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Comment: Obligatory Vonnegut Quote (Score 0) 382

by cahuenga (#49500271) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
Just about every adult human being back then had a brain weighing about three kilogrammes! There was no end to the evil schemes that a thought machine that oversized couldn't imagine and execute.

So I raise this question, although there is nobody around to answer it: Can it be doubted that three-kilogramme brains were once nearly fatal defects in the evolution of the human race?”

~ Kurt Vonnegut, Galápagos

Comment: Re:No it doesn't. (Score 2) 609

by cahuenga (#49232823) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
"Stop being such shills and realize that if you accept this then the republicans are going to start doing it"

This practice first came to light in the Bush administration, where official email was found to be routed through Republican National Committee servers:


I assumed Hillary was just taking notes from the Bushies. Besides, it's quite common now, all the cool kids are doing it. I know Governor Jeb's email was on a private server. I believe Walker's were too.

Comment: Re:As if SMTP were ever secure... (Score 5, Insightful) 609

by cahuenga (#49232661) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
Then call it an ethical dilemma

Hillary was a Senator, front-row during the Bush Email Fiasco. She knew what was expected and knew it was a liability should it become public. She was also fully aware of the advantages as a future candidate for higher office – Namely, sanitizing rights to her official record if needed.

Comment: Clearly a non-coder (Score 1) 161

by cahuenga (#49207001) Attached to: Why It's Almost Impossible To Teach a Robot To Do Your Laundry
The programs that control those robots’ actions rely upon simple “if this, then that” logic—if you pull the handle, the door opens, and you can move on to the next task. But what happens if you pull the handle and the door doesn't open?

The function returns "false" and it calls a maintenance-bot. Just like we do.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by cahuenga (#49142181) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
Labor is supposed to behave as a market, just as goods do. Labor decides whether a particular job is properly priced, considering labor and skill. If not, the job goes unfilled until wages raise to a level someone feels is appropriate.

Today we have jobs with wages that will never reach a level acceptable to legal citizens because a permanent underclass of illegals and ag workers has been created, suppressing wages in agriculture and now in the construction industry. We tell ourselves that Americans won't take those jobs because wages are too low - This is by design.

Comment: Re:now I never looked into it (Score 2) 420

I never looked into it but I always hear how expensive it is to run these things?

In short, absurdly expensive. So expensive it became economically impractical after running for 3 month as the '92 El Nino made relatively cheap reservoir water available again. With the odds of a strong El Nino climbing this year it looks like we are set for a repeat of that expensive debacle.

Feast and famine of rainfall is a fact of life that politicians seem incapable of grasping. It has always been this way. Average and water-poor years followed by strong El Ninos, which reset the reservoirs and snowpack roughly every 10 years. Budgeting water better between El Ninos should be trivial, yet....

Comment: Utterly delusional self confirming horsesh*t (Score 5, Insightful) 367

by cahuenga (#46826959) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance
More Wall Street pimping of the "skills mismatch" myth, disproven repeatedly. Wages are not increasing for so-called mismatched skills and it might be interesting to see some actual studies rather than anecdotes being shovels out of manufacturer's lobby groups. Good grief, this is being reported as factual news?

"If anything can go wrong, it will." -- Edsel Murphy