college enrollment and job placement of recent public education graduates from each state.

Another great area would be healthcare.

Of course now that I've written this down, I realize it would never happen. The federal government would need to willingly relinquish control over something. Then they would need to use empirical evidence to determine the best course of action for the country. Neither of these things I expect to happen without violent protest from one side or another.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

Shortguy881 Re:Null hypothesis (556 comments)

What are you smoking? Not believing in something is in itself a belief. You believe the idea that there is no God. Stop trying to alter the English language to suit your fancy.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

Shortguy881 Re:Null hypothesis (556 comments)

I think the AC is agnostic, not religious, and you seemed to completely miss his point. The point I got from the AC was that atheism is just as open ended as theism. Both require the belief in something that currently has no evidence to support it. There is no evidence to support a god and lack of evidence doesn't prove non-existence.

Then you go onto assert that it is an active attempt to negate a certain belief

No idea where you got this from.

I do like "No god is more likely than some god, given no evidence" as it clearly shows how atheism makes as much sense as theism.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Shortguy881 Re:people are idiots (463 comments)

Did you read the article you linked to:

Windows still holds over 90% of the market, while OS X has actually lost share so far this year.

about three weeks ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

Shortguy881 Re:What Will They Do... (327 comments)

Matter cannot be created nor destroyed. There is a finite amounts of it. Every human takes away from that finite amount, the energy need to make that human survive comes from that amount, and any additional amount used to make their life better comes from that amount. The more people, the less extra that can be used purely for increased standard of living. At some point you just have a bunch of people and the resources to keep them alive. There is nothing left to make them happy.

Like I said, humans are resources who can create resources.

Immanuel Kant would disagree. People are an end in themselves and not a means to an end. If you do not understand that, I'm not going to take the time to explain it to you.

We are the most valuable resource of all.

Source?

about three weeks ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

Shortguy881 Re:What Will They Do... (327 comments)

I didn't provide evidence because your statement was contrary to mine. I said decreasing populations lead to loss in technology. Which is supported by this article and the many referenced within it:

http://rspb.royalsocietypublis...

You asked "What knowledge and technology has been lost as a result of regression effects from population growth?" of which I have no supporting evidence. That's why I assumed you misread my initial comment and also provided no citation.

You did, however, catch me in a logical fallacy. I should have stated above the minimum threshold of a sustainable population in where there is no loss of important technical knowledge from generation to generation, the standard of living goes down for humanity as a whole for each person added. More to your liking?

about three weeks ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

Shortguy881 Re:What Will They Do... (327 comments)

Can you read?

once we reach a certain minimum size

I was stating there is a minimum size a population must be to be sustainable and not regress. At that number of people (one), you face entirely different issues as stated in the previous post. So, your argument of killing everyone but one man is irrelevant to the discussion of sustainable population sizes.

about three weeks ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

Shortguy881 Re:What Will They Do... (327 comments)

My hypothesis is purely about population size, not advances in technology. Without the rapid increase in technological advancements of the 20th century, we wouldn't be able to feed the current worlds population. The real question is, is there a point where our growth will outpace the supporting technologies? I think yes.

about three weeks ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

Shortguy881 Re:What Will They Do... (327 comments)

Jumping to the extreme of one person left doesn't really help your argument. There is substantial evidence supporting a minimum sustainable population. That is, once we reach a certain minimum size, we as a population regress and actually lose knowledge and technology. There is a healthy population bound on each side, minimum and maximum. To think otherwise is obtuse.

about three weeks ago

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Organic molecules detected on comet by Philae

Shortguy881 Shortguy881 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Shortguy881 (2883333) writes "Carbon-containing "organics" are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history. The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to "sniff" the comet's thin atmosphere. Other analyses suggest the comet's surface is largely water-ice covered with a thin dust layer. The European Space Agency (Esa) craft touched down on the Comet 67P on 12 November after a 10-year journey."
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