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Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 1) 111

by Obfuscant (#47787407) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

It also destroys their argument that they can't provide good Internet in the US because of the low population density.

No, it just shows that when you remove the requirement for prices to cover costs and yield a profit, governments can do what private companies cannot. If the existing telecom could cover any operating losses by just dipping into the taxpayer general fund, you'd see prices go way down -- covered by taxes, of course.

And that is what makes government competing with existing private companies wrong. It isn't fair in any sense of the word, and the private companies, even if the courts say they are free to compete if they want to, have no way they'll make any return on their investment. I mean, existing markets are already defacto monopolies (not dejure) because even in major markets the density of consumers is too low to support two systems in direct head to head competition. If both TW and Comcast could make a profit operating in the same markets, they would. They'd both get franchises and both run physical plant and you'd have a choice.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 848

by Obfuscant (#47779009) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Because, the yellow cake thing was a lie,

Those gullible Canadians, buying 550 metric tons of non-existant yellow cake.

there were no WMDs,


and the country you did invade is falling into civil war.

That's what happens when you announce to the world the date that you're going to pull your troops out of a country where you're trying to help the government restore some semblance of order. All the opponents have to do is go into hiding, planning for the day when you leave. They have no reason to surrender if they know they're going to win on a certain preset day.

Comment: Re:Her work (Score 1) 1262

You do realize that "politically correct, professionally offended people" is a stereotype, right?

Actually, no it isn't. It is a description for a group of people that actually defines group membership.

A stereotype would be to say that liberals are all politically correct, professionally offended people. You see how that works? A group defined by some other property is claimed to have another potentially unrelated property assigned to it.

For another example, there is a group of people who play online or video games, called "gamers". To then say that "gamers are misogynists" would be stereotyping.

Comment: Re:The Separation of Church and State (Score 1) 528

by Obfuscant (#47777039) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

The historical record tells us the primary supporters of the separation of church and state were Protestant Christians. Why? Because they hated Catholics.

Hardly. It was because they saw what the Church of England had done to non COE people and wanted to prevent that here. They knew their history a lot better than you because it was much fresher in the memory of those who fled England to get away from it.

As long as you're only teaching the children your personal faith, it's not government respecting an "establishment" of religion.

Right. If you're only teaching children of your "personal faith" then you are running a private school, and private schools are not a government establishment of religion. Kinda like the Catholic schools that are also not a government establishment of religion.

Comment: Re:Irreversible? (Score 1) 708

by Obfuscant (#47775171) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Leaving it alone is accomplished through the demise of our decedents.....

No, "leaving it alone" is accomplished by doing nothing. Decedents will have nothing to do with it. How can they? They're already dead.

You claimed the OP was looking for the death of all humans. That's just false, and I corrected you on it. Leaving it alone means not forcing the system we don't fully understand to try to change to our whim, unlike those who would whip the waves to stop the tide.

Those who don't use the decades we have to adapt, well, they're standing on the shore whipping the waves or floating out to sea in the house they expected the government to protect. But to claim that expecting people to adapt is calling for the death of all humans is just patently absurd. Kind of like blaming something on the demise of decedents.

Comment: Re:Irreversible? (Score 1) 708

by Obfuscant (#47767427) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Read the parent.

I read the parent. He said that those who are around today won' t be around long enough to see the recovery. As in, the recovery will take longer than a human lifetime.

Also read you, where you changed that to "kill all the humans" and asked who would be around. I told you: anyone who isn't stupid enough to stand still and expect the government to solve their problems for them.

Comment: Re:Irreversible? (Score 1) 708

by Obfuscant (#47766769) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Ah, you one of those kill all the humans types: "just by leaving it alone and waiting long enough." So, who is going to do the waiting around?

All the people who are smart enough to move away from the coast when the sea level takes a couple of decades to rise based on the couple of decades it will take for Greenland to melt.

The ones who won't be waiting around are the ones who are washed out to sea while standing in their houses surrounded by the incoming tide wondering when the government is going to do something about this problem. I.e., the true Darwin Award winners.

Comment: Re:just because the dept of ed.... (Score 2) 528

by Obfuscant (#47766503) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Also, fun fact: the republicans opposed the creation of the US DoED as well. Apparently they were of the opinion that federal control of education is unconstitutional because federal control of education is not in the constitution...

FTFY. Maybe you don't realize that opposition to the creation of a federal government department to control something isn't defacto opposition to whatever that something is, so you make your flamebait accusation...

Comment: Re:Be careful with those assumptions. (Score 1) 281

by Obfuscant (#47766075) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

Natural selection means some get left behind. Humans work very hard to avoid that.

And you believe that none are? When did the death rate for those under 80 reach zero?

When you can read "work very hard at" and a later comment about there still being infant mortality, and come up with thinking that I said that nobody ever dies, well, I know you're not here to discuss this honestly.


Comment: Re:How to make a telephone solicitor mad (Score 0) 251

by Obfuscant (#47760223) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Last century, I worked for a magazine sales company that did telephone soliciting.

I'm fascinated by this concept of "magazine" to which you refer. Do you have a newsletter I might subscribe to that explains it in more detail?

