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Comment: Re:hmmmm (Score 1) 328

>Plus there's the concentration issue - parts per trillion doesn't make for much of a problem in any case. Even the authors didn't make this out to be a health problem....

So you wouldn't mind drinking parts per trillion of heroin for your whole adult life? Or are you assuming that fracking chemicals are somehow safer, so that's not a fair equivalence?

Let's see if I can work this out. Heroin is an opiate, so effective dosage is probably in the milligram range. 369.41 g/mol so 1.63x10^18 parts for a dose. At ppt, you would need to drink 13 gallons of water to get a dose. From what I can tell it's about the same as taking a single Tylenol-3 every 11 days.

Comment: Re:Please, BCE/CE, not BC/AD (Score 1) 105

by alva_edison (#49539651) Attached to: Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered In Greek Texts

You'd have to pick some other human event to set the start date. You could go with the moon landing or the first atomic bomb test or any other number of historic dates that are well established... more mundane like the founding of Slashdot.

It should be based on the first time the ball dropped in Times Square.

Comment: Re:Where do you guys get this junk? (Score 1) 69

by alva_edison (#49520709) Attached to: 3.46-Billion-Year-Old 'Fossils' Were Not Created By Life Forms

From what I understand the 6000 figure comes from adding up the ages of the patriarchs in Genesis, and then tying the events in Genesis to a known historical event.
In order for person x to have existed during event y, Adam was created in year z.
I believe the x is normally Moses and the y is the reign of Ramses II of Egypt, but I could be mistaken.

Comment: Re: Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 265

There are more people living in and around Los Angeles alone than the population of at least half the states in the nation

The normal statistic for Undocumented workers is 1 in 10, so call the CSA a nice round 20 million.

If Los Angeles were a state it would be ranked somewhere between 3rd and 7th in population depending on how much of the outlying are you counted.

Comment: Re:Good Luck (Score 3, Insightful) 331

by alva_edison (#49357469) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

Yeah and that class action will cost Amazon a fraction of a percent of their yearly revenue while at the same time having scared plenty of their workers from trying to leave and work for anyone else for years while the court battle drags on.

If a contract has something like this in it, I'm guessing there's also language that mandates arbitration (vs lawsuit) and forbids class actions.
I can't play a modern video game from a major publisher without a clause that mandates arbitration.

Comment: Re:Soap Box time! (Score 1) 271

by alva_edison (#49050727) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End

He would be right _IF_, and only _IF there was a qualifier next to the use of "exponential" (As I originally stated). Unqualified, it is a psychological trick because your mind will automatically associate the provided "annual" qualifier to the term.

That is not to say you can't stop and rationalize it correctly, but that you have to stop to rationalize it to correct it makes it classic brainwashing ala Bernays and his ilk.

Exponential is an absolute term. It doesn't need a qualifier, if the formula fits it's exponential.

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 430

by alva_edison (#48935463) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband


"97% of scientists believe man-made global warming is right."

"See, it's not unanimous!!!!"

"If 97% of doctors told you the mole on your cheek was malignant, wouldn't you get it removed?"

"You're a liberal elitist."

I know it's not actually completely necessary to your point, but I can't actually figure out which side you are advocating for or against on this.

Comment: Re: I'm going to... (Score 1) 282

by alva_edison (#48918661) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

There's a difference between email, where there is NO reasonable expectation of privacy

"Reasonable expectation of privacy" is a legal term. I can't find a case that went all the way to the SCOTUS that covers email. Further, it usually seems to be a side issue in most cases I've found. However, looking at cases it seems like email is thought to have the same expectation of privacy as a first class letter. With details about the email unrelated to its contents (such as email addresses, size, sites it was routed through, ip addresses, total volume email received) are not subject to a reasonable expectation of privacy. Also, once the email has been delivered, it's expectation of privacy diminishes, just like snail mail.

Comment: Re: Regulation? (Score 1) 339

by alva_edison (#48918079) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

The numbers are identical and the two articles also make the same point. The two major differences are that Pew says U.S. is #2 because they don't include Mexico or Turkey in their list of developed economies, and that the chart in Pew is sorted on pre-tax/transfer numbers even though the article makes the point that that is not the best way to look at things.
Basically Europe has better benefits/higher taxation, so the overall impact of inequality is less than it would otherwise be when compared to the U.S.

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 225

by alva_edison (#48867161) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Instead you'll get atheist or "the wrong religion(tm)" posts being flagged as false. Plus, not all political messages are such that "false will probably do". Which of the following political statements should be marked false?

"The economy was hit hard by the housing crisis"

"Unchecked human industry is negatively impacting the environment"

"Medical expenses are the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America"

"The US constitution prohibits establishment of religion by congress"

I think all of them are true, but not everyone will agree.

I think as phrased the first statement would not have anyone mark it false. However, people disagree as to the solutions, so once you address those it would be.

The second statement is a widely acknowledged politically decisive issue, so it will be marked false by some.

The third statement is a matter of fact checking, and another response found evidence that it may be false

I don't think people would mark the fourth statement false, but there are always people that want to go into nuances.

Comment: Re: A weakness is a weakness is a weakness (Score 1) 562

by alva_edison (#48850233) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

You're aware of this, right?

The big spike is obvious -- and so is the long decline.

There's a similar trend in the U.S.. I'm not sure it's related to gun legislation.

Comment: Re:Caches, threading, SIMD/GPUs, and floating poin (Score 1) 180

by alva_edison (#48812579) Attached to: The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

And of course, ever since the 80486 (1989), all CPUs support floating point instructions.

486 SX chips had the FPU disabled or absent. So not all CPUs (or even all 80486 CPUs). As far as I'm aware Penitum (586) did not have a model without FPU support (although in the MMX models, you couldn't use MMX and the FPU at the same time).

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