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Comment Re:There they go again (Score 1) 348

I'd agree with your assessment, except that that small set of people that we're talking about has a habit of knocking down the priority of personal freedoms below just about any of their pet causes. Here it's personal freedom vs "the environment." Elsewhere it's personal freedom vs "good public schools," or "safe streets" or "economic justice" or "reproductive rights" or just about any left-wing cause you can find. When personal freedom keeps taking a back seat to a whole series of issues, it's pretty safe to say that they hate freedom.

Comment There they go again (Score 1, Insightful) 348

Picking winners and losers with plenty of consequences for the little people and no consequences for themselves.

I remember about ten years ago when biodiesel and ethanol were The Future! and there was talk of quotas on flex-fuel vehicles. Then it turned out that most (if not all) then-available blends of biodiesel congealed in cold temperatures and there was a well-publicized case of schoolbuses in the upper midwest being out of commission for days at a time during the winter months. Then there's the fact that E85 is hydrophilic and has worse mileage and emissions than gasoline in humid environments.

Today they're talking about making all IC engines illegal (no ethanol, no CNG, no nothing) because electric is the hot new thing. Then it's going to turn out that manufacturing and remanufacturing batteries en masse is a dirty and expensive business, that riding on a half ton of fuel and oxidizer packed closely together may work when it's inside 100k rich-man's toys that are built with no expense spared but probably won't work so well when it's lowest-bidder Chinese garbage. But by then they'll have moved on to mandating cars powered by smugness and self-satisfaction.

Comment Marketing fail (Score 1) 191

Good marketing falls into one of the following categories:

Problem with X? Use Product Y!

Product Y: Better at X than other products!

And the always-favorite: Product X: Apply directly to the Y!

What they all have in common is getting your name out there to people who may be looking for it, and occassionally telling people about a need they didn't know they had. This could be that, or it could be an airline telling potential customers that it's 10 times less crash-and-burn-y than the competition. Self-driving cars seem like a solution to a non-existent problem for the average person. That's the barrier to cross more than anything else right now.

Comment Who'd've guessed that (Score 1) 141

a guy who had the enormous luck to turn a side project from his dorm room into a multibillion dollar business before being old enough to rent a car without paying extra has a little trouble "connecting" to the average person.

Some people have success and humility. Other people have success.

Comment Re:Sexism (Score 4, Insightful) 206

She didn't get a free pass because all of her snakeoil was bullshit. Elon Musk has cut real metal and made real products delivered to real customers. I call bullshit on his pie in the sky, but I give him props for things he's actually done. Elizabeth Holmes never had anything to her name besides the hype and a black turtleneck sweater.

Comment Re:So you're in favor of "security through obscuri (Score 1) 121

I'm not going into a panic because another country is doing source review. I'm saying the US government shouldn't be using code that's neither open source nor fully closed source. If it's fully open source, everything I said doesn't matter because it's got more eyeballs on it. If it's fully closed source and only domestic users review it, then that attenuates the risk. This here is a no-man's land in between where you don't get any of the benefits and have to assume that everyone's got their thinking hats on with regard to scrubbing anything embarrassing out of the comments that they originally thought were going to stay proprietary.

Comment Re:So you're in favor of "security through obscuri (Score 3, Interesting) 121

Source code can contain information the binary doesn't. Like why mistakes are made and who made them, to give an example. So if there's an exploit in the binary, you find it either way. If the source code with the mistake contains comments from Sanjay at CompuGlobalHyperMegaNet in Mumbai, that tells you where else that mistake could be. If there's no mistakes in Sanjay's code, you still have a potential recruitment target. Paranoid? Yes. Unlikely? Can't say. Implausible? No.

Comment Re:Wins all around, almost (Score 1) 251

Is conquest immoral? You'd be a hypocrite to think so, seeing as you benefit from the European conquest of the New World, the Roman conquest of Britain, and everything in between.

But to bring the conversation back to the topic at hand, in the case of Hawaii: yes.

Unambiguously the American legal and civil culture that eventually replaced the old monarchy is more moral. As judged by my western outlook that places high value on individual rights, the rule of law, and scientific inquiry and decidedly low value on idol worship that's not done in the privacy of one's mind or community but is imposed upon everyone else through demands for restrictions on the use of land not owned by the people making the demands.

"But RightwingNutjob," you might ask, "can't you see you've fallen into my clever trap? There you are basing your conclusion on the supposed superiority of Judeo-Christian values. You can't do that!"

Of course I can. You asked me about morals. I answered back in the context of my morality as I understand it, which comes from God. If you subscribe to a different set of morals, it won't convince you, but it gives you the answer you were looking for. In the West, you see, we can base our convictions on different theological or atheological grounds and co-exist so long as we stay out of each other's way. I doubt the same was true under the old monarchy in Hawaii.

Comment Re:You don't say (Score 1) 382

3D graphics on computers didn't pass the giggle test? When? In the adding machine days?

Color TV? If you say so.

Television? Um...your command of history seems to be limited to the caricature version. Electricity has been known about scientifically for nearly three hundred years and the phenomenon of static electricity since practically forever.

You're arguing against a straw man.

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