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Comment: Fewer Windows (Score 1) 435

by DeBattell (#49673871) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

People still have windows in their houses even though they aren't strictly necessary. My guess would be that there will be fewer, more understated windows. Police are gonna be pissed that 1) they can't make money writing tickets anymore because the cars all do what they're supposed to and 2) they can't see inside to see if you're black or not.

Comment: Become a capitalist (Score 1) 420

by DeBattell (#49655263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

Use the money you're making while you still have a job to cram your 401k and IRS full of at least a few hundred k and preferably a million or more. Invest it in interest bearing bonds or dividend paying stocks. When your job finally gets off-shored, set up "Substantially Equal Periodic Payments"(google it) and live off that and do what the fuck you feel like doing. You might have to move to a smaller city if you get a late start, but it beats working even the coolest job. Hardest part is pitching it to your wife. You may have to replace her if she can't stand the idea that you get money without having to work.

Comment: You don't understand Republicans (Score 2) 739

by DeBattell (#48279931) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

The author of this article obviously doesn't understand how republicans think. Areas that vote republican these do so because they are trying to suppress the (often sizable) minority of poor black people who live in their area. So the republicans in Mississippi, for example, don't WANT the poor black people in Mississippi to have health insurance. Especially if there is any possibility that it will cost them a penny anywhere, ever. The results of this survey make perfect sense if you look at it from that perspective.

Comment: Re:Incredibally stupid argument (Score 2) 322

by DeBattell (#47821861) Attached to: The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Alternatively you could have really good intel and just capture and jail anyone who trys to make the next great killing machine. I *don't* buy into the mutually assured destruction idea, because it's incredibly unstable. All it takes is one crazy person one time to destroy the whole world. Especially if we keep letting weapons get more and more destructive.

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