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Comment: Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (Score 1) 199

The writer also doesn't get exponential growth. By the time you see the singularity coming, it will be too late to stop it.
Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug....
Too late.

Comment: Re:Not easy to go nuclear, though it's the answer (Score 1) 93

by ShanghaiBill (#48446037) Attached to: Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

they've been led around by people like Hermet Kohl and Angela Merkel for so long they just don't know any better.

Angela Merkel has never led anyone anywhere. She just waits to see which policy is going to be most popular, and then she jumps in front of it.

Comment: Re:What did China promise? (Score 1) 93

by ShanghaiBill (#48445943) Attached to: Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

China promised to do nothing, other than make Obama look like a dumb-ass.

Obama didn't promise to do anything either. Under American law, no international agreement is binding unless it is ratified by the Senate. Chance of that happening in this case: 0%.

What Obama "promised" is what America is on track to accomplish anyway. Vehicle fuel efficiency is rising. Shale gas is replacing coal. Electricity consumption is falling, as people go from incandescent to CFL to LED, and CRT to flat screen.

Comment: Re:Why giving ? (Score 1) 84

by ShanghaiBill (#48444387) Attached to: How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Remember the boost India got from British law, civil organization, and railroad engineering?

When the British arrived in India in the 1600s, Indians and Britons had roughly similar levels of income. By 1947, when the British left, Indians had less than 5% the income of Britons, and India was one of the poorest countries in the world. In the decade prior to independence, three million Indians starved to death.

Comment: Re: Why giving ? (Score 1) 84

by ShanghaiBill (#48444343) Attached to: How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Kind of hard to find a job in the middle of the great recession combined with massive outsourcing and legal/illegal rampant immigration.

Baloney. Go early in the morning to any Home Depot or other home improvement store, and you will see a crowd of day laborers in the parking lot. By late morning, most of them have found work for the day. Do a quick demographic survey, and this is what you will find: Number of white people: 0%. Number of black people: 0%. Number of Hispanic people: 100%. The reason is that the Hispanics can't get paid to do nothing. The problem is not a "lack of jobs" but a lack of easy jobs that people are willing to do. Necessity is the mother of the work ethic.

Comment: Re:OH GOODY (Score 1) 165

by ShanghaiBill (#48444293) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

Cause nobody hypes their shit as much as apple and its legion of zombies.

1. Apple isn't hyping this. Corning is. Apple has a policy of not hyping what they aren't selling. They don't pre-announce features.
2. Nearly all companies hype their products. But if it involves Apple, more people pay attention.

Comment: Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (Score 2) 348

by ShanghaiBill (#48444251) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Roads are already dedicated tracks. If your self-driving cars can't handle law abiding, human drivers on the same road, then they aren't worth the bother in the first place.

SDCs can drive much closer together. Most estimates are that lane capacity will go up by a factor of five. If we are still going to have human drivers, then we will need more road capacity, more safety features, heavier and more expensive cars to withstand accidents, etc. I doubt many people will accept those higher taxes and costs to subsidize your hobby. If you want to drive, go to a privately owned track.

Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 292

by ShanghaiBill (#48442585) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Isn't it far more convenient to use them, well, like we used to use paper?

When I work with paper, I usually lay out two or more sheets side by side. Same when I use a computer monitor. I have the docs in one window, my code in a second window, and the output in a third. So my monitor needs to be wide enough for three windows. A square monitor would be okay, but it needs to be a more than 1920 pixels in each direction. If it was 2560, I would buy it.

Comment: Woody Allen in Sleeper (Score 1) 227

by ShanghaiBill (#48442563) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

This reminds me of the scene from Sleeper, where Woody Allen wakes up after 200 years. When he asks for granola, they are surprised that in the past, that was considered healthy.

Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge?
Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.
Dr. Melik: Incredible.

The funny thing is, all this has actually happened, and we now know that the steak and deep fat is better for you than carbohydrate laden granola.

Comment: Re:Assembla (Score 1) 33

by ShanghaiBill (#48439139) Attached to: Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

Are we taking bets on how long they have before they get sued over the name?

Pro-tip: When you start a company, don't give it a common word as a name, otherwise when people search for your company, 99.99% of the hits are for something else. If they made such a basic and obvious mistake, I doubt if they are going to get much else right.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 179

because people don't want to live in a 3rd world shithole full of billions of overcrowded people they're "xenophobic"?

Yes, if you believe that immigration will turn America into a "3rd world shithole" then you are a xenophobe. People said the same thing when the immigrants were Germans, Irish, Italian, Jews and Chinese that they are now saying about Mexicans. They were wrong every time, and are almost certainly wrong now too. Arriving immigrants quickly rise to American levels of productivity, and within a generation, they usually exceed it.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 179

If it's such a great idea, why isn't everybody else opening their borders already?

1. Economic ignorance
2. Xenophobia

People can be astonishingly ignorant about what economic policies work, and which don't. Look at the NAFTA agreement between America, Mexico and Canada. Economists pretty much universally agree that all three countries have benefited, yet the people in ALL THREE countries believe they got screwed and all the benefits went to the other two.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 179

I don't disagree with what Obama did in principle, but I disagree with the way he did it. We're still a nation of lex, not rex

If Congress doesn't like what he did, they can pass a law and overturn it. Chance of that happening: 0%, at least in the next two years. In the absence of a law saying otherwise, Obama is free to run immigration policy as he sees fit.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 5, Insightful) 179

he managed to screw both blue and white-collar workers in one fell swoop

Only if you believe the Lump of Labor Fallacy. Real economies are not zero sum, and there is not a fixed number of jobs to be had. History has shown that countries with permissive immigration policies tend to have lower unemployment than more restrictive neighboring countries.

What Obama did is not only more humane for the families directly affected, it is also good for the American economy, and good for American workers.

Comment: Re:Nuclear weapons? (Score 1) 41

by ShanghaiBill (#48436793) Attached to: CERN Releases LHC Data

Can the availability of these data help me — or Iran — develop a nuclear weapon faster?

No. The physics of nuclear weapons is already well understood. The hard part is the logistics of getting the materials and components. These data would not help there.

However, the data are useful for anyone attempting to power a starship with a warp drive, since that requires exposing the dilithium crystals to copious quantities of Higgs bosons.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.

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