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Comment: What are the complainer's conclusions? (Score 1) 541

by WoodstockJeff (#47647893) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Each of the people whose research the book used came up with their own interpretation of the data they collected. In each case, their conclusions are based upon what data they collected, and not what others collected.

An interesting comparison would be for those same people to review the SUM of the data Wade used (since they have access to it), and publish THEIR conclusions. Don't just say, "My research does not support that!", because you might not have been looking at N factors that other researchers looked at.

Comment: Or maybe ... (Score 3, Interesting) 230

by WoodstockJeff (#47442111) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

... the college education included acquiring the desire to move to such places?

Personally, I don't consider places like NYC or SF to be desirable places to live. "Clean air"? "Low crime?" "Better schools?" Certainly, compared to other "cities of size". But, to me, the choice isn't limited to which "big city" to live in. And those criteria work to exclude larger cities, in my opinion.

Comment: Regulations prohibit, not allow (Score 3, Insightful) 218

by WoodstockJeff (#46734707) Attached to: FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

It is a fundamental principle in the United States that, unless something is illegal, it is legal. Regulations, therefore, should enumerate what makes something illegal, not what makes it legal. To do otherwise prohibits the possibility of inventing better ways to do something, until/unless the regulations are modified to allow it.

The problem within the FAA is that they have regulations that work both ways. In most cases, they tell you what you CANNOT do to remain legal, in others, they tell you what you MUST DO to remain legal.

Comment: Only in California (Score 5, Insightful) 653

by WoodstockJeff (#45753549) Attached to: Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

In most parts of the country, cities lament that people LIVE in the suburbs, and only WORK in the city, robbing them of the property taxes they need to support the crumbling social and economic infrastructure, causing a collapse in property values (Detroit is a perfect example, but other large cities have the same issues).

In California, when people make an effort to LIVE in the city, paying all those higher taxes and propping up all that social and economic infrastructure, they're protested for harming the poor by keeping the property values from collapsing.

Face facts, people - you can't have it both ways. If you don't want those middle-income people keeping your neighborhoods from turning into crack houses, you shouldn't complain when the landlords don't have to put up with any deadbeat who feels like squatting in their buildings.

Comment: No one else? (Score 2) 277

"Surprisingly, despite hard drives underpinning almost every aspect of modern computing (until smartphones), no one has ever carried out a study on the longevity of hard drives — or at least, no one has ever published results from such a study."

I recall reading a /. story from Google on THEIR experiences with hard drive longevity several years ago, over a much larger sampling of drives. Even linked to a PDF with the particulars....

Maybe they are to small to count, compared to an upstart backup company...

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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