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Comment Re:If this is the new /. (Score 1) 227

Although give it 15 years and they'll be conservatives too. It's funny what the real world does to people's political views.

If you're a conservative when you're thirty or fifty, you were a conservative when you were fifteen. The idea that all young people are radical intellectuals passionate about changing the world is pure fantasy encouraged by youth-obsessed media.

Young or old, most people are self-centred, intellectually lazy and uninterested or afraid of change, i.e. inherently conservative.

Comment Re:If this is the new /. (Score 1) 227

Let's get back to tech, science, etc. You know "News for Nerds."

You just try and come up with a rigid definition of what is news for nerds. Go on.

For example, I think the election of a new British PM allegedly in favour of increased electronic surveillance is of much more nerd-interest than a story about some stupid Japanese mobile game for eight year olds or the latest PR-piece in favour of Uber or Elon Musk. But each to their own.

It would be impossible to exclude all mention of politics, religion, cars, ponies or anything else from slashdot without having some weird form of OCD-censorship.

Comment Re:She seem like a commie... (Score 1) 227

So the intent of this long-winded explanation is to state that you cannot judge Theresa May entirely by the votes she cast over the last six years. She was bound by practice and convention

That's a great excuse, but a garbage explanation. Tradition is never sufficient justification for anything.

If she had not gone along with that tradition, she would have lost her job. Anyway, it seems like an entirely reasonable tradition to me: if you are a member of the government, you should be 100% behind government policy, and if you're not then you should resign.

Comment Re:Wow, the UK is even more screwed up than the US (Score 1) 238

So the biased papers had people believing that if they voted "leave" they would "stay"?

Kinda, they basically told the gullible we'd be able to stop migration, keep all the money, have the influence AND still have full if not better access to the single market and all other eu benefits while simultaneously telling all the fat cats to fuck off. That's what the daily fail and co would have you believe a leave vote meant.

And don't forget, they said that if we left the EU we'd have 350 million quid a week to spend on hospitals and (probably) free blow and hookers.

If you keep repeating a lie often enough, for a lot of people it becomes the truth.

Comment Re:An article in search of a problem (Score 1) 729

Not just for daughter-cards; jumpers were required on hard drives to set master/slave.

Oh, the fucking horror. I remember it well: you actually had to look at the "manual" (folded sheet of paper) and decide between two (or even more!) different ways of putting the jumpers in. Sometimes, your computer wouldn't even start up properly first time if you just guessed!! I literally watered the motherboard with my tears, which is not really recommended.

But we survived. Kids these days don't know how easy they've got it with their Sony X-men Boxes.

Comment Re:An article in search of a problem (Score 1) 729

As we are guided through the managed decline and the gaming demographic that used to have disposable income are instead buying healthcare for their elders and paying off student loans to keep the faculty pensioners in vacation homes while dreaming of leaving their childhood bedrooms by 40, it is easy to imagine the cost to build out a capable rig being too high.

If you're still living in your childhood bedroom at 40, you've had far higher disposable income for the last 15-20 years than someone paying for a mortgage, insurance, water, electricity, repairs and so on.

Comment Re:saved lives (Score 1) 297

How many lives has Tesla saved now? Is anyone keeping count??

I would have thought that Tesla were using all the data the vehicles supposedly collect. So either Elon Musk is shy of the vast wave of good publicity this would produce and unwilling to accept the additional tens of billions of public funding/subsidies that politicians would give him, or else there's no evidence that they have saved anyone's life.

Occam's Razor suggests the latter.

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

There will not be self-driving cars in any of our lifetimes.

You nay sayer you. It's only going to take near human level AI small enough to fit in a car before we can all sit back and take a ride. That's closer than fusion power and flying cars isn't it?

Slashdot translation: it's not actually impossible, therefore it's just an engineering problem.

Comment Re:Massive Pokemon GO crashes nationwide (Score 1) 297

More people die from drunk driving every day. Every single day in the USA.

Are you doing anything about that?

I use my first drink to wash down my car key. This way I'm guaranteed not to try to drive drunk.

It causes little discomfort later, but it's better than becoming a statistic.

The only real way to guarantee you don't drink and drive is not to drive to the restaurant/bar/pub in the first place.

I'm pretty sure I'd work out a way of retrieving that car key after a dozen pints or so.

Comment Re:The summary is false. (Score 2) 297

If it drives as well as a human but no better, why bother paying Tesla for it?

Uhhh... so that I don't have to drive for 4 hours down boring interstate or handle stop and go freeway traffic?

Yes, but the point is that you obviously DO need to still concentrate on your boring journey, so it seems like a pointless feature.

"It works perfectly well until it doesn't and you die" isn't good enough.

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