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Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 175

I don't agree with this.

Roughly 90% of owners clean up their dog's poo. Requiring the vast majority to pay for the actions of a minority will a) not incentivise the minority to change behaviour and b) punish people that are doing the right thing (e.g. why should I keep being tidy when I'm paying to be untidy).

You'd get much the same effect putting the whole poo pickup tax onto general rates - lots of innocent people paying for the actions of the minority.

I initially thought the idea of using DNA was crazy but as long as the test can be made cheap enough I have decided I support it. Whack the people you catch with a big fine ($500?) and publicise the heck out of what you're doing, and I think the behaviour will suddenly trickle off to the point that the programme becomes cost effective.

Comment Re:Sensitive? (Score 1) 76

You're not going to push anywhere near 50N with your finger so not all those levels will be relevant.

nobody is going to come close to their 11lb maximum pressure level in real-world use

You're forgetting about drumsticks. 50N may not even be a sufficient limit for a satisfying drum pad experience...

And I would imagine people with smaller fingertips and strong hands could easily hit 50 newtons typing if they tried... although that'd really be banging on the keys.

Comment Re:Old televsion (Score 1) 76

Yes I remember, and the buttons required an incredible amount of force to register, you got very little, if any, tactile feedback that you had closed the switch, and the layout of the thing was completely unergonomic.

Astrosmash! I played that game until my hands hurt. And kept playing. I got to the point where the levels didn't get any harder, so it just became an endurance challenge. The intellivision lost. One day the screen froze on level eleventy, and the system never booted again.

Comment Re:Super-Race of Humans Next (Score 1) 105

You're right. Somebody is going to try this. And a lot of people will loudly object.

But depending on how it turns out, everybody else will also.

And the result will be a caste society, with the fearless, superintelligent transhumans ruling the masses of those with random genotypes.

Our only hope is that, if performed on humans, it produces some crippling side effect, like the inability to use language.

Comment Re:This can only be solved by... (Score 1) 732

This was already predicted in the 80's by Norm Augustine.

Augustine's Law Number XVI: In the year 2054, the entire defense budget will purchase just one aircraft. This aircraft will have to be shared by the Air Force and Navy 3-1/2 days each per week except for leap year, when it will be made available to the Marines for the extra day.

Comment Perfect Name (Score 5, Interesting) 92

'Marshmallow' is the perfect word for a label that carries no content, is all fluff, and whose sole purpose is to appeal to people with simple tastes.

(Note that I'm not talking about the OS, but the practice of giving each version a cute name. Android is not alone in this practice, but with 'Marshmallow' they seem to have achieved the pinnacle of its banality.)

Statistics means never having to say you're certain.