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Comment Any universe in which high energies could... (Score 3, Insightful) 135 135

... destroy it due to local laws of physics would be destroyed at the moment of their formation when the energies tend to infinity. This may well have happened in the past (if you believe in the eternal inflation-collapse universe theory) or be happening (if you believe the multiverse theory) but since our universe is still here after 14 billion years I think its a safe bet that the laws of physics here don't allow it.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 412 412

You don't like it when other folks are better than you at your own game ?

Better than us at our own game? I bet the Western World would be really competitive at manufacturing injection molded plastic garbage if we discarded all of our pesky labor and environmental laws.

"Thank you China; you make our Happy Meals possible." -Stephen Colbert

Comment Re:Why build one (Score 1) 412 412

A ferry would be orders of magnitude cheaper and achieve the same.

Agreed. It could also avoid the ice and bad weather by using a more southern route, like directly from Shanghai to Long Beach.

why would I want to sit on that when I can drive it? don't you know that on-demand is all the rage?

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 3, Interesting) 367 367

When I upgraded to Windows 10 yesterday, there was a screen that came up that asked me if I wanted to reset the default apps. I said no for my browser and media player, and when it completed, Chrome and VLC were still the default applications. I think it's a little underhanded, but not as underhanded as the article suggests.

Mozilla is whining anyway; when they switched search providers from Google to Yahoo I had to go through and specify it on EVERY INSTANCE of Firefox I have. Since I use --no-remote and segment my web browsing this was actually a royal pain in the ass. Granted, Google was the old "default," so I had never changed it, but it was still an undesired change in behavior. If they're going to whine about Microsoft doing the same thing then they ought to look at their own behavior.

Firefox is still my browser of choice for personal use but for others I've started to recommend Chrome. It's just less hassle to support it for your luser friends. The future of Firefox and Mozilla is not an encouraging one, which is a pity.

Comment Re:I'm surprised they missed "Wi-Fi Sense." (Score 1) 484 484

uploads a supposedly-encrypted form of your wireless AP's password to a Microsoft server for safe-keeping

It's a bit hard to get outraged at MSFT when GOOG has been doing the exact same thing for the last three or four Android versions.

Comment Become a contractor (Score 1) 133 133

That way you might still be a cog, but you're a cog paid somewhere between 50-100% more than the permie staff plus you don't have to put up with any of the political BS that you find in every company. Do your work, get paid, go home. Done. Ok, it has its downsides but in general I found the upsides outweigh them quite considerably.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1176 1176

That's not destruction of property, that's maintenance of property. Want a better analogy than the soccer ball? If your neighbor parks in your driveway without permission you can probably have him towed. What you can't do is take a 9 Iron to his headlights.

Comment Re: Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1176 1176

modern drones don't use a memory card, they stream via an ad hoc connection or as a wifi host to your cellphone. But every once in a while...the drone is actually a dildo...

of course, it's Hillview PD Policy to never imply ownership of said drone...

which is why you basically have to shoot it down if you want something done.

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