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Comment Re:Why not? (Score 2) 260

There may also be a factor on where it lies in the uncanny valley curve.

I don't think so. If you ask a human to shut your car door, or close the trunk, or turn off the headlights, you will likely thank them for it. But if you use the remote to make the car do these things itself, would you thank it for completing the task? When you arrive home from work, do you say to your car "Thanks for the ride"?

Comment Re:19 Gal/day is not out (Score 0, Troll) 340

Instead of asking "Will Capetown be the first city to run out of water?" they could just as well ask "Is Capetown the first city to misprice water?" It appears to have been written by someone who has never heard of a "market".

Just raise the price so supply equals demand. This will incentivize people to conserve, and you will quickly see lawns replaced by xeriscapes. It will also incentivize entrepreneurs to produce more water and provide innovative conservation equipment.

If they are worried about "the poor" then a simple measure is to use tiered pricing, and provide the first 10 or 20 liters per person at low cost, or even free.

Markets can't solve every problem, but they can certainly solve this one. This is just a classic mismatch of supply and demand.

Comment Re:19 Gal/day is not out (Score 4, Interesting) 340

Or 10 gallons if it's a Navy Shower.

10 gallons??? Listen sonny boy, back in my day we'd get NJP for wasting that much water.
Here is a "real" navy shower:
1. Turn water on and get wet
2. Turn off the water, and then soap up face, hands, and groin.
3. Turn water on and rinse.
4. Turn off the water and dry off.
5. Wait a week for your next shower rotation.
Even when the water was on, it wasn't much more than a trickle.
We'd use 3 gallons, tops. And this was on a gator. Submariners have it much worse. They can do it with one gallon, and would consider 3 gallons to be a "Hollywood shower".

Semper Fi.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 2) 260

Ok, why is it worth being mentioned?

It isn't worth being mentioned because there was A HUMAN IN THE CAR. The human was there for safety and monitoring, but was still there, so people were polite and said "thank you".

If there was no human present, it is unlikely people would express gratitude. How many people "thank" an ATM or a vending machine?

Comment Re:Not analyzing payload (Score 2) 97

Then the article is wrong. I was at Cisco Live in Vegas in 2016 and attended a workshop in their developers zone where one of the engineers/researchers behind this technology made a presentation.

Or the presenter was wrong.

Or you misunderstood what was said.

They are looking at the encrypted data itself without decrypting it and just finds patterns. I probably still have the presentation somewhere.

That is implausible. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and so far there is none.

Comment Re:Mars direct? (Score 1) 83

Your link about water on Ceres says it's possible it has more fresh water than Earth, not more water than all of our oceans.

Oops. Sorry, I misread the page. But that still includes all the water in the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland. That is likely much more water than Mars.

Comment Re:Mars direct? (Score 2) 83

No. It's a lot easier to explore space from Earth, where we already have everything we need.

Indeed. Earth has the advantage of an already existing industrial civilization. Mars has a a rover and a slightly shallower gravity well.

But there are even more shallow gravity wells in the asteroid belt, and plenty of water there as well. A single asteroid may contain more water than all the oceans of earth.

Using Mars as a base for deep space exploration makes no sense at all.

Colonizing Mars doesn't make much sense either. We would be much better off constructing O'Neill Cylinders in solar orbit. We need to get over our fixation on planetary surfaces.

Comment Re:obama-clinton legacy (Score 1) 97

I still don't know about Franken. I wanted to see an investigation

What is there to "investigate"?

He was accused of "forced kissing" and crude sexist gestures, with photographic evidence for the later. Franken said it wasn't as bad as it appeared, but apologized. Then more accusations of groping were made by several women who didn't know each other and had no apparent political motive. Then Franken resigned.

That's it. What could an "investigation" possibly add? In politics, calling for an investigation is just a way to delay, obfusticate, and change the subject.

Comment Re:And yet.. (Score 5, Insightful) 250

Universities will not re-think allowing so many foreign students to take the seats of Americans.

The limiting factor for universities is not the number of chairs in the classroom. It is money. Since foreign students pay full tuition, they are helping to fund all the Americans paying in-state tuition or getting scholarships.

By "exporting" education, America earns billions of dollars and generates jobs for hundreds of thousands of university employees. Portraying this as a "bad thing" is idiotic. We should be working to make it far easier for foreign students to study in America.

Comment Re:obama-clinton legacy (Score 1) 97

For conservatives, it was not the sex that damaged them, but the hypocrisy. They put themselves out there as "family values" champions, yet were chasing nookie on the sly.

The same thing happened to Al Franken. All of his accusers said they came forward because of his posturing and preaching about Roy Moore and others, while he had engaged in groping and other bad behavior himself.

Simple heuristic: Practice what you preach.

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