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Comment Re: Wow... (Score 4, Informative) 215

I don't think that's the driver's fault. The pedestrian essentially darted out into traffic, not giving enough time for a human driver to react. However the autopilot, which presumably has a quicker response time, was able to react without driver intervention.

Now, had the pedestrian gone through a crosswalk and had there been roadsigns to notify the driver as such, but the driver was relying on autopilot and the pedestrian got hit? Driver's fault.

And yes, you can have it both ways here. Why? Because it is made pretty clear that autopilot is more of a convenience and in the right circumstances it can correct driver error (including errors made by other drivers and pedestrians,) but at the same time it is not intended to be a replacement for an actual driver, nor is it ever advertised as such. This means that ultimately you, the driver, are responsible for correcting the autopilot, but the autopilot is not responsible for correcting you.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 1) 80

"Christians" is not some homogeneous and monolithic entity

No shit. I never claimed otherwise.

And being prejudiced against something in and of itself is not bad, providing the prejudice is based on some sort of sound reasoning. For instance, I'm completely prejudiced against racists, but that hardly makes me a bigot.

I think you just did a really good job of demonstrating your own poor judgement. You've never lived their life, so you don't know why they might have a particular point of view. For example, think of a woman who has been repeatedly raped and now hates men; you aren't going to change this woman's mind by prejudging her.

As for myself, I'll have a beer with a black guy, a redneck, a kkk member, a black panther party member...so long as they're not being hostile to me, it doesn't matter. The left, and especially people like you, have completely failed to learn from Martin Luther King Jr, which is your problem, not mine.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 1) 80

Go back and review the comments regarding Brandon Eich, Cliven Bundy, that guy who owned the LA Lakers, that Duck Dynasty guy, and probably half of Steve King's remarks. You can even see it in the discussions here on Slashdot. If you've never observed that tendency, I can only say you may need to pay a bit more attention.

These are really dumb examples because none of them have been particularly set back by those comments, except for the Lakers guy who was set up by a jilted wife/girlfriend/whatever to say those things. If you just listen to the conversation, it's obvious the woman he was talking to was deliberately baiting him into saying those things, and it was very likely taken out of context as well.

Either way, he hasn't come forth demanding his right to be able to say those things without civil consequence, and neither has anybody else.

Sorry but you're retarded, and so is the rest of your needlessly lengthy post.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 4, Insightful) 80

They want to say blatantly racist or bigoted things and not have anyone say "Hey wait a minute, that was horrible a prejudiced and wrong."

Such as? Be specific.

And on that note, there are lots of things that are bigoted that the left doesn't seem to have a problem perpetuating. For example, it's considered totally acceptable to bash rednecks and Christians, even though doing so is by definition bigotry. How many times on an internet forum do you see people say "murica'"? Again, by definition that is bigotry. Have a look at the "unfair campaign"; again, bigotry. Need I go on? Why is bigotry acceptable so long as it's popular?

It also occurs to me that you yourself are being bigoted against the Trump camp.

Say you hate Mexicans. Say you hate Muslims.

I haven't seen any of these things out of the Trump camp. I've seen comments to the effect of restricting their entry into the country (and given the impact that the later is having on Europe, there may be wisdom to that -- I don't know -- but it would be a very clear cut violation of the first amendment, so it cannot be done.)

But to imagine that other members of society have to keep their mouths shut or that people can't condemn you for it, well that's not demanding free speech, that's demanding that only you have those kinds of freedoms, and everyone else just has to accept it and keep their mouths shut.

I haven't seen this out of them as well (and my comments about bigotry on the part of the left have nothing to do with this; rather, that is to point out that it's pretty hypocritical to call out bigotry on the part of others when I have yet to meet a single person who hasn't exhibited some form of bigotry, myself included.)

Trump doesn't represent some grand bastion of free speech.

I didn't say he does, rather I'm pointing out how idiotic (and indeed hypocritical) it is to protest a convention.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 3, Interesting) 80

Not that he's dumb, but Penn Jillette has empowered manchildren in a pretty fun way. Libertarians love him, because he's a libertarian, but this is the same block who is so quick to cut down celebrities who express political views. In other words, you're getting your talking points from a financially successful magician.

