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Comment: Re:Let's glorify genius when incompetence is to bl (Score 1) 231

by Njorthbiatr (#48946677) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Apple is wrecking any other company in the industry. $18B quarter earnings with a goldmine in sight is the sign of business genius. Most everything they come out with translates into money raining down from the sky.

So yes, they're really a genius. Ballmer was incompetent, but Apple is a powerhouse in the tech industry.

Comment: Re:Initiators vs promoters (Score 1) 180

by Njorthbiatr (#48717493) Attached to: 65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

I think aging is a more easily solvable problem. 3D printed organs using your own DNA could replace sick ones. We can sequence out your DNA when you're young as a master copy and then constantly revert your body to it using viral vectors and introduction through stem cells.

I'd imagine the only real problem we're going to have is with maintaining the brain.

Comment: Re:Are speed cameras bad? (Score 1) 335

by Njorthbiatr (#48703739) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Because the speed limits *totally* wouldn't creep downward as revenue drops, when people start watching their speed closer. The motivation for governments putting up speed cameras isn't safety, it's income, pure and simple.

Speed limits need to be tied to scientific methodology on what should be the best speed. In a democracy it lies to the citizens to advocate such a change.

If they revoke my license, I still need to get to work, because my family and I like eating and living in a nice home. I'll just be driving without a license and praying not to get caught. The world isn't as simple as you're making it out to be. Imagine if we applied that same logic to programming, after all. "To write perfect software, don't introduce bugs, it's basically that simple."

Yes, you do. And you're going to have to find another way to do it. By that time society will have given you plenty of warning that your behavior is unacceptable, so because of repeated conscious decision to put others at risk, you cannot be trusted and your privileges are revoked. The consequences are a result of your own actions and despite of any obligations you may have, it isn't society's obligation to help you fulfill them.

Your analogy is wrong. My analogy is saying, "Just because a policy's implementation is flawed does not mean the policy is inherently flawed."

Comment: Re:Are speed cameras bad? (Score -1, Flamebait) 335

by Njorthbiatr (#48702769) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

They should accept zero tolerance. If you don't like the law then petition to have it changed.

The only reason raising speed limits is safer is because people refuse to follow it. If you can't see that going slower is safer, then I think you need to retake physics.

Comment: Re:Are speed cameras bad? (Score 1) 335

by Njorthbiatr (#48702763) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Basically just fining people doesn't help.

The logical conclusion here isn't that red light cameras and speed cameras are ineffective, it's that the punishment for them is ineffective. But since TFA has a bias about wanting to speed and endanger the lives of everyone around him so he can get somewhere a few minutes faster, he has to form irrational conclusions that because the cameras aren't working, the whole policy is stupid and should be forgotten, rather than just its implementation.

Imagine if we applied the same logic to programming: "Well this program doesn't really do what we want it to, better just bin the whole thing."

Maybe speeding cameras won't be necessary when everyone has self-driving cars that follow the laws. But since there's an epidemic of breaking the law, more drastic punishments must clearly be taken. A strikes method should probably be implemented, where drivers are issued a fine, a suspension of their license, and finally if the problem persists, a total invalidation of their license. I fear this may be the only implementation that protects people.

Don't break the law if you don't wish to have your license revoked, it's basically that simple.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981