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Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 695

No, it hasn't. Most farmable land today (90%) lies at less than 100 ft above sea level. If sea levels rise, a large portion of it will be subdued.

Umm, [citation needed] on that. Even within the USA, that's not even close to true. The so-called "flyover states" are all well above that, and are producing mindboggling amounts of food.
I'd be shocked if more than 1% of farm land globally is actually 100ft or lower above sea level.

Comment Location from Wifi? (Score 1) 109

Genuinely curious here - how is wifi useful for determining location? Only a very, very small number of wifi access points can have pre-determined GPS locations, and you can't get an address from them.

I've seen that annoying iPhone pop-up saying that GPS works better with wifi turned on, but always assumed that was a frequency/chipset conflict issue.

Anyone know?

Comment Re:Navigation in space - how do they do it? (Score 1) 77

If you're genuinely curious, you really do need to download the free demo of the game "Kerbal Space Program". You really can't grock space travel & orbital mechanics unless you play around with them.

Ideas like "faster is higher, slower is lower", and "burn at the low point to change the high point" don't make sense until you play with them. That and, there is no such thing as a straight line in space. Everything's an orbit.

Seriously, give it a try. You might just learn more than a year of college by just paying a game.

Comment Great, the "good old days" argument (Score 2) 117

The advent of modern HVAC created freedom to design buildings any way we want now- we are no longer constrained by a small number of design parameters. Citing the large number of boring buildings as a sign of laziness and decline is just lazy thinking itself.

Sure, 90% of modern buildings are crap designs. That's because 90% of everything is crap- always has been, always will be. The good stuff now has a much wider variety and more innovative thinking.

Comment Re:WTF is is the point of this? (Score 1) 70

With self driving cars, will soon come cars without passengers. Think long-haul trucks without drivers. Who's going to "refuel" these trucks for cross-country trips?

Or consider the self-driving Uber (remember Johnny cab?). At some point during the day, it's going to need to recharge.

Thinking about it that way, this makes a lot of sense. I'm OK with rich & lazy people paying for the R&D, and shaking out the bugs. Makes for a better product when it's down to my price point.

Comment Re:This should end in hilarity.... (Score 1) 208

They already thought of that- part of the "hey siri" setup is training your voice. You have to say the trigger phrase 3 or 4 times to teach it your individual voice.
I guess it also helps with false positives with background noise.

Personally, I like to keep control over when the phone is listening and taking actions.

Comment Re:An old Soviet joke ... (Score 2) 1052

>For every 1000 jobs eliminated, only a few dozens will be created.
Kinda like how everyone involves in stables, horse shoes, and buggy driving are all out of work begging on the streets now that we have cars?

Seriously, that tired old argument gets drug out with every advance in technology.
Things change, people change jobs. The sky is not (and never will) be falling.

Comment Re:Better idea (Score 2) 147

Because government run projects ALWAYS finish cheaper & faster than private companies. [/sarcasm]

The real answer is competition. Outlaw all forms of ISP monopoly agreements, including city and building level. Let tiny municipal ISP's start up and compete against Comcast. Let Google Fiber deploy anywhere they good and well please. Make it legal for anyone to buy a big pipe & resell to their neighborhood.

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