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Comment Re:Wrong industry? (Score 1) 117

Well, I agree that for a conviction that this is probably insufficient alone, especially when you consider that, the other 5 people, even if you know who they are, may refuse to have their entire genome sequenced as a comparator (I would refuse and I studied genetics), so the comparisons are even weaker.

That is why this computer program needs to be examined even more thoroughly than most people realize.

Whether anyone should be put to death on the basis on any evidence, no matter how sound it is, is a question outside the realm of this discussion.

Comment Re:Wrong industry? (Score 1) 117

That's not the limitation.

Of course you can sequence every base pair of the suspect. The DNA evidence is limiting, the problem is the evidence.

Just for example, pretend we know beyond a doubt that a killer and five other people used the same pen to sign in in a hotel. Let's pretend that the pen fell down a couple times and it was a rainy day (mud on the floor).

There is a mixture of 5 people's DNA plus bacterial DNA of 100 species and the bacterial enzymes which are busy degrading the DNA.

This mess is sequenced and the program has to identify small stretches of DNA and correct for multiple comparisons to the whole human genome and between similar genomes.

There is nothing left of the evidence to sequence.

Comment Re:About damn time (Score 4, Interesting) 130

Except that in Germany, the country is criss-crossed by train lines.

My little village has a station of its own, served several times a day. I can (and have) gotten in the train and with only one transfer, gone to Berlin, Paris and London. What you say is probably true in the US but not here.

Also, when you say controlled-access highways, please remember, this is the Autobahn, and yes, people do drive 230 kmh (trucks are limited to 100). Most people would like to have fewer trucks, simply because of the speed differential.

Submission + - Matt Damon Farms on Mars; Could He Really Survive? (See New Trailer!) (

Kredacter writes: Matt Damon plants the seeds of his own survival in a new trailer for his upcoming science fiction movie “The Martian.” He turns to farming the red planet after he’s stranded in a storm, but could he really survive long enough to reap his first harvest? Damon plays astronaut Mark Watney in the Ridley Scott film.

Submission + - Linus Torvalds Isn't Looking 10 years Ahead for Linux and That's OK (

darthcamaro writes: At the Linuxcon conference in Seattle today, Linus Torvalds responded to questions about Linux security and about the next 10 years of Linux. For security, Torvalds isn't too worried as he sees it just being about dealing with bugs. When it comes to having a roadmap he's not worried either as he just leaves that to others.

"I'm a very plodding, pedestrian person and look only about six months ahead," Torvalds said. "I look at the current release and the next one, as I don't think planning 10 years ahead is sane."

Comment Re:Why not start now..and take if further? (Score 1) 373

I have been stuck between two people before who were oozing into the next seat (my seat). I paid for a whole seat (the damn things are small enough as it is) so I should get a whole seat. And make them buy two seats. That is unfair to me.

Or at least more luggage allowance.

Or what about

total allowed weight = luggage + weight of the person

At least that is fair and clear.If you show up with an overweight bag now, they weigh it already and charge you more. And let's face it, you know your weight to within a few kg. So maybe you pack a lighter bag....

Comment Re:Fat Shaming (Score 1) 206

Yes, I was wondering about this.

I am fit (El Capitan climbing kind of fit, even at my age). Now what if someone says I'm too slim? Or I am simply more than fit enough?

The company's idea of optimal may be that you are fit while working and die within five years of retirement (saving money on pensions,of course). Or someone decides rock climbing is too dangerous and says I have to quit to be covered?

Comment Re:So will stacking us vertically (Score 2) 394

British Air has been doing this for many years in some business class flights


I once flew with them on one of these flights. The semi-transparent divider you see in the picture has to be lowered during take-off and landing and you face your fellow passenger. (Un)fortunately, the mechanism was broken and we were left to face each other from London to San Francisco the whole time. In the words of my fellow passenger, it is rather "intimate".

Lucky for me, she was very attractive and after a both of us had a couple of glasses of wine and conversation, one of the flight crew wanted to try to fix the divider in mid-flight but she insisted that they just leave us in peace. Was the most pleasant long-haul flight I ever had. *sighs*

Anyway, to the point, isn't this probably prior art?

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb