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Comment Re:What does this even mean ? (Score 1) 365

None of that matters if the public doesn't trust automated cars. And trust won't happen if...

A. These cars require frequent software updates because they are buggy.
B. And if buggy, they are dangerous. So they'll need very quick software updates (which seems to be the norm in modern software dev).
C.That means they'll be networked for updates, and if they are networked, they will get hacked. Then who knows what will happen.

Any one of those reasons is probably enough to prevent broad public trust of these cars in my lifetime. People trust personal machines when they are the ones that have control over them... when they bond with their machine. If it is a public machine, it needs to be big and predictable. Trains, airplanes, bridges, electricity. Something everybody uses and is so big and costly that you know the ones running the machines are doing all they can to protect that thing. Then people get into the herd mentality and jump onboard. But self-driving cars... that's like asking people to trust their google maps on their buggy phone to always get them to the right destination 100.000000% of the time.

Comment Re:Maximum yield (Score 1) 813

Last time I was in Switzerland, we found a place to eat that was off the tourist beaten track. They served what we thought was beef steak... only it turned out to be horse meat. I ate it anyway, I'm adventurous. But is that normal and is it considered undesirable in Switzerland? In the US, I don't think anybody eats horse meat... it'd be like eating your pet or something I guess.

Comment Re: Shocking! (Score 1) 527

OK, that is a fucking lie. Sucrose is not essentially the same damn thing!!! It's probably just as bad, but it tastes precisely 1000 times better than HFCS!!! If I'm going to die, I'm going to die eating great tasting stuff, not nasty HFCS! Hell, I can't even drink softdrinks, sodas, or cokes anymore with all the high fructose corn syrup destroying the flavor.

Comment Re:Sanitation For The Win (Score 1) 30

Not sure about that as this says: Malaria: affects animals as well as humans - The Science Show - ABC ...
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
May 16, 2009 - There are over 200 species of malaria. Humans are infected by five. But birds, bats, lizards and antelopes are also hosts for malaria parasites.

Comment Re:One great thing (Score 1) 188

Here here. The reason Luke and then Rey were so special and the focus of the movies is because they were above and beyond the normal force users, aka they were naturals. The force is magic, first and foremost so I have no problem with it. And let's not forget Lucas based the whole concept on the Japanese art of Kenpo which is, go figure, a type of sword fighting. If you are one with the force, it will guide your actions, Luke learned fast and so did Rey, so one can see lightsaber dueling to be the most easily tapped into.

And to me, the majority of the training was to try to teach potential Jedis how to not accidentally succumb to the dark side and much less about pure battle-prowess. That's why they wanted them young, not because they couldn't learn later, but because that is when it was easy to teach them right from wrong.

Let's not forget Rey was a badass with her staff on that rough planet for years, obviously using the force naturally during many a fight. Kylo getting hurt is believable to me, because it also means something that Kylo was just part of a huge gut wrenching scene that probably bordered on him thinking about suicide right afterwards anyway. He obviously was extremely conflicted about the whole thing.

Comment Re:The Force Awakens?!?! (Score 1) 188

Well that is disappointing... I want to see stats on the new one, even more so since I can't own it yet.

And to answer my other question, it was the Gamorrean guards with Luke. Here they talk about it, and how in a draft of A New Hope Kenobi was also going to use it on several people:

Comment The Force Awakens?!?! (Score 1) 188

Fun stuff, but they haven't done it on the awesome new movie yet. Baffling.

I don't remember the good guys using the choke... it says Luke did it once. When was that?!?!

In The Force Awakens, you wonder if Kylo Ren is using the dark side 100% of the time or not. How will that be handled?

Jedi Mind Trick... are some species really resistant, or is it an individual thing? Jabba just had a strong will it seemed.

Comment Awesome Japanese Artists (Score 1) 16

With so many great Japanese artists, in the drawing/painting arena, I am willing to bet something in the teachings of writing Japanese Kanji is helpful when learning to draw. Be it attention to detail, hand eye coordination, patience, or some combination I don't know, but I see it time and time again. On topic, this guy was great, and I am sorry to see him go.

Comment Bad Government, Impossible long "O" Pronounciation (Score -1, Offtopic) 57

Just as frustrating as a corrupt government, is trying to pronounce the Australian long "O" vowel. I just watched The Babadook right after watching Crocodile Dundee, and it dawned on me how impossible it is to imitate that sound they make! According to this link, it has 4 vowel sounds in one.

It also has this weird tonal quality... like high to low to high again. Maybe my Vietnamese born friend could give it a shot with all their crazy tonal difficulties in their language. I mean, how else are these fellows so great at imitating Christopher Walken? Are these guys all Vietnamese in this Youtube?

Comment Re:You always wondered what dinosaurs taste like . (Score 1) 90

They don't taste like chicken... but some things taste more like chicken than other foods we are used to. For instance, alligator tastes nothing like chicken, but relatively speaking, it tastes WAY more like white meat chicken than beef. Frogs legs are in the same category for me. Squirrel I have only had once, and I didn't like it... but maybe it was similar to dark meat chicken, which I am not a huge fan of. Never tried the others on this short list.

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