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Comment: Re:I'm still waiting... (Score 5, Interesting) 151

by fahrbot-bot (#48197837) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

It's similarly illegal to study gun violence under a US public health research grant, even though every other class of mortality is nominally okay.

More pointedly, the US keeps statistics on deaths from gun violence, except the number of people killed by police. From: List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States

Although Congress instructed the Attorney General in 1994 to compile and publish annual statistics on police use of excessive force, this was never carried out, and the FBI does not collect this data either.

Note: This was recently covered by The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

Comment: Re:problem (Score 1) 116

by fahrbot-bot (#48197241) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

What makes you think our government gives a shit about anything other than grabbing more power?

I'm not sure that sentiment makes sense - or ever has. The Government already has *all* the power, should it wish to exercise it. They make, interpret and enforce (or not) all the rules. All it takes is good people not doing anything to stop bad people.

For example. The Supreme Court recently decided that Freedom of Speech over-rides any argument for a buffer-zone around abortion clinics (and, I believe, other places), but strictly enforces a buffer-zone around the steps of the Supreme Court.

Comment: In related news... (Score 1) 130

... Facebook will also track your progress in Softball games using GPS and your last location on the field, if you've opted in to the Facebook Knows Where You Are at All Times product, to generate a notification when it thinks you've crossed a base or home. If you're safe, you can select "I'm Safe" and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your updated stats.

Comment: Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (Score 2) 154

by fahrbot-bot (#48161291) Attached to: Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

Whoa whoa whoa... We know that for sure now? With real quantifiable evidence, that I can see without a paywall? I musta slept through that part of the newcast... Somebody clue me in...

The chimps have already figured out how to get past the paywall.

Comment: Re:Intelligence isn't that important (Score 1) 154

by fahrbot-bot (#48161267) Attached to: Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

experiments that depend on measuring problem solving and it's interaction with the brain have never really been better from smarter creatures

Citation needed. We gave our dog an intelligence test - put a treat under a paper cup and see if he's smart enough to move the cup and get the treat. Dog looked at me waiting for a signal, as soon as I said "OK" he knocked the cup over with his paw and grabbed the treat. Tried the test with our goldfish; he just flopped around on the floor.

Try it with your octopus.

Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 405

by fahrbot-bot (#48143515) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

They never say anything about floating seats in the EU. Maybe they assume all the corpses floating around will suffice?

Old joke about a forced water "landing", said in heavy German accent, ends like this: Pilot: "Those passengers that can swim, make your way to the life rafts. Those passengers that cannot swim, thank you for flying Lufthansa airlines."

"We are on the verge: Today our program proved Fermat's next-to-last theorem." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982