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Comment fucking paywalled knowledge is antiknowledge (Score 1) 44

They can't RTFA because it's published $Nature$, hence paywalled.

transitive verb

1 a : to make generally known
b : to make public announcement of

2 a : to disseminate to the public
b : to produce or release for distribution; specifically : print 2c
c : to issue the work of (an author)

I guess 2 out of 5 isn't bad. Wait, that's a failing grade.

Comment Re:Recaptcha for Audio (Score 1) 110

what color is grass when it is dead? 1 green, 2 blue, 3 yellow, 4 brown.

I HATE questions like this. All those captchas, as well as text book questions back in my school days, you have to pretend to be an idiot in order to guess the answer they want (which is often different from the "right" or "correct" answer).

What color is dead grass? Yellow seems a reasonable choice to me. I've seen lots of yellow spots in otherwise green lawns everybody calls "dead patches". Green might be the correct answer in many places where owners have resorted to painting the dead grass (or dirt) to fulfill HOA or city requirements. And all these exceptions to the simplest question you could come up with!

Google's capchas are pretty terrible, too. Click on photos containing houses? Lots of squareish (possibly commercial) buildings in there could go either way. And how many people call their condo or apartment their "house"? So those high-rises might qualify, depending on your POV. And that's before you get into homelessness and photos of bridges, dumpsters, empty cardboard boxes, etc.

My physics textbook had the worst stupid questions. Some seemed intentional tricks, but I'm not so sure in hindsight, as so many others were just idiotic and wrong. "What falls faster, a bowling ball or a feather?" The supposed correct answer is both are equal, because you're wrong to just assume we're on Earth in an atmosphere. But with "Does a car use more gas when the headlights turn on?" the accepted answer is Yes, and there's no consideration of different models with massively overpowered engines which won't even notice the different in load.

I'll wrap up my rant here.

Comment mandatory 50% automation tax coming (Score 1) 366

When it comes down to a choice between starving in the gutter and stabbing you and stealing your iPhone, I'd say, from what I've seen of humanity, your chances are about 50-50.
That's me being an optimist and viewing the majority of mankind as being generally good most of the time.

Do we really want a whole world that looks like Brazil, but 50x worse?

Comment solar subsidies are bad (Score 1) 160

If too many people install solar roofs because the subsidies make them economically attractive, pretty soon we'll have solar dimming due to over-harvesting.
Then we'll all have to go on emergency Daylight Savings Time, even Arizona, to avoid decreased farm output and the attendant mass starvation.

It is much more responsible to incentivize people to burn old, unused dinosaurs for warmth, seeing as they're a constantly replenished, renewable resource.

Comment crap shilling article is crap (Score 5, Insightful) 290

1. obvious reacharound for Whatsapp:

WhatsApp Voice Message comes with several other big advantages as well. It's free, and unlike FaceTime or Skype, asynchronous, so it's convenient to use across time zones and doesn't require scheduling in advance. While other voice messaging options exist on apps including iMessage, Line and Viber, WhatsApp has the distinction of being integrated into a platform that people all over the world already use.


Our different media choices are actually part of the message itself now,

This is why my chosen medium is rocks and broken bottles.

2. an solution to an actual problem -- for one specific subset:

A lot of this popularity is owed to the fact that it offers Chinese users a break from the laborious work of typing in Chinese characters, which requires searching for characters that convey both the correct meaning and pronunciation.
"Typing out Chinese characters is such a pain, so it was easy to adapt to voice message because it's very convenient"


"The practical benefit of saying an awful lot without having to turn your slightly inarticulate thoughts into an articulate email is obvious," Young, who is also a friend of mine, tells me in an audio note.

Dear Cthulhu, take me now!
One of the main reasons I LIKE email is that it gives the sender time to organize their thoughts. Much better than listening to some user or boss hem and haw and backtrack and contradict themselves wasting endless minutes of my life.

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