Then I set the phone down and go about what I was doing.

In other words, you pay for a phone line that you can't use because the guy hung up thirty minutes ago and you haven't gotten back to hang yours up yet.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506

by Obfuscant (#47760073) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

I'd be willing to bet that said data will show that the gross majority of accidents happen just after the driver takes control, and are a direct result of driver actions.

Just like the majority of aircraft incidents are caused by "pilot error" because, well, there was a pilot on board and he didn't stop whatever bad thing it was from happening. Autopilot went south, drove the elevator trim full nose up, and the pilot couldn't get the nose back down before the plane went into a stall/spin/crash/die? That was his error. Or he failed to cancel his flight because he didn't detect the problem before taking off. That's "pilot error", too, just worded as "improper preflight".

So from what you say, as a potential driver of an autonomous vehicle, whenever it barfs and tries to hand control over to me, I should refuse. Otherwise, when I can't fix whatever situation the car has gotten me into it will be my fault ("accidents happen just after the driver takes control"). To keep from being sued for the accident, I'll have to take the position that "hey, I was never in control, it was Google that failed, sue them."

Of COURSE a large number, even majority, of accidents in autonomous vehicles will happen "just after" the vehicle has bailed out on the driver and said "tag, you're it". Especially to those drivers who want to abandon their responsibility for their own safety and sleep instead of drive. "I said WAKE UP human, I can't deal with thi.... (sound of bending metal) oh never mind."

Comment: Re:Short term (Score 1) 506

by Obfuscant (#47759951) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Because the cost to purchase a feature is not necessarily reflective of the cost to implement that feature. The difference between the two is called profit.

Which includes profit for lawyers, because you can take it as a fact that there will be lawsuits every time an autonomous vehicle kills or injures someone. That's a natural side-effect of outrageous promises that would be called "false advertising" were the same kind of claims applied to a toaster or television.

Comment: Re:Be careful with those assumptions. (Score 1) 281

by Obfuscant (#47759821) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

However, to assume that natural selection cannot accomplish in 4000 years, what we've done through selective breeding in ~40 years is odd to me. In humans there isn't some intelligence applying the selection,

Yes, there is. It is humans themselves. Natural selection means some get left behind. Humans work very hard to avoid that. Premies get intensive care, diabetics get insulin, and there are any number of other juvenile (and adult) diseases that don't "cull the herd" anymore. And even before modern medical miracles, humans went out of their way to deal with childhood diseases as an intelligent process. It has been a very long time since the wolves or other predators were allowed to pick off the weakest humans in the pack.

No, humans are not less robust, at least in an evolutionary sense, because evolution is all about survival in the environment as it is at the moment.

Diabetes, cancers, gastric disorders (Celiac, e.g.), endometriosis, fibromyalgia, and any number of other increasingly common disorders would contradict that. Even the now almost ubiquitous eye glasses show a declining trend in physical abilities. The increase in IVF for women who are otherwise unable to have children naturally only tends to continue the genes that create that problem.

There are no "bad" genes.

Of course there are, and you know what I meant was not "misbehaving" or any other sentient meaning to "bad", I meant genes that were involved in genetic disorders. Whether that's a gene that results in sickle cell or juvenile diabetes or whatever, that's what I mean by a "bad gene".

All traits are trade offs and to assume any trait is inherently "Bad" is to fall into the same faulty reasoning that led to eugenics in the first place.

Not all traits are trade-offs. Tell a child with leukemia or diabetes that his "trait" is actually beneficial in some way. Tell someone who is badly nearsighted and can't see anything without glasses that his trait is beneficial in some way. Tell the child who is born with a cleft palate that you aren't going to do cosmetic surgery because his trait is actually beneficial. Let the Down Syndrome kids use their beneficial trait to make good lives on their own.

You're bending so far over backwards to be politically correct that you're making ridiculous statements.

Evolution is not directional. There is not De-Evolution as a counter to Evolution.

I really don't care what name you want to apply to it, when you remove natural selection from the process of evolution, evolution no longer works. Humans have not been subject to natural selection for most negative traits for a very long time. No, we haven't managed to remove it completely and there is still infant mortality, but we're working as hard as we can to keep natural selection, and thus evolution, from working for us. By keeping natural selection from working for us, we're being "compassionate" and "social" and all those good things, but we're also allowing the non-beneficial changes to propagate and reducing the benefit from the beneficial ones.

Shortly after humans evolved tricolor vision we started loosing the ability to detect most pheromones.

I really have to figure out how the human fossil record gives you that information. No, I really don't care, because that's so far in the past that it was before existing civilizations and thus before current efforts to defeat natural selection that it is completely irrelevant to this discussion.

Comment: Re: Free market (Score 1) 257

by Obfuscant (#47759481) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Having been born in Texas, the only union members I ran across

How many times do I have to say "I didn't say 'in every case'?" before you get the clue?

Just because everyone's an asshole to you (wonder why)

And now you've turned the discussion into ad hominem as you usually do.

Where are you where everyone's in a union?

I didn't say everyone was in a union, you fucking moron. I said "in many cases", which should make it clear that it isn't everyone. Sheesh, are you this dense deliberately, or do you come by it naturally?

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