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Comment Re:Translation: (Score 4, Insightful) 722

This is the sort of one sided rhetoric that demeans us as a nation. I'm a "lefty" that worked hard and made something of himself. I believe in doing my fair share and at the same time I understand that it's harder for some folks to make their way. We are ALL standing on the shoulders of those that came before us. There is a penultimate point at which we all worked hard before we managed to get ahead. What I reject is the notion that it somehow makes us better than others. We all should be working to help every one of us do better. The divisiveness of politics today is our greatest weakness as a nation. We work as a team, we succeed as a team. That is the lesson lost in the current wave of righteous indignation and self-reinforced politics. We are all Americans and we should spend more time working to help our fellows than casting stones over the differences which from the outside are minuscule. We spend our time attacking our neighbor for their beliefs than in trying to find common ground. Politics is the new racism.We would rather find fault in our neighbor than actually think about what all of these actions mean to us as a people. It is easier to attack than to think.

The great American Experiment in a way of life is losing it's momentum as more become focused on their personal issues than the society as a whole and I find myself greatly saddened by the direction we are choosing.

I beg of you all, please stop being angry and start thinking about us as a people.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 357

I would guess the difference is in creating new routing algos that reduce/eliminate left turns.

It's not that point A to point B with no left turns is necessarily shorter/faster, it's that 3 deliveries in one linear route with reduced left turns could lead to a more optimized circular route utilizing more right and straight events and lead to increased efficiency versus the "turn however you need, to get to the next closest delivery point" approach.

Comment Re:The professor is an idiot (Score 1) 311

I haven't seen any actual numbers on how the supposed UBI would work. Any info out there?

If you offer a basic income, some portion of the populace will drop off the employment rolls. I mean above and beyond those who already subsist on government programs today.

If the premise of the professor is that we'd all be on UBI while corporate robots do the work, won't that essentially be a populace living on some level of standardized income and we're all paid by what... the government... who gets the money from what... corporate taxes as it's the last thing still working? And Corporations would be the only thing paying taxes anymore, and would control the government in a way that makes today look like nirvana. When corporations pay taxes and citizens do not, isn't that the next "taxation without representation" revolution after which only corporations get to vote and citizens do not?

I am having a hard time seeing that vision being something that works.

Comment Re:WALLED GARDENS (Score 1) 183

I believe it's a matter of context.

To me, my handheld devices are appliances. my expectations of them are connectivity, flawless operation and and a constant deluge of new apps to amuse myself with. I'm happy to live within the Apple walled garden for this class of device. I don't want to spend any time worrying over the various security and abuse topics for these devices like I would for a truly open system

My desktop systems however, for these my expectations are for unfettered use as I see fit, with open ended ability to install, use or create any application I choose to.

So there are cases where it's not just a brand loyalty, but rather a contextual separation that drives some of the differences in perception between some walled-off ecosystem and desktop systems.

Comment Re:You couldn't make enough (Score 1) 406

It is clear that the Apple Watch, as a project, is quite profitable for Apple. Each Watch costs Apple much less to make than it sells for, and they sell millions.

Actually the metric would be more along the lines of:

Total costs
Investment costs of designing/creating the watch
Cost of software adaptation
Ongoing costs in both categories
Cost of manufacturing
taxes, and other varied expenses.


Total revenues
App sales
Supplemental ad-ons (bands, etc. etc.)

Whether it's "quite profitable" is a fun topic to explore, but let's treat it as a real topic and not assume "it costs less to make the 50,000th watch than it sold for" is in any way a valid metric of "profitable".

Comment Re:Change the law (Score 2) 1430

The trouble is that it's inherently never going to be a hot button topic for the winner.

Whomever wins the election, using the electoral college, will put electoral reform on the bottom of the priority list. Catch-22.

I've said for some time now, I'd vote for a candidate who ran on a single issue: total reform of the voting process. Republican. Democrat. Whatever. The system needs updating and until that happens the rest is just side-effects.

Comment Re:Study bias? (Score 1) 180

I'm very sorry that you feel compelled to lash out for not real reason.

I had a question. I implied nothing, simply asked a question. Often the Slashdotters are better informed on many topics than I am, and usually a few folks dig into any given subject posted and really dive deep. Asking a question that this group might answer seems pretty reasonable for a discussion board.

Not everything is a conspiracy. Sometimes a question is just a question. Reading the attached article(but not the study) pointed out multiple flaws in the approach, but did not address this question.


Comment Study bias? (Score 3, Interesting) 180

I'm not saying there's any intentional bias here, I'm just curious and posing the question. If the data was collected from a any study with multiple data points on population... is there a control factor for whether studies including population data in general are more likely to occur on species that are dwindling? If a species has no population issues to begin with, is it likely to have a study?

Comment Re:What's good for the goose (Score 1) 756

I think the trouble with your stance here is the assumption that "rigging" is not the designed operation of the Convention.

There's no clause in the Constitution that guarantees voting equality in a party's primary. The primaries are run, each according to the rules set forth by that party. Superdelegates have been a part of the Democratic party's charter for quite some time now.

The Superdelegates provides a means for a level of centralized agreement when it comes to choosing a candidate. For example, if one of the potential candidates were a Totally Racist Underhanded Misogynistic Pig, the party can turn to Superdelegates to avoid that person from becoming the nominee. Think of it as a way to prevent hate and fear mongering from being the party message. They have a chance to exert some control over what SHOULD be a rational process, but can be easily subverted by a candidate that panders to the worst instincts of the people.

At this very moment, I'm betting the GOP wish they had Superdelegates, they might have been able to head off the disaster that is tearing their party apart.

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