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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

morgauxo That's no real Thai! (100 comments)

That's no real Thai! It's a robot.

yesterday
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

morgauxo So? (262 comments)

What's wrong with calling Tesla a "fringe brand". Sorry but if you can afford a Tesla you ARE on the fringe!

I don't think that really says anything bad about Tesla itself. Any new car company in the US that can survive as long as Tesla has in the face of the big three has nothing to be ashamed of. The fact that the cars are relatively expensive.. of course they are! They aren't as mass produced as other cars are! Now if Tesla manages to get their cars to a point where they are no longer fringe and a regular person can and is likely to purchase one... that would be awesome! Even if they never get that far, even if Tesla closed up shop tonight I'd say lasting this long in the face of super entrenched and government supported incumbents was a good accomplishment.

2 days ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

morgauxo Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (165 comments)

My point was more than just that you can write spaghetti code in every language. It was also that you can write good code in any language. (except for obvious exceptions that are designed to be difficult.. I didn't want a 'what about Braifuck' reply)

I think sometimes new languages are being presented a a 'cure' to bad programming. new language constructs and rules are designed to try to force a bad coder to be a good one. As a result we get an endless churning of languages obsoleting old code and making more work for programmers to keep up to date. And yet.. in the end it doesn't even work. Bad programmers still find a way to write bad code. There is no cure for a bad programmer except to realize that they are one and make an effort to learn to do better or just quit.

5 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

morgauxo Re:if you're not doing anything wrong..... (211 comments)

Now that the Democrats have pretty much turned into Republicans who else is there? If you think our two main parties are bad have you ever looked at our third parties? At voting time we pretty much get to chose between plain self-serving evil and batshit crazy evil.

5 days ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

morgauxo Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (165 comments)

I think it depends more on the coder. Spaghetti code can be written in any language. Good, readable code can be written in almost any language (not sure about Brainfuck). Some languages go farther to force the user to write good code than others but it's still a choice.

about a week ago
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Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

morgauxo Re:Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (173 comments)

My favorite is the story of the Apollo 11 guidance computers' ROMs being woven by little old ladies.

about a week ago
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SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

morgauxo Re:Comcast will love that... (48 comments)

Wireless will never have the same potential for bandwidth that wired internet access has. It's up to the wired providers to actually implement enough bandwidth that wireless can't keep up. Given the shitty near monopoly incumbent cable operators we have in the US there very well could be faster wireless providers.

about a week ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

morgauxo Re:Not a problem... (326 comments)

Cities also tend to be dirtier. They are dangerous with high amounts of crime. They discourage innovation as there is little room for building things. They have nosy neighbors who try to mandate what you can do in your own home.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

morgauxo Re:what is this even talking about? (112 comments)

Well... if you can resurrect something then it must be dead because that's what resurection is right?

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

morgauxo So, to be considered "normal", people should play (106 comments)

"So, to be considered "normal", people should play sports?"

Maybe in the 70s. I think today normal is to weigh 300+lbs and spend most of your free time sitting in front of a television (sometimes watching sports) and eating crappy food.

Occasionaly 'normal' people get lonely and tone out the tv for a few minutes to look for a mate... on the internet.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

morgauxo Re:RT.com? (540 comments)

No, no it doesn't. Governments throughout history have proven that people given power without acountability will be corupted and do bad things with it. That's why we have laws mandating things like trials in order to imprison people. Now our wonderful leaders have found a way to side-step these protections. Even if they really did this just to protect us from the truly bad people I see no reason to believe that our current set of leaders are somehow better than ever other person who ever had the power to "disappear people" without accountability. Surely they have or will abuse this new power and put someone in there that doesn't belong.

about three weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

morgauxo What's intelligence have to do with it? (269 comments)

They weren't trying to correlate intelligence with genes. They were trying to correlate educational attainment with genes. That is not the same thing. People don't always apply their full intelligence towards school. Also, doing well and going far in school doesn't prove much about one's intelligence. It proves one can remember facts long enough to regurgitate them in a test. I suppose that is a kind of intelligence but there is much more to it than that! I think that having an analytical mind and actually thinking about those facts can get in the way of the study, regurgitate, forget, repeat process and is therefore detrimental to one's grades.

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

morgauxo Re:RT.com? (540 comments)

"No-one was sent to Guantanamo for peaceful opposition of the ruling party in the US either, so no, it's not like Guantanamo either"

How do you know? With all that secrecy anyone could be there for any reason. I have no problem with the government/military imprisnoning or even killing terrorists. But nobody except those directly involved know who is in Guantanamo or why.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

morgauxo Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (364 comments)

Then you would just have people holding their phones over in the passenger area or above their heads to text. If you thought things were bad now.....

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

morgauxo Re:Driver's versus passenger - does it really matt (364 comments)

I use my smartphone to study flashcards, browse the internet (somtimes for productive reasons) and more when my wife is driving. Would all of these things be disabled too?

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

morgauxo Re:Disable moving phones at the tower (364 comments)

1) Not everyone in a moving vehicle is the driver. I can imagine no viable way for the cellphone to determine this.

2) Cellphones can provide navigation with real-time traffic updates and rerouting.

3) In much of the country radio really sucks. Pandora is better.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

morgauxo Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (364 comments)

>>The penalties should be the same as well without regard to the actual distraction.

That's so old fashioned. Get with the times! Laws against doing things are out. Laws against doing things with a ________ are where it's at today. (fill in the blank with cellphone, computer, porcupine, etc...) You have to outlaw the distracted driving tools, not the distracted driving! Otherwise you are so last century!

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

morgauxo Re:It should be (364 comments)

Outside of a few select cities it is quite a bit harder here to live without transportation. Homes, jobs and grocery stores are much farther apart. Public transportation is far less developed. Pull too many drivers licenses and you end up with a lot more panhandlers living on the street.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

morgauxo Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

-- This factory will represent 3% of the states economy.

Really? Wow, I didn't realize Arizona was that bad off! Seriously though, even if it seems to help in the short term do you really want a whole state to be dependant on one single factory for that large a piece of it's economy? Arizona, just go ask Michigan about that and then have a long, hard thinking session about the future.

about three weeks ago

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