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Comment Re:Because it's not software (Score 2) 100

I thought Henry Ford was a visionary because of his business model -- an assembly line that could mass produce cars for everyone -- not because he necessarily innovated the automobile concept itself.

Musk's advancement mostly seems in the electric drivetrain, less so in the business model. He wants to do direct sales, but while it runs against the grain of the existing car sales business, existing regulation and low production volume make it appear less than revolutionary, especially when many products are sold directly buy their maker.

Comment Re:You should *NOT* be projecting.... (Score 1) 59

I think there are fair arguments about not distracting other drivers. But one thing nice about this vs. a HUD is that it actually projects imagery onto the surface you're supposedly to be looking at -- you want to focus on the road in front of you generally so seeing directional markings there is completely natural and doesn't require a change in visual focus or the distraction of having to look through a HUD's imagery to the road beyond.

Some potential ideas to make is less distracting for others -- don't display markings when another car is within a distance where they may easily see them, display markings such that they're oriented/displayed in a way meaningful to other drivers or communicate that they should be ignored. I drive through intersections many times a day with turn arrows and lane markings not relevant to me and I don't get confused.

I also wonder if there's some way of projecting them with a light color, pattern or polarization that's made more visible by filters laminated into the originating car's windshield, especially if it managed to do it such that other cars windshields acted as passive filters due to their polarization.

I think it's a great way to put information exactly where it belongs for driver visual focus. Distraction to other motorists *could* be a problem, but overall people are already visually attuned to ignore markings that are backwards or don't apply to them and their direction of travel. Roads have all kinds of markings already and nobody complains about excess street markings. And it may be possible to project them in a way that makes it difficult for other drivers to see them at all.

Comment Re:Better up the Military Budget (Score 1) 299

A wall won't stop them, but it will slow them down enough for people behind the wall to shoot them dead.

Don't be naive, if refugee/migration pressures are this severe do not think of a second that the people with will demand the invading hordes without be stopped by any means necessary.

I'm of the opinion that it's happening already. We argue around the margins about immigration, pretending it's about jobs, racism or some other bullshit but I think at the heart of it people really are nervous about long-term resource access. It's low level and you can easily rationalize away any kind of urgency about it, but I think the level of news coverage about refugees into Europe, the noticeable increase in Hispanic populations in the US over the last 10-20 years, etc is invoking something of a panic mindset.

We laugh about Trump's wall now for all the obvious reasons but it wouldn't surprise me at all if fortifying the border specifically against mass refugee influxes doesn't become something more than a fringe idea.

Comment Re:Maybe NOW we can have Nestle chocolate back (Score 1) 319

I remember some chocolate bar from when I was a kid, it was called '100 Grand' or something. It was a bar of chocolate with honey-flavoured rice crisps in it. One day, it just vanished.

I also remember when the changed the tomato sauce used in Alphaghettis, and then it sucked.

Comment Re:DEA already has rescheduled and overruled itsel (Score 1) 146

I'm on board with most of that, but if economics was a good enough explanation we wouldn't have seen the DEA making opiates much harder to obtain -- more intensive prescription databases to get doctor shoppers, more intensive audits of prescribing physicians, and the rescheduling of hydrocodone from III to II. The irony, of course, is that it has jacked up street prices and moved many low-level pill users accustomed to uniform dosing to street heroin, which despite DEA enforcement has become cheaper than made-in-the-USA pills, and with all the worse addiction and overdose outcome you'd expect.

I'm more inclined to think that the DEA was largely a political creation designed to attack the counterculture of its founding era, using criminalization of LSD and marijuana as an excuse for law enforcement action. This I think goes a long way towards explaining the DEAs aggressive moves against any substance with recreational value.

Comment Re:The electoral college is not needed (Score 1) 472

Slavery, the vast majority of white men, let alone women and non-white people, not being able to vote, the VP being the runner-up of the Presidential election, and so on, were also 'deliberately put' in the Constitution.

Also 'deliberately put' into the Constitution? An amendment process. The fact that the EC was put into the Constitution in the 1700s to address 1700s issues was recognized, *by the writers and signatories to the Constitution,* to mean nothing to future Americans, so they gave said future Americans the ability to change things.

The Constitution, like any political document or act, was an example of compromise, horse-trading, unwritten understandings, and so on. Hell, the 'Bill of Rights' isn't in the 'original Constituion,' deliberately.

Also, the original Constitution was written with the understanding that political parties wouldn't form, and that representatives should vote each individual issue by their conscience and their constituents. The framers would be horrified by the idea of a party system, flabbergasted by the idea of a two-party system, and absolutely appalled by the idea of the 'straight party ticket' voting option.

Comment Re:What, is Google new or something? (Score 1) 178

The problem is when you have tons and tons of real time transactions that have to be kept in a very precise order. How do you easily and reliably determine which event happened first if the numerical timestamp isn't sequential?

You use a unique, sequential value independent from timestamp, I'd hope.

Comment Re:The question is this (Score 1) 472

And in a popular vote scheme, Democrats *would* have campaigned and advertised there, because they might have gotten even one vote. Under the EC, Democrats knew they'd get zero percent of Wyoming's electoral power. Under a popular vote, they'd have gotten some.

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