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duerig
    @clarkgoble Find the hardest parts of the problem, then modify the environment to obviate them. Then self-driving cars are a real possibility right now. If we don't, then we can spend decades trying to make them work perfectly. @johngordon
    duerig
      @clarkgoble A self-driving car that doesn't have to change lanes is much easier to construct for example. Or a self-driving car that only travels a fixed and known route. We could easily build the infrastructure to make it happen. @johngordon
      duerig
        @clarkgoble The problem is that successful figures with only self-allegience win at the expense of the 'little people' like us. So many people have died for the glory of 'successful' generals and leaders. Spare us from such success. @prometheus @johngordon
        duerig
          @clarkgoble The question is whether we invest in the infrastructure. Going from a 90% solution to a 100% solution entirely in software will be very hard. Going from a 90% solution to a 100% solution by changing the built environment is easier. @johngordon
          duerig
            @joanna Hahaha. It is more interesting as something to leave on while you are reading a book and glance up from time to time. So you can feel a bit like you really are on a scenic train ride. :) @manx
            duerig
              @joanna Haha. Thanks. :-) In reality, app.net itself already gave me enough to keep the server going until the end through the developer incentive program. It has definitely been a fun journey. @prometheus @33mhz
              duerig
                @prometheus @jws @33mhz @simon_w Since there is at least some interest, I'll keep them up as long as app.net is around.
                duerig
                  Given the circumstances, I'm taking a look at how long I should keep rss-app.net and patter-app.net up and running. Should I wait until app.net itself goes away before retiring them? Or should I do it sooner? Let me know if you have a strong opinion.
                  schmidt_fu
                    I'm a bit sentimental. Although I didn't use ADN much in the last year, I do (and will) remember the good community of people here, maker spirit, writing challenges and not to forget high quality of apps. This got me through tough times, thank you all! :-)
                    duerig
                      @clarkgoble I think @tomcat does the same thing. Tom C. At, right? :)
                      duerig
                        @clarkgoble This is why I am waiting until the end of the month. Since his kickstarter is funded and I was an early backer, I expect to be able to start using it shortly after the KS is over.
                        duerig
                          @tomcat Not for the moment. I like conversation, but the open-ended and outward-facing nature of micro.blog means that it will be useful to me regardless of whether there is a vibrant community around it or not.
                          duerig
                            My current plan is to move my main microblogging to micro.blog at the end of this month. I will post a link at that time. I hope to still chat and interact with any other folks who make the move. This is the most promising path forward that I see atm.
                            duerig
                              There are two kinds of people in the world: those who do nothing because they are certain none of their ideas are worth pursuing and somebody is already doing it better and cheaper anyway, and those who make things.
                              duerig
                                @minego Fog is so awesome. I had that impression as well. SPOOKY!
                                duerig
                                  @spacecab I live in the desert, but today is one of the very rare times when we have a legitimate fog. I often wish I lived in a place where fog is more frequent. It is my favorite weather pattern. @joanna
                                  duerig
                                    @spacecab In that photo, he doesn't even look real. It looks like a stuffed animal that you posed and then took a photo of. :) @joanna
                                    duerig
                                      @spacecab Wow. I think that dog somehow epitomizes the term 'dapper'. He could sell hair creme by the bucket on 50's TV. @joanna