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

rednip Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (454 comments)

True, but there are those who love horses as well, yet now most people rarely even see a live horse, let alone own one.

I think two things will 'drive' the adaption to driverless cars, parking and driving. People already spend a good deal of time trying to find a parking spot. With a driverless care you'd have your own 'valet parking' everywhere and the storage location for the car isn't limited to the local area, a car could easily be sent back home (yours or its). At first parking will get cheaper and more abundant, but eventually, 'Downtown parking' will not only become almost unneeded, but it will also largely disappear and I think even suburban parking will become rare. Also, thanks to digital reflexes and networking driverless cars will be able to tailgate not only to save gas, but to keep the traffic flowing at higher volumes. I suspect that 'manual drivers' will find themselves 'locked out' of the fast lane by cars on autodrive. Sure frustrated drivers will force their way into the fast lane and jam up traffic (as they do now), but the cars will record the reckless driving, likely by a few 'angles', eventually, it'll become a citation to do it.

about three weeks ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

rednip First? (608 comments)

Maybe we're just the first to develop? Or simply faster than light travel hasn't been invented.

about 8 months ago
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Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field

rednip Re:dogs deficate not staring into the sun (222 comments)

If that was true, then wouldn't it be more likely that they'd end up in a 'east-west' alignment(or something similar depending on latitude) during daylight hours , with the facing direction dependant on time of day than 'north-south' and random directions at night. If this turns out to be a repeatable study, it's one of the most shocking discoveries ever, if only because everyone who's ever waited on a dog to 'do it's business' has seen that twist every time. Of course it doesn't really answer 'why', but at least there seems to be a method to their madness.

about a year ago
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A Look at the Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network

rednip Re:News For Nerds (406 comments)

Actually politics is one of the most 'nerdist' topics. Nerds tend to obsess over topics most would rather ignore.

about a year ago
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Laser Communication System Sets Record With Data Transmissions From Moon

rednip Re:20 mb between planets.. (43 comments)

Also, heh: "QIp vIghro' pum" is Klingon.

(fetches Okrand from the shelf...)

Hah...I get it now. I knew it! Thirteen years ago, when I bought the damned book, I knew it would come handy one day! Thank you so much.

(looks up 'Klingon translator' on google, finds oddly enough that Bing translator is the first hit)

"QIp vIghro' pum" translates to "stupid cat falls" without a 'investment' and braving more than a decade of dust.

about a year ago
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

rednip Re:please, please (478 comments)

Pass what? All I see is another crybaby objectivist whining that 'things were better when I was young'. Maybe the editor removed the 'stay off of my lawn' from the first draft.

about a year ago
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Famed ATM Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Black Hat Conference

rednip Re:Myes, myes... (110 comments)

Really? A TV show using made up science, next you'll claim that Scottie of Star Trek didn't really have any engineering skills and was simply some actor spouting out nonsense.

about a year ago
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Scientists Seek Biomarkers For Violence

rednip Re:Phrenology and undesirable traits (294 comments)

Phrenology is a great way to find such people.

I agree! Anyone who believes in such junk science should be immediately removed from society.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Mulling Joint Lunar Missions With Commercial Enterprises

rednip There's gold in them thar hills (59 comments)

There's gold in them thar hills, literally and figuratively.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

rednip Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

Actually, the Whig party fell apart before the GOP was formed, most of its northern based joined the new party. If (when) the GOP fails another party will gain steam, but not before.

about a year and a half ago
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Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy

rednip Re:Well, he's not afraid his company might fire hi (486 comments)

the insurance will not be affordable and additionally many of the plans will actually end up being inferior to what many had before.

So says the 'chicken little' AC. Next year we'll find out if everything the GOP has been claiming for the last 5 years is really true. I believe that they will be proven wrong while millions of Americans who had pre-existing conditions will be able to find coverage at normal cost and many thousands will not lose coverage in the middle of an illness. While many millions more American will find better coverage, many at significant savings than they would have paid previously.

Meanwhile, the medicare cuts made by the ACA (aka Obamacare) which the GOP claimed would kill, have contributed to a 5% savings in Medicare costs which has reduced the budget deficit even more than expected. Every year the Republicans have been claiming that we are at the doorstep of disaster, and seemingly despite their best efforts, it has not happened. The question is when the stop being pessimistic and start claiming 'victory', how do they claim Obamacare was their idea?

about a year and a half ago
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Ex-Employee Busted For Tampering With ERP System

rednip Re:I always suspect.... (178 comments)

So when a rich looking white guy (new shoes, button down shirt seems to be enough) who might have every reason to be on a particular street, gets mugged, is there anyone who claims that 'he deserved it'? Or why did all those victims in the mass shooting look all fleshy and human, just begging to be shot?

about a year and a half ago
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Google Ordered Back To UK Parliament To "Explain Itself" Following Investigation

rednip Re:It usually works like this (176 comments)

Most bad government has grown out of too much government. - Thomas Jefferson

Whenever I see a quote like that attributed to Thomas Jefferson, I always [use a popular internet search tool] to find more often than not that it's simple right wing fantasy. Why am I not surprised, that it's fake?.

