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Comment I hope Nate doesn't become another hack (Score 4, Insightful) 335

Most media sites are internet hacks now, posting stories for clicks, that's all they care about (alla Newsweek) and guess what, reddit is their big secret! Nate Silver was one of the very few that stuck to the data, and was trustworthy. But that was then, this is now. He has to prove his new venture is going to be accurate and truthful and not just another HuffPost type bullcrap.

Comment Newsweek is the new National Enquirer (Score 4, Insightful) 182

Seriously, this was once a very respected mag that will never publish such trash and make it pass for true journalism just to get page views. Newsweek may be happy with all the attention, but the reporting was amateurish. That's what happens when you cut cost by firing all the carreer pros and get sub par people to do the vetting. I hope they go the way of Time mag sooner rather than later. The poor guy that has only a name to share with the true creator of bitcoin probably will get a lawyer and a big cash settlement. The bitcoin community sees this as a lot of fun after a few weeks of distressing news. Bitcoin as a whole is benefiting from all the publicity. All in all, bad journalism and not a bad week for bitcoin.

Comment I think the article makes a good point (Score 3, Insightful) 308

Robots can do all the work we need to do and do it for many many years, like the space probes we've sent and are still working after so long. We do the exploration by proxy then, what's wrong with that? Eventually humanity may even be followed by a cybernetic civilization, if we can manage the tech before we go extinct.

Comment Re:Is that so? (Score 1) 488

I think the concept of a space elevator is more to bring payloads into orbit cheaply. It costs a lot of money per ton to shuttle something into orbit now. People could still be shuttled up and payloads use the elevator, that way the price per ton in orbit would go down dramatically.

Comment Re:The 1% are insulated (Score 2) 1799

You don't understand how votes work. When you vote your age group gains and when you do not vote your age group loses influence. That is why seniors have a lot of influence, because they vote. If you don't like the presidential choices, you can still vote for your representatives in Congress and your local representatives. Evidently if you do not vote, it is your own fault, because that is how the system works.

Comment Ok, this is my fix, for what it's worth. (Score 1) 352

I have done this ever since I joined FB due to friends and family over-bugging me to join: I installed the Opera browser, I got a new email that I use for FB; I've used Opera only to log into FB and into the email I use for FB. I use Chrome or Firefox for everything else. I just checked my Firefox, no FB cookies!

Comment Re:Chrome and Linux don't jive (Score 1) 206

Always the same console message, as far as I can tell, it is a chrome bug. It just hangs. $ chrome /usr/bin/chrome: /opt/google/chrome/libz.so.1: no version information available (required by /usr/bin/chrome) /opt/google/chrome/chrome: /opt/google/chrome/libz.so.1: no version information available (required by /opt/google/chrome/chrome)

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