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Comment Re:Shows the lengths.... (Score 1) 170

People dying while using the Tesla Autopilot is certainly bad publicity.

Idnk, When I see the articles, I entertain the idea of getting one. I estimate by the time I get one, they will have ironed out the problems with the auto-drive. (Actually, I'm just dreaming. At the current prices, someday I may be able to afford an e-bike, but that's about all. I might be able to make one, though. Hobbyking sells batteries a lot cheaper than Tesla.)

Comment Re:The Sixth Mass Extinction will be People Only (Score 1) 156

The Sixth Mass Extinction...

The characterization that this is the 6th implies it is an event like the previous 5, but it's not. Unless humans catastrophically destroy themselves, there will be no recovery from this extinction event. And, assuming humans survive, it is not be an event but a transition. The ecosphere of the earth has moved into the human-controlled phase. Humans will determine (volitionally or not) how many humans exist and how many and what other animals exist.

BTW, god and Noah are fictional.

Comment Re:Keep track (Score 1) 156

... it's virtually guaranteed that we or something like us wouldn't happen again if life had to re-start from scratch on this planet.

How can you be so sure? There's no need to "start from scratch". Some animal below us on the ladder will take our place. 200,000 years ago we were animals, but we were just about the same in most respects. It seems there's plenty of time for some more cycles. I'm betting on the racoons, myself.

Comment Re:They should clarify the article a bit... (Score 2) 98

They failed to mention that Amazon now owns Quidsi and the sub brands since 2010

Good catch. Businesses of an industry tend to agglomerate over time - like planets forming from dust and asteroids. There's even a math formula to predict the distribution member sizes tend to. Someone else probably can explain this. I can't. Except for monopolistic implications, in most industries, this is not such a bad thing. Size often makes for efficiency.

(I should note, however, in the news media industry, it's definitely a bad thing. We get deprived of alternative points of view.)

Comment Re:Jet is a real site? (Score 1) 98

... felt like a scam, I paid 30% more somewhere else rather than give them my payment info (I was worried I'd get subscribed to something).

Anytime you give your payment info to another party online, you are taking some risk. Even a trusted recipient can be insecure with the data. But that risk can be managed. (Read up on the subject if you need to. You can always just use a card with only a small balance.)

And by "subscribed to something" do you mean a recurrent automatic withdrawal from your money? If so, has that happened to you before? Did you try to correct it?

Comment Re:Also streetlights (Score 1) 230

Since there is no life-expectancy penalty for cycling LEDs on and off, much of the roadway could be dark in times of non use. Sensors detecting a vehicle or pedestrian, could turn the lights on in advance of their arrival. A "soft" turn on could be employed to avoid the abruptness of a quick on.

Also, those New Yorkers should be glad they at least have a government that lights the streets. I've been trying for years to get some streetlights fixed here in Kansas City, Kansas. (Just for accuracy, I should say, I've been partially successful. Most of the lights I've complained about are now fixed. Most but not all.)

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

One of my customers is a very high person in the telecom industry (who will go unnamed); he makes deals in the billions. I noticed he signs his name with a simple swish, not much more than a line. I figured if he can do it, so can I. Life is short. Now, I sign my name with a quick bumped line. So far, and it's been years, I haven't had a problem with it.

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