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Comment More Great Blowing Sound (Score 1) 162

Ross Perot's "Great Sucking Sound" in reverse is starting to show up everywhere as the trillions we printed and sent out the trade deficit to China and elsewhere over the last 20 years is now boomeranging back into any possible hard asset class that isn't nailed down. Same goes for bay area real estate. Hopefully the money won't be excessively dumb.

Comment I have tape over my video camera (Score 2) 62

I have a little inconspicuous black piece of electrical tape over my webcam. I take it off whenever I need to video conference, which is not very often. I just don't get why they don't put a small manual shutter over the webcam on laptops. I guess grandma wouldn't figure out how to operate it or something.

Comment Meanwhilie is Russia, GMOs are banned - Seriously! (Score 2) 446

Putin just states that GMOs will be forbidden in Russia. This is not even a joke:


We will now be witness to a very large controlled experiment.

I have all ready arranged an explanation for you guys when Russia shows lower rates of disease X and scientists proclaim the "Russia Paradox":

1. There is better disease reporting in the west.
2. Russian statistics are doctored by corrupt officials.
3. Moderate vodka consumption has health benefits.

Comment Computer AI, the ultimate in plausible deniability (Score 1) 230

In the future, whenever anything bad happens, people will ascribe it to the actions of a rogue AI. This will be great for corporate and government plausible deniability because they could program the computer to do exactly what it did but they'll just say that AI is too powerful and too complex for it to be controllable by us mere humans and we just have to live with the occasional bad outcomes. The high-frequency trading industry already tries to slide by with this excuse saying their market manipulations are too complicated for regulators to understand and are the results of emergent behavior of their algorithms.

Comment unexpected positives? (Score 1) 615

If I was living in some remote rural town, say in southeast Utah that was 100 miles from the nearest Walmart and suddenly they start offering free delivery via self driving car on everything in the store, I think that would be kind of cool.

What about having a self driving camper with satellite wifi? You could sit in the back and do your digital nomad thing while the self driving car figured everything else and drove you all sorts of cool places.

Comment Just use Lyft Line (Score 1) 155

I have been taking Lyft "Line" around and it's sweet.. They take you just about anywhere for $5. Yes, you have to stop and pick someone else up or drop them off usually but it's so damned cheap! This is one of those too good to be true things that will only last till the end of the tech bubble. Reminds me of getting Kozmo.com to deliver a snickers bar to your door during the last bubble.

Comment Re:Not sure what they're looking at? (Score 2) 161

Performance hasn't increased that much over the last couple of years. Mainly power consumption and die size decreased and GPUs have been integrated, most laptops come with SSDs, but other than that things just aren't that much faster. It's not like the late 90s where you went from a Pentium 66mhz to 3ghz in practically no time.

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel