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Comment Re:Decades of makware (Score 1) 36

Some could. Amigas (and Macs too I believe?) would automatically pop up an icon for floppies when they were inserted, without needing to do anything else.

While those absolutely are technically "personal computers", everyone understands "PC" to mean "IBM PC or compatible". And yes, both Amigas and Macs had floppy detect. Actually, it was technically possible to do it on the PC as well, and ISTR some programs actually doing it. The solution to the training problem is pathetically obvious (as evinced by the fact that I figured it out while reading TFA which I just google'd) which is to train the system the first time the user successfully reads a floppy disk, and thus you know that there's a disk in the drive. But... Microsoft

Comment Re: Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 430

Which is a pretty good analogy. Most peoplr think not donating in that situation would be despicably murderous. But its not illegal. The state does not force you to give up your bodily autonomy for a living person's life. Heroism cannot exist if it is mandated. So forcing somebody to do so for a clump of cells which is about as humanlike as a tadpole should not be legal either.

Comment Re:Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 430

you need to read closely, the claim is that abortion should be outlawed if and only if, the state outlawing abortion can (without risking the life of the pregnant woman), remove the fetus. Once the fetus is removed, it is then becomes the duty of the state to maintain and grow the fetus using whatever incubator technology they have available.

Sorry, I missed the science fiction premise. I will try harder to remember that this is Slashdot, and not a place to get serious about discussing real solutions to real problems.

Comment Re: Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 430

Third, it's possible to push a woman into sex without actually raping her.

For this purpose, I'll go ahead and lump coercion in with rape. But not just empty promises. If you want promises, get a marriage contract. Ideally the state would piss off out of marriage per se and instead there would just be child responsibility contracts. So, barring rape or coercion, what's wrong with the plan is that women are abused by the court system. That's a problem we need to fix anyway. Let's also fix that problem.

Comment Re: No. (Score 1) 342

It's closest example you can have. The fact that there is some payback - even if it's 100% and even with interest would however ONLY get the money BACK - it would NOT give you a consistent 700% over and above what you spent.
That's the return on investment. Yours is a typical example of somebody focussing on an irellevant detail because they cannot actually disprove the conclusion so they pretend that some minor detail which wasn't fully clarified must nullify it.

How does anything you say account for this being one of the only investments that *exist* which shows a consistent 700% return ?

Comment Re: Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 430

Only if you limit the definition of "human" to the people who had those rights in the 17th century and continue to think of everybody as property.

In fact, you will find that so called classic liberals were very concerned with protecting property and ensuring that whatever is property will be so for ever, at a time when the definition of "property" included the vast majority of the human race - and those ideas about liberty is designed to ensure that everybody didn't fit the bill would *remain* property for ever.
It does not protect the rights of everybody else - because it was DESIGNED to ensure they wouldn't HAVE any.

Comment Re: APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 211

Live in the UK, never driven an automatic, don't know anybody who owns one.

Automatic gearbox uptake is way up in Europe. More and more manufacturers are ditching the stick and going to CVT-only for mileage reasons. All the top-end cars have dual-clutch transmissions, which are manual only in concept. They are all automatically controlled, and all have an automatic mode. Or at least, so says the automotive press. Mostly I get this stuff from watching Autoline, but other shows factor in as well.

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 211

Yeah, I think if you love to drive, then you get the stick. But if you love to win, then you get the dual clutch... if it's available and allowed. Rowing gears is great fun, as long as you aren't required to do too much of it. I like a five speed and some torque, personally, but I wouldn't piss on a six speed for my car either.

If I get enough money out of eventually selling my 300SD, perhaps I will put a 01E gearbox in my D2 A8. But that's a good three grand all told including a good clutch...

Comment Re: Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 3, Interesting) 430

Would you argue that if a man decides he doesn't want to pay for a child he helped conceive he shouldn't be forced to?

As long as the woman makes the decision whether to have the child, which she should, the man should not have to pay child support if she chooses not to, unless he entered into a marriage contract with her first. Anything else puts all the responsibility on the man, all of the rights are the woman's, which is just a form of slavery. You're not a deadbeat unless you make promises and then don't keep them. I say this as someone who had a deadbeat dad who cheated on his wife, got divorced, then drank up the child support money. He made a commitment and then failed to follow it. There is reasonable justification for treating him like a criminal; he broke a contract.

Only in the case of perpetrating a rape should the man have to pay child support out of wedlock, and a woman should have the absolute right to decide whether or not she has a child. Anything else is grossly unfair and puts all the responsibility on the man.

ObDisclaimer: I have no children, wanted or un-

Comment Re: Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 1) 430

And the problem with personal responsibility rhetoric is that its logically impossible to be responsible for things you do not control, have no authority over and cannot change.
Nearly everything that rhetoric opposes falls in that category. Defending the weak and powerless against things that are done to them by the powerful (or just bad luck) and which cannot be prevented or planned for or prepared for.

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