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Comment Re:Totally Revolutionize is a remarkable overstate (Score 1) 423

Twelve seats out of 400+. However, they are also sitting on school boards, and the like, making more of a "difference" at the local, not state level. Unfortunately, most of the people who already live there think most of these guys are fucking idiots for doing shit like dropping their pistols on the floor (improperly securing them in their holsters) in the state House, and have basically Ted Cruz'd themselves with the conservatives already in the state. They picked New Hampshire because they liked, generally, what they saw, and are now determined to turn it into hell.

Source: I've met a lot of ex-new hampshire residents and drove through Keane a week or so before their stupid pumpkin riots.

Comment Re:Safely??? (Score 1) 101

Why do we have to land on first try? I would think we could do like we did with the moon: several manned trips to orbit Mars, test the actual transit technology, with a couple probe drops (and possible launch/recoveries). Kudos for wanting to get it all on the first shot, but this could be several missions before we actually put a boot on the surface and try to return it.

Comment Re:Is it time dump / rework the degree system? (Score 1) 54

The biggest challenge in my mind are the legions of cheaters who want to game the system (i.e. not doing the work/taking the tests themselves). I mean, this isn't much different from real, physical college, but at least in real, physical college it can be a bit more difficult to do.

I'm currently enrolled in a real credit-granting/transferrable class at edX. I'm personally learning a lot (or, rather, relearning), but I can tell there's a lot of students, based on the discussions, who really aren't up to the level that the class requires*.. This will also always be an issue. I can't imagine what the drop rate looks like.

*meaning if there's a job on the line, it would encourage some folks to engage in less than honest methods to achieve the grads, rather than seek the knowledge

Comment Re: Stopped reading after... (Score 1) 106

Actually no, the ME is off as far as user facing features are concerned, but if it is fully off, good luck booting your PC. The MS is always on, and contrary to Intel's public stance, when you buy a SKU with it disabled/no BIOS for it loaded/fused off (depending on whom you talk to, I have gotten all three many times), it is still there, still functional, and still not under your control.

In short 'off' means the user facing and user accessible parts are no longer user accessible, not what most people still consider off. Intel refuses to talk about or publicly document what features are there and what are still active in each of these modes. I have asked them for this information and they said no. I have been digging on the ME for literally years, and have a fair idea of what it can do and can't do in both states.

And I am scared sh*tless by what I found.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 111

Hmmm, so Google's plan for electric cars depends on people being completely open with their use of the cars, where the cars are, and basically not only being fully tracked, but also tracking and recording everything in the vicinity of where the car is and has been? And, of course, the government will have full access to the data any time they feel the need.

And this is going to actually take off?

Wow. Google has drunk their own kool-aid for sure, this time.

No, Google has seen how well voluntary crowd sourcing like Waze has completely changed the world of driving directions.

Now that Google owns Waze, they just wants to do the exact same thing, except this time let the computer do the driving. How is that so hard to understand?

People who expect self-driving cars to work better than humans without communicating with each other are just foolish.

Comment Re:Surprise! We're a young, violent race (Score 2) 151

And then you have people that are just assholes. I was more than content to be left to my own devices in school, for example, but there were some fucking jocks who just couldn't let me have my peace. Macho bullshit has been around for a very long time. I don't see any reason to believe that ancient humans also had their fair share of jocked out fuckwads.

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