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Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

thedonger Re:car (143 comments)

Everything will still look the same except they'll all be wired to the internet so every place you go to will be tracked, in the name of safety

Everything will look the same, but be a half a degree warmer.

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

thedonger Re:Let's do the math (299 comments)

Hoverboards, goddammit.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

thedonger Re:Trust (474 comments)

It sounds like cops hate anyone who is not a cop.

Hate is probably the wrong word for most cops but it would be fair to say cops don't trust anyone who isn't a cop. Cops tend to (understandably) have an us versus them world view and see everyone's actions as those of a potential suspect. Apply a bit of low grade racism and you have a real problem with police distrusting a minority population and the minority population growing to distrust the police.

If computer repair technicians had even the remotest of chances that when they worked on certain types of machines that said machines would purposefully electrocute them, they would necessarily grow to not trust those machines or machines that looked just like them, and treat them differently than other machines.

Or, if you prefer, it is easy for us to sit back and judge when our job is never actively trying to kill us.

I'm not saying I agree with stop and frisk, nor am I saying that cops are above criticism. But the public seems to hop on the anti-cop bandwagon pretty quickly. Maybe they are victims, too; a product of how we have let society evolve?

2 days ago
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

thedonger Re:Next trick (77 comments)

Are you an artificial intelligence unleashed on /. by researchers for the purpose of saying positive things about artificial intelligence researchers on /.?

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

thedonger Re:MySpace 2.0 (206 comments)

It will mostly be video. Yeah. Just like MySpace. And we all know how successful that was.

MySpace let users control too much of the look and feel of their pages, and it devolved into GeoCities.

about three weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

thedonger Re:Most of Facebook is moms reposting the same jok (206 comments)

That hasn't been my experience. These days, my Facebook feed seems to be filled with people posting Buzzfeed links to "20 sexy historical facts that will blow your mind!" or else it's a link that says "You won't believe what happens in this video!" without giving any explanation as to what's in the video.

In other words, it's mostly tedious, useless advertising for something or other.

They thought this comment was pointless, but they never saw this coming...

about three weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

thedonger Re:But of course! (206 comments)

And in five years, we'll all be using a system where we wave our hands around in the air to do gestures to control our computers! /sarcasm

We already do that! /masturbation

about three weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

thedonger Re:we get it (295 comments)

I wonder why, when a finding doesn't directly support man-made climate change it is because science is hard and not always accurate, but when it can even be remotely pointed to as correlated with man-made climate change then anyone suggesting it may not be accurate is a [insert favorite anti-right saying; e.g., Bush-loving gun toting bible-thumper]?

I know, I know. Science is never wrong because unlike politicians and leaders of corporations, scientists aren't people and therefore not subject to all the typical failings of human kind.

about a month and a half ago
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DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

thedonger Re:How much? (92 comments)

A boat would be much more difficult. The North Sea has strong tides with associated strong and varying currents. It falls "dry" for six hours every 12 hours. Besides, it's Germany: To keep in style, the boat would have to be a u-boat.

I think to make the boat option viable it would have to be a submersible of some kind. And then it could hook up to an underground, automated system that launches a quadcopter drone out of a silo for local delivery.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

thedonger Re:Anti-competitive behavior is a big deal (312 comments)

And that gets to the root of much of this, Uber supporters WANT it to be unfair out of some feeling that the incumbents must be keeping competition out through unfair means (not to say they are not in some areas), thus they are applying the anti-golden rule (do unto others as you suspect they are doing unto you)... or at minimal 'people with new gold should rule'

Uber will disappear if Uber drivers need to conform to the rules of taxi drivers (including caps on the number of drivers and medallion prices). I can drive my own car around, say, NYC. I can drive my car around NYC with friends in it. I can even drive my car around NYC with strangers in it. But if I am using the Uber driver app and they are using the Uber passenger app then suddenly there is unfair competition? Well, I guess there is if you are the boss of a taxi union.

about 3 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

thedonger Re:What? (708 comments)

I think Islay malts used smoked peat, so at least some burning is needed.

about 3 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

thedonger Re:Damage or Change? (708 comments)

We've had a good run. Time to pick up our fiddles and enjoy the fire.

about 3 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

thedonger Re:What? (708 comments)

Sequestered carbon being ADDED to the atmosphere is the issue - coal, oil, gas, peat.

Wait a minute...If saving the planet means no more peat then fuck the planet and pour me some Islay whisky.

about 2 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

thedonger Re:Interesting slam of Judith Curry (708 comments)

MDSOLAR why do you post links from that biased site every time climate comes up? Do you work for them? Post from respectable sources.

Wikipedia says it will be 75 degrees (F) and sunny for the rest of time! [citation needed]

about 2 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

thedonger Re:Damage or Change? (708 comments)

Climate has always changed, the concept of "Damage" is only relevant to those affected by it.

You mean, the same way as asteroids of various sizes have impacted into the Earth throughout the history of the planet, and "Damage" is only relevant to those affected by it?

Yes, I agree.

Sure, why not? And it is only "damage" to the species that die out. Think of all the evolutionary opportunity there will be in the Next Phase!

about 2 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

thedonger Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (247 comments)

I suppose nationalism will be the last religion to die.

Nationalism is practiced as much in Europe, if not more. In the U.S. we think Europe and other languages and such is cool, even if on the outside we're all "BALD EAGLES AND SHIT!!!" (https://www.facebook.com/theoatmeal/photos/a.10150413121115078.628758.220779885077/10154378963025078/?type=1&theater). In Europe, each country thinks their's is the shit that stinks the least. True, we've possibly worn out the "You're welcome regarding that thing we did to keep you all from speaking German...Twice" badge, but seriously, if you are European then you're welcome.

about 2 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

thedonger Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (247 comments)

CERN isn't filled with scientists, it's filled with retards that can't think of a better way to probe the universe than to smash stuff and see how it breaks apart. It's the physics equivalent of a "doctor" trying to model the inside of the nose throat and lungs by looking at the pattern produced when someone sneezes. It's tard-science, plain and simple.

Alright, I'll bite: How would you do it, then?

That's obvious: Just ask God.

about 2 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

thedonger Re:Appre (225 comments)

The problem isn't people coming here on H1-Bs, but their difficulty in turn that into a green card. The "apprentices" would mostly stay here if they could. And does anyone really want to argue that immigration of well-educated, highly-skilled engineers is bad for America?

All the focus on the political immigration debate seems to be on low-skilled workers, and the answers aren't so easy there. But anyone who can come here and work a job that pays $100k+? Keep em coming, I say.

I work for a company that had at least three if not four H1-B workers (as programmers), and other than paperwork and a couple grand for the lawyer getting a green card was not a problem for them. That's an admittedly small sample size. What roadblocks have you seen?

about 4 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

thedonger Re:SO (265 comments)

Non-hispanic whites are 64% of the US population, but only 57% of Facebook's employee base. White people are under-represented.

  • Too many white males == racist hiring practices
  • Not enough white males == Excellence in diversity hiring practices.

about 5 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

thedonger Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

Or not. I'm sorry, I don't trust kick starter campaigns.

Right? I gave Toad the Wet Sprocket $50 for their new record. Then it arrived as double LP with four bonus tracks! If I wanted bonus tracks I would asked for freakin' bonus tracks! And don't get me started about that photo essay book I bought into. It was so good I almost cried. If I want to feel stuff I'll give to an Indiegogo campaign!

about 5 months ago

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