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Comment: Yeah, can someone fill in ANY blanks on this story (Score 2) 143

by mekkab (#46966805) Attached to: Physician Operates On Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million
Let's ignore how the IT dept should have some kind of network traffic scans to see this stuff, how the heck does a non-admin do something like this? And I'm not attributing it to malice, I'm sure this guy "meant well" and in the process managed to screw everything up. Otherwise, I'm going with "scapegoats" for 1000, Alex.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

Yes, precisely. The generally regarded theoretical justification for criminalization is:

1. Segregation of harmful individuals from the balance of society (aka specific deterrence); and

2. A warning to others to not commit crimes (aka general deterrence).

In other words, the point of the criminal system is on the prevention of future crimes. The only purpose of these drugs consistent with our theory of the criminal system would be if there were some repair happening in the brains of those taking the drugs, but it is apparent from the article that thought has not entered into the minds of the authors.

What is now broadly accepted by most criminal lawyers, judges and those who study criminal theory is that general deterrence is not related to the punishment at all but rather to the likelihood of being caught. In other words, having more police causes less crime. The simple reason being that consequence rarely enters into the mind of those about to commit crimes - unless there are constant reminders (i.e. police presence).

Comment: Re:Producing good TV is Expensive... (Score 1) 116

by isorox (#46261783) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Crowd Funding the Future of Sci-Fi?

I think what a lot of people (particularly Slashdotters) fail to realize is the cost to produce some of these shows. Take a show like Portlandia - You'd think you could shoot it with a handycam and a Macbook, but in fact there is a large crew of professionals behind the scenes -

That's not a large crew of "professionals". That's a large crew of people standing around doing nothing of value. You need a director, somebody to hold the camera and somebody of hold the microphone. Everything else is all Hollywood bullshit. Assistants and assistants to assistants. Lackeys and assistant lackeys.

Lighting. Multi camera shoots.

Then things like props and costumes, makeup, etc, all need to be on set.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

by isorox (#46250601) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

I see no evidence for this. There is not enough oil to spend on transportation driving fuel guzzling vehicles like in the US but this is not the model used in other 'civilized' places in Asia like Japan. They use electric public transport a lot.

Japan's per capita energy use is similar to that of Europe, and about half that of the USA, but twice that of china, and 4 times that of India, Indonesia, etc.

That ignores externalised energy though - manufactured goods consumed in the west are made in the east which skews the energy usage levels to mean the west is lower than it should be based on consumption.

It's bad regardless, even if the u.s. dropped down to Japan or France levels, and china, India, Indonesia, brazl, and Africa were brought up to Japan levels.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

by isorox (#46250495) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

Yes, in the Star Trek economy, gold is still rare. However, since there are few commercial applications for gold, you would see the price drop precipitously.

In 24th century Star Trek gold is worthless (outside of primitive cultures). I can't believe I have to say this on slashdot. Latinum is valuable, as it can't be replicated, but given its not a practical means of exchange they suspended liquid Latinum in worthless gold.

Comment: Re:Super gender queer (Score 1) 462

by isorox (#46250271) Attached to: Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

I apparently did. Why is "2 girls, 0 guys" okay, but "2 girls, 1 guy" is a society destroying ratio-of-single-men-to-single-women distorter? Esp. since it does a better job preserving the ratio of single men to single women then a lesbian relationship?

I would imagine the op was assuming equal numbers of lesbian and gay relationships, but un equal numbers of 1 man 2 women vs 1. Woman 2 men relations.

That's probably a fair judgement on current facts.

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