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Comment Re:Burying the Lede (Score 1) 257

I've no idea, even the internets aren't sure. My east coast friend says the term goes back to the 80s if not earlier. White Castle made these little nasty addictive burgers that were cooked on a grill without flipping, just put the onions and meat on the grill, top with the bun to seal in the damp grease, and slide them along until they are done. The world's saddest assembly line. They sold "sliders" 5 for a dollar or something like that.

Comment Re:Trillions to whoever figures it out. (Score 1) 447

You couldn't be wronger. Things will be so different when you are staring at your mugger, saying "John Lastname, please think this over again. It's been nearly a year since your last violent crime. Do you really want to go back to jail? You have been out for only a week! Lets talk it over calmly, maybe I can help you figure out a way to make ends meet without harming anyone else."

Comment Re:Trillions to whoever figures it out. (Score 1) 447

It has a lot of potential! I think "difficult" patrons would act differently if their poor behavior were visible to others. A server could know at a glance that this table won't tip and will send things back repeatedly. Bad enough patrons could be denied service entirely, or required to pay and tip in advance.

Comment Re:Burying the Lede (Score 1) 257

Sliders are little round sandwiches, typically hamburger. Deli sliders have something such as lunchmeat, chicken salad, etc. Sliders were trendy in the 90s and 00s in the US, apparently they have trickled down into school cafeterias now.

I wonder if polenta and goat cheese have made the transition as well?

Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 1) 257

You're being stupid. Most people in France have jobs and do chores. Nobody pays thousands of Euros and uses up their vacation time to travel to France to do regular life stuff. They want to do vacation stuff that is only available in France.

Visit the Louvre, see the Eiffel Tower, eat at a secretly corporate cafe, all that stupid tourist stuff. Once back home you can go to work, do chores, and eat at Mickey Dee's. No matter where on this planet you are unlucky enough to live!

Comment Re:Trillions to whoever figures it out. (Score 2) 447

I think you're right. We're on the verge of some big changes. There is a lot of whining and griping about this, but there is no stopping it.

I think within 10 years there will be ubiquitous information and facial recognition that will utterly transform our society.

For good or bad, probably both, we are all going to lose our anonymity. Imagine how different things will be if everyone can glance at you and their phone will tell them who you are, give a few metrics about what you are like, etc. Now when some guy comes up to you in public you'll instantly know if he's a criminal or a realtor or something and can cross the street before he is close enough to mug you or hand you a business card.

I've spent a lot of time thinking about it and don't have any easy answers about how to make it work, but it is definitely coming soon.

Comment Re:Not an exclusive lock (Score 2, Informative) 372

The problem is deceptively simple. This is a drug with a small market. No pharma company, large or small, is willing to invest many tens of millions to get approval when it will take decades to make the investment back.

Also, if some company took this route Turing would simply match or beat their price until they stopped. Since Turing didn't need to spend money on approval they can beat anyone else's price indefinitely.

This is a case where the markets don't work.

Comment Re:wish this existed in silicon valley (Score 1) 258

I've been cycling in Silicon Valley 12 miles each way to work for over a year now. It's pretty nice. There are a lot of bike paths and trails, I enjoy riding along a creek watching wildlife instead of sitting in traffic surrounded by a strange mixture of oblivious and belligerent drivers. The places I need to ride on congested streets seem pretty safe, the cars tend to not be moving much and I feel pretty visible. The biggest problem for me is drivers turning right. I have a rear-view mirror on my helmet and I watch for cars trying to hook into me, happens quite a lot.

I haven't had any accidents on my bike. I pay good attention, wear a bright vest, blinky lights at night.