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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 699 699

I get that. I'm having my electrical box replaced this Friday due to corrosion of the rails from a water leak, which is putting me out $600 all told because we initially thought it was the air conditioning unit that went bad. Ouch. Still, I'd rather be in control of the situation than have a landlord as a middle man. My mortgage (sans taxes) is only about $800 a month for a 2 bedroom rancher with full basement and attic, and a 180 foot long yard; I know some local places where the rent is that high for much less property/housing, yet those occupants will never see equity in their home or any kind of ROI, which is a shame.

I'm renting a 1700 sq ft house right now for $1360 a month. We are in the process (inspection is tomorrow) of buying a 2000+sq ft house with a mortgage payment of just over $1000 a month (does not include taxes and got a loan with no PMI). Both are 3 bedroom houses but the one we are buying has a completely updated kitchen with granite and new stainless steel appliances while the rental had crappy laminate countertops and cabinets and standard white appliances. Even if we average $2500 a year in repairs we are still saving money.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 699 699

Not worth it yet next to my $15k one year old used Ford Taurus (yeah that was bought a few years back). Getting closer though.

Nor my 2014 Focus I bought brand new with a 10K trade in, 2k down, and $125 a month payments for 3 years. With over 30mpg highway and gas prices as low as they are, the price difference in gas compared to the 2006 V8 Tundra I traded in more than makes the monthly payments, and wiht an 80 mile round trip work commute an EV is nowhere near practical for me anyway.

Comment Re:Uncontrollable? (Score 1) 61 61

What's to fix?

Too windy? A 3d printed drone won't be applicable for that mission, much the same way a Zodiac-based landing party wouldn't be suitable during a hurricane.

Need to launch? Toss in air. It's launched.

Go old school. Take what is essentially an old K-gun depth charge launcher and add a container for the drone that breaks apart at a certain height. This would allow the drone to get far enough away from the wind for controlled flight and doesn't waste power on the drone by having to take off in all the wind.

Comment Re:Fire without physically pulling the trigger (Score 1) 64 64

Every redneck knows how: Just clean it.

Actually, the Japanese Nambu Type 94 pistol used in WWII had a very serious mechanical defect that allowed it to fire without pulling the trigger. Pressure on a certain part on the side of the firearm would cause it to fire. Not a good souvenir for a GI to stuff into a pocket.

Comment Re:Existential threat is more likely (Score 1) 83 83

Is it my imagination or is the US government/society incapable of functioning without an imaginary boogeyman? Be it terrorists, communists, drugs, witches, rapists, etc. Although, admittedly, how else do you unite a society without common traditions or culture without constructing an external threat?

It's not Americans, it's humans. The human mind is designed to need the concept of an "other" or an adversary. It is essentially a biological safety mechanism. It provides a binding force for a society or a community, gives them a reason to come together. On an individual level it gives comfort because, by having an adversary, you believe you are "right" and they are "wrong". Look at terror management theory and and it's explanation for why we have self esteem (which involves the creating of and then continuing to validate a world view.).

Comment Re:Are there lists? (Score 1) 57 57

Sure. Just post for us your name, address, social security number, and credit card numbers (with security codes), so that we can see if any of your information is on the list. We also offer password protection analysis: post your account names and passwords and tell us what websites they are used for and we can tell you how vulnerable your accounts are to hacking.

Comment Re:Chinese Tourists, Of Course (Score 1) 102 102

They are, by far the worst tourists in the world. Pushy, loud, aggressive, shitting and doing whatever the fuck they feel like because they think they're still back in the PRC. They need to be taught that the rest of the world isn't a shithole like their home country, that we have manners and rules they must follow. Otherwise, they need to get the fuck out.

Uh, Taipei is in the PRC.

Depends on who you ask. To most of the West and Asia it is in the ROC.

Comment Re:Bed Nets (Score 2) 34 34

From the article:

Prof Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute, Oxford, said he was pleased and encouraged by the EMA's decision but added that the vaccine was not a "magic bullet".

He said: "A bed net is more effective than this vaccine, but nonetheless it is a very significant scientific achievement.

While research into a vaccine is great, why haven't we focused efforts on supplying bed nets for everyone? I'm assuming that they'll cost less than the vaccine per unit and they also have the advantage of being reused.

Why aren't the locals buying bed nets themselves?

Supposedly $5 gets you an insecticide treated bed net that's good for 2 years, I know we're talking about very poor people but that sounds like somewhere where'd I'd expect a local industry to pop up.

From the sentence that is literally the one irght after the sentence that contains the price of the bed nets: "Unfortunately, this cost is too high for most families in poor rural African communities who survive through subsistence farming."

Comment Re:What's performance enhancing? (Score 4, Insightful) 155 155

Does caffeine count? What about marijuana? It seems like it would dull your reaction time, but it might make you more calm, so it's hard to say. How about coke or meth? Seems like those would make you too jittery.

IWANCAACA (I Was An NCAA College Athlete-I also just wanted to make up a new acronym). The NCAA considers caffeine a banned substance. If you have a certain amount in your system when tested it is no different than if you had traces of marijuana or steroids in your system. Of course, a couple cans of Coke wouldn't be enough to trigger it. You would have to go to Jessie Spannow levels for it to trigger.

Comment Re:"They say..." (Score 1) 64 64

"They say increased adoption of these techniques will go a long way toward resolving bugs and device failures."

Translation: Buy more of our shit and we promise to fix it later.

Translation: Buy more of our shit.

Really, no amount of progress was ever made by kicking the problem down the road. We'll kick it as far as possible while we go off and play with another new/shinier ball. Version 2 will have twice the complexity and four times the bugs of version 1. Yada yada. The only promise being made here is your robot will be obsolete next year - be sure to toss it out along with your cellphone.

When people first started flying airplanes they were incredibly unsafe. They lacked even the most basic of safety systems, build quality and materials were very inconsistent, and even the most experienced pilots would frequently crash (a common crash would be upending on landing). Now, millions of people fly every year and it is one of the safest ways to travel, precisely because increased adoption of flying led to better engineering, materials, and safety procedures(essentiallly "resolving bugs and device failures").

Comment Re:So what you are saying... (Score 1) 312 312

A flamethrower would be outside the purview of the ATF. :-)

Pretty sure a flamethrower counts as a destructive device and therefore is fully under the purview of the ATF. Especially since they are really the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE).

If you didn't have to work so hard, you'd have more time to be depressed.