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Comment Re:Reckless endangerment (Score 1) 161

Had someone actually died, it would match the definition of "depraved-heart murder", which is second-degree homicide in many states. Depraved-heart murder is killing someone through actions not actually *intended* to kill them, but by reckless disregard for their safety.

One really messed up part of our judicial system is that punishment is often more interested in the results of the perpetrator's actions instead of the intent. There is no sane reason why attempted murder and murder have different punishments, since the intent was the same. Similarly, there should be no difference in the punishment for depraved-heart murder and reckless endangerment.

Comment Re:Serial Entrepreneur (Score 2) 225

If by, "primarily the responsibility of government not private investors" you mean, "what only governments seem to realize is important and has a high ROI" then sure.

Most investors don't have 50 years to wait for their investments to pay off. I'm only in my 30's and would be considered a long term investor, but I still need my retirement investments to be fairly liquid in 30 years. Probably more like 20 years so I can start re-balancing to a lower risk portfolio.

It is not the fault of short sighted investors that they won't invest in basic research. It really is something that is most suited for institutions that have the luxury of planning 50 years ahead instead of just 20. Sadly our governments rarely think 50 years ahead anymore.

Comment Re:It will be used for the traits that pay the mos (Score 1) 159

The best way to handle it is to only allow modifications that are available to everyone, so we can create a large market for Chinese genetic conception tourism.

People need to face facts. With a new world government mandating these laws across the globe, you cannot stop the wealthy from finding some country which will allow it. If they can afford some $500k procedure to improve their children, do you really think they cannot afford a $10k vacation to China?

Comment Re:More Sleight of Hand... (Score 1) 17

It used the original MySQL SQL parser in its 1.x release, which is still released under the GPL. MaxScale 2.0, which is BSL-Licensed, no longer contains any MySQL code any more.

I don't understand why any company would use parts of the MySQL code base when the PostgreSQL code base has a far more open license. Just use the Postgre SQL parser instead. Maybe I'm confused about the Postgre license but it seems like a pretty easy choice, and the one I would make if I was developing a new open source or even commercial database (in the 1.0 release anyway).

Comment Re:Good on him (Score 5, Insightful) 225

With Musk the right question is never 'will it work?" but 'will it make any sense factoring in the costs?'

That is the great thing about having billionaires with the curiosity of engineers. Musk is willing to find out if these 'crazy' ideas make any sense factoring in the costs. Let your average VCs fund the companies whose ideas will most likely work. Men like Musk are the ones with the freedom to investigate the ideas which will probably not work, but would be phenomenal if the general wisdom is wrong.

IMHO Musk is filling in for governments who aren't spending enough on basic research and grand innovative ventures. For these projects it is expected that you will fail far more often than you succeed, which is why traditional investors stay away. I hope Musk keeps up his current pace of innovation for the next 30 years.

Comment Re:Serial Entrepreneur (Score 2) 225

There are thousands of people with the next Big Thing, but because their product isn't advertising or analytics (read, more ways to spy on the user), their stuff is ignored by VCs.

Considering how much valuations of these companies are ballooning in recent years, it seems VCs are getting pretty desperate with finding companies worth investing in. I doubt there is this massive pool of people with truly marketable and executable ideas that simply cannot find funding. Nearly everyone has some idea they think could make millions, but having an investable idea is far different than that.

If your contention is that we need to be spending more money on basic research which is unlikely to pay off for many decades then I completely agree with you. But that is primarily the responsibility of government not private investors.

Comment Re:Serial Entrepreneur (Score 2) 225

Typical - get a big idea, get resources together to make it happen, get it off the ground and running, empower others to complete your work, then lose interest. On to the next big idea.


If only there were more successful serial entrepreneurs in the world. We would have our flying cars by now.

Comment Re:Uber? (Score 1) 640

0.04625% (or 1 in 2000 10 mile drunk driving trips)

If you drive drunk once a week, that makes an accident a near certainty over an adult life.

If you drive 10 miles while very drunk (0.2 BAC) once a week, it becomes very likely you will have an accident because of your drunkenness over an adult life.

For reference, for a 150 pound individual they would need to drink about 7-8 drinks over a couple hours to reach 0.2 BAC. That is pretty drunk.

