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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

AdamThor Re:You want an idea? How about we fund NASA? (352 comments)

Indeed! The actual key in our current generation is to provide consistent direction and funding to NASA. As it is, every president comes in, makes some big talk about the Moon or Mars or something, no resources are allocated, and the next president in line makes a different set of commitments.

A framework for a large-scale goal that is capable of withstanding our political situation is the thing we lack.

about two weeks ago

Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

AdamThor Re:Study is quite incomplete (261 comments)

"will get you there in about the same time as zoom stop zig zag zoom stop zoom stop and be more pleasant"

Well, if you're into the driving, it's the zoom, stop, zig (etc) that you want. If what you're into is being at your destination then time and relaxation become part of the equation.

"I've come to realize the same as I got older. I used to own a small sports car and drive my commute as spiritedly as I could. Now, I realize my commute in a large German sedan at a leisurely pace is maybe 5 minutes longer but far more pleasant and relaxing."

I think the interesting thing is that a large German sedan is aimed at a leisurely pace (or maybe a rapid pace on the autobahn, but not so much at zipping and weaving). The small sports car is aimed at turns and acceleration. Either car will give you pleasure when driven to its strong suite. The same driver in either car will move toward being a "leisurely" or "zig-zag" type driver.

Your preference for one or another, to a degree, is dependent on the what the car you drive is good at.

I think the notion that one is intrinsically more pleasurable is an illusion, attributable to your own specific situation.

about a month ago

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

AdamThor Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Car loans are the new house loan. A Car Loan Company with a means of dealing with repossession would end up looking at the value proposition you describe. But they want to bundle and sell car loans these days. The buyer of the loan (on a depreciated car) could not really be said to be at low risk because they're not really prepared to do anything should you miss a payment. But a nearly automated lender response to late / non-payment makes these loans more sale-able.

Missed payment remote kill options are about financial debt bundling and sale.

Some similar financial melt-down is probably on the horizon in that market.

about a month ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

AdamThor HALO (368 comments)

Remember when everyone was excited about this game in development called "Halo", and MS went and bought that up?

Not too surprised here.

about 1 month ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

AdamThor Re:Good! (619 comments)

"At this stage the tax should be on the odometer; read and applied when you renew your insurance."

I heartily agree! But you know they're just dying to mandate GPS in your car so they can track you... for taxation.

I'm down with paying by the odometer (maybe by withholding as income tax, so you don't get a big hit when the odo gets read), but I worry that the government would take the next step to GPS.

about 4 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

AdamThor Re:Why would I buy a Prius (377 comments)

"What can I say, I like fast cars. And electrics get you efficiency and torque."

Have you seen any of the electric motorbikes? They are starting to get good reviews, and that's from a "fun" standpoint rather than a "green" one.


about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

AdamThor Re:Don't. (408 comments)

In much the same way as a security system, be it alarms or cameras: by making it easier for the police to apprehend the criminal.

Neither of these things actually prevents someone from kicking down your door while you're away and grabbing something and running away with it.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

AdamThor Re:Don't. (408 comments)

Copying down serial #'s for your equipment is the action nobody ever takes. It's the low-hanging-fruit when it comes to theft preparedness.

about 5 months ago

Wretched Ride: PS4 Driveclub Game Rental Tied To Paid Subscription

AdamThor Re:Hey remember that E3 promo? (93 comments)

Oh, uh, you weren't actually expecting anyone to actually back away from a model like this, were you?

about 6 months ago

Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

AdamThor Re:And this is why.... (164 comments)

Adblock plus has a stopper for those things. The list to subscribe to is called "Antisocial".

about 6 months ago

Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

AdamThor Re:Unsurprising ... (300 comments)

"My immediate reaction to seeing Facebook was buying it was "well, there goes some promising technology"."

Everyone still loves the VR idea though. I think Notch and all the others will just be looking for the runner up product. Which all the Me-To folks are working on. Sony and Xbox are already on that train, I understand. Hopefully there will be someone to sell me one without a walled garden that they're trying to push.

How much IP is there around the oculus? I understood the rift to be mostly an implementation of better / newer technology, not so much new invention, but I could be off. How hard will it be for others to pick up the baton?

about 7 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

AdamThor Re:Kickstarter is not an investment (535 comments)

"It what sense is this like being killed off?"

Oculus wanted to sell you a monitor. It's in 3D, it straps to your face, it tracks your head, it does a bunch of way-cool stuff, but fundamentally it's just a screen.

Facebook doesn't want to sell you a screen. Or a keyboard, or a THING. They want to sell you an ECOSYSTEM. They want you to provide them with your data. They want you to be their product. Their continuing revenue stream.

I just want the screen.

about 7 months ago

Bringing Speed Reading To the Web

AdamThor Feature Request (47 comments)

Dictionary of white listed words 6th grade reading level (to be displayed at max speed, the rest at a settable sub-speed)
Long words broken up by syllable
Dead-man switch - hold down to keep reading release to pause and display Fwd and Rew

about 8 months ago


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