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Comment: Should all car drivers be able to ride a horse? (Score 1) 362

by Art Challenor (#49185799) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?
Should all car drivers be accomplished horse riders? Well yes obviously! You never know when your car will break down, run out of gas, etc. and you'll need to hitch up a horse to get you home.

I think that it's pretty clear that within a few 10s of years the car with a driver will be the anomaly. The economic advantage in large areas of transportation (trucking, taxis, deliver, etc. etc.) are so huge that the technology will be adopted, and the transition to home vehicles is inevitable because the cost is minimal and the advantages great.

These discussions will look really stupid, probably before mid-century.

+ - Vintage Nasa photographs for sale->

Submitted by Art Challenor
Art Challenor writes: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale

A collection of vintage photographs by Nasa's pioneering astronauts goes under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions in London on 26 February 2015.

It includes images not published before, some taken on the surface of the Moon during the early days of space exploration.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:The big picture (Score 1) 211

by Art Challenor (#49098671) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

Since these insurance companies wouldn't insure millions of people at a reasonable price until the government forced the issue it eludes me how this is "crony capitalism". It's not as if the insurance companies were lobbying in favor of insuring poor people.

Actually, the insurance companies wrote much of the bill and are estatic about insuring anyone, especially when the government is paying them. Effective compeitition (a pubic option) or allowing medicaid to negotiate drug prices with the drug companies might have helped with cost control, but those were both nix'd extremely early in the process.

Comment: Re:thanks (Score 1) 211

by Art Challenor (#49098661) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data
Yes, but in fact Obamacare was mostly written by the drug and insurance companies, who both win big on the deal. The party of limited regulation threw in the clause that prohibits the operation of the free market by preventing medicaid from negotiating prices with drug companies. So the drug companies get to price their drugs as they please. The "rational" for this is that they need this money for R&D (how many times have you heard this?) whereas in fact they are going back to their shareholders and explaining how they are keeping their R&D costs under control and making big, fat profit (off sick people).

Comment: May also show wider adoption... (Score 4, Insightful) 130

Despite 2015 not being the year of Linux on the Desktop, it IS the year of Linux in just about every embedded device, board and SOC on the market. This means that there are more developers being paid to work on Linux, presumably including the Linux kernel.

The summary is full of percentages. 11.8% seems to be about 19% less than 14.6% but that just serves to obfuscate. I'm not willing to dig into the "fill-in-the-form-to-read" article, but would assume that the total number of paid developers has increased accounting for the change in percentages.

Comment: Re:Why not websites? (Score 2) 140

by Art Challenor (#49002345) Attached to: Why It's Important That the New Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps

Yes, most things may not. Many things do. For example, I go and visit a small town only about an hour away from where I live. For much of the trip there and while in town I have either no data connection or one that measures at best in the 10s of KBs. How exactly am I going to play my music/audio books, in those areas if not with a native app? Pretty sure a website is going to be very much help.

The phrase "I live in the US" would have been a fine substitute for your example. Even if it's not true, it makes it much clearer. You can use that phrase and "crappy broadband" more or less interchangably.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 823

by Art Challenor (#48879303) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Citation? Ask any of the residents of high lattitude and they'll explain that, in summer (or winter), they have daylight - real daylight - until they go to sleep, at which point they frequently use thick curtains to block the light.

If your idea had any credibility these lattitutes would be uninhabitable, or at best inhabited by serverely sleep disturbed people.

Ideally, the bulbs would start warm first thing in the morning, switch to cool gradually over the next half hour and then transition back to warm in the evening.

Ideally, bulbs would produce exactly the same spectrum as sunlight from the time you flick the switch "on" until you switch it "off". CFLs come close. LEDs have a little more of a challenge and tend towards the blue, unless they are attempting historical reconstruction in which case they tend to be yellow.

Comment: Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (Score 2) 316

by Art Challenor (#48835641) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

RTFA next time -
"Last Friday, Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), along with Reps. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), signed a letter calling on Holder to end Equitable Sharing."

Republicans called for this to happen.

I'm confused as to what point you are trying to make. Are you suggesting that just because this is a policy they supported, and indeed requested, they won't use it to lambast their opponents in future elections? If so, there is no historical evidence supporting this.

Comment: Pro-Life & Planned Parenthood (Score 3, Interesting) 121

If you're pro-life, why would you not follow Planned Parenthood? Most of what they do is preventative health care for poor women who have no other access to such services - life saving proceedures like mamograms. Or are we talking the crowd that supports life only until birth - like the "pro-life" governors who refused the affordable care act medicaid expansion killing thousands of post-partum people a year?

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky