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Comment: Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (Score 1) 337

by Areyoukiddingme (#48444905) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

So basically, then, the notion is that people won't learn to drive because they don't have to, but they'll still be able to rent a Uhaul truck when it's time to move?

Color me skeptical.

And the UHaul truck will self drive. Really, that was difficult to come up with? Rental agencies for both cars and trucks will be some of the first and most enthusiastic adopters, once the technology is proven. It reduces accidents, and therefore damage to their cars, and therefore improves the bottom line quite directly.

Comment: Re:Open? (Score 1) 33

by Areyoukiddingme (#48440727) Attached to: Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

Facebook only reuses crap you post on Facebook. These guys want the right to use anything you do ANYWHERE. That's a real over-reach. You should have some say in how your name, image, and words are used.

Such an overreach it's not even legal in the US, let alone most other places in the English-speaking world.

.. and here's the poisoned term:

You can tell from their terms that the site was founded by some recent lawyer graduates and their scummy MBA friends. The recent lawyer graduates think they can write any terms they like and just because it's written down, it's legal. Their scummy MBA friends think wildly lopsided terms is a great way to make money. They got their MBAs from the Comcast School of Monopolistic Practices. They don't realize that you have to actually be the monopoly first before you can behave like one.

Whatever they paid Dice for this pathetic slashvertisement, it was too much. Unlike much of the world, Slashdot commenters can read.

That's not to say they won't make money with this scam. They're bottom feeding scum-sucking algae eaters, but it's a big ocean. There's plenty of bottom out of which to suck money. And who knows. Maybe one of their scummy users tweeting about Helpful (whatever the fuck that is) will hit it big. Kind of like a Kardashian. Doesn't seem likely to do well off of Slashdot though.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 179

Title 8 of the US Code is 1000 pages long.

I'd bet money that buried in that 1000 pages is the justification White House lawyers can pull out to say that what he did is completely legal. Congress DID make the law. The Executive took advantage of some discretion clause somewhere. That's how 90% of the edifice that is the Executive Branch came into being. This is undoubtedly more of the same.

Comment: Re:The United States is turning into Untied States (Score 1) 108

by Areyoukiddingme (#48438679) Attached to: Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

There was this thing called World war 1, World war 2 and the cold war. Jesus these days people on slashdot are fucking illiterate. Imagine you're being drafted to go fight in some war for some rich oligarchs and you're poor and not totally braindead. You'd have some sense of self preservation would you not? The downtrodden are alive and many of them are not totally braindead.

Judging by history, the poor and downtrodden are trivial to manipulate into completely discarding all thought of self preservation. "For king and country!" A rallying cry that worked for centuries. Nowadays it's "For God and country!" since kings are out of fashion. And I include recent history in that assessment. 407,000 American men died fighting World War II. Just how many oligarchs do you think were in those ranks? Zero. And how many sons of oligarchs? A few. A handful. Hundreds? Not likely. The American oligarchy is only 400 right now. It was even less then. Not a lot of sons available. You're claiming they fought because they were better off. I say they had forgotten how bad off they had been. The Great Depression was already a generation gone by the time World War II rolled around. Their parents remembered it, but those who fought and died were children in its aftermath, and unaware of their plight. No, they fought for the same old wheeze that worked before: "For king and country!"

Comment: Re:Its a step forward, but not a permanent solutio (Score 1) 142

by Areyoukiddingme (#48436689) Attached to: Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

Low-density, high-impact shit like solar panels and hydroelectric dams?

Hydroelectric dams I'll give you. Insofar as there is anything to give. All useful rivers that can be dammed for power already have been, on this continent. There will be no more hydroelectric dams built in North America.

But solar panels? Solar panels are not high impact, despite being low density. There are 100 million roofs in the US. Factor in all the deficits and that's still a monstrous amount of power. We just have to use it. And the roofs are already there, so the deployment impact is zero. Manufacturing impact isn't zero, but it's basically the same as all those electronic toys people love so much, and Intel's chip fabs operate in the US, under US environmental regulations, and there's no big disaster happening there. They're primarily made out of sand. We've got lots of sand. Silicon is the second most abundant element the Earth is made of, after oxygen. Nobody will notice the bulldozing required to get enough of it. It's a very tiny drop in a very large bucket.

Comment: Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (Score 1) 142

by Areyoukiddingme (#48436597) Attached to: Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

These are about the size of a bus, can be mass-produced to make them cheaper, and require no maintenance or cooling.

Not quite true. They do require cooling. Fairly substantial infrastructure surrounds one of these things. Steam cycles don't happen in a shoebox if you want megawatts out of them. Concept art from one of the companies proposing them can be seen here. So yeah, the reactor itself is the size of a bus, but the infrastructure surrounding it is the size of a substantial electrical substation. It's not exactly trivial.

Comment: Re:Who pays for the infrastructure costs? (Score 1) 498

by Areyoukiddingme (#48421737) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

and require more batteries than we have the materials to make on this planet just for backup.

Your own link includes a reply with the math for a "national" sodium sulfur battery that could match the ridiculous 7 day requirement for a fraction of the cost and only 5 years of the current production rates of sodium and sulfur. With a vast overabundance of the necessary elements. For that matter, nickel-iron batteries, the good old Edison cell, would also work. Iron is more abundant than sodium by more than double, so the limiting factor is nickel, which is 1/3 less than sulfur. But still ridiculously abundant compared to lead, at 1/6th that of nickel.

What was your point again? Something about lead-acid is a stupid choice? I thought so.

Comment: Re:Unethical? (Score 4, Interesting) 187

- Intentionally creating a life from incomplete DNA which may not end up producing a complete, healthy, and happy animal.

