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Comment Re:Self-fulfilling Prophecy (Score 2) 286

The solution is to require all colleges and universities to rename themselves to one of a limited number of names. A partial list might include:
Princeton
Harvard
University of Chicago
Yale
Columbia
Stanford
MIT
Duke

...for after all, it's been shown that it's not the education which matters as much as the name on a diploma. As a bonus, it would reduce the amount of resources wasted on collegiate sports.

Comment Re:IoT is already here. (Score 4, Insightful) 131

"5G is viewed as a technology that can support the developing Internet of Things (IOT) market, which refers to millions -- or potentially billions -- of internet-connected devices that are expected soon to come on to the market."

Sounds more likely to be the Beginning of End of the Internet As We Know It than the "fourth industrial revolution."

Comment As an example of the difference (Score 1) 60

One thing to consider is the existence of what SF calls "bullet time", or when time appears to slow.

This is what it feels like when, in addition to your heart racing, you literally are recording everything you perceive. We get rid of almost everything we see, hear, feel, touch, and taste, but in bullet time, or emergency time, we turn the recorders on full, so that we can analyze how we escaped the dingoes trying to eat us, or the event that might have killed us.

If we did that all the time, we'd run out of storage. So we toss most of it away.

On a personal level, it is kind of cool. But it's there for a reason, to help you learn to avoid things that might get you killed, or almost did.

Comment They weren't really needed (Score 1) 258

After China took the suggestions of myself and others to investigate converting their most modern coal power plant designs to cogeneration and start using air scrubbers (which use water for the most part), resulting in the same quantity of coal producing twice as much end power and heating, they were able to shelve the bad designs. With the added solar and wind power they have now found is cheaper is coal, they sidelined an additional quantity of coal plants as well.

The game is over. We won.

Adapt.

Comment Endowments (Score 3, Insightful) 286

If the Endowment is large enough they can give every student free tuition. If there is no endowment, everybody pays. In the middle, they need enough people paying full-boat to subsidize the kids who need a full ride. Look at the economics before you assume ill intent. There is no magic money and locking kids into thirty years of debt is no magnanimous gesture.

Comment Re:Yeah, not a surprise (Score 0) 508

a release in 120 days is immediate (those days are to begin a transition to post-prision life, not punishment)

I am certain that there are many private citizens and organizations that are willing to help Chelsea Manning transition to private life outside of the prison system and can do so better and more humanely than the prison system can. I am sure many people would be willing to donate to such a cause. If a reputable private organization gathering funds for that cause emerges, I will contribute Bitcoin immediately to help out.

Comment Re:WHat I said on ars: (Score 3, Informative) 508

There is a difference between a pardon and commutation.

...which doesn't matter, of course, because the Wikipedia specifically said "clemency" (which is explicitly defined as including commutation). There is also a difference between jeans and grapefruit, but that's also irrelevant to the topic at hand.

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