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Comment Re:Common (Score 1) 47

What is frustrating about this is how easy it would be for the cops to roll these guys up if they wanted to. I mean they're providing a mailing address, even if it is a PO Box that isn't going to keep them anonymous for long. I bet it wouldn't even take too many arrests before the volume of mail really dropped. The people who do this need to mail fraud thousands of times every week just to get a few bites.

For the scam to work at all they need a US address. Ain't nobody gonna fill out a SCE "bill" and then mail it in an international envelope to Belarus or something. I guess they could be using a remailing service, but at the least the cops could get their account shut down.

Comment "GenX will be the first gen to not do as well as t (Score 1) 525

The title is what I recall hearing on an NPR report back around 1990 and this sentiment was echoed for much of the early '90s. As it turns out many of us far exceeded what our parents accomplished financially. I see this as a similar reality check for Millennials. The reality is that it is tough to make a living and build a nest egg, but it can be done.

Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 1) 463

It's been obvious for a generation that coal was coming to the end of its life. Perhaps they should have looked forward instead of attempting to emulate King Canute.

Pedantic nit: King Canute didn't think he could hold back the tide. He was making a point to the people making unreasonable demands.

Comment Re: Fantastic Shift of Responsibility (Score 1) 116

The problem is like you said when the fact checkers start being wrong you'll stop listening to them, the people who have a different viewpoint than you have the same idea which means everyone will only use these fact checkers with confirmation bias and having fact checkers is utterly useless.

When you're really dealing with interpretation, fact checking is more like a good critic reviewing a movie. Sure, you can just look for the Rotten Tomatoes score and see what the "average" is. But when I read a Roger Ebert review, even when he doesn't like the movie he describes it well enough that I can usually tell whether I would.

Comment Re:An Artificial Womb Successfully Grew Baby Sheep (Score 2) 185

This artificial womb will save millions of lives each year and prevent millions more from suffering disabilities caused by premature birth.

Your numbers seemed high, so I looked it up.

Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for nearly 1 million deaths in 2015.

Three-quarters of them could be saved with current, cost-effective interventions.

So if current, cost-effective interventions were applied we'd have about a quarter-million lives lost that could potentially be helped by this new technology.

Assuming it would be even more expensive than existing interventions, it would be available in an even smaller percentage of cases than those. But let's say it was equally available. That means ~62,500 lives saved.

It's just a first step. It doesn't need to be a miracle to be worth doing.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 2) 270

Pixar was unique in Silicon Valley companies in that we had deadlines that could not move. The film had to be in theaters before Christmas, etc. I'd see employees families come to Pixar to have dinner with them. I took the technical director training but decided to stay in studio tools, first because Pixar needed better software more than they needed another TD, and second because of the crazy hours.

Comment Re:Something I never see discussed.. (Score 1) 90

Computer operated quadcopters can theoretically deal with vortices better than human pilots in traditional helicopters, but yeah, that's a definite concern. I expect their flight profile to be more or less straight up, fly to destination, straight down, even thought that's a rather inefficient flight plan.

Comment Re:Not crazy (Score 1) 90

They're basically building giant quadcopters. I've seen some of the prototypes. You are right that the range will not be very long, but most taxi rides are less than a couple of miles as I recall.

I do think this idea is going to require a whole lot more work than Uber is hoping for, but I don't think it's an impossible problem. It is going to be mostly for the rich, but who knows, maybe it will let some dad get to the hospital in time to see his baby born despite it being rush hour. I'd imagine the cost would run around $70-$200/mile or so when all is said and done and the system is scaled up a bit. The other big problem will be getting high enough density on the helipads to make them useful. It's no good if the nearest helipad is always a mile away.

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