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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.

Comment Re:Who actually believes this stuff? (Score 1) 1097

Non-muslim religious extremists who kill abortion doctors (and/or gay people) are non-hypothetical. They are not a "pot-smoking delusion" but a sad reality. The original point is that there are a minority of crazies in every religion who will take to violence when something occurs that they consider offensive. This should not be used to broadly categorize all who share their religious/social/racial group.

Comment Re:Being a pedophile was Mohammad's example - FORE (Score 1) 1097

For instance, if I wanted to cite a verse about gambling and alcohol, I could say please see Chapter 2, verse 19 or (quran 2:19) on gambling and alcohol:

Of course many Muslim traditions interpret the text differently (I think sufis believe inner experience is more important), but what your crossdressing, necrophilia fantasies warrant proper source citing.

Comment Re:The Perfect Bait (Score 1) 1097

The problem isn't one religion or another. Search for "abortion doctor murder" or Matthew Shepherd and you will find evidence plenty of violent stupid Christians. Southern Poverty Law Center has some great information on domestic terrorist groups. And I don't it's safe to presume atheists are necessarily better. Religious people do an awful lot of selfless and amazing work (I'm not saying atheists don't, but your most selfless religious person is definitely more helpful that your typical atheist).

Personally, I think the "enemy" is stupidity and, unfortunately, I'm often fairly guilty of being an idiot too, but at least I try not to be an idiot, and I don't shoot anyone because because of my stupidity.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll