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Comment Re:culture dependent (Score 1) 369

I've also seen at least a half dozen horrific accidents from that behavior including running a full red 2 seconds after it changed.

People should slow and prepare to stop at amber lights. It is actively dangerous on feeder roads because the combined blind spot with the other road coming under the freeway. A few years ago, I saw one truck wipe out three other cars including an SUV and break off the traffic light by running a red.

Comment Re:I don't want a fucking TV channel! (Score 1) 287

It wasn't so much that they had a falling out with the movie stuidios as that the movie studios decided they could all each charge consumers directly. So we got a disney channel and a warner move channel and etc.

None of which I subscribe to.

Netflix was actually a bargain. It's less of a bargain today tho I still subscribe (for now).

Once it's dead, I'll probably drop to subscribing to it every few years and perhaps go back to torrenting content (tho that's getting riskier than it used to be).

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 806

He did. They got a big payout when the company was sold.

More critical to me was his statement that some day he would opensource minecraft when it started to die off. Part of what made minecraft succeed was the open sourcey feel to it. If he had said upfront it would be closed source owned by microsoft many of the people who helped it succeed wouldn't have invested their time into it.

Comment Re:Massive and stupid (Score 0) 213

All I can say is talk to some retiring air traffic controllers. It's not like only a few of them saw it. The intercept was visible to air traffic controllers all over the country. It was the right thing to do based on the information the military and potus had at the time. But the heroic passenger bringing down the plane story was what we needed to hear then.

Based on how many controllers saw it, I expect it'll become common knowledge within the next few years as they all retire and don't need to maintain their security clearance any more.

Look back over my posts-- I don't post a lot of wild eyed shit.

Comment Re:Massive and stupid (Score -1, Troll) 213

It's a great story. But actually the plane was shot down before the passengers could act. The logs of the fighters scrambled were removed after about 3 hours but were clearly visible to air traffic control until them. No camera phones back then or it would have been pointless to even erase them.

The main physical evidence left actually on record is that the engine landed separately close to a half a mile away without a corresponding trail of debris leading there.

The passengers were aware and prepared to do something. But three planes had already hit buildings at that point.

Comment Re:Mission accomplished (Score 1) 395

I think marking this a troll is unfair since the parent poster concluded with an insulting, flamebait, trollish paragraph that was pretty much begging for a response.

I also think the parent poster falsely assumes an ideal world with one monolithic power source when the reality is we'll have a blended world and solar power is likely to be an order of magnitude cheaper than fusion for at least two more generations.

Comment Re:I'm not a panicky guy but... (Score 1) 421

In my case, the games I play are appearing on tablets. I spend more time on my tablet each day than on my computer.

I tried out knoppix and was reasonably happy with it. And I made a strategy of finding and getting used to opensource programs that worked both on windows and on linux equally well. So when I swap over, I'll be familiar with my software stack.

I suspect the windows 8.1 pc I bought will be the last microsoft desktop computer I'll ever buy.

Comment I'm not a panicky guy but... (Score 5, Interesting) 421

I've been with windows for close to two decades.

But I'm probably going to either use an older windows box or just bite the bullet and go to linux for my "real" machine. I might use windows for a gaming machine.

I've used openoffice then libre office for years now and no longer even occasionally dip back into Word.

I've disliked the tighter microsoft email/social account integration for a while now.

I really dislike what I'm hearing about the new o/s. I stopped using facebook because of similar actions.
it's like being fabulously wealthy isn't enough. If windows 10 goes forward as is, I probably won't go with it.

Comment Re:I have a question. (Score 2) 61

Well, about 2000 chinese noodle chefs were replaced by robot noodle chefs for the same reason robots are used everywhere.

Robots were less expensive (even than chinese noodle chefs), could work double shifts every day, 7 days a week and on holidays. When sick, they could be replaced the same day with a new one. The robots were more accurate, made less mistakes, had no legal liablity (no cut fingers, etc.) and the investors got to keep more money.

It's the end game that doesn't work. When 25% of the population can't get work because anything they can do can be done better, cheaper, and longer by a robot (or automated process -- i.e. computerized receptionists) then the system breaks down.

By definition, half the people are less than average intelligence. And many high intelligence jobs are being and will be automated as well.
The return is enormous (replace one or more highly paid humans with a machine or program) so the incentive is high.

The robot designer above is an excellent example. Sure- she'll continue to have work. But that's 1 job created for 1,000 jobs destroyed.

When people can't trade their labor for value/goods/housing/food what do you think is going to happen?

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 370

I think they need to make available the ability to see the account, the dates it was logged into, etc.

So people can prove that
1) they really did last long on before they got married.
2) or they only logged in a couple times to check it out.
3) etc.

Ashley Madison could serve as a neutral 3rd party to help people who were not actually using the service or had stopped using it when they married.

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