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Comment Re:Who owns your car? (Score 1) 236

The job of the government is to create "solutions" for problems that they create. A self-driving car only needs to replace a human driver-- it doesn't need to become an arm of the state. The police detain people, not cars, so it should be the person's decision. Don't make self-driving cars be at the mercy of the state just because you can!

Comment Re:It's...a staff pick. (Score 2) 50

Kickstarter is not one of countless organizations that do this, they may very well be the single LARGEST organization that does it, and we expect more from the big guys than the little guys.

Oh, unlike Vimeo ($40 mil annual revenue in 2013), Hulu (worth multiple billions of dollars), Powell's (market cap ~320 mil) or Redbox (tough to tell actual value of Redbox, but let's assume it's a few bucks north of nothing, shall we?), all hits that come right up on a quick Google search for "staff picks"?

And if you want to expand past the strict verbiage of "staff pick", there's the New York Times Editor's Choice list, Amazon's Editor's Picks, Google Play's Staff Picks, Apple's Featured Apps...

I mean, rail against staff picks on general principle, certainly. No problem whatsoever with that, even if I don't agree that it's a big problem. But don't pretend that this piece is is anything other than a hit piece/author's grudge against Kickstarter here.

Comment It's...a staff pick. (Score 5, Insightful) 50

When things are chosen by a "staff pick", the staff of a particular organization picks things they think look interesting. That's...the whole deal.

It's not a subjective process. It's also not a new process. Your local book, record and video stores, back when such things still existed, did this. Your local liquor store does this. This has concept has been around for ages.

The only thing that Kickstarter has to do with this entire concept is that they're one of countless organizations that do this.

Comment Re:In "oil" country no less! (Score 1) 315

You don't even have to Read The Fine Article... just Read The Fine Summary to see that "Solar power has gotten so cheap to produce and so competitively priced in the electricity market that it is taking hold even in a state that, unlike California, doesn't offer incentives to utilities to buy or build sun-powered generation."

NOT due to subsidies-- at least not state or local ones.

Happiness is a hard disk.