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Comment Marketplace and NPR News (Score 3, Insightful) 268

The two I listen to most are Marketplace and NPR News. Following that: Science Friday; Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me; BBC News; Planet Money. I've been listening to some of these podcasts for 6 or more years now. I'm also subscribed to a bunch of Youtube channels. My favorite at the moment is EEVblog.

Submission + - VW's ID Buzz electric microbus concept looks like a 21st century Mystery Machine (

drunkdrone writes: Given the emissions scandal that rocked Volkswagen in 2015, we reckon Scooby Doo and the gang would opt for something a little more environmentally-sound were they to be reinvented for the 21st Century. VW's new ID Buzz electric concept car, unveiled at the International Auto Show in Detroit on 8 January, is exactly the sort of thing we can imagine the overbearing talking dog and four meddlesome kids driving around in today.

Comment Re:Before or after? (Score 5, Insightful) 227

Yes, it is censorship in the same way that parents washing their child's mouth out with soap is censorship. Which is to say, companies are having to do it because "parents" (if they can be called that) no longer will. So we have a bunch of special snowflakes that think it's OK to be uncivilized shits as adolescents and adults because they were not reared properly as children.

At the same time you have similar little shits that enjoy taking offense to every possible slight that they can imagine. These people are social retards who delight in picking on the cultural retards. Now we have two apparently socially inept groups engaged in a the most uncultured culture war ever.

This is the world we live in today.

They are all dipshits. Both are trolling each other. It is best to just ignore them. Mod them all to hell and let the rest of us converse in peace.

Add to the mix the professional trolls that are having fun playing both sides. They are trolling us. It is best to just ignore them. Mod them all to hell and let the rest of us converse in peace.

Comment Re:Cost will double? (Score 1) 472

I have not seen anyone talking about deciding acceptable profit margin. We are deciding whether maximizing the profits of multi-national companies at the expense of middle- and low-income American citizens is something we should continue to do. The goal of American trade agreements should be to maximize the number of American consumers who can buy an iPhone, potentially at the expense of citizens in other countries. There's plenty of evidence that we have optimized our trade agreements for the benefit of multi-nationals and at the expense of our citizens. If the president-elect can shift the balance back to our citizens and the nation as a whole, I wish him the best of luck.

Comment Re:Makes sense considering... (Score 1) 29

If "businesses are people too" with a right to free (paid for) speech in this country, and we allow foreign owned government/business entities to operate here, then we are extending the right to free (paid for) speech to foreign governments in this country. That seems like it might not be in this country's best interest.

Comment Re:This is interesting (Score 1) 711

Once there's enough testing done to prove it has potential, then engineers will take it, play with it, improve it, apply it, then sometime later, physicists and other scientists will figure out precisely why it works and why what the engineers did worked.

What are some recent examples of things "engineered" before science understood how they worked? (I assume that's true of many things before the age of enlightenment.)

It seems to me that a lot of stuff these days is "the science says this should work" and then see if the engineers can make it happen. Solid state lasers and transistors come to mind.

Submission + - 'Here Be Dragons': The 7 Most Vexing Problems in Programming

snydeq writes: 'It’s been said that the uncharted territories of the old maps were often marked with the ominous warning: “Here be dragons.” Perhaps apocryphal, the idea was that no one wandering into these unknown corners of the world should do so without being ready to battle a terrifying foe,' writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner in a roundup of seven gnarly corners of the coding world worthy of large markers reading, 'Here be dragons.' 'Programmers may be a bit more civilized than medieval knights, but that doesn’t mean the modern technical world doesn’t have its share of technical dragons waiting for us in unforeseen places: Difficult problems that wait until the deadline is minutes away; complications that have read the manual and know what isn’t well-specified; evil dragons that know how to sneak in inchoate bugs and untimely glitches, often right after the code is committed.' What are yours?

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