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Comment: Re:Wow, these ads must be AWFUL (Score 2) 92

by GNious (#49427795) Attached to: Consumer Groups Bemoan Google's "Deceptive" Ads for Kids In FTC Complaint

Oh, definitely - I'd also seen my first "dirty magazine" by the time I was 11.

But there's a difference between that, and a 5-yr old being subjected her favorite cartoon figure engaging in various acts, or hearing her talk about exterminating the native population while being a "potty-mouth".

I'm kinda conscious of my kids learning the differences between nudity, affection and sexuality, and some of the stuff people are uploading on YouTube would undermine my efforts in that area.

Comment: Re:Wow, these ads must be AWFUL (Score 1) 92

There is some content on YouTube, that many parents (me included) find inappropriate for children.

Example was that my kid had found some Dora the Explorer cartoons on it, and afterwards YouTube suggested "related videos" that included very explicit adult content in non-official Dora cartoons.

Comment: Re:Not in the US (Score 1) 96

by GNious (#49399699) Attached to: The Democratization of Medical Diagnosis and Discovery

Note: I'm from Denmark, now living in Belgium.

I like the fact that I can get a CD/DVD with my scans - sure it is in a proprietary format, and comes with a limited windows-application, so the whole thing is useless to me, but besides that, it is cool.

What I DON'T like is that I go have a scan, then have to get a CD/DVD, take that to my doctor, who then interprets it while I wait ....
Why the funk not just send the damn data to the doctor immediately, and let him/her spend any downtime ("there's always patients cancelling") to review the data?

Back home, I've had an MRI done, data sent to Copenhagen, answer from some expert came back (it was a complex fracture) and everything was dealt with easily and fast - no need for me to run around with stuff.

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

by GNious (#49318175) Attached to: France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

China does have reasons for improving matters: Pollution is literally killing its citizenry.

They are being far too slow about it, and making bad rules about it (air filters in manufacturing being madatory, but not actually required to be used?), but progress is being made.
Their current government is taking (small) steps in the right direction.

External pressure (including naming-and-shaming) is definitely needed in order to get the Chinese to improve on this, both on a inter-governmental level, and on a consumer level.

Issue then becomes that, as China introduces Environmental and Labor laws, companies will shift production to other countries, where they can still pollute and abuse; China is a symptom, not the problem.

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

by GNious (#49307467) Attached to: France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

Imagine for a minute what it would take to make a world wide commitment to shut down 100% of all fossil fuel power within 30 years. A few small measures aren't going to do it, it will have to become priority one, and not just in the US or Europe, but worldwide.

European climate package of 2008 dictate that by 2020, 30% of all energy use must come from renewable sources.
Denmark's current climate policy target 100% renewable energi by 2050 (35 years from now).
Both goals are considered fully possible.
It isn't exactly a 100% global commitment, nor exactly 30 years, but it is doable, and there are people (and governments) with the will to do this - simply leaning back and saying, "it's hopeless" will get us nowhere.

Before you say, "ah, but DK is a small country", consider that several individual states in the US are smaller/denser, and could pursue the same goal since, you know, "America #1!!!".

9 US states are smaller by area (43k sqkm, Maryland = 32k sqm)
30 US states are smaller by population (5m6, Minnesota = 5m4)
42 US states have lower population density (333/sqmi, Pennsylvania = 286/sqmi)

Finally, if you need a different reason than "perhaps climate change is caused by humans", then I think we have several of these. Example:

Comment: Re:Death traps. (Score 1, Insightful) 451

by GNious (#49289839) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

My prophecy:
Self driving cars will be better than humans in 99,99% of the situations within 3 years. Sadly it will take another 5 to wide scale adoption and yet another 10 years for human driven cars to be banned to racetracks.

Irrelevant - the moment a self-driving car has an accident that causes loss of life, there'll be a public outcry against them, and a demand that they be banned for being too unsafe, statistics-be-damned.

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