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Comment Re:30 years? (Score 3, Insightful) 173

I do shudder a bit to think where it will all lead eventually, but the change has been going on for an incredibly long time (likely over a century) so to attribute it to services and companies that have only existed for a decade or two is rather nonsensical.

I wouldn't worry too much, these trends are apparently based on very mainstream stuff. "Hit songs" as the TFA puts it. There'll always be niches where these trends don't hold sway.

Comment Re:BASIC (Score 1) 467

You're right, of course. I think I'm biased against LabVIEW because I really hate programing in it: pretty much everything about the experience annoys me. In addition, it's too easy to write shit code in LabVIEW. If you work with people who aren't disciplined programmers and you give them LabVIEW, horrible things happen. If you give those same people Python or MATLAB the consequences are less disturbing. I can see that LabVIEW would be amazing for knocking up a quick GUI to get something done, but it's not for me. Thankfully there are DAQmx wrappers that allow people like me to use the NI hardware in a variety of languages without resorting to LabVIEW.

Comment Re:Don't forget those (Score 2) 200

Not being able to hear what's going on around you is just IMHO silly.

Given the general level of background noise in busy cities, coupled with the fact that most cars made in the past 2 decades are pretty damn quiet when not accelerating (where the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities occur), I highly doubt this makes a difference.

I don't doubt it at all. When I walk with noise-caceling headphones around town I really feel the difference in terms of knowing what's around me. I make a habit of being much more cautious about turning my head fully to look around and checking twice. I would never ride a bicycle with those things. I see others doing it, though.

Comment Re:Why not go the whole nine yards? (Score 2) 169

The only bit I don't quite understand is why they don't piece together some completely mammoth DNA, and try to grow that in an artificial uterus? What would the additional complications be, beyond hacking together an elephant-mammoth hybrid like they propose?

I think because there is no confidence that we have an error-free mammoth genome. So it seems much more likely that modifying the elephant genome will yield success.

Comment Re:More Fake News And Drama From The Left (Score 2) 659

As the CNN megapixel graphic showed, the Trump crowd was larger than reported. This seems a silly thing to fight over, since Trump's supporters are less likely to attend an inauguration than a rally anyway.

Really, though, why does this matter at all? Hint: it doesn't. The fuss over this was generated to take some attention away from the rally on the next day. This administration will seek to control journalists by distracting them and diluting their ability to ask the tough questions.

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