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Comment Re:RTFA (Score 2) 128

Endowments come with many strings attached. Just because they have $13B USD doesn't mean they are allowed to spend it anyway they like. Most of the funds are earmarked for specific purposes. Additionally it must be invested to ensure future returns.

It's not like they could just cut a check for $13B...

Comment Re:What benefit are we missing? (Score 1) 277

Just because an idea is stupid today doesn't mean it won't be a everyday thing tomorrow.

And just because "they all laughed at Einstein" doesn't mean that your stupid idea is correct.

I highly doubt you would be all for spending this money researching whether we can create roads out of ice cream simply because "it might work!". You'll go broke very fast funding every crackpot with an idea.

Plausibility MUST be a factor in determining where to put money and time. And solutions that are already better in EVERY way already exist (just put tilted panels along the side of the roads). And those options will always be better since they don't need to work around the constraints.

Solar roadways is not an experiment - it's a con.

Comment Re:Summary insufficient, click through the link. (Score -1, Flamebait) 786

I think it just turns out that most guys are just assholes. Look at the Slashdot community as an example. You're about to get a *ton* of knee-jerk insults from the gaggle of dicks who frequent this site. If you were a woman the insults would likely be worse. "You can't tell me I'm not perfect" is the standard ideology around these parts.

Perhaps it's Gabe's Greater Internet Fuckwad[1] theory at work? Maybe we need to teach proper philosophy in school? I dunno. But humanity in general is a major let-down.


Comment Re:No, yes, and I think you missed the obvious. (Score 1) 383

How do you know that science produces something that is true? How do you know what you are doing *is* science?

That is where philosophy of science lives. It guides the scientific method. Just because science has made wonderful advances doesn't mean that it has out-lived the need to discuss what science is and how to apply it or approve it.

Science and philosophy still haven't solved the "demarcation problem" for example. And "science" can't. It's a philosophical question.

The two don't compete - they work together. Though for some reason modern scientists seem to think they can do without the philosophy...

Comment Re:Google did it (Score 1) 70

Most voice-mails are of *terrible* quality (listen to them sometime - people mumble, etc.). But even still GV does a pretty good job. And it does a very good job with numbers. So it's great for that person who left you a long rambling voice-mail with their phone-number half-way through. Oh - and the phone number will be "clickable" in GV to boot.

Comment Re:Can someone answer me this? (Score 2) 164

I always thought /.'s moderation system was pretty clever like that. It rewards commitment. Stackexchange has taken it a bit further and limits the type of things you can do until you gain some "creds" by participating on the site (can only mod up until you get the "right" to mod down). I don't know why these systems aren't more common? The childish trolls don't have the patience to gain trust and those who commit to a site are the sort of community you want to foster.

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