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Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1) 599

the alternative is President Trump

Hopefully with a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, rendering him powerless.

Then, his behavior is likely to get him impeached and tossed out quickly, leaving us with President Pence for three years.

Meanwhile, the DNC is more likely to learn its lesson from a Trump victory than a Clinton victory, and the public might start to become more supportive of election reform. We need ranked or single transferable voting where we can write a "1" and "2" next to those we really want, and a "3" next to the lesser of two evils in case neither #1 nor #2 have a chance at winning.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 504

Why should I continue working when I could quit and get paid less?

What are you talking about? You get an unconditional basic income, then if you want more money (not less as you claim), you work for it.

This would be good for startup owners who no longer have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

Comment Re:Try Upgrading (Score 1) 412

Try upgrading your networks.

Does that always work? Are 10 wifi access points in a building 10x faster in total than 1 access point?

It's what every network admin worth their salt inevitably does, because it works.

Before doing so, do they do a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether the upgrade is a better use of the company's money than spending it on something else?

Comment Re:The Republicans want to make everyone work (Score 2, Insightful) 1140

the founding mantra of the USA is "equal opportunity,

A level playing field like that sounds good to me. That means eliminating the cognitive load caused by not knowing where your next meal is coming from and not knowing how you're going to pay the bills, because that cognitive load is a burden on the poor that the wealthy don't share and prevents the poor from climbing out of poverty.

So the "equal opportunity" you seek requires some form of welfare.

Comment Re:And it'll only get worse (Score 1) 205

RTFA. Other than the headline, it is not about counterfeits.

RTFA yourself:

Birkenstock has seen dozens of stores at a time hawking its Arizona Sandal for $79.99, a full $20 below the retail price. The names of the online storefronts change all the time... On a single day in mid-June, CNBC sent notes to seven sellers on the list, asking how they're able to price the product so cheaply. Every response was the same: "It is a secret."

Those are obviously counterfeits.

Comment Re:Uhh... (Score 1) 240

Well, then you're a...moron who expects people who dedicate the hours necessary to write and create pretty much anything to do so and not need food, a house, or any other basic necessity.

You're making a good case for an unconditional basic income. Artists and entrepreneurs would be free to take risks that they can't take today with our almost nonexistent social safety net.

Comment Re:Or new sensors (Score 1) 379

- Yes but that require the car being able to realise that it doesn't see.

My camera knows when it's missing details such as the edge of the "white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky". When the histogram clips either to the left or the right, a self-driving car should determine whether each blank area of the image is big enough to conceal a hazard (unlike glare on a piece of chrome, for example), and if so, slow down and be prepared to stop.

Comment Re:Best router ever made... IMO (Score 1) 180

Similarly, I replaced my WRTSL54GS with an Asus RT-N16 (both running Tomato) because I wanted gigabit ethernet. Two years later, the Asus died, and the Linksys took its place once again. So hold on to your 54GL as a backup!

Since then I upgraded again to a Mikrotik RouterBoard RB951G-2HnD. I like it a lot because it's solidly built and the wireless signal seems to be better than both the Linksys and the Asus.

Comment Re:Data Driven? Bullshit. (Score 1) 213

If you say "I've previously been convicted of a crime" during a job interview, you might as well tell the hiring manager "Never hire me, ever."

That's another artifact of our revenge-driven prisons where they keep you locked up for pretty much your whole prison term even if you rehabilitate early, and they let you out at the end of your term even if you don't learn your lesson at all. With such little incentive to rehabilitate, is our recidivism rate any surprise?

If every penalty were the same (stay locked up until you've learned your lesson), wouldn't taxpayers save a lot of money on corrections (revenge) while lowering crime rates from repeat offenders?

Comment Re:There had to be a first case... (Score 5, Insightful) 379

"Neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied," Tesla wrote.

Why couldn't it see the tires, undercarriage, and side reflectors? And if the image was so washed out that it couldn't make out the outline, then because it couldn't see clearly, the car shouldn't have been moving so fast. It violated the Basic Speed Law just as surely as if it had been driving the speed limit in heavy fog, and that's a programming error.

It would also help to upgrade the camera to one with a wider dynamic range and/or more resolution so the image is less likely to get washed out again.

So there's a software fix and a hardware fix that will prevent this from happening again in the future. Unavoidable, my foot!

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