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DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

thedonger Re:How much? (91 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.

4 days 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 3 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 3 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Early IE12 Preview As Part of Its New Developer Channel

thedonger Re:You want IE to be relevant? (105 comments)

Microsoft can and should be a huge driver for innovation in the industry.

Google (via Chrome) and earlier Mozilla (via FF) are the driver for Microsoft to innovate, since without that outside pressure we would still be using IE6. Maybe the Dev Channel is the start of Microsoft spinning off (well, not actually "off") innovation groups that aren't encumbered by the 800 pound corporate gorilla?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

thedonger Controllers for PC? (174 comments)

From the summary:

'In August of last year, a Microsoft spokesman confirmed that the Xbox One controller will be compatible for PC users sometime in 2014. That time has finally come. Windows gamers can now use the Xbox One controller to play games on their computer. If a game supports a USB gamepad or the Xbox 360 controller, it will also support the Xbox One controller.'

That is interesting given that my brother and my cousin - both big into gaming - use PC-style controls with their Xbox because they feel it gives them an edge over users of the Xbox controller.

about 4 months ago
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Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

thedonger Re:Interesting... (170 comments)

...communication with the satellite?

*The satellite that serves a given area.

about 4 months ago
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Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

thedonger Interesting... (170 comments)

It's also a neat way to boost the sale of satellite transmission and receiving equipment. Will individuals need the equipment, or will an ISP of sorts swoop in monopolize the communication with the satellite?

about 4 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

thedonger Re:WOW (142 comments)

yeah, where everyone is in a few insurance groups and gets the same basic benefits

obamacare has variable pricing based on history, finances, where you live, etc. lots of business rules to properly price the policy

Actually, no. We can program a high amount of variability in pricing and eligibility based on whatever data is required. And we own a private exchange, so we do that, too. Also, we can implement such a project in 6 months, sometimes less, including the entire reporting requirement.

about 4 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

thedonger Re:Sentient machines exist (339 comments)

I fear the day we make truly sentient "machines." (In quotes because because I don't know if they will be machines or not.) In order to replicate life as we know it - human, feline, insect, etc. - we must first figure out how to make it want to survive. And once we do that we have created a new competitor in the food chain.

about 4 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

thedonger Re:But, what is a singularity? (339 comments)

The singularity, of course, is defined as the point where the function and all its derivatives approach infinity. There is another way to think of a singularity. If you are extrapolating a function based on a power series around a point, you can only expand that power series as far as the closest singularity ("pole") in the complex plane (the "radius of convergence"). You can't extrapolate further than that with a simple power series, even if you aren't trying to solve for the function at the pole itself.

So, thinking science fictionally, we can't extrapolate the future based on the present any further than the distance to the singularity, even if our actual future doesn't in fact pass through the singularity.

So, don't think of the technological singularity as a time when life for humans ends, and robots/artificial intelligences/transcended humans take over. Think of it as time scale beyond which we can't extrapolate the future based on what we know now.

So you're saying I won't be able to fuck a sexbot by 2035?

about 4 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

thedonger Re:WOW (142 comments)

Forget about the number of lines of code. I work for a U.S. company that builds healthcare.gov type web sites and the reporting back end for large companies. The estimated price tag of the front end ($150 million or so) is about 20 times what the tax payers should have paid. Add in the back end reporting to the insurance companies and billing, throw a call center in at least two different time zones, main and backup datacenters and instead of the full price tag ($600 mil?), let's say at the high end $20 million for the whole thing. Ongoing administration costs maybe in the 7 digits per year. The whole thing was a sham to get votes and fill the coffers of some cronies.

about 4 months ago

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