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Comment: Re:150ms?? (Score 1) 85

Automated surgeries will come, but it will be a while. I've had five surgeries (three knee, one shoulder, one hernia), and all doctors say the same thing when I ask...each surgery is just different enough to keep it interesting, and they always have to adjust their plan once they are in there. Hence the difference between good and great surgeons, it's their art as well as their science.

Comment: Is it new youth or longer old age. (Score 2) 550

by Hussman32 (#49796627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

If we can truly rejuvenate brain cells to the point where one could learn new skills like languages and instruments while remembering earlier life, then it's a wonderful concept and I have no doubt we'll find ways to adapt with improved food resources and economic energy consumption. We could harvest asteroids a la Greg Bear and Kim Stanley Robinson for space housing and interplanetary colonization.

If it's a way for the old to stay in power without any youthful change, then the development of the technology must be stopped. I'm speaking as someone in his forties who knows in my sixties that it will be time to let someone else drive the car.

Comment: Re:Ground for appeal? (Score 3, Interesting) 80

by Hussman32 (#49794469) Attached to: Murder Accusations Hang Over Silk Road Boss Ulbricht's Sentencing

Normally if a prosecutor were to infer additional crimes not discussed during trial, the defense attorney would say 'Objection!' and the judge would immediately reply 'Sustained.'

As an earlier poster said, if the sentence is out of bounds for what he was tried for, he'll have a strong case for an appeal.

Comment: Re:Oddly enough, I support this because... (Score 2) 269

I'm quoting a man who told me his electric bill is about 10 dollars a month, it's not a hypothetical. If you're not in the house most of the day and you have a smart thermostat, you're generating all day without consumption, and using some electricity at night at off-peak prices.

The utility generates at wholesale prices, and then they are forced to buy it back at retail prices. In a way it costs the utility twice, once in lost revenue (arguable as conservation, agreed) and twice in paying more for power than they would when generating it alone. If they were compensated at wholesale, you could argue it's not a subsidy.

The tax breaks you get for installing them? Definitely a subsidy.

Comment: Re:That poor man (Score 1) 269

Note that he owns his home and in Calf there is the Prop 13 thing that effectively
freezes his property tax to levels as much as decades ago.

Except my tax rate went up 17% last year in San Mateo for special assessments.

A good thing... sure. A smart thing I suspect not.

California revenue is largely based on the performance of the tech stock market (all of the employees stock plans are taxed as employment, and they have 10% income tax), so when the market tanks, Sacramento passes all of these emergency measures to 'make sure the schools are well-funded' and raise all the rates by a percent or more. Then the market goes up, and the newly raised rates stay constant...I love the land of California, I can't stand the government.

Comment: Re:That poor man (Score 1) 269

Let's say he has a 1,500 square foot home that he purchased for the bargain price of 450,000 dollars back in 2005, then he has a mortgage payment of about $2,500 a month. Then he has two kids to feed along with himself, so that's another $700 a month. Then everything else in the state costing about 30% more than anyone else, along with an effective tax rate of about 35% for him...carry the one...leaves him with about $600 a month, which may be needed for cars and everything else. So yeah, sad to say, he's almost poor in California.

Comment: Oddly enough, I support this because... (Score 2, Insightful) 269

...right now California has subsidies to people who have solar panels; any power they don't use during the day is sold 'back to the grid' at retail prices; hence, many of the wealthy have virtually no electric bill for their 10,000 square foot homes while those who can't afford the few thousand dollar lease initiation costs pay full prices.

So, if this what I consider to be unfair state subsidizing of solar panels is going to happen, and it is for now, I'm okay with some people having their burden relieved because right now the subsidies only help those who don't need it.

Comment: Re:Science is fine... Academic institutions are no (Score 3, Insightful) 397

by Hussman32 (#49775407) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

One issue with academia is that all research must be the stated hypothesis is confirmed, i.e. a negative hypothesis result is not considered valuable. Even though the elimination of a degree of freedom from consideration for further study is one of the cornerstones of science. Instead, everyone must make something new and groundbreaking.

Comment: I think it encourages snuff films for causes. (Score 1) 96

by Hussman32 (#49759613) Attached to: Death In the Browser Tab

It does not sweep horrid acts under the carpet; it encourages their production.

My main concern is that someone will see that as their ticket to fame and start making the videos for public distribution. This has happened already, all I needed to see was one film on 15 years ago where a soldier's throat was cut on film in Chechnya. Their cause gets views and exposure, and that is not a Good Thing.

Yes, yes, freedom of the press, I support it, but the media are also supposed to exercise some amount of discretion. I don't watch death videos, and I'd rather that public media choose not to publish them.

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