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Comment: Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (Score 2) 351

by MikeTheGreat (#46705915) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
I just want to say that while I started this thread/discussion hive in a humorous vein, these posts obsessing about and/or and neither/nor totally made it worth it. We (all) might not be geeking out about technology, but we're definitely, awesomely, geeking out :)

Comment: Re:Communism is the only way forward (Score 1) 870

by MikeTheGreat (#46585151) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate


I'd rather have millions of corporate overlords than 1 government overlord.

Yeah, but those aren't really your options, are they?

The choice you actually get to make it whether you'd prefer a couple number of corporate overlords, each a master of their domain (oil, telecomm, etc) or a small number of government overlords (the military, Federal Justice department, etc).

Comment: Re:I wish I could say "none" (Score 1) 312

by MikeTheGreat (#45860071) Attached to: No. of vehicle license types I hold:
When I got my first license (in MA, USA) I had to do a road-test. But I took that test during high school, so maybe the road test requirement is based on age, or based it being my first license, etc.

When I got my second (WA, USA) I had to do a paper (well, computer) test but no road test. It did kinda weird me out at the time, but I'm guessing that since most people drive pretty much continuously after getting their license it would mostly irritate people to have to re-demonstrate skills they've already got. At least, that's how I rationalized it.

But yeah - I agree that the test isn't nearly as tough as it ought to be.

Comment: Better yet: A beginner's guide to the Bible (Score 1) 796

by MikeTheGreat (#45843521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?
As someone who's tried this I'm going to say that I'd actually recommend reading something that explains the Bible (either concurrently, before, or even instead). Especially if you haven't read a Bible before. Not only are many passages opaque but the writing style is incredibly concise by modern standards. Not to mention the thousands of years of history since it was written. Having something that will help demystify what each passage means really helps open up the Bible.

Think of it this way - you wouldn't try Emacs / Vim for the first time by digging into source code, instead you'd find a 'tutorial for beginners' Digging into a Bible (not matter which version you choose to read) is way, way more complicated than Emacs or Vim. Smart people have dedicated their lives to understanding it, and some of them have have written orientations for beginners - go read one of those!

Comment: Re:OK. This is it. Making stencils right now. (Score 1) 923

by MikeTheGreat (#45610291) Attached to: Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead
Is that actually going to help? Isn't the whole problem that the thieves didn't understand what they'd stolen? (I guess you better make sure you stencil all sorts of radioactive/biohazard/warning signs over the stuff, too) (Also - please make sure to mention this post 6 months from now when you AskSlashdot "Why don't women want to date me after the first time that I bring them back to my place?")

Comment: Interfacing 2 languages that are C *is* easy (Score 1) 286

by MikeTheGreat (#45592641) Attached to: The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

In particular, interfaces between two languages that are not C are often difficult to construct

(Yes, I know what they mean. I think they meant to write "In particular, interfaces between two languages (when neither is C) are often difficult to construct".
Still, it amuses me to think about making an interface from C... to C :)

Comment: Glass guy may have broken WA laws (Score 4, Informative) 845

by MikeTheGreat (#45564745) Attached to: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either
Turns out recording stuff in private without first obtaining active consent from everyone who's being record is illegal in Washington state (RCW 9.73.030). So if the Google Glass guy decided to turn on video recording while enjoying his dinner he wouldn't have just pissed off the owner/other patrons, but also broken WA law, too

Comment: Faraday cages? Seriously? (Score 1) 845

by MikeTheGreat (#45564697) Attached to: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either
I can't believe that the summary writer can actually suggest that "Maybe Faraday cages and anti-surveillance features will become the norm at the restaurants" - I can't think of a single restaurant that wants to spend the vast amounts of cash to prevent wireless communication

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