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Comment GIve it a try (Score 1) 654 654

Someone should try this in a hypothetical city and call it Seattle, at some time in the future which we shall term 1973. Then run the experiment for nearly 40 years until a time which we should call 2012 when it will be found to have no net effect on ridership.

Since this would be little known, at that point we shall create some information repository which we would call "Wikipedia" so people can look up answers to questions like this before bothering the entire /. readership.

Comment Re:Government keeps an eye on political organisati (Score 1) 112 112

Except that during the period of leftist revolutions all over the world AI doggedly pursued and questioned the actions pro-Western government armies while having a written policy of not criticizing the guerrilla actions. This asymmetric prosecution of human right crimes was only changed after the end of the cold war.

Comment Going on for a while (Score 3, Informative) 121 121

I've noticed large latency for rarely used pictures in FB for over eight months now, and by large latency I mean visit the page, then come back the next day to see the next batch of > 5 year old pictures and wait another day for the final batch of ~10 years ago pictures.

Comment Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 2) 409 409

It's insane to think Iran would open up its military facilities for inspection. No country has ever willingly done that

Oh, complete BS. Several of the treaties between USA and USSR at the height of the cold war opened facilities for inspection, for example START I and INF.

Comment The internet-of-things is here to stay. (Score 3, Interesting) 77 77

The internet-of-things is here to stay.

To the contrary, in my experience most things that have a catchy name before they are implemented go nowhere. Multicasting, Named Data Networking, Internet of Things, OLP, Web Ontology, Neural Networks, etc. The project is more focused in sounding trending than in finding reasons why things want to access the internet (presumably so that your toaster can watch youtube videos while you are away?)

Successful projects usually start from the other end. People first create a small iteration of the thing that proves the concept, it starts to catch up (fancy name might be created here but this is entirely optional) and one day you turn around and its taken over the world.

Comment Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 1) 154 154

Really? Maybe s/he was too busy following the latest developments on LLVM to care about how exactly routing takes place. At my uni we spent perhaps 20 min talking about this before moving on to other subjects. I can easily see someone not remembering it.

What you want is someone with a solid theoretical foundation that can google IP mask and understand it in 5 min.

Comment Re:what is interesting is not that it won (Score 4, Interesting) 591 591

It's a basic principle of statutory interpretation that legislatures define laws by their written text.

LMFTY: It's one basic principle in English Jurisprudence, known in legal circles as "the plain meaning rule". The other two are: "the golden rule" and "the mischief rule".

The golden rule allows a judge to depart from a word's normal meaning in order to avoid an absurd result.

The mischief rule sets the court to determine the "mischief and defect" that the statute in question has set out to remedy, and what ruling would effectively implement this remedy.

When America was founded those three principles were firmly in place. Over the years the courts and the laws themselves have been moving away from that tradition, creating the (in)famous loopholes that are the bread and butter of corporate law practice.

Comment Standard (Score 2) 136 136

In 1989 there were some rather delicate debt renegotiation talks in Washington between the Mexican government, USA and the IMF.

Every night, the Mexican chief negotiator would fly back to Mexico to debrief the president, since no other means of communication were assumed to be NSA proof.

Comment Meh (Score 5, Insightful) 371 371

then we are talking about a nationwide crisis,

Crisis: the most overused word of the environmental movement. Nothing is ever a snag or a bump along the way that needs to be sorted out. No siree, everything is a world ending crisis. Not enough demand for recycled cardboard? OMG. it's a crisis.

Comment Re:Paul Ehrlich? (Score 1) 294 294

I agree that at present we are not doing our best to have a sustainable society, but we easily could: increase recycling efforts, switch over to renewable energy sources, live in denser configurations, change diet to be less meat based.

In other words, that currently we are not living sustainably doesn't mean in the future we couldn't. There really is no solid evidence to suggest that if we put our hearts and minds to it we couldn't do it.

And you know what? we have it even better: population is likely to top at 9 billion and then start falling rapidly. See Japan where population is falling at a rate of .250K a year and likely to be aroun 30% less than present by 2060. Most other countries in the world are tracking the Japanese curve, some a mere few years behind others a couple of decades, but essentially every one is tracking it, from Germany to the fastest growing countries in Africa.

Comment Re:Paul Ehrlich? (Score 1) 294 294

it's just not possible to sustain 15-20 billion people on Earth.

[Citation needed]

People were saying the exact same thing 70 years ago, except with "it is not possible to feed 7 billion people".

And guess what? here we are feeding all 7 billion. Just because you cannot see a way to sustain 15 billion people it doesn't mean one doesn't exist.

Comment Re:Paul Ehrlich? (Score 1) 294 294

It is clear you've reached a conclusion and will reject all evidence to the contrary: you rather go on a side tangent about the Israel-Palestinian conflict than pause and think about the main point: 50% of Israel water comes from artificial sources, up from 15% less than a decade ago.

Talk of water shortage is nonsense on the face of these figures.

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