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Comment Shenanigans (Score 0, Flamebait) 237

I'm calling shenanigans on the claim it was used to fry a 'brand new MacBook Pro', as a brand new MacBook Pro doesn't have USB ports. Unless you're buying a model that's a few years old, and why would you do that?

I'm glad my iPhone 7 is safe from any potential 'headphone jack killer' devices. Ha ha. You lameos and your non-Apple products.

Comment Re:Space is man's hopeless romance (Score 1) 102

Your ideas about time travel are limited by the breadth of current human knowledge.

100 years ago people thought the moon was made of cheese, and now walking on it is passe. Your notion of a "simple physics hack" might be state of the art science for an alien species 200 light years away.

What nobody proposes is that aliens think we're boring and would rather visit that one planet where where the ladies all have four boobs and men have feelings.

Comment Re:The party I have the least respect for (Score 3, Insightful) 156

Doesn't matter, status of the relationship, regardless of how skeezy it is. In the US, you can't publish a sex tape without the consent of everyone that's in it. That's really the only question here. I'm not a fan of anyone in this story, but Gawker willfully, purposely, knowingly, blatantly broke the law. I'm no celebrity but as someone who likes his privacy, I'm pretty glad they got sued and lost.

It's interesting. When you see these 'leaked' sex tapes of celebrities that _aren't_ suing Gawker media, that's not a leak. That's a consensual, for-profit marketing ploy for said celeb.

Comment Down the rabbit hole (Score 1, Interesting) 311

The processing of nearly every credit card purchase in the US eventually trickles down to one firm, so perhaps it wasn't the 'big four' conspiring.

I'm not really sure why them setting the same date for themselves affects anyone. Just upgrade your damn terminal already.

Comment Re:FBI Word games (Score 3, Interesting) 367

Exactly. The big difference is that two of the things he mentions are physical spaces that a human has to enter. If the FBI broke into my car, people would see it, they'd be reprimanded, etc. He basically wants the right to secretly dig a tunnel under your home, sneak in while you're not there, steal whatever they want, and leave without anyone knowing it. Except in your phone.

I'm glad that we have people on our side that are smarter than him.

Comment Fighting congestion? (Score 1) 70

I sorta feel like these heli-pads would be a point of congestion ...? Kinda like every train station and parking lot in every city? I'm not seeing how this avoids congestion.

And good luck getting your helipads built around a city like San Francisco. Gigabit internet now comes down from the power lines because people whined too much about a little metal box on every corner. Or even buried under the sidewalk on every corner. (here's an idea. replace all those useless mailboxes with last-mile fiber access points. Problem solved.)

I hear the 'Simply just live near where you work!' crowd already. Hey look, we all can't work stuffing envelopes from home. And guess what? Lots of people already do that, anyway, but we don't live in the same building where we work. I live in the same city but my commute on non-train days still sucks. For a new system of commuting to work, you need to get people from where they live (neighborhoods where houses and apartments are) to where they work (downtown.) I don't see a time where most cities will be cool with helicopters buzzing over densely populated residential areas.

Commercial flight works (mostly) because there's better economics in moving a couple hundred people at one time in the same vehicle. The smaller the vehicle, the less those economics work. There's a reason why so many people take a bus to work and no public transportation system in the world is made up of a fleet of cars.

I figure Airbus has smart people working for them somewhere, but this just seems rather unfeasible. And frankly just kinda dumb.

I'm waiting for a new startup to propose public zip-lines as a means to disrupt the moving economy.

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