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Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 907

by m3000 (#47995023) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Yeah, that doesn't happen:

" So as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the federal government began losing an estimated $25 million a day in tax revenue.

But did airlines simply pass on this savings to customers?

No, they did not.

Last week, evidently in anticipation of the taxâ(TM)s expiring, some airlines quietly began raising fares â" on average, roughly by the same amount as the federal taxes. Others did the same over the weekend, and most of the rest joined in on Monday. "

If a customer is willing to pay $X for something, and has for years, and the cost to make that something decreases, why would they ever decrease $X?

Comment: Automated Clickbait Answers (Score 1) 61

by m3000 (#47751947) Attached to: Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines
Often there may be an interesting tidbit in the clickbait articles, but it's obviously annoying to have to actually click on them and find the actual sentence of info buried in 5 paragraphs of fluff and 20 ads.

There are some Twitter feeds that spoil the clickbait from it ( is probably the most "useful" at this) but it'd be nice to automate the process so that when someone posted any headline with clickbait, Facebook would just drop the answer right below. Actually a browser plugin would work even better, since it could work on any site.

Comment: Re:IBM/Rational Innovate (Score 1) 131

by m3000 (#47608671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

Yes, but if you're already invested in that technology, then those types of conferences can be really beneficial to get far more indepth knowledge and trade tips/horror stories with other users of said product.

It's not like you're changing your key vendor every single year. At some point it'd be nice to get into depth into one of them.

Comment: Re:It would be cheaper for everyone.... (Score 1) 182

This continues to show China is a pay for play game, in that you are well connected enough in the communist party and laws and environmental rules just don't apply and it doesn't matter if it kills the little people.

The same could be said about the US too.....

Comment: Re:People think you're smart if you have glasses (Score 1) 550

by m3000 (#47525201) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

This. Also I like the way I look in glasses, and like the way other people look in glasses.

The annoyance of having to bother with contacts during some activities (swimming in particular) has made me tempted at times to get LASIK, but I'd really miss the way I look in glasses. And on a somewhat personal level, I think it'd be hypocritical that I love women in glasses but wouldn't want to wear them myself.

Comment: Re:The double standard at work (Score 1) 824

by m3000 (#46597497) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

At last check... gay individuals had the same rights as straight ones... and while sometimes those rights may not line up with preferences (ie right to marry someone of the opposite sex where desire is to marry someone of the same sex), the right remains the same regardless... you purposely try to pain the issue as something more than its not.

Wow, what a hackneyed bullshit argument. "You have the right to be in a loveless fake marriage with someone you aren't attracted to. Why aren't you happy!?!" Yes somehow I don't think people who think this is a ligament argument would feel the same way if heterosexual marriage was outlawed.

Again... you prove my point of intolerance from the left... and that one need only call something a 'human rights' or 'civil rights' issue until you make enough people agree through education & politics... or fear mongering and blacklisting.

How is this not a human right issue?

History tends to be written by the victors... yet up until just two years ago, the President of the United States claimed to be against same-sex marriage... does that mean up until then he should have been viewed as a homophobic and anti-gay bigot? No? Interesting the continued double standard... or do you think history will record it that way?

Yeah, he kind of was a homophobic bigot. Just like all the presidents who didn't push for inter-racial marriage or who tolerated slavery are kind of racist bigots. And yeah, history has shown us time and time again that denying people basic dignity will always go down as terrible policies we should be ashamed of.

Intolerance of perceived intolerance is still bigotry

Just keep telling yourself whatever you have to make you sleep better at night I guess. Not recognizing that gay people should have the same rights as everyone else is bigotry, regardless of if you want it to be or not.

As far as if this matters if Eich should step down is debatable and I'm a bit on the fence on it to be honest, but this is much bigger and more important issue than him saying that his favorite color is red and mine is green.

Also try to actually meet some gay people. You'll discover they're just like everyone else, and you'll have a much happier life not being in fear of them.

Comment: Re:My car will work for me (Score 1) 369

by m3000 (#44044221) Attached to: How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

Which is why you secure it via a credit card and an agreement. Otherwise why would anyone return rental cars without (noticeable) damage?

And with an automated car you wouldn't have to worry about them driving over speed bumps at 50MPH like my high school friends did to their leased cars.

Comment: Re:No thanks. (Score 1) 369

by m3000 (#44044185) Attached to: How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

1) With sensors in the front bumper, your car could "see" far better than you could from the drivers seat and help make that dangerous situation much safer. And with any even decent AI it would recognize this is a tough way to exit and see if there might be a better way.

2) I'm very certain the car could react FAR quicker than you could. And that it would have seen that car running the red light way before you even realized it (as you admit). You're looking just forward and to the left to make your turn. An autonomous car is looking everywhere, at all times, and calculating the speed of that red-light runner to see that it's not stopping, and can apply the brakes before you even realize what is happening.

I've talked with some of the people working on these autonomous cars, and it's pretty amazing what they can do even just today.

Comment: Re:Great, now I just need 6 cablecards (Score 1) 178

by m3000 (#44039831) Attached to: TiVo Series 5 Coming This Fall

THIS! My cable card install with Time Warner was a nightmare. No one knew anything at all about Cable Cards, the techs who installed the cable card were clueless but yet TWC required a visit to plug it into the back of the Tivo (they refused to let me install it myself), but then had no idea how to activate it, and neither did any of the tech support people. And it took 4 calls to figure out that I needed a Tuning Adapter as well.

Only when I did enough Googling to find their Tier 3 Cable Card only tech support phone number on a Tivo forum did everything finally start working. It only took about 30 seconds once I got the right people on the phone.

It's actually against FCC rules to make it so incredibly difficult to use a CableCard, so I ended up writing up a complaint to them, and then TWC got really nice to me and gave me a few months of free cable. And at least I haven't had any issues since.

Comment: Re:bah. (Score 1) 273

Do they even make travelers checks anymore? I've never heard of anyone using them in the last 10 years, and me and my friends go all over the world.

But to add to the other good advice on your list, I found that having a chip+pin credit card is becoming essential in Europe. They're pretty hard to find from US credit card companies, but Flyer Talk made a list. There's also a few chip+signature cards available too, but those aren't near as useful apparently as chip+pin. So make sure you get one of those.

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev