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Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 1) 326

by K. S. Kyosuke (#49350395) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"
It's a descriptive dictionary. It reflects how people use the word, based on copious surveys of usage. Thus, it reflects the highest probability estimate of how he used the word in question. BTW, I wasn't looking up either "describe" or "prescribe". I looked up the word in question. If the quotations are to be believed, it's overwhelmingly loaded in the direction I hinted at.

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score -1, Flamebait) 326

by K. S. Kyosuke (#49350343) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

Congrats, you are officially overly PC.

Me? "PC"? You'd be surprised. :-p In the region where I live, we don't have these things in an amount that is anywhere close to what is common in the US.

There are societally accepted standards of dress and you damn well know that.

America is a nation of prudes. That's why they have such words as "slutty" in the first place. Then they blame people for dressing in a certain way instead of leaving them alone, as any normal person would. It's almost halfway to Saudi Arabia.

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 1) 326

by K. S. Kyosuke (#49349519) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"
Described what? Like this? "Esp. of a woman: sexually promiscuous or provocative, esp. in a manner regarded as vulgar or distasteful.". So you're injecting your subjective views into what looks mean and attaching a value judgement into that. How is saying that someone looks distasteful not prescribing is beyond me.

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 177

If you have a human driving, you usually know who to blame.

Which, to me, is a horrible way of looking at things. If that were the only criterion, we could easily end up with ten times more car deaths simply because we're more comfortable with putting blame at people, even at the expense of lives.

Comment: Re:Biggest issue is still liability (Score 1) 177

If your car has shitty brakes you leave extra room. Good drivers realize that 'shitty brakes' is always relative.

Sounds to me like the solution to the problem in question - a computer could quickly periodically recompute the envelope of possible scenarios and never drive in the phase space into points from which it can't recover without hitting someone or something.

Comment: Re:What makes it so expensive? (Score 3, Informative) 56

by K. S. Kyosuke (#49335527) Attached to: Stanford Breakthrough Could Make Better Chips Cheaper
There may be the issue of demand. PV cells apparently require a lot of material compared to a lot of other potential applications of GaAs (RF? Optoelectronics?). If you really started mass-producing them from GaAs, you'd start straining the global supply (200 tonnes per year or so?) long before you'd reach anything close to current global production of silicon-based PV cells.

Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.

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