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Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 362

by s0nicfreak (#49197611) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?
Because you are still affecting people. If you get into an accident that wrecks a car but harms no humans, then how is the owner of the car going to get to work to feed his family? To the grocery store? If I get into a car accident that breaks my arm (minor injury) I will be unable to work until that heals; how am I going to pay my bills?

I'm not saying make a world that is "100% safe for children" (that would would NOT be suitable for even children, but I won't digress), but the ability to drink and drive is not worth the risk of hurting someone or wrecking their car in my book.

Comment: Re:Parents keeping kids away from peanuts? Not rea (Score 1) 243

by s0nicfreak (#49190089) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

We were playing at a rec center after a group class and he was making new friends playing at a pool table when I noticed a dad come over with a half eaten sandwich to give to his kid... whats on the sandwich... peanut butter! SHIT they've all been at the same table touching the stuff, that kid is little he'll be all over with that food, we have to GET OUT OF HERE NOW.

Or you could, you know, go over to the guy and politely say "Hey my son is severely allergic, could you have your kid wash his hands after eating that please?"

Comment: Re:The case against e-readers? DRM. (Score 1) 261

refuses to let me copy, quote, print,

What ereader prevents you from doing these things? Kindles have the ability to do this easily, and even has built-in things to share them online. You have to opt-in to it revealing your location. And not all the books have DRM (which is on the books, not the readers) - in fact, the DRM on ebooks is decided by the publishers, not the ereader companies.

Comment: Reasons I prefer e-readers (Score 1) 261

1. Room in my house. I have a small house; the number of books that can fit inside is limited. We're a 6 person, homeschooling family, and my husband collects comic books. My books get the least space priority.
2. The ability to immediately start a new book when I finish a book, without having to carry around multiple books. I can also immediately check out a new book from the library without waiting for my husband to get home with the car, and then fighting the snow and sub-zero temperatures.
3. No-handed reading. With a dead-tree book, I have to hold it open. With an ereader, I can do something else with my hands, pausing only to press the "next page" button when necessary. I often use this to knit or crochet while reading.
4. The ability to switch between ebooks and audio books, or reading and using text-to-speech. I can continue the book while I have to cook, drive somewhere, etc.
5. Weight. My Kindle is much lighter than most dead tree books I read, making it much more comfortable to hold. I can read longer because my hands/wrists don't get tired.
6. Okay, I'll admit it... piracy. I buy a lot of ebooks, get ebooks from my local library and am subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, but I pirate books too. (Most often books I can't get electronic versions of legally.) Printing out a whole novel when you're paying for your own ink is not cost effective, though admittedly I did it a few times in the 90s using the free printing at the school library.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."