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Comment: Re:Where to spend $200 billion (Score 1) 515 515

They do, but they don't have to. We have the technology today to form virtual trains that would cut the cost of fuel, even at high speeds, way down via drafting. See Add lane keeping, highly responsive cruise control, and some way to pay the guy in front that is burning all the fuel, and you have a system that is WAY more flexible than any mass-transit system along with similar efficiency benefits.

Comment: Re:Why not hydrofoils boats? (Score 1) 515 515

Pacific is one of the most dangerous oceans in the world
Whaa? Not that I agree with Hydrofoils but, thought I'd point out that the name "Pacific" means calm. And it is, compared to the Atlantic, and probably other oceans I am not familiar with.

Comment: Practical uses: (Score 1) 75 75

1) Remodeling - just walk into your bathroom, wave the phone around, go to hardware store and ask your phone, "How many 4" tiles do I need" 2) Digitize custom Lego models.... or your house. 3) My weed-wacker has a broken plastic bit, scan the bit, edit it to not be fractured, tell someone with a 3D printer to send me an un-broken version. you're welcome.

Comment: Re:If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion .. (Score 1) 674 674

I haven't read Dawkins but I read a book by Susan Blackmore years ago that sticks in my brain still - "The Meme-Machine" : Ahh the forward is by Dawkins :-) Anyway, the idea is that the evolution of humanity is now primarily driven by survival of the fittest memes. I think the collection of Science memes would be gaining on the Religion memes if it weren't for the fact that humans who have been infected with the Religion meme seem more likely to reproduce.

Comment: Sony is making the right move - towards Steam (Score 2) 371 371

I love Steam because I don't have to hassle with selling my used games. It does not bother me in the least because I never pay over $15 for a game. They frequently have great sales and you can build an awesome library with very little money.

A console that would work the same way would be a great thing. Of course, Sony needs to work on their security... and their game prices!

Comment: Re:But a plecebo is the most effective drug of all (Score 1) 566 566

But a patient's belief that the placebo works is required for it to work! You want Aussies to get their placebos from unaccredited hacks? The "drugs" will likely work better if they come from graduates!

Healing is a great deal more about psychology than most slashdotters would like to admit. It's a messy business, studying the human mind. The hard sciences have difficulty dealing with something so complex.

Without life, Biology itself would be impossible.