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Comment: Re:Risk aversion (Score 1) 203

by Razed By TV (#47970653) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails
I would say there is nothing wrong with a project failing. I don't fund a project thinking "failure is not an option."

However, the projects I have had "fail" were not due to problems related to the project. Instead, funds disappeared, with nothing to account for them. Army Men playing cards had its funds disappear, about the same time the creator took a honeymoon. Somehow, he ended up finding the money and giving everyone a refund.
Another fail, still in progress, is the Asylum playing cards. Ed Nash took a lot of people's money and had the artwork for the cards. He never got the cards printed, and has offered very little in explanation for the status of the project, or where the money has gone. A legal case has started against him in Washington state.

In short, if a project tries, and fails, that's one thing. But if it is simply fraud, that is entirely unacceptable.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 393

by Razed By TV (#47932419) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

They're lighter too, so you need less energy all together.

Google tells me that a Tesla Model S weighs 4,464 or 4,647 lbs.
A 2008 Toyota Camry is supposedly 3307 lbs. A 2014 Camry is 3190.
I think any reduction in engine weight is made up for by the batteries.

Whatever you will spend on a new battery will be a lot less than what you pay to maintain your gas engine car over it's lifetime. There is already a robust market for rebuilt battery packs and that will baloon in the near future. (Not all cells go bad at the same time. Just replace the bad performing cells and you're good to go)

When your battery has diminished life due to age of the battery, you will not be replacing individual cells.
This post puts the cost of a battery for a Tesla S at $45k. Alternatively, it looks like you can pre-pay $12k when you get your car and get your replacement battery years later.

I have no idea of what the availability is/will be for third party huge car batteries... It is a little bit of a specialty item.

Comment: Re:Same as humans ... (Score 1) 165

by Razed By TV (#47922669) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics
I have a friend, a Comp Sci graduate no less, that can't see the endless utility of AI. His viewpoint is that you can simply program things to behave like they're intelligent, like these robots. He does not see the distinction, that an AI can be your friend, your researcher, your 24/7 slave/military tactician holed up underground somewhere. That it can do things without having to be programmed to do them.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 338

by Razed By TV (#47725413) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike
One counter argument would be the small municipalities who don't get get broadband at all, despite already having the wire/fiber running through their town.

Another counter argument would be the lack of infrastructure upgrades, combined with overselling bandwidth, combined with Verizon not playing fair with Netflix.

As for offering service to out of towners - if a neighboring town wanted to buy service from my municipal broadband, and they were willing to create their own infrastructure to connect with mine, it doesn't sound too unreasonable.

Comment: Re:Easy, India or China (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by Razed By TV (#47717685) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical
Re-read your post. I'll help you out, even.

So why has every environmental initiative in the past 40 years been pushed by the Democrats and resisted by the Republicans?

Why did "mega-corporate bitch" Obama introduce new carbon emissions rules in June that will cost energy producers a fortune?

What happened to your brain in the 60 minutes between your posts? At first you extoll the virtues of the Democrats, and now you claim your original post is about Democrats and Rebulicans being the same. Do you see the discontinuity?

GP has it right. The US was built disregarding the damage we were doing to the environment. Now that we're on top, its easy for us to tell people not to do things. But if anyone else wants to get ahead, they're going to do it the cheap and easy way. Without some sort of alternative financial incentive, greed will drive countries to disregard the environment to ensure their industry evolves. While you can point at Democrats and Republicans and call them angels or devils, the rest of the world is going to do what they want with regards to the environment (and there are a lot more of them than there are of us).

Comment: Re:Flaws? (Score 1) 203

by Razed By TV (#47710933) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Min/maxing is half the fun of the game, unless it leaves the PCs woefully unbalanced between one another.

I'm not sure how you can have min/maxing without it unbalancing the PC's. It becomes an arms race between players to find the most powerful, game breaking combos. Spreadsheets, forums, and research on things that can be abused. It leaves the non min/maxers in the dust, and the GM has to find some way to tone up encounters without destroying everyone else.

Not the idea that if I'm going to be a wizard, I'm going to be the smartest guy around, or if I'm going to hit people in the face with my axe, then I'm going to be the biggest, toughest guy around. Those are totally viable character ideas, especially your first time playing before you've grown bored of the shallow archetypes. And yet, that's min-maxing.

You can roleplay the smartest/strongest guy around, or you can abuse the rule system to become the strongest/smartest guy around. When your level 5 character has godly powers to influence the game through some clever min/maxing, it really ruins the experience for others.

It's a broken system where in order to be an non-cliche character you have to be disadvantaged mechanically, because the game is build on archetype enforcement, that's the problem.

I'll give you this one. The upside, you can use min/maxing to offset your mechanical flaws. So my martial adept, Gravedigger, used a shovel as a weapon. He had a penalty to fight with it, but I was still able to game the system to still be overpowered.

On a side note, there were enough base classes in 3.5 that you could almost make whatever character you wanted by dipping into them a la carte. See my rogue/scout/ranger/fighter.

Comment: Re:Circomventing controlls (Score 1) 127

by Razed By TV (#47658177) Attached to: DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists
That was my first thought before reading the article. Pay the employee, no hassle and red rape to worry about getting caught up in. However, FTFA:

Under a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA and Amtrakâ(TM)s own police agency, the task force can obtain Amtrak confidential passenger reservation information at no cost, the inspector generalâ(TM)s report said. Under an agreement, Amtrak police would receive a share of any money seized as a result of such drug task force investigations, and Amtrakâ(TM)s inspector general concluded that DEAâ(TM)s purchase of the passenger information deprived the Amtrak Police Department of money it would have received from resulting drug arrests.

So it may simply be that there was a lot of money to be made by screwing Amtrak out of it.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 512

genital mutilation is not an islamic thing but an africans natural religions/tribal thing.

I mean, maybe you could say that it's African in that it is most prevalent in countries in Africa. But it is significant in Iran and Iraq, as well. You can check out this link I painstakingly researched:

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"