Comment Re:Uber? (Score 5, Insightful) 640

To be fair, although she was drunk as shit and should have never been behind a wheel, it appears from camera footage that she was swerving to avoid ANOTHER car that was traveling the wrong way on the street.

Driving drunk is not much of a problem if nothing unexpected happens on your way home. Even though someone has a 2500% greater chance of having an accident with a .20 BAC, that only increases the chances of an accident on a 10 mile trip from 0.002% to about 0.04625% (or 1 in 2000 10 mile drunk driving trips). Nearly 100% of people who drive drunk don't get into an accident.

Driving drunk is mostly just a problem because something unexpected might happen, like another car driving the wrong way on a street. When drunk you don't have the necessary reaction time to adjust and an accident becomes very likely.

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 891

Just to clarify, you want to sanction the USA until they return Texas and California to Mexico? Or maybe the UK until they return Gibraltar to Spain? Poland and Russia until they return East Prussia to Germany? Germany until we give Schleswig-Holstein back to Denmark? Shit, I can go on and on and on. You won't believe just how many countries have annexed parts of other countries in the past.

Every square inch of the planet inhabited by humans has been "annexed" by someone at some time in human history. The difference is we don't accept that behavior any more in the post-World War II era. Maybe that viewpoint will fall out of favor in international politics in the future, but it hasn't yet.

Comment Re: Let's Face the Facts... (Score 1) 161

Clearly the decline in population for the last few years in IL; I'd say a majority of people disagree with you.

Agreed. Regardless of what most people say, they would rather take a larger house for cheaper than give their kids the best education they can afford. Where I live $500k will get you a 2600 sq ft house in the best school district or a 4000 sq ft house in the much weaker school districts 5-10 miles away. Many people prioritize their three car garage over their kids' education. But that is what makes the best school districts the best; they have better parents. Combine parents who value education with a high tax base and you have the primary building blocks of great schools.

Comment Re: Let's Face the Facts... (Score 1) 161

The Chicago area is a dump, traffic nightmare, and a liberals wet dream! Taxes are so high in the NW Burbs. Glad to be gone.

Taxes are incredibly high in the NW Burbs (about $14k per year on a $500k house) but you also get private school quality education paid for with those taxes. There are plenty of Chicago suburbs with low taxes, but your kids ultimately pay for it. That or you pay far more in private school tuition than you would have in taxes.

Comment Re:Let's Face the Facts... (Score 5, Insightful) 161

Or more likely there is only so much room to fit people in the Bay Area, so hiring in other cities has started to take up the slack. It really is ridiculous to pay developer $200k a year in a place where that doesn't even give you an upper middle class lifestyle when you can pay people $150k in most large cities (or their suburbs) which can give employees a much higher standard of living.

I wouldn't take a job in the Bay Area for even a $100k/yr raise, since my comfortable six figure salary in the Chicago suburbs gives me a 2500 sq ft house with a nice yard and public schools that rival the best private schools. My $500k house would cost at least $3 million in the Bay Area.

Comment Re:DOS Hackers (Score 3, Insightful) 605

The memory range which was set aside for the display, and which you had to write to in order to do graphics (non-hackers used libraries but hackers mostly went for embedded assembler to try and squeeze a little more speed out for graphics work)

My primary reason for disliking Win 95 was it was the first Windows OS which started to really mess with programs that wrote directly to the memory address A0000000 for graphics. I was only a hobbyist in high school at the time and had a hard time finding an alternative which performed as well as TASM code writing directly to the hardware. Eventually I started using DirectX but I remember having a real hard time finding information on how to use version 1.0 in late 1995. I relied heavily on Lamothe's "Tricks of the Game-Programming Gurus" to learn these techniques at the time, and wasn't skilled enough yet to learn new technologies quickly on my own.

Comment Re: Might be easier to fix bees (Score 1) 130

What's stupid is having an arms race with nature, GMOs included.

We have been having an arms race with nature since the agricultural revolution. Considering we have 1000x more people than the Earth was able to naturally sustain before then, I'd say we are winning that arms race. Although I guess past results are not a perfect predictor of future results.

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