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Comment: "on high profile beliefs" how about all (Score 2) 725

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.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.