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Comment: Re:Terrible summary (Score 1) 190

by zerosomething (#46648485) Attached to: Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

Biting flies can't evolve

Like most science this brings up more questions. Additionally why didn't Zebras evolve longer hair if the flies can't get through that as well, apparently other animals did evolve long hair and not stripes. Maybe for different reasons, maybe none of the explanations are any good. Isn't science fun!

Comment: Re:Small market, won't matter (Score 1) 518

by zerosomething (#46630167) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory
Yea, self driving won't really be on high end autos. That service will likely just replace Taxies and Busses. If I can call a car and have it take me where I want when I want who needs any other public transportation. At that point who really needs a car anyway. $avings!

Comment: Self driving car (Score 3, Insightful) 518

by zerosomething (#46629179) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory
So about 2 years after this is required most high end autos will be equipped with self driving systems making the rule almost irrelevant. It won't be long before technology will be outpacing this kind of safety law. We really should be putting energy into liability issues around the self driving car.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 455

by zerosomething (#46603319) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

These local merchants (gas station and minimarts) providing a cash discount are one breaking the law and most likely are cooking the books,....

When did cash discounts become illegal? In almost any business you can offer cash over credit and get a discount. There is no law that says you have to actually pay the advertised price or that the merchant must collect the advertised price.

Comment: Try net neutrality at home (Score 1) 466

So setup your home router to not give any priority to the data coming in and going out. Assume you have 6Mbps download service. Start up a Netflix HD movie for the kids, then setup that Windows Remote Desktop connection to the office so yo can work on that Access db. Then try to make a Skype phone call. Lets say you have training material you need to also look at from iTunes or YouTube. Hope you done also have VOIP and someone picks up the phone to call the mother-in-law.

Comment: Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (Score 1) 466

If we had true net neutrality Netflix might be the only content you could get at a reasonable speed, it would be cached all over the net. Content form Vimeo would play second fiddle to the Netflix congestion. I might not even get the content because my 18 neighbors are all watching 18 different shows on Netflix. Net neutrality doesn't solve this nor does providers paying for access.

Comment: Fear of what you don't understand (Score 3, Informative) 334

by zerosomething (#46499311) Attached to: Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

It's really sad to see the comments about life extension being bad or we are going to overpopulate the planet etc. They truly show the lack of imagination and understanding of much of the /. readership. There are some truly closed minds here among people calling them selves Liberals, Libertarians and Progressives. The reactions are very much like those of a society and system of thinking that thinks a cat can steal the breath of a baby, a society where superstition is given more weight than science.

The population models of Thomas Malthus were wrong. Paul Ehrlich's reuse of those models was wrong and reusing those same tired models will continue to be wrong. You are placing your hopes in Armageddon and self distraction instead of the creativity and ingenuity of humanity to make more from what we have than the last generation thought possible.

Stop being small minded lovers of doom!

Comment: Re:Irresponsible or what? (Score 3, Insightful) 334

by zerosomething (#46499007) Attached to: Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

There's already far too many humans on the planet. If we stop dying there'll be nothing to eat and nowhere to stand.

That's a very narrow and conservative point of view that doesn't allow for any kind of technological achievement that we don't yet understand. What makes you think we will only ever live on this planet, do you really think we can't, ever, utilize the vast resources out side this planet?

Comment: Re:Let The Light shine In (Score 2, Insightful) 193

... Although I as well as almost everyone else sort of hate being spied upon there really is a vast upside to knowing what people are up to. ...

You seem to be implying that the loss of some privacy is worth the perceived safety society might get from it? Really! Then why not give up all privacy because it would benefit society so much!. That people don't understand the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects" is a fundamental right. Not violating that right is worth any perceived, or even real, danger to society.

"OMG he has kerosene and fertilizer in his garage he must be planning to use it for bomb making! We must investigate and watch him."


"OH the kerosene was for a heater but he was using the fertilizer to grow pot so that's why we did the raid and how his wife and dog got shot"

Comment: Re:Where is the big problem? (Score 1) 125

by zerosomething (#46455163) Attached to: Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

until its been posted on some blog somewhere first...

No, that would be ridiculous. It has to be posted on one blog and linked to from another blog.

Right!. That's how scientific research works too. Write a paper for a journal run my you and your friends then right a new paper sighting the published one and submit to a more prestigious journal, who's reviewers are also colleagues. Now it's all fine

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so. -- Josh Billings