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Comment Re:It's a ridiculous JOKE (Score 1) 120

All the problems of deep space travel? I wasn't aware the hyperloop would also contain a particle accelerator that generated powerful cosmic rays, that you'd have to stock it with months of food, that passengers would suffer bone density loss due to lack of gravity, or that highly explosive chemicals would be loaded on board. I'm glad I know that now so that I can stay away from it.

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 353

That's why I used the word "average" in reference to body temperature. I didn't think an explanation of that was necessary; but thanks for filling in those who might not be aware of it. I'm not sure exactly what the healthy variation is for human body temperature; but I know it exists.

An *average* of 98.6 or 37 literally implies nothing about the healthy range. If you didn't know anything else about humans, telling them the average wouldn't tell you if 70F was a healthy body temperature or not.

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 353

100 is very close to average human body temperature of 98.6. If the temp is near 100 or above, you will have a harder time cooling off, especially if it's humid and you don't get cooling from your sweat evaporating. In Celcius it's 37 which is the 12th prime number, so you've got that going for you. /s.

Comment Re:So much wrong (Score 1) 506

To be fair, it works, it just doesn't scale. There are some communes that run close to an ideal communist economic model. They tend to fall apart around 150-200 people. Not really my field; but I've heard some speculation that it has to do with humans having lived in similarly sized clans until recently, and with us not being able to maintain relationships with many more people. Get too big, and society starts to have "strangers" that manipulate other "strangers".

If you think you can solve the scaling problem, get 1000 volunteers and see if you can run it in an intentional community first. Then maybe you can try a city with all volunteers. If it's such a good thing, you won't have any trouble getting people. If it sucks and nobody wants to sign up you need to debug that AI.

Comment So much wrong (Score 1) 506

UBI creates inflation, which is appealing to some central bankers now but not always. Price controls create shortages. History says humans can't implement communism. Either history isn't being taught in our schools, or an agenda is being taught, or both. Then again, maybe they're just on crack. I'd like to think it's the latter... but I think it's the former.

Comment If they go too far (Score 1) 126

If the Chinese go too far, people will sour on the whole idea of business. There will be a backlash. They'll have a communist revolution on their hands. Of course I've been making this joke for a while now...20 years seems about right. The insanity just keeps rolling along... like a tank.

Comment Re:This is why my cousins all have New Holland gea (Score 1) 639

I had to scroll down way too far to find a post like this. While "nobody ever got fired" for buying a Deere, there are other combines out there. I found Agco first. You might be the odd man out at first, but if Deere is pissing you off that much, it looks like maybe not all equipment manufacturers are being dicks. My first thought was "Will overseas equipment makers please pick up the white courtesy phone".

Change takes time, but it can happen. I remember when nobody drove foreign cars and we made fun of Toyota drivers. For big ticket items like cars and tractors, it takes time; but if you make shit or treat people badly your business will suffer. Stop treating people badly while you still have a chance, Deere.

Comment Backdown (Score 1) 465

When working on your PC you need to back up. Everybody knows that. When working in the Cloud you need to back down. A lot fewer people realize that. It's bad enough that I got stuck with an ugly interface on Flickr after less than 1000 shots. There were some real pros on there with 100k+ shots and I feel sorry for them. There are recovery programs out there. I don't know how well they work, and I don't know how good a job they do at preserving things like tags, comments, EXIF, etc. I've been meaning to get around to putting my pix in a better format; but it's one of those things I keep putting off.

Anyway, people need to consider their backdown plans just as much as they need to consider their backup plans.

Comment Re:I'm more pissed off by... (Score 1) 523

I don't think fixing style problems in the editor would be a crutch. I think it would end a lot of arguments, like tabs vs. space--at least for leading tabs/spaces. The only thing that's a bit complicated is __LINE__, but with enough AI in the editor it might be a fixable problem too--have an editor command that lets you jump to the repository __LINE__ even if it doesn't match __LINE__ in the editor. Also, the compiler has to use the repository __LINE__. I know I'm probably leaving something out. Yes, I've put some thought into it over the years; but not enough to crack open an open source IDE and hack it.

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