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Comment Re: Self-driving car with a human driver (Score 1) 234

The story is made up.

It reminds me of once when I was a teenager, I had my dad's car. It was winter and I was in the parking lot at Rhys Park doing donuts in the snow. I banged into some trash can and scratched up the passenger door. I wish I'd made up the story that some random guy threw his body at the car while I was stopped at a traffic light. It would have saved me losing car privileges until I paid for the repairs by shoveling sidewalks for neighbors. Took me a month of shoveling.

Comment Re:On the Whole (Score 1) 234

However there are a lot more parts of California than the cost, and many of those parts are not that inspiring.

Oh man, were you on hwy 101? There are unbelievably beautiful vistas throughout the Central Coast region.

If you ever have to make that trip, I highly recommend taking Amtrak's Coast Starlight train. It goes right along the coast and you can put your legs up and use the wi-fi and there's a dining car. It's terrific. If you do that, let me know and I'll meet you at one of the stops and buy you lunch. You can get on and off on a single ticket.

Comment Self-driving car with a human driver (Score 2) 234

Cruise AV, a self-driving car company owned by General Motors, reports that earlier this month an unidentified man in the Mission flung himself onto one of the company's autonomous vehicles

But wait, there's more!

The car's human driver says...

OK, so there was a driver in this self-driving car.

It sounds to me like they ran over a guy, and somebody's trying to dodge a lawsuit by saying someone "threw themselves at the car". And if there was, as the self-driving car's driver says, "damage to a tail light", let me ask you this: If you went outside and threw your body at a car, do you think you could break a tail light?

Comment Re:Bay Area Idiots (Score 1) 234

You can tell when someone's from the Bay Area because they're so self-important that they describe local locations to the world with no context to explain for people not from the area.

God, Americans love not knowing stuff. It's really a badge of honor. If someone said, "Brooklyn" or "the French Quarter", would you know what it is? But people are so jealous of California that they pretend not to know what the Mission District is.

Some poor bastard in Arkansas is telling himself, "At least I don't live in that shithole, San Francisco." There literally isn't a single thing on the California coast that's not beautiful. You can start at San Diego and drive straight up to the Oregon border and not see anything besides inspiring beauty. There are also better-looking women here than anywhere else in the United States. Just one after another. And legal weed. And surfing. What kind of damage must they have suffered to hate beautiful women, legal weed, and surfing? It boggles the mind.

Comment Re:Paradox of intelligence (Score 5, Interesting) 604

Multiple studies have been done on this phenomenon, and I am rather surprised that this is presented as "news".

The simple fact is that people generally do not accept "leaders" who have IQs more than about 20 points higher than their own. And the reason -- according to current theory -- is that they just don't understand how each other think.

This has shown to hold for IQs between about 70 and 160.

Someone with an IQ of 70 does not well understand someone of IQ 100, someone of IQ 90 does not well understand someone of IQ 120 and someone of 120 does not well understand someone with an IQ of 150.

There is a rather large body of study and evidence to support this. It is no great mystery.

Comment Re:I Wouldn't. (Score 1) 279

I was going to say something similar.

Einstein's Special and General theories don't really explain gravity. Nor does our current understanding of quantum mechanics.

There are theories -- there always are -- but there is no solid evidence to support any single "grand unified theory" theory yet.

Comment Nobody's going to Mars (Score -1, Offtopic) 175

We've got a president who's paying porn stars to spank him with a rolled up magazine, and who says he's exactly the same height and weight as Cubs firstbaseman Anthony Rizzo.

The next president will probably be pro-wrestler The Undertaker and his cabinet will be made up of the Ducks Dynasty family, members of the Unification Church and Dallas Texans cheerleaders. Ain't no way we're going to Mars. By 2020, most Americans won't even believe Mars exists.

By the way, here is an article from Sports Illustrated listing the athletes who are the same height and weight as Trump:

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