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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 146

by CreatureComfort (#49621583) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Over most of history spying has saved lives more than taken them.

*Citation needed*

I'm fairly certain that while spying by "our" side has probably saved many of "our" lives, it has also probably been used to take many of "their" lives. As well as spying by "their" side being a root cause of them taking many of "our" lives.

Fit any of your own designations of who "our" and "their" are into that sentence, and I'd bet it holds true.

Comment: Re:Economy of Scale (Score 1) 83

by CreatureComfort (#49579395) Attached to: Uber Testing Massive Merchant Delivery Service
Every analysis I've seen, even independent analysis by skeptics, say that an Uber driver can expect to earn $19-$30 per hour, after taxes and expenses.

Not quite pennies, especially in today's limited job market. The most dedicated drivers I know, after the first couple of months using their own car, use their profits to buy a just-young-enough semi-beater to take all the depreciation and save their own car for strictly personal mileage

*full disclosure* Not a rideshare driver, but I sure have been considering it.

Comment: Re:Yet another makes the same mistake. (Score 4, Insightful) 79

by CreatureComfort (#49330895) Attached to: Better Disaster Shelters than FEMA Trailers (Video)

All this does is provide emergency shade/shelter from rain. It completely fails to provide: 1) potable water containment, 2) grey/black water containment, 3) cooking facilities, 4) sanitary facilities, 5) perishable goods storage, 6) personal goods storage, 7) any form of even temporary privacy, 8) any form of air conditioning or even ventilation, 9) any form of power for receiving news , maintaining contact, or even doing useful work outside daylight hours.

This would scale less well than tents, for equivalent protection/amenities, and in no way be a long term housing solution for families waiting for an area to rebuild, as many of the FEMA trailers turned into.

Comment: Re:NOT "network timekeeping", just timekeeping (Score 3, Funny) 166

Plus, self-driving cars, in particular, will be using the time stamps from GPS, which is about as accurate as you can get outside of a lab these days, and far more accurate than anything the vehicle will need it for.

Now what time source my IoT toaster will use, to brown my bread for exactly 23.5439263 seconds, starting at precisely 13minutes and 4.5098 seconds after local dawn... THAT I am concerned about!

Comment: Re:Or, it could be unrelated to actually extending (Score 2) 286

by CreatureComfort (#49266591) Attached to: Elon Musk Pledges To End "Range Anxiety" For Tesla Model S

a service to have charging trucks come out to you to you should you run out of charge (maybe even heading to the point where you would run out of charge before it even happens so that there's no wait)

Hmm... I wonder if there is money to be made with some sort of "in air refueling" type scheme. huge truck consisting mainly of batteries or charged super caps pulls up behind a Model S, extends a rigid charging plug (appropriately penis shaped), and inserts it into a port mounted in the center of the rear trunk. Rapid charge exchange, credit account is debited, and the truck pulls away to go to the next customer. All performed at highway speeds...

Comment: Re:No win situation (Score 2) 187

by CreatureComfort (#49146251) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch
So, if they aren't passing the information on to a third party, just WTF are they doing with it?

I'm sorry, but what are they planning to do if their analysis suggests little Timmy is a bit depressed? Is a random post on his timeline from some stranger asking if he needs a hug really going to change anything for him? Or is FB just going to increase the rate of advertising and only show him ads for the Suicide Prevention Hotline?

/I'd bet his local gun shop would pay better for that ad space.

Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 1) 320

by CreatureComfort (#49129361) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP
Hey, having an ornamental monarchy is actually a pretty cool thing. It's not like they are a huge cost on the budget, and they more than make up for it in the tourism they generate.

Be very careful getting rid of them, because once they are gone, re-establishing them is incredibly difficult.

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