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Comment Re:I like how you used the MGM Dumb drums in urpos (Score 1) 647

Meanwhile everyone else opted to evolve into somekind of a mouse, and that strikes me oddly as how the Xhristian and Jewish religions cant quite decide if the baby Dgjeshush was an animal (Lamb), or a Goat (Hindu brahman), a worm (Psalm22), a man, or God in the flesh only looking like a man.

Actually, he was one of the Engineers (though perhaps altered so he wasn't 10 feet tall). Humans didn't treat him too well, so they decided their creation was a failure and devised a plague to cleanse the planet of humans, but unfortunately, something went awry and the ship with this plague never left the planet it was developed on. In the future, a ship funded by the Weyland-Yutani corporation will find it...

Comment Re: um... (Score 1) 234

Thus, we do not directly vote for laws or Presidents, we vote for proxies. This clever mechanism ensures that the uninformed majority doesn't elect whack jobs who could inflict grievous harm upon our Nation.

That's been proven wrong by the election of Trump. What you say was certainly the intent, but it's not the actual outcome. I suppose you could argue that without this "clever mechanism", we would have gotten more whack jobs throughout history than we have.

Comment Re: uh... stingray breaks LTE security constantly (Score 1) 52

Also, has WiFi security been breached since the bad old days of WEP? That was a disaster, no arguing otherwise(though earlier cellular standards are also a mess); but it was my understanding that WPA2 only gets 'breached' because they include the consumer-friendly PSK option and a lot of lousy passwords are used; while PSK with good passwords, or the annoying-to-set-up, but actually robust, 'enterprise' flavors have been pretty solid. Telcos deserve credit for being one of the few network environments where cryptographic smart card authentication is actually routine(SIMs haven't mechanically been smartcards in ages; but logically and electrically they are); but wifi security if you actually care is quite robust, it's just that the spec includes options intended to be trivial to set up.

Comment Re: Sweet! (Score 1) 52

This proposal appears to be an attempt to change that; but the original LTE-in-ISM-bands spec has a really nasty, though admittedly rather clever, trick: this"LTE-U" moves some or all of the data channel into unlicensed spectrum; but the spec mandates that the control channel be in a licensed band. Probably not entirely without technical reason(a control channel subject to fewer sources of interference is likely more reliable and predictable); but means that only someone who controls at least some licensed spectrum can play; while the bulk of the noise produced lands right in the unlicensed bands. As originally specified, running the control channel in ISM was not an option, period, which made it look an awful lot like a deliberate move to lock out smaller players. This spec, while immature, attempts to at least let you try to run an all-ISM implementation.

Comment Re:Let's watch the creationists squirm (Score 1) 114

I think that many/most "anti-creationists" are guilty of what they accuse the creationists for: religious fundamentalism

Of course we are. Except that only our "religion" (we would call it a philosophy) can produce reliable predictions about the natural world. We make absolutely no attempt to describe the supernatural, and are very happy to leave that to religion.

Comment Re:Don't think Uber will be alone with this (Score 1) 235

Yeah, but honestly, how likely is it they could run everyone else out of business? The core of their business is "ride-sharing", which really means a cellphone app which tracks drivers and matches them up with riders. It's not that technically difficult, and other companies exist doing the same thing, namely Lyft. Other cab companies have actually made similar stuff now in response, Anyone with a little capital could make a similar app; it's just not that hard. I don't see how Uber could possibly corner the market here. A new competitor could come up any time to challenge them if their rates to customers get too high.

Comment Re:Let's watch the creationists squirm (Score 5, Informative) 114

the creationist argument that it is impossible will have to be thrown away forever.

That's very naive. They believe in magic, so they can change the argument in literally any way that they can imagine. If you demonstrated abiogenesis, they'd stop saying it's "impossible" and start saying, "See? You needed an intelligent being to set it all up!"

Comment Re:Not in Africa and all of Asia (Score 1) 1049

you have to become a city dweller on your little city island.

I don't understand the logic of your comment. First, in regards to commuting - for one thing, a car is not that large of a range extender. For day-to-day commutes, you are still on an island - just one that is defined by traffic congestion and proximity to highways rather than a public transit network. Perhaps it is different in Europe, but in many major US cities it is prohibitively expensive and time-consuming to use your car to commute in to the city center from the suburbs.

If you aren't talking about commuting, then you would need to willfully ignore rental cars (including car sharing). I don't know if you have something like Zipcar, but you just use the app on your phone to find an available car and take it - I can't believe that is such a burdensome amount of planning. When we lived in NYC, we would "spontaneously" take the Zipcar to see friends in New Jersey, or to hit the Target, or whatever. In addition, it was parked in a garage a lot closer than where we would be able to afford to keep a car.

Finally, it sounds like you are a lot more encumbered than you seem to think. You feel stuck where you are because of your ties to friends and family. In contrast, a single city dweller in a rented apartment is pretty free to move wherever opportunity arises. Which one of you is stuck on an "island"? I'm not judging your choices - whatever makes you happy. Like I said, I'm now married, have kids, I'm suburban, and we have 2 cars. But you are writing off a whole idea based on your own narrow experience.

Comment Re:Don't think Uber will be alone with this (Score 3, Informative) 235

Yeah, but the thing here is that while Uber's profit margin is really their own business, and they can charge what they like, they actually have a negative profit margin: the drivers are paid *more* than what the company is taking in from riders (at least, that's what I keep reading). That's not sustainable. But that's between Uber and their silly investors.

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