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Comment Re:The self-driving car is blamed for human error (Score 2) 226

So people should just go around crashing into people who cut them off then?

Note that the Uber car did NOT crash into the car that cut them off. The car doing the "cutting off" ran into the Uber car (I'm assuming it hit the Uber car on its side, since TFA refers to the Uber car being knocked over on its side).

Now, it the human driver of the other vehicle decided that the Uber car had "cut him off" and crashed into the Uber car on purpose, that would fit your description nicely.

Alas, the Uber car had right of way, so it's really hard to get terribly upset at the EEEEVIL self-driving vehicle that got hit by a human who failed to stop/slow down when he was required to by law....

Comment Re:currently? (Score 3, Interesting) 79

currently 40,000 years ago.

Umm, no.

First off, it's not in our galaxy, so the 40Kyears from galactic center is irrelevant to how far in the past the event was.

Secondly, it's moving about 2200 km/s. So it has moved 40k ly from its original position at or near its galactic center over the last 5.4 megayears.

Plus, of course, the time the light has taken to get here. No, I'm not going to read TFA to find out how far away it is to determine more precisely when it happened because...

Ultimately, of course, relativity says that talking about when something happened in a galaxy far, far, away is completely meaningless anyways....

Comment Re:Sounds nice! (Score 1) 127

What if they prolong the long, decaying years as well?

I'd assume, in that case, that most people would stop taking the antiagathics at some point.

I mean, 120 years of prime adulthood with antiagathics? Great! Followed by either 30 years of old age sans antiagathics or 120 years of old age with them? Put the antiagathic bottle down, and go out relatively quickly.

Comment Re:Is it creepy to anyone else... (Score 4, Insightful) 103

the future of interplanetary travel is capitalist in nature... thoughts?

Damn, but that would be almost as bad as going to the New World hoping to find a cheaper route for the spice trade, wouldn't it?

Luckily for us that never happened, eh?

What/s that? Columbus was trying to find a way to the Far East when he conned Isabella out of her jewels to finance the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria??? Say it ain't so!

Seriously, who cares whether the first men on Mars are paid for by the government of private industry? As long as there ARE First Men on Mars, it's a win for humanity....

Comment Almost meaningless (Score 5, Insightful) 311

He can't remain President long enough to actually do the mission.

Hell, he won't be Pres long enough for hardware designs, much less actually bending metal.

Much less launching anything...

That's NASA's biggest problem these last few decades - no way to stick to anything beyond the term(s) of the current President, so nothing can really be done that takes longer than about five years....

Which is another way of saying "nothing can really be done."

Comment Re:$10M, huh? (Score 1) 331

Just like Cal Berkeley yanked all 10,000 educational videos over a lawsuit,

Cal Berkeley yanked those educational videos because they were sued under the ADA to provide close-captioning and such for the hearing impaired.

Which would have been extremely expensive (think of 10k lectures as ~50 years worth of primetime network TV), to say the least.

So they looked the situation over, figured out that they'd have to spend tens of millions of dollars to continue offering those free videos (with an ever-present risk of further lawsuits), or they could solve the problem by just removing the videos....

So, how much of your own money would you be willing to spend to provide a free service to all and sundry after you were sued for not providing enough free services?

Comment Re:I don't care (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Even if you do like kids, bringing them to the world we have today isn't exactly a gift to them...

Yeah, bringing kids into a world where they can expect to live to near 90, with almost no chance of dying in a war or plague or starving to death would really suck.

Plus there's the whole "we can communicate with almost anyone, anywhere, in Real Time" thing. Can't imagine wanting to subject kids to that (an example: when I was a kid, my Dad spent a year in Vietnam. We got letters, occasionally (he wasn't much for writing). Today, if your father is in the middle of a warzone half a world away, you can video-conference with him using any number of internet tools).

Much better to have had kids back in the Civil War, right? Or WW1 or 2? Or maybe back in the halcyon days of the Black Plague? Or hell, any random famine year during the last 5K years....

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