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Comment Percentages vs raw numbers (Score 1, Interesting) 148

While percentages are down, it's not always the case for raw numbers. Some of them are. Not just for violence, but also for diseases, poverty, etc.

Clearly we are getting better at stuff, but for certain things, raw numbers are more important than percentages.

Suppose there was a just a single serial killer out there that killed one person every year for the past 25 years. Population doubles every 23 years or so. So it looks like he has cut his death rate in half, when it has actually stayed the same.

Ignore the politicians that talk about how bad things are. That is a straight out lie. But are things really getting better or are we simply adding more people that don't have the same problems that the oldsters had? That's a different story.

Personally, I think we are actually doing better. But it's not as cut and dried as the story seems to think it is.

Comment Personal advice (Score 1) 260

1) Have you built one before? If not, chances are you won't do better than what you can buy and then upgrade.

2) Will you enjoy building it? Then chances are you should build it yourself. Screw the money, go for the XP!

3) Is your time valuable? Because if you won't enjoy it and want to save the money, then chances are any cash you do save will not be worth your time.

Basically, if this sounds like a fun time, then do it. But don't expect to make a monetary profit.

Comment Cluster Headaches????? (Score 1) 417

Is there something special about Silicon Valley professionals that cause the incidence of cluster headaches to be much higher than than in the general population (to the point it's mentioned in the story)? According to Wikipedia at least, 0.2% of people suffer from cluster headaches, which seems pretty infrequent. Compare with migraines for instance, which affect 15% (19% of men), which I don't see too many people getting on a daily basis (my wife suffers, and at one migraine every 1-2 months it's difficult to remember when one caused serious disruption, but then again she's Aussie and thus tougher than most Silicon Valley professional :P ).

Comment Re:Electric motors have max torque at zero rpm (Score 0) 181

So your argument is rubbish. ALL modern locomotives have electric traction motors whether powered by an onboard diesel engine or from overhead wires.

What, like these: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..., used by Chiltern Railways and built in the 1990's (fairly modern by rail standards). They appear to be using: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/....

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 243

1) They won't lock you in a rubber room, that's s silly idea. People take home amputated body parts all the time. Usually small ones, such as teeth.

2) But they might arrest you for improper disposal of human remains. There is a difference between the government telling what you can and can not do, and a company telling you.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 2) 243

It's in the definition of the word SALE.

If I buy something I OWN it. That means I get to do with it what I want, barring government restrictions. The shcmuck that sold it to me does not have the right to say "HEY! You can't DO THAT!"

They gave up that right when they sold it to me.

When I sell you a house, I can't then complain and say "Now wait a second, I may have sold you that house, but it's still mine and I don't like that new garage you are building!"

Comment Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 5, Insightful) 243

If they want to offer a lease (with the right of the customer to return the leased object to the legal owner at no cost to the leasee), that's one thing.

But if you own something, you have all legal rights to not just repair but to modify as well. The most the manufacturers should be able to do is cancel the warranty on modification.

Comment Trust (Score 4, Insightful) 199

We all know we can trust google (owner of Nest) to:

1) Respect our privacy

2) Ignore/Fight NSA warrants to let them use the Nest to look into your home with the light turned off.

3) Write perfect code so that crackers/hackers will never get in and play with it.

On second thought, these things should be sold with camera covers.

Comment Several issues (Score 2) 256

1) The internet is a global phenomena and needs some kind of global policing to stop this. They don't need huge powers - merely being able to cut off internet service and accounts

2) Some of it comes from companies acting really stupidly. The cable, power, Twitter etc. really did a BAD job handling the attacks and should have done a lot more to fix the situation. In particular, the 'services for the deaf' loopholes need to be fixedas this is a common abuse.

3)We need to admit that recently, there are a multitude of ways to steal/borrow people's Identity and we change government laws to account for this. Offer name/ID change services from the government, that require the participants to give DNA, fingerprint, photo, and signature (to avoid criminals abusing it), then issue new names and ID numbers linked to duplicates of the real data with certain key facts removed so it can't be back traced. You lose your old fair-weather friends, but can give you real family/best friends the new bio data, on the condition they give it out to nobody.

Space is to place as eternity is to time. -- Joseph Joubert