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Comment Re:Can't make this shit up (Score 2) 81

If it worked as intended it would have been a good deal.

$65m in "stolen" money as you call it (taxes).

$250k tickets * say 10,000 = $2,500,000,000 into the net economy. Let's say that 15% of that is operations that's still $375m back into the economy in the form of wages. You aren't going to find a 576% investment opportunity very often.

Furthermore those people would probably want to eat somewhere while in town and maybe even visit a shop or two which would further boost the local economy.

It was a sound plan, and I'm sure virgin would very much like to be making a ton of money as well but the part that failed was the fact that they didn't have more protections for the county in the event that say.. a rocket exploded and the business plan was put on hold for 10 years.

Comment Re:None of the people I know that Like this Show.. (Score 1) 203

None of the geeks I know watch TV.
They are too busy getting stuff done.

You don't know any geeks who watch Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead or...

I like the Big Bang Theory. It's not smart, it doesn't try to be smart but I find it plenty funny. Sure they laugh at the geeks, but they also laugh at the non-geeks. Geeks are getting pissed off because geeks are being made fun of but it's like South Park, there is nobody who is off limits so it's fine. The geeks are dumb and the regular people are neanderthals. Bafoonery is a old reliable source of comedy.

Comment Re:How much will it cost. (Score 1) 396

How long must either car wait before embarking on a trip? Say, because there is an emergency situation?

If it's an emergency use an Uber. Emergency means you spend money on a cab/airplane ticket/911 Ambulence.

How long must either car wait before embarking on a trip?

If you have a garage you don't have to factor stopping for gas on the way out of town. I often have to stop and refuel before leaving on a road trip. With an electric car I could just plugin the night before and be ready to leave without a detour.

That "convenience factor" of hydrocarbon fuels is a real thing, and it's a real value.

There is nothing more convenient than fueling up in your own home inside of a garage out of the wind and rain.

Comment Re:I've always said (Score 2) 241

Well arguably a very short while later their precarious victory devolved back into a civil war to finish resolving the debate that remained from their victory.

So what did we "win"? By winning the war of independence? Self determination? K... what does that mean? I wouldn't say the US is particularly better governed than say the UK. The UK ended slavery before we did. The UK has universal healthcare. The pound is still worth more. If it wasn't for WW2 and having a neighbor pummeling their industrial base not to mention their smaller population I'm not seeing a lot that we do better than we would have under British governance.

Comment Re:Yes, we should give up because it is hard.. (Score 1) 683

So why bother going to Mars after developing that technology? It's not like we'll develop it on the way there. And no the propulsion systems won't be of any use on earth.

That's the whole problem with "Going to Mars" for practical reasons. Anything and everything that involves going to Mars could be done more efficiently and cheaper than actually going to mars. Anti-Comet habitat to protect humanity: cheaper to do underwater, better to do underwater with more redundancy and easier return once the comet firestorm subsides. Anti-viral outbreak: again see underwater habitat. We can bunker for way less than the billions it would cost to send people to Mars. If you want to develop life support systems... do another BioDome for a fraction of building a biodome on Mars. Space Propulsion systems... eh, not that useful to humanity. Improved solar panels: just spend the money on the R&D but not the actually manufacturing. Also "better" isn't the problem, it's cheaper. Building super fancy, un-mass-produce-able solar panels isn't what we need, what we need is cheap printable solar panels that might weigh a ton and be terrible for Mars.

The only really persuasive argument for going to Mars is: it will inspire a generation of engineers instead of stock brokers. And *that* is worth launching a platinum plated crew capsule into space for. I know people who were english majors going back to school to hopefully work at SpaceX. Most people inspired will end up making solar panels or better keyboards or improved step ladders but you need that inspirational element.

Comment Re:And.. (Score 1) 449

Schools should *definitely* teach 3D Engine programming. I did "poorly" in math in school. And by "poorly" obviously I mean by Slashdot standards (B-'s). But in College I got my first A+ in calculus because it was both interesting an relevant. The great thing though about teaching through 3D Engines is that you get instant feedback. If your equation is off the world looks wrong. Pop the normal and suddenly your world snaps into photo realism. You can also experiment. Tweak the falloff and watch as the image changes dynamically. It's not like programming where you usually make a tweak and then compile and then wait and it's not like a math test where you solve the equation (you think) and then a week later find out if you were right, it's instant feedback with practical results.

What still to this day really pisses me off though about highschool math was that my Math teacher my senior year picked me as one of two students to represent the school in a math competition even though I had had him for 3 years in highschool as my math teacher and I never got an A. So he knew all along that I was one of his best students and that I was teetering just above a C but wasn't willing to find a way better engage me. Then again it doesn't surprise me, he would dock 10% from your homework if you put your name on the wrong side of the paper and another 15% if you didn't staple your paper. So in his world you should end up with a 75% on a perfect paper if you didn't follow his anal retentive bullshitery. If he was my kid's teacher and my kid "hated math" I would definitely try to find another way to engage them.

Comment Re:Hang 'em high... (Score 1) 471


If you advertise the emissions of your vehicle "Clean diesel! Help the environment!" and it doesn't perform as advertised then it's false advertising.

If you "fix" the chip and performance drops then the cost/benefit/environment impact matrix that you used to pick a vehicle has changed. Imagine if you bought a car with 180 advertised horsepower but it comes off the lot with only 150.

Comment Re:Still need a base URL "player" (Score 1) 138

Simply linking to data though is not copyright infringement. So if the public rightfully believes that simply sharing a link is legal they may not spend the necessary time nor have the technical knowledge to discern the difference from copying a URL and sharing it and copying actual copyrighted works and sharing them.

URLs are already a loop hole in copyright law in many countries. This would widen that hole since the entire copyrighted work could even theoretically be contained within a very long URL. Although a very long URL would obviously be far more noticeable.

So if you posted a URL that contained a torrent tracker to your Facebook your friends could continue to share that "Post" (w/ embedded and even concealed URL) without realizing that they are even committing copyright infringement by directly sharing the tracker not simply a link to the tracker.

Comment Re:Still need a base URL "player" (Score 5, Informative) 138

Yes and no. You could fit a bittorrent tracker into it. Then you're hosting your bit torrent tracker files into a short URL.

It doesn't break the internet but it does dramatically shift the question of who is "Hosting" content and who is "just sharing a link". There is a lot of legal uncertainty about what constitutes for instance copyright infringement. If you post a link to a tweet with a serial number are you committing piracy? If the website has a widget which then embeds the tweet are you worse or better off? If you post a URL which has the serial number in the URL... are you then just sharing a link or are you sharing the content? Does Google's URL shortener bare any legal responsibility under safe harbor for taking down URLs that contain copyrighted material?

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"