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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Cabriel Re: Citation Needed (255 comments)

Predictability and adaptability. A backhoe is good for very few things. In the same way, the Curiosity is only good at what it was designed to do. It can't adapt.

Humans, on the other hand can take the tools provide and experiment outside of pre-planned parameters. If something unexpected comes up, we have to build a whole new machine to deal with that and then we have to send it there. IN ADDITION, we can't just send a machine that does just one thing because that's terribly expensive, so we have to wait until a variety of EXTRA test labs can be added to the machine to bring down the cost-per-experiment to reasonable levels.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Cabriel Re: Unfortunately (179 comments)

This is actually not often true. It's not one manager reading a report that one guy makes versus one manager logging into a dashboard and sparing one guy some time. It's one guy spending time to make a report so *many* managers can read it in their inbox. It's not one manager spending 30 minutes once to set up the dashboard the way he wants, it's *many* managers having to do it.

In my case, I'm the guy that makes the report every day and sending off one email so that 6 managers above me don't have to each spend 15 minutes messing around with it because their time is better spent elsewhere.

4 days ago
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John Carmack's Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing

Cabriel Re:HMD is the wrong path (88 comments)

Sword Art Online taught me that lesson.

4 days ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

Cabriel Re:Of course it does. (173 comments)

It's a metaphor. The only people who take it literally are trolls and people who don't know what trolls are.

4 days ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Cabriel Re:Third option (421 comments)

I doubt most people buy it because it's thin. Most people buy it because it's new, and powerful, and new. Because having the hottest new item is more important than what it looks like.

Me, personally? I buy the iPhones because they are solid and even with all the abuse I've put mine through, they haven't broken or bent except for a single crack across the top of the screen caused when I accidentally allowed it to fall face-first onto a large, sharp rock.

about a week ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

Cabriel Good idea (75 comments)

The best way to generate interest is include it with something the consumer would buy anyway and let them tell their friends what they did with it.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Cabriel Re:More importantly (393 comments)

And neither does an internal combustion engine, either. Your point?

Wait. If an IC Engine stops working, and it costs $15k-$45k to replace, don't people normally scrap their car and get a new one? Isn't that what's being suggested for the electric cars (in essence) when a battery fails, if it costs about the same as an IC Engine?

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Cabriel Re:Maybe 40k (393 comments)

What are the two biggest price-determining factors in a market economy? Supply and Demand.

With Tesla's Giga-factory, Supply should be adequately covered.
With a $35 000 price point, I'm pretty sure Demand will be more than adequately covered.

I doubt drop in the cost of the batteries will remain constant/linear once the Tesla battery factory(ies) start production.

about two weeks ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Cabriel Re:Spoilers (131 comments)

I don't see why this is such a huge deal in the US. Why not both allow so-called "Fast Lanes" and also mandate a high minimum for the "Not-so-fast Lanes" which will prevent ISPs from serving subpar rates to customers?

about two weeks ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Cabriel Re:Great idea! (231 comments)

When I was bullied, neither my money nor my pride were the target. They just wanted to look strong in front of their friends, and I did not have the strength of muscle to fight back.

about two weeks ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Cabriel Re:Not about ease, about authority (231 comments)

So if a new child comes in and isn't in a class photo, then what? Bring the professional photographer back in at more expense to the school and inconvenience to the class? or worse: What if the cafeteria worker is having a bad day and decides to point at the wrong kid, draining money from the wrong account to punish the bad kid's parents?

Fingerprint readers aren't any more invasive than School IDs but they do reduce liability and responsibility of the staff.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Cabriel Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

Science is agnostic. It makes no statements about God, gods or Non-gods. Science doesn't need to place value on anything. Atheists don't own science and science is not a religion. By trying to make it the Atheists' religious thing, Science becomes weakened and non-credible.

I'm *not* saying Atheism is weak and non-credible. However, trying to make Science into a religious icon will certain cause all of humanity to suffer.

about two weeks ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Cabriel Re:So? (140 comments)

Identity Theft is not worthy of jail time?

about three weeks ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Cabriel Re:Quite accurately? (171 comments)

It should have read

"Astronomers can calculate quite precisely how much lithium they expect to find..." if they had to use an adjective at all.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Cabriel Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (506 comments)

And what about for a situation the car doesn't have programmed to deal with? Such as narrowly avoiding an accident that takes up the road in front of it? How does a driverless car deal with that? Just sit there assisting in blocking traffic? What about when an officer on the road is directing traffic? What about when something else is blocking the lane of traffic, like road construction where the workers direct traffic into the lane travelling the opposite direction?

Yes, human error is most likely to cause accidents, but that doesn't mean there's no need at all for a steering wheel for the just-in-case moments that Google didn't think of ahead of time or just can't deal with in software.

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Cabriel Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

One who is aware of this could check up to 10 drinks for their friends. Through effectiveness, that one might be able to convince others. Everything starts with a few who convince others.

Look at Google, for example. It used to be a nerd-only thing (I remember a time before Google was). Now, I can't think of anyone who doesn't understand when someone says "just google it".

But, really, if you want to educate people, teach them to drink only from a bottle and to keep their thumb over the neck when they aren't drinking it. Alternatively, convince them that if they ever take their eyes off of their drink, even for a second, and there are other people within arm's reach, just leave the drink and hit the dance floor for a while then get a new drink.

The only "safe" way to drink open drinks (cocktails/hiballs) is to drink them all in one go over a period of five or ten or fifteen minutes without putting down the drink, then do something else for a while, like dance or get some fresh air or hit the washroom, or just have a conversation with someone. If you're concerned about getting too drunk, a good bartender will not judge anyone, especially women, for ordering water, and if the bartender does give the person a hard time about it, that person should never return to that bartender.

Obviously, the safest way is to not go to the bar, but no one will listen to that advice, so if they're going to go out, they should be well-informed with good advice.

about a month ago

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