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Comment Re:alternately: (Score 1) 492

Strangely people in my office commute in from 3 different states while my company only has a "business presence" in one state and is incorpated on the other side of the country in California. This causes double-axial double-axial Nexus convergence, but we solve the problem by all speaking English and not saying employee trigger nexus anywhere without qualifying wtf it means.

Comment Re:alternately: (Score 1) 492

I love the area you live in. I've visited several times (by bicycle-tent and car). It is one of the most charming parts of the world truly. I look forward to an extended camping trip with my puppy in Ithaca this coming summer.

The other negative is the winter. Being an upstate-NewYorker you are probably used to extreme snow. I guess I am too, but I am wondering what the Tampa job market is like....

Comment Re:sigh... (Score 1) 253

There are some metaphysical/religious assumptions that must be made to trust your senses. But that's not what I'm on about neither do I mean religion as science is a religion of having an empirical way of determining knowledge... in that sense science is just a logical way to go about your business. When I refer to science as a religion I mean it as a "what's the point of doing scientific research anyways?" type of religion.

Some people get out of bed in the world with the idea of advancing human knowledge as having a noble purpose and a value even if it's not useful to me in my lifetime. I agree with the value of advancing human knowledge, but this is more of a religious belief. I could never "prove" to another person that there is value in doing any research that would not bear fruit in my lifetime.

Linux is also a religion as is Windows and OSX. I don't think religion is so evil, just people who use it as an excuse to behave badly.

Comment Re:sigh... (Score 2) 253

Same thing that you do when your neighbor is in the KKK. Tolerate them as long as they respect the law. If they break the law (ie violate rights of others), their beliefs are immaterial. They can believe they are superior to other races, women, other religions, sexualities, whatever, but in the eyes of the law we are supposed to be equal.

Comment Re:sigh... (Score 1) 253

Would you describe Sufism as theocracy-promoting? Or secular Islam? The fact is that there is a huge amount of diversity within was particular Muslims believe and to try to paint large groups of people with broad strokes just leads to gross inaccuracy. If you use this overgeneralization to justify prejudice... well people have used bad information to justify prejudice for a long time. We usually call them fundamentalists (fundamentalist christians, fundamentalist muslims, etc)

I'm an agnostic myself, but I appreciate diversity of thought and viewpoints that can exist in the world, and being prejudiced is not acceptable. I do agree that we should oppose intolerance. Ie if a particular Muslim (or group of Muslims), or the Militia, or the KKK, or the Westboro Baptist Church is preaching intolerance and trying to spread a message of hate, we should oppose that message. The people who get drawn into these ranks are likely stupid victims themselves, getting hoodwinked because of a need not being met by society (lack of opportunity, proper education, etc).

Religions are like assholes, and everyones got one whether it's scientific research, reading Emerson and Thoreau, gambling and drinking, or participating in a Church (or whatever intentionally religious) community. Most people ascribe to more than one religion and it's all fine. It's only a problem when they teach prejudice, intolerance and hate. As long as we can respect the first amendment, there is no problem here.

Comment Re:Without government... (Score 1) 471

I don't think the Dutch police raiding Uber offices qualify as hippies. I think requiring drivers to have licenses is a good thing. The same with restaurant owners, and taxis. And if they don't play by rules their licenses get revoked.

In my state one of the requirements of getting a taxi license is that you have been driving (with a driver's license) more than 60 days and that you have a clean criminal record. Further you have to take a class that shows 1) you know how to read a map 2) you know are familiar with the region/geography 3) you know defensive driving techniques 4) you know how to provide emergency aid in an accident.

OMG this bureaucracy is hurting innovation!!! I want to be able to have criminals who don't know how to drive or read maps give me a ride! That will invariably work better, because when you have a surge of incompetent taxi drivers congesting your city streets, "the market" will cause people to leave your city and move some place where they have decent regulations.

Comment My Xperia Z1 woes (Score 1) 136

I bought an Xperia Z1 from swappa for $150 (to replace my aging Samsung Galaxy S) and it was a pretty good phone. Now I can barely use the thing without bluetooth as the microphones are wonky and 50% of the time I use the damn thing to call someone they can't hear me. I did put it under running water a couple of times (made sure all the little rubber gaskets were secure and rinsed it for 2 seconds in tape water). I'm not sure if that borked up the 2 microphones or not.

Le sigh.

Comment smart roads (Score 1) 183

I think this is a great idea, but we really need to make to lay the foundation for the next generation of computer controlled vehicles.

Do I know what that is? Nope, but I think it would be reasonable for computer systems on my car to be informed immediately if there is a problem ahead, whether it be damage to road detected by sensors in the plastic road itself or simply congestion to inform my vehicle to take an alternate route.

Perhap road sensors could detect the provide feedback to rooba-plows as well and make noises to scare deer off of country roads well in advance of cars :)

Comment Re:It really is (Score 1) 410

I'm a conservative male Indian ally. I definitely support equal rights for everyone and have very dear friends for whom marriage equality politics is quite personal.

Well.. I'm not socially conservative, and I'm not fiscally conservative either. Ok so I'm not really "conservative" at all, but my point is stereotyping is wrong.

I've never been to Seattle, but I love the pacific NW, and it seems like you have access to both city and nature in that area. It's too bad Amazon is not a great place to work. They seem much more Linux-friendly than the other big tech employer in the area (Microsoft)

Comment Re: In other words (Score 1) 305

It's sortof like clearcutting yellowstone national park (or some other place of natural treasure) for a large pork-barrel project which can be done anyplace else.


The fight is not just on sacred land grounds, but on the environmental impact assessments. Just because politicians want to ram a project through and bandy about the term "science", does not mean we should support it. It seems like this area is a treasure of biodiversity and preserving it benefits furthering of human knowledge possibly more than the telescope.

I'm curious why no alternative sites are considered. I suspect this is not because of advantages of the site, but because some organizationall well-placed scientists (not from hawaii) want to have their funding organizations send them to Hawaii regularly.

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