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Comment: Re:Bolt is a 20k car (Score 1) 249 249

The Volt doesn't sell better because it costs $40k and it's ugly as heck. For the same money I could buy a much nicer car. It's cool technology in an ugly and overpriced package.

Stick that tech in a Camaro body and people might pay for it. In a body that makes a Malibu look sexy, what's the point?

Comment: Re:No Organizations (Score 1) 268 268

Don't donate to any organized cause. Even the best run, most efficient ones still have part of your dollar go to administrative or marketing costs.

So the fuck what? Do you know what happens when you insist that every single dollar goes to to projects? You can't keep staff.

When there's no core funding for NGOs, they can only hire on a contract basis, which means that most of the people you want won't—can't—work for you, because they have families and stuff. And that means you get no decent skills on the ground. And that means you're flying in a bunch of outsiders who make a career out of this kind of thing, but who, no matter how well-intentioned, cannot know what things are like on the ground. And that means you waste time and money making mistakes that no local would ever make. And that means delays. And cost overruns....

... And before you know it, you're down $500 million and you've only built six houses.

Comment: Re:Krauss won't like the obvious answer (Score 1) 305 305

Science can tell us what the planet is and where it's going, but it can't tell us if that's a good thing or not.

This is a very insightful comment....

No, it's an absurd comment. I don't think it needs down-modding, but only because it needs to stand as an exemplar of just how intellectually lazy religiousity can make you.

The entire structure on which science is built on philosophy, which is grounded in trying to answer exactly the kind of questions that lead us ultimately to issues like whether global trends are good or bad for us. And in the process of doing that, it also helps define exactly what the trends are, exactly who 'us' is, and for good measure, it also gives us more useful terms than 'good' and 'bad'.

Now, you may want to live in a world without nuance, but some of us are content with the ambiguity and uncertainty that this brings, because to live otherwise would be fundamentally dishonest.

So you can say, if you like, that science doesn't moralise, but that cuts the branch from the trunk. Science is 'Natural Philosophy', which is intended to investigate the world in which we live, and ultimately, to serve as a specific application of philosophy (literally, the love of knowledge), whose purpose, explicitly, is to explain what we're doing here and why.

Comment: Re:Slow learners (Score 1) 107 107

Immediately jumping to absolutes will be your downfall. The world doesn't work that way my friend.

My point is that making a high profile website that thumbs its nose at law enforcement is a very foolish plan. It's attracting attention to a thing that you don't want to attract attention to. This is kind of predator-prey 101 here.

Of course law enforcement doesn't catch every underground marketplace. Likewise, my cat doesn't catch every rodent that walks through my neighborhood. But the parade of small lifeless bodies that greets me when I step out the front door every morning suggests that she does catch a lot of them who are foolish enough to attract her attention.

Comment: Re:One more in a crowded field (Score 0) 337 337

Oops, I forgot something important.

There is a simple web based IDE that you can use....

'A simple web-based IIiiheheheheh—Sorry. Aherm. A simple web-baHAHAHAHAHahaha!!! Phew! Sorry! Don't know what got into me. Let me try that again: A IDE, you say? And its... shchrmf web-ba...heheheh, I mean, uh web-bAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

*wipes tears away*

Sorry. I honestly don't know what got into me... WHEW!! All righty then. Sorry, just let me catch my breath and...

Now: A Simple. Web-based—mrfmmmmrfmmmffff—Web. Based....


I'm sorry. A web-based IDE! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Hey Chuck, get in here. This guy has a simple web-basedAAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Sorry, just read that, yeah, there. HAHAHAHAHA!

[Falls down. Dies laughing.]

Comment: Slow learners (Score 1) 107 107

Apparently this is being done by slow learners. If the FBI wants to stop you from doing something, they're going to stop you. If you're dumb enough to flaunt your invulnerability in their face, they're definitely gonna want to take you down. And they have a lot of smart people with a lot of experience at infiltrating organizations. Has the takedown of the last two Silk Roads taught you nothing?

Comment: Re:the world was supposed to end years ago (Score 1) 637 637

according to Al Bore, Greenpeace and dozens of climate models i've read about over the decades. our cities were supposed to have been devastated by super-hurricanes, F5 tornadoes and the rising ocean and these things keep getting pushed back and back

Living as I do in a city that was recently devastated by a super-hurricane (under 900 hPa in the eye), I'd like to second the other commenters in suggesting that you, sir, are indeed Exhibit A in this case. And may I suggest, sir, that you exhibit an airborne amorous manoeuvre on yon rolling doughnut.

Comment: Re:On Shopping Around (Score 1) 1032 1032

Not particularly. I chose my school specifically because it had an excellent program in the field I was studying. When you're getting a physics degree, it's rather hard to beat going to the school with the National Superconducting Super Collider. Even if you aren't going to graduate school, your professors are leading the field in research, and they're trying to product the kinds of students they would like to see in grad school.

Comment: Re:On Shopping Around (Score 1) 1032 1032

I turned out to be pretty happy with the state school's name printed on my diploma. I received an excellent education at in state prices. When your senior lab class is "build an MRI machine" from two magnets, a wire loop and a pulse generator, you can assume that the program is rigorous.

Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032 1032

Learning about art history is great. It's absolutely worth dedicating four years, or even a lifetime, to learning about art. At the same time, it's a really good idea to learn how to feed yourself and pay off the debts that you're accumulating to study art. I learned a couple of trades while I was studying physics. I've spent the last 20 years of my life working in one or the other of those trades. The physics degree was incredibly valuable to me personally. Learning to program a computer on my own time has been useful to me financially. Learning to paint houses kept me in food until I could find work programming. It also led me to other fun activities such as tile setting and laying pavers.

Setting tile might not be very erudite, but it is both financially and personally rewarding. It's also putting that study of art history to practical use, because mosaics are cool, and you don't get to build mosaics unless you're a pretty accomplished tile setter.

Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032 1032

So what exactly is stopping you from signing up for a trade program at a community college and getting a decent job so you can later study for the thing you want? There are always jobs open for machinists and welders, the money is good and the work is interesting.

Or have you considered military service or national service programs like Americorps?

All of those things will partially or fully pay for your school.

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