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Comment: Re:Are they LEOs (Score 1) 92

We're all the same, Milgram proved that. Given similar circumstances you or I would behave the same way, so let's stop perpetuating the stereotypes.

Erm, no, we're not. There are George Washingtons, for example.

That trope is a nice way of not having to make choices, and also of course excusing one's own transgressions, though.

Comment: Re:Crazy idea (Score 1) 202

by cascadingstylesheet (#49769181) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

Why not simply let the user choose what they want ? Personally, I don't really care what they look like, but once I'm used to a set of icons, I would prefer to keep it.

Because ... because ... er, we don't have enough disk space or something? Yeah, that's it ...

What do you want? It's not like these are computers and you can configure them or anything!

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 357

Pretty much this. "We fucked up and embarassed ourselves, so we're going to take it out on you because we can". That's what it reads like. Was the guy who owned the car black, too?

So you are saying that California is a racist police state?

Whoops, wrong article.

Same snarky question re DC though ...

Comment: Re: Apple ][ was a great product (Score 1) 74

by cpt kangarooski (#49745473) Attached to: In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days

Though there was a good reason for the original compact Macs to discourage users from opening them up -- there were exposed high voltage monitor electronics in there which could give you a hell of a zap of not properly discharged.

The later all in one Macs of the 90s were better in that regard. Their user suitable parts (motherboard, drives) all were easy to get at, but the monitors and power supplies were fully enclosed.

Comment: Re:Social Skills, Competition skills (Score 1) 299

My 15 year old me is kicking me for saying this, but learning how to integrate into society, listening to other people's thoughts, and learning how to agree and disagree without going all Fox News screamy-shouty goes a long way.

I agree. You should have your child(ren) listen to Rush instead.

Give it a try. He's actually much more respectful of callers who disagree with him, than most people who say "Fox News" a lot are of those who disagree with them.

Comment: Re: Well... (Score 0) 276

Bernie Sanders is what was once called 'Liberal'

It is still what Liberal means in Europe. but it has been scandalized as "Socialism" in the USA by the gop

Libertarian has been hijacked as some small government laissez faire concept which allows for complete control by the wealthy be convincing the masses that there is no benefit to cooperative efforts like Unions to support their common causes

Yeah, that's the problem.

Sure, the Left got everything it wanted, but since everything still sucks, that must mean that we didn't "stimulate" enough.

And somehow, some way, it must be those wascally wepubwicans fault. Because reasons.

Comment: Re:New Jersey and Other Fictions... (Score 1) 615

by cpt kangarooski (#49707607) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

These people are increasingly rare, given that more gas stations lack "full-service" pumps.

Well, chalk one up for electrics, I guess.

Tesla's working on automated full-service battery swapping stations. And apparently also on charging cords that can plug themselves in:


Robots of that sort already exist, so you can see the sort of thing he's probably referring to:


Comment: Re:Won't save most of the 4000 lives (Score 1) 615

by cpt kangarooski (#49707571) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

Local delivery (Fed Ex, UPS etc) will still have an operator (or perhaps two or more) that can jump out with the package while the delivery truck drives around the block

That's what the Amazon drones are for. The truck just has to cruise through the neighborhood. Meanwhile, small drone aircraft that it carries will work to carry packages out of the truck and to front doors. A human will still be needed for heavy or bulky packages, or for deliveries that have to be brought inside or where there's no convenient place for the drone to land to deposit them, but those packages and destinations can be separated from the others at the local depot, and all put on a smaller number of trucks, therefore needing a smaller number of humans. You won't need a human for every truck if you work out the routes each day based on the nature of the packages you've got and where you're taking them.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955