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Comment Re:Key points about AI (Score 1) 236

Regarding #4 - it's not that taking over the world or killing all humans is the AI's end-goal. It's just removing variables from the scenario. Since humans are unpredictable and are likely to interfere with it, preventing it from accomplishing its actual goals, it's entirely logical to reach "destroy all humans" as an intermediate step.

Comment Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

In 2014, 39% of US Electricity came from coal, and that percentage is declining.

Coal isn't competing well with natural gas, and they're closing down a large number of older coal plants, and aren't building new ones. Most new plants are natural gas or renewables.

That said, it's still easier to control emissions at a single source than at thousands.

Comment Correct! (Score 1) 148

I have a 2006 Prius and just recently we got a 2014 Prius V... And the '06 has a vastly superior navigation system. The '14 comes with crapware-loaded Entune and some of the worst user-interface decisions I've ever seen in a product.

I like that it shows me the traffic, but it'd be nice if they licensed Google Maps for the information so it'd be closer to accurate. And it'd also be nice if roads in cities weren't grey-on-grey with grey text. (Why are you showing me that I'm in a city by changing the background to grey anyway? Is the population of the current governmental entity really critical information when driving?)

It's also somewhat amusing - but also irritating - to see garbage like Bing or in the car screen, which work if you connect them to the internet on your smartphone... But if I have my smartphone in the car, wouldn't I check movie times on that, instead of a never-updated slow app whose interface was designed by someone that wears their pants on their head?

Comment Re:The rest of the world plays the same video game (Score 1) 1168

Switzerland issues fully automatic assault rifles (real assault rifles, not just "scary looking semi-autos") to every mentally competent male of military-eligible age.

Switzerland also requires that said mentally competent males of military-eligible age go through military boot camp and be part of their National Guard Reserve equivalent. Once their term of service is over, the automatic capability of the rifles is disabled.

Comment MA - Incredibly smooth. (Score 1) 821

As usual. Walk up, tell them my name and address. It gets crossed off and a paper ballot is handed to me. I fill in some dots with a marker, then stick it into a machine that reads it and I get a shiny "I voted today" sticker as they mark me off in a second set of books.

It took at most five minutes. I have no idea how other states can mess such a simple process up so badly.

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark