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Comment Re:Thank the Lord... (Score 1, Informative) 283

Weather =/= Climate

Of course they're not the same, otherwise we wouldn't need two words. But claiming that they aren't linked is just silly. The changes to the climate we've experienced so far are already exacerbating extreme weather events, e.g., causing more frequent, stronger, and longer heat waves, increasing the strength of hurricanes, etc.

Smoking isn't the same thing as lung cancer either, but I certainly wouldn't recommend picking up the habit.

Comment Re: The above is informative ? (Score 1) 560

Really is there any point in history, that you can look at and say the world would be better off if you could have erased America ?

Maybe ask the Native American tribes that question.

Arguing that today's violence is acceptable because the overall death toll is lower today than yesterday is weak. It's like saying you shouldn't complain about being locked up for no reason because your captors stopped beating you.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

Driving on forest service roads and BLM lands probably doesn't apply to 99.9% of the population, but the general theme of having emergency supplies at the ready does. It would be prudent to have an emergency kit inside each service car in urban areas that could be accessed by the occupants in an emergency.

The cost of maintaining the supplies would be handled the same way as keeping the car clean by including it in the cost of the ride. And whoever used them could be charged for replacement if that is more efficient than spreading it over all riders.

Families with kids that carry around a larger assortment of "emergency" items may choose to own their own car for that time period and return to the service model once their grown enough to require a more manageable set of items. I really think a lot of these issues will be worked out pretty easily once the model takes off.

Comment Re:Efficiency (Score 1) 904

In addition to this, people will be plugging in to recharge at different times. Some nine-to-five people get home at 6pm and stay home with their families while others go out with friends and plug in later in the evening. And then there are the people on night and graveyard shifts. Add to that those with short commutes who will recharge minimally each day and others that will recharge at work.

Eventually, by exploiting a smart grid and your schedule, your car could delay charging for a few hours when it knows usage will be lower and prices cheaper.

Comment Re: No it is not (Score 4, Informative) 351

We are all responsible for our own actions.

Certainly. But that doesn't mean our actions cannot be influenced by others, especially when those influences are subtle or act on the subconscious.

No need for 'regulation' or 'protection' of classes of people of any age.

Were you replying to someone else? I wasn't calling for state action or regulation.

Comment Re: No it is not (Score 5, Insightful) 351

Still, you only buy something if you believe it is worth the money. No ad holds a gun to your head and forces you to make a purchase. They only suggest that something is worth purchasing or that their brand is better than the competition... you ultimately make the decision what to buy, and most importantly, whether to buy it in the first place.

Modern advertising and PR learned quite a bit from the propaganda on both sides during WW2. It chooses music and images to elicit specific emotions such as feeling that something is missing in your life, or you're too fat, or that with this product people will like you. Have you noticed the recent uptick in television advertisements featuring veterans that have absolutely nothing to do with veterans?

"Oh thank God! She made it home in one piece, and her dog missed her so much. Now go buy whatever-the-fuck dogfood we're selling or you don't support our troops!"

Sure, there's no gun to your head. But the industry wouldn't spend billions of dollars doing it if it didn't increase sales. And every year they research new techniques to tug on your heartstrings or make you feel inadequate, and then they show you the product that will fill that void. Your mind is being programmed at every opportunity, and I believe you should have to opt in to it only if you want.

Comment Re:Feels weird agreeing with scientologists (Score 1) 265

IRS 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted from political action group activities. If they want the benefit of being a charity, they have to act like one.

(Not that it really matters because the IRS lost the Ring of Power to Audit Church-like organizations back in 2009 or so.)

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 377

I'm gonna have to go against the chorus and lay the blame at your feet, honestly. You left a booby trap for whoever rebooted that server at any point in the future. Had you removed the hard drive or put the machine into a donation pile, I could understand.

Say you get hit by a bus the next week and they hire a new sysadmin. A few days later he's asked to setup a new service and decides to repurpose that unused server. He connects it to the network, boots it, installs updates and new software . . . and then gets pulled onto some other task that takes a day. That night disaster strikes. Is it his fault for not ensuring there were no dangerous cron jobs left on the machine?

Perhaps, but it's much easier to disarm bombs you've designed rather than force the job onto some poor, unsuspecting sap. :)

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel