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Comment Re:Stupid people are stupid (Score 1) 956

Post Columbine, if you wore a black trench-coat into school you would be suspicious and often sent home. Is there anything inherently wrong in a trench-coat?

Three scenarios:

1) I wear the trench-coat and make subtle gestures to those around that I am shooting.
2) I wear the trench-coat and make OVERT gestures of gunning people down ( no actual guns involved)
3) I am ignorent of trench-coat fear and wear it to keep me dry in the rain

Those three scenarios have obviously different consequences. None of which is being arrested. Yet, the kid can still be at fault in the first two scenarios.

Comment Sometimes completely self driving (Score 2) 247

We need completely self-driving cars. But we don't need them to drive everywhere. Handling suburban, city, freeway, highway, et al is hard to program in. If we just focused on 100% freeway driving, I think that would be much easier to program. We could have a self driving car that drives on the freeway autonomously, but gives ample warning before an exit ramp where it expects the user to take over at the first stop.

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1307

Are the children and grand children responsible for the crimes their previous family members and 3rd party collaborators committed?

If someone on your family commits a crime are you supposed to go to jail as well to pay for their crimes too?

If your parents built a mansion with that loan, then the mansion is part of the estate at their death and creditors can take that away. If a country built infrastructure with loans, the creditor would have a lean on that infrastructure. If this wasn't the case it would make sense to take huge loans you couldn't pay and build a space elevator for your children.

Comment Re:Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 5, Insightful) 272

The article quotes a NASA study from 2007 on the best way to "deflecting NEOs". They found nuclear devices to be "10-100 times more effective than the non-nuclear alternatives analyzed in this study." You are actually saying what the article is saying. The article doesn't say the nukes are to explode the NEO, leave it to Slashdot to have a misleading summary.

Comment Re:China already selectively eliminates females (Score 1) 150

I'm not sure these assumptions are correct, but saying that 1.07 to 1.12 is "not as big as many people may think" is a bit disingenuous. Let's look at the numbers

Lets assume 1.07 would be their natural ratio. In India it's 1.12. India has a birth rate of around 25 million people a year. The "natural" ratio would lead that to be:

25m * 1.07/2.07
12,922,705 males
12,077,294 females

Their actual ratio is more like (1.12):

25m * 1.12/2.12
13,207,547 males
11,792,452 females

Female birth number should be assuming a 1.07 ratio = 13,207,547 / 1.07 = 12,343,502
If this imbalance was only due to deaths of females before being reported as births this would lead to 551,050 females being killed in India.

We're talking half a million female babies each year (just in India). That's probably more than most people think.

Comment Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (Score 1) 699

If you give an inch, they take a foot. Any time you give an overarching exception to the rule of law, it will be abused. I'm not interested in comparing our freedom losses relative to anything or anyone else. We can do better than we are doing now. For example:
--US Gov. can hold you indefinitely without pressing charges. (gitmo)
--Big data queries without warrants can cause false positive flags on innocent civilians
--Recent choke hold fiasco has shed light on the police force being slapped on the wrist for killing using methods outside their own approval
--CIA lies to senate in front of the world (about spying on citizens). Faces no charges or repercussions
--Michael Chertoff (got money from US citizens for backscatter machines without the proper vetting and RFPs)

Comment Re:Boys are naturally curious... (Score 1) 608

I realize my earlier statement could be construed as an ambiguous "everything effects everything" chaos theory type of statement. But, believe me, it is more than just wild conjecture. See: . IF this theory is true (and there is certainly a fair amount of evidence) then it would explain how hormones effect motivations for STEM careers. Yes, there is still culture in there. They are not desperate systems, and could even create a feedback loop. So, failing other more compelling explanations, I'll go with the theory I linked.

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard