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duerig
    @pamdavis @matigo @keita @ronnie Sometimes reboots suck. Sometimes they are better than the original. But they keep our myths alive as we retell them. A mockery is better than a tomb. Abrams is just writing fanfic with a big budget. :)
    duerig
      @matigo @keita The reboots of various story lines is the same impulse that causes people to still want to write new stories about Merlin or Robin Hood or any other mythos. The old myth is powerful, and you want to make something new from it. @ronnie
      duerig
        @33mhz The latter is important because it represents the point at which society can reasonably intervene and square the circle of conflicting rights. If an artificial cervix is ever invented, then this would probably cause real social change.
        duerig
          @33mhz I don't believe in post-modernism. As I see it, there are two non-arbitrary distinctions. One is 'noticable' and the other is 'adoptable'. The former is important because before noticability, all arguments are purely theoretical.
          duerig
            @33mhz I am. I hate arbitrariness. :-) I remember when I was younger being annoyed whenever my birthday rolled around and somehow I gained new powers. It was palpable demonstration of the silly and arbitrary nature of our society.
            duerig
              @33mhz Everybody involved sets arbitrary lines. People sometimes talk about when 'human life begins', but of course, there is no point at which it begins. It never stops. The unfertilized egg is human life. So is fertilized one. So is the implanted one.
              duerig
                @33mhz Contrariwise, if sentience is somehow the result of a large enough neural net, then we would probably not consider babies sentient until they are at least a year or two. But prohibitions on abortion/infanticide are not predicated on sentience.
                duerig
                  @33mhz Can you go into more detail? What is there to reconcile? If fetuses (feti?) are ensouled, then it doesn't seem likely that machines will ever be and so not truly persons or sentient.
                  duerig
                    @snrkl Haha. A better question is whether there are few enough books on lasers that I could possibly scan them all. :)
                    duerig
                      @snrkl Laser book scanner
                      duerig
                        Be careful. Your puny hu-mon eyes are fragile. image [chimp.li]
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                          Wiring complete. image [chimp.li]
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                            Subject: Science Status: Mad image [chimp.li]
                            duerig
                              @hutattedonmyarm I'm thinking that it is the graphical spinners that spin forever when a problem is encountered. The beachball/hourglass/web-spinner. @matigo
                              duerig
                                @jws So true. I'm working on an essay about how to ship a pre-order (like KS or IGG) successfully. One of my recommendations will be not to hire anyone. If you must, hire as few as possible and only at the very end. @jnm @bayprogrammer
                                duerig
                                  @jnm Hahaha. I read about Data General in 'The Soul of a New Machine' and their relentless growth. The book mentions how this kind of constant growth causes problems at all levels. And these problems are the *ideal* for startups now. @bayprogrammer
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                                    @bayprogrammer It seems that if you are headquartered in the bay area, you are either exponentially growing or you are dead. I want to deal with companies that are more like an oak tree than a yeast colony.
                                    duerig
                                      @gtwilson It can be done. I recall hearing about a Doom mod a long time ago that imported processes as monsters and let you end processes by shooting the appropriate monster. Not that this increases productivity, mind you... :)
                                      duerig
                                        @fields Looking through the products, I see 3 categories: - Novelty items, toys, and games - Existing item with flashy but useless extras - Existing item but with the promise of super-high quality This taxonomy works for startups generally as well.