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Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 513

by Filip22012005 (#42087711) Attached to: Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

In the birthday problem, you are not matching your birthday to the birthdays of the people present. It's the probability that in a set of n randomly chosen people, some pair of them will have the same birthday. See wikipedia.

Perhaps I'm not getting what you're saying. Because you say "YOUR", and I'm not sure if you actually mean me.

Comment: Re:Well you know... (Score 1) 499

by Filip22012005 (#41386411) Attached to: How Big Pharma Hooked America On Legal Heroin

I appreciate this perspective a lot, especially the first part. My problem with the second part is that you are arguably not a free person anymore if you're addicted. You're still being abused by some producer/seller. This is where freedom is impaired in quite a subtle way. It happens continuously, of course, and is a slippery slope. For example, my own limit in freedom of choice lies somewhere between THC and cocaine. This opinion is formed by my culture, as the former is considered a "soft" drug and the latter a "hard" drug. Incidentally, my culture is another one of those subtle impairments of my freedom.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"

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