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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 889

You can buy a cheaper new car for 2 months of income at the median income level. Even a tiny bit of savings is enough to buy a used car for cash.

LOL, WUT? The median personal income of people over 18 in the US is ~24k, 2 months of that is $4000 (excluding taxes of course). Where can you buy any new car for $4000? Many people in the US live paycheck to paycheck, those that do would find it very difficult to come up with several months of their salary to pay cash for a car. Yes, if they are responsible with their money they should be able to save enough to buy a used car without financing but unfortunately that doesn't reflect reality.

Comment Re:Actual paper says team did NOT confirm EM Drive (Score 2) 516

I know this is Slashdot, but the abstracter of the paper is pretty clear:

"Our test campaign can not confirm or refute the claims of the EMDrive"

How did we get from that to the summary posted here? Why does the happen every single time an article about this appears on Slashdot?

Because that's what clickbait is all about!

Comment Re:I don't think it's a ho-hum (Score 1) 256

The issue is that the beneficiaries of the two-party system are the ones that would have to change it. They worked hard to rig the system, why would politicians change the system to something where they have to think about their views rather than just parroting the party line? Just like our system for financing campaigns, the voting system won't ever change because it would require politicians to work against their own self-interest to further the public good.

Comment Re:So you're saying I can clean up Twitter? (Score 1) 141

So you're saying I can claim copyright of every racist, terrible, piece of dross written on Twitter as long as I can prove I wrote it before them? I can clean up Twitter. It will be copyright notices as far as the eye can see. Only truly useful posts will survive.

Thanks to the DMCA, you don't even have to hold copyright, you just have to claim you do. Then for anyone who actually fights your takedown notice you can just say that your "automated system" messed up.

Comment Welcome to America (Score 5, Insightful) 256

I wish I could be shocked at this behavior but this is standard operating procedure in America. The government has long been owned by the corporations, stuff like this just removes all doubt. The AG is conspiring openly to wipe out billions of dollars in Google's market value and for most of America this will merit a "ho-hum". The copyright mafia is out of control, writing their own laws and then conspiring with law enforcement to destroy their rivals. Something should be done but nothing will, as long as political campaigns are funded by corporate donations the political class will do their bidding. I guess Google just hasn't been giving the appropriate bribes.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 574

Worse. He's claiming that AM has better sound quality than streaming.

Citation please. Seriously.

Good analog is better than shitty digital.

Shitty analog is, well, just shitty.

Lol wut? It's right there in the summary:

I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.

Worse than AM radio? Worse than Victrolas? Worse than music boxes (once a major method is distributing music)? I don't know what streaming service Mr. Young is listening to but there is no way it is worse than everything ever invented.

Comment (Score 1) 190

I think they crossed the line. Just wee bit. I mean, I'm not a rat lover or anything. But if kept clean, as in a pet, they are pretty damn cute. Smart too. Not as smart as my dog IMHO -- HEY! Let's wire up four dog brains next! Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket. How about a monkey? Why not!

These animals have a consciousness. You can't deny that. No, it is not at the human level, but a life none-the-less. How fucking freaky cruel is it to take a consciousness and tie it together with three others in some form to just see what happens? How freaked out were these rats in their little disembodied brains.


I'm guessing you didn't read the article, the monkeys have already been done:

Nicolelis published a second paper, also in Scientific Reports, describing a Brainet that allows three monkeys connected at the brain to control a virtual arm on screen across three axes.

Comment Re:The cost of doing business (Score 1) 215

Perhaps the CC companies permit you to pass along swipe fees there, but in much of the world, they don't. They should probably be prohibited by law from prohibiting you from passing those fees on, but ha ha ha

Companies everywhere pass along the swipe fees, most just do it in the price of the product. This makes customers that pay by other means subsidize credit card customers. Since many cards return a portion of swipe fees to the user essentially cash customers are putting money directly into credit customers' pockets. It's a real prisoner's dilemma, if you don't use credit cards you are still paying higher prices because of them but you don't get the money back that card users receive. Ideally, nobody would use them and prices wouldn't have inflated to pay for the fees but since people do use them then you are forced to use them as well.

Comment Re:alogrithms aren't racist (Score 1) 352

I can't help but wonder if this person (which I haven't seen) actually did resemble a gorilla. Wouldn't be the first time I've seen such a thing.

I suspect that if the person misidentified was white, this wouldn't be news however.

Yeah, god forbid you actually glance at the fucking linked article. I'm not even expecting you to read it, just look at the pictures. I know delaying your insightful reply by 10 seconds would be torture, otherwise how could you proclaim your ignorance?

Comment Re:Actually, you can use a selfie stick... (Score 0) 177

I think Disney will clarify their statement -- "You can still use a selfie stick, as long as it's bought from a country overseas at a cheaper price."

You obviously don't know how Disney operates. They will allow the use of selfie sticks (now called "Mickey Sticks") that you buy from the park at a massively overinflated prices, maybe $200-$300, and of course you must use "Disney Dollars" to buy them because regular dollars aren't "fun".

Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940

Imagine a toy market consisting of only two people, who both do the same work and make the same money from that work. One of them has more capital than he's using, and the other doesn't have enough capital to use. The latter then has to borrow capital from the former, and pay the former for the privilege. Thus, though they both contribute exactly the same work, one of them accumulates more capital and the other loses it, only because the prior distribution of capital was different.

In your example, person 1 is providing both work and risking capital where person 2 is only providing work. Why shouldn't person 1 receive a greater reward than person 2 when he is taking a risk and doing just as much work? If person 2 wants to get the same outcome as person 1 he needs to work harder than person 1, not do the exact same work. Yes, capitalism is rigged for people who already have capital, that is why we have things such as progressive tax structures and estate taxes - to try to even that out. The beauty of the system is that anyone can own capital - in contrast to most other systems you can work yourself up the ladder and be an owner rather than just a worker.

Comment Re:What? (Score 0) 289

an EULA is a binding contract, and there has never been one thrown out of court to date.

Never? What about Klocek v. Gateway? The court found in that case that since the sale occurred before the "agreement" that the terms of the agreement were not part of the original sale and struck down the EULA. You better go back to law school for the second semester, obviously the stuff learned in the first semester isn't everything.

What is algebra, exactly? Is it one of those three-cornered things? -- J.M. Barrie