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Comment Re:MERCEDES MAN! (Score 1) 64

That's kind of what I was thinking. Everyone always claims their new tech is going to make people safer, happier, etc.
When really all it is mostly used for is to sell stuff.
Television was promoted as something that was going to show concerts and informative classes to the masses.
Same with the internet

Now granted, selling stuff often does make people safer, happier, etc., but still
these headlights are going to be providing advertisements to the driver.
And in driverless cars, they'll be showing ads to all the passengers all the time.
Just imagine how wonderful that will be.

Comment Re:Snowden (Score 1) 73

Indictment ? For case like this... you go straight to jail...no possibility of fighting in court.

That is COMPLETELY incorrect. He gets his day in court.
Of course it's a secret court. The kind of court which if run by Saddam or Putin or China would be called illegal but since it is managed by true patriots such as Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama/Trump, then it's okay since we're all Americans.

In the secret court, there are (slightly) different rules:

1. anything you say that cannot be used against you is declared irrelevant.
2. the jurors are not allowed to discuss the case with anybody, including each other.
3. your defense attorney is assigned by the judge and will destroy his career if he actually wins the case

But Snowden would get his day in court and then his life in prison.

Comment Re: Well duh! (Score 1) 73

And pray tell, why should a responsible government jeopardize important political and economical ties and agreements over some dipshit?

I spose it depends on how you define responsible. Some folks think it's okay to torture people if they are dipshits; other countries (which also call themselves responsible) think each person has inalienable rights.

And this is over and above the complete uselessness of torture to actually gain information. A scientific government/military would use techniques that work. That approach seems to fit the definition of "responsible govenment" imo. Your mileage apparently varies.

Comment Re:Maybe both have their place. (Score 1) 325

Looking at the "mission profile," it appears as if all the military building programs are trying to be all things to all soldiers. We still use B-52 bombers because the new bombers don't work. And frankly, if we want bombers that drop shitloads of ordnance, they need to be big. And that means they'll probably be slow.

And 40 of them won't be invisible. Maybe radar won't see them but citizens with smartphones certainly will.

And our current fleet of slow-moving loud B-52s still strike fear into the populace. If we want a similar show of force, maybe we just need updated versions of the B-52, not a brand-new one full of super-duper (and unproven) hi-tech. We don't need a yuuuuuuuge bomber that's bigger and faster and shinier and has VTOL capabilities. But we do need bobmers that can actually fly and drop bombs.
(And we already have attack helicopters so what's with the military's VTOL fetish?)

Comment Re:So how does this affect the Drake Equation? (Score 1) 258

The probability of life in the universe goes up if the size of the universe goes up, but the probability of finding other life forms doesn't increase since they can't pass the Hubble limit either.

But the Drake equations themselves are bogus because adding time to probability is like dividing by zero.
The law of large numbers states that anything happens given enough rolls of the dice.
If you want to calculate _probability_ correctly, do so without adding in time or a bazillion "events."
If there are 10 to the twenty-fourth number of stars in the universe, then for life to be unique to Earth only requires 24 events in a row, each with a one-tenth chance of occurring.

If we're going to be guessing anyway, we should at least try to use the mathematical tools correctly.

Comment Re:Well, no crap (Score 1) 219

Most people stop learning after graduating from school since learning is a requirement only for school. Learning is a lifelong pursuit. A requirement for a long career in the technical fields.

I read someplace that after college 40% (or maybe it was 60%) said they were never going to read a book again.
Kind of reminds me of the old conservatives who say they haven't changed their minds in 40 years, which to me means they haven't learned anything new in 40 years.

Comment Re:Wisdom of the elders (Score 1) 184

The only elders I have found to be wise were already pretty smart when they we much younger. There are plenty of elders out there who are the same dumbasses that they always have been.

That's what I've seen. You can be a geezer at any age.
And there seems to be a whole political party built from people who proudly say they haven't changed their opinion (learned anything new) in 40 years. That means those people know exactly the same stuff at age 60 that they "learned" at age 20.

Comment Citibank does ok. (Score 2) 385

I let Citibank manage it.
It ain't perfect but they have about as much interest in it that I do, on a statistacial basis. In a very personal perspecitve, it may seem like they don't give a shit. But thinkg about it. It ain't worth spending 1% of your money to stop thieves from stealing 0.5% of your money, just like it ain't worth crawling under a car for a dime or quarter or dollar you dropped in the parking lot (depending on circumstances).

Problem with perspective is that the folks stealing from citibank aren't stealing 0.5 % from each customer, which would be "allowed" or ignored at least, they are stealing everything (identity theft and all bank accounts) from 118 specific people--who are really pissed off for excellent reasons.

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