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Comment: And this is why there's traffic... (Score 4, Insightful) 593

by barc0001 (#48603317) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

"If they have, they've obviously failed. Killeen said her four-mile commute to UCLA, where she teaches a public relations class, can take two hours during rush hour."

It takes her 2 hours to go 4 miles. That's her driving a car at 2 mph for 2 miles. You know what else is faster than that? EVERYTHING. That's slower than walking speed, definitely slower than biking, jogging, rollerblading, skating, skateboarding and anything else I can think of. I would *love* to have only a 4 mile commute in LA's climate. I'd never drive my car to the office again.

Comment: Re:Why are medallions sold and not leased? (Score 1) 329

by barc0001 (#48487989) Attached to: Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

No it wasn't. He's asking why tax medallions are sold between 3rd parties, instead of being an annual license/purchase from the city. If someone's willing to buy a medallion for half a million dollars, I am amazed the city hasn't figured out how to get their hands on most/all of that. Pass a law. All taxi medallions expire at the end of 2015, and you're welcome to put in a $10000 fee to apply for the 2016 medallions now. First come, first serve. Rinse, repeat every year.

Comment: Re:This is great news! (Score 1) 485

by barc0001 (#48305743) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

>Bush made Iraq a better place than it was when he took office.

Oh go away troll. You honestly think Iraq circa 2008 was a better place to live than Iraq circa 1999? In 1999 the electricity worked 24 hours a day, hospitals had supplies, there was order in the streets, there weren't random death squads killing people, there weren't IEDs blowing shit up everywhere, and last but not least, there weren't hundreds of thousands of dead civilians.

Comment: Re:This is great news! (Score 3, Insightful) 485

by barc0001 (#48303381) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

> "Iraq is on fire with women and children being sold into slavery or have their heads cut off and placed on stakes like the men."

Hmmm. I wonder how that came to be. I think someone went and invaded the country and totally trashed its infrastructure and and political power structure. Any guesses who that might have been? I mean Saddam was an asshole and a murderer too, but at least the average Iraqi didn't have to worry about being blown up by a car bomb or beheaded by the thousands by ISIS, right? They're both bad, no doubt about it, but one is definitely worse. Like Saddam in charge was like having HIV, and ISIS in your country is like having ebola. All things being equal most people would go for the HIV if it was an either/or choice.

If I'm reading the intent of your point correctly you look to absolve Bush and co of all blame for the mess Iraq is currently in, and blame Obama for not cleaning Bush's mess up properly despite massive public calls to bring everyone home from Iraq.

Comment: Re:She's.. (Score 5, Funny) 235

by barc0001 (#48245711) Attached to: Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

Absolutely. Remember Back Orifice? A roommate's hosebeast of a girlfriend would come over and sit on the spare computer in the living room muttering under her breath and making random sounds while chatting on ICQ (Yeah, that long ago...). I installed BO on it and then would use my laptop to send deletes, backspaces and when I got really bored, send program closes to it until she would get fed up and leave to go smoke on the deck and complain to her bf about the "possessed" computer.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 3, Insightful) 583

by barc0001 (#48244595) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

And by him, you mean practically everyone who sits in front of a computer, or controls a machine or a huuuge chunk of the workforce. When AI can do telephone customer service jobs, programming, systems admin work, troubleshooting, IT work, heavy equipment operation, driving, piloting, warfare and a million other tasks there is going to be an enormous number of people without gainful employment.

THAT is the biggest problem with AI outside of the Skynet scenario. We will need a Federation-style post scarcity economy to come into being, but based on the knee-jerk reaction to anything that looks like Socialism in the US, I doubt that will happen before an awful lot of suffering.

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 1007

by barc0001 (#48244439) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Then I demand equal time for my group that insists the world outside of our perceptive dimensions is actually a disc and floats through space on the back of an etherial turtle. Furthermore, I demand policy changes to carbon emissions as the CO in the atmosphere that is dropping off the edge of the disc may be poisoning our great Turtle.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 275

by barc0001 (#48188133) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

> But wouldn't that have been harmful to South Korea? You seem to be valuing the interests of Denmark over the interests of South Korea. Do you have a rational basis for doing so?

Are you trying to be deliberately disingenuous? You're asking a Danish national why a Danish company shoudn't source work in Denmark if it means less money for a country 1/3 of the way around the globe?

Have you ever given a family member money? If so, why? That would seem to be valuing the interests of your family over the neighbors you've never met. Do you have a rational basis for doing so?

Chemist who falls in acid is absorbed in work.