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Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 1) 324

by jrumney (#47900073) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Many people can safely drive with one hand but it is safer to be in the ten and two positions with two hands which is why we need to do it to pass most driving tests.

It's not always safer to be in the ten and two positions, as it can interfere with airbag deployment and lead to broken bones in the hand and wrist in an otherwise minor collision.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

by jrumney (#47877507) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist
Its a big stretch to go from supporting the right of victims of genocide to fight back to “dedicated to the use of violence” to overthrow the U.S. government or to prevent others from exercising their constitutional rights.. And they asked specifically whether she had been a member of such an organization, not that she was a member of another distantly associated organization.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 4, Interesting) 499

by jrumney (#47877485) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

When I last filled in a security clearance form, there was a question asking whether I had used illegal drugs in the last 4 years. Was I failing to be entirely open by not confessing to have a friend who had an oxycontin prescription 6 years ago?

In a security clearance questionnaire or interview, the questions are very specific, and you answer those questions truthfully, not any others.

Comment: Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (Score 1) 199

by jrumney (#47871503) Attached to: China's Island Factory
They don't want a war. They just want the oil that is under the South China Sea. To be able to exploit it, they first need to establish their claim to the territory. They are taking a gamble that noone is going to stop them by going to war over it, and once they have structures and maybe a temporary population on some of the islands further from their mainland, their claim to the area in between will be stronger than the other surrounding countries.

Comment: Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (Score 1) 199

by jrumney (#47871467) Attached to: China's Island Factory
Basically, the whole South China Sea is full of islands, which extend the territory of China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei to each cover the whole of the South China Sea (by the theory that any uninhabited islands within 12 miles of each countries' territory extends its territory to any other islands within 12 miles of that island.... until they hit undisputed populated areas of another country). In addition, Taiwan claims all of China, including the entire South China Sea. None of the countries recognize other countries' claims, but China is the only one actually physically asserting control over the area.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Numbers (Score 1) 198

by jrumney (#47871145) Attached to: UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack
There are a lot of Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and others who have lived in the UK for a couple of years on working holiday or ancestry visas, then returned home. Also, a lot of Europeans going to UK as young adults for a couple of years to improve their English to improve their future career prospects back home. UK has a fairly steady turnover of temporary residents who could swell the figures well beyond the current population level.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.

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