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Comment Re:It's wrong because... (Score 3, Insightful) 294

Many scientists today refuse to let facts get in the way of their theories.

That is a complete myth and would be irrelevant even if it were true. Regardless on what your hypothesis is, in science you present evidence for or against it. Others can verify your claims. That is why, in science, frauds are eventually exposed, unlike virtually anything else. This is also why science has such a strong reputation.

By the way, you are confusing the difference between a hypothesis, a scientific theory and the layman theory.

Comment Re: "...sink or swim on their own..." (Score 1) 121

Putting that issue aside, the question then becomes, what is that cost? Any price you put on it is simply made up.

Actually its quite simple. The cost of sequestering the carbon dioxide produced along with the energy. (Which could fluctuate with market/technology). In other words, the extra cost should be the same cost to clean up the extra pollution produced. Otherwise the polluter is being subsidized by a price paid by others.

Say you compare bio-diesel with regular diesel, bio-diesel would be expected to cost more in dollars because it involved removing CO2 from the atomosphere. To be comparable with regular diesel you would have to include the cost of removing the CO2. That would be an exact and non-arbitrary price, since the CO2 pollution causes the damage.

We just don't like where these numbers lead and no one wants to penalize their country by acting responsible while everyone else just pollutes the world to their economic advantage.

Comment Re:Misleading summary (Score 1) 366

If so... it's an improvement.... but the requirement that the entrepreneur front, essentially 39% of the funds, to raise less than $100K.. would appear to be unduly burdensome. The requirement for a CPA audit would also appear to be unduly burdensome.

The person raising this money, should have a less-expensive option: that does not require losing a significant amount of their funding. And they should have an option of disclosing that no audit has been or will be performed.

They do: and that option is to raise funds from friends and family.

As long as they don't use a website to gather the funds in an organized manner. Say a bunch of small investments from a large group of friends over a large, geographic area.

Submission + - Feds aren't 'knowingly' weakening encryption, says U.S. official (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: A U.S. official Tuesday defended the government's encryption efforts in response to disclosures that the National Security Agency (NSA) has the ability to crack encryption protections. Patrick Gallagher, undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology and director of NIST, said that the leaks "would appear to attack our integrity." Gallagher, speaking at an Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit here, said that NIST's role "is to support a technical understanding of the strongest, most secure computer security, including encryption that we can. We are not deliberately, knowingly, working to undermine or weaken encryption technologies," said Gallagher.

Comment Re:oh boy ! (Score 2) 391

Individuals who find innovative ways to use these new technologies can become very wealthy.

Are you sure? The article seems to be give specific examples of how established industries are using the US system to stifle new companies that are being innovative and more efficient. Now which theory agrees more with class-mobility decreasing rather than increasing. Class mobility is probably the greatest indication of how much importance a society is placing on talent and effort instead of inherited positions and wealth.

Comment A classic -The "anti-science" crowd (Score 1) 218

While at the hospital, I asked a nurse if she had seen Guillain-Barré syndrome from the Yellow Fever vaccine. She said that this was the first time she had seen it from the Yellow Fever vaccine but they see regularly caused by the Flu vaccine.

I am cautious with other vaccine also--weighing the benefit against the know effects of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Knowing the about, I would say that BMO is ignorant of the science of vaccines and his comments are only his opinions. Autism is not the only affliction to be concerned with.

The parent is probably classic anti-vaccine logic. The flu itself causes Guillain-Barr&#233 at a much, much greater rate than the vaccine. An extra 1 in 100000 people who got the swine flu shot in 1976 developed Guillain-Barr&#233. And since no real direct mechanism can be found, that still might be correlation and not causation.


Comment Re:time for more apprenticeships over older collge (Score 1) 226

Programming skills in combination with other actual skills can be quite valuable. A lot of scientific software has poor usability because it was written by people who have no idea what realistic use cases or productivity bottlenecks are.

As for settling for bachelors-level jobs, CS is a very different world from science where work experience matters much more than degrees. But a bachelors in CS and 2 years work experience is probably worth as much as your PhD. Demand does not really match difficulty of the degree, but how replaceable you are.

My background is fairly similar, but I skipped out at the Masters level to work in industry. In science, PhD really would help get an interview though. HR would have screened out my resume through official channels...

Comment Re:Declare the compounds (Score 1) 364

By every medical or fact based study, marijuana, shrooms and LSD are among the safest drugs ever known. Psilocybin and LSD are completely non-habit forming; as in they are much, much less addictive coffee.

Meth is not some new drug. It was the typical biker 'speed'. And there were many years when the US was producing massive quantities of amphetamines for prescription use.

The vast majority of heroin users are not addicts, but occasional users. Similar to how the vast majority of people who drink are not alcoholics. The brain damage levels of alcoholics are incredible and much more severe what a cocaine addict has. (I am not advocating cocaine use; the heart attack rate is very high.)

The medical facts are a VERY different story than is portrayed and then there are problems like the complete lack of evidence prohibition reduced alcoholism. Alcoholics made sure to get a dealer.

Comment Re:Short answer? No. (Score 1) 412

Easy economic solution - only freely trade with places/products matching your moral standards and add tariffs otherwise. Similar how to sell a car to the US you need meet US safety standards, not whatever the safety standards are in their country. Or how we simply do not trade items made with slave labor. There are countries that would be fine with slavery, but it would eliminate the export market of their goods.

Okay, it will not be that easy. Especially with this strange notion that companies will pass their savings on to the consumer by lowering the cost of the product, instead of continuing to charge what customers will pay and keeping the extra profits like any good capitalist. Anyway the point is you only need to worry about changing what your country does and the rest of the world will change just to do business with you. Well for a large country with a big consumer base like the US at least.

Comment Re:Why would you buy local? (Score 1) 412

Produce? I can have a garden, or again, buy local.

Why would you buy local (assuming it is not cheaper)?

Please see http://www.mises.org/books/defending.pdf, chapter 23 - The Importer

Importers make the economy grow.

Because his ethical goal is environmental, not economic. Shipping is subsidized in a sense as environmental costs are not properly counted into the price. The environmental cost lowers the productivity of the world. If the shipping company were doing something like capturing carbon released and adding the extra cost to the produce, then your argument is valid (from a CO2 perspective at least).

Certain morals have value to people and they're willing to spend money on them, like spending more on local or fair trade produce or even wasting money advertising against gay marriage. That is capitalism. Of course for capitalism to function, consumers require accurate information and that doesn't just magically happen...

Comment Re:What happened to self-control? (Score 1) 1004

Wow, can't avoid forums for a week? Can't do something else for a WHOLE WEEK? It must be somebody else's fault! You can get books 1-4 as a set for $20 right now ($10 second hand on ebay). Who needs to wait hours for one single episode when you can read at your leisure any time?

You want my impulse buy money? No? Well then STFU.

Comment Re:A week? (Score 1) 1004


I live in Canada. I bought Dance with Dragons the day it came out from my local bookstore. (It helped that I was taking several cross-Canada trips for work a week after it came out.) I bought every book and I've told dozens of people about the series, probably making Martin enough to buy lunch, maybe dessert afterwards.

If I would like to upgrade my service to watch Game of Thrones, I would have to do the following: 1. Buy an HD-DVR system from my oligarchy cable / ISP / phone provider ($600) 2. Upgrade to cable. ($100 a month) 3. Upgrade to HD service ($50 a month) 4. Upgrade to some package that includes HBO ($50 a month)

And then I'd have to make certain that I was home during that time. Although I would have spent $600 on the HD PVR in step 1, they are so buggy and flakey that they tend to lose settings and recorded shows. So all told, I would have to spend close to one thousand dollars to watch Game of Thrones in the off chance that I'm home, my wife is home, the kids are in bed, the DVR doesn't pixelate out, they don't have decryption problems (happened all the time during the Olympics), AND they don't lose all my settings so I could actually watch the HBO that I've spent a grand on.

Option 2 is not watch the show. I'd really rather watch it. My wife likes the show as well.

Option 3 is wait a year for the DVD release. Riiiight.

Option 4 is direct electronic import from Sweden. Like Colt 45, it works every time.

I guess some kind of legitimate online provider (Netflix) at $10/month is somehow out of the question?

Regardless, I'm not exactly sure what you were trying to prove here. How bad you want to watch a cable TV show, or why stealing a Ferrari is SO much better than stealing a Chevy due to the price tag.

That's right - no legitimate online provider will sell it in Canada and the customer would have paid for it if it was remotely reasonable. So its more like whining Ferrari get stolen more when they can only be bought as a bundle with an entire car dealership. Then claiming car thieves, not idiotic business practices against all rules of microeconomics, are the problem to push for harsher laws.

Comment Back to Pirate Bay for me (Score 4, Insightful) 1004

1. Excitedly rush to iTunes to buy Game of Thrones Season 2 - I didn't know I could buy it!

2. Discover AC is a lying, prick.

3. Return to paying criminals who actually know how to provide a service

I would love to be able to vote with my wallet. I see that's not possible through legal means, at least where I live. I hereby declare my downloads to represent a lost sale caused entirely by being unable to give money for the product I want.

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