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Comment: Re:Wait for it... (Score 4, Informative) 752

by quax (#47479805) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Article states of the bat that it was a vacant UN sponsored school building. To spin this as the UN being complicit in hiding Hamas missiles displays some remarkably reading comprehension problems.

Maybe the UN should start sponsoring schools in the
US. Obviously the education system failed you.

Comment: Re:better than what we have now (Score 1) 249

Look, as somebody who lives in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) I've followed this story very closely as soon as it broke. There needs to be corrections and consequences imposed by the provincial government.

This only happens when this story is kept in the forefront and MPs feel this is something their riding cares about.

It's really local politics 101. Presumably you are American and think your broken barely democratic system represents how things work anywhere in the world. Thankfully it doesn't.

Comment: Re:better than what we have now (Score 1) 249

Yeah, right.

Obviously you have some problems grasping the concept that in a complex urban society is not only the (none-)care-givers that are involved.

This child's death could have been entirely avoidable if the system hadn't completely failed him.

This statue, as well as this faux controversy, helps to keep the story in the fore-front, and that is an entirely good thing.

Comment: Re:better than what we have now (Score 1) 249

And what believes and desires would that be, pray tell?

The death of this child touched many people here in the GTA, and trying to ensure he is not forgotten is nothing but a valiant attempt to ensure it doesn't happen again.

If you cannot relate to this, then search the Internet for your misplaced humanity. Maybe reading up on the case would help.

Comment: Re:Why is this so important? (Score 4, Insightful) 249

Anybody who would have detected the neglect could have become this boy's superhero.

The monument is to remind us here in Ontario that we have to try harder.

Social services, the school records, neighbors ... there are countless ways this tragedy could, and should have been prevented.

Comment: Re:better than what we have now (Score 4, Insightful) 249

"I really don't feel too bad for those who let him starve and now want a monument."

What the F*** are you talking about. The ones who starved him are in jail.

The man sponsoring the monument simply does so because he feels the poor boy deserves to be remembered as a stark reminder that we have to try harder to prevent such abuse.

Anybody could have been this boy's Superman if only the neglect would have been detected earlier.

Comment: Re:The real question in my mind (Score 1) 119

by quax (#47295665) Attached to: Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

Yes, but you can distinguish quantum annealing behavior from regular thermal annealing. And when you compare the D-Wave device to simulations of both it conforms much closer to the former.

Also the extreme temperature sensitivity is more indicative of actual quantum annealing.

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