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Comment: Re:Automation and jobs (Score 1) 720

I don't see how you could possibly not believe that. The entire history of humanity, both individually and collectively, has been to drive ever closer to this ideal.

Individually, we all work toward the goal of retirement (hopefully early retirement). Collectively, the entire history of technology has always been to make it possible to achieve more with less effort.

Seriously, what other ultimate goal could we possibly have?

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (Score 4, Interesting) 422

by MorePower (#48182443) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
I think the problem is that 2 different anti-HFCS campaigns reached the public conscience at about the same time.

One was the Passover Coke crowd, they were complaining that sucrose tastes better than HFCS in Coca-Cola. They were calling for sucrose to replace HFCS for taste (and nostalgia) reasons.

The second was the HFCS is causing obesity crowd, who were against HFCS because it was being added to everything, even stuff you wouldn't expect to be sugary. They were really calling for an end to adding sugar to everything, HFCS just happened to be the type of sugar that was being added. Their point was not that HFCS was somehow worse than sucrose, but rather that HFCS was AS BAD as sucrose (which you should only be eating as an occasional treat). They wanted the HFCS (and any other added sugars) removed from food and not replaced with anything.

These 2 movements collided in the public consciousness and led to people thinking "HFCS makes you fat, and it should be replaced by sucrose."

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506

by MorePower (#47759507) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
I'm not the original poster but - um what?

Do I lay down on an empty train/bus? No because its in public and people would stare.
Do I lay down in the office? No, because that's considered unprofessional.
Do I always lay down at home? Abso-fracking-lutely!
Do I lay back in my chair in front or the TV or while using my laptop? Well, I usually lay on the floor, not in a chair, but yes.
Laying down is the only position I find truly comfortable, and I generally do lay down either in bed or on the floor as much as possible except when eating (as that gets too messy).
Furniture is for guests.

Comment: Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 1) 928

The big pluses of Southwest are no fees for checked baggage (there's no way my work stuff is fitting in carry-on) and the ability to change tickets for no extra fee beyond the difference in ticket price (I almost never correctly guess when I'll be finished with a work assignment).

This plus the fact that you can buy a ticket last minute and still have a shot at a decent seat (and now that I am A-list, I am guaranteed a decent seat) have always made Southwest super attractive to business fliers like me who usually book last minute and frequently need to change return tickets.

Comment: Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 1) 928

Their boarding system is Awesome, assuming that you fly alone and know their process. Basically Southwest wants business travelers like me, who rarely fly together with anyone else and fly frequently enough to learn and remember their system.

Knowing to check in 24 hours in advance gets me a low number boarding ticket, and now that I am "A-list" I get to board at the end of A group even if I check in late.

Southwest is pretty much designed around frequent business travelers so it sucks for families and people who don't fly much.

Comment: Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 5, Informative) 928

For those who don't know, boarding order is critical on Southwest. You don't get a seat assignment, its first-come-first-serve, like riding a bus, once you get on the plane.

You get a boarding pass with A 1 thru 60, B 1 thru 60, or C 1 thru 60 and everyone boards in that order. The A people get great seats and C people get crap (center seats, back of the plane, no seats together for people traveling together, etc).

Frequent fliers get to skip ahead board between A and B groups (assuming they didn't have and A anyway) which still has lots of good seats free. Families traveling with children 4 or under also get to board before the B group (so they can get seats together).

This guy probably had high number B or C tickets and wanted to use his "A-list" frequent flier status to board early and get 3 seats together with his kids. But his kids didn't have "A-list" status and where too old to qualify for family boarding so they would have wait for their high boarding number to get on the plane.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 3, Informative) 112

by MorePower (#43629147) Attached to: AI System Invents New Card Games (For Humans)
Monopoly apologists always drag out the "its so much better if you use the 'auction property if it isn't bought' rule". I've never seen a situation where it matters, everyone always buys every single property that they land on. Every single time. Occasionally someone will be a little short on cash (from buying tons of property already) and there's a little bit of "should I really mortgage stuff to buy this property?" But they always do it, nobody ever leaves property unbought.

Comment: Re:Place names (Score 0) 642

by MorePower (#42929455) Attached to: The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

No, it raises the question. Begging the question is a logical fallacy that doesn't mean anything like what it sounds.

If it doesn't mean anything like what it sounds, then that is a language fail.

Sorry, the "correct" use of the phrase "begs the question" is one of my pet peeves, because it makes no logical sense.

Comment: Re:The TL;DR (Score 3, Informative) 210

by MorePower (#42848005) Attached to: Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

In my experience, most relays have a "Instantaneous" setting that goes off as fast as possible if you have like 20-30 times as much current as should be there, a "Short Time" setting that goes off in few seconds (a fixed time, exactly how long is settable) if the current is several times times what it should be (exactly how much current is settable) and the "Long Time" setting which follows $Fixed_value = [Current]^2 * time ("I squared T").

The "Long Time" setting integrates current squared when ever the current is above the "Pick-up" value which is typically around 20% over normal rated current. Exactly how much the integrated value has to reach to trip on "Long Time" is very complex and has to be coordinated all the other relays and systems. Generally, the lowest level of breakers are given time to trip first, in hopes that the problem is solved while only interrupting a single circuit. The upstream breakers are set with a higher value so they will trip after the downstream breakers had their chance.

Comment: Re:...Huh? (Score 2) 245

by MorePower (#40101815) Attached to: US State Department Hacks Al-Qaeda Websites In Yemen

I can at least understand trying to kill terrorists. Civilians get killed because of our desperation to kill the terrorists. I mean, it's horrible and all, but at least there is an understandable goal there.

This seems just flat out petty. If we hacked websites to locate terrorists, or anticipate attacks, or disrupt their finances, I could understand that. But to hack in and just insert our own video? And admit that we did it? It just makes us look like script kiddies putting "USA rulz!!! LOL OMG" on stuff.

Crap like this makes our enemies hate us just a little bit more, and makes our allies just a little bit more reluctant to support us, and doesn't accomplish anything material.

"Is it really you, Fuzz, or is it Memorex, or is it radiation sickness?" -- Sonic Disruptors comics