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Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 336

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49187257) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

I'd say it'll happen alright but it won't be as useful as it might seem on the face of it. You won't, for example, be able to read a book while your car drives you to work. Likewise you won't be able to stumble out of a bar blind drunk and have your car drive you home, it's not going to replace taxis. It'll be required that a licensed driver in full possession of their faculties must be able to take control of the car at any time, and probably for very good reasons.

What self driving cars will do, I expect, is reduce accident rates on the roads and possibly impact on traffic jams. There are a lot of unsafe drivers out there, only last week I nearly t-boned a car that sped out of a side road while the driver was yapping away on her phone, I'd be much happier if the majority of the time driving was automated.

Comment: Re:Zombies versus Predators (Score 1) 244

Yes this is why the next evolution of the zombie genre is going to be collaboration with most of the Hammer portfolio. Zombies by themselves? Guffaw. Zombies and werewolves? Chortle. Zombies, werewolves and vampires? Errrm... Zombies, werewolves, vampires, poltergeists, invisible demons from the Exorcist, and those dudes from Pulse? Hold on there just a minute now!

Rec had it right. Open the black gates!

Comment: Re: Found the perfect way (Score 1) 164

by Intrepid imaginaut (#49061363) Attached to: Researcher Developing Tattoo Removal Cream

No tattooist worth their ink will give a tattoo to a drunk person, not least because alcohol is a reasonably effective anticoagulant.

I dunno they can work really well on some people, others meh. Somehow the hipster beardo tats don't resonate as much with me as the Asatru biker chick tats. Living the lifestyle matters to an extent, as does personality.

Comment: Re:"GRR Martin is not your bitch" (Score 1) 180

His format is interesting even if his prose is weak though. 70 chapters in his first book, distributed amongst approximately 7 characters, none of whom have died so far. Another heavily promoted book I've recently read was called Leviathan Wakes, and it followed the exact same format. Not until I read the interview with the author at the end did I learn that he was one of Martin's protégés.

Comment: Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (Score 1) 237

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48925581) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Some good points there. I think in a stable environmental niche, intelligence would never develop, most of the oldest species have been in such niches as long as they've been around. However that an entire biosphere which remains permanently environmentally stable exists out there is something I find difficult to credit. I mean sure it's possible but the universe is a tumultuous place.

In such changing environments adaptability is king, and intelligence is the best enabler of adaptability.

Comment: Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (Score 1) 237

by Intrepid imaginaut (#48922609) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Intelligence is the ultimate evolutionary adaption, I believe that life inevitably tends towards higher and higher levels of it. Consider, we're ill suited for anything but temperate climates in our bare skin, and even then we'd make easy prey for predators, being neither fast nor especially strong.

Add a sprinkle of intelligence and suddenly we're wearing animal skins in the cold, building fires at night, and protecting ourselves with spears.

Intelligence is absolutely a survival trait, perhaps the most powerful one.

Comment: Re:Yet we have the tech (Score 1) 339

Fact is, those people don't get a choice. They are barely surviving, and they are facing men who hoarded resources to procure weapons and other tools that help them to stay in power.

Men? Shitheadery knows no gender. Ever heard of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Imelda Marcos, Yingluck Shinawatra, the Womens Sultanate, Margaret Thatcher? Anyway one would have thought that such conditions were fertile ground for a revolution of the people.

Something missing from your narrative perhaps?

You are utterly convinced that poverty is a choice

Oh I never said anyone chose to be poor. They can choose not to be victims however, and they can choose not to listen to people who want them to be victims, objects, acted upon.

They can choose to stand up against corruption and fight for a better future. Many of them are, and their collective fortunes are improving accordingly, even if they individually remain poor, and for those I have nothing but the highest regard. I don't blame the ones that just go with the flow mind you, but they don't get much sympathy either.

argument is quite impossible without proper third party moderator.

Yes, the free environment of slashdot with its darned new concepts and open exchange of ideas must burn a cunt such as yourself.

Burn harder. Your time is coming to an end.

Comment: Re:Yet we have the tech (Score 1) 339

while billions live in abject misery

Maybe if they sorted out their own shitty political systems and made their politicians and beaurocracy, public sector, what have you accountable they would be able to enjoy the fruits of modern civilisation along with the rest of us.

Have you ever lived in a developing country? As soon as anyone pokes their head above the crowd there's a queue of plebs with pieces of paper in their hands stretching around the corner looking for bribes, their cut, their piece of the pie, and before too long there's no pie left at all. This is the reality.

Which has already been explained to you three times.

Yes capitalism is harnessed greed and that's a good thing. I rejoice to see corporations battling it out, I weep to see a single clear winner.

Comment: Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 339

I'm none too happy with the banks myself, property bubbles completely loot middle class wealth and that needs to never happen again, but look at all the posters in this story gibbering about equality of income - do they have any understanding of how insane that is? Clearly not.

So they indulge in masturbatory fantasies about the indefinable paradise that awaits humanity after all the bourgeoise are killed off. Or was that the jews. No, wait, the intellectuals. White men?

Better they use their minds instead of parroting the delusions of a nineteenth century habitual drunk.

Comment: Re:Yet we have the tech (Score 1) 339

Right. You are here, suggesting that corruption exists in a vacuum rather than as a result of our resource distribution system creating overwhelming motivator for those in leadership position to become corrupt in order to grab more resources?

"Our" resource distribution system, capitalism, has regulations to prevent corruption from doing too much damage. It's a bit hit and miss but overall things have been steadily improving for the average person.

The distribution systems in poor countries may or may not have similar regulations, but they aren't enforced if they are in place. Having lived in many such countries I know whereof I speak.

I'm not even sure what "marxist" means here. Pretty much every single economist in the world subscribes to the same notion. The only thing they disagree with one another is what is the better alternative that would serve both needs and desires of imperfect human beings while keeping their vices in check. Are they all marxist in your opinion?

I wasn't aware you'd been elected king of the economists. Apologies your royal spokesperson for Mises and Keynes, perhaps someday someone will do communism right and not end up killing 100 million people to achieve nothing. The congratulatory coronation fruitbasket shall be along in the post presently.

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.

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