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Comment Re: So essentially test rides with passengers (Score 4, Interesting) 121

I happen to both like driving AND like the option of having the car take over if I'm tired etc.

Cars are a unique instrument because of the degree of freedom they provide. My big concern is that the advent of self-driving cars will be used by the state to heavily infringe on those freedoms.

My sense is that within months of approval of this technology for mass market use, it will become mandatory, and within a few years after that havens of the nanny state will prohibit humans from driving.

All in the name of public safety of course. The cars will be monitored, tracked, and subject to stop on order from advice at any time.

Tell me this isn't the future.

Comment Re:Begs the question... (Score 4, Informative) 106

How do we boost the strength far enough to eliminate cancer?

In short: you can't. Cosmic radiation is just a small part of the complex system that can trigger cancer. Other aspects include: genetic make-up, environment (carcinogens) and the inherent error rate in the DNA copying machinery (missense, frameshifts, slippage, etc) [to name a few off the top of my head - I don't treat cancer]. And before you go down there....those imperfect copies are what leads to genetic variation (important to fend off predators both macro and microscopic) and evolution. Cancer is just about inevitable in any DNA based system

Comment Re:Let's Face the Facts... (Score 1) 161

Or more likely there is only so much room to fit people in the Bay Area

Ummm, no. More likely this is another bubble, and we're seeing the first signs its going to pop. How many of these "businesses" that sell "free" products are actually turning a profit? And how many are just waiting to be bought out? Sound familiar? It's the tech version of flipping houses.

Comment Re:Remember (Score 1) 70

Why would I use Telegram if I were concerned about security? It has a closed-source, roll your own crypto system. WhatsApp and Signal use OpenWhisper.

Anyway, WhatsApp might have security vulnerabilities or backdoors but the reported "backdoor" isn't a backdoor. It's a design choice, and there is an option for security-conscious people to see when a new crypto key is generated.

Comment Re:One additional symptom (Score 1) 297

Well, he's referring to medical evidence that loneliness has been associated with a 30% raise in mortality, and posters in this thread are saying, "Yeah, but who benefits from this study" or "I feel great without friends." It's like saying, "Yeah, my grandfather smoked two packs a day and he lived to 100 so smoking is fine." A normal reaction to anecdotal evidence would be "that's bullshit."

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 1, Informative) 324

Trump's Taiwan excursion was heavily planned after months of lobbying by Bob Dole and other registered foreign agents of Taiwan. Oh, and the Trump Organization sent someone to investigate a potential billion dollar deal to develop land in Taiwan while this was going on. But no conflict of interest there!

Comment Re: Popcorn time! (Score 1) 1321

A superb, thorough, and well-informed post. If there was one summary of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election I could give to someone just back from a year in the wilderness or on a desert island, it would be this. Disillusionment was the deciding emotion, and even though Trump got in I'm unsure the elites will realise it's past time to throw the rest of humanity far more than an occasional bone.

Comment Necessary (Score 4, Interesting) 2837

Donald Trump's victory is a much-needed wake up call to the elites of the USA and the wider world. Hillary Clinton remembered the affluent east and west coasts and forgot those in-between. Trump did not persuade voters; voters persuaded Trump to represent them. The orchestrated anti-Trump narrative in the media did not achieve the desired effect of promoting Clinton, who is popularly viewed as untrustworthy and corrupt.

The 'status quo' candidate representing the interests of high finance and corporations lost and the change candidate emerged victorious. The House, Senate and Presidency are all in Republican hands, thanks to the votes of people inhabiting cities and towns of the USA which have been in decline for decades due to a lethal combination of unhindered free trade, advancing technology, and outsourcing of labour. Millions of desperate people were left to drown by a disdainful elite, and would grasp any life raft offered; it was Trump who made that offer. Whether he'll follow through and actually help those left behind, only time will tell.

The U.S. election result is further evidence that the majority of the mass media lives in a self-perpetuated bubble, insulated from the harsh and grim realities ordinary people face every day. Huge frustration and discontentment in modern politics manifested in the UK with the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, and it is manifest in the U.S. Presidential election. In Bernie Sanders the Democratic Party had a more palatable populist, but preferred to nominate their Establishment candidate instead.

So they did...and so she lost.

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