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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

onproton Makes sense (612 comments)

Isn't socialism mostly about sharing and cooperation - why is this a surprise? This is more about worldview as opposed to ethics.

about a week ago

US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

onproton Are you serious? (hah) (213 comments)

Seriously though that is adorable that they want to try to disprove Poe's Law.

about 2 months ago

Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

onproton Re:Crucial Difference (212 comments)

True, but in that case the 'violent' behavior is paramount to defeating an opponent in chess or tennis. I doubt the morale 'consequence' of making your opponent feel bad if they lose is weighed as heavily as harming an actual human being.

about 2 months ago

Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

onproton Crucial Difference (212 comments)

When we 'act' violently in a virtual environment we don't feel empathy because there is no one affected by our actions, it's just data in a hard drive; not actual living beings. The same reason we don't feel bad when we break a stick in half, we see the stick as an object not a life. Empathy is not about consequences or punishment, it's about recognizing that others have feelings and identifying with them.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

onproton Surprise (218 comments)

Behold the subtlety of the narcissistic mind.

about 2 months ago

Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

onproton Re:Didn't deserve to die... (450 comments)

What he would've deserved for that is a fair and impartial trial, with a verdict handed down in accordance with the law, and, if found guilty, a fair sentence (which, depending on your opinion on such matters, might include the death penalty).

There is such a think as a fair and impartial trial anymore? Maybe he was better off dead and he knew it.

about 2 months ago

Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

onproton Re:Inherently Insecure (272 comments)

It's not like swiping your credit card in the 'traditional' manner is much better.

about 2 months ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

onproton Symantec marketing team: (254 comments)

I have an idea guys, let's draw attention to how useless our product is and see how many suckers still buy it! Purchase antivirus software from Symantec, the world's leader in software that lures you into a false sense of security. Get it now for only $50 and you can enjoy a few more months of 50% less viruses, after that - meh, who knows!

about 3 months ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

onproton What? (320 comments)

Let's be honest, people rarely even think about the homeless until they are looking them in the eye.

about 3 months ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

onproton My favorite things (184 comments)

First football and now texting - what will VT researchers ruin next, apple pie? sex? sex while eating apple pie?

about 3 months ago

Living DNA Nanobot Computers Could be Injected into Humans to Beat Cancer

onproton Living Nanobots? (1 comments)

The definition of "life" must have changed significantly since I was in college.

about 4 months ago

Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

onproton Curious (612 comments)

I don't claim to be a mathematician or a physicist but how could "nothing" have quantum field fluctuations? Isn't that by definition "something"? Can anyone clarify this?

about 4 months ago

The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

onproton -heave- (71 comments)

I was eating but, hey who needs food.

about 4 months ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

onproton Re:It's all in your head (408 comments)

What if there aren't any options? What if the side effects of these drugs are unmanageable? We have a bad habit of assuming pharmaceuticals work for everyone, in every case. I'm not saying homeopathic medicine works, I'm just saying don't condemn those with few options trying to make their lives better.

about 4 months ago

In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

onproton civil liberties? what's that? (78 comments)

After going through airport security I'm pretty sure everybody already assumes privacy is up in the air

about 4 months ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

onproton It's all in your head (408 comments)

While most of homeopathy is decidedly hocus-pocus, there is something to be said for, at the very least, the placebo effect. AKA If you believe you are taking medicine, (even if you aren't) your condition can improve. The goal here is to make people better, not make people smarter.

about 4 months ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

onproton Re:Malcontent: (322 comments)


about 4 months ago


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