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Comment Re:Kickstarter forever (Score 1) 90 90

first, define "angel" investor.
Now define kickstarter investing.
If you're getting a guaranteed return, it isn't called investing, it is called "buying."
Purchasing a stock certificate in order to hold onto it is called investing. That's different than "playing the market" even tho you buy stocks in companies in both cases.

Comment Suggesting the uniqueness of life (Score 1) 208 208

This isn't a proof, but the Drake equations are actually wrong. You can never add huge amounts of time to a probability statement. Otherwise you end up with monkeys typing Shakespeare. Multiplying odds by enough time guarantees shit happens, such as life.

For a better approach, still full of swag, start with today's number and count and assume.

If there are 10 to the 11th power stars in the Milky Way, then all I need are 11 events in a row with a 1 in 10 chance of occurring. Life doesn't seem so inevitable now. Rocky planet (1/10) in the right zone (1/10) in a stable orbit around a stable star (3.5 billion years of evolution requires stability 1/10). A big moon so water life can spread to land. 1/100 (having a moon is a biggie). Assume cyanobacteria happen. You still need eukaryotes and prekaryotes to evolve and combine, multicellular life to occur, life to move out of the ocean, a magnetic core to save land life from cosmic rays.

I think life is a lot more unlikely than folks assume. Regardless of what assumptions you do make, remember that multiplying probable odds by enough time is as invalid as dividing by zero. You can claim whatever results you want.

Comment Re: Potholes? (Score 1) 183 183

You don't have to recycle it. We aren't talking about pulling out toys. There are a bazillion "original" plastic pellets infesting the oceans, the same pellets they use to make plastic stuff in the first place. Filtering that out shouldn't be too much harder than running a gravel pit operation.

Comment Re:Potholes? (Score 1) 183 183

In Chicago, to prepare for global warming and more rain, they are replacing the alley pavement with similar stuff that lets the water soak into the ground. It's one way of not having to triple the size of your storm water drainage systems. apparently, within 90 years, they expect a climate similar to Baton Rouge Louisiana.

Comment Re:Perl is better than you think (Score 1) 133 133

You have obviously never coded in any language, let alone Perl. Comments like these are usually from people with zero real life experience.

Ditto. I remember trying to write reports for people in Fortran and C out of an Oracle dbs.
When I discovered the text processing capability of Perl, I was hooked. And so were my users.
Seems the almost all of our important data, on the reports, is text, not id fields like we use in the dbs.
I can use Perl to resort the reports any which way at all without retouching the dbs.

You can write poorly in any language: C#, JavaScript (the LAMP stack replacement) and different folks either write well or poorly in Englyshe.

Comment Re:Already covered over at Hacker News (Score 1) 311 311

What do you mean? Every single web view on iOS uses Safari's renderer. It's against the App Store rules to have your own renderer. The problem is that sure, if you design a website around Safari it'll work everywhere else, but it's a pain in the ass to design it to a 5 year old standard when all the other major browsers support other upgrades, extensions and capabilities that can make code easier/faster/better. It's most apparent when an open standard has replaced an Apple designed one that's inferior, and Apple refuses to change, such as WebSQL/IndexedDB.

Like I/E used to force you to do. Write for them and then write for everybody else that was current.

Comment Re:I never knew (Score 1) 311 311

But surely iOS users don't all stick to Safari. Safari came with my work Mac, but nevertheless, I use Chrome. Why wouldn't other people do that? Just because someone blunders into the Apple Trap doesn't mean they all have to drink all the Apple koolaide, does it?

uhhhh, I think that was kind of the point of the title of article. You didn't even have to RTFA ,just understand the title.
You know how Internet Explorer came with Windows but people would install other browsers like Netscape?

Comment Re:Helmet fire (Score 1) 195 195

He painstakingly measured how much information an astronaut/jet pilot could pay attention to at once, and react to within a certain time frame.

Aviation folks have an awesome term for when pilots freeze from information overload. They call it having a helmet fire which to this day cracks me up and is a perfect term for the problem.

Bell Labs tested people memorizing numbers and that's how we ended up with the 7-digit ones. People can only handle so much info. And some people can only handle less.

Comment Re:maybe robots can fly the drones (Score 1) 298 298

Actually, the drone operators are going to end up with more PTSD than regular pilots. There was a really good article on Wired a few months ago by a pilot who flew in WWII and Korea and other places. You drop your bombs and you land back home.

Drone operators follow a man for months. He's a real person. They see his wife and kids and see him shopping and whatever.
Then they kill him.
Then they keep watching. See his wife come out and cry over the body. See the ambulance pick him up while his children are crying.
Then they monitor his funeral to look for other targets.

If that doesn't affect you deeply, you're probably a psychopath.

Comment Re:Laws that need to be made in secret (Score 1) 169 169

are bad laws. Period. I am hard pressed to think of an exception.

Laws need to be public, but negotiations must _always_ be private or else they aren't negotiations. If you know my bottom line, I've got no wiggle room which means I have zero ability to negotiate.

Comment Re:Scientifically driven politics (Score 3) 347 347

You mean sanity and logic in politics? Laws that make sense and are rooted in reality instead of panic?

No, we can't have that! That could be sensible, and we can't have that in our legislative.

Not in a democracy, that's for damn sure. And I'm not being sarcastic.

We like choosing our government policy the same way we choose Top 40 hits or internet memes--purely by the popularity of personal preference. It's my right to vote for people who say good government can be done for free.

It's the same reason our American government prefers to support dictators. You can rely on them better than you can rely on the fickle desires of the general population. Governing is difficult because these are not bullshit issues. It seems to be part of the essential biology of human civilization.

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