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Comment Re:How is this tech related? (Score 1) 156

Conservative economists (when they testify for the chemical industry) believe that the free market is perfectly efficient, so if they can make money doing something, it must be good.

It's hard to believe that this is true, but it appears in so many industries in many variations. e.g. if (name some pop music artist) music is popular, it must be good.

Comment Re:Or you can say things are now slowing down (Score 1) 101

omg - what rock are you under?

I'll list some for you:
1) smart phones - world changing - 13 years ago with the blackberry when people started to use them
2) human genome sequencing - world changing - 15 years ago - completed 2000, but finalized in 2003
3) digital cameras - world changing - average people didn't start using them until 16 years ago, 1999.
4) LCD monitor - world changing - 17 years ago
5) rebirth of the electric cars - world changing - 7 years ago
6) Linux - 24 years ago
7) Amazon - 21 years go -- and in particular, AWS, 13 years ago.

oh, if you are looking at things when they were first invented, ARPANET is 1969.

all of these things on their own are meaningless, but together change everything we do -- globally.
life is very different now because of all of these things.

Comment Re:Why stop there? (Score 4, Informative) 137

I think you are mistaken -- 3 is normal. 2 is color blindness, commonly red/green blindness. And by receptors, I presume you mean cones.

Perhaps you are thinking of tetrachromat, where very few people have that 'condition', and Concetta Antico is one person who does... who also happens to be female... with the presumably prerequisite 2 X chromosomes. Eagles are also tetrachromat.

Comment use a nice fanless Eee Box (Score 1) 253

I've done something similar for years (going on 6 years) with a lower powered one.
It works great. sits above my furnace (not on it). Auto restarts on a power failure, etc.

My crawl space isn't dusty nor wet as a lot of posters suggest to protect against -- and after 6 years, it doesn't owe me anything -- still going strong.

Comment writing documentation is worth something (Score 1) 280

Maybe, if you have a technical mind, you can write for a living to help STEM people make sense to other humans.

I have no idea which jobs are not suited to you, but being able to write and communicate is valuable. Having a liberal arts degree, since many fail to notice, gives you the ability to cross disciplines easier than the single discipline degrees, since that is the definition. Both are useful.

At 25, you are just starting out. Find something you are passionate about, and go for that.

Comment ya - one size fits all (Score 1) 257

Whomever wrote this is a fool.

When you need a car, truck or whatever, you need that mode of transport. If all you need is to move your ass down the street a short way, a bus is helpful. Walking works too. And In so many cases, walking is faster than a bus -- why don't you walk fool?

They are not the same, not even remotely.

what driverless cars can replace is commuter vehicles, especially outside city cores. They will be more convenient than zip cars (in the current state) or the like, after all they come to your door. A bus doesn't, unless your door is where the bus is. Owning a car may seem ridiculous if you order up one, step outside and its there for you - drops you off at your destination and goes off to help another traveller or 2.

By the way, who says it has to fit more than 1 person? or more than 2 peopel?

How often do you travel with more than 1 person? I know my answer. 1%
What's your time worth? I know my answer.

Comment Re:Group of supremely well educated (Score 1) 283

To be properly entertaining, we need both kinds of talk. There is no super hero with out a super villian, after all!

To be sure, we have plenty of villians and heros now. Nothing particularly super... except, perhaps, super stupid. But that's neither a villian nor a hero. Is it?

Basic is a high level languish. APL is a high level anguish.