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Comment: Re:why must human ancestors be involved (Score 1) 89

by ComputerGeek01 (#49477677) Attached to: World's Oldest Stone Tools Discovered In Kenya

Dont see prides of lions killing the pride next door...

Yes you do you idiot; male Lions are the de jure example of a territorial animal. Go ahead and climb into a cage and cuddle up to one of them if you don't believe me.

Here's a thought, why do you think it is that there is only ever one male Lion in a zoo pen at any given time?

Comment: This should be an interesting near future. (Score 3, Interesting) 587

by ComputerGeek01 (#49414717) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

On one hand, we have this SJW BS flaring up all over the place, attacking people online and making their lives marginally more difficult. On the other we have this dogmatic crusade against cyber-bullying picking up speed and momentum at a rather interesting pace. Both sides are making the same types of ad passiones arguments and neither side seeing the inevitable conflict.

As an impartial observer and someone who views both sides as a bunch of crackpots and assholes with too much time on their hands, I can not wait to see these two trains collide.

Comment: Re:College is way over priced (at least in the us) (Score 1) 145

by ComputerGeek01 (#49386317) Attached to: The End of College? Not So Fast

I think more places that teach free classes is a good thing... maybe it will force colleges to go to more sane levels in pricing

What are you yammering about? A college is a brand; the rules about competing products don't apply the same way. A degree from a well respected school isn't even in the same market as a degree from I_Sat_On_My_Ass_At_Home_And_Learned_Stuff. MOOC's are perfect for what they are meant for, people like me who don't like the idea of certain knowledge going to rust.

If you don't believe me then pull up the course material for your local community college and compare it to something like MIT, then compare the price tags. Why would anyone in their right mind choose MIT over the other? And if you're one of those idiots who thinks that they will get more help at the expensive school then please let me know so that I can laugh at you.

Comment: Re:No they don't (Score 2) 226

by ComputerGeek01 (#49370385) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space

It certainly won't happen until we get better tech, but never say "never". But TFA is about some 93 year old retired Chinese geezer "mulling" the idea. He is speaking only for himself, and has no budget whatsoever. There is no "news" here.

Putting solar panels on high altitude kites or balloons may make a more sense. They would be above most clouds, and could be tilted to always directly face the sun.

Agreed, this is an interesting discussion topi, but it is not news.

However on the topic of whether or not this will ever happen I'm pretty sure that we can say it won't, at least not in China. The Gobi dessert is largely under developed and it's not getting any smaller. The US has already shown the utility of putting solar panels in areas like this with the power production projects that are going on in Nevada and Arizona. If China really wants to get above cloud cover then they can put them up on the Altai mountains. Personally I have no idea how active that fault line is, but I'm sure it would more economical then putting solar power collectors in space.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by ComputerGeek01 (#49137129) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

well considering that minimum wage for yearly is something around $22,283 then yeah 28k is a bit expensive. let's say that the employer costs are double what the employee gets.

How is minimum wage relevant in this topic? Generally when you are guarding international borders you don't pay your people so little that they actively seek out bribes. 28K an arrest in the infancy of a program like this is astoundingly cheap and keep in mind that this should include the cost of the manpower behind it so they're washing in some of the already existing overhead to hype up the story. Even if this was 10 years from now after they have had time to discover and implement new inefficiencies in the process and after the cost of the drones has settled then $28,000 per arrest would still be an adequate price tag. Look up what it costs on average to arrest a local drug pusher sometime. Law enforcement is expensive.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

One could only hope that if we were to invade an inhabited planet that we would have your military genius and tactical insight at the forefront. What's that over there? A one in a billion planet that has a climate which is accommodating to our species? Oh, I know! Instead of invading it, let's bomb it from space and send enough dust and debris into the atmosphere to kick off a thousand year long nuclear winter so as to make it completely inhospitable it either race! Don't forget to ensure the obliteration of every component of infrastructure that the native species had already built. Because there's nothing like rebuilding civilization again from the stone age to let you know that you've made the right decision.

Comment: Re:That would be a Directed EMP (Score 1) 208

by ComputerGeek01 (#48865005) Attached to: US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

Why not just make a "suicide" drone, i.e. a drone with an EMP mounted on board. It fries itself, but also fries everything in front of it. Focusing would be significantly less of an issue from 10 ft away...

Maybe because Xzibit isn't the one in charge of R&D for the US military?

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 393

by ComputerGeek01 (#48816177) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Ah, so you are exalting the fluidity of transiatism. Sorry for missing that. It doesn't actually impugn* upon the issue of a localized labor shortage, which is the point that I was trying to extrapolate on. You seem to be suggesting that the upper middle class would fall into hopeless desperation upon the exit of your (constituents?**/cohorts). I want to remind you that every political party have been gunning for our necks for more then a couple of centuries and that we have neither staggered nor fallen in our pursuit.

*: Literal Ancillary Comment: Parlez vous le francais. I'm from Buffalo, Give me a freaking break here!!!

**: Question, not a comment.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 393

by ComputerGeek01 (#48811309) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

When no one who lives there is willing to work at starbucks because it doesnt pay enough, they will either start paying better or the cost of living will fall to normal levels.

Are you even from America? Neither one of those scenarios is what happens in the situation you propose to engineer here. What happens is that the cities form economic enclaves for the lower class that are "separated" from the rest of the city by some subtle landmark such as a city park, commercial\industrial district, railroad track or other non-residential zone. These areas are called Municipal Housing Projects and the properties are ubiquitously subsidized with rent assistance programs such as Section 8 to make the prospect of living there attractive to the point where some people think it's their only viable option. I'm not sure where you got these romanticized ideas of collective bargaining for the unskilled labor market, or why you think that you can win at this game by not playing but you need to drop them while you're ostensibly still young. Now I have nothing against Bohemianism if that's your choice, but remember that literally any other life style is going to require some actual effort on your part

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 393

by ComputerGeek01 (#48811159) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

How is a "household" defined? If you put five kids making minimum wage into a house, that's a household with income above $100,000, but everyone in that house is still in poverty.

That's only if you interpret the poverty line in terms of individual discretionary income as opposed to a standard of living. A large part of the cost of living is fixed costs such as rent and utilities which would be split among the occupants. In addition, the potentially variable costs of necessities such as food, scale pretty well in this country where whole sale markets are adjacent to pretty much every major city. I'll grant you that things like health care and auto insurance would still be a problem, but that's because they're still broken.

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