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Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 335

by cayenne8 (#49188541) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?
I'm a little puzzled at the ascertains to begin with, with reference to actives you would require a self driving car for....?

Per the article:

"Self-driving cars promise a future where you can watch television, sip cocktails, or snooze all the way home"

I mean....geez, aside from the sleeping part, that's not that uncommon now for REGULAR cars. The console screens are pretty easily bypassed to allow watching video anytime, and well...it isn't that big a deal to pour a cocktail for the road, hell, that's why folks try to catch as many of the plastic Mardi Gras cups here during carnival season, so that you have a sturdy disposable "to-go" cup to make a beverage for the road with when leaving the house......

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 1) 403

by Attila Dimedici (#49188075) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills
As opposed to the various environmentalist groups who get regulations enacted outside normal channels by suing the EPA and then sign a settlement with the EPA for some regulation that has the force of a court order...but is never actually reviewed by a court.

Comment: Today the EPA calls CO2 a pollutant (Score -1) 403

by amightywind (#49185351) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills
Lead as a pollutant? Maybe. But that was yesterday's EPA. Today's calls CO2 one. I call EPA unrestrained, unscientific extremists. The fusion of climate science with leftist ideology is a great tragedy of the last 30 years. The end of life on earth will come when tectonics have ceased, volcanism slows to nothing, and CO2 is gradually bound to carbonates in the oceans. Photosynthesis becomes impossible, severing the food chain. About 10^9 years. Enjoy CO2 while we have it.

Comment: Re: Worthless Study (Score 1) 242

by cayenne8 (#49182367) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too
My first thoughts are "DUH"...

I mean, it is (or at least should be) common sense that people tend to relate to and help/associate with other beings that are more like them.

This is just basically innate behavior of humans. Why is anyone shocked at this? If you don't actually KNOW a either of two strangers you might be presented with, you're first reaction is likely to feel more at ease and more trusting of the person that visually resembles you the most.

When did political correctness overrule common sense and things we've known about human behavior since pretty much the dawn of time?

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 5, Insightful) 645

by pla (#49174751) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial
As I've said before, if he's really this stand up guy, why did he run? IF he really had good and legal reasons to do what he did, take it to court and face the music.

I know, right? Like how the Sons of Liberty didn't disguise themselves as Indians before dumping a load of tea into Boston Harbor, and then when done, turned themselves in to the nearest British garrison? We need more heroes like those fine, upstanding, nametag-wearing gentlemen.


if you break the law to make your point that the law is unjust you should stand ready to be arrested, imprisoned and tried in court for what you choose to do.

"Ready to be" doesn't mean adopting a Gump level of naivete and making it easy for the government to remove you from the public view. By him fleeing the country (and seeking asylum in a country we traditionally mock for their lack of an open and fair government, no less), we continue to discuss Snowden's actions years later. If he had stuck around, we would all have forgotten about him as soon as the next weekly scandal distracted the media.

Comment: Re:Please stop. (Score 1) 252

by pla (#49174071) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use
I admittedly don't usually look at the submitter. If the FP gets my attention, I'll click through to read the rest of the submission, and, maybe, even TFAs where appropriate.

In Bennett's case, I have to admit he has become a truly master-level troll, in that he has learned to write an opening paragraph that gets my attention but doesn't give away his essential Bennett-ness. By the third paragraph, though, I usually catch on, stop reading there, and just write the obligatory "fuck Bennett" post.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score -1, Redundant) 105

I'll be happier with private companies like Google than governments.

If I get tired of a business like Google, I quit using it.

Kinda hard to quit a government that can take your freedom and life away from you if you get pissed at them....at least hard in the short run.

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