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Comment: Re:presidents age (Score 1) 61

by hairyfeet (#49608399) Attached to: Microsoft's AI Judges Age From Snapshots, With Mixed Results

Good Lord boy, even I think Hillary is a DINO that is more of a warhawk than even Dubya and will make another Dubya level of shitty when it comes to being the POTUS but even Ken Starr ruled that Foster killed himself, and that was after both the Parks Dept AND the FBI came to the same conclusion, what more do you need?

As for the POTUS looking old? Stress ages people, everybody knows that and the POTUS is a stressful job. Hell look at what old Jimmy Carter looked like when he was sworn in and compare him to the 1980 election, the man looked like he aged a decade in those 4 years.

Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 1) 204

I was recently on a jury for a young black man with a volunteer defender. He was acquitted on the most serious charge - the lawyer was quite good, and just bored of defending DWI cases for a living. That's how the system is supposed to work. It's a pity that it doesn't usually, but that's human systems for you. The fact that he's black never mattered to the case (it might have to the cops choosing him to speak with in the first place, but it was definitely his choices that got him arrested).

If you want to claim that the system is biased against blacks over whites after people are arrested, you'll need some evidence for that. Every system gives at least a little advantage to rich people, of course, that's what rich means after all.

Comment: Re:Another bad parenting example (Score 2) 204

How does one kid go from getting a bad grade to breaking and entering... Probably by following the train of thought that anything is ok as long as you bring home good grades.

That's what good parenting is about, right? Making sure your kids knows that his grades mean everything.

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 0) 204

Someone fucking up on a test, then having the bright idea of "hacking" a computer (when obviously having no skill whatsoever to do so), then lighting the computer on fire without either considering that this will not accomplish anything nor having the sense to know that this fire might not be limited to the computer but may spread...

If that are the actions of a rational adult, ... Ok, it's the US, I withdraw my argument.

Comment: Re:2kW isn't enough power for a home (Score 1) 502

by swb (#49604739) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Why would you do that? Every single one of those things has an off switch. In all but extraordinarily rare cases, use of every one of those things is discretionary. You don't need to rewire your panel in order to keep the house running during quite a long power outage. Just don't use heavy draw appliances. If you are affluent enough to buy one or more of these battery packs in the first place, you can certainly afford to buy a few paper plates and an extra pair of underwear, if it comes to that.

What happens when you're not home and the base load goes away and the battery kicks in and your draw exceeds your output capacity? Maybe if you're actually home you can turn off anything high load or that's discretionary, but if you're not you'll overload the battery and I'm assuming it will either current-limit itself via voltage drop or just plain shut off output, which is probably the sanest/safest to prevent damage.

What would be nice would be a smart panel that kept track of the load on all the breaker legs, each of which could be assigned a priority level. Loads could be assigned "always off on battery", "switchable", "always on" and the system could disable switchable loads to ensure that there was sufficient power for always on loads, and the priority setting could be used to switch off "always on" loads so that the highest priority loads could keep running as battery levels dropped.

Regardless of your individual situation, it's a gamechanging device for the vast majority of the world.

I'm not sure how gamechanging it really is.

Comment: Re:He's also an interesting candidate for this (Score 1) 357

by swb (#49604635) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

What about actual markets in predominantly rural and agricultural economies?

People show up to buy and sell their commodities, nobody has a monopoly on supply, no purchaser is big enough to swing prices, information asymmetry is low -- you can walk around the market and check on the quality of commodities, determine prices and supply levels, etc.

Comment: What about hacking the system for drugs? (Score 1) 70

by swb (#49604595) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

I always thought we'd hear about the prescription system hacked for drugs, not for personal information.

There's a ton of pharmacies out there, how do "they" know where to send shipments? How do "they" verify that a shipment is going to an actual pharmacy and not a shell entity, especially if its CVS store #1887?

What about actual prescriptions? Many are electronically transmitted to the pharmacy. The schedule II ones (at least when I've been given oxycodone) are printed on paper, but how is that data correlated with the prescribing doctor as legitimate?

Is every order printed out on paper and cross checked by somebody?

As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error. -- Weisert