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Comment: Re:What the fuck are you talking about? (Score 4, Insightful) 174

by drinkypoo (#49500981) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

The notion that North American native peoples lived in any kind of harmony with nature is simply false.

Wait, what? That's nonsense. Any kind clearly covers a lot of ground, and some North American native peoples clearly did live in some kind of harmony with nature. They didn't leave it untouched, but they did see themselves as stewards with a responsibility to maintain the land. Again, there's variation between peoples. On the plains they burned down forests to make room for bison. But in other places they set controlled burns which successfully maintained forests throughout thousands of years of continuous occupation.

Comment: Re:Read "Outliers" (Score 1) 175

by drinkypoo (#49500967) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

bill gates is one of the stories described. he had luck and opportunity - by being born at just the right time when personal computing was beginning - and circumstances - by going to one of the very very few schools in the USA that actually had a computer available

Yes, and by having rich parents. That is the single most reliable predictor of economic success. As such, it is anything but surprising that Gates was successful.

Comment: Re:What the fuck is the point of the ISP middleman (Score 1) 38

by drinkypoo (#49500169) Attached to: Google Ready To Unleash Thousands of Balloons In Project Loon

If local ISPs are involved, then what the fuck is the point of this?

Yep, that's the question, isn't it? My local WISP (Digital Path) doesn't even answer support requests reliably, although billing is as reliable as the sunrise. How could this jerkoff waste of time move possibly help me, an actual customer with a crap last mile?

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 257

by drinkypoo (#49500131) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

The relevant law is here. In most cases they have 70 days to bring you to trial

That doesn't strike you as being a long time? If they want to drag you into court, they can do it in about 70 minutes. But to process you through it, it takes 70 days? Perhaps the money is being spent in the wrong place.

Comment: Re:Question still remains (Score 1) 87

by drinkypoo (#49500111) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

The original palm pilot is 18 years old, and the original Newton is 22 years old.

Yeah yeah, I didn't bother to look up the timescale this time, but I got all the other particulars correct.

Though Palm required you to learn a modified alphabet in the form of Graffiti, it had simpler strokes that were faster to enter, and it allowed more differentiation between characters by the device, and higher accuracy.

Actually, Palm originally didn't require you to learn a modified alphabet in the form of Graffiti, on the Zoomer. That was what was so inexplicable about Graffiti. Making it the only input method was a bit odd.

In any case, I visited Palm before the Pilot even hit the streets, I had a friend who knew those guys. And I had a Zoomer and I still have a GRiDPad 2390, although it doesn't quite work properly.

Comment: Re:Question still remains (Score 3, Interesting) 87

by drinkypoo (#49499357) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

Wow! We're back to what Palm did quite well 15 years ago! How wonderful!

Actually, it's more like what Apple did 16 years ago, since it's natural handwriting recognition, and the Palm required you to use a special alphabet.

Fact is, Palm had it made. The OS had shortcomings but they had a mini-computer in a handheld device, with adequate handwriting recognition.

Yes, that was truly an epic moment in time.

hey threw it all away to compete in the "mainstream" cell phone business, and producing "mainstream" cell phones, giving up all that made them unique at the time. What a waste.

And here's where you go straight off the rails. See, space curved there. In specifics, the PDA market went away, and was replaced by the smartphone market.

Comment: Re: They're called trees. (Score 2) 120

by drinkypoo (#49499353) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

it doesn't matter, because the earth has never been habitable to humans when the CO2 levels have been higher. We don't care if the current CO2 levels are average or not, it's completely irrelevant. What we care about is whether they are convenient for us. The earth has gone through numerous ice ages without substantial perturbation of the cycle. Now we've created conditions that may change the cycle upon which we depend for existence, and we've already seen negative effects which are attributable to this carbon release.

Atmospheric CO2 levels certainly have been this high before, but the last time coincides with the last great exinction, so that is in fact a spectacularly shitty argument for denialists to engage in.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"

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