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Comment: Picky details (Score 1) 127

by overshoot (#46767509) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

I haven't seen the application yet, but I'd be quite surprised if it contains enough information to actually detect cameras -- given, after all, that a camera doesn't necessarily look like anything in particular, nor emit a signal declaring "I am a camera."

More likely, Gates et al are doing the old trick of patenting the idea of detecting a camera and then planning to fill in the blanks as the technology improves. Jerry Lemelson was the grand master of this trick and made billions (yes, with a "B") with it. On numerous occasions he actually sued, and prevailed, against the people who actually invented the technology that he incorporated in revised patent applications because his application predated their invention.

Comment: Between them, they're right (Score 3, Interesting) 516

Greenspan is right that taking the lid off of immigration will drive the top of the wage scale down, greatly reducing wage inequality.

Gates is right that there's one "job" that won't be automated: ownership.

I confess that I am assuming that Greenspan (who was never a dummy) is talking about wage, rather than income inequality. Otherwise I'm not sure how he expects a rise in immigration to do anything but accelerate the shift of income from wages to rents.

Comment: Re:Why worry - its natural selection in action (Score 1) 747

by overshoot (#46485953) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

For every family that takes unvaccinated kids to France and brings them back sick

Is there something particularly disgusting about France that I am unaware of?

A particularly low vaccination rate, mostly. Along with Switzerland, it seems that most of the USA's trip-to-X-and-came-back-with-measles cases seem to be from France.

Comment: Re:MMR Outcry? (Score 1) 747

by overshoot (#46484011) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

Question, if the vax works so well, why then are the vaxxed so worried about the few who dont.

Short answer: because measles is a human-only disease like smallpox and polio. We could eliminate it. In which case, the we'd have as many adverse outcomes from measles and its vaccine as we do now from smallpox and its vaccine: zero.

There are other reasons, but IMHO that's good enough. Except, perhaps, for the virus-rights movement.

Comment: Re:Why worry - its natural selection in action (Score 1) 747

by overshoot (#46483907) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

Its sad, but if the kids of parents who only think on a base emotional level die then its clearing out the human gene pool.

For every family that takes unvaccinated kids to France and brings them back sick, there are scores more who are in the pediatrician's waiting room, in pulic places, etc. with a kid too young to be vaccinated. Not to mention the small percentage for whom the vaccine just doesn't work.

Unless you're advocating keeping babies and others locked up and leaving public places to the shambling hordes of carriers, perhaps?

Comment: Re:Two things (Score 1) 353

And if they had gone with the most powerful available boxer, it would still be significantly under-powered compared to the original. Remember, the engines in the original engines were designed by Bugatti.

Using 1930s technology -- downdraft carbs and all. (Don't try fling them inverted!)

Since they weren't going to match the original power anyway, they chose inexpensive.

Street-legal Boxers put out over 300 BHP. Take liberties that are only legal for off-road use and they're a lot closer to the Bugatti 450 than to the replica's 200. Even with less weight. Don't underrate the value of fuel injection, modern alloys (esp. in the turbochargers) and electronic engine controls. And they're relatively inexpensive, even tricked out.

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