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Comment: Bank Tellers knew my face and name... (Score 2, Interesting) 161 161

Haven't people been complaining for decades that businesses don't recognize them anymore? There has often been nostalgia for a time when people were recognized by name when they walked into their bank.

Wouldn't this just be reviving the "Good Olde Days", at least for small town America? Or is facial recognition only okay when done by a MeatCreature?

Comment: Citation Needed (Score 4, Informative) 281 281

The assertion that foraging people "traditionally didn't develop high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, or cardiovascular disease" needs a big 'Citation Needed' mark.

This Slate article does a great job of explaining how decades of peer reviewed papers on the Inuit all make the mistake of assuming lower cardiovascular disease based on a flawed assumption in a single paper in the 1970s:

Comment: Re:Looks ok to me (Score 1) 229 229

even if sentenced .025% of innocent people to death it would be doing far better than current efforts.

Assuming 300M people in the US are innocent people, or at least innocent of a capital crime, sentencing 0.025% of innocent people to death would execute 75000 people. That's about 1000x the current rate of executions, so I think it would be worse than current efforts. :)

Unless you meant that 0.025% of people sentenced to death being innocent would be better then current efforts. That one's probably true.

Comment: Re:Take that Darwin (Score 2) 118 118

Yes, I'm trying to be funny. :) Lamarckian evolution (sorry for misspelling it in the original post) is pretty much completely discredited. Though at the time it was a good theory, it lacked a reasonable mechanism. While epigenetics displays some Lamarckian behavior, it doesn't completely fulfill the ability to pass on "acquired traits" and doesn't give the long term changes needed for species differentiation.

And of course Darwin was wrong in some respects. He was just much more correct than anyone before him.

Comment: Re:*sigh* Not Again... (Score 5, Insightful) 515 515

Yep, another case of the FBI finding a 'terrorist' by finding a mildly disgruntled guy, giving him fake weapons and explosives, suggesting a terrorist plot to him, and then 'catching' him when he did exactly what they wanted him to do.

Like these guys:

And these guys:

Comment: Keep those Confidential Memos confidential (Score 1) 309 309

I imagine the first terms to be added could be something like "Company Confidential, Do Not Copy" or "Sensitive Business Information".

That said, copiers already block copying of certain patterns, such as US currency. With a little trial and error it's not hard to figure out exactly what on the dollar bill is being matched. Just add it to your documents, and no body will even be able to print them. (Careful, as some brands of printers will lock themselves and require a service call after you try to copy money.)

Comment: Re:How much is your time worth (Score 1) 837 837

Yes, the 100m limit was put in place to minimize the amount of time you had to wait to detect a collision, but it was also put in place when people hooked up a chain of computers to the same coaxial cable for their ethernet. Unless you are still using hubs, collisions aren't a huge problem, as the only thing to collide with is yourself. Use a switch and you can go above 100m easily.

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning