commented on Alec Baldwin Quits Everything Forever, Maintains Insufferability
Um, I think you missed the tone of his piece a little. Like when you say Baldwin retaliates against anyone who "calls him out for being an offensive douchebag": he was calling out people who had accused him of saying things that he did not say, which is quite different. Also your list of who Baldwin blames for his problems, well, it was kinda weird actually.
commented on Fifteen Years Left Before Machines Outsmart You
I'm with 10, I guess.
At the same time I do also think Kurtzweil is a charlatan: I saw him give his talkat a corporate event, where he "proved" that we would soon be immortal by showing a graph of life expectancy with three data points: one in 1918 (very short lifespans due to Spanish Flue epidemic), one in the middle of WWII (short life spans) and one in present day (normal life spans). Well I'll be damned, it looked like life spans are on an upward curve. Nevermind that every other graph of the data shows the opposite curve: in which we are living longer, but the big gains were made long ago with vaccinations and antibiotics. So it was deceptive - and Kurtzweil is a shithead.
But also, we are facing monumental changes now in technology. We're no longer dazzled by the pace, but the pace has not really slowed. Harder problems to solve, and we're better at adapting to the changes, but we've really got to wake up now and make sure we don't end up in hell.
commented on Kshama Sawant's Socialist State of the Union
I basically agree with everything she says - but I don't see how any real change can come to be. What are we going to do - raise taxes on the wealthy? Fully fund public education? Raise the minimum wage? Please. Enjoy your crazy dreams Kshama, because there is no realistic way to implement that sort of extremist communistic idealism in the real world. Grow up.
Dec 9, 2013
commented on Tunnel-Digger Stuck Under Downtown
Bertha is just a couple hundred feet into the dig. Here's a tweet from 12/6:
@neiltimes I’m just north of South Jackson Street, about 60 feet below the surface.
There's some happy! happy! info about the tunnel here:
but they don't mention anything about whatever this current problem is.
Oct 7, 2013
commented on Fox News Goes Big
Looks like they've done away with all reporting from reporters and will move to just aggregating, from you know, information specialists.