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Comment Re:My first thought... (Score 1) 82

If it's possible to lock someone inside a car — which is a really terrible feature, by the way — then how long before some car's AI flips out and drives off a bridge — into a river — with passengers inside...and locks the doors shut?

And you don't even need to go that far. Imagine if the battery goes flat, or if the door mechanism short-circuits.

In any case, I'm not even sure locking the door was even necessary, it sounds like the thief was sleeping in the car after a night of amphetamines.

Comment Warning (Score -1) 91

For the love of god, don't do this to yourself. Just get a Macbook Air. $800 might be a bit overpriced but Linux = wasted time plus limited programs.

I can't imagine wanting to get an expensive new laptop and putting Linux on it. It's something you do to an old laptop - you can't game on it, you won't use it for media applications. Linux is either going to be used for a server that needs something faster than the fastest laptop, or is just for dicking around on the web, in which case just get the cheapest thing you can.

Nobody in the world needs/wants a high-end Linux laptop.

Comment Re:Amateur Sys-admin deserves the time (Score 2) 96

It sounds like a shitty ISP anyway.

Based on what? Based on an employee leaving? Or based on taking legal action against someone who (may have actually) destroyed your business?

No backups. No control version system. No removal of old credentials when employee is let go. That and the fact that the business is now bankrupt.

Comment Re:Elephant in the room (Score 1) 241

And the time on your hands. Are you gainfully employed? How much $/hour does your time work out to?

Even if I do want a small plastic widget, I can't really think of anything wanted off the top of my head. Maybe I could use something, I suppose, but it's a small need. I don't enjoy designing small plastic widgets, and the cost of my own labor to design them is hundreds of dollars, and designing plastic widgets is not something I enjoy or care to build a skill at.

So inevitably, I would just buy the designs off the which point the whole exercise becomes pointless. If I'm just going to buy designs anyway, why not buy the plastic widget off Amazon or EBay? I can do that know, it's cheap, and after shipping will usually work out to $5-$10.

Comment Re:Liars will Liar (Score 2) 321

In reality, physicists studying CO2 at the end of 19th century understood its solar absorption properties and hypothesized that if CO2 levels increased in the atmosphere, that it could lead to greater heating.

There is absolutely nothing controversial from a scientific perspective about even fractional increases in CO2 in the atmosphere causing increased trapping of energy in the lower atmosphere.

Comment Re:Liars will Liar (Score 1) 321

China is incredibly vulnerable to overall sea level rises, considering that large portions of its population live in low-lying areas. I know China is the anti-emission control crowd's favorite bogeyman, but countries like China and India are at great risk in multiple ways if even the more moderate models for the latter half of this century come to fruition.

Comment Re:Not mine. (Score 1) 448

The problem with "visionless leaders" is mainly they are in the pockets of large moneyed interests like corporations, who want to make sure that they receive the vast benefits of automation, but do not see their overall tax liability increased. That's why they love politicians who talk endlessly about corporate tax cuts (heck, I've seen some people argue corporations shouldn't pay tax at all, and now you know why), but at some point, automation is going to mean corporate tax bills are going to go up. At the moment, sending jobs to cheaper jurisdictions has been the solution, but automation is going to put all the Asians and Mexicans out of work too, and probably in the next few decades.

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