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Comment: Um, No. (Score 1) 49

by rickb928 (#46806493) Attached to: Drones On Demand

"I wish my car had a drone for instant scouting of traffic-jam alternates."

No, you wish your car could listen in on the currently aloft drone to get traffic updates.

Having your own drone would cause a drone traffic jam overhead, with all the other well-provisioned drivers releasing their own drones. Auto-avoidance? yeah, that's working pretty well on the road, hence the lack of need for these drones at all.

You just want more than Google Maps and Waze does now. Good luck with that.

Comment: Re:WIRED (Score 1) 285

by rickb928 (#46788857) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Did you guilt them into a discount? I got a renewal for some stupid amount, $24/yr or so, and I called and told them it was over. The phone rep caved and I got an $11/yr renewal.

So I have now only missed Vol1 No1. The streak continues. And it is still worth reading, since they appear to have stamped out may of the gratuitous optical gimmicks that rendered it virtually unreadable in the early 00s. Migraine effects, which now only show up once or twice an issue. I'm still convinced they design around whatever press ink is in the 'oops' bin at the distributor, or on clearance.

Comment: Error? (Score 1) 544

by rickb928 (#46650101) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

The error was in getting caught, despite it being obvious.

I suspect that if you dig in, CBS will eventually claim that this is all intended to further engage the audience, give a familiar context, and generally improve the viewing experience. apparently reality is a challenging environment for CBS, but this is not news to me. 60 Minutes in particular has long been challenged by reality, and doesn't show any signs of abating.

All of which above goes for most of the mainstream media. It's entertainment. We love it. Pretending to be informative is alright, so long as we know when the role changes.

Comment: Re: Obvious Answer (Score 1) 747

by rickb928 (#46488929) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

What causes are included in that statistic? Food poisoning ? Fires? Knife wounds? And how often do people cook at home vs be exposed to communicable diseases, since the population is largely immunized?

BTW, I am in favor of imunization. I'm not in favor of denying unimmunized children healthcare because their parents did not have them immunized.

Comment: Re: Obvious Answer (Score 1) 747

by rickb928 (#46487121) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

Care delayed is care denied. You can't arbitrarily decide the priority for care unless you want to take control of people's lives.

That is the weakest spot in single-payer. Defending the needy, protecting the weak, equal access for all is the right easy.

And putting children at the end of the line because of the bad choices of their parents is almost the worst possible choice. Children are innocent of their parents' decisions.

I don't want YOU in charge of this.

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