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Comment Re:Yeah, about that (Score 1) 18

They typically replace bones only when they are so completely destroyed that there's no hope of repairing them surgically, where the only options are grafts, transplants, other forms of bone replacement, metal plates, or amputation. I would assume that this would be similar, but less problematic than those other approaches.

Comment Re:The nature of the Trump-fans is pretty obvious (Score 1) 197

Independent here, not a "Trump fan".

They are authoritarian followers, that fight anybody that disagrees with them with violence. They are irrational and dangerous. They are unable to find a middle-ground with others.

You're describing Hillary's followers here.

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Because authoritarians follow charismatic leaders...

Just saying repeating what someone else says doesn't make it true, no matter where you claim your loyalties lie (or in this case loyalties you disclaim).

Comment Re: Makes perfect sense (Score 1) 333

Yes. This. A thousand times this. And when you try to turn it off, half the time, you accidentally press both the power and volume buttons, and the phone ignores it. Apple doesn't design for end users. They actually design for their own designers and engineers.

The last phone that was actually designed for end users was the 3GS. Since then:

  • 4 Series was covered with unnecessary glass whose only purpose was to look pretty and then break.
  • 5 Series moved the headphone jack to the wrong end of the phone, making it essentially impossible to build a holster that allows access to both the headphone jack and the power cord, to save space inside the device.
  • 6 Series had that design flaw *plus* putting the power button in a defective position, presumably for some engineering-centric reason.
  • 7 Series has that design flaw plus the headphone jack nightmare.

What's next? Buttons so perfectly smooth that you can't find them by feel?

Comment Re:Weird definition (Score 1) 238

Well, if you've ever been an expert at something, you no doubt use certain words in ways that confuse non-experts, because you have need of more precision than they do.

I have no idea what the technical epidemiological standard is for being something- "free", but it can't be the utter absence of that something (which is the non-specialist's definition) because you can't prove a negative. So there must be some criteria short of absence.

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 297

It's been tried before, on an impressive scale. Humans haven't figured out absolutely how to keep rats, cockroaches and bedbugs out of their domiciles, much less most persistent and clever pest of all: other humans.

It'd probably be worthwhile for the rich to consider what being rich actually means. It's not having a lot of gold. Gold through the ages has only been useful as specie because (a) it's pretty and (b) it didn't have much practical use other than being pretty.

What being rich means is having the ability to command the cooperation and compliance of other human beings.

So a bunker is only good for a couple of weeks or at most months of disorder. It's a place to go while someone on the outside is struggling to re-establish the status quo ante. So it makes no sense to build one unless you also invest in the stability of the status quo, because if those people trying to preserve society fail you're actually in a worse situation than other survivors when you come out of your bunker. The vast majority of your money will become only scare-quotes "money" if the legal framework in which debts and ownership exist ceases to function.

Comment It's the marginal hedonic value of money, folks. (Score 3, Informative) 297

Scenario: You discover to your surprise that you can have your fill of every pleasure money can buy, and then you notice you've still got a mountain of that stuff lying around.

What to do?

(1) Pursue power. This never gets old, because there's other guys with mountains of money doing the same thing. No amount of power.is ever enough, because it's relative power that brings satisfaction.

(2) Serve humanity. The ability to amass money on this scale is a function of the scale of society, and that means that society's problems scale proportionately. The material resources you command could have solved all humanity's problems -- five thousand years ago. Today they're just a drop in a bucket, and that's a challenge.

(3) Build yourself a lavish Armageddon bunker.

(4) Any combination of the above.

Comment I'd like to hear a coherent argument (Score 1, Interesting) 284

That our authority over DNS is legally US government property in any sense the framers would have agreed upon, even stretching that concept of property to include intangible property.

Even if you can argue that DNS is American government property, it's pretty useless property. Since it is largely administered in a decentralized fashion, if the rest of the world wants it can set up its own DNS system and have people in their country point to their preferred root servers.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 237

You might get an email, but that just tells you that they think it will be delivered that day, not that it will. Besides, what are you going to do, bring a chair to the utility room and camp out waiting for them to deliver a package? Even if you check a few times on that day, you still won't see it for three or four hours, and that's still bad.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 237

They don't need planes for the vast majority of their deliveries. Amazon has distribution centers in 21 states, within 20 minutes of something like 30% of the population, and within plausible single-day delivery range of probably the majority of the population. So for products that are frequently ordered (and thus are stocked at every depot), they can deliver to almost everyone on the same day by truck, or rent a few small warehouses in a few places and deliver the next day to probably 80–90% of the U.S. population.

Sure, they'll still rely on UPS/FedEx/OnTrac for deliveries that involve distribution centers in other parts of the country, or for deliveries out into the boonies, but that makes up only a small percentage of their deliveries. And for the ones that don't require all of that, there's no real advantage to using a third-party trucking service over doing it in-house.

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