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Comment Re:He hasn't been charged (Score 1) 238

By US standards, he was charged, then dismissed of the crime, and is now being tried a second time for the same crime. Almost nowhere else in the world has the strict double jeopardy laws the US has, but if we apply US standards, the charges and process are invalid many times over for many different reasons.

No - in the US, double jeopardy rights attach after voir dire, when the jury is empaneled and sworn in. There are plenty of times that charges are brought, amended, dropped, re-added, etc. before trial, and that's all irrelevant. There is nothing about Assange's case that remotely resembles double jeopardy.

Comment Re:18 million for someone that was NEVER Charged?! (Score 1) 238

That's not how things work here. The police typically interview you before charges are file. Assange has refused the interview.

No he hasn't. The Swedes are refusing to interview him in the Embassy. Now, why would that be? Think, think...

Because in Sweden, the defendant investigation is the last thing that happens before trial, and by law, trial must occur within one week?

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 1) 63

There's a difference between knowing how to use a computer, program a computer, and computer science

See here.

Technology does not encompass computer science. It encompasses Technology, things like Robotics, not whether or not you know .NET.

Robotics is a combination of engineering and computer science. Given that engineering is already covered...

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 2) 63

And "coders" are so normal today because so many people in STEM fields have to program. It's not rare at all anymore for a scientist, mathematician, or engineer to have to write scripts or whole programs to support their work - either it's not in the budget to hire a programmer for the specific task, or it's just too much effort to bring a programmer up to date with the scientific background needed to really understand the task at hand.

And as mentioned, what exactly is the T in STEM for anyway, given that it's clearly not "engineering" (the E)? It's where computer science should be.

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 3, Interesting) 63

Computers are a critical enabling technology for many if not most types of science these days, they are technology (what else best fits in "technology" if not computer science, given that engineering is a different category?), they're critical for nearly all engineering these days, and most mathematics work. It's an entirely appropriate category.

Comment Huh? (Score 4, Interesting) 63

Where does it say that "computer science must be treated as science, by law"? It declares computer science to be part of STEM. STEM does not simply mean "science" - science is only the "S" in STEM. STEM means "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math" There's nothing inappropriate about computer science being taught in that grouping.

Comment Re:a classic economics problem (Score 1) 501

Interestingly, to make the economics work, you'll have to charge more for the space than the electricity.

People put a high price on the time to move their car from the spot with the charger. Many would rather pay five bucks rather than go outside, move their car, and return to what they were doing. For many activities, avoiding the interruption alone would make it worth it.

So to convince people that it's economically better to move their car would require, I dunno, ten bucks an hour? Twenty? For comparison, a dual charger can put in 20 kW, and peak rates are usually only about $.20 per kWh. That's only about four bucks.

Of course you could funnel the profits into putting up more chargers...

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan