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Comment: "on high profile beliefs" how about all (Score 2) 681

by RichMan (#47393813) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Being religious and "accepting science" is just drawing the boundaries in a different place. There is still a science no-go zone so they really do not accept science they just define the boundaries differently.

How about on all beliefs should be rejected and replaced with reality. A belief system that contradicts with the world we live in should be diagnosed as a phsycological disorder.

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes: False beliefs about what is taking place or who one is (delusions) ; Seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations).

Why does society accept the mass relgious psychosis yet reject other forms?

Science is about changing our "belief" system to match what we know about the world we live in. Religion is about denying the world we live in for a belief system that is a mental fugue.

Comment: Re:Might as well go back to rail (Score 2) 142

by RichMan (#47388405) Attached to: Autonomous Trucking

Rail does not go to the final point of delivery. Even with rail you have to move it to truck for final delivery. The cost of moving from rail to truck needs to come down a lot. Some of this is done with container shipping. Still in most cases it is easier to centrally load a truck have it driver over a couple of states then do local deliveries to many places. You do this with many trucks from a central warehouse. The cost these days is in loading, unloading and managing what is in the shipment.

Comment: Willfull blindness (Score 4, Interesting) 772

by RichMan (#47107653) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

What this says is people will accept science except where they feel it contradicts with their beliefs.

Gravity - ok
Electricity - ok
Evolution - nope

I think this says it all. Even with the one nope they have proven themselves not to be scientifically literate. They have proven that they have a rational space that cannot be challenged by science. No matter how rational you might otherwise be if there is a think-space where you refuse to be rational you are at root irrational.

Comment: Bad Funding Model (Score 1) 626

by RichMan (#47049213) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

If the government operations, police etc, are reliant on speeding tickets and other fines to operate then there is a serious problem with the funding model for that operation.

A very serious self interested model that should have been rejected from conception by a rational society.

Ok the civil structure is funded by fineing people for misbehaving. Means that the civil structure either requires that people misbehave or that people who are not misbehaving get ticketed anyways. The pressure will then be on the members of that structure to invent new ways to find people misbehaving and fine them.

A very broken system that will gear up and attack people for minor infractions. This system is broken and should be dismantled and shame on those who set it up in the first place.

This type of system is fairly irrational, but common, due to peoples inability to think that they might be the victims of such a penalty system.

Comment: Beginners .... start servers ... opem ports ... (Score 1) 294

by RichMan (#47031805) Attached to: Fixing the Pain of Programming

I don't see why beginner programmers should be starting with servers or ports. Where are the basic fundamentals of programming before they approach things like servers and ports where one should be thinking about task blocking, threading and security above and beyond the "make it do what it want" level.

Comment: meta - web needed, (Score 2) 370

We need a meta-web awarness.

While any blog can comment on any other page it is very haphazard.

You should be able to browse the meta-web by turning on a browser function that gives a side page of links that link back to the current page being viewed. The link backs would be ranked by "authority"

a) if you are the originating site you automatically get meta-web rights to your own pages. IE you can say @link is incorrect or add a correction to the original story without having to edit or take down the original story.
b) comments on a site need to be differentiated from articles on a site. So comments don't get ranked over actual article content. This would be embedded code identifying comments and downranking them relative to articles.
c) this would enable a registered "corrections site" to get top ranked meta-web comments to any web page

Comment: Both too hot and too cold. (Score 1) 216

by RichMan (#46992871) Attached to: Who controls the HVAC at work?

The set points for winter and summer seem to be the same. That means in winter when the heat runs it is about 2C over the set point. Then in summer it is about 2C under the set point. Stupid waste of energy.

Also it means inside it is shorts weather when outside it is gloves and hat. Then inside it is sweater weather when outside it is skin weather.

Comment: Re:An article that suggests a counter-effect.... (Score 3, Informative) 784

by RichMan (#46983483) Attached to: Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Except the ice sheet is not at float eqilibrium.

If the ice was at float equilibrium its melting would then take up less space. But because the ice sheet is stacked so high above sea level the floor of the glacier is grounded there is much more ice there than the float equilibrium point. There is a lot more ice there than the water it displaces. Your argument does not cover that point.

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 4, Informative) 784

by RichMan (#46983417) Attached to: Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Thats 10ft due to the west antarctic ice sheet. There is a lot more ice out there.
10m =~ 30ft
The last time the planet was steadily 2 degrees C warmer than pre-industrial times, some 120,000 years ago, sea levels were 5 to 10 meters higher than today. It’s likely we’ll hit 2 degrees C of warming by 2100, unless we take extreme measures to mitigate emissions.
And there are factors other than ice melt.
In China, the Yellow River delta is currently sinking so fast that local sea levels are rising by up to 25 centimeters per year, nearly 100 times the global average. Places that were once covered by kilometers of ice, like northern Canada, are now rebounding upwards — which means local sea levels are actually falling in some parts of Alaska. But that upward-moving land is hinging nearby areas, like the U.S. East Coast, downward by millimeters per year — adding millimeters per year to the local sea level rise there. The U.S. East Coast has another problem too: Climate change is weakening the Gulf Stream current, and that is allowing water to slop back towards shore. Overall, the U.S. East Coast is seeing rates of sea level rise that are 3 to 4 times the global average. The tropics, meanwhile, are seeing extra sea level rise thanks to a strange gravitational effect. As high-latitude ice melts, there is less mass at the poles to pull ocean water towards them; instead, the water slopes more towards the equator.

Comment: Re:Coder Boycott (Score 5, Insightful) 303

The ruling means that any library in any language can be shut down. It means that public interface declarations can be copyright. It means it could be impossible for anyone to reproduce a public interface.

AkA it makes all public interfaces private. It is not just a Java specific ruling, it has implications across all coding environments.

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