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Comment: Re:Goolge is helping... (Score 4, Insightful) 276

by Sabriel (#48217417) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

... hmm. It occurs to me that the GP can be completely wrong about there being some grand conspiracy and yet still accurately describe/predict what happens.

Enough people, acting independently towards coincidentally similar goals, can look remarkably like a conspiracy from the outside.

And unfortunately cause the same problems.

Best to amend the system so that the effect is prevented/fixed regardless of the cause.

Comment: Re:Charging amperage (Score 1) 395

If they can get it down to a quarter-hour I'd be happy. Enough time to take that healthy walk after hours of driving, grab a bite to eat, etc. And if I wasn't doing cross-country, it probably means I've either repeatedly forgotten to charge the car at home or I've got bigger problems.

Comment: Re:Not only in Finland. (Score 1) 314

I had a dream once, where our first meeting with aliens involved a giant spaceship appearing over the capital and confiscating the White House in the case of "The Galactic Republic versus 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, United States, Earth".

I was much more interested in the cool giant spaceship and not the politicians complaining at their own civil forfeiture laws being used against them, but anyway...

Comment: Re:Not MAD. (Score 1) 342

by Sabriel (#47989965) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MIRV = Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle. So each of those 1500 MIRVs carries multiple nuclear warheads. Need five mid-sized nukes to wipe out NYC? No problem. Ten for LA? Still no problem. One missile each, just program in your preferred detonation pattern for the warheads:

Here's a long-exposure photo of a single "Peacekeeper" missile dropping eight independent warheads (unarmed in this case):

Comment: Re:Not MAD. (Score 2) 342

by Sabriel (#47971887) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

I had understood the US to have the most with some 6000, and other than western europe and Russia I didnt think anyone else had any.

From the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Russia and US have rough parity, then it's France/China/Britain, then Israel/Pakistan/India, then North Korea, in descending orders of magnitude.

Comment: Re:The review ecosystem is good and truly broken.. (Score 4, Interesting) 249

by Sabriel (#47962547) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Why not have each reviewer's rating for a given item/location be statistically compared/weighted to that reviewer's history of ratings, e.g. a 5-star rating from someone who consistently gives 5-star ratings for everything could be valued less than someone who only does so some of the time, with weighting for older reviewers, anonymous reviewers, etc. Basically the equivalent of a bayesian spam filter, except for reviewers instead of mail. Yes, it won't be perfect, but can it at least be better than what we have now?

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.