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Comment Re:How is this a "robot" (Score 1) 39 39

i don't see anything in the article about computer control.

The new robot jumps by using a simple, light clasp (almost the entire body of the robot) that snaps shut via a heat-reactant spring after being zapped by an outside pulse of heat.

It sounds like it is controlled by a hair dryer.

Comment it'll be bittersweet (Score 1) 869 869

There's a lot to like about EVs, If i owned a house and could get a charger, i'd consider a tesla, and if there were an electric jeep wrangler, i'd be all over that thing. massive torque and the ability to roll over indefinitely seems pretty darn cool to me. There's one thing i'd really miss though: Manual Transmission

After a decade of owning an xterra with automatic transmission, i bought a used 6 speed miata. shifting gears is just so much fun. yeah, it's more work, but there's something really rewarding about nailing the perfect down shift, powering out of a turn, and shifting back. it doesn't matter that a modern automatic could do it better than me. it doesn't matter that an electric roadster would perform better. There's just something about knowing I did it.

Comment Re:Pretty much (Score 1) 152 152

facebook also benefited from the smartphone revolution. myspace was built around laying out a clunky website. Facebook's status update centric design was a natural fit for the tiny screen. it was the right thing at the right time to form this symbiotic relationship. facebook was a must have for your phone, and you wanted a phone that could post your status to facebook.

Comment Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 351 351

One is to be respectful and polite, the old way.

So, the bums playing shitty music on the sidewalk, begging for handouts is what people should aspire to?

so i'm not the only one who has noticed the parallels between the online world and the streets of san francisco.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 213 213

i think it would be cool if they could squeeze in a low power data connection, like the kindle used for whisper sync. Something that would allow connectivity when it lacks wifi or a phone connection. It would give enough bandwidth to get a text or a small picture, but little else.

oh, and it would be at no additional cost to me. sounds crazy, but amazon did manage to negotiate that with the carriers at one point.

Comment Re:Teraforming (Score 1) 99 99

or.. they wouldn't be able to survive here because they like a dry dead planet with almost no oxygen and water. Assuming the universe is engaged in this large scale panspermia, aren't we getting hit by alien microbes constantly? why would the ones we make be so much more dangerous?

Comment Re:take care of yourself and you will look good (Score 1) 285 285

That's reasonable. If people say they feel physically ill after eating gluten, who am I to argue? You know more than I do about how you feel. You have my sympathy.

It's the fervor with which some people claim gluten is poisoning humanity that I rail against.

Comment Re:take care of yourself and you will look good (Score 1) 285 285

i'm 45 and people still think i'm in my 20s as well. I get plenty of exercise. I do a lot of my own cooking with food bought from the organic stores in berkeley. a lot of that cooking involves milk sugar and gluten though. A lot of the eating involves washing it down with a beer. I kind of suspect genetics + exercise have the most to do with my youthful fit appearance.

Comment Re:Life finds a way (Score 1) 188 188

and here i thought the moral of the story was your workers are unreliable if they are overworked at monotonous jobs. The townspeople should have hired some more wolf watchers and provided some perks like a game room and espresso machine in the break room.

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. -- John Kenneth Galbraith