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Comment: Re:Can be any goal you want (Score 1) 442

by BigSlowTarget (#49366195) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Yep. We could set up a scientific strategy that integrates political, social, environmental, economic and physical sciences in a worldwide approach to generate popular support for fair and wise chosen solutions while attempting manage the benefits and losses to all parties or we could disagree about the number that we won't achieve. The second is much easier.

Comment: Re:The downside of one-sided propaganda (Score 3, Insightful) 79

by BigSlowTarget (#48747097) Attached to: The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

>I can't see anything negative in promoting talking to professionals.

Thanks, that will be $70 for removing a splinter, $70 for a cold that can't be treated, $70 for a minor sprained ankle that you should just stay off of for a week or two. There are times for professionals and there are times that they simply aren't needed. If you don't have hundreds of dollars to spend listening to people tell you something is minor and to come back if it gets worse then you need to use sound judgement instead of running to the doctor with every boo boo. Sound judgement includes consulting reasonable information sources but it all to often seems they are paywalled, tort-terrorized into saying "just see a doctor" or blocked out by quackery websites.

That doctor traffic also is why often you can't get an appointment to have someone look at a significant condition for a week and a half and why Americans go to the emergency room so often - where they can wait long periods before being treated for serious issues. That is the downside in promoting talking to professionals. There is no downside in shooting down quacks unless worse quacks take their place.

Comment: First prove the math works (Score 2) 389

by BigSlowTarget (#48072291) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
The assessment center approach described by the article would replace reading an application with days of evaluation of each student. Of course you would get better results but you just replaced a few person hours of work (on each side) with an order of magnitude more. That means much more expense for the colleges and way fewer applications possible for applicants. Is it worth it? You can't just say "sure" you have to examine the real data in detail. If you don't you could paralyze the whole system.

Comment: Re:Could be improved (Score 1) 907

by BigSlowTarget (#47994469) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
That would make sense. People would inevitably push it to the limit then complain when it shut down anyway. The ignition should definitely be shut down (that is you cannot turn it on) rather than the engine for safety reasons. That just means people will leave their cars running 24x7 after not paying but that's against the law and probably expensive in gas.

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 276

by BigSlowTarget (#47714169) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars
As with everything it depends on the service level and cost. If you live outside major cities your service level would be like Amtrak in those cities - terrible. This is proposed for a major city where it makes the most sense and I expect will lock the inhabitants (or at least the non-wealthy ones) into those cities by denying transport outside them and preventing them from traveling to less spoiled areas.

Comment: Not deploying driverless cars kills people (Score 2) 190

by BigSlowTarget (#47567531) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
We have 30k+ deaths a year from traffic accidents in the US. The UK could not be too far behind per capita. Driverless cars have a flawless safety record. Even if they screw up and kill somebody it won't be anything like 30k/year. That means every day we don't deploy driverless cars here kills something like 90 people. It's sad governments seem more interested in BS like lawsuits, gun control and drug wars instead of actually preventing people from dying.

What sin has not been committed in the name of efficiency?