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Comment: Not a study, just an opinion (Score 1) 314

I was expecting some kind of study or evidence to back this claim up, based on what they've found from attaching GoPros to homeless people.

But apparently all it comes down to is the personal opinion of one homeless person who agreed to take part. Nothing factual at all.

So a better headline for this would be "Homeless Man Thinks Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless".

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 774

by gsslay (#46765191) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

You have two political states of being confused.

The first, and current, situation is a bad government (IYHO) democratically elected. You are free to get rid of them.

The second is a bad government not democratically elected. Your options to get rid of them are limited.

If the Australian government sucks, then blame the Australian voters.

Comment: Re:Gatling guns? (Score 1) 157

by gsslay (#46755507) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

If we were ever to have flying cars, it would have been 20-3- years ago. Having them succeed now is simply not going to happen for two basic reasons;

  - Airspace in the places most people will want to use them is crowded/strictly controlled.
  - Fuel costs would be prohibitive for most people, and only likely to get higher.

The idea that the average commuter can afford to, and have the space to, fly their own car to work is simply not credible. And that's even before you consider the safety concerns and the skill required.

Like it or not, the future belongs to mass public transport.

Comment: Re:It was a "joke" back then (Score 4, Insightful) 275

The cover image is obviously not supposed to be an attempt at predicting what a real working computer on your wrist would look like. If it had attempted this, most readers at a glance would probably not recognise what it was suppose to be.

So the artist simply took a recognisable object (early 80s computer) and shrunk it onto a wrist. Job done, eye catching cover that the reader can immediately understand.

Comment: Re:Sex discrimination. (Score 3, Informative) 673

by gsslay (#46713223) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

You appear confused. A few points that may help you.

No one is offering excuses for anything.

The ones who might suffer here are high school boys. Not "menz" and not CS graduates. So your scorn is addressing an irrelevant target.

Google, the ones offering this discriminatory money, are very much part of the nasty, unpleasant industry you speak of.

Comment: Re:technobabble =! "technobabble" (Score 1) 639

I think it is unreasonable for anyone to expect an actor to fully research all the meaning/implication/history/research/studies of everything they are paid to say. Particularly when, like Star Trek, the factual content is heavily scrambled in amongst the most nonsensical technobabble fiction.

Why should Mulgrew want to spend her time sorting out the nonsense from the fact? She's not a scientist. She's not even a writer. She's an actress. She says what she's told, how she's told.

However, you do wonder just how much attention she paid to what she was saying in this film. Was it all just words to her?

Comment: Re:diminished placebo effect (Score 1) 408

by gsslay (#46704631) Attached to: Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

This is very true for just about everything. People like to believe that things that cost more are intrinsically better than cheaper alternatives. Even if all the evidence indicates no difference, or even that they are worse.

Otherwise you'd feel like you were a sucker that had been ripped off in paying more for no good reason. And no-one likes to think they're a sucker.

Comment: Re:Nah just have copyright last for 14 years (Score 1) 645

by gsslay (#46682531) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Could someone show me how?

Inventing something that might set me up for life, never need to do anything ever again? Sounds like a good spur for innovation to me.

You want some of that? Then invent something that's more "gold" than mine. Another spur.

If I don't want you making my "gold" obsolete, robbing me of my easy profits/retirement? Then maybe I better keep innovating myself. Yet another spur.

Not saying its perfect, but it works.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir