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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

loneDreamer Re:I signed up (465 comments)

I admire your courage and determination, seriously.

Sadly, the truth is that with lack of education and refined propaganda machinery it is not hard to buy vote with money. The problem with democracy is that it puts power in the hands of people, which have little chance to wield it in coordination. An informed vote is hard, almost impossible, since the complexity of society and politics is huge, the number of players huge and any individual's time to catch up and remember history very limited.

And that, without even going into the fact that there is an entire machinery to define the candidates before you get to use the vote you value so much.

So the odds are not in your favor, my friend. That said, I agree that stoping to exercise whatever power you yield, no matter how small, is to give up all power entirely. So keep voting, and, IMHO, vote for the bottom-feeders and shake the status-quo. Even a non-winning candidate that does well can gather publicity and influence that then has a chance to grow over time.

about 7 months ago
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

loneDreamer Re:On Other Dimensions (433 comments)

Can you make the parallel with the 7D experience I get at the cinema? The fact that I'm still missing 3 or 4 dimensions pisses me off!

The universe: it goes all the way to 11! ...but you really only need 10 ;-)

about a year ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

loneDreamer Re:After you win Monopoly, you play Risk. (1216 comments)

Your vision is too narrow. You mention the dollar as something American will be able to move completely away from if they wanted. This is false. No matter what you call the circulating currency, at the end of the day the rich hold a vast proportion of practical wealth, even more unequal than income. I'm talking houses, land, transportation, farms, infrastructure, mining, etc. All enforced by police and army in established political and geographical boundaries.. Change your money into another denomination all you want, you are most definitely still playing the game. Want out? You can go trade with other people on deep international waters or in space...

1 year,3 days
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4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear

loneDreamer Re:Logic! (776 comments)

and this chart shows how what was released from Chernobyl compares to all coal and nuclear emissions ever combined.

Just need to point out that it does not. Especially since it only includes things like the effect to a single person, for very narrow times/events. This chart, while amazing, is not comparing total levels of anything!

1 year,24 days
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The Next Frontier of Consumer Exploitation By Corporations

loneDreamer Re: Does It Matter If Companies Are Tracking Us ? (166 comments)

This also already happens. I'm right now paying the price of deciding to avoid credit and use my own money to live. Turns out the system really wants you to borrow, and through the beauty of credit scores, all manner of daily things become a hassle or downright impossible unless you play along. The tracking of info might appear harmless... till companies and people rely on it and require it. Then your choice is between sheeple or outcast.

about a year ago
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How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

loneDreamer Re:A great deal of mass is devoted to driver safet (369 comments)

Your problem is not too hard to solve, and the fact that a car is your current solution does not mean the only solution. You can replace a whole parking lot with a few lockers. Also, parking is another reason for using these cars as taxis. Not only you avoid it, but also the same car can go serve another customer. Mass adoption would mean a hugely reduced motor pool (and all those benefits).

about a year and a half ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

loneDreamer Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (737 comments)

In my case, knowing and understanding the pain my wife would feel if I betray her is what keeps me in check. I don't thing that falls into "political correctness". That said, I definitely enjoy seeing sensual, beautiful women, without the need to act on it. Sometimes I even comment on a girl I see on the street with my wife present. It is not "a way to cope" or "a release mechanism", it is just a free, casual and harmless passtime, same as I like ice cream for instance. IMHO, this whole sexism thing is often blown out of all proportion.

about a year and a half ago
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Pandora's Promise and the Problem of "Solutionism"

loneDreamer Re:Try to avoid 9 billion (293 comments)

Sure, but the US is not the place to look at for contraception efficiency. It is cheap by US standards and pretty much available, so I'm not surprised things stabilized. It plays a much higher role on Africa and Asia, were woman still have an average of 5.1 kids, which can be reduced to sustainable 2 yet.

about a year and a half ago
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Pandora's Promise and the Problem of "Solutionism"

loneDreamer Re:I don't know who is more useless... (293 comments)

I appreciate the optimism, but I find the idea of "we will be cause we need to" to be extremely naive. It ignores a history full of fallen civilizations and makes broad future predictions with no evidence whatsoever. Also, it seems to calm any worries without involving any particular push to action nor plan to follow. Mankind's epitaph could well be "they did what they needed to survive, till they failed".

