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Comment Re:Actually some animals DO HAVE languages (Score 1) 34 34

Correct. It varies with species and with how well you know them. However using words does not necessarily reflect how you think. And one can think in multiple ways.

As an example: We have a large pack of working dogs on our farm who help with our livestock, keep down predators and assist us in tasks.

Our dogs have their own language. It is a mix of vocal and body language.

Our dogs understand a large part of our human language - English in our case.

We and the dogs also have a common pidgin language between us that is a mix of hand signs, body signs, vocalizations and English words. We have about 300 words in pidgin that we use back and forth between us. Some of the dogs use more words than others. Some rarely talk but clearly understand and every once in a while they will say something.

Yes, the dogs do speak some English words. Their vocal tracts aren't well suited to the task so they don't use very many spoken English words. More commonly they use signs or the pidgin words they can pronounce. But that's like us too - we can't pronounce some of the things in their language even though I can understand it when they same them.

When talking to us they use words to us like Yes and No to narrow down a conversation. They will tell us to Come, say the names of predators to alert us to issues, tell us if there is a problem with the livestock and often what the problem is. They have names for each other in their language and they know the names we use for them. They also have names for us. My name in their language sounds like rocks being gargled.

The dogs are heavy into pointing. We point with our hands and they understand that. They point with their muzzles and we understand that.

One of our dogs in particular has a very foul mouth. She cusses something awful when she's pissed about something. That's Katya. She is the smallest but she talks like a sailor as the saying goes...

Comment Re:I'm okay... (Score 1) 120 120

Have fun. I hope you don't get too bored since I almost never use the phone and I never say anything on it that matters... Virtually all of my communications are via email - which is an open postcard so nothing interesting there either - and email is not hackable. It is the Android system that is the subject of the hacking in the original poster's article or perhaps you didn't read that. That's why candles, tin cans, old dial up phones have an advantage - they're simply not remotely hackable. So hook into the line and listen to your hearts content while you continue to miss the point. :)

Comment Re:I'm okay... (Score 1) 120 120

Ah, but there's the rub. You think the Android phone a cool new thing. What Smartphones really are is gussied up old tech (voice) with a new suit that makes them more vulnerable. I very rarely use voice phone. I use email which is far faster and more efficient. I also don't communicate things via email that are worth "listening" into so the fact that email is a postcard is not an issue either. In either case, you can't hack my email the way the Android phone hack is being done - that was the point of the original poster's article.

Email simply more efficient than voice no matter how fancy your phone. Catch up with the times and ditch your phone.

Comment For some sharing will work but not for others (Score 1) 252 252

For some sharing will work but not for others.

People who just need a car like a taxi to take them from one place to the other will benefit greatly from the robocar and not having to own or maintain it. Mostly this is going to be in urban and suburban environments.

People who have cars that are entertainment for them will not want to share their toys.

People who live in very rural areas will not get this shared benefit.

People who need specialized vehicles - extremely common in rural environments - will not be able to do the shared gig. We customized our truck so that it has a animal carrier area in the back interior for hauling livestock each week to butcher, a middle section that switches between refrigerated and passenger space and a forward space that is for driver and navigator. Believe me, you don't want to share our vehicle - we haul pigs in it every week. I also don't want you sharing it because I need our specialized vehicle ready for hauling pigs and not messed up by someone else.

What the robocars are probably going to do is replace taxis, some subways and some buses to a large extent. Run of the mill people moving. The easy stuff.

Comment Won't matter (Score 1) 446 446

This doesn't matter. Walmart, MacDonalds and other big retailers will be requiring GMO labeling, rejecting GMO products and they already banned other GMOs (rBGH/rBST). The market place will reach out and slash the GMO producers to little bits.

Our customers don't want GMOs. They vote with their wallet. It's Capitalism with the big 'C' working.

Comment Sound quality like we used to have... (Score 1) 573 573

Sound quality like we used to have on radio? Right... Twiddle your dial a bit.. You might be able to make out a few words.

high on top of
Sugar Mountain Farm
(Nothing to do with the song)
(This is Vermont where grow)
(sugar maples in sugar bushes)

Comment Re:Solution to Legislative Stupidity (Score 1) 51 51

Google is a search engine, an index, not the web site. You, and Europe, seem to miss this key point. Banning Google from showing something in their index does not remove that data from the internet nor does it even remove it from search engines. Other search engines still show the data, the data is still on the original web site and linked to by other web sites.

We're also not talking about false information.

Your argument is a red hearing and false. Your question is not worth answering because it is moot and a non sequitur.

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