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Comment: I like the ghost town. (Score 5, Interesting) 145

by IMarvinTPA (#49163925) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

The ghost town state actually makes it easier to follow a few things and keep up. My Facebook feed is long and Facebook's most-recent sorting likes to pick random dates out of the comments of the postings to "refresh" it. With what I follow on G+, a quick browse will catch me up on all of what I am following. It is a feature to me.


Comment: Poor Douglas Adams, died too soon. (Score 1) 531

by IMarvinTPA (#49138801) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion
I mean what’s the use of us sitting up all night saying there may -

Or may not be

[Softly] or may not be [louder] a god, if this machine comes along the next morning and gives you ‘is telephone number?

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 599

by supabeast! (#49129499) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

In comparison, this measure seems to have been abandoned without much fight. I can't help but wonder why.

The GOP realized that this is not a policy that’s going to help them keep the Senate in 2016. Right now the GOP is dominated by old Republicans who want the party to attract young voters, so ginning this issue up into a war wasn’t worth pissing off the young voters. The other important group in the GOP are the sham libertarians who are trying to bring wealthy techies into their camp. Going to war over net neutrality would halt Rand Paul’s advance into silicon valley. All the money the telcos and cable companies can throw at the GOP isn’t really worth pissing off all the people who want uninterrupted streams from Chaturbate and Russian pirate TV streams.

Comment: We should teach everyone *some* code (Score 1) 291

by supabeast! (#49056439) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

Unless you’re retired it’s almost impossible to live in the developed world and not interact with computers on a daily basis. So computer literacy is an important part of daily life in the USA. So everybody needs to know something about programming or they’ll be incapable of understanding basic and important concepts that are relevant to daily life.

But that doesn’t mean that we need to reshape our entire educational system to crank out more software developers so that tech companies can pay lower salaries, which is really what’s behind many of these big efforts to push coding into schools.

Comment: Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (Score 1) 145

by supabeast! (#48873449) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move

How about using talents and energies on real problems, identified using old fashioned scientific method called prioritization, in IT world knowing as function "sort".

Solving problems like war and climate change pretty much requires getting into politics. If you were a nobel laureate would you want to spend your time dealing with the idiots people vote for?

Comment: Just make an SUV with Dad mode (Score 1) 283

by supabeast! (#48111935) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

“Safety features have also been enhanced, adding "adaptive cruise control and the ability to read speed limit signs, stop itself if a crash is imminent, stay in its lane, and even park itself in a street spot or in your garage."”

I need that right now in a two ton all-wheel drive SUV so I can drive sanely while yelling at my kids in the back seat. Please Elon, hurry up and take my money!

Comment: Re:Rockethub / Indiegogo (Score 1) 61

If it still puts you on the hook to produce something and you don't have enough to do it, I'd rather get the nothing and be able to walk away.

Imagine a Rockethub fund raiser to go to Mars that only reaches 80% of its goal. You'd get a ride to mars, but will you have enough food and a safe landing too?

Comment: Re:thugs are also armed populace (Score 1) 1633

by IMarvinTPA (#46772841) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Gangs and Mobs are just competing governments and they already have guns, so this change in the law wouldn't really change anything compared to today. Murder and coercion are crimes either way.
The street thugs robbing 7-11s would get shot by armed 7-11 clerks (if corporate policies changed too).

Comment: Re:My revision: (Score 1) 1633

by IMarvinTPA (#46772121) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

What's good for the goose is good for the gander... Although the above would be the time-traveler version. Try explaining "nuclear" to somebody in the 1700s and expecting it to stick to the 1900s.

Modernly, I probably would go with "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Laws limiting weapons in any way are prohibited, including but not limited to background checks, registration lists, and places where they can be carried. All governments, foreign and domestic, should be afraid of the armed populous. Nuclear weapons of any size may be regulated and prohibited. Biological and chemical weapons of over (researched volume or weight) may be regulated and prohibited. "

In a civil war, you would want to be able to at least shoot down the aircraft so they can't deploy the three banned weapon classes.

The sooner you make your first 5000 mistakes, the sooner you will be able to correct them. -- Nicolaides