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Comment: Re:Numbers (Score 1) 837

by IMarvinTPA (#49736409) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Then you are compensating for the guy who only does 90% of his miles in Oregon, but the car is registered outside of the state.

How is this much different from just buying your gas across the state line and never buying Oregon gasoline?

Just go with the Odometer and ignore the sources of the miles. I'd rather be a little over-billed than give up information on where I've been to the state like that.

Comment: I like the ghost town. (Score 5, Interesting) 146

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.

IMarv

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

by IMarvinTPA (#49138801) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

http://www.clivebanks.co.uk/TH...
MAJIKTHISE:
I mean what’s the use of us sitting up all night saying there may -

VROOMFONDEL:
Or may not be

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

VROOMFONDEL:
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?

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