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Comment can't have a golden age "soon" (Score 1) 66

We've got to bootstrap our way into space before we can have a golden age thereof. We can't feasibly have a golden age of space until we're building spacecraft in space out of stuff we mined in space.

We're going to have to have a boring age of mining before we can have a golden age of exploration.

Comment Re:Is that all (Score 1) 218

Having a bad gene is not someone's fault, the best that you can say is 'bad luck'. If it is severe and you know that you have it, then maybe you should think hard before you have children.

Yes, you almost have it concisely there: Having a bad gene is bad luck, and choosing to breed if you have it is someone's fault.

Some people with genetic problems do do that, or have the foetus tested and aborted if it has the problem.

I just don't think I've got great genes or a great situation for being a good parent, so even though I think I'd be better than the average dillhole I still don't think that raises the bar sufficiently to call myself a good parent. Thus, I'm not having any. I've had multiple opportunities, and my last girlfriend even left me for someone else over it. It was sad, but that's preferable to having her skipping pills trying to catch my child, so I'm not really complaining. Now, how can I make a statement similar to "I'm putting my money where my mouth is" without making it sound like I'm sucking my own dick? If I could do that, I've have been all over pornhub already.

Comment Re: Go to hell Elon (Score 1) 234

The more I hear about these Tesla cars the worse they sound. "We decide when, where, and how you use car and Autopilot, because the EULA says we can do whatever we want."

Yes. It's a serious problem. Literally all of the self-driving cars are going to have to phone home in order to operate. It's standalone GPS vs. your phone all over again.

Comment Re:Because Windows Sucks (Score 1) 255

Don't worry, they've already warned us, updates are going to be all or nothing affairs.

Yeah they're there already now, it's just update rollups and the MSRT. So now I'm no longer installing updates. This is a slight hassle. At some point soon I'll remove everything not gaming-related from this PC, and go back to doing it all on my Linux system... which is right here, connected and ready to use. I just dislike switching (I don't have a KVM, just the functionality in my monitor) so I've been avoiding it. I also seem to need to put quieter fans in my Linux machine because it's way, way louder than my Win7 one.

Microsoft has really shot themselves in both feet with this spyware shit.

Comment Re: Go to hell Elon (Score 1) 234

accidents per vehicle mile traveled is an extremely misleading statistic, because for MuskWagons it only includes almost brand-new, high-end vehicles owned exclusively by rich people who can afford to have them religiously maintained

Right now you have to have your car maintained by Tesla in order to keep your warranty. Will Tesla even let you use Autopilot if you don't do that? I doubt it.

Comment Re:Incidents vs. population? (Score 1) 234

Does anyone have a "Accidents per 100.000 vehicles" statistics out there?

Those are easy to find. They are not relevant! Autopilot is only used on highways and freeways, so you have to compare accidents (and fatalities) only on highways and those statistics are much more difficult to come up with. Otherwise you'd already have seen an apples-to-apples comparison.

Comment Re: waah waah i oversold my product (Score 1) 234

If he'd called it Driverassist or similar, idiots would be less likely to assume they can watch TV or send texts while driving.

Pls stop trolling. (You can't call it "driverassist" because it is part of a class of features known as "driver assists".) Nature always makes a better idiot, it doesn't matter what they call it, there will always be an idiot out there to get it wrong.

Comment Re:He's totally right (Score 1) 234

Even a PRIMITIVE system that's only capable of "stay in the current lane, follow the car in front of you if the lane becomes ambiguous, and maintain speed while braking if necessary to avoid a rear-end collision" on limited-access roads would be a net improvement over what we have today.

No, no it wouldn't, because you can already buy a car that has that. Pretty much every manufacturer sells at least one model with radar-adaptive cruise control, and today all of these systems will run right down to 0 mph and apply the brake for you.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 176

Kodi could definitely use improvement also. Searching leaves much to be desired, especially if you're looking for live events.

I'd be happy if they just made headless an official feature and not "go read the source and comb through 234087238723 forum posts if you're interested". Because right now I have two independent sets of metadata describing my media library, and it's dumb.

Comment Re:having more money (Score 2) 95

Having more money makes you happier!? NO SHIT!?

Only until your needs are met, including some entertainment. After that, more money does not mean more happiness. With that said, fancier phones have more RAM, and faster NAND. I have found these to be far and away the most critical measurements to look at to determine how a device will behave. CPU speed is way way down in importance below whether the screen looks good or how good the audio is.

Comment Re:This is dumb (Score 2) 176

That's what they said about iTunes, and Apple found a way. So I wouldn't count them out here...

Only because the music industry was totally oblivious to what would happen when they let Apple control the DRM, the same way IBM let Microsoft control the OS. They had to drop DRM because they were being buttfucked by Apple who used their market power to sell cheap music and expensive iPods and all their customers were locked in since FairPlay protected music wouldn't play anywhere else.

The motion picture studios have never been that stupid, even long before iTunes they controlled CSS on DVDs, they control AACS/BD+ on BluRays and AACS 2.0 on UHD BluRay and they have no reason to drop DRM. At worst even if it's broken they can still try using the DMCA and EUCD to make decryption tools illegal. And unlike the iPod that filled a need for a device people didn't have there's already tons of ways to play movies and series.

It's of course possible that Apple could find their Achilles heel but I don't think it's very likely, with or without Jobs. The industry would most certainly smell a trap, even if they couldn't figure out what it was. As much as I'd like them to just give up and have the convenience of a torrent site I think it's just very wishful thinking. That said, there are a lot of cable cutters so maybe...

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