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Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 1) 142

The smart ones already had great driving records. It is the stupid ones you are protecting with this technology.

Being smart doesn't protect you from stupid people's actions -- you can be a perfect driver and still get rear-ended by someone who never saw you slow down because they were texting.

This technology protects stupid people and the smart people who have to share the roads with them.

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 1) 142

For a small fraction of what is spent on personal vehicle ownership, we could have pretty amazing public transportation that would satisfy the needs of nearly every city & suburb dweller. And that would naturally lead to fewer serious accidents.

Also for a small fraction of what is spent on fast food, people could buy and cook healthy vegetarian meals for themselves, that would satisfy the nutritional needs of nearly every citizen. And that would naturally lead to fewer cases of heart disease and obesity.

Unfortunately, what people want is not always the same as what would theoretically work the best. In this case, most people want private cars, and they have made that preference clear through both their spending and their voting patterns. Barring the advent of some kind of benign dictatorship, a transition to all-public-transit won't happen anytime soon.

Comment E/I preemption (Score 1) 176

For every subchannel that a U.S. broadcaster offers, the FCC requires the broadcaster to broadcast three hours of educational and informative (E/I) programming for children on that subchannel during hours when children are likely to be watching. This is why even a 24-hour weather radar subchannel will cut to some syndicated E/I show like Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures a few times a week. The cost of syndicating this programming encourages broadcasters to end unpopular subchannels.

Comment Re:Devil's advocacy (Score 1) 124

Sorry, I overlooked this part the first time I read your reply:

If you want to rent games on PC you can sign up with Gamefly, but it would cost more.

From the front page of GameFly:

To enjoy GameFly, you'll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. Please click here to learn how.

Once I got past that barrier, all games listed on the All Games page appear to be either for consoles or for handhelds made by console makers, not for PC. This is because PC game rental infringes U.S. copyright, unlike console game rental.

Steam allows users to trial games and gives full refunds within a certain time, which is a good substitute for "renting."

Until Valve decides that you've abused the refund policy and takes away access to all games that use Steam authentication.

Comment Re:Devil's advocacy (Score 1) 124

I recently upgraded my PC from a 7-8 year old Core 2 Duo, and even before that upgrade I was still playing AAA games, like Dying Light, just not at the highest settings.

Thanks for the data point. I'll mark ability to scale down to a C2D as "works for some".

most people have a PC around for other uses anyway

Except for people like one of my former co-workers, who owned only a smartphone. Mobile-only users adapt with Bluetooth keyboards and occasionally blocking out time for errands during library hours. Likewise, people who have only a laptop with Intel graphics and no standard MXM slot can't cheaply upgrade to a gaming GPU.

If you own a console with a $60/year subscription for 6 years you'd have an extra $360 to off-set the additional PC sticker price, subsequent PC upgrades (if needed), or pocket it.

Or theoretically spend it on some corresponding PC game rental service, if only one existed. Though "you can't play online on a console without also buying game rental" appears to be an argument in the PC's favor, console fans could reply "you can't buy game rental at all on PC". What do PC gamers typically use as a substitute for PlayStation Plus Free Games or Games with Gold? Or do they just rely on reviews? Or buying into a Humble Bundle every few months?

If you want to go used or older generations then the costs for consoles go down.

Likewise, I ought to try to remember to recommend a more recent used desktop PC with a new GPU to others making price comparisons.

Comment Re:Intelligent design (Score 1) 74

These researchers may be trying to apply the wrong methods to a device that is almost certainly the product of a higher power.

That may well be the case, but if so, it's also quite clear that the higher power used evolution and natural selection as his development tool.

If human brains had just been magic'd into existence by divine fiat, there would be no reason for them to look like a specialized version of the brains of earlier hominids (which in turn look like specialized versions of the brains of earlier mammals, and so on for as far back as you care to look).

Comment Re:Speculative Trading (Score 1) 83

Lots of government announcements impact the share price of companies. If this leads companies to do things like bilk the citizens of the US out of less money to avoid getting called out, I don't think many people are going to have a problem with it, aside from those who are looking for problems to have.

Inasmuch as this is a problem, it's because the value of companies is so speculative, i.e. what can I get another sucker to pay for this thing, rather than objective, e.g. what dividends does this pay?

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