The whole point of the article is they're optimistic about extracting enough samples to get the complete DNA, so that's a non-issue.

- Then using that animal for an endless barrage of scientific testing throughout its life.

You phrased that to be inflammatory, while ignoring the realities of the situation. Elephants in zoos aren't subjected to some ridiculously invasive regimen and a mammoth wouldn't be either. They are very large, very powerful animals. You don't casually stick a needle into one of them. Invasive testing is something you keep to a minimum, because the animal is in a position to object when it's conscious, and sedating it is difficult and dangerous. So the "endless barrage" in question means a whole lot of stool and urine samples, and not so much with the vivisection.

- Creating an animal that normally lives a social life and forcing upon it total isolation from its species.

One hopes they would make more than one. And if they don't, the question becomes, how accepting of visibly different but roughly the right shape members is an elephant herd? If the answer is "accepting", then that's no problem. (And I'm curious to know the answer to that question.)

- Forcing an elephant to give birth to another species and all the potential health/safety and emotional problems that could cause for the elephant.

Either you're underestimating the power of motherly love, and she will accept her offspring regardless of its appearance, or you overestimate the attachment elephants have for their offspring, and she will reject an apparently "defective" offspring without trauma. I suspect she would accept her offspring. Baby elephants are actually quite hairy, as babies go, and get less hairy as they get older. If instead her baby gets furry, I don't think she'll object. As for health/safety, she'd be the best cared for pregnant elephant in history.

Unless there's real, valuable science that can be done that will justify the potential traumas that could be caused, it seems like a dumb idea.

This strikes me as one of those experiments that falls into the category of "we don't know; let's try it and find out." Is it real, valuable science? We have no idea. We might learn any number of things about genetics, gestation, fetal development, and a raft of other complicated biological things. Or we might learn nothing much. We won't know until we try it. I suspect developing elephant ultrasound will be useful elsewhere, if nothing else. Somebody will learn something, even if it's just engineering.

Comment: Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (Score 1) 322

by Areyoukiddingme (#48404527) Attached to: MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

I don't each much chocolate so I only but the HQ stuff now. Milka, Mars or even Ritter - they suck compared to a good, higher coca content chocolate.

I'm sure high coca content chocolate is very nice. You'll get quite a high off of it.

For future reference, coca != cocoa. Yes they are both tropical plants, but the reasons human cultivate each of them are very different. Coca leaves are the source of cocaine. Cocoa beans are the source of chocolate. That was an amusing typo.

Comment: Re:Government is evil! (Score 1) 135

by Areyoukiddingme (#48397797) Attached to: Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Last mile is not a natural monopoly...

Yes, it is. Unregulated last mile wiring looks like this. It's a "natural monopoly" because the alternative is a dangerous, unmaintainable eyesore.

Yes, I know, a happy medium is at least theoretically possible, but in practice it's still subject to human nature. The correct solution is for the city to install full height concrete cable tunnels everywhere, with trays along the walls, and lease out space in the trays to all comers, including power companies. But despite the fact that humans will always want utilities (that's why they're called utilities), that idea is just too scarily expensive outside of big cities. Which makes no sense, because it's not like the tunnels would ever fall out of use. But humans are humans, and infrastructure with century long payoff periods is intolerable.

Meanwhile the more likely alternative, that of burying multiple cable runs in independent conduits, is still subject to human nature. Competitors having "accidents" with backhoes being the primary example.

So the best solution from a cost and reliability standpoint is to treat it like a natural monopoly. One organization to run fiber everywhere. If you're allergic to that being something called a government, make it a co-op instead. My power company is a co-op, and it works beautifully. I get cleaner, more reliable power than people who are subject to the tyranny of the for-profit power company, at 1/3rd the price, and I can go to the annual meeting and vote for the board of directors. I'd rather have voting control of that organization rather than it be a profit center, be it a government or a co-op.

We've tried it the for-profit way. It has served us very poorly. It's time to try another way.

Comment: Re:Split last-mile from ISP (Score 1) 135

by Areyoukiddingme (#48397577) Attached to: Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

I don't know about where you live but in my area the public transportation infrastructure managers (City Works, County Road Commissions and State Transportation) are under quite a bit of fire for mismanagement, waste and failing infrastructure.

Where I live, the public transportation infrastructure managers are so good, they proactively solve problems with the roads while they're still developing, instead of waiting around for a failure or serious damage to accumulate.

For instance, they've spent the past several years converting a stretch of road with grade access into a limited access highway. This required putting in a slew of new bridges (which have been done for some time now). The new bridge I use every day started to suffer subsistence adjacent to it, so the road leading onto the bridge began to sag below the bridge deck. Little by little it got lower and lower, over the course of about two months, until it was a noticeable bump when you drove onto the bridge. The various road agencies closed the lane one night, drilled some holes through the pavement, and injected high pressure concrete, raising the road back up to the level of the bridge deck. Done in a night and once again the transition is bump-free. Found and fixed before traffic hitting that edge of the bridge caused damage to the bridge itself.

Together with things like total replacement of a 50 year old 5 lane highway bridge in a single year, new pavement resurfacing regularly, and a regular rotating schedule of whole new pavement sections in subdivisions (housing subdivisions here build their own roads, then turn them over to county ownership, instead of maintaining them privately), and divider fences down the middle of every interstate highway, this state has proven to me over the course of the past two decades that it is still possible for government to work, especially at doing the number one most important thing for government to do since the beginning of civilization: roads.

If your state is failing, you need a better one. Do something about it. It's not inevitable.

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