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Comment Re:It is what it is (Score 2, Insightful) 332

Of course we can never know for sure if Japan would have surrendered without the bombs, but that in itself is a false dichotomy. A demonstration of the bomb, with Japanese military officials invited to see it, was considered by the US. It's hard to justify why that was not even tried first, before moving directly to the bombing of civilians.

How about vengeance, for Pearl Harbor (2,400 dead), Okinawa (14,000 dead), Iwo Jima (6,800 dead), etc?

It was war. Three years of watching young men come home in coffins will harden anyone's soul.

Comment Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609

Your individual right to weapons may not be limited in any way.

So if I were an American (I'm not, I'm Canadian), I should be able to own an RPG, or an Abrams tank or F22 Raptor, or even perhaps a tactical nuclear weapon? And for the record, I am not anti-gun, even though I have never held or fired one. I am a grown up and understand that there are scenarios where owning a firearm is reasonable and perhaps even necessary. But really, "...may not be limited in any way"? Doesn't it just become one giant arms race at that point?

Comment Re:Insurance companies suffer? (Score 1) 389

But, it just means that they need to change their business model.

Or they will lobby to change the ratio. No executive of an insurance company who has a pulse will roll over that easily. The industry will fight tooth and nail anything that threatens their revenue stream.

Comment Re: Already been burnt by the price (Score 1) 104

I have an acoustic neuroma (benign tumour on the auditory nerve), which combines high frequency hearing loss with tinnitus. I use Sennheiser buds (can't remember the model). They're decent. No amount of equalisation will give me back my hearing above 2kHz, but the Sennheisers are pretty good and were under 100 bucks.

Comment Re:Should be 9 (Score 1) 374

Agreed. I was the lucky recipient of three Windows disasters when I bought new PC's: Windows ME, Vista and 8. With ME and Vista I would eventually update to their successors, but after watching many people struggle with 8 (and helping them put in the Classic hack to get rid of the tiles nonsense), I am done with Microsoft. All new hardware purchases in this household will run either OSX/iOS or Linux/Android. I know there are issues with those OSes, but I refuse to give Microsoft one more penny of my hard earned money.

Comment Re: Human fallback (Score 1) 477

Yup, I screwed up - see my reply to the above post. I have cruise control on my Fusion. I was thinking about a system that did both speed and steering. On your second point, I see more of a decline than a collapse of civilization, unless something totally unpredictable happens like an asteroid strike. I think we'll gradually return to the previous social structure, prior to the post-Depression emergence of the middle class, where very few people are rich and privileged and the rest are poor and can only afford the most basic things in life.

Comment Re:Human fallback (Score 1) 477

Should have had that second coffee this morning. What I meant by "super-cruise control" would be that it would handle acceleration AND steering, as long as the car was travelling at a fairly consistent speed with little traffic around it. The minute things got congested or the road conditions changed it would revert control to the driver, like when today's cruise control disengages on braking. "Super-cruise control" would allow you to drop your hands to your side where they could rest on long stretches of highway driving, reducing fatigue in your shoulders and neck, but still require you to be in the driver's seat and alert/sober. Then from that starting point, the automakers would add the increments: increase the speed range that the car would be able to deal with (+/- 30mph); increasing the number of cars within "x" feet in either direction that it could track and adjust to, etc. Eventually, the system would become 100% self-driving. Bottom line, autonomous cars will remain in beta for quite a while before the average citizen will ever own one, and only after auto makers and insurance companies can come to an agreement on funding liability claims. The insurance companies are not going to walk away from that revenue source, no matter how safe cars become.

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