Here are some more things to chew on:

  • All of our founding fathers spent their entire lives as politicians both during the colonial era and after the revolution. The idea that they were somehow 'afraid of government' is ludicrous.
  • The idea that revolution was 'a bunch of farmers with their personal guns' is ridiculous, it was funded by state governments (Continental Congress) and supported by the French crown.
  • Thomas Jefferson didn't write the Constitution, nor the bill of rights, as he was minister to France that entire time, he wasn't even on the committees. Was he really even a 'Framer'? Also, for all his views, when given the chance as a President he governed with an expansive view of both executive and federal power.

about a year and a half ago
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Businesses Moving From Amazon's Cloud To Build Their Own

rednip Re:The obvious next step... (121 comments)

After spending some time now as a corporate drone, I've come to believe that all 'major' plans are variations of either 'consolidation' or 'diversification', and that all big shifts in corporate power come from presenting the opposite of the last budgeted plan to senior management. However, it's important that the presenter get himself promoted to a new unrelated position before the halfway point of the project.

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors Loses Appeal Against BBC's Top Gear

rednip Re:Tesla need to stop being such girls (385 comments)

What I don't understand is how anyone could mistake 'Top Gear' for being a car show. I've seen it a few times on BBC America and much like Stephen Colbert mocking right wing punditry, it seem more like three comedians mocking a show about automobiles.

about 2 years ago
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Lamar Smith, Future Chairman For the House Committee On Science, Space, and Technology

rednip Re:Just vote them in to office (292 comments)

This map of districts 'servicing' downtown Austin is from the Texas's 21st congressional district on wikipedia. One should note that the street in the dead center of that mess is named 'Martin Luther King Jr', I'll leave it to the reader to figure out what the means. It includes the 25th District and the 10th district which includes both some of 'downtown' Austin and Huston suburbs. So Austin, arguably the most liberal city in Texas has three Republicans representing it.

about 2 years ago
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Man Finds Roman Gold Coin Hoard Worth £100,000 With Metal Detector

rednip Re:Spend 'Em!!! (249 comments)

Considering that soap hadn't been invented yet, ancient Rome wasn't as 'fresh smelling' as you'd seem to expect.

more than 2 years ago
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Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

rednip Re:Wow (396 comments)

As a programmer, it just seems best to use the most dangerous function ever created for a lazy coder GOTO:41621277, sure that you bushed it off quickly and seem to expect that simply restating your positions time and time again somehow will make them better, but to me at least it doesn't.

I would need to do further research to really claim the founders all agreed on this point in theory.

They didn't.

more than 2 years ago
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Endeavour Arrives At California Science Center

rednip Re:LA Astronauts? (57 comments)

I've seen lots of people though the years say such thing, I see it as sort of 'the halfway point' of a lucid point of view, not in their own lives, but generational (perhaps you're a gen-xer?). However, ask yourself this: when was the last time you muttered that word about another person? A black guy who cut you off you off on the highway, perhaps a slow store clerk, or a young man with baggy pants and a strait billed hat, statistically all them are likely tax payers and many of them have families to support.

One thing that I notice about myself is that I used the phrase 'Jesus' a lot (or could it be 'Geeze'), not that I'm religious, it's just something I say when frustrated. I'm not really sure where I picked it up I suspect that many people such as yourself have a similar fixation to 'the N word'. As I see it, rather than making a real attempt at modifying what society has (fortunately IMHO) bad behavior, you just claim to have a special use for it. Sure there are people who will harass and beat up people based on race regardless of that person's view, however it's far more likely to be a black man at the 'wrong end of the stick' than a white guy. Yet you might never acknowledge such a reality, because it wouldn't fit with your politics.

more than 2 years ago

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rednip rednip writes  |  more than 8 years ago the neo-con platform:
Tell the sluts to keep their babies.
Let the rednicks keep their guns
Make sure the fags can't be happy

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rednip rednip writes  |  more than 9 years ago Intellegent people can (and maybe need to be able to) carry on conversation which those who are less able. Pompous arrogant jerks have to tell the world why they don't need (or want to) communicate with those they deam less capable than themselves.

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