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Comment Re:Make Tax Rates Scale With Size (Score 4, Interesting) 190

you'd have to be functionally retarded to interpret "a company worth more than 9 figures" as "limited to Google."

If "more than 9 figures" means more than $999,999,999, then there are several thousand corporations just in America.

The bottom company in the S&P 500 is worth $3.6B.

Disclaimer: I think the idea of nationalizing these companies is insane. I trust Google way more than I trust the NSA.

Comment Re: Nope (Score 1) 203

And fuel tanks that can keep LH2 liquid (-253 C)need a lot of insulation.

You only need a lot of insulation for long term storage. If you gas-up-and-go, you will be drawing out gaseous H2 to feed the fuel cell even faster than it boils off.

Not to mention how explosive all that hydrogen is!

Gasoline is more explosive than hydrogen. Either can be handled safely with appropriate equipment and procedures.

Comment Re: Nope (Score 2) 203

BTW, how many kwhr do they plan to stuff into these things in how many minutes in order to turn their aircraft around for a return flight?

You can refuel as fast as a jet if you use liquid H2 feeding into fuel cells. That still counts as "electric".

Liquid H2 has three times the energy density of jet fuel. 140 MJ/kg for H2, vs 43 MJ/kg for jet fuel. A fuel cell is twice as energy efficient. So that gives you a total of six times the range per kg of fuel.

Comment Re: Nope (Score 4, Insightful) 203

2040 is 22 years from now. So some politician gets publicity and greenie support while needing to budget nothing, negotiate nothing, and pay no consequences since he will be retired long before anything happens.

A lot can change in 22 years, so by 2040 electric flights may actually make sense, but that won't be because of any political pronouncements. It is nerds that change the world, not politicians.

Comment Re:What is a number? (Score 1) 90

It is not the numbers themselves, but the arrangement of those numbers that is copyrighted.

Any text, any image, any sound, any video, any algorithm, can be represented as a single (very big) number.

Also, any "arrangement of numbers" can be represented as a single number (assuming that the original numbers belong to a denumerable set).

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 268

Oh...I thought at first read it was some sort of protest group that was "on a mission", or something to that effect.

That is basically correct. The group was The Spanish Empire. The missions were constructed along El Camino Real ("The King's Road"), each about one day's ride from the next. They had a mission of converting the natives to Christian Catholicism. The "Mission District" of San Francisco is the area of the original Spanish settlement.

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) 161

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) 158

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) 667

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.

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