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Comment Re:I Will Fear No Evil (Score 1) 58

Well.. he started out with this story as a premise and it had lots of real hard SF promise about the implications ethical, practical, psychological, both for the transplantee and the people around them... , but then the book mostly ended up just being about fucking everything that moved. Not his best work, and its not the only Heinlein book that fell off the rails like that either.

Comment Re:Foul, oversimplification (Score 1) 546

Nobody forced him to make the claim that he was going to close Gitmo.

So everything would have been right as rain if he had pledged to 'sincerely try' instead of 'do' ? Seriously?

If he wasn't prepared to set any prisoners free that couldn't be charged with a real crime and incarcerated elsewhere, then he shouldn't have said that he was going to close the place.

Lets say he was prepared to do that. Still wouldn't have made a difference... congress wasn't going to let him do that. Not in a million years.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 5, Insightful) 546

And unlike the career politicians he's actually followed through on his promises so far. Failure to repeal Obamacare is not a lie. He made the effort.

WTF?

Obama "made the effort" to close Gitmo throughout his whole presidency, does he get credit for that?
Because a lot of people count that as a "broken promise".

It would be a pretty hypocritical that Trump gets credit for "following through on his promises" by introducing a completely stillborn turd of a bill that his own party wouldn't pass.

Or would you have called Obama a success if instead of he'd introduced a bill to just shut it down while boasting... "I'm the best negotiator, its the best bill you'll ever see, everyone is going to love it."
then two weeks later when its obviously garbage and not going to pass even his own party... he withdraws it and says, "I made the effort. now we're just going to keep it open. So there. Oh... and Mitch McConnell now owns it. It's 100% his problem now."

Comment Re:I've noticed that, but something else interesti (Score 1) 158

Those aren't errors in the GPS, but the data it's working with.

I'm curious what you'd rank as an 'error in the GPS'. I completely glossed over other classes of 'error'; such as the GPS guessing which way you are facing on a road when you start a trip so you drive six feet and then it recalculates a new route based on the fact that you are going the other direction but that's just 'bad data too'. Or then there are the times its positional reckoning is off -- so it tells you to turn but you are actually a block away from where it thinks you are but that's just 'bad data' too.

Are those errors in the GPS, Or in the data its working from...it seems to be a distiction without a difference to me.

We validate what the GPS is telling us to do, but we don't ignore it's instructions and plan our own path. If one can't turn left, they pass the turn and wait for the GPS to figure things out.

As often as not, it simply reroutes you around the block back to the same intersection you couldn't use the first time. If you are lucky it'll at least have you approach it from a new angle so you can legally turn... i've been unlucky on many occasions. And if the road is simply closed for construction or something you are boned when it does that.

If you can't get in the correct lane in time, again, no panic, just keep driving until the GPS recalculates.

Yeah, that's usually where the GPS starts insisting you make illegal U-turns at major intersections, or emergency vehicle access roads, etc...

Comment Re:I've noticed that, but something else interesti (Score 1) 158

Anyone who has been navigated by gps system though knows they make mistakes all the time. from failing to be sufficiently clear, to directing you to make a left turn across a busy 9 lane highway, to sending you down a side-street with speedbumps instead of the main street one block over, to telling you to turn left at 3pm at an intersection that is only legal to turn left at after 6:30pm... to pulling a u-turn on a divided highway...etc etc.

I don't dispute you though... because people DO seem to turn their brains off, but it makes no sense because we KNOW the computer can screw up too and will.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 249

Your quite right, flying is a PITA and a huge waste of time in general.

But sometimes, no, a video call just doesn't mean a fraction of what 'boots on the ground' means when you want to close a deal; or otherwise make an appearance.

And also for personal reasons... I know lots of people who have made 5 hour flights to attend a wedding or funeral and then flown back home the same day too. And getting some work done on the plane was part of making that 'work'.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 249

Day trips to Jordan? Short hops to Turkey? Did you even read the summary?

Did you even read the title?

"UK Flight Ban On Devices To Be Announced"

From the UK, Turkey and Jordan are well within the range of a day trip for a businessman. You can catch a 6am flight, be in Turkey for lunch, attend meetings; do dinner with a vendor, and then fly home again in the evening. Or perhaps fly from Turkey to Italy or vienna, crash in a hotel, and attend a 2 day conference there before flying home... really this isn't exactly implausible.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 249

small personal space when they whip up their laptop to do that presentation they should have done 2 weeks ago in the office.

Or they flew into London for a 2 day conference, then had a dinner meeting blowing their evening; but they plan to catch up their email, and review tweak the presentation they DID write 2 weeks ago in the office that they are presenting to a supplier straight after they land and want it fresh in their head because that's what a prepared person would do.

First the airlines crow about giving us internet access on flights, and then they take away our laptops?

There was a time not all that long ago when laptops didn't exist and you couldn't do that kind of work anyway

Wha? Did you just watch a movie where they just drank cocktails and screwed flight attendants? Where are you getting your information? In the 'long-ago before-time' they had briefcases with paperwork in them, and they'd review presentations, read and annotate contracts, write notes, review financial reports and ledgers, and do all sorts of work while in flight...

Taking away laptops in 2017 actually gives them less ability to do work in flight than they could have done in 1970 because now the contracts and presentations, charts, and graphs are on the laptop instead of in a folder.

It's not like coach...

Wait... What? So first class and business class are allowed to have their laptops; its just coach that has to sit there twiddling their thumbs. And what are you talking about... a modern ultrabook is lighter and less bulky then the folders of paper etc people used to carry around.

Comment WTF (Score 5, Insightful) 249

Wow... just nuts.

Everyone doing short hops / day trips for business is going to howl... that's basically their entire luggage. One laptop bag. Now they have to all pack them and check them? That's a huge waste of their time.

And everyone doing long hauls and bigger trips - the laptop is the entertainment for the cabin, to get work done in the cabin, and above all nobody wants to put their several thousand dollars relatively fragile laptop in checked baggage where the TSA gorillas and baggage handlers will either play frisbee with it or just steal it.

How is anyone ok with putting up with this nonsense?

Comment Re:My how times change. (Score 1) 270

There's a TON of digital currencies and other schemes and ventures out there; say you bought 100 'shares' of each of them, your 'bitcoin gains' ... might offset your losses elsewhere or not.

When the winning move is to bet on the right scheme/venture...well... good luck with that.

If you can do that reliably, let us know which penny stock or startup will be a billion dollar company in a few years. Because the odds are about as good.

Comment Re:How is this different than the economics of dec (Score 2) 318

The only thing new about these "drones" is that someone else did all the hard work already.

Which means that instead of a handful of enthusiasts who have spent large portions of their lives in the RC aircraft community it's now hundreds of thousands of random idiots who got one under the christmas tree who know absolutely nothing at all about the RC aircraft hobby and community, who haven't even read the owners manual...

Yeah, "So whats the difference?" Right?? /sarcasm

Comment Re:Zeno's Paradox (Score 4, Informative) 210

Like getting to the end of a race track cannot ever happen. To get to the end you first have to get 1/2 the way there. To get to the half way point, you first must get to the 1/4 point. To get there, you must first get to the 1/8 point. You have an infinite number of steps to get from the start to the end so there are always more steps between and you can never complete it

This is one of Zeno's Paradoxes and it is shown to be false basically because of calculus.

"Basically because of calculus" is the most hand-wavy excuse. The REASON you can reach the end of a race track is that the time to complete 'each 1/2 step' converges to zero. What if we added some 'overhead' so the time per step didn't converge to zero... then what happens? Say we add the requirement that you stop for 0.1 seconds each time you traverse another "1/2 of the remainder", now how long will it take to cross the finish line?

Answer: You won't finish. Now it WILL take infinite time.

So saying you cannot complete an infinite number of steps in a finite amount of time is wrong!

If the iterations converge to requiring zero time to complete then maybe you can complete an infinite series of them in a finite amount of time. Otherwise... nope. Forget it.

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