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Comment Re:Are any non-profits doing anything like this? (Score 1) 197

So the target goal is precisely 4,000,099? Because if not, I think you used too many sig figs. Also, is 4 million really a good indicator of cost for such a mission? Seems a little low to me honestly. Then again, I don't know diddly squat about space travel costs. Of course, I may just be looking far too deep into a silly comment...

Comment Re:Sailing the myriad seas? No (Score 0) 197

The wikipedia page says it would only be propelled by the wind. If the wind only blows one way, it might travel straight to the shoreline and get stuck there.

I mean, I'm no expert on sailing or physics or Titan, and I didn't RTFA... But we have sail boats on earth, and last time I checked... they can steer. Like a lot. And it doesn't require a change in wind direction.

Comment Re:You think this doesn't effect you (Score 2, Interesting) 553

It kind of defeats the purpose of a "Role-Playing" game. I think They should also make it so that to play as a rogue, you must have a criminal record for having stolen something, and to play a warrior you must have a record of having killed someone. Oh yeah and to be a wizard you must have a record of having broken the laws of physics.

Comment Re:Brave New World (Score 4, Insightful) 334

I disagree. I think you'll find that if you sit down with a child and talk to them, you'll find that they do understand a lot more than you give them credit for. And yes, they want what they want, they're scheming and will find whatever ways to break whatever rules and escape punishments. The point is don't let them escape. The only reason people find corporal punishment to be more effective is because they don't have the patience to sit down with a child, or make the sit and think it out without going off and not making sure the punishment is being executed in full. The only reason corporal punishment is so effective is because lazy parents can hit their kid, and that kid will feel the sting of it long after the parent has stopped talking to them about it.

Comment Re:Wrong approach entirely (Score 1) 360

People don't always learn from their mistakes, but maybe society will. It's all a matter of natural selection. Person deafens himself with loud music. Person crosses street and is promptly hit by speeding bus he did not hear. Person is denied the chance to reproduce. Over time, only the people smart enough not to deafen themselves will prevail.

Comment Re:But how to do that? (Score 2, Funny) 360

By that logic, this regulation of mp3 player volume level shouldn't exist either because the owners of the players should be responsible for their own actions and turn down the volume. I'm not saying I support that decision, I'm just saying it is a good point that if you're going to regulate headphone volume level, then you might as well also regulate volume level of bands.

Comment Re:Already Skynet protects itself (Score 1) 106

Google has made it difficult both to find out where they keep their data centers and how many they have.

Well, you can get to know either, but just not both at the same time.

That's quantum for ya.

Does that imply that if you observe the location of one, they either build a new one or tear one down? More amusingly, if you figure out how many they have, all of the existing ones move to new locations.

Comment Re:welleee (Score 2, Insightful) 888

You honestly do come off as self-righteous from your response. That being said, I don't think that EVERYONE who chooses not to drink is self-righteous. Many people make many choices. Drinking may be heavily woven into our society, but not everyone does it. I know many people who choose not to drink, and don't wear it as a badge to say they're better than everyone else. Self-righteousness is independent of the activity. There are plenty of things to be self-righteous about. take your pick, environment, social equality, sex, race, sexuality, vegetarianism, and the list goes on and on. The point is, if you choose to do ANYTHING you perceive to be good for humanity, or the earth or whatever cause you're fighting for solely for the chance to hold it above others' heads, you've missed the point.

Comment It all comes down to what you do with it (Score 0, Troll) 120

I could see this actually being somewhat useful, though I admit I didn't read TFA. If you ignore the possible invasion of privacy which is kind of moot in such a public place, then if the algorithms to match faces work well enough, you could use it to identify criminals. I don't know if sex offenders are limited from being in malls with kid play areas, but if they are, that would be one good application I would stand for. Also if someone loses a child in a mall, this could make finding said child a lot easier.

Comment Re:Zero value study (Score 1) 146

This is like asking people what kind of shoes they own, and how fast they think they can run, then concluding that people who own running shoes run faster than those who don't.

Not really. You can measure how fast you run. Literacy is a much grayer area. How do you measure it? It's more like saying "what kind of car do you drive?" and "How good is your driving technique?"

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