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Comment "Times Less" Makes No Sense (Score 0, Troll) 524

I don't know if it's just me, but I feel like I've seen this construction a lot more in recent weeks, and it really bugs me.

"X Times Less" is mathematical nonsense. "1/X As Much" is usually what is meant by it, and is both mathematically and linguistically correct.

So while I presume this headline means that Macs cost a third as much as Windows machines, that's not what it actually says.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:Duke Nukem Forever Young (Score 1) 297

Yes...but the point is that it's not just 1000 cars instead of 100 buses. It's 1000 cars instead of 100 buses and some indeterminate number of private cars.

OK, I see. You're counting all the people who now own personal cars and will give them up to use the futuristic self-driving cars instead.

I'll have to think about that. I'm doubtful, given Americans' love affair with their road machines, but maybe the culture could change. I'm afraid it would require creating "autonomous-only" roads though.

a) I'm all for that.

b) America != World

Dan Aris

Comment Re:Duke Nukem Forever Young (Score 1) 297

I am talking about self-driving cars as public transport. So instead of 100 busses, you would have 1000 self-driving cars.

1000 self-driving cars will cost more to buy, more to maintain, and more to operate than 100 buses.

You'll have 4000 tires, instead of 400. You'll have 1000 motors instead of 100. 1000 computers instead of 100.

Also, your ratios depend on cars vs buses. If you have cars vs light rail, the ratio goes up to at least 100:1

Yes...but the point is that it's not just 1000 cars instead of 100 buses. It's 1000 cars instead of 100 buses and some indeterminate number of private cars.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:Duke Nukem Forever Young (Score 1) 297

Maybe you got that backwards? Maybe self-driving cars are what will make public transport affordable and viable?

If you give this a moment's thought, you'll understand why it's a bad idea. Everyone needing their own $50,000 vehicle is the opposite of public transportation.

That's not what he said, though. The clear implication was not "the personal vehicles everyone owns should be replaced with self-driving ones", but "people should use a system of public self-driving vehicles to get around."

I certainly don't need a car for 90% of most days. It would be much more efficient for me to be able to use one for the trip to and from work, and let it go drive other people around, to work, errands, or whatever else, the rest of the time.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:We screw everyone. (Score 1) 181

I'm pretty sure Apples App Store, pun intended, is run by a different company than Apple Inc. aka AAPL so good luck in court with your idiotic standpoint.

I'm pretty sure you're woefully uninformed on this.

To the best of my knowledge, Apple doesn't muck about with subsidiaries for all the different stuff they do. Selling computers, making operating systems, selling music downloads, selling apps, and selling music streaming subscriptions all fall within Apple Inc., whose stock ticker symbol is indeed AAPL.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:A preview of President Trump's upcoming win. (Score 1) 693

the third-worlder isn't all that much better off than before, and may actually be much worse off if they went from an agricultural job they had some control over their destiny to a dismal factory job where they have no control at all

Why did they switch from the former to the latter then? (And if it wasn't their own choice, what forced them to do it? Honest question, not rhetorical).

Because historically, going to work on the factory has allowed workers to send a huge chunk of their paycheck home (like, 80% or more, sometimes) while living in the company dormitories, work there for a few years, and then effectively retire on the savings.

Here in the West, we see factory work as demanding, unrewarding drudgery. For people in developing countries, it's a way out of abject poverty, and provides a chance for something better for their children, even if they personally don't get a significantly better deal than their parents did. Don't make the mistake of looking at their lives, their culture, and their available choices through the lens of our own situation.

Dan Aris

Classic Games (Games)

Mattel Sells Out Of 'Game Developer Barbie' (cnet.com) 224

Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger writes: The Mattel people have released a new Barbie doll figurine touted as Game Developer Barbie. Dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, she was apparently designed by a game developer.
It's already sold out on Mattel's web site, with CNET saying it provides a better role model than a 2014 book In which "computer engineer" Barbie designed a cute game about puppies, then admitted "I'll need Steven's and Brian's help to turn it into a real game," before her laptop crashed with a virus. Mattel says that with this new doll, "young techies can play out the creative fun of this exciting profession," and the doll even comes with a laptop showing an IDE on the screen. Sandbagger's original submission ended with a question. Do Slashdot readers think this will inspire a new generation of programmers to stay up late writing code?

Comment Re:Practicality? (Score 1) 242

As I understand it, from hearing about this type of thing from other sources, creating chimeras isn't just meant to provide a source of transplantable human organs. It enables researchers to study the effects of drugs (and whatever else) on human organs much better than using straight-animal analogs, without the kinds of ethical issues that make it tricky to impossible to do it in human clinical trials.

Dan Aris

Comment Sorry, no exceptions to mathematics. (Score 5, Insightful) 388

"Boo hoo, my emotions are more important than the whole world's privacy."

Sorry, there is literally no way for Apple to build into a phone or an OS a way to unlock it for situations like this that won't also be vulnerable to governments and hackers.

If you never see your son's photos, that will be sad for you.

If Apple actually makes the changes required to make it possible for people like you to get in to phones like these regularly, that will be devastating for all iPhone users everywhere.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:Water is WET! (Score 1) 231

Not really. It would be more akin to Sarah gates saying that. Who's Sarah you ask? She is some distant relative in charge of Bill's fortune generations after he is dead.

That's fair.

However, I doubt that the Gates fortune and dynasty will last in the way that the Rockefeller has.

I would also say, though, that I wouldn't be at all surprised if John D. Rockefeller himself, if he were alive today, would react very similarly.

Dan Aris

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