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Comment Re:Nukes (Score 1) 193

It's hard to measure but statistically uranium miners have a high death rate from cancer. There has also been some radioactive slurry pond leaks down in Navajo territory that also boosted cancer rates quite a bit. All in all, mining uranium may be more dangerous then mining coal, at least per pound. Of course the saving grace is that much less needs to be mined so over all it is much safer but it is totally misleading to claim it is 100% safe.

Comment Re:Felonies in general need to be tightened. (Score 1) 259

Felonies are a Mid-Evil concept that every country (excepting America and Nigeria) in the world got rid of, generally in the 19th century. The idea of having a class of citizens who permanently have their rights infringed perhaps made sense in a feudal society when things like inheritance were important.
Now a days, a Judge sentences you, once the sentence is finished, the person should be able to rejoin society.
Where I live, a Judge has to remove your privilege of owning firearms, and they only do it if you did something stupid with a firearm, not for having a joint. Sex offenders have to be purposely put on the list by a Judge. People pissing in the bushes are not put on the list. Once your sentence is totally finished, employers are generally not allowed to discriminate. (there are exceptions where it makes sense not to hire former criminals).
Personally I find the idea of having a class of people who are officially segregated for life disgusting and not the mark of a free country but rather the opposite.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 2) 284

The question is why the government passed a law that makes it illegal to verify that no fraud took place. It seems to be standard procedure to pass laws to make it hard to uncover fraud. My government did it with the Orwellian "Fair Elections Act" that amongst other things declawed the agency in charge of verifying the election was fraud free.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 236

No pedestrians or cyclists doing stupid things? No trees falling over, or infrastructure failures? No floods, snowstorms, or other unexpected weather events? Then of course there are the software glitches, including the ones taking central traffic control out.
Not to mention how far away we're from having 100% automated cars. My vehicle was manufactured 29 years ago and as the average person gets poorer due to lack of work, vehicles won't be replaced as fast.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 2) 236

Went through an accident scene the other day. Fireman (could have been a cop) was doing ad-hoc traffic control. It was fairly complex and it is hard to see how a purely autonomous car would have handled it. I think for a long time cars are going to need a way for manual override along with a warning system. Approaching a construction zone, accident, traffic stop. Car slows down and signals driver to take control. All the cops etc can do is put out a signal, slow down, driver take control. Then it is up to the driver whether to stop, do complex maneuvers or run away depending on situation.

Comment Re:I don't think K-12 CS is a good idea anyway (Score 1) 184

so what's a better way?
wander around and learn as you want? most kids will do nothing. autodidactics are rare

It actually can work pretty well, especially if you give the kids an equal say in running things. They'll fart around for a bit and then get interested in something and then discover a need to know the uninteresting stuff. The would be carpenter suddenly discovers that he needs math and flies through it kind of thing. Note that you will not produce people who will put up with the abuse that many white collar jobs come with. Summerhill is one of the most famous and it is worth reading one of the books about it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Privacy is a civil liberty, Jeb (Score 2) 494

OMG don't they teach ANYTHING in school nowadays? Sheesh.

"Amendment IV" to the United States Constitution (the document that establishes our government):

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

The flaw in the 4th is the word "unreasonable" as anything can be argued as reasonable so searching everything to stop "evil" is reasonable to many.

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