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Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 600

200mph on rural highways with very light traffic in good weather conditions is very safe, especially once you're in the Midwest.

Except that rural Midwest highways are poorly maintained, often sport farm implements or "casual" drivers traveling at fractions of the speed limit, animals, people (little/no margins), have silly notions like direction changes--up/down, left/right in varying degrees. Not to mention that the vehicles on rural roads tend to be driven by the locals, of whom tend not to possess vehicles designed and/or maintained to safely exceed 70MPH let alone double, if not triple that.

Besides our interstates were designed for safe travel at 120-130mph based on 1960s vechicle technology

Citation required. Also does not account for traffic. Hard to get many people to travel as fast as existing speed limits let alone faster.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 554

The science may be settled in many peoples mind, but strangely even on /. we keep seeing people challenge those basic assertions in stark opposition to overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Is it wise to dismiss the authorities on the matter? It seems kind of like halting a vaccination program after achieving 95% eradication.

Comment Re:Heated roads are a product of mental retardatio (Score 2) 407

You do realize that even in the impossible 100% efficient system, the max thermal emission cannot exceed that which was handed to it by the sun right? The difference between the black asphalt roadway and the solar powered roadway, is that for most of the year the solar energy is powering homes. Where as the asphalt is serving as a heat island all year long.

Comment Civics (Score 1) 317

I have a better idea. How about instead of prioritizing Computer Science, we prioritize Civics education. Once people realize that their state/county/city are a sh*thole because of the local elect of whom they pay no mind--most crucially during polling day--a bloody lot of the rest will fall into place rather quickly. So many of the grievances people have with the federal government, the federal government have no jurisdiction over.

Comment Re:I like my LEDs... (Score 1) 338

It's nice they've found a way to boost traditional bulb efficiency, but from my armchair... based upon what I read they're simply capturing the infra-red (heat) and boosting its frequency by placing a filter/mirror device in front of the filament. I'm not sure that this technique wouldn't be applicable to LEDs as well.

Comment Re:The most condescending, sexist statement... (Score 0) 117

It's a misogynistic industry, "geek" culture in general seems to be. For a painfully obvious example you have to look no further than the absurd passions demonstrated via the Gamersgate non-sense. While at university, our department was dominated by male student, we would have loved to see girls join ACM. One common thread ran through most of us males I found. We tended to be inspired into the computer science by video games, probably the most toxic to female sub-interests in geekdom.

Comment Re:C# is much better than the open source options (Score 1) 117

How interesting. The educated folks usually hold up C and usually disdain C++. If however you're going for "power of expression" argument then, you should be holding up Assembly. Of course probably for the same reason you did not, is the same reason people use C# and Java.

Comment Re:ARGH (Score 0) 720

Unless your IT department didn't bother doing their job you're not being cajoled into anything right now. Computers registered on a domain are not subject to the same update policies as standalone, personal PCs. As for the ${x}00K cost to upgrade your legacy software, you're going to have to eat it some time within the next four years...

Comment Re:Already accomplishing (Score 1) 388

If reality was as overly simplistic as you would like to believe then "not wanting freedom" would be the absurdity you make it out to be. Reality however involves a nasty thing called cause and effect. Free from restriction, a person may act in a manner that interferes with the sanctity of his neighbor. A sufficiently egregious violation just might make them wish to move. e.g. a neighbor establishes a pig farm adjacent to your backyard swimming pool. The local mechanic decides recycling motor oil is a big waste, begins disposing of it in the storm drain rendering the municipal water supply toxic.

Comment Re:Already accomplishing (Score 1) 388

Liberty is an illusory concept. When my liberty impinges upon another's well being redress must be made. You the have two choice, a neutral third-party, or the offended. Liberty chooses the latter choice and we have more than sufficient history to inform us as to how that turns out. In the prevention of harm, terms must be mutually negotiated and shared. Again, you have two choices, a neutral third-party establishes a framework under which to operate with the input of all concerned, or individuals must negotiate with each other and navigate across conflicting agreements with others. Once again, history provides ample demonstration of how the latter turns out.

Comment Re:Already accomplishing (Score 2) 388

I'm not sure the nutjob bit is generally applicable. I would assert that their belief in absolute personal freedom is a very myopic perspective. You simply cannot place a group of individuals each acting according to their own self-interest into a box of arbitrary size and expect a harmonious utopia. As fallible as they may be, regulatory frameworks exist to ensure no one individual or group of individuals can unduly burden another. Collectivism as expressed through government sponsored acts enable common good projects at a scope that's simply not possible with community benefit pot-lucks. Said another way, an interstate highway won't be built regardless of how many spaghetti are dinner held.

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