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Comment: Re:Official Vehicles (Score 5, Insightful) 256

by profplump (#47769265) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

You've got this 100% backwards. Deciding to drive slower than everyone else makes you a much bigger risk than the people driving the same speed. If the speed at which most drivers are comfortable on a road is too high for safety the road system itself (which includes signage and surroundings) has been designed incorrectly and should be corrected.

Comment: Re:Firearms? (Score 1) 191

by profplump (#47746259) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

Or maybe we're just familiar with past disasters and a more or less complete lack of the sort of scenario you imagine. I know it's fun to pretend that everyone else is evil and coming to hurt you -- that's the plot of more or less every zombie movie -- but in real life it's just not much a threat compared to say, dehydration.

Comment: Re:Are You Kidding? (Score 1) 541

by profplump (#47648053) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

So which differences in skin tone, height, and facial features uniquely define the races? If you start with the assumption that race is a physical, heritable trait this work might make sense. But if you want to be take seriously you first have to establish that claim, and thus far no one has done so (nor is anyone honestly trying, as definitions of race are not stable across cultures or time, which almost certainly means they aren't physical in the first place).

Comment: Re:Politically Correct Science (Score 2) 541

by profplump (#47648029) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

You might want to re-read the quotations from the article: “Our findings do not even provide a hint of support in favor of Wade’s guesswork.”

That is not the same as saying "I didn't publish those conclusions" -- it's a rebuttal that the conclusions he makes are supported by the evidence he provides, from one of the foremost authorities on that evidence. You can claim that the original authors are lying if you want, but they aren't making the sort of wishy-washy statements you describe.

Comment: Re:alas (Score 1) 541

by profplump (#47647955) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

As soon as you come up with a heritable definition for race you can start on your analysis of heritable differences in relation to race. But historically we can't even come up with racial definitions that are stable across cultures and over a few generations, let alone that are heritable on the scale of evolution, which makes the whole discussion nothing more than handwaving.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 4, Informative) 541

by profplump (#47647789) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

You really should publish the work you've done identifying IQ as a physical aspect of the brain, and identifying the genetic definitions of "white" and and "Asian". I'm sure the relationships are clear to you but the rest of us are stuck in a world where race is more social than genetic and IQ is merely one particular measure of a combination of dynamic mental processes.

Or maybe you just didn't take up the required reading before claiming that actual scientists are ignoring their work in pursuit of some globally-unified set of politics.

Comment: Re:Switch off servers? (Score 1) 54

by profplump (#47639065) Attached to: How Facebook Is Saving Power By 10-15% Through Better Load Balancing

Or it could be that the power-cycle stresses actually aren't a big factor, or aren't a big factor given the expected lifecycle of the device, or are a big factor but not big enough to offset the savings, and so it would make perfect sense to turn them off any time you're fairly sure it's safe to add the delay of a boot cycle. It's also possible that reducing power usage might be worth more than the pure cost of power, as it might reduce say, expected future power costs or installation costs or any of 100 other things.

We get it, there are lots of potentially complicating issues. But it's silly to talk about how factor B might overwhelm factor A when you don't have numbers for factor B.

Comment: Re:Contract binding third parties (Score 1) 183

by profplump (#47609823) Attached to: Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

Insurance, though, is strongly regulated, precisely because of the sort of difficulties discussed here. You can't form an arbitrary insurance contract; the insurer must be licensed and the contract must conform to a whole slew of extra rules not applicable to contracts in general.

Comment: Vote Selling? (Score 1) 190

I've never understood the problem with vote selling. I mean, I think it poorly serves the people selling their votes, but if the most important issue to them is who will give them $10, why isn't that a valid choice? All sorts of people make voting decisions based on their expected personal economic outcomes, and this doesn't seem any different to me.

It's also unclear to me how putting the election online makes vote selling easier. If anything I'd expect that would make it harder, as you have to try harder to distribute the payouts.

But maybe I'm not understanding the process and harms of vote selling. Anyone want to disabuse me?

Comment: Re:Decentralizing FEMA one step at a time (Score 2) 55

by profplump (#47564375) Attached to: Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Who told you they'd be doing this for months? We're talking about an alternative to emergency housing like the Superdome -- which was occupied for only 6 days during Katrina. Even if you added the Reliant Dome occupancy it's still only 18 days until the domes were clear and the vast majority of people were in permanent housing.

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