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Comment Its about Ego. (Score 1) 146

The flying car has been the stuff of science fiction for generations. If the CEO can find a way to make a flying car that the average person can buy and use for their normal work. They think they will earn a place in history like Henry Ford. As a flying car would be recognized and used for hundreds of years. Unlike say a Relational Database system, so if they did a good job, they will get as much history fan fair as Nikolaus Otto (One of the inventors of the internal combustion engine)

Comment Re:Flying car? (Score 2) 146

Well to call it a flying car I think it should meet the following criteria.
1. Be able to fit on a standard 1 lane road and inside a 1 car garage and parking spot.
2. It should be able by its own power park in such garage.
3. It should be able to carry at least 2 people. (Bonus points for side by side)
4. It should fly for at least 100 miles without a refill.
5. Flight speeds should exceed 60 mph
6. It should be fully covered to protest
7. Driving controls should be simple and straight forward.
8. Fuel economy should be similar to that of an automobile.
9. Enough safety procedures to not make it risky drive.

Comment Re:Like what? (Score 1) 271

About 50% of the population has below average intelligence. So these jobs for things that Robots can and Cant do will be reserved for the people who are smart, creative and fit enough to perform such tasks. That leaves the other group of people who are not. Granted you can say Darwinism and ignore the plight of these people, but history has shone us, that things can get very violent when these people are left out to die. Even the Basic Income has its problems, where these people will live a life where there is little they can do to improve it, because while they may want to do more in life, society will not let them, because the economics made by man will not allow it. Why bother having him mow the lawn for an extra $50 a week. Where the robot will do it for free. And you don't need to feel sorry for him, because his basic needs are set, and he is just trying to make some extra bucks for luxuries.

Comment Aging population centers as well. (Score 4, Interesting) 74

A lot of these economies are also suffering from a aging workforce where the number of young people are not taking over the older employees jobs, because they are not enough of them to do so. This in the short term is good for a countries economy having a labor force filled with skilled workers who do not have much overhead with children, so they can use their money to buy things, and take risks that wouldn't be wise if you are younger and have a mortgage and car payments and are a couple months away from being broke without your job. These older people have their homes paid off, so they can spend of more stuff and take financial risks which normally will be rewarding.
However in the long term they will die out and not be able to replace the workforce, and if ignored for too long, that workforce that does come in, will not have any cross training from the previous generation and make the same mistakes over again.
We have been wasting time for generations, social media is the newest form, but how far away is it, from water cooler talk, or going out during lunch and getting a bit tipsy.

Comment Re:It has its uses (Score 2) 388

The computer scientist in me loves functional languages, the MBA in me doesn't.
Functional languages makes very tight code. Which for the programmer and the computer scientist is great. Less coding, a solid routine with little effort.
However it makes it difficult to maintain a program over a life time. As it is always near one feature away from a full rewrite, vs just slapping some if conditional in the code which while inelegant, is easy to code, easy to see the change, and easier to test.

Comment Re:But Why? (Score 2) 128

Back in the good old days when the Internet was used mainly for colleges and government agencies. These colleges will reserve large blocks for themselves. I went to a small college and they had a Class B and two Class C IP address ranges (Back in the time Class B was X.X.0.0 and Class C was X.X.X.0) giving the colleges more than enough IP address for the who institution. Hack in the late 1990's every PC was connected to an unprotected Static IP address for their PCs.

Comment Re:So... (Score 2) 338

What I don't get is why he hasn't done anything on infrastructure that he promised. This would more or less get bipartisan acceptance, generally it was one of his most popular promises. And for a real estate guy who like to build things, this should had been up his alley, to get his feet wet being a president. I am by no means a Trump supporter, but I live in the Trump Rust belt area, and I see in these areas that had voted for him, a rotting infrastructure, with post industrial cities that time had forgotten, because the states often have big modern cities a few hundred miles away propping up the economy numbers.

Comment Re:Problem is true waste is hidden (Score 2) 249

That degree of accuracy may be more expensive. The historical $900 toilet seat, isn't because the government is buying a toilet seat for $900 retail but the $20.00 seat with overview and sign offs of higher paid people. Who look at the request determines if they get away with the $15.00 seat it will have the same benefit meeting to make sure it is on budget and every dollar is accounted for. If you are going to have a high up director needing to explain to the public why they spent an extra $5.00 then the act of explaining cost more than the savings.

Comment Re:Nobody starts a project like this (Score 2) 249

Agenda 1. Wants to show government waste.
Agenda 2. Wants to show government effectiveness.

Let's face it government services can do a lot of good but there are some that are not effective so we are insting a lot of money for projects with little gain, but sound good. But today success of a grant is mostly do to how well the organization markets themselves without cold hard numbers their wate will go unnoticed because actions are small enough and not on a political radar for personal digging.
However if a well run but politically pressured org who does a lot of good can point the numbers and show their benefits even if not popular.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.