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Comment: "An anonymous reader writes.." (Score 1) 612

by kheldan (#49710055) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
That's all you needed to read, you can stop right there.

I do not believe there will ever be 'driverless' trucks, any more than there will be 'driverless' cars. The safety risk is too great, especially when you're talking about a vehicle with a combined mass of over 40 tons hurtling down the road at high speeds. The potential for dozens or even hundreds dying because hardware or software went haywire is just too great to ignore. There needs to be someone there to at least hit the brakes.

Comment: Wasteful, and not-so-great coffee to start with (Score 2) 270

by kheldan (#49701439) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything
In a world where many seemed to be moving towards things being less disposable, I was shocked at this 'Keurig' thing to start with. More waste? More 'single use', throw-away, non-biodegradable food-related things? What the actual fuck? Seriously, there needs to be LESS of this sort of thing, not MORE of it, and I'd be happy to see this whole 'K-cup' thing go away for good. Get a decent French press and make your coffee that way, it's 100% reusable and makes excellent coffee to your specification, and they're inexpensive. Want only one cup? They make little French presses that are appropriate for a single serving. Everything else this article is about? Screw that, make your own cocktails and whatever else the way they've always been made, there's NO reason to change it. Stop being lazy, people! We don't need more shit in landfills!

Comment: I was never into pop in the first place (Score 1) 360

by kheldan (#49693187) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
I was listening to rock and metal as a teenager, things like Motorhead, Judas Priest, Blue Oyster Cult. I still enjoy hearing the 'soundtrack of my life' from back then, but I can think of nothing more boring and tedious than listening to nothing but all of that for the rest of my life. I enjoy hearing new music on a regular basis. Of course there is some utter and complete crap out there, too, that I can completely do without, but that's not different than it ever was for me either. Looking at me, you wouldn't think that I'd've latched on to Beastie Boys or Kid Rock or Rage Against the Machine, but I did.

My bottom line: You want to preserve your youth? ACT LIKE IT. Don't allow yourself to 'calcify' in any way, physically or mentally, and you won't. Keep reading, keep learning, keep hearing and seeing new and different things, and for fuck's sake keep moving. You let your body turn to shit? Your mind will soon follow. And vice-versa.

Comment: Re:Broadcast radio FTW (Score 1) 244

There's also this magic device called a 'volume control' that allows you to turn the sound all the way down. Some even have a more magic button called a 'mute' button.

b-b-b-but I have to have constant stimulation or I'll cry!

Get over it, Nancy. People will eventually get tired of having to pay for 'streaming services' one way or another, and they'll come back to free broadcast radio.

Comment: Re:The trouble with modern Christianity... (Score 2) 848

by kheldan (#49682459) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US
The 'trouble' with modern religion in general is that it has nothing to do with spiritual beliefs or helping people, it has to do with a few influential people consoldating power over entire groups of people by leveraging their pathological need to believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing supernatural being. Of late this has resulted in women being kidnapped and turned into sex slaves, children stolen and turned into suicide bombers and 'child warriors', and a growing number getting their heads chopped off on YouTube. It also seems to be resulting in people being encouraged to turn away from logic, reason, fact-based learning, the sciences, and education in general, and turning towards ignorance (sometimes willful), superstition, and mysticism. I'd be perfectly happy to see religion in general go the way of the dinosaurs. We, as a species, need to finally grow out of any need for these things and embrace reason.

Bracing for the inevitable hate that will follow..

Comment: Re:How about some news about toyota and bmw? (Score 1, Insightful) 318

by kheldan (#49640287) Attached to: Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016
Elon Musk built this car in a cave!!! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!!!

That's why.
Say what you want about the man, but he's probably the closest thing to a real-life Tony Stark as we're going to get. In a world that seems to otherwise be content with the status-quo, he's pushing the envelope and bringing us the future of things. THAT'S why.

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 1) 228

by kheldan (#49639641) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality
That's nice. Wish I lived in that world you have in your head, I'd be a Pro road cyclist and only have to get up to ride every day. Meanwhile I got news for you, Sunshine: No one is going to pay you to learn Latin, they're going to pay you to do WORK that earns them a PROFIT. We're never going to live in a Socialist world where everything is handed to you, and if we did IT IS MY OPINION that people would do NOTHING but lay around, get fat, weak, sick, and dumb. Work for it's own sake is not something the vast majority of people are willing to do, work-for-pay is the carrot on the end of the stick that keeps them getting out of bed in the morning, it is a PURPOSE: Survival, and it has the nice side effect of not allowing them to decay into nothing.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins