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Comment Re:The self-driving car is blamed for human error (Score 1) 167

So people should just go around crashing into people who cut them off then?

Note that the Uber car did NOT crash into the car that cut them off. The car doing the "cutting off" ran into the Uber car (I'm assuming it hit the Uber car on its side, since TFA refers to the Uber car being knocked over on its side).

Now, it the human driver of the other vehicle decided that the Uber car had "cut him off" and crashed into the Uber car on purpose, that would fit your description nicely.

Alas, the Uber car had right of way, so it's really hard to get terribly upset at the EEEEVIL self-driving vehicle that got hit by a human who failed to stop/slow down when he was required to by law....

Comment Crime is falling with lead levels from gasoline (Score 1) 118
"So this is the choice before us: We can either attack crime at its root by getting rid of the remaining lead in our environment, or we can continue our current policy of waiting 20 years and then locking up all the lead-poisoned kids who have turned into criminals."

Comment Trump's plan to fix H1B's. (Score 1) 343

I think we have a pretty good picture of what it will be like based on his health care proposal.

1) It will somehow involve a multi-hundred billion dollar tax cut for the top 1%.

2) It will somehow remove u.s. workers protection from being replaced by H1B workers.

And no.. I'm not joking or being sarcastic.

Comment Re:Not hard to fix... (Score 2) 343

The problem is that it requires a Republican Congress to vote in favor of something that lets corporations get away with being stingy. Trump might decide to support it because he doesn't like Silicon Valley, but I can't imagine a Republican Congress siding with the little guy when it comes to money.

Comment Google's mistake: ignores pyramid of users (Score 1) 262

"Odds are, people who use advanced features are more likely to turn data harvesting off. Thus making those metrics questionable. Then again, anyone who is opposed to being monitored is not part of the Google's target audience."

Sounds likely, AC. But here is Google's mistake. There is a sort of hierarchy or pyramid of users for many application. In rough percentages:
* 1% of users might become superusers making plugins and doing all sorts of fancy things with an application.
* 10% of users might become knowledgeable about what you can do with an app and provide support and encouragement for their friends (and also rely on the 1% for support and new features like plugins).
* 89% as all the rest just use the app and ask the 11% for help.

If you decide to design your platform for the 89%, you alienate all the people up the pyramid who provide free support and evangelism for the product and who guide the product in new directions. As Eric von Hippel at MIT has done studies showing that most (like 80%) of innovations are customer suggestions; so, you also cut yourself off from customer-led innovation.

I'm really going to miss "close tabs to the right" which I use frequently (and yes I have telemetry turned off too). If there is not a plugin possible for that, removing that feature is definitely going to reduce my liking of Chrome (which I use on a Chromebook). Now, maybe by itself that one change won't make me abandon Chrome (as if there are many great alternatives with Firefox/Mozilla fiascos) -- but, add up enough of these misguided decisions, and the odds will continue to change.

Comment It figures (Score 0, Flamebait) 343

The republicans have set themselves up as the party of "no". When the Democrats were in their attitude was to block everything, no compromise, no middle ground. Well, it still seems they're using this tactic now, except it's between themselves, not aimed at the democrats.

Unless they can figure out how to compromise rather than merely impede then they will find themselves utterly unable to govern. Trump is the same. His bully style tactics work as a CEO because you can fire anyone who stands in his way. The president can't do that. I look forward to the fireworks.

Comment Re:currently? (Score 3, Interesting) 66

currently 40,000 years ago.

Umm, no.

First off, it's not in our galaxy, so the 40Kyears from galactic center is irrelevant to how far in the past the event was.

Secondly, it's moving about 2200 km/s. So it has moved 40k ly from its original position at or near its galactic center over the last 5.4 megayears.

Plus, of course, the time the light has taken to get here. No, I'm not going to read TFA to find out how far away it is to determine more precisely when it happened because...

Ultimately, of course, relativity says that talking about when something happened in a galaxy far, far, away is completely meaningless anyways....

Comment Re:I know (Score 1) 250

Gosh, you finally figured out that judging something "offensive, sexist, and bigoted" is a matter of opinion?

OK, the problem is that you're incredibly thick.

You can hold an opinion that something is sexist. That doesn't make it sexist. If your opinion is demonstrably false, then holding that opinion makes you stupid. If your opinion is based on a continued and intentional misunderstanding of a word, then that also makes you stupid. \You holding a misplaced opinion that Sarkeesian is sexist does not in fact make her sexist, it simply demonstrates that you have flies buzzing round inside you skull and little else.

Now apply that newfound insight to FeministFrequency itself: "it's just like her opinion".

Well done! You finally understand!

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