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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

bluegutang Re:Metrosexuals (258 comments)

Or you could be like me, and take a train to work every day because it's only somewhat slower than driving and lets me work/read Slashdot for the duration of the ride.

I'm not a metrosexual. Trust me, I wear socks with sandals. :)

5 hours ago

Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

bluegutang Re:That's nothing (187 comments)

North Korea just anounced they've already cloned one (and a unicorn as well).


5 days ago

A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

bluegutang Re:Scaling (200 comments)

Would that be the flying spaghetti monster?

about a week ago

Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

bluegutang Re:Wouldnt surprise me if there is a sat photo (339 comments)

I bear a charmèd life, which must not yield
To one of woman born.

Despair thy charm,
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb
Untimely ripped.

about a week ago

Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

bluegutang Re:No you don't, you just remember incorrectly (231 comments)

"(that didn't apply to said indigenous people, or the slaves that were imported) to try and protect it. Then in the 19th century, half the country tried to repress the other half - destroying their entire way of life"

You're condemning the US both for allowing slavery and for abolishing slavery? Doesn't seem like you're coming to this subject from an unbiased place.

about two weeks ago

I expect to be conventionally alive ...

bluegutang Re:3 to 5 Years (187 comments)

Your name is "Bigbutt" and you expect to die like your male family members in your mid-50s.
Please talk to your doctor about bariatric surgery.

about two weeks ago

Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

bluegutang Re:Where is (198 comments)

Actual discussion:
Parent "I want #Ebola vaccine for my child"
Doc "There isn't one, but we have #flushot"
Parent "We don't believe in that"

about two weeks ago

In this year's US mid-term elections ...

bluegutang Re:Missing Option (551 comments)

It's an optional, anonymous poll, you overly sensitive clod.


about three weeks ago

China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

bluegutang Re:Never heard of it (88 comments)

Actually, most cities in the eastern half of the US are close enough to support high-speed rail between them. In fact, a privately funded high-speed rail project is currently being planned between Houston and Dallas. High-speed rail already exists over much longer distances in countries like France, Spain, and Russia.

about three weeks ago

How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

bluegutang Re:Do you charge your phone every day? (415 comments)

Back in the day, I had to keep my computer plugged into the wall whenever it was on, and any transient electric drop would make it restart. Now, I carry it around in my pocket and charge it once a day. Sounds like an improvement.

about three weeks ago

A Library For Survival Knowledge

bluegutang Re:Wishful thinking (272 comments)

There are plenty of raw materials left. They are concentrated in deposits commonly known as "landfills".

about a month ago

Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

bluegutang This conference is incredibly stupid... (1007 comments)

but since when it is a university's job to censor stupidity?
Let the conference go on, and have a good laugh at it.
Once upon a time, universities were places where ideas could compete, and the, um, fittest ideas would survive. Maybe not any more.

about a month ago

How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

bluegutang Re:I can't stand coupons (163 comments)

One important use for coupons is price discrimination. You might be willing to pay up to $1 for a gallon of milk, while a super-rich person might be willing to pay up to $100 if there were no alternative. But because the rich person can buy at the same grocery story as you, the store loses the potential $99 in profit. In a competitive marketprice, loss of profits for the store translates into higher prices for everyone. Coupons are one rough form of adjusting prices - rich people think that collecting coupons is not worth their time, while poor people collect coupons, so poor people pay somewhat lower prices on average.

about a month ago

Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

bluegutang Re:They are competitors (328 comments)

Remember when Microsoft used its monopolistic position in one market (OSs) to unfairly favor its product in another market (web browsers)?

How is that different from Apple using its position in the high-end phone market to unfairly favor its product in the headphone market?

about a month ago

As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

bluegutang Re:Data centers? (407 comments)

Because many prisons are in the middle of nowhere, without public transportation or access to jobs? That's an obstacle.

about a month ago

Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

bluegutang Re:Bitch-ass whiners got their feelings hurt (387 comments)

Linus puts dumbasses in their place to keep the project running smoothly.
Jobs was a sociopath.
I guess both could be called "assholes", but they are very different kinds of "asshole".

about a month ago

PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

bluegutang Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

Of course, with $35 million in annual revenue, who can afford to take care of the animals, what with paying all the salaries for the people working for PETA to exploit them? PETA's job is to raise funds to pay PETA salaries.

Reminds me of the Westboro Baptist Church...

about a month ago

Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

bluegutang Re:Perspective (135 comments)

Of course, the number of C. dificile infections is not doubling every few weeks these days.

about a month ago


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