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Comment Re:A bit of history (Score 3, Interesting) 107 107

No, he's thinking more along Ulysses Grant; "I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution."

If you never test bad laws or laws with unintended consequences in court, no one will ever see the bad outcomes and unintendend consequences.

Comment Re: The only intuitive interface is the nipple (Score 1, Informative) 270 270

Actually, no, they don't. And yes, I have been present at a child's birth, and because my wife was sedated and lost huge amounts of blood during the sectio, for the first few hours, I was holding the child. And no, he didn't start to search for a nipple all by himself, I actually had to hold the baby bottle right to his mouth until he grabbed it with his lips and was starting to suck on it.

Comment Re:Insane government (Score 1) 484 484

Poland exports just 0.1 TWh to Germany per year, while Germany itself was importing 38 TWh. Thus even in situations of dire need (when Germany was importing electricity), Poland supplied only 0.3 percent of Germany's imported electricity, which renders your argument somewhat dubious. I guess Germany can do just fine if 0.3 percent of the imported capacity (non-withstanding the capacity Germany itself still has) are missing.

Comment Re: Looking more and more likely all the time... (Score 5, Informative) 515 515

But I'll still be willing to listen to reasonable follow-up experiments instead of dismissing out of hand. So we get to Martin Tajmar and his claims (also not peer reviewed, but at least it's at a conference). Tajmar is not the guy I'd choose as the most reputable source. He has a history of claims about...creative physics from poor experimental setups. That is, he claims to observe new physics, but people have consistently had a hard time reproducing his results. Go ahead and google the guy.

I did, and appearantly it was Martin Tajmar himself, who found the flaw in his gravitational gyroscope thesis, and published it: FiberOpticGyroscope Measurements Close to Rotating Liquid Helium. So whatever you think about the guy, a superficial Google result seems to put him at least as honest. If he makes a mistake, he is able to admit it.

Comment Re:When software has no bugs (Score 1) 252 252

I don't know about the U.S. (I remember having read about it though), but in Europe, getting a driving license goes down on young people's priority list. Many people feel that cars are too expensive buy, too expensive to maintain, and that a bicycle and a bus or train ticket get you wherever you want to anyway, so even the freedom aspect is miniscule. Autonomous cars which you hire for exactly the one trip you need them are the way to go. They arrive at your doorstep on time, and you just leave them there when you don't need them anymore. They don't occupy a parking lot most of the time, and if they do, it's not yours.

I might have been one of the early adopters of the trend, getting my drivers license only at age 27, because I really didn't need it before.

Comment Re:Insane government (Score 1) 484 484

I don't understand where this meme of "Polish coal plants selling energy to Germany" comes from, as it is not rooted anywhere in reality.

Germany in 2013 net-exported 34 TWh of electrical energy (buying 38 TWh and selling 72 TWh). And it imported 0.1 TWh from Poland while exporting 4 TWh to Poland.

Comment Re:Equitable pay? (Score 5, Insightful) 429 429

Many prices are open in public. If I want to know the prices my competitor offers, I just look up his price sheet. But for employees, appearently having a public price list is frowned upon, which gives employers an unfair advantage in the negotiation. Differently than the employee, the employer has perfect information, he knows how much he pays every employee. And thus the power in salary negotiation is very loopsided, as the employee has much less information about the market and the competition than the employer has. Thus salary negotiations in most cases don't happen in a free market environment.

Comment Re:Why pro-this or pro-that? (Score 1) 250 250

If they don't like the license I pick, then I'm not forcing them to use my code. It's a simple concept, really.

And it's only half of the concept, that's why it appears simple. People who don't use your code will not share their experiences with your, will never tell you about problems that could arise, about simple changes that might improve runtime performances, will not develop new uses for your code. One of the biggest reasons we have all that code sharing culture is because no single person is able to invent everything on her own. Yes, for a small project, it might work. But it will stay a small project for the rest of its life. By choosing the wrong license, you cut off a large part of the feedback loop that's necessary for any further development.

Yes, you can choose to have it that way. It's up to you. But then, your project will always be that obscure little hobbyist project which crawls slowly from version to version, if it crawls at all, and maybe even the most patient of your users will find a similar project, make the transition and enjoy faster responses on feedback, implementations of change requests, bug fixing and adaption to new use cases.

Comment Re:If race doesn't exist, how is this possible? (Score 1) 312 312

That's what I exactly don't say:

because there are no clear cut races of humans

Instead I was talking about arbitrary cutoffs where some genetic markers are allowed and others aren't, but they don't fit a racist agenda. You could for instance block off everyone missing both the immunoglobulin A allel and the immunoglobulin B allel, and then you allow access only to people with blood group 0. It would probably work, but your blood group is no indicator for the perceived race.

Comment Re:If race doesn't exist, how is this possible? (Score 1) 312 312

Maybe 23andMe will yield exactly that result? Because genetic markers are many, and because there are no clear cut races of humans, but rather a continuum of different sets of genetic markers, sites that use 23andMe to permit access will find out that they either have to loosen their criteria to enable access to all the people they want or they have to tighten controls to keep people out they don't want but at the same time exclude many which would fit their agenda.

Comment Re:They're worthless. (Score 1) 213 213

No. It's how it is supposed to be used.

Those LEDs are pure status LEDs and have no other means than to tell you how the next input will be interpreted by the computer. They are meaningless without input from the keyboard, and are only considered in the context of input.

Otherways you would also have to consider a monitor an input device because it tells the graphics card what the possible and the optimal settings are. But here again, those information is solely used in context with the output of the graphics card, thus it is not considered input per se.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann