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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Your.Master Re:Why fear designer babies? (116 comments)

The assumption here is that there is no set of genes that are guaranteed to be purely negative for humankind. That's just false. There's just no reason we'd want to let somebody grow up with cystic fibrosis, for instance. The sickle-cell anemia vs. malaria case is actually unusual, and a population high in sickle-cell anemic individuals is not actually a desirable outcome.

Also, if we can prevent genetic engineering, then surely we can prevent choosing the gender of children. If you can't prevent choosing the children's gender, then how do you think we can prevent other genetic engineering?

3 hours ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Your.Master Re:GMO (116 comments)

Why on Earth would you assume that he's opposed to GMO for other animals, once it's safe enough for humans?

What a bizarre assertion. I certainly would have no problems with that. In fact, if you can modify the animal to grow up without a brain, so that it's no longer an ethical concern for a certain subset of vegetarians and vegans, that's even better.

4 hours ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Your.Master Re:Designer babies (116 comments)

I don't necessarily disagree with you about genetic engineering being within a lifetime. But...15 years ago, seriously? Most of those things were considered plausible, not sci-fi. Hell, in 1999 we *assumed* we'd have incredibly powerful computers in our pockets and we often see articles disappointed that we haven't met 1999's expectations. Remember, it was 2001 when the infamous stem cell research funding ban came into effect. Drones were used in the first Gulf War in 1991, and it was big news when they were first used in a targeted killing in 2002.

I think if you asked the average educated person 15 years ago about these things, they'd call them all either plausible or obvious developments. You'd have to be stunningly ignorant to disbelieve some of those.

Mind you I still see people on slashdot arguing that self-driving cars are ridiculous sci-fi even though we have licensed robot cars *today*, so maybe you are right in a sense.

4 hours ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Your.Master Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (239 comments)

I'm not sure who you're talking about with media regulation and drug rehab etc. I can pretty much tell you that porno restrictions aren't some universally agreed-upon principle of feminists, and not all liberals consider themselves feminists in the first place.

For abortion, nobody disputes that a new organism was formed at conception. They dispute that the new organism's right to survive supercedes the mother's right to autonomy.

I don't actually disagree about the marriage thing, but I disagree that it had anything to do with Eich. Eich was fighting for discrimination, by donating to the cause of keeping certain rights arbitrarily designated to one class. A fight to get government out of marriage is a different fight entirely, and not one that many people seem to be seriously fighting.

12 hours ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Your.Master Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (239 comments)

There are a couple problems with your argument.

First, in the abstract I can agree with definition one and definition two, but only by using a slightly different definition of "human being" each time. If you insist on having a consistent definition, then you have to display it and I'm sure I'll disagree with one or the other of those statements. Your #2 definition involves genetics. Your #1 definition involves moral culpability and is unrelated to genetics.

The second problem is that just because the unborn have the right to live which should be protected by law, it does not imply that abortions should be illegal. Otherwise this logic would hold:

IF: 1. Every human being has the right to live, which should be protected by law,

AND: 2. The person brutally assaulting your family is a human being.

THEN: 3. The person brutally assaulting your family has the right to live, which should be protected by law.

I agree with both premises and even the conclusion, but if you kill somebody in self defense or in the defense of another, it's not murder.

Likewise, nobody ever argues that any human being *other than a fetus* gets to attach themselves in a biologically parasitical fashion to another human being for months at a time. Why do the unborn get this special right that nobody else gets?

Call me when you make a Star Trek transporter that can zap a fetus out of the womb and into an incubator and we can ban abortions at that time, since then the fetus doesn't need a special right to remain inside somebody else's body.

13 hours ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Your.Master Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (239 comments)

?

Because Asia is known for its right-wing politics, what with China and Russia?

Where are you getting this?

13 hours ago
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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Your.Master Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (102 comments)

The short answer is we don't know for sure "why now?", but we do know that unless humans were generated with seed-technology, they would inevitably ask "why now?" when they reach this point because there's a start to civilization *somewhere*.

But one point is that living in large groups is impractical without scaling agriculture, which at minimal technology is impractical to bootstrap in much of the world. The most low-tech-civilization-friendly places on Earth are the ones where we find the first evidence of civilization, and there's some evidence that some of those places had local climate change coinciding with the dawn of civilization.

Note that we *do* have human remains and artifacts from 30-40k years ago. That's when the first bow & arrows seem to have been produced. The evidence of wild grains being cultivated is more recent.

13 hours ago
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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Your.Master Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (102 comments)

He wasn't using it wrong.

The structure of this thread is:

Premise 1: The Universe exists.
Premise 2: Either something came from nothing, or something always existed.
Hypothesis: That something is God.
Counterargument: The Universe is also an internally consistent "something" to fit the premise. The Universe necessarily exists due to premise 1. God does not necessarily exist given the premises, and does not better fulfill either premise. Therefore the hypothesis is unsupported.

You need to introduce new premises or arguments in order to endow God with extra attributes so that the God hypothesis passes Occam's Razor.

13 hours ago
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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Your.Master Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (102 comments)

Deciding you just get to make up an answer because you don't understand it is the egotistic cop-out.

If there actually is a creator who does those things, I think you're the one who will look stupid, despite your lucky guess.

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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Your.Master Re:Not a market back then (266 comments)

But marketing can turn a bunch of common rocks into precious diamonds.

