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Comment Re:So much goddamn bureaucracy. (Score 1) 70

Tell us what else leans to the left from your perspective. The horizon, maybe?

I'm not sure there's a correlation between bureaucracy and "leftists", but I'm willing to concede that putting one dictator in charge is an effective way to get rid of bureaucracy. We'll probably differ on whether that's a good thing.

Comment Re:Driverless (Score 1) 271

Plus, a terrorist could load it full of explosives and program in the target and turn it loose like a smart bomb.

Trucks are more expensive than suicide bombers. In fact, I'll wager that hijacking autonomous vehicles to deliver bombs will remain more difficult and expensive than brainwashing "martyrs" into doing the job.

Comment Re:misleading nonsense about fantasy matter (Score 1) 156

So a very simple explanation is gravity from the mass of the galaxy warps space in such a way that mass around it seems sped up.

Yes, astrophysics and cosmology are very simple when you don't bother with numbers.

I'd be happy to see your personal theory peer-reviewed, but I'm afraid the reviewers will probably want to see some numbers. For bonus points, make some falsifiable quantitative predictions. ("Future scientists will laugh at today's dark-matter theories" doesn't count.)

Comment Yes. (Score 2) 88

VR can "fail", and will, because people don't stick with games where the main challenge is "keep from barfing".

To clarify: today's VR will fail, as did VR from the 1990s and 2000s. We might get there in the 2020s, with tracking cameras operating at kilohertz frame rates, displays refreshing at 300Hz or better, and a graphics pipeline that doesn't introduce more than a frame or two of latency -- IF game designers put some serious thought into maintaining consistent motion perception among all modes (visual-field, inner-ear, proprioceptive).

Comment Re:It is a standard question, here is why. If you (Score 1) 435

Hey, that's the most sensible thing I've heard all day! I should try that myself.

"Before I sign up, could you please tell me what this health insurance policy's premiums were last year? Yes, I understand that you'd like 25% more this year, but I think we should all agree it's more reasonable to expect an increase of 10% at most. Now, let's talk about my expectation for you to go the extra mile when there's additional medical work to be covered -- without additional pay, of course."

Apologies to those readers in first- and second-world countries where this "signing up for health insurance coverage" analogy is sensibly unintelligible.

Comment Re:White space (Score 1) 489

"Content is like water. And because there are lots of pre-schoolers running around, and they're LOUDER than you, we're going to make sure we only present enough content to fill a sippy-cup. If you don't like the fact that it barely wets the surface of the 55-gallon drum that you have for receiving content, well, why do you want us to discriminate against other users?"

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