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Comment Who Killed the Electric Car? (Score 2) 659 659

Did you see the movie? The oil companies and other incumbents want it dead. They bought all the patents they could get their hands on for the components of electric cars but the much of the proverbial cat was already out of the bag. However, they already own just about everything related to hydrogen fuel and it's pipeline. So they're pulling out all the stops to kill the electric car.

Comment Myst series, FEZ (Score 1) 669 669

With Obduction coming out (next year?), I thought I'd go play the entire Myst series. And can i just say WOW? MYST was great. Then RIVEN was BETTER! Then (skipping 3 and 4, not on steam) "End of Ages" was AWESOME, then OMG "URU: Complete Chronicles" just makes my head explode with awesomeness! And if you like 8 bit platformers, and insanely difficult puzzles, then you'll love FEZ.

Comment Tad Williams "Otherland" series: great scifi (Score 1) 241 241

IMHO Pretty excellent scifi series exploring this and other cool ideas. I don't want to spoil with details, so i'll just say: think neuromancer + matrix + johnny mnemonic + illuminati + these guys and you get the gist.

Submission + - Please sign so Obama must take a position on warrantless email/text searches->

davecotter writes: From Cory Doctorow via BoingBoing: Holmes from Fight for the Future writes, "Think local police in America should be able to read your emails and texts without a warrant? No? Well right now they can. Want to fix that? Then please sign this 'We the People' petition asking Obama for a response. It's at 70,000 signatures and it needs 100,000 by tomorrow for a response. It's tantalizingly close. Once the petition hits 100,000 signatures, Obama must take a position, and movement in Congress becomes much more likely."
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Comment Time (Score 1) 532 532

Time is money, right? I like the notion that i can barter with time. Here's a 1-Hour note, redeemable directly by me. What do you want me to do? Fix your network? Do some gardening? Clean your fridge? Or you can spend it to get something else, then i owe someone ELSE 1 hour. You dig my well, i'll fix her solar panels, she installs your carburetor. It seems to me that everyone's *time* should have equal value, whether you're babysitting or programming a nuclear reactor.

Comment depends on what you're going into (Score 4, Insightful) 656 656

if you're going into app development or IT, probably not much math needed. i've been in app dev for a long time (and quite successful). Those times that i actually need math? I just look it up, program it, then forget it. I never have needed much math. However, if you're going into some CS field that requires math, well, obviously, it's worth your while to study it.

Comment Re:The Three Laws (Score 1) 694 694

it's meant to just stimulate discussion, not meant as set-in-stone rules upon which to found a new society. i think if we would all just stop hurting each other we'd be a long way toward a better society, and codifying some rational form of "don't violate anyone's free will" moves in that direction. eg: a rule like "don't be a dick" means just about the same thing to most rational, clear-thinking, honest, nice people, but if you ARE being a dick, you can totally argue a million ways in which it's not very clear.

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