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Comment: Re: Will we ever stop celebrating Jesus? (Score 1) 88

That's right. God planned for Jesus (god) to be crucified. So in effect, god sacrificed himself to himself to atone for the things he finds offensive according to his divine rules, so that he can judge you when he checks whether you complied with his rules.

So what you're saying is that god was a narcissist.

Comment: Re:Beats? BEATS? (Score 1) 188

by zieroh (#47115987) Attached to: Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

Beats takes analog audio hardware that hasn't changed since the 70s, sprinkles fairy design dust on it, and sells it for big money. What better model for Apple's transistor & software business?

I was going to object to your outright dismissal of design and how important it is to good (or sometimes just popular) products. But then I remembered that this is slashdot.

Hint: The failure of Linux to make inroads on the desktop is due to the exact same reason: the elevation of engineering above everything else.

(And yes, I too am an engineer).

Comment: Re:I propose a test ... (Score 1) 167

by zieroh (#47070471) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

Screw passive cloaking, lets see how well that self driving sensor package works when getting hit full in the face with some broad spectrum jamming.

Oh, it's a lot easier than that. I anticipate that we'll see exploits right off the bat that are based solely on specific behaviors next to / in front of / around an autonomous vehicle. It probably won't be hard to force one off the road just by aggressively encroaching into their lane and matching their rate of deceleration.

Dangerous, sure. Irresponsible, absolutely. But inevitable just the same.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 2, Insightful) 167

by zieroh (#47070449) Attached to: California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

Understandable reaction, but you're wrong.

The AC was presenting his personal opinion -- that if he has to pay attention, he's not interested. Technically speaking, one cannot be "wrong" about whether he is interested in it or not. He's either interested, or he's not, and there's only one person on the entire planet that actually has a say in that.

Comment: Re:how is it hoarding or scalping? (Score 1) 427

by zieroh (#46950023) Attached to: In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

it's public parking, so you have no right to keep someone from parking in it.

Conversely, nobody has a right to take it from you, either. You have as much right to sit there -- within any relevant time limits -- as anyone else. Delaying your exit for a winning bidder may not be the most civic-minded action you can take, but it's certainly not illegal.

Comment: Re:Stocks? (Score 1) 404

by zieroh (#46899431) Attached to: Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

Nothing has "intrinsic value".

It is my personal observation that the phrase "intrinsic value" is essentially meaningless. Ask three people what "intrinsic value" means and you'll get five answers. This makes it a phrase worth avoiding. If your argument rests upon the claim that something has "intrinsic value", you've lost.

Comment: Re:Breaking News: Rand Paul Invents... (Score 0) 404

by zieroh (#46899311) Attached to: Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

Another person that doesn't understand Libertarian ideals. What a surprise. Libertarians do not believe markets should be totally unregulated.

Another person that doesn't understand that Libertarians (or people claiming to be Libertarians) endlessly spout a bunch of insane rhetoric to anyone that will listen, up to and including the ideal that markets should be totally unregulated.

You may not believe markets should be totally unregulated, but my personal observation is that among people who claim to speak for the Libertarian cause, you're in a very very small minority.

And as a side note: if Libertarians ever want to be taken seriously, you're going to have to weed out the crackpots from among your ranks, or at least get them to stop posting their insane rhetoric on every crackpot-friendly forum (i.e. Slashdot) on the interwebs. Y'all sound pretty nuts to the rest of us standing in the middle of the political spectrum.

Comment: Re:San Francisco is just an extreme example... (Score 3, Insightful) 359

by zieroh (#46762727) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

It's a great place to live if you're rich, and virtually impossible to live if you're middle class or poor.

Considering that California is the most populous state in the nation, I think you might be exaggerating things just a bit. Clearly, lots of people live here, and not all of them are rich. Me, for instance.

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