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Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 5, Interesting) 407

by joss (#48168953) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Leaded petrol has a high correlation with crime rate too.

The nice thing about the abortion correlation theory is that it pissed off both the left and the right.

Saying that we should reduce the number of children born by unmarried mothers and this will bring the crime rates down is something that excites the right and pisses off politically correct lefties.

Saying that a good way of doing that is legalising abortion excites the left and pisses off the right

Comment: Re:At Odds (Score 2) 447

by joss (#48129767) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

> "Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200+ people.

Doesn't seem at odds to me.

People who act impulsively for their own immediate gratification are more likely to get divorced than those who plan stuff intricately and have the combined social pressure of all their friends and relatives acting on them. Well, knock me down with a feather.

Comment: Re:Government gun regulation is useless (Score 2) 651

by joss (#48038955) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Selective use of data can convince you of anything if you desperately want to be convinced of that (which is why climate change is still a debate)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

So, for example
UK firearm deaths (per 100,000 of population): 0.25
US: 10.30

ie, you're 40 times more likely to get killed by a gun in the US than in UK, but sure.. believe what you like.

Comment: Re:Partial consistency is... inconsistency! (Score 1) 198

by joss (#47869859) Attached to: UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

Consistency is easy when there is a single non-distributed database. That's not always possible and even if when it is possible its not always desirable because it is an inherent bottleneck. I agree many many companies pretend that they're facebook and end up with NoSQL for stupid reasons (hey, if my website ends up with a 100,000,000 active users then a single db won't cut it...) but there are situations where availability is more important than consistency. Funnily enough, one of them is banking.

Comment: Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (Score 1) 198

by joss (#47869813) Attached to: UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

> How could these not be important for banking is beyond me.

It's not that they're not important, its just that they are not the *most* important thing. Banks care about making money for themselves more than they care about anything else:

http://highscalability.com/blo...

Comment: Re:Might not be as profitable as they think (Score 1) 322

by joss (#47624747) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

> That is the nature of competition.

In a situation with dozen's or hundreds of competitors it is, but without government enforcement cartels develop naturally and quickly (unless one company thinks it can bankrupt the others and become a monopoly). It's far more likely Nicaragua and Panama will come to an agreement.

Comment: misleading (Score 3, Informative) 85

by joss (#47008639) Attached to: Autodesk Unveils 3d Printer As It Aims To Become Industry's Android

> uses a laser to harden liquid plastic

ie http://www.3dsystems.com/quick... the tech that i was writing software for 20 years ago..

> you can load in any material you want.

well, sure, it just won't make anything. I mean you *could* load the machine with fucking coca cola if you wanted, but its not going to give you a part.

To actually make something you need a photosensitive resin with very precise material properties. Back in the day that stuff cost $300/litre .. i'm sure its come down a bit, but the i'll bet ya good stuff still aint cheap

Comment: Re:Makers and takers (Score 2) 676

by joss (#46461673) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

> But never give control of the printing press to politicians.

The current system gives a ton of control to politicians. Modern states are pretty much never constrained from doing what they want to do for lack of money. When's the last time you heard them say: no we can't go to war, it will cost too much ? As well as allowing them to spend money however they want, the current system allows them to *not* do the stuff whenever they don't really want to (eg when it would only benefit a group with no political power such as single parents or the disabled) by claiming its too expensive.

If the government invented the money instead of the bankers that would eliminate the need for taxation which would get rid of the main excuse for the government to keep tabs on everybody and everything. The IRS would disappear completely for instance. I strongly recommend http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Gr... . I did a couple of years of economics at university but this was a real eye-opener.

Comment: Re:isn't it also used by request (Score 2) 326

by joss (#46365987) Attached to: The Science of Solitary Confinement

> this lenient justice system

Now there's a statement. If the US justice system is lenient, can you point me at one that is not ?

The US incarcaration rate is 750/100000, in western europe its 100/100000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

The US jails a larger proportion of its population than sizeable nation ever. In that respect it's the least free country in the course of human history due to its extraordinarily non-lenient justice system.

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

by joss (#46343747) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Anyone can sue for anything but having a strong case is another thing. People's religious beliefs can include any random nonsense and no business could operate if it had to pander to whatever people can think of. You make the responsibilities clear at the start then if they take the job they are agreeing to do the work. If a muslim got a a job in a pork processing plant then claimed his religious beliefs prevented him from handling pigs, well.. get another job.

Comment: Re:Asymetrical warfare (Score 3, Interesting) 147

by joss (#46284443) Attached to: Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

Most of what you say I agree with but:

> A good bit of the code is actually somewhat amateurish

Citation needed. Or, to put it less politely, are you out of your fucking mind ? Stuxnet is the most advanced piece of malware ever discovered, and it worked. I don't believe you have access to the original source code so, can you justify this comment in any way ?

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