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Comment: Re: What is the point? (Score 1) 335

You can't be jailed indefinitely unless they manage to convince a judge you're a dangerous offender. This guy is charged with obstruction which, IIRC, is a maximum one year sentence.

It will be interesting to see how this turns out, and I certainly hope a judge throws it out, but let's avoid the hyperbole: "jailed indefinitely," "search everyone's phone," etc.

Comment: Re:Sorry, but... (Score 1) 135

by ceoyoyo (#49189677) Attached to: NASA Ames Reproduces the Building Blocks of Life In Laboratory

Electricity is so simple hey? Those electrons what are they? The reason they have all the effects we call electricity is because they have "charge" and that "charge" creates an "electric field." So what exactly is "charge"? What is an "electric field" and how does "charge" create it?

If you want to get mystical about gravity, we really don't know that much about what electricity actually is deep down at the same level either. A bit higher up though, sure. Just like life: we have decent definitions of it and various people have demonstrated that various aspects of it, like cell walls, can be spontaneously formed from collections of particular chemicals. These guys are working from the other direction, looking at how those chemicals could be manufactured by non-living processes.

Comment: Re:Prison vs. refusal of entry (Score 1) 335

He's charged with obstruction. He might have spent a night or two in jail, but he's out on bail now. Even so, I'd much rather go to prison in Canada than the Dominican Republic. I'm pretty sure I'd rather possibly go to prison for a bit in Canada than become a stateless person as well.

Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1, Troll) 335

Canadian border agents usually smile and welcome you back. They probably have other reasons to suspect this guy of something, and they want to see his phone to confirm them. I doubt very much they want to check everyone's phones, but I'm sure they want to be able to check certain people's electronic devices.

Comment: Re:Garbage (Score 1) 257

by ceoyoyo (#49156815) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

When they get something serious, most people want a person around, regardless of their age. Most people also want a person around to do things like take blood, give injections, etc. Things like physiotherapy also work much better with a personal touch. We'll undoubtedly invent robots at some point that will do that, but it's further off.

Comment: Re:Illogical (Score 2) 409

by ceoyoyo (#49150051) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

In the US the male life expectancy of a 65 year old is about 18 years. Nimoy was wealthy, so add a bit to that. Statistically, he died prematurely. Medically, since he had advanced COPD, he surely did. COPD also sucks, so chances are his last decade or two weren't as nice as they should have been.

Comment: Re:Black Mirror (Score 1) 257

by ceoyoyo (#49142573) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

I'm going to go ahead and guess you're American? Your culture seems to have this weird blind spot where the rest of the world is concerned.

You know that the populations of the USA, Israel and most, if not all, other countries with modern social systems are reproducing at below replacement levels, right?

Your personal prejudices are causing you to focus on a few niche groups. Grow up.

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.