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Comment Re:Why would anybody live in a city? (Score 3, Insightful) 104

I grew up in an idyllic suburban countryside on the banks of a river and lived a Huck Finn childhood. Everyone in our community knew everyone else. No bicycle had ever been stolen there, though it may have been left at the beach for a week. Nice for kids, but stifling and claustrophobic for me the adult.

Now I live in walking distance of the finest park in America's Finest City (urban San Diego) with the best zoo in America and a score of museums and other entertainments. I'm in walking distance of dozens of fancy night clubs, a dozen coffee shops, many restaurants, exotic grocery stores, huge farmers' market, yadda... There are at least hundreds of employers in walking distance- tech firms, medical, advertising, and retail of course. Artists, musicians, photographers, hackers & con men. I make an effort to drive the car and the motorcycle once a week to charge their batteries, but there's really no place to go.

But best is the people I meet every day. Not your typical bland Starbucks suburbanites but creative, risk taking individuals of every stripe, and OK, some homeless people but even they are a cut above the suburban homeless. I'm at the far end of 70 now and I need this stimulation or I'll be bored to tears.

Comment Re:And HSBC is a honest broker here (Score 1) 511

My search for 'hsbc ripoff' resulted in 36,000 results. This is one of the nastiest financial institutions on earth. The Wiki will explain some of the controversies around this London/Hongkong monstrosity but there is no easy way to grasp the financial pain that they have inflicted on ordinary individuals. Avoid at all cost!

Comment Re:Do we really need more people? (Score 1) 183

"In most wealthy countries, kids are a liability..."

Not quite. In wealthy countries, the One Percent need us to have more kids. When 500,000,000 hungry people are fighting over 100,000,000 jobs, we won't have the time or energy to start a revolution against the rich and powerful.

Comment Re:Journalism (Score 1) 182

In the best news sources there was always a clear distinction between 'news' and 'opinion'--entirely separate columns and on different pages in a newspaper, clearly marked where opinion reigned. The opinion was typically that of the publisher, editor or respected columnists.

That distinction has changed and even some of the most widely consumed sources mix news and opinion. Even where opinion is not obvious, a news item is often riddled with innuendo.

I have a particular bug up my butt about the use of children in the news. Any terrible event, such as civilian deaths in Syria, is made more terrible by counting the dead children. Is a dead child more significant than a dead adult? Or is it simply a pandering to the emotions of news consumers, ultimately striving for profit?

The obvious solution is to have bots present the news. Bots programmed not to have opinions or biases. This will happen, of course, and even the bots will be attacked as promoting some agenda. Meanwhile opinion will remain the primary and most profitable news source for the uneducated.

Comment an extension of SafeSearch ? (Score 1) 172

Google has long offered users an option to filter search results. No doubt many parents and some others prefer this. Why should this be a problem?

"SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit images from your Google Search results. The SafeSearch filter isn't 100% accurate, but it helps you avoid most violent and adult content."

Comment Re:2.8 Billion (Score 2) 134

"There's only 2 way Uber can turn a profit:"

Oh, ye of little imagination ...

3) Uber has a captive audience in every car. Ask yourself what Google and Facebook and TV networks do with their captive audience.
4) Uber has vast knowledge about where people go, and inferences about what people do as well as their financial and social status. Ask yourself what Google and Facebook do with similar information.
5) Uber's various conflicts with worldwide governments become an asset as they learn how to manipulate and coerce regulators. They will create favorable conditions for their present and future ambitions.

There are many ways for Uber to profit.

Comment Re:Nah (Score 2) 104

"The fact that they say it might make it to the market in ten years means it's barely more than a tenuous idea right now ..."

Yeah, and those dang 'horseless carriages' are another waste of time. What a stupid idea! Noisy stinky unreliable contraption that can't go faster than a mule.

Comment homemade 6800 (Score 1) 857

On a breadboard: 6800 CPU, 512 bytes memory, no storage. Hex keypad and eight 7segment LEDs. Assembly language in ROM. Great for creating clock, timers, thermometer, etc.

Three months later I got an Apple ][ and forgot all about the 6800. Wow, the Apple had a better keyboard, 16K RAM, big TV display, Assembly and Integer BASIC, and plenty of storage on affordable audio cassettes!

Most important was the big Red Apple Manual with detailed specifications of the computer circuits, the ROM code, memory map and even some sample programs (and many errors that made things interesting).

No, no, that's not right; most important was the user group that I helped create shortly afterwards. Two hundred people in my town, thousands more around the world ... together we helped create the social structure that led to Slashdot. Computers come and go, people are more interesting.

Comment Just the facts, Ma'am. (Score 0) 312

Um, would it be terribly wrong to wait for the facts to arrive before jumping to conclusions? I can't help but observe that many commenters have some preconceived notions in this matter.

My mind is open to the actual facts, and while they are few and fleeting, it is clear that this is all part of a Trump conspiracy, aided by Russian spies and probably more than a few Turks.

Comment aaand ... back to Amazon ... (Score 1) 95

This was about Amazon, wasn't it?

Following the links, it seems they pay ~12/hour in California for laborers. No work-at-home listings were found. You might gross $1K/month. It could be a step up for an Uber driver. But there is a cost that all job hunters pay: you give up privacy big time. They can do anything they want with your data, including altering it, now and forever; here in the words of Amazon:

"1. are acknowledging that you have read the job description for the position you are applying for and that you understand the basic requirements needed to perform the job;
2. consent to the processing, analyzing and assessment of your personal data by Amazon, salesforce.com or any other third party for the purposes of your application and for any other legitimate purposes of Amazon. For the avoidance of doubt, the âoeprocessingâ of your personal data will include but not restricted to collecting, receiving, recording, organizing, collating, storing, updating, altering, using, disseminating, distributing, merging, linking, blocking, degrading, erasing or destroying of your personal data; and
3. consent to Amazon retaining your personal data after the application process, in order to assist it with the effective monitoring of its job application processes and to your personal data being stored in an electronic database in the USA."

Comment public domain benefit (Score 1) 106

Regardless of conflicting theories, Dark Energy will live on. This is for two reasons: 1- Dark Energy is rather essential to some science fiction fantasy; and 2- Dark Energy is not copyrighted by Disney or any other litigious entity. Try using 'the Force', 'the Spice Melange', 'Sonic Screwdriver' or 'the One Ring' to explain your scifi miracles and legal problems arise.

And, hey, It's Dark, and it's Energy; what's not to like?

Comment about the IP perspective ... (Score 2) 260

A great deal of technology went into the success of the re-useable rocket. I'm curious to know how much of that is shared. In bioscience, for instance, there is much sharing of information, presumably for the public good. Does Musk share his discoveries with other space programs?

We at Slashdot all have an interest in patents and copyright. We are of many opinions but seem generally antagonistic toward locking up Intellectual Property. Should space exploration developments be shared? How would that effect or offset the expensive research necessary to pull off this re-useable rocket success?

Comment technology isn't necessary ... (Score 1) 95

I can do the same thing with hypnosis. I can convince you that piss tastes like merlot or chardonnay. I can encourage your mind to think almost anything about anything. In a group situation (such as a theater or arena) I can help thousands to believe they are drinking lemonade instead of water. Your mind is doing the work, I am simply a guide. Your mind has great potential that scientists and psychologists have yet to explore. It is frustrating that science refuses to examine hypnosis because it defies any common theory. Suggestion (a form of hypnosis) may explain this particular situation. Meanwhile, I suggest you relax and enjoy Slashdot and get a good night's sleep afterward.

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