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Comment: Re:Mission creep. (Score 1) 201

by gurps_npc (#47503479) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads
This is not Mission Creep.

Mission Creep is when the mission changes to something new. That is a bad thing.

But people use that term whenever a government program expands.

Often missions start small and grow big. That is because 1) The scope of the problem was not realized when the program started.

2) The program's scope was realized and they correctly decided to start small (which they may or may not have informed everyone ) and make sure they got it right before then went big. Often people doing this intentionally do not mention this to their enemies - as the enemies will use it as an excuse to not do the work. Why should we save the entire environment? Why should we get rid of ALL of polio? Those things cost too much!!!

The worse case is when the people against the original program complain about 'mission creep' when the plan to save the few people who lived to 65 from abject poverty suddenly becomes saving all the many many people that live to 65.

This is not mission creep. This is simply maintaining the original program and making sure it worked, even though the problem is now a lot bigger.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1) 252

by gurps_npc (#47485775) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes
Studies have shown that:fat is addictive. Worse than tobacco.

Specifically, it is harder to lose 30 lbs than to quit smoking. That is why people call it a disease, it acts like one.

If you want to lose more than 30 lbs, you have three choices:

1) Get a gastric bypass. This works over 95% of the time.

2) Hire a personal trainer AND a personal chef to cook most of your meals. This works most of the time - and is the method that Hollywood stars use, not whatever they claim on the advertisements for weightloss products.

3) Give yourself a severe psychological complex. Basically you have to drive yourself insane where you obsess about eating and exercising.

Jenny Craig, Weightwatchers, etc. can work for short term periods - but they fail over 99% of the time when talking about years, rather than months.

Comment: How to tell a tinfoil hat conspiracy guy (Score 1) 278

by gurps_npc (#47477949) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..
In this world there are real conspiracies. Tobacco executives hid the bad effects. One of G.W Bush's ancestors tried to take over through the US government just before WWII. US doctors gave black men STDs. North Korea News services, well, they just are one giant conspiracy.

But some people are lunatics and believe obviously false conspiracies.

So, how do you tell the sane from the insane?

1) Sane people realize that amateurs are NOT smarter than all the experts. If you can think of it, then the experts have as well, and they have looked into it. If they don't think your idea is valid, it isn't (unless they are 'in on it').

2) Sane people realize that if in fact all the experts are 'in on the conspiracy', then that means the conspiracy has the resources to kidnap squealers. See Russia, North Korea, etc. So it's a good idea to keep your conspiracy to yourself.

3) Sane people also realize that if you disagree with the far majority of the experts and publicly talk about it and are not missing, then no conspiracy exists. The whole point of a top secret conspiracy is to stop people from telling the truth. If they let you tell the truth then 'they' don't exist. Duh.

Consider this simple test - has your President murdered anyone? If you make a serious accusation against him, will you be killed? Not in the US because our President has not done so. But I do not suggest trying that in North Korea.

Comment: Re:High useage (Score 1) 87

by gurps_npc (#47470281) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service
I know - same thing with B&N's nook. The only zoom functionality increase font size. Worse, they always size things so the entire graphic fits on the screen, never splitting into multiple pages. They really need the ability to zoom on a picture. Or include all pictures in a book separately as a zoomable file.

Comment: Re:High useage (Score 1) 87

by gurps_npc (#47470251) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service
My statements are dependent upon me being a rational human being that does not waist money. If that doesn't apply then this service makes no sense. Your complaints all assume I am an idiot that spends money on a service then does not use it.

If it doesn't save me money, then why would anyone use it? See additional problems I mentioned. If I kept buying paper books at my current rate, then it would not save me money. Similarly, it makes zero sense to buy an ebook from B&N if it is available through this program. So it does mean I am effectively locked into Amazon.

I stand by my comments.

Comment: Re:You read it here ... (Score 1) 435

by gurps_npc (#47469325) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars
I am 100% sure that the cars will not be programmed to so much as guess about the age of people, nor the number in a vehicle.

They will be programmed to avoid accidents, and most likely will drive at slower speeds than normal -35-40 mph vs 55+.

They will of course be programmed to consider their own safety FIRST, as the assumption is that any other vehicle's actions can not be predicted - it might be driven by a person. As such, attempting to save someone else's life/vehicle could make the issue worse.

As for your concern about cases where the automatic car holding an 80 year old accidentally kills a 4 year old - those cases will be outnumbered by the total absence of drunk driving, 80 year olds running into farmer's markets etc. etc. etc.

It's a numbers game, and the very rare cases you are excessively concerned about do not even come into consideration.

Comment: Over-estiomating criminals. (Score 1) 435

by gurps_npc (#47468659) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars
Many of you say "the crooks will over-ride those safety precautions.

We can easily hire the best programmers to create reasonable security. Even then, a properly programed device will not be unhackable. But it will be difficult to hack.

People with the skills to hack such security features will not be common. More importantly, the far majority of them will be in such demand that they won't be hacking cars. If they motivated by money, they will be making it. If they are criminal in nature, they will be hacking other things - such as banks.

I am not saying it won't happen at all. But it will be far easier for a criminal to commit other crimes of mass destruction and the lives saved by ending drunk driving and ending accidents will far exceed the relatively few lives cost by criminals hacking driverless cars.

Any person seeking perfect safety should build a concrete and steel survival shelter and never leave it. But for the rest of us, driverless cars with proper safety and security protocols will reduce crime and death, not increase it

+ - FBI concerned about criminals using driverless cars->

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gurps_npc (621217) writes "As per the Guardian, The FBI is concerned about dirverless cars. It discussed such issues as letting criminals shoot while the car drives (silly in my opinion, apparently they haven't heard of "partners" or considered requiring such cars have a police controlled "slow down" command), the use of such vehicles as guided bullet, (safeties again should stop this), and loading it with explosives and using it as a guided missile. This last concern is the only one that I considered a real issue, but even that is not significantly more dangerous than loading up a regular van full of explosives with a timer, then setting the timer to explode before you leave the vehicle next to a school, etc."
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Comment: High useage (Score 4, Interesting) 87

by gurps_npc (#47467509) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service
I am a heavy reader and this would save me money.

But it would also mean I would have to give up paper and switch entirely to my e-reader, which I currently use for about 1/2 to 1/3 my purchasers. There are a lot of advantages still for paper books- charts, graphs and pictures for example do not show up well on ereaders. Nor do I worry about taking a paperback anyplace. I can take them on a camping/rafting trip.

It would also mean I would end up being locked into Amazon, not a good thing. I don't trust them as much as I trust Barnes and Nobles, as they have done vile things before (Hatchet, pulling back books people purchased)

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