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Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 430

Also, the (possibly trained) driver isn't going to be the only person to ever sit behind the wheel. Valets, mechanics, and friends will all take turns driving over the years. Is Joe Driver going to remember that the pattern he's learned and committed to muscle memory over months of driving is unexpected, and to warn everyone he gives the keys to? This is bad UI, pure and simple.

Comment Re:If it's "settled", it ISN'T "science" (Score 1) 487

Just like government power over people leads to mass murders and genocides.

I agree. That's why I find it extremely worrysome that the 1% now holds over third of all economic power in the US, wields it unelected and answering to nobody, and is getting more powerful by the moment. Do you have any specific ideas on how to adress this threat before it extinguishes the last remnants of freedom?

But to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

Indeed. The for-profit industrial prison system holds more victims than any country in the world. Even Comrade Stalin and his gulags have been superceded.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 487

When you hire a consultant to tell you what's wrong with your organization, it's bad practice to hire the same people to do the cleaning up; it creates a perverse incentive.

What's almost always wrong with a dysfunctional organization is that people are either afraid and thus focus on covering their asses rather than working or in worst case sabotaging each other to make themselves look better, or just plain hate you.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 2) 487

Climate scientists aren't qualified to answer most of those questions; you need to hire economists and agronomists.

Economists aren't really useful for anything except propaganda, because you can always find one who'll tell you what you want to hear, no matter how stupid. The combination of nigh impossibility to isolate variables and high economic stakes makes the whole field a bad joke.

Comment Re:How about this (Score 1) 585

Thanks for the correction, I meant to say "a year" but messed up. I think $50+ a year is way too high for most websites, especially Wired that I read infrequently...

Also think about it from the standpoint of magazines - you used to be able to subscribe to a magazine for $12 per year, which had a lot more costs (like printing) going on for a fair amount of content per month. Why should you have to pay substantially more than a magazine for the same amount of content?

I personally also doubt I'd pay $12/year for Wired at this point though, it's not the Wired of old...

Comment How about this (Score 1) 585

However, that 1 dollar a week thing... isn't it exactly what people here and elsewhere asked for?

I don't think many people have asked to pay $50+ a month for a website, or would be willing to pay that much...

What about some combination of payment and sensible ads? Let Wired sell ads that are just images, that link to an advertisers site. Few would object to that, they'd make less but that could be made up by a more reasonable subscription rate (like say $1/month).

Wired could even offer to give advertisers aggregate data for anyone that actually clicked on a ad, so they would not lose as much over traditional advertising... most people would not care, because is the UX abusing aspect of ads (like popover/unders) that really anger people.

Comment What we don't know; everything (Score 3, Insightful) 487

It's a turn of phrase in this case, but we know that man's emissions cause some aspect of the climate change we're seeing.

"Some aspect" where the exact amount is undefined.

Oh, and the total amount of warming we'll see is undefined.

Oh, and the amount of warming that is harmful is undefined.

Oh, and the benefits to the world from a warmer climate are undefined.

Oh, and the mechanism that triggers an ice age is undefined.

Comment Re:Easy Hack (Score 3, Interesting) 81

If you gather together enough unclassified information, you can frequently distill from it facts that are considered classified.

Like tracking the tail numbers of international flights to uncover the CIA's rendition program.

Not to mention that a staff directory is exactly what you want for spearfishing campaigns.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 1) 267

associated by who?

Pretty much everyone, including law enforcement.
The media loves to link Bitcoin to "the dark web" and terrorism.

invested hundreds of millions of dollars into blockchain technology.

Blockchain technology is not virtual currency, it's merely a distributed/verified ledger of transactions.

Lots of companies want to get involved with using the blockchain concept, not all of them want to get involved with using Bitcoin.

Even SWIFT, the 800 lb gorilla of financial transactions, is trying to figure out how to revamp their business to use blockchain technology as the foundation. Likely a private blockchain which they can control.

Comment Why batteries? Hydrogen much denser. (Score 3, Insightful) 345

As I posted below, it seems pretty obvious you would use fuel cells instead of batteries for an electric aircraft... from your energy density link compressed hydrogen has an even better energy density (142 MJ/kg) than jet fuel (46 MJ/kg)!

The cost of hydrogen production is estimated to become close to gasoline production over the next decade or so, but there is a huge pollution benefit to using fuel cells which could drive adoption quicker.

The currently very low cost of oil is probably the main thing that would keep airplanes from going electric soon.

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