On the other hand the idea of reducing population seem very sound. It involves practical plans with some evidence of good results (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Family-Planning), and I don't know anyone that actually proposes to kill people (yes, China used draconian measures but that does not mean other options are not possible). If we added BILLIONS of people over 50 years (say, from 3bn in 1960 to 7bn in 2012) thinking of reversing the trend in another 50 doesn't seem to me the aberration you seem to believe. Overall, it makes the statement that many of our current, social, economical and environmental problems seem to come from too many wanting to consume more, so reducing the number of people that needs to be supported helps diminish said problems. Also, reducing serious organizations (like the UN http://unfpa.org/swp/2009/en/ch6.shtml) and serious people to "these naysayers" hardly gets us to a better understanding.

With all due respect, I consider the fact that you were modded insightful kind of dangerous.

about a year and a half ago
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Pandora's Promise and the Problem of "Solutionism"

loneDreamer Re:Disasters (293 comments)

You seem to be forgetting that the tsunami was a disaster in its own right http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17219008. I think it is weird how people decouple Fucushima from the larger picture at the moment, as if it is an expected part of any reactor's lifetime.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

loneDreamer Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

I would argue the opposite: federal power is a symptom, not the disease. There is so much federal power precisely because we are willing to sell it for money. Until money is not taken away to avoid making politics a market, this will not change.

about a year and a half ago
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Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)

loneDreamer Re:Another false dichotomy (434 comments)

It depends. Theism in general is not incompatible, but plenty of particulars from this religion or the other are not compatible with scientific knowledge and/or logic. So they are not complete opposites, but they are not orthogonal either. Hence much of the confusion.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Government Spending £6,000 Per Computer Every Year To Maintain Desktops

loneDreamer Re:Guess you didn't read the artice (193 comments)

No. But skepticism is a great start.

about a year and a half ago
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TSA Decides Against Allowing Small Knives On Aircraft

loneDreamer Re:OK, TSA, please tell me why... (298 comments)

I always wonder about soda cans. It should not be too difficult to create a slashing implement with them...

about a year and a half ago
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White House Announces Reforms Targeting Patent Trolls

loneDreamer Re:Huh? (124 comments)

I would be curious though as to what would happen if you acquired an obvious patent and tried to sue a politician with it

The obvious would happen. You would lose, but it would probably not change much for the common guy. The main problem on your train of though is that you are expecting a rational, constitutional, response. Real life allows for solutions that are neither.

about a year and a half ago
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White House Announces Reforms Targeting Patent Trolls

loneDreamer Re:What is patentable? (124 comments)

Sincerely, I doubt it would work. First, you are adding yet another middleman, increasing practical costs and bureaucracy for no reason. Second, there is a huge incentive for the USPTO to reject things to cash the fee. Third, it would imply a process of appeal that will never be used by the little guy.

I mean, the end result might well be less patents, but the mechanism is equally flawed and a burden for those who should get one. I would love to see less patents around, hell, after reading this long paper on the topic I'm convinced no patents are needed at all, even for pharmaceuticals. But unless you abolish patents completely, you need some system that minimizes abuse.

about a year and a half ago
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Funding Open Source By Donations: Lighting the Path

loneDreamer Re:Ahead of our time (56 comments)

It's not that society doesn't support FLOSS; it's that people expect too much out of life.

Yours seem like a reasonable and happy life to me. So people expect too much what? Stuff, Fame, Money? Probably. Actual life? Probably not.

about a year and a half ago
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Funding Open Source By Donations: Lighting the Path

loneDreamer Re:Ahead of our time (56 comments)

I would love a good conversation about this. It is hard to tell if the result will be a dystopia or an utopia. I believe it will be both, in that order. Humans will make a mess of things and pay dearly before learning the lesson and starting moving in the right direction.

On a different note, I don't think only jobs for smart people will remain, just less work in general. There are smart people doing not so smart things now and automation potential does not correlate with intelligence 100% (ask chess players). Two good solutions for this would be less work for each person, or less persons in total. Big families were a survival necessity at some point, I hope population reduction will gain traction now that the scales are tipped differently.

about a year and a half ago
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TSA Finishes Removing "Virtual Nude" X-Ray Devices From US Airports

loneDreamer Re:Better name: Radiation Scanners (172 comments)

Cheers! I do exactly the same, wish more people did... ok, being wishfully thinking already, I really wish the TSA wouldn't exist.

about a year and a half ago

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