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Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 1) 140

The flying car, as it could be made with today's technology, is just a novel alternative to a helicopter, as you point out (or perhaps a "roadable aircraft"). They'll suffer from all the same problems of the aircraft that people aren't already using, including the cost to own and run one.

But most people don't think of it that way. Most people think of the flying car as a poorly thought out idea from a cartoon. It'll be just like a regular car except you can get away from traffic by moving up or down! It would solve the problem of traffic congestion!

Unfortunately this idea is so far from attainable with today's technology that nobody alive today will live to see it. They'll need Star Trek batteries to carry a large amount of affordable power running affordable motors, first and foremost. The average person is already struggling to buy and run a small number of relatively very pedestrian combustion engines, they can't afford anything that has multiple exotic forms of the damn things ferociously guzzling precious fuel.

Comment Re:Thanks, Obama! (Score 0) 205

That isn't sticking up for your principles unless one of your principles is to spew gratuitous Islamophobia until the terrorism stops. The number of people in the US who actually want sharia law can probably be counted on your fingers, and won't be dissuaded if every conversation in America is peppered with Islamophobic jargon. Quite the opposite in fact.

Comment Re:Regressive Leftist? (Score 1) 397

Well if you're socially liberal and fiscally conservative, you're a libertarian, very different from a liberal. If you're socially conservative and fiscally liberal you're a...unicorn? I don't think there's a name for that. It seems that such views aren't common. But they're as different from "true" liberals as libertarians.

After some searching around it seems there is no name for this ideology.

Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 1) 218

About the only type speech that can be prohibited in the US, is that which actually incites violence against a real group of folks or individuals. Or incites other dangerous behavior (yelling fire in a movie theater)....

Bad example:

https://www.theatlantic.com/na...

Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 1) 218

The other angle here is transchronoism. I expect I'll be modded as a troll for even mentioning it, but the law appears to have been lobbied for by transchrono groups. Basically they want to decouple a person's physical age from how they live, somewhat like how transgender people differentiate between the physical state of their bodies and the gender they live as. This mostly involves rejecting stereotypes and social norms associated with age, and not assuming that because someone is 20 they are inexperienced or that because they are 70 they are conservative and want you to get off their lawn.

Considering how bad age discrimination is in the tech sector, it would make sense for people in that sector to support transchronoism. Just because you are 55 doesn't mean you can't write a mobile app in Go.

To save others the googling, yes apparently this is a real thing.

I guess half of women over 29 are transchrono :-P

Comment Re: How to get it in future? Where is it lodged? (Score 1) 397

How can anyone who is not a victim be a professional victim? Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are closer to politicians than anything else. Like politicians they can rile up their base for donations.

The only successful "professional victims" are those who profited even though their lie was exposed. It's an incredibly risky and expensive fraud to attempt.

Successful "professional victims" are so rare they're not worth considering. The unsuccessful and exposed are still incredibly rare. To even suggest that any random person is a "professional victim" without solid evidence is just asinine victim blaming.

Comment Re: How to get it in future? Where is it lodged? (Score 1) 397

Attempted professional victims, sure, but they're almost always quickly found out. Nobody has found lasting success as a "professional victim" and it's an extremely risky and costly fraud to attempt. I think such attempts are vanishingly rare, but unfortunately because of those few, victimizers attempt to paint any and all of their victims with the same brush.

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