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Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 1) 286

by phantomfive (#48230387) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?
I'm talking about software engineering challenges. It takes a long time to write reliable software, apparently you have trouble with this topic. Maybe it's because you don't know how to write reliable software, which is fine, most people don't.

It's not about the airplane, the airplane was just an example to help people who are unaware of the engineering challenges involved.

Comment: Re:Falsifiability (Score 1) 204

by phantomfive (#48230065) Attached to: High Speed Evolution
Just to show how bad your logic is, note that the summary didn't even posit a mechanism for the evolution.

That is, the hypothesis is that the lizards legs grow longer under pressure. If God himself decided to help the lizards out by giving them longer legs, then it is still irrelevant to the hypothesis.

Comment: Is that unreasonable? (Score 4, Interesting) 204

by phantomfive (#48229611) Attached to: High Speed Evolution

the height of an average American man would increase from about 5 foot 9 inches today to about 6 foot 4 inches within 20 generations — an increase that would make the average U.S. male the height of an NBA shooting guard,

Is that unreasonable? If there were evolutionary pressure (ie, short people kept being killed before reproducing), and tall people got multiple mates, I could see this change happening within twenty generations. Twenty generations is enough for two people to repopulate large countries, or even the entire earth if they have large families.

Comment: Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (Score 1) 213

by phantomfive (#48225545) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing
The funny part is, speaking is relatively easy. Once you get the hang of tones, the grammar is fairly simple.

The writing system IS particularly difficult though. At a minimum it doubles the number of things you have to learn (from ~3000 words for just speaking, to ~3000 words + ~3000 characters).

Comment: Re:The saddest part is..... (Score 1) 54

I have yet to meet a single tech-savvy person that supports paid prioritization, even among conservatives. Sadly, that doesn't seem to matter.

I would support it IF there were a free market in the ISP space that allowed me to switch to providers who don't prioritize.

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