He cuts down celebrities who are being deceptive. This is something that the best magicians tend to be well known for, and indeed are responsible for effectively killing bunk sciences and professions like parapsychology, cryptozoology, psychics, faith healing, and exorcism. In this regard, Penn Jillette comes in the same vein as Harry Houdini and James Rhandi.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

If you have netflix (or torrent your movies) I recommend watching the movie "An Honest Liar", it's pretty entertaining to watch how he brought down the field of parapsychology and scammers like Peter Popoff.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 1, Insightful) 80

Disclaimer: I am NOT a republican and I DO NOT support Trump even the slightest bit.

Perhaps the problem is that you're trying to justify what amounts to laziness and apathy with what you think sounds like informed cynicism, but what to others sounds like playground-level petulance. When you boil it down, what you're really saying is a Cartmanesque "Screw you guys, I'm going home."

There's wisdom in that. The political discourse in this country is really stupid, and it seems to mostly come from the left, but the right does it a little bit as well. For perfect case in point, why the FUCK would you protest a gathering of a political party? That is to say, what exactly are you protesting? Their right to peacefully assemble? Their right to speak their minds? I must be missing something huge because I really have no idea what is wrong with either of those things. I highly value free speech, and free speech means people can say things that you don't like. And to further that, why is it that if somebody says something that the left doesn't like, they almost immediately have to label it as racist, misogynistic, or otherwise hateful against a particular group when it practically never does any of the above? I keep hearing the word "racist" get thrown about Trump, however I've yet to hear anything from him that is definable as racist. So he wants to have tighter controls against illegal immigration, mainly directed at Mexico...umm...Mexico isn't a race.

It's not so much a "screw you guys, I'm going home" moment, it's more of one of these moments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Re: Good! (Score 1) 606

Going from lawyers to mechanics isn't exactly a huge leap forward. That's the point, that there is no labor shortage, not in the labor market overall. There is a shortage of demand. Some fields are doing okay, like the blue collar trades that you mentioned, largely due to the fact that they're both harder to automate and relatively immune to globalization-related concerns, which helps keep demand high. Other fields, not so much, because if there was, you'd easily be able to point to evidence and say "See, they really can't find people to do $job! They're offering ludicrously high salaries and still these positions go unfilled!", much like you just pointed to those trades, which account for only a tiny share of the labor market, and as such are more the exception than the norm.

I think they're more in demand than most people realize. As for myself in particular, I went to become a network engineer, and I haven't had any difficulty finding work at all. Hell, I got laid off earlier this year and when I got hired at a new place only 60 days later my salary went up by about 60%. Aircraft mechanics can easily make more money than I do (about $80k/yr.) Dental hygienists easily make more money than I do. And all three of these are jobs where once you have the training, it's stupid how easy it is to find a job. You'll easily make more than $70k/year in even the lowest wage areas after you have 1-2 years of on the job experience in any of these, and none of these require a four year degree, rather all of these can be acquired from community college level training.

Comment Re: Precisely placing atoms is not new. (Score 1) 68

Either way, because this requires an extremely cold temperature, it will likely never even end up in even the most state-of-the-art datacenter, nevermind your PC. This is one of those neat yet 100% impractical things that come around every so often. Could a derivative of this technology some day become practical? Maybe, but not with the copper/chlorine combination seen here. I think DNA based storage would probably come sooner.

Comment Re: Good! (Score 3, Informative) 606

I think the main problem is that people are going into jobs that there isn't any actual demand for. For example, I've actually met somebody who majored in History and then complains that he can't make a living wage. And I've seen many more art majors who think that the world is going to hell because not enough people care for the moronic crap art that most local art districts produce.

The same is true for some majors that actually paid a lot in the past, and otherwise may still pay a high hourly rate, but there are so fucking many people in that career that your odds of finding steady work are crap. Case in point, lawyers.

Meanwhile there are lots of jobs that pay no less than $20/hr that can't be automated and have plenty of positions that need filling: HVAC, plumbing, auto and aviation mechanics (good mechanics can easily pull a 6 figure sum, by the way) construction workers, electricians, landscapers, maintenance contractors, and many more.

I personally went to community college to become a network engineer, and I didn't borrow a cent for school either.

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