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Comment: Happy Christmas, Grandpa (Score 1) 80

by GerryHattrick (#49273541) Attached to: SXSW: Do Androids Dream of Being You?
When I die there will be a huge pile of assorted data that is specific to me - ancestry, DNA, interests, writing style, books bought, etc etc. Next-generation associative databases should be able to trawl that in such a way that my grandchildren can still ask me questions - even if only as a 'party game'. Main concern is that someone will patent the all-too-'obvious' processes, so that you need an annual paid license to secure immortality.

Comment: Anthropology (Score 1) 356

Any anthropologists around? IANaA, but my theory is that in cultures where testosterone-driven men (like us?) are not allowed to socialise nicely with girls of their own standard, and are shamed into avoiding masturbation or same-sex fun, there will be outbursts of plain primitive sexual aggression. India is hardly worst, if you consider what happens routinely in some Islamic countries.

Comment: Swiftean slide (Score 1) 167

by GerryHattrick (#49170793) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo
East of the Atlantic, where people know what a Yahoo is (or was), the brand could never have been taken seriously. For those of us who don't already know, Swift described a yahoo as being filthy with unpleasant habits. At least they didn't name it for the absent millionaire boyfriend of Liz Hurley, a certain Bing.

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 1) 542

The Ayatollah's right. You can't sustain irrationality, autocracy and extremism against a tide of information and entertainment shared worldwide and without regard to gender. That's probably what he wants to do, so his policy is wise. But it won't last, even if things have to get (very) much worse before they get better.

Comment: Re:Blaming the cables? (Score 1) 476

by GerryHattrick (#46098493) Attached to: Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold
Thanks for one sensible answer, more than half way down the thread. Now, can we all guess what is it about Norwegian supply that is so different? Different rules for things connected? Current limitations when most distribution is overhead, or run from more distant step-down, different lengths for charging leads... or what?

Comment: Re:Unforeseen (Score 2, Insightful) 361

Some UK reports suggest that the 'scientists' and 'tourists' on this ship were ecofreaks seeking publicity to show that some previous explorer's route had become eco-wickedly ice-free. So... they got stuck in 'unforseen' thick ice. And so did their rescuers. And then they were evacuated thanks to an awful lot of gas-guzzling machinery - and still (today) can't leave the area. In the UK, we really do enjoy a good joke like this.

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