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Comment: Safety (Score 5, Insightful) 937

by adamstew (#45908085) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

I would think the point would be that machines, once properly programmed, can be the worlds safest drivers...statistically. You, as a human, will still be responsible for taking over when the machine doesn't know what to do. But, for the other 99.5% of the time, the self-driving car will make the best decisions and always be completely alert.

Self-Driving cars, I believe, have the ability to drastically reduce deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents...one of the highest causes of death in the USA.

Comment: Re:Of course, he'll have affluenza (Score 1) 547

by adamstew (#45730803) Attached to: Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

The fact that you are considering saving up to afford a pool is a statement of you being rich. Considering that an average in ground pool should cost about $25,000 to $50,000.

That's about the average annual salary for a person in the US...$50,000. That's more than the cost of a new luxury car...more than the cost of TWO new average cars... All for something that is a recreational activity and entirely unnecessary . On top of that, a recreational activity you can only enjoy for a few months of the year, in NJ if you're building an outdoor pool... and if it's an indoor pool, then the cost will be more than $50,000. If you are spending an amount of money equal to the average US salary on a recreational activity, then yes...you are indeed rich.

Most people, when they want to swim, will do so by going to a public municipal pool if you're poor, The Y if you're of average income, or if you're of above-average income, but still middle-class, you might have a private pool that is shared by your HOA or apartment complex. Anyone who owns a private in-ground pool, I would consider to be rich.

Now, there are many levels of rich...you are in the lower levels of rich, but you are indeed rich. The bands of rich are very large. Making about $150,000 per year puts you in to the lower-upper class. If you make $150,000 per year, you are in the top 5% of households. Make more than $250,000 per year? then you're in the top 1%. Given that you make $200k per year, you are probably in the top 2.5%. more than $250k per year puts you in the middle-upper class, and more than $1 million per year puts you in the upper-upper class.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 462

by adamstew (#45625029) Attached to: U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

Your comment touches on a video I once watched by a couple of gentlemen about Pascal's wager. Some of his arguments against Pascal's wager touch on what you brought up...there are such a huge number of different religions, almost all of them say "You must follow us. You must follow only us. If you do, you will get an infinitely happy and eternal afterlife. If you don't then you will go to hell (or whatever we call the bad place you go when you die) for all eternity."

He also includes all past religions that were (greek/roman/native american gods, etc.) and potential future religions. The possibilities are literally infinite.

They can't all be right. Good video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZpJ7yUPwdU

Comment: Re:You could always... (Score 4, Informative) 317

by adamstew (#45624777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

Because it holds the key to millions of people's music that they paid for?

The iTunes Music Store hasn't sold a song with DRM since April of 2009. Anyone who ever bought any song, that was DRM'd off the iTunes store is able to download a free DRM-free replacement anytime by logging in to their iTunes account...so long as that music is still currently for sale on the iTunes store. Heck, that replacement copy will even be upgraded to 256kbps quality too! If the music is still not for sale on the iTunes store, then anyone can use the good-old-fashioned burn and re-rip method to remove the DRM.

Comment: Re:Employers want day 1 results (Score 3, Insightful) 465

by adamstew (#45550713) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

Couldn't you have hired somebody at the lower rate you were looking for 6 months ago and trained them to be proficient by now?

You say you don't have the time to train them... but for the last 6 months, you've been short staffed, having to do the work that this new hire is supposed to be doing, and searching for and interviewing candidates? With all the time you've invested over the last 6 months in looking for the "perfect candidate" and the extra money you are paying to actually bring them on board, you likely could've just hired someone who is mostly qualified (at the lower rate) and then spend the time you would've spent reading resumes and interviewing candidates to actually train this person...then you have them at a lower rate, and they can help with some aspects of their job while they are being trained.

Comment: Re:And we'll all discover (Score 1) 203

by adamstew (#45482283) Attached to: HIV Tracking Technology Could Pinpoint Who's Infecting Who

the likelihood of getting infected from unprotected heterosexual activity is near zero.

Incorrect.

The rate of actually acquiring an infection from an infected source by insertive anal (gay) intercourse is 6.5 in 10,000 exposures. The rate for Insertive vaginal (straight) intercourse is 5 in 10,000 exposures. The difference there...1.5 cases in 10,000 is pretty inconsequential.

It is different for the receptive partners. Receptive anal (gay) intercourse is 50 infections per 10,000 exposures. The rate for receptive vaginal (straight) intercourse is 10 per 10,000 exposures. Receptive gay sex is 5 times as likely to transmit the disease as receptive vaginal sex...but when it's 10 per 10,000 vs 50 per 10,000, it's still within the same order of magnitude.

(Source, the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/policies/law/risk.html)

Comment: Re:Major shot at Microsoft, too. (Score 3, Informative) 471

by adamstew (#45204881) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air

The collaboration features will work on any device that has reasonable HTML 5 support as it is entirely browser based...including Mac, iDevices, Windows (IE, Chrome, Firefox), and a fair number of non-apple tablets...including the Surface. No license or account is needed for the collaborators.

Comment: Re:Thank goodness (Score 1) 999

by adamstew (#45152729) Attached to: US Government Shutdown Ends

The biggest problem you're facing down the road is when some bureaucrat decides that keeping you alive is not cost-effective

I'd rather have a government bureaucrat, who (in theory) answers to the american voters, make the decision rather than an insurance company CEO, who answers to his shareholders and whose only job is to squeeze out the most profit.

Comment: Re:Scary (Score 1) 396

by adamstew (#45138417) Attached to: DOJ: Defendant Has No Standing To Oppose Use of Phone Records

Yes. You are correct. In a few places, that wouldn't be possible. But that is on the states that chose to reject those proposals, not on the Feds. The ACA provides for 100% of the cost of the medicaid expansion for 3 years, and then 90% of the cost of it forever.

It wouldn't surprise me if the increase in money flowing to the states because of the additional medicaid dollars actually completely offset the 10% of the cost to the states through additional state tax revenue.

Comment: Re:Scary (Score 1) 396

by adamstew (#45135719) Attached to: DOJ: Defendant Has No Standing To Oppose Use of Phone Records

I agree. My interpretation of the Supreme Court's decision on the ACA pretty much comes to the conclusion that congress could indeed do that.

However, you still have representative government. If a politician were to vote for a such a plan, then I bet they would get voted out pretty quick.

I never made the argument that it was right or that's how government should operate...I was just arguing that it was, in fact, constitutional as the sole power to levy taxes lies with The Congress since that's what the original comment was about.

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