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Comment: Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (Score 1) 201

Then there is a growing number of Americans who are prejudiced about blacks/democrats/liberals, take your pick, or have -no idea- about history, politics and governing. In these difficult times of wars and crisis, Obama is one of the best presidents Americans could have hoped for. Better than most of your clueless American public deserves.

Comment: Re:PeridexisErrant's DF Starter Pack - Get it! (Score 1) 138

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47418127) Attached to: Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

I really like DF and have had quite a few memorable moments in both fortress and adventure mode. But the interface is outrageous. Using three (at least) different sets of keys to scroll through a selection, depending on context, is madenning, especially when starting out. I often wonder how Tarn can have so much talent to create a game like DF while at the same time failing so gloriously at implementing a decent interface.

Comment: Re:Cab companies are not LLCs (Score 1) 139

by MrL0G1C (#47413799) Attached to: Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

It's $1,7100,000 due to exchange rate. And it doesn't cost more, I think it's less on average due to better standard of driving here. Yes insurance on average costs about 20% more this is partly due to the pound being strong, dollar weak. Also of note is that there is a fraud epidemic happening at the moment, the price of insurance here has doubled over the last 7 years.

So higher liability does not equal higher insurance because those higher amounts are extremely rarely if ever claimed.

Comment: Re:Braben and Bell (Score 1) 279

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47409159) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

8 galaxies and 255 stars aren't so impressive if you consider it was generated by procedural generation. Procedural generation can be a very powerful, impressive tool, but in the case of Elite, creating some generic star systems is really not a big deal. If you want to see incredible precedural generation, look at "KKrieger".

What was really impressive was one of the sequels, Frontier: Elite. This game was really ahead of its time, as it contained not just star systems, but real planets you could land on, seamlessly, with cities, some vegetation, atmosphere, clouds... simply amazing. The ability to fly through the depths of space and landing on a realistic planet without a loading screen has been a long time coming since then. The only other game that implements this, as far as I know, is a comparatively recent indie title "Evochron Mercenary"

Comment: Re:Best game programmer (Score 2) 279

by allcoolnameswheretak (#47409081) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers

Rage didn't crash a single time for me, and I didn't have any of the video driver issues some people where complaining about. I remember it being a fantastic, open shooter with some of the best AI and NPC animations I have ever seen, plus entertaining vehicle combat. And it ran fluidly on my old GTX275 card.

Anyway, JC deserves alot of credit for Doom and Quake alone, which were simply mind blowing, earth shattering games at the time.

Comment: Re:If everyone loses their jobs... (Score 1) 526

by MrL0G1C (#47406247) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

The tipping point is where robots + AI can do work equal to that of an average human being. Once that point is reached, why would a corporation choose a human when the robot can do the work?

Luckily AI is coming along slowly, but how long is it before many jobs are replaced by systems like this 'The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers' combined with robots, or more specifically jobs being modelled by clever people like Chun in the article.

Chefs, construction workers, cab drivers, factory workers, delivery drivers, miners, cleaners, fast food workers, farm labourers, retail workers, accountants etc are roles we could see fall one by one to better AI and robots.

When most food, construction, gadgets and services can be supplied by robots, what work is left for the majority of the population?

Comment: Re:Cab companies are not LLCs (Score 1) 139

by MrL0G1C (#47405917) Attached to: Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

In the UK all drivers must have insurance by law which is minimum 1 million public liability. Is this not true in the US? And if insurance is mandatory then insurers should have rules re hiring out their car, if they don't then it's their own fault if they have to pay out, that's how insurance works.

Comment: Re: quelle surprise (Score 1) 697

by MrL0G1C (#47398157) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

On the contrary, I have very good scientific reasons for being against GMO and it seems to me that the belief that GM is good is based upon blind faith.

The reason for this blind faith is that some science is used to create GM and the belief that progress must be best and GM is progress and that progress is needed to feed the poor.

The people with this blind faith do not seem to have a large knowledge of all the surrounding issues such as:

Knowledge of crop rotation as a natural productive alternative that is better to soil and better to long term productivity levels.
Extortion that has been done by GM corp's where GM has been planted and when the seed has traveled into neighbouring farms, the GM corp has then sued other farmers for having patented seed in there crop.

Knowing that in the past GM crops where created in the past that turned out to be detrimental to peoples health. Selective breeding would be far far less likely to create crops that poison people slowly or are a carcinogenic risk.

Knowing that the method of combining genes is (or was) a completely haphazard method whereby the gene from the plant to be altered is taken, the snippets of gene wanted were then randomly mashed in to that old gene. Unwanted abnormalities of unknown consequences were not tested for, they merely tested the resulting plant for the desired trait. This is a method that I strongly object to.

The realisation that GM is typically of one genetic variety, this creates a danger of a whole genetic species being wiped out in one go once it becomes vulnerable to a new strain of virus or bacterial infection.

The fact that farmers have worked out that the combination of non-organic fertiliser, GM seed and GM companies fertiliser etc can actually be more expensive than farming without those things.

The knowledge that the GM + GM pesticide combinations only appear to have short lifetimes (the pests develop resistance then eat the crop) and the GM companies only care about their profits and not about any damage they do to the ecosystem with their pesticides.

I think the biggest danger is in the lack of genetic diversity, with the risk that whole GM species could be wiped out without that natural genetic diversity, that's not fear-mongering, that's something that often happens. Natural genetic variation can be the key to quickly finding the resistant plants. GM seeds don't have anywhere near the same level of natural genetic variation - they are cloned from a single source.

- Left leaning person who takes scientific theories seriously.

So, what is your belief that GM is good based on?

Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 1) 234

by MrL0G1C (#47382875) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

How often do you hear cars honking there horns because some idiot car driver is doing something wrong. In a few places that they made the mistake of introducing licenses for cyclists they revoked those rules because they outright didn't work.

London Bicycle Hire scheme has about 10k bikes and millions of hires, not once was the big readable number taken and reported to the police. With a time+date, the number can say who the rider was.

"Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines." -- Bertrand Russell