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Comment: The point is that not all states have such a law (Score 1) 434

by tepples (#47449477) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

there isn't one


then probably the only "legal" way to cross is to dismount (become a pedestrian) and walk across

Yet the city somehow can't spend money for a "CYCLISTS DISMOUNT" sign.

the 35 states that haven't passed dead red laws

Also, I think there is a law for dealing with lights that are not functioning properly which probably says treat it like a stop sign.

The source implies that only about 15 U.S. states have such a law about malfunctioning traffic signals.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin requires cellular data (Score 1) 572

by tepples (#47449431) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

phones with a data plan are too expensive per month for a child to afford on his allowance.

And will remain so for all eternity?

It will remain so as long as FCC policy allows U.S. cellular carriers to keep it so. I can't say that will be eternity, but with the polarization of the electorate that has led to a do-nothing Congress for the past three and a half years, I don't see it changing in the near future. Or what other country's "dollar" is being discussed?

I thought we were discussing predictions of the future.

That depends on whether "future" refers to a decade or a century.

Comment: Re:Cost of smartphone service (Score 1) 572

by tepples (#47446167) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

That most people already have a smartphone.

The data plan issue is a bigger one, I think.

Some people avoid buying a smartphone precisely because many carriers force purchase of a data plan. For example, Virgin Mobile USA offers pay-per-minute voice service starting at $20 per 90 days but won't activate that plan on a smartphone. Instead, plans that can be activated on a smartphone start at $35 per month, which is five times as much.

Comment: Cost of smartphone service (Score 1) 572

by tepples (#47445939) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

You can get the hardware and an account to accept credit card payments using your iPhone, for instance.

But then you have to pay hundreds of USD for an iPhone (or maybe one hundred for a compatible Android phone) and hundreds of USD per year to upgrade from voice-only cellular service to smartphone service. Or what am I missing?

Comment: "Always" is a strong word: I don't carry a balance (Score 1) 572

by tepples (#47445667) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Credit card companies in the US are always double-dipping, charging processing fees to the merchants and collecting interest from cardholders.

Often, yes. Always, no. I've had three credit cards. None of them charge any interest because I pay in full each month with an ACH transfer from my checking account.

Comment: Re:the problem is small independent book stores fa (Score 1) 278

Anyone who goes in a brick and mortar store either wants instant gratification (but that will go away as "same day shipping" becomes more common), or _doesn't know what they want._

C) Wants to pay with cash. This is common among children too young to have a bank account in their own names.
D) Is buying an item that's too heavy to ship affordably with UPS or USPS and already owns a truck to carry it home.

Comment: Tippy explains the science of D&D magic (Score 1) 278

Fantasy is where the power is from some mystics who meditate on it and are part of some hokey religion. SF is where the power is Midichlorians or nanites or DNA.

So would you agree with Larry Niven's assertion that "sufficiently analyzed magic" becomes indistinguishable from science? If so, then the only difference between science fiction and fantasy is how in control of their magic the magicians are. By your definition, electricity used to be "magic" centuries ago when Luigi Galvani and friends were doing experiments in "animal magnetism", and inheritance was "magic" before Gregor Mendel's pea experiments, and Dungeons & Dragons magic is "science" in the "Tippyverse" stories where spells are "trapped" in push-button devices that people use daily and people commute from city to city through teleporters.

The settings and stories are the same.

Bingo. What science fiction and fantasy have in common is exploration of how a particular counterfactual phenomenon affects relationship among sapient beings.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt