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Comment: Re:3.5 million truckers (Score 1) 615

by guises (#49707105) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
There is no question that this is coming. Honestly, I'll be surprised if it doesn't happen first - automated planes are much easier than automated road vehicles since the skies are less congested, road conditions are more consistent, there are relatively few take-off and landing areas and all are well known with well established flight paths between them.

Also, who says a plane can't pull over on the outskirts of town to meet its harbor pilot? Military drones are remote controlled, why couldn't you have a few remote pilots in a control tower at any given airport, ready to guide the plane in on its final descent?

Comment: Re:Bullets are OK, but... (Score 1) 247

by guises (#49574455) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable
Not for an iPhone 6/7, but possibly for some higher number. That's mostly about marketing though. Hardness effects how easy it is to scratch, but doesn't say much about how likely it is to break. Sapphire is harder than this and was going to be used for iPhones, but as everyone pointed out at the time - that was more about Thinking Different than it was about thinking practical.

Comment: Re:The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 5, Insightful) 86

by guises (#49552227) Attached to: FCC Chairman: a Former Cable Lobbyist Who Helped Kill the Comcast Merger
The revolving door argument is accurate, not thin at all, and a very important thing to remember when you have fine upstanding citizens like Meredith Baker getting appointed to office. The corruption goes from regulators to industry though, which is not the position that Tom Wheeler is in.

That does not mean that it's safe to appoint former industry lobbyists. Even an honest lobbyist has spent much of their professional life in close contact with, possibly friends with, industry reps, and the lobbyist's job is to regurgitate industry talking points. Believing those talking points, at least in part, makes a better lobbyist. Going from industry to regulation is less dangerous than the other way around, but the fact that Wheeler seems to be working out is likely a fluke. Someone of unusually strong character, at least for a person in his position (this is not a compliment).

As for finding someone without the ties to industry - this isn't as hard as you make it out. For one thing, why do they need to know all the details of the telecommunications industry before they even start the job? We like to pretend that this is a requirement for every position, but we have tons of CEOs, judges, and politicians who don't meet this standard and when they fail people love to jump on this as the reason. A much larger portion though, are successful. A CEO for example, needs to be able to lead first and foremost. If they can do that much very well, then they may not need to know everything about the company's products and practices before they start the job.

Comment: Re:I don't know what to think (Score 1) 407

by guises (#49525531) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
It can't really happen that way. At worst it would be during crunch time only - as pointed out elsewhere in this thread, you develop a resistance and it loses its effect over time.

That said, we already live in a world where use of stimulants in the workplace is expected. As the summary points out, 85% of people use caffeine. Personally, I would love to see adderall gain more widespread acceptance as a caffeine alternative. It doesn't make me jittery or hurt my stomach in the way that caffeine does, the only reason that I don't use it now is cost (and legal threats).

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 5, Insightful) 649

by guises (#49515559) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
Just because something can be done, with enough know-how and tools, doesn't mean that you're not being prevented from doing it. When you need a soldering iron just to change a battery or to add some RAM I think you've fallen into this category.

"Being locked in jail doesn't prevent you from leaving, all you need is a hacksaw and some elbow grease. People have been modifying jails this way for a very long time."

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 2) 540

by guises (#49513927) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires
This is a very poor characterization of the policies in New York. Nothing about "stop and frisk" or "broken windows" was localized to only poor areas, those were city-wide. You could point out some systemic racism if you want to criticize the targets of stopping and frisking, fine, and if you really stretched it you could possibly make the claim that racism might have been a motivator for implementing the policy rather then the more typical, and more likely, power grab by law enforcement, but stopping and frisking was certainly not a way to contain people in certain areas. Especially since stopping and frisking was happening within the poorer areas of the city with greater frequency then outside of those areas.

As for broken windows... I can not understand why some people are advocating selective law enforcement as a way to decrease police misbehavior. Selective law enforcement is a fast route to a corrupt police force.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long