Furthermore, it isn't hard to fail at marketing to the point where nobody wants your gold since they're convinced it's probably pyrite, or perhaps you coated the gold in shit so everyone assumes it's a solid lump of shit.

2 days ago
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Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

Your.Master Re:I prefer to browse real bookstores (83 comments)

I preferred the large Canadian bookstores.

Small bookstores typically just don't have the selection, and American big bookstores seemed...standoffish? It can be really hard to describe just in what way it was less pleasant. Part of it is a structure that encourages you to read lengthy passages in the store back home that I haven't seen in a larger bookstore in the US. I fully admit I haven't travelled the length and breadth of either country; I'm just going with the places I've been.

I go to Amazon for something that I knew I wanted ahead of time, which is relatively rare but if I accidentally start reading an unfinished book series it will happen and Amazon tends to be clearly the best option. And with the stores I like closing down, I now go to Amazon also because it's the best available.

The "World's Biggest Bookstore" (that's a name, not a description) in Toronto, as seen on the movie Short Circuit 2, just recently closed and that is probably the thing that will shift me over to using Amazon near-exclusively.

Although interestingly a lot of the long tail books aren't directly available from Amazon itself, but are available on Amazon.com via its partner re-seller programs, some of which are also big warehouses but some seem like smaller businesses that are just supplementing their incomes. Usually these are out-of-print books with "used - like new" tags as I try to complete things that I read as a kid from the school library, which was incomplete either because they didn't buy the full series, or they did buy it and a kid wrecked one, or the series wasn't completed ~15 years ago when I would have read them.

5 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Your.Master Re:If you make this a proof of God... (594 comments)

He's referring to sentient creatures. Sentient, I believe, should be understood to mean approximately human-like levels of intelligence and communication. It is reasonable to suppose such creatures will generate similar phenomena as humans -- abstract syntactic language, superstitions, science, etc.. Provided they don't go extinct first, anyway.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Your.Master Re:If you make this a proof of God... (594 comments)

Many, many, MANY people have claimed that God wrote the Bible.

about a week ago
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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

Your.Master Re:Flaw? (152 comments)

So it's unreasonable to boycott Mozilla for hiring Eich, but reasonable to to boycott it for letting Eich go? Isn't that an inconsistent position?

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Your.Master Re:offtopic? Seriously? (386 comments)

The story is about the odds of being murdered, and your first sentence was on topic.

The rest was deliriously offtopic. Hence the appropriate moderation, "offtopic". If you don't want to be modded offtopic, then your post should be substantially on topic.

To your on-topic point: I couldn't find a source to quantify your statistic in a short time, though I did find sources which explained that women are way less likely to murder non-family members than men are; and given that women are *way* more likely to have a male spouse than men are, it should not be unexpected that women murder more men than women.

I mean really, why would we expect it to be equal? Spousal murder is a thing, and gay relationships are rare disproportionate to statistically random pairings, therefore one might expect a greater number of cross-sex murders. Really the surprising fact is therefore that men kill more men than women (which I know I've heard elsewhere as well).

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Your.Master Re:what that leaves out (386 comments)

about half of the perpetrators and victims of homicide are young African American males, completely out of proportion to their prevalence population; that's what accounts for most of the difference between US and other Western murder rates.

That can't be true because looking at other "Western" nations (I looked at the Western Europe category, most of Northern Europe category, most of Southern Europe category, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) have about a quarter of the murder rates of the US fairly consistently over the 13 years indicated. In 2012, Canada, Finland, & Belgium are are closer to 1/3, but some are doing better than 1/5. And that was tied for the best year in the US. To be fair, that was a particularly good year for Finland and Belgium, but average for some of the other countries.

Meanwhile, black poulation is 13%, or slightly more than 1/8th the country, so the remaining one half the population of the US has to be attenuated by 7/8. So removing the black people entirely, the US still has ~225% the murder rate of these other countries.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Your.Master Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

Why is it that you apparently believe it's impossible to dislike Bowling For Columbine and Expelled at the same time?

about a week ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

Your.Master Re:Constitutional Court (141 comments)

I think you're asking the wrong question. Why wouldn't you use the Supreme Court? They're the body that's ultimately in charge of deciding whether it's constitutional or not. What's bizarre is choosing to use a third-party lawyer arbitrarily. Just so that you can say you didn't use the Supreme Court?

The US has determined the their constitution forbids federal courts from issuing advisory opinions. Some states do the same as Canada though with their state supreme courts.

about two weeks ago

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IE8 to default to IE8 standards mode, not IE7

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "After weeks of frustrated developers calling for blood, Microsoft has reversed their earlier decision about backwards compatibility. The reasons for doing so are detailed on the latest IE blog entry. Web developers can still explicitly opt-in to IE7 compatibility mode."
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IE8 to use full standards DOCTYPE switch after all

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "There's been a lot of fuss about the new IE8 meta tag. After scraping through the comments, it seems apropos to mention some facts about IE8 that were overlooked in previous articles: first, there is a registry setting to force IE8 to always use IE8 standards mode, and far more importantly, future, current unestablished well-formed DOCTYPES, such as the upcoming HTML5, will cause DOCTYPE-switching to IE8 standards mode in IE8. The meta tag is apparently intended to allow opt-in for currently-used DOCTYPEs, and to let future versions of IE know to limit themselves to IE8's capabilities (or to tell IE8+ to use IE7's "standards mode", or quirks mode)."

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