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Comment Re:Next up: Stone candy. (Score 2) 84

I agree with you in spirit, but disagree in terms of basic caloric intake.

Once we have the ability to create tasty foods with effectively no caloric value, it doesn't matter how much our bodies tell us to eat. We can only hold so much worthless food at a time. If we can literally gorge ourselves on near-zero calorie foods, we will have solved obesity, simple as that.

I do have to wonder how our bodies will rebel against this latest way to eat-without-eating, but strictly in terms of energy-budgets, this seems like a win/win.

Comment Re:Dealers cannot die soon enough (Score 5, Insightful) 440

you think Kia wants to open up their own showrooms at malls across america? I assure you not.

Hey, if Kia doesn't want to sell directly to me - Tesla does. I have no problem with both business models competing with one another.

I do, however, have a problem with needing to deal with middle-men because of protectionist laws that forbid companies like Tesla from selling directly to me. But hey, YMMV, right?

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 342

Vista didn't suck, at least not as bad as Me, and was a worthwhile upgrade if buggy with drivers and such. but definitely the jump from Vista to 7 was akin to that from 95/98 to 2000/XP, as 7 refined and perfected what Vista started the same way 2000/XP perfected what 95/98 started. likewise, 8 pretty much sucks, and 10 is blah. in fact, 10 is currently more akin to Vista than anything else, so w/e comes next after 10 will likely be the next XP (jinx).

so for now, 7 is the new XP, and will likely remain so for sometime, much as Microsoft wishes it weren't so, as we wait for 11.

Comment Re:Those who can, program. (Score 1) 90

Programming, my boy, is to science what accounting is to calculus. I don't think you have even the beginning of a glimmer of understanding of what science is.

Not entirely true - I can assure you that, on a daily basis, I apply the scientific method to figuring out how to talk to undocumented "black boxes" (whether hardware, OS features, or just how to safely use buggy libraries I can't avoid or rewrite).

That said, your statement holds largely true in a bit different light than how you meant it...

In mathematics, you can spend a career mentally masturbating over your favorite "hard" problem, and retire after decades with nothing to show for it. In programming, if you work on a problem for five years, you'd damned well better get world-changing results, or find a new job.

Comment Re:Stop spying on everyone (Score 2) 491

For that to work you'd also have to come up with a scheme of monetary compensation or none of us will get to play with toys.

If $600 for a phone doesn't cover the cost of production, charge more.

... And then (rightly) go out of business when your customers laugh and buy a $150 knockoff that has all the same features at a quarter the price.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 424

Actually yes I am surprised.

And now I'd like to respond directly to Mr Lucas:

although Lucas came up with story treatments for a new trilogy, those materials, to put it bluntly, were discarded.

Thank God.

"They decided they didn't want to use those stories, they decided they were gonna go do their own thing," says Lucas. "They weren't that keen to have me involved anyway.

Smart move on their part.

But at the same time, I said if I get in there I'm just going to cause trouble.


All I would do is muck everything up.

Identifying the problem is the first step to correcting it.

"The issue was, ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" says Lucas.

A lesson you would do well to learn Mr Lucas. Making your fans happy is how you became a success in the first place... ...and displeasing them is how you crashed and burned.

And as long as we're breaking up, can you please give us back our original Original Trilogy?
Just drop it off at our door, no need to stick around. That would be awkward.
And you can keep the prequels, we don't want them.


Australian State Bans Possession of Blueprints For 3D Printing Firearms ( 311

angry tapir writes: Possessing files that can be used to 3D print firearms will soon be illegal in the Australian state of New South Wales after new legislation, passed last week by state parliament, comes into effect. Possessing files for 3D printing guns will be punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The provisions "are targeted at criminals who think they can steal or modify firearms or manufacture firearms from 3D blueprints," NSW's justice minister, Troy Grant, said when introducing the bill in the state's lower house on 27 October. "Those who think they can skirt the law will find themselves facing some of the toughest penalties for firearms offences in this country," Grant said.

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?