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Comment Re:narcissism (Score 1, Flamebait) 93

This sounds very unhealthy, why is he putting boundaries on a kid that is not even his?

Yes, that is weird. But he also doesn't mention the kid's age. Keeping a six year old off Facebook is reasonable. But if you keep a 14 year old off social media, you are basically turning the kid into a social outcast. For an teenager trying to navigate the awkwardness of puberty, the last thing he needs is some asshole uncle micromanaging his social interactions.

If you don't want your kids to hate you, then you should avoid using parenthood as an opportunity to impose your weird idiosyncrecies on them.

Comment Re:Conflicting niches (Score 1) 157

It's also incredibly dangerous. You could kill someone.

Statistically, it is more dangerous to have a human in control.

I drive the same route several times per week. If Autopilot got it right yesterday, it will get it right today.

In stop-and-go traffic, the worst that will happen is a fender scrape, and that is LESS likely to happen with the software in control.

Comment Re:Not sustainable? (Score 1) 157

Or they'll keep piggy backing off someone else's subscription. I can't stream Prime video, but I get free 2-day shipping

I also share an account with other family members, and we all share the Prime video as well as the free shipping. What is stopping you from doing that? They don't limit the video to one location.

Comment Re:Paradox of intelligence (Score 4, Insightful) 645

I don't think it is a matter of appearing "too wise". I have known several people with IQs from 140 to 160, and while they were not Rainman, they all had some significant personality disorders. I think it is those socialization problems that keep many high IQers from being good leaders rather than just being "too smart".

The human brain is a balanced organ, and if too many neurons are devoted to doing well on an IQ test, then not enough are left over for things like empathy, and social skills.

Comment Re:I thought this is about technology (Score 5, Insightful) 157

Why is marketing strategies even listed?

Really. Since "marketing" and "staying power" count for more than "working and deployed technology", Tesla should be proud to be last on the list.

This is one of those articles where it is clear that the journalist made the list first, putting Tesla last to get more clicks, and then made up BS numbers to justify it.

Comment Re:Einstein Disagrees (Score 2) 285

So how did Einstein simply explain his life's work?

Special and General Relativity, explained very clearly. Albert was a good writer, and could explain concepts intuitively. Hundreds of books have been written about relativity, but this book was one of the first, and still may be the best.

Comment Re:I Wouldn't. (Score 4, Insightful) 285

If 9-yo could understand relativity then the industrial revolution would have occurred 600-BC !

1. The industrial revolution was not based on relativity. It was based on Newtonian physics.
2. Plenty of 9 year olds can understand that F=MA.
3. Understanding something is not the same as discovering it. Plenty of big discoveries are "obvious" in hindsight.

Comment Re:I Wouldn't. (Score 3, Interesting) 285

They will probably have a very hard time understanding the magnitude of the numbers involved.

So what? You don't have to understand scientific notation to know that you can vaporize Klingons with anti-matter.

When kids ask questions, they just want a quick overview. They aren't expecting you to read them a PhD dissertation. Although that might be effective way to get them to go bother someone else the next time they have a question.

Comment Re:I Wouldn't. (Score 4, Informative) 285

Relativity, spacetime curvature, and mass-energy equivalence are not beyond a nine year old's ability to understand. They aren't going to be able to understand all the formulas, but they can get the gist of the concepts.

If you don't want to explain it to your kid, there are plenty of great Youtube videos you can point to that explain all this stuff really well in kid friendly terms.

Youtube and Wikipedia have made parenting much easier.

Comment Re:Ethical hackers (Score 2) 79

"Ethical hackers"...

Indeed. You have to admire criminals that are willing to accomodate their victims' ability to pay.

Also, ransomware has some positive benefits. For so many areas of computer security, the cost of poor practices is externalized onto the innocent. This is true of data breaches, insecure devices used as spambots, etc. But with ransomware, the cost lands directly in the lap of the people failing to secure their systems and failing to run backups. So ransomware directly incentivizes better security practices that benefit everyone.

Comment Re:Yes! (Score 2) 254

Just because my browser has a built-in password manager, doesn't mean I use it. I use Keepass instead

You aren't using it because you are already using something else. But for 90% of the public, if a popup asks "Do you want Chrome to remember this password?", they are going to think "Sure, why not?". But if someone later asks them "Are you using a password manager?", they will say "No", because they don't even know what that is.

Comment Re: Well, no more Maple Syrup (Score 4, Informative) 356

The main problem with syrup in Canada is surpluses. . They have production quotas to prevent overproduction and support higher wholesale prices.

The world is not going to run out of pancake syrup, and stupid alarmist articles like this are counter-productive at getting people to take climate change seriously.

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