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Comment: Let's promote smoking (Score 1) 365

by SlithyMagister (#49056129) Attached to: Smoking Is Even Deadlier Than Previously Thought
If smoking really does cause all that death, let's promote it.
It is a cheap eugenics program for starters.

Besides, if all those people die off early, we won't have to look after them when they're old.

But all that death-and-destruction scare mongering won't stop people from smoking. To get people to quit, just put hundreds of thousands of click-bait ads all over the intertubes that say, "1 quick trick to live longer, stay healthier and stay pretty longer".

Gotta run -- smoke break!

Comment: You cannot tax a corporation (Score 1) 602

by SlithyMagister (#48516519) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'
It is not possible to tax a corporation.
Corporations exist to provide a return on shareholder investment.
Taxing a corporation requires that the money for the tax comes from the customers.
Thus all so-called corporate taxes are hidden taxes on the consumer of that corporations products and services.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by SlithyMagister (#47995573) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

If they employ these methods, their risk should reduce significantly, as well as repo costs, and therefore be reflected in nice big loan rate drops. OTOH, if it enables a person who otherwise would not qualify for a loan to get one, it could be argued as a 'good thing'. I personally shudder at this level of what feels invasive.

No, that is a 'very bad thing', since if a person does not qualify for a loan, they do not have the means to pay it back. Thus, the finance company gets what little money they had, plus the car.

This was one of the root causes of the US banking collapse of 2008 -- they permitted mortgage loans to those who could ill afford them, then bundled all that bad debt in with good debt and re-sold it as "asset backed commercial paper"
The NINJA loan, the Interest-only loan and a host of other vehicles were used to take the earnings and the savings (and ultimately, the houses) from people who should never ever have been given mortgages at that point in their lives.

Comment: Why not just use heroin? (Score 1) 1038

by SlithyMagister (#45991995) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination
Convict gets a rush of euphoria, and shuffles off the mortal coil.
Side benefit is that it stigmatizes heroin.

Another side benefit is that all of the judicial mistakes get at least one good rush before they are wrongfully executed.
Think it doesn't happen?
It must have happened at least once -- and that is too many.

Comment: Self Determination (Score 2) 641

by SlithyMagister (#45579007) Attached to: Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons
Personhood implies social responsibility.
This is much more than paying taxes, it involves a wide range of social interactions including employment, self-reliance, participation in government etc.

Chimps if "released" could not function in our society. Releasing them into the wild would be a death sentence for most lab animals.

They would still need to be cared for, and are unlikely to be able to contribute much.

I do not see how a judge could make a finding of personhood under (what little I know of) American law.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 144

A major function of adolescence is forging a life apart from the parents' control.

Parents can facilitate this by gradually relinquishing control in response to trustworthy behaviour on the part of the teen.
The progression results in self-disciplining young adults who are independent, yet respect authority

Parents can thwart the burgeoning independence of their adolescent children by attempting to control and monitor their offspring's behaviour, even when the adolescent has shown no tendency toward suspicious behaviour. Treating ANYONE in a suspicious manner tends to foster the behaviour expected.
This progression results in young adults who resent authority, and have sub-standard life skills.

"Just because you can" is never a valid reason for doing something.

+ - Stephen Colbert and the Monster Truck of Tivos

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Lee Hutchinson writes at Ars Technica that when you're picking out a DVR for your home, there's a pretty short list of candidates—TiVo has its new 6-tuner DVRs, or you can get something from your cable provider, or you can roll your own. But SnapStream makes a line of 30+ channel DVRs that can record dozens of TV shows simultaneously. It's products are the monster trucks of the DVR world used by popular shows like The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and The Soup. A SnapStream cluster can repackage, transcode, and distribute content for re-use — functionality you won't find on a consumer-grade DVR. "Being able to record, say, all of the news channels was something companies were interested in," says Aaron Thompson, SnapStream's president.. "The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and so on all use it to record a bunch of stuff, find what they want to make fun of, and quickly get it into their editing bays to get it on air." Prior to SnapStream, the big media companies were using isolated DVRs to record all the different television channels and shows like "The Colbert Report" had armies of interns to watch and catalog all the recorded TV but SnapStream can search the entire recorded library for video based on keywords in the closed captions. “We bring some of the power of ‘new media,’ the ability to search, copy and paste, and e-mail clips, to the old media of television for organizations,” says Rakesh Agrawal . “You weren’t able to search television before, but now you can. Now you can pinpoint stuff and you can hold people accountable and move at the same speed at which media works in the online world.”"

+ - How Lua became successful, but not in Brazil->

Submitted by Ian Grant
Ian Grant (3082979) writes "Yuri Takhteyev, an Assistant Professor at Toronto University, looks very briefly at how Lua is almost unknown in Brazil, even as it becomes popular elsewhere. An interesting story considering Wikipedia's recent decision to use the language

Take the decision of the language’s creators to write Lua’s documentation (the instructions on how to use Lua) in English. Wikimedia Foundation’s engineers note Lua’s excellent documentation as one of the reasons for choosing it over Google’s version of JavaScript.


Link to Original Source

Comment: What REALLY worries me... (Score 1) 530

by SlithyMagister (#44702157) Attached to: How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action
Is that somebody will have a bright idea that we can deliberately prolong the status quo.

They then convince a bunch of idiots w/ money and power (aka politicians) that their "solution" will somehow save the planet.

Humans will do what humans do best: We will adapt.

The climate is changing. Let it change. Go with the flow.

Comment: How many was that again? (Score 1) 200

by SlithyMagister (#44617555) Attached to: China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners
from the article::
"Human rights groups estimate that China executes thousands of prisoners a year, but correspondents say that the official figures remain a state secret."

non-Google translation:
"Nobody knows -- not even the Chinese government -- how many prisoners are executed each year...

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.