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Comment: Theology is bad too (Score 4, Insightful) 519

by ZombieBraintrust (#47767387) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio
I would also argue that "Intelligent Design" isn't Christian. Arguing that God exists because the world is made the same way a human would make it isn't biblical. An all knowing God doesn't need reason to create anything. An all powerfull God does not care about efficiency. Human asthetics from human culture/biology isn't going to influance how God creates the world. Intelligent Design anthropomorphizes God into a man. You wind up with Zeus instead of a pillar of fire/burning bush/rock of ages.

Comment: Re:Short term (Score 1) 503

by ZombieBraintrust (#47759489) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
So what does that entail? Taking a road test every 5 years? Every year? 16 year old kids can pass the current tests. But they are not wonderful drivers. Now imagine those 16 year olds never getting any better at driving. Becoming 30 year olds who need to look in the manual to remember what lever is the turn signal.

Comment: Short term (Score 4, Insightful) 503

by ZombieBraintrust (#47758887) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
That is very short term thinking. 15 years after driverless cars are released your going to have a whole generation of people who never learned to drive a car. People who get the license and then forget everything because they haven't touched the wheel in 10 years. There is not going to be anyone quilified to drive a car. You will just have millions of amatuers with a skill level of a 16 year old.

Comment: Re:Sale by another name (Score 1) 82

That depends on where you live. In Europe you have

European Court of Justice ruled on July 3, 2012, that it is indeed permissible to resell software licenses even if the digital good has been downloaded directly from the Internet, and that the first-sale doctrine applied whenever software was originally sold to a customer for an unlimited amount of time, as such sale involves a transfer of ownership, thus prohibiting any software maker from preventing the resale of their software by any of their legitimate owners

In the United States the issue is working its way through the courts. Basically some courts are willing to call a spade a spade. And know a sale when they see one.

Comment: Sale by another name (Score 1) 82

Chances are it was sold to them with a buy button and the description of the product was the product not the licence to the product. Chances are the payment was one time payment for permanent access to the copy. This is the definition of a sale. Calling a sale by another name does not change it from being a sale.

Comment: Re:Supplant Niche (Score 1) 66

by ZombieBraintrust (#47677175) Attached to: Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)
That is missing the point. At one time we lived in a world where people wondered when we would have personal communicators like in star trek. The fact that expensive cellphones existed that fit in brief case was not relavant. Pagers came closer to the dream. The dream was fufilled with those small flip phones. The artical could of easily been about why we don't have electric cars yet. Yes Tesla is building electric cars and yes electric car prototypes existed sinse the beginning of car design. But that is not the point. 99% of the worlds still uses fossil fuels. When do the masses get the electric car they were promissed in science fiction?

Comment: Supplant Niche (Score 2) 66

by ZombieBraintrust (#47673263) Attached to: Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)
Flying Car != car that flies. Flying car is a vehicle that flies that supplants the automobile as the primary mode of transportation. Think cell phones replacing telephones, cars replacing horses, or personal computers replacing typewriters. The helicopter hasn't replaces the car. It isn't what these people are talking about.

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