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Comment Re:Price controls and a ban on doctor kickbacks (Score 1) 305

If kids are old enough to pick up on the comment about erections and ask the question, I think they're old enough for some very basic factual information as a response. Sex is normal, and kids shouldn't have to learn about it from internet porn and misinformed elementary school friends.

Comment Re:Factory farming (Score 1) 131

Excellent question. I would add to the list above the issue of food sources, as in animals in factory settings not getting food sources that are natural for them and cause digestion issues (e.g., cows eating soy, and I'm sure there are probably even better examples). A lot of people think diet/gut health may have some relations to autism, maybe not as a cause but as an exacerbating factor that can make symptoms better or worse. With her close connection with animals, has she observed that eating certain diets has affected anxiety levels or other behaviors in factory animals?

Comment Re:Why don't other animals have "social justice"? (Score 1) 131

I feel like you're probably just trolling, but I can tell you that my chickens definitely have a concept of social justice. One is the alpha female, and if one of the non-alphas starts picking on another chicken, the alpha will basically step in and do what needs to be done to restore order. Usually this just entails her standing up really tall and flapping her wings a few times right in front of the bully as a warning. And chickens aren't even very smart.

Apes and chimps also have established social orders and conventions within their groups that include concepts of justice and fairness. There has been a lot of anthropological research on this.

Comment Re:What they will really drink (Score 1) 278

Millions of people across the country drink recycled sewage every day. That's the nature of water--it just gets recycled.

Maybe I just find this odd because I was always under the impression that every city did it this way. When I was little, one of my uncles worked at the waste water treatment plant in a small city on a small river in the middle of the country. I thought it was common knowledge that the water flowing in the water treatment plant (for city taps) came from the river, and the water flowing from the waste water treatment plant flowed back into the river. So we were drinking the treated waste water from towns and cities upriver, and the towns and cities downriver were drinking ours. So we had a valid interest in the proper operation of treatment plants upriver, and those downriver had a valid interest in ours.

My uncle used to tell me how he would sometimes have to give tours, which were billed as sort of educational exchanges, for people from other treatment plants in the state who wanted to visit. But they were always only from the treatment plants down-river--it was sort of spy/audit trip. And that was considered okay, our city did the same thing. Keep in mind this is a pretty small river, not an extreme amount of dilution going on here.

Are there any cities that truly have a landfill of sorts for treated sewage water? A place where it can go that it will not end up back in the drinking water? Because I think that is what would be extremely rare.

I think CA politicians are marketing this all wrong and causing resistance where there shouldn't be any. This is just how it's done. Water gets recycled. There is no absolutely pure water source unless you create it in a lab. How the water you intend to drink is treated is the key.

Comment Re:Instead... (Score 1) 356

How is this modded as flamebait? What is wrong with new Slashdotters?

Mobile sites suck. Many people agree. This is the reason Apple implemented the iOS 8 feature "Request Desktop Site" in Safari. So that people can manually bypass crappy mobile sites. They didn't bother to implement the feature just for the hell of it. It was because people wanted it. Badly.

Not only do mobile sites suck, they are obsolete except perhaps on newer platforms, like a watch or augmented reality (remains to be seen). Phones and tablets now have both the screen space and processing power to handle a real web site. "Request Desktop Site" is pretty much automatic for me these days.

Comment Re:The real question in my mind... (Score 2, Insightful) 341

I think this really is the important question. Tech visionaries often fall into the trap of not figuring what people actually want into their estimates of how quickly and widely a new technology will be adapted. The politicians who make these rules (or appoint the people who do) are in the business of being re-elected. They are going to go with what the majority wants on this issue, and right now, the vast majority or non-techie people are very, very afraid of self-driving technology. Yes, I agree that will eventually change, but it will likely be very slow. Many, many regulatory decisions have been made not based on the prevailing science of the time, but on what people were willing to accept. Nuclear power has a lot of benefits, but it is not widely adapted because people don't want it anywhere near them. When it comes to drugs, alcohol is perfectly legal while pot (in most states, and for many years) is not. Based on science? Nope, just based on what the majority of people want at the time.

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