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Comment I can see it now (Score 1) 23

Just a couple of seconds before the collision the AI releases control of the vehicle back to the human and wakes up Leroy because he ain't never seen no accident like this one. :)

Seriously, this looks like the perfect way for the AI to not be held responsible for any accidents. What are they going to think of when there is no option (no steering wheel, pedals, etc.) for a human to take control?

Comment What happened to the 2018 Surface Phone? (Score 1) 63

I thought the big plan was for them to step back for a year and finally get a low-powered x86 mobile chip and clean the market up with the Surface Phone. It would be a portable PC with docking and all that.

Now they are just going to shit the bed with a Samsung co-brand? Really?

Sounds like a really explosive idea!

Comment Re:As opposed to? (Score 1) 34

Can you name any government program that involved a transfer of more power and private money to any private industry?

One more time, not what I'm arguing. What I said is that it can be two things.

Can you find the profound differences between the ACA and the Ryan proposal that just fell?

Sure, let me google that for you. But my favourite is the CBO report:

The Congressional Budget Office on Monday projected that the House leadershipâ(TM)s American Health Care Act would result in 24 million Americans losing their health insurance while raising premiums for those covered on the individual market. Their bill would lower federal deficits by $337 billion over 10 years, largely as a result of cuts to Medicaid that would reduce its enrollment by 14 million, according to the estimate. Average premiums would rise by as much as 20 percent in 2018 and 2019 before falling in later years.

Wow, exactly the same!

Just because the mandate is gone doesn't mean the industry will be making any less money, indeed it accelerates their ability to make money in several important ways.

Something else we're not arguing about...

24 million people are now buying health care on the market because the law says they have to.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You. Didn't. Even. Try.

I already laid out exactly why the ACA was the bill that the GOP wanted

Nope, you just made assertions without proof. If that's the standard you have for "laid out exactly", I'm gladdened you're not a schoolteacher.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 624

If you think a lawyer (using this occupation as a placeholder) in Mississippi and a lawyer in New York don't have largely similar standards of living when compared to lawyers in the rest of the world, then we are both using English but not using the same language.

You were talking about free trade in the post that I replied to. You seemed to imply that you find it acceptable, within the context of the EU, because the member-states have similar standards of living and labor laws. This is false. As I said, we do not even have similar standards of living and labor laws within the United States. Indeed, a lot of corporations go out of their way to locate their facilities within so-called "right to work" States, where wages are lower and the legal balance is tilted more in the employer's favor.

The same trend has been happening for years within the EU. Most of the Nokia phones I purchased over the years were made in Romania. Why? Wages are cheaper there than they are in Finland. Romania is the South Carolina of the EU and Nokia moved production there for the same reasons that Boeing built their new plant in South Carolina rather than Washington.

You're right to say that a lawyer in Mississippi will have a similar standard of living to a lawyer in New York. He may even have it better; he'll make less money than the New York lawyer, but the cost of living is significantly cheaper, so much so that he may effectively be richer than his New York counterpart. That doesn't change the fact that New York has it better when we look at average metrics, things like educational attainment, life expectancy, obesity rates, etc. And if we want to talk about labor laws and regulations, well, there's no contest between the Northeast and the Gulf Coast.

Comment Re:SJW only allow missionary position (Score 1) 646

I've yet to see anyone routinely slapped with the SJW label who supports Drupal's actions here. It might be because kink-shaming is actually anti-social justice. But you'll never get the Gamergate/MRA/Alt-Reichters that infest Slashdot these days to admit that.

Comment Re:Hell, it's about time. (Score 1) 250

Anita Sarkesian tells us were having wrongfun if we enjoy mainstream video games

No, she's never said anything remotely similar. In fact, most of her videos start with her, fruitlessly apparently, pointing out it's totally OK to enjoy media that has themes that could be critiqued.

. The folks at WorldCon tell us we're having wrongfun if we enjoy good SF books without regard to the political leanings of the authors

The only people who have told us we need to vote for science fiction books on the basis of the ideologies they represent are the two puppies groups, who were formed because they didn't like the opinions implied or expressed by recent Hugo winners, winners selected by over 10,000 ordinary science fiction readers. Worldcon is not one of the puppies groups.

It sounds, to me, that you're living in the right wing bubble, where people tell each other nonsense about liberals, and even do the exact things they claim not to do. When was the last time a Sarkeesian critic saw a game with, say, a black medieval knight or a transgender galactic gunslinger, and said "I'm totally fine with that and not going to complain at all, I personally don't like games like that, but I appreciate there's an audience for people who do"?

Comment Re:"Green" technologies aren't sufficient. (Score 2) 237

not because they think it's genuinely the optimal solution for any real world problem

Three words: Base load power.

Even the most optimistic assessment of solar and wind do not envision them as a replacement for the base load. I'm only aware of two carbon-neutral sources for base load power: nuclear and hydro. The latter doesn't have much room left for growth, certainly not enough to replace coal and natural gas, so what does that leave you with?

Frankly, I don't see how anyone that accepts anthropological climate change can be against nuclear power. If you believe the impact of climate change to be as bad as many say it will be then the economics of nuclear power are irrelevant. It's a necessary investment to bring down carbon emissions.

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 313

I was 8 years old when I wrote my first BASIC program on an Apple ][ E. I felt that same world-changing around me sensation.

I didn't get my first modem until I was 18. I was away at college and discovered BBSes, Gopher, Telnet, MUDs, MUSHs and IRC networks.

I was exposed to people from different walks of life, from different corners of the planet and of different points of view.

I'm far from the most open-minded person around but I know and appreciate the differences between people so much more than I would have if that experience of learning to code hadn't expanded my mind when I was 8 years old.

I hope that this young lady gets to experience some of what you and I did when beginning the journey.


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