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Comment How can that possibly be legal? (Score 1) 173

Once you buy it, it is YOUR CAR, and you can do with it whatever you please. Tesla has no right whatsoever to constrict what you can do with your car. That's what "selling" means: giving up ownership rights. And before you ask: no, you are not "merely licensing" the car.

Next up: supermarket tells you buying potatoes is fine, but not if you plan to serve them in a restaurant...

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 242

I'm not sure why I would have to explain that, since I didn't claim any of that. The OP claimed that a human could not possibly land a moon lander. That's BS - humans _did_ in fact land a moon lander, on the first attempt, succesfully, while the computer was busy crashing. That same human decided he didn't want to land in a field of boulders and veered of course to another landing spot. So far that hasn't been achieved by computers either.

Comment Re:At what cost? (Score 1) 875

The proponents of UBI, I'm not one, seem to believe that the money can be found by:
- Eliminating all existing forms of social security. In fact this is a major reason often stated for UBI: it "simplifies" the rules to the point that you don't even need people overseeing it. Which leads us to:
- Reduced overhead. Apparently they believe that several trillions are currently being spent on "overhead".
- And finally, of course you'd be able to tax all those people since they now have income.

So in the end, you take away money from the people who actually need it, spread it over a far larger group including a great many people who do NOT need it, thus leaving everyone in the first group with far too little to live on. And what little you get, you need to return in the form of taxes in order to pay for the whole scheme.

Then they point at "succesful" trials, without mentioning that no single trial was so succesful that it was continued to this day, and without mentioning that all of those trials relied on money being poured in from outside.

We haven't even begun to discuss what such a scheme would do to society as a whole - if you pay people to do nothing, is there going to be any kind of progress? Will there be anyone left for the less pleasant, but nonetheless necessary jobs? Or hell, for any kind of work? Will it be acceptable for foreigners to enter the country and receive UBI, or will a 'wall' be necessary?

Comment Re:Good for India (Score 1) 812

A country is the personal fiefdom of a small, rich oligarchy. Any possible semblance of shared history, identity, or cultural values should at all times be avoided, and if discovered anyway, must be destroyed through indoctrination, mass immigration, and any other means available. The purpose of the people living in a country is to provide cheap labor and easy income through the maximum possible level of taxation. Randomly applied laws will make it clear to them who's boss. Personal profit shall at all times overrule any consideration for the health of the country. And anyone who questions this state of affairs shall be ridiculed and have his public image destroyed.

Comment "Picking a Python version" (Score 1) 87

Wow, I had no idea you needed to read a book before you could even make an informed choice which Python version is appropriate for a project. It really inspires me to want to learn the language.

If the compatibility problems are that bad, maybe they should have given those languages different names. It's not like snake names don't offer any choices. "Yes, I'm developing this in Death Adder. It was the best choice according to a free O'Reilly book I downloaded of the internet..."

Unless of course this is a book about the care and handling of actual snakes. In that case I must apologize to all the Python fans out there.

Comment Re:No programmers' typeface (Score 1) 175

Since I presume they're going to want people at Google to use Noto as standard, it seems sensible to me that they create a programmers' version.

What kind of madness makes you presume Google wants all its employees to use this font?

Tell, I'm genuinely curious. Do you also believe they do all their programming on phones running Android? Or do you suppose they might be allowed to use, I don't know, laptops or normal desktops?

Comment Re:I kid. (Score 3, Insightful) 162

I'm 45 and have not noticed any change in my ability to learn new stuff. What I have noticed is a decline in my willingness to put up with BS. You want me to work 14 hours per day? Uhm. No. I have a life. Ask that 22-year old fresh out of university without any serious experience, he'll fall for that.

Does that make me less employable? Not really. Of course employers will know I have this attitude, but everyone over 40 does, so the fact that I feel that way doesn't change much for me personally.

Once again, it is not about being able to learn, it is about what you will put up with. Once you are over 40, the kind of treatment you will accept shrinks dramatically, and with it, your employability.

Comment Nuclear (Score 4, Insightful) 274

So what is it going to be: mess up the entire planet, or build the safest nuclear plants we can and perhaps mess up one tiny spot every few centuries? Keep burning coal in endless quantities, or choose a completely emission-free technology?

And no, pointing to decades old plants that were in at least one case made by people with zero safety standards does not count as evidence of danger. The true danger is destroying our world; we will certainly do better if we limit that danger to the best nucleair plants we can build.

Comment Try Genesis 3:21 instead (Score 1) 290

Genesis 6:3 NIV
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

I give you Genesis 3:21: And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

I read that as a biblical promise that somewhere out there we can find the knowledge of what is so poetically called the "tree of life", and live forever.

Genesis is an interesting book anyway. Genesis 2:21 tells us that So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man.

Men have the same number of ribs as women. The critical difference is that men have a Y-chromosome... which is like an X-chromosome, but with one rib less.

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