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Comment: Re:This is why "biometric" authentication is usele (Score 1) 52

Shame I'm out of mod points.

Fact is, even the government hasn't got a clue who you are, other than the fact that you've got a card from them with a photo and a name printed on it. You probably got that card by showing them some other card with a photo and a name printed on it. That card, you probably got because you convinced your electric company and the library that your name really WAS Bobba Fett. They probably didn't care too much as long as they got paid and the books came back.

Comment: All family cars? (Score 1) 302

by Culture20 (#48683873) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices
Will the interlock be required on all cars the offender owns (but is not the primary driver for)? Timmy is just starting to drive at 16, but since Mom drove drunk, Timmy get the social ostracization of looking like a drunkard in his brand new 16th birthday gift (not a hand-me-down car, but still owned by mommy-dearest).
And what if it's all cars the offender has access to (owned by members of the household)? "Roommate wanted: $300/year, great view of city, 1100 sq ft for your portion of apartment, must be willing to install and use interlock device in car."

+ - Is Wikipedia biased for Israel and against Palestinians? 5

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Wikipedia's pro-Jewish bias has been discussed in Wikipedia-criticism circles for years, but today the Wikipediocracy blog ran a item relating to it that will attract controversy: it proves that English-language Wikipedia is heavily biased in favor of Israeli and Jewish subjects, and against Palestinians. And it starts with very disturbing examples — Wikipedia biographies of Israeli and Palestinian children who were killed in the endless civil war. Specifically, articles about Palestinian children who were killed by Israelis are almost guaranteed to be deleted from the "encyclopedia of record", while articles about Israeli children killed by Palestinians receive "special protection"."

Comment: Re:miscreation (Score 2) 348

by Culture20 (#48669319) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

The crap was in the LOTR appendices.

Show me anywhere in the appendices where an elf and dwarf fall in love.
Show me where the barrel-escape is a fast-paced, arrow-laden chase.
Show me the ridiculous fight between Smaug and Thorin's company. Smaug never met any of the dwarves in Thorin's group, and he never saw Bilbo. The whole time, he thought Bilbo was human (but was confused by the scent).
Show me Longshot^W Legolas using his luck powers and hollow bones to run up falling blocks.

Comment: Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (Score 1) 185

by Culture20 (#48658297) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

if you take a full-functioning adult human, scoop out their brain and leave the rest on life support, do you have a person anymore? I'd hope we can agree the answer is no. Well then, at the single-cell stage, you don't have a brain, so you don't have a person. Somewhere along the line, cell-division starts to specialize and eventually there's a little bundle of brain cells. Say there's... a hundred specialized brain cells. Nothing that is capable of cogitation, so again, I'd think we can agree that we don't have a person. Somewhere along the line, things gather enough complexity to support personality, thought, self-awareness, and personhood. That may - or may not - be at 9 months/birth.

Keep in mind that the difference between your two examples is that - all things being equal - one will result in a new brain being formed, and thus is different from the other which will never grow a new brain.

Comment: Re:Stone Age diet ? he wants to live all 20 years? (Score 3, Insightful) 439

by Quirkz (#48654817) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Puberty starts 8-12 in modern humans.

Very modern humans with excellent nutrition. It can be delayed by poor nutrition. I'm pretty sure I've seen people talking about that number dipping lower in recent centuries. I suspect it was higher in neo/paleolithic ages, when the food supply was less consistent.

Comment: Re:LOL ... w00t? (Score 1) 291

by nabsltd (#48653075) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Apparently there's hyphen, en-dash, and em-dash and the text of the book does indeed use the en-dash...and looks a little weird.

There's actually a lot more than just those, some of which render identically in most fonts.

I ran into a eBook that uses the n-dash correctly when used a a modifier for compound words, and it does look weird (which is what alerted me to it in the first place), but after reading the rules, I left them that way.

Comment: Re:LOL ... w00t? (Score 1) 291

by nabsltd (#48653041) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

There is nothing simple about typography, and a script such as you describe would cause more damage than it would fix.

In this case, the script would be simple, since the book isn't about math. Replace all U+2212 characters with U+002D and you've fixed the problem that Amazon has with the book.

Although U+2010 is called "Hyphen" and U+002D is called "Hyphen-Minus", either works in this case, with U+002D the most common.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil