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Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1818

You could improve the mod system a bit by having it detect "controversial" comments - those with many both up and down mods (just find the statistical outliers). Those should always be kept visible. We need downmods to self-police garbage posts, GNAA posts, APK, and so on. But we need someway to prevent a comment being censored if 10 people mod it up and 12 people mod it down - any such comment is interesting and should be kept visible, rather than becoming a scale of the political leanings of the mods. Maybe mark it in some way and disable further moderation.

Interesting idea you have there. It would be nice to be able to filter to see the most moderated posts, as well as those with a particular score threshold.

Comment Re:legalism is a crap philosophy. (Score 1) 555

If everybody is speeding, maybe the speed limit is too low.

Probably not, as The Fine Article states near the top: "... installed a camera on his roof and began writing speed-monitoring software after a 12-year-old pedestrian was injured by a car last October."

How fast was that person going? Was it a drunk driver? Was it a half-blind OAP? None of those details regarding the aforementioned accident are in the article, only the fact that some people drive down this guy's street at the breakneck speed of 34mph.

Comment Re:Another US Tax Dodge Scheme (Score 1) 60

Ireland does not generate the revenue, it just allows tax cheats to shift that revenue to another location to cheat on taxes, they are scum as this is done intentionally and they should be subject to international sanctions. Don't generate the revenue, then you are not entitled to the taxes on that revenue, all tax havens should be destroyed via economic sanctions.

Ireland does not make tax cheats, incompatibilities in tax laws across jurisdictions do. The Irish government really doesn't care where multinational companies get taxed, it knows the profits aren't being earned in Ireland. All it is interested in is those multinationals creating jobs in Ireland, and they have created a huge number.
And if you want to go after tax havens, maybe look at some of the big ones, like Switzerland, or the British Crown Dependencies.

Comment Re:Another US Tax Dodge Scheme (Score 1) 60

Not this bullshit again. Ireland has an efficient tax system where companies actually pay close to the tax rate that is advertised. Many countries in the EU have much higher official tax rates, but the actual rate paid after various incentives, remits and rebates is much lower. For example, the actual average rate paid in 2014 in Belgium, with an official corporate tax rate of 34.5%, was 6.5%. Comparing tax rates while ignoring all the ways various countries provide for ignoring them is pointless.

Comment Re:18 years? (Score 4, Interesting) 332

Not just government, lots of large companies will have things quietly churning away in the background that people don't get rid of because they've been there so long nobody knows what they are and they're afraid to touch. I've seen Avions running DGUX that have only recently been scrapped. A customer last year asked us to have a look at something, and I'm not really sure what it was, it looked like an old dumb terminal with 2 5.25" floppy drives built into it, we just handed to some guys about to retire to look at. I looked at a SCO Xenix system within the last 6 months. Just this week, I saw an AIX server that isn't used but is kept around just in case they need to look up old accounts. I had a look at it out of curiousity, and saw the radiusd process chewing up processor time so gave it a reboot, first time it was restarted since Oct 2009.

Comment Re:The water? (Score 2) 228

Or it could be that this is the rubber stamp that is always applied to medical records when they are requested.

It is above the pay grade of the low level bureaucrat to make the distinction between animal and human (if there is one).

Does the Department of Agriculture perform many human autopsies?

Submission + - Why cosmic inflation's last great prediction may fail

StartsWithABang writes: Cosmic inflation, our earliest theory of the Universe and the phenomenon that sets up the Big Bang, didn’t just explain a number of puzzles, but made a slew of new predictions for the Universe. In the subsequent 35 years, five of the six have been confirmed, with only primordial gravitational waves left to go. Inflation predicts that they could be large or small, but based on the simplest classes of models and the measured value of the density fluctuations, the gravitational waves must, according to cosmologist Mark Kamionkowski, be within the range of telescopes during the next decade. If we find them, either one of the two simplest models could be correct, but if we don’t, then the two simplest classes of inflationary models are all wrong, and gravitational waves from inflation may be invisible to us for the foreseeable future.

Comment Sounds like bullshit (Score 4, Informative) 704

FTFA: "He said that the airline told them that they would not be refunded the $13,340 cost of their flights. They were also forced to return everything they bought at the airport’s duty-free shops before being escorted from the airport."

EU law states that:
If you are denied boarding or your flight is cancelled or overbooked, you are entitled to either:

        transport to your final destination using comparable alternative means, or
        having your ticket refunded and, where relevant, being returned free of charge to your initial departure point.


Comment Encryption bit completely overlooked? (Score 1) 456

I'm surprised the entire debate here is about tax, and everyone overlooked the bit slipped in at the end:

"Rose interviewed Cook before last month's terror attacks in Paris, in which the attackers used encrypted messages to communicate with each other. "

They're still pushing that lie in every place they can, when everyone now knows they were sending normal text messages.

Comment Re:3x GHG emissions *per calorie* (Score 3, Informative) 340

Our digestive systems are not as good as cows' for processing that stuff.

Yes, but it's not orders of magnitude worse. To eat a cow, you have to grow it to the point where it's worth slaughtering before you cut it up and get some delicious sizzling steaks.

How many meals do you think the cow eats in that time?

Apparently they're slaughtered at between 3 and 16 weeks for good beef. How many meals do you think they eat in that time?

3-16 weeks? Cattle will be slaughtered at around 3 years age. Are you thinking of chickens?

Comment Re:machine consciousness vs "artificial" intellige (Score 4, Informative) 189

i've mentioned this before, whenever the phrase "artificial" intelligence comes up. the problem is not with quotes AI quotes, it's with *us humans*. just look at the two words "artificial" combined with the word "intelligence". it is SHEER ARROGANCE on our part to declare that intelligence - such an amazing concept - can be *artificial*. as in "not really real". as in "beneath us". as in "objective and thus subject to our manipulation and enslavement".

I would have to dispute your definition of artificial as being somehow "not really real". If you use the original meaning, ie. the product of an artisan, or a crafted object, then it makes complete sense. We are talking about intelligence that is designed and built, rather than having developed naturally. Artifacts are still real things.

Comment Re:I want my daylight in the evening after work (Score 1) 252

I'd rather it was dark going home than dark at 9am.

So you are saying you are a hermit who never leaves the house after work? Personally It could be dark until quitting time and I'd be fine with that. I want as much daylight in the evening after work as I can get. I live on the western edge of a time zone and with DST in place it is light until almost 10pm in June which is awesome. I have no need for daylight at 5am and neither do most people.

I'm not saying I never go out, I'm saying I don't like waking up while it is still dark. Even if we kept DST it would be dark this time of year by the time I get home from work, usually around 18:15-18:30. If we didn't move back from DST for the winter I would never get to see the sun Mon-Fri.

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