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Comment Re:The technology is not ready yet (Score 1) 140

The thing is that humans can deal with a much larger range of scenarios

Humans can often deal with scenarios.

Humans are not very consistent, however.

Without exception for any individual..... every human is often 'inattentive' or negligent, or become distracted, and many people also willfully disobey traffic safety rules, and fail to handle scenarios that humans would normally be capable of handling.

This is an advantage that autopilot has out of the gate.... It's not going to miss something because it was texting; it's not going to become fatigued and fall into some form of waking sleep, or stare at one point ahead and become hypnotized by the road.

Come to think of that, if the human is still doing all the navigating and deciding where to go, regarding highway driving: humans set a really really low bar for Autopilot to exceed.

Comment Re:Misleading (Score 1) 140

Or it will be deemed a suicide or terrorism, and the life insurance won't pay out.

Insurance adjusters are scumbags; However, pilot inattentiveness is negligence, not suicide, and is not likely to be legally ruled as such.

If the insurance will not cover such things, then they would likely not write the insurance policy to someone employed as a pilot in the first place. (If you are a licensed pilot, your insurer does ask, And if you are flying a plane, your Life insurance is extra-expensive, by the way.)

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 61

When capitalism (in its modern crony form, since there has never been a free market) or communism (in its modern crony form, since there has never been equality between comrades) gets to 2000 years old, you MIGHT gain a point. Until then, your worship of modernism and utter lack of knowledge of history is blocking you from learning.

"Except you said their day job is hunter/gatherer. Their primary job is to hunt and gather. "

The average hunter/gatherer society works a 32 hour workweek. Plenty of time left over from that job for teaching the next generation.

"capitalists and communists can tell bed time stories too."

Yes they can. I never denied that economics can be a religion, only that it isn't a particularly successful one (due to extreme shortsightedness). When 2000 years old your religion is, maybe you'll have a point.

Wisdom is just how to apply knowledge. I don't know why you are scared of it.

From an evolutionary standpoint, correct wisdom reduces problems, incorrect wisdom increases problems. Cultures that increase problems, die out.

"And you do realize a lot of Christian sects don't let their priests or nuns marry and have kids, right?"

No problem with that as long as you don't use birth control or abortion. 10 child families feed vocations nicely.

Kings are never happy.

Comment Re: Weirdly specific statement (Score 1) 55

What is the limiting factor? Buildup of CO2?

People need a certain amount of oxygen for their metabolism, you need to carry that much. CO2 effects the blood pH: too little and the body is too alkaline, too much and it's too acidic. So, you need to maintain a precise amount of CO2 and remove the rest. The scrubbers in the space shuttle were able to regenerate the CO2-absorbent material after use, so there was use of power but material wasn't consumed.

Beyond this, you need to control temperature and humidity. The other requirements than atmosphere for crew survival are that you water, feed and shelter the crew, maintain orientation, and maintain a G-force envelope that doesn't injure the crew.

Submission + - September 19th SpaceX Launch will be visible across California, Nevada. (reddit.com)

Bruce Perens writes: The nighttime launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 containing Iridium satellites at 9:49 PM PST Monday September 19th from Vandenberg AFB SLC-4 is likely to be visible across California and in some Nevada locations. Although Vandenberg has a landing pad for the Falcon under construction, this will probably be a drone-ship landing and some California observers might see two of the landing burns.

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 61

I was responding to "I'm not sure how to parse that sentence. "

"So you admit that religion is no different than capitalism or communism. Somebody wrote the religious books just as somebody wrote books on capitalism and communism. "

Yes. From the point of the view of the radical skeptic, they're all scams.

" Religion is just as materialistic and enslaved to lust as any other, and is no better at passing down wisdom."

Well, it's better in one way. I don't know of any 2000 year old markets.

"In other words, they were priests, but not the type of priest who functioned to pass down wisdom. "

Incorrect. Hunter/gatherer priests pass down a lot of wisdom. If they don't, the tribe starves to death.

"Their role as a "priest" was closer to that of a doctor or scientist today, working with what knowledge (not wisdom) they knew of the world to solve society's problems. "

Knowledge is a subset of wisdom. All true knowledge is necessary for wisdom; wisdom is how to apply the knowledge to solve society's problems. Religion passes on wisdom better than capitalism or communism has, for they just invent NEW problems.

"Ancient Egyptian priests for example didn't even care much for the common people. Their job was to perform rituals in temples (which commoners couldn't enter) to appease the gods, not pass down wisdom or teach the people about religion."

You apparently don't know much about ancient egyptian religion either, for this is entirely false. Did you learn all you know about Egyptian Religion from Stargate? The whole point of those grandiose temples was to inspire awe in the people and teach them something about their environment.

"Ergo, the existence of priests who-don't-pass-down-wisdom are not an example of how religion is somehow good at passing down wisdom."

You can come to all sorts of false conclusions when you invent fake data.

"which is why during the Christian church's peak in power (middle age feudalism all the way to age of colonialism and imperialism) so many royal families kept their blood "pure" through incest while still having many bastard children on the side, so there were plenty of potential contestants in the Game Of Thrones whenever there's an opening."

Which the church actively preached AGAINST, to the point of causing the Protestant Rebellion in England. Or did you forget that point?

"And surly none of the nobles and upper classes failed in exercising humility. The commoners loved their lords so much that they never dragged them out to the guillotine."

That was the atheists who caused that, remember?

"And surly the upper classes practiced love thy neighbor, like how King George loved his subjects. Intolerable acts that pissed off his subjects so much they broke off from his empire? Why he'd never!"

Protestants again. You'd think history was invented in 1500, by your level of knowledge. You know NOTHING about Medieval times, or actual Christendom between 600-1200 A.D., your examples are all modern.

"Oh, and again for chastity, slashdot ran a story [slashdot.org] recently that people are having less sex (read: more chase) than before. And they have less kids, at later times, if they even engage in relationships at all."

And you don't see the inevitable economic problem that will cause, do you. Chastity isn't just about NOT having sex- it's about having appropriate relationships that produce children so that the human race continues.

"How so? As I have shown, the good old past... wasn't."

And yet, 10 children families. MUCH happier, apparently.

"Well, religion is more enslaved to lust than being sexually free."

Then why does divorce exist in your "sexually free" system? And yes, people are having LESS sex, and thus are unhappier.

You're less than 10% of the society, you broke down taboos and demystified sex- and you caused a demographic collapse.

Comment Re:Money (Score 1) 412

While it doesn't change your point too much, you are off by an order of magnitude, since the tax is for 10+ years.

The taxes that Ireland did get are jurisdiction shopping-- they got 1% of a very large number rather than 12.5% of a very small number. Ireland lost nothing by the arrangement, but the other EU nations did, at least in theory.

Apple's presence in Ireland at the time of the agreement made a huge positive impact on Ireland, creating jobs at a time of a massive brain-drain and putting it on the map as a technology center. At the time of the agreement, it was a fairly balanced deal. Things are only skewed by Apple's tremendous growth over the past 10 years.

Comment Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score 2, Interesting) 412

Not sure why you think those are related. Operationally, Apple has only 5,000 employees in Ireland and a lot more in other places, so money needs to be pushed around. From a tax perspective, the cash in the Irish subsidiary are retained earnings, and repatriating them is necessary in order to distribute to shareholders... who are subject to US taxes.

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