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Comment Re:But this is California, so of course it's stupi (Score 3, Informative) 135

California requires warnings about metal concentrations on virutally ALL FOOD

No, it doesn't. There are two requirements for labeling. Individual food items that require labels have to have them, and anyone shopping can see that only a tiny fraction of the items are labeled. There's also a requirement that the entrance to the store have a label if any food item requires one. Since most food stores carry at least one item that requires a warning, almost all stores require one. That might make you think that all food requires labeling, but that impression is incorrect.

Comment Re:This is just the looong tail of the distributio (Score 1) 122

But the question is actually if it makes sense to have many authors on a paper.

That depends on the nature of the paper. Yes, a large number of authors is suspicious on a paper that represents the amount of work that could be carried out by a few researchers in a reasonable length of time. But there are more and more papers out there that come from and could only practically be produced by large-scale collaborations. For those papers, there is no longer a single dominant contributor, or even a small group that can be considered the primary contributors. In those cases, it makes sense to include everyone who was involved in a scientific capacity as an author.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 469

The best explanation I've heard is that the Minix community was pretty much waiting for something like Linux to come along. Minix gave the access to the source code and the ability to write patches, but Andy Tanenbaum didn't accept them. When Linus introduced the Linux kernel, all the frustrated, would-be contributors to Minix were eager to get on board. A lot of their patches could be adapted to Linux with relatively little effort, and that backlog of patches was able to boost Linux from hobby to working kernel really quickly. Linux could do that because it tapped into the right group of contributors, and because Linus was willing to accept patches from them.

Comment Re:too many slashdotters (Score 1) 172

Must live in NYC, the bay area or Seattle area.

Or Boston, Washington DC, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Cairo, Baghdad, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, or most of the other major cities in the world. A very large fraction of the world lives either on or close to a coast, or on a low relief plain.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 409

If the officer had started a 15 minute search after placing the defendant in his car to ensure he was safe would that have made this incident ok?

Probably not. The point is that officers aren't allowed to deliberately drag things out in order to give the dog time to arrive. The search of a vehicle without an arrest is supposed to be limited to protecting the officers' safety, i.e. looking for easily available weapons, so extending it to 15 minutes would still count as dragging it out to wait for the dog. If they actually take the driver to their car, that would count as detaining him, and they need some evidence beyond "swerved to avoid a pothole" to do that.

Comment Re:Not really a distraction (Score 1) 591

it's been the only way anti-death penalty folks could make even the slightest bit of progress in the States.

This is simply untrue. It's certainly true that there are large portions of the country where capital punishment remains popular, and judicial challenges have been the only effective way of challenging it there. But there have been several states that have recently abolished capital punishment through the normal legislative process, most recently Maryland in 2013. Notably, few states that have abolished the death penalty legislatively have any real prospect of bringing it back.

Comment Culture (Score 4, Insightful) 626

One thing that any language needs is a reason for people to want to learn and use it. Some people are willing to learn a new language for commercial or professional reasons, but having an actual culture built around the language is very important. People still learn dead languages like Latin, Classical Greek, and Biblical Hebrew because they want to read the important works of literature written in them. People learn Italian because they want to understand opera and Japanese so they can watch Anime. And they learn English at least in part so they can read Shakespeare and watch Hollywood movies in their original language. If your constructed language lacks that kind of culture, it's going to be at an inevitable disadvantage.

Comment Re:Other (Score 1) 95

You can't hold someone responsible to show up for a court date for which you have not made sufficient effort to make sure that the person is aware.

The problem is that it sounds very much as if the husband is deliberately avoiding service. He is apparently still in contact with the wife by phone and Facebook, but claims to have no stable residence or workplace where he could be served with papers. The judge is allowing service on Facebook as a last resort because other ways of serving the papers are unavailable and his Facebook contact is known to be good. And, FWIW, if the wife is only able to contact her husband by phone and Facebook for years at a time, the divorce is a formality anyway; that marriage is long over.

Comment Re:Other (Score 2) 95

This is important as a matter of principle. People shouldn't be allowed to duck out on the legal system by making themselves impossible to find. If you don't allow something like this, then the person who's trying to handle things responsibly through the legal system loses out because they don't get their day in court. One way or the other, somebody is not getting a chance to present their case. It makes sense for that somebody to be the one who's avoiding the process and who could present their side just by showing up rather than the one who is doing everything they can to handle things through the legal system.

Comment Re:Missing the point. (Score 1) 330

Most people would be smarter to buy a car that's suitable for their most common driving and renting on the rare occasion when they need to do something their daily car can't do. They'll save more money on fuel by having a very fuel efficient daily driver- and by avoiding wear and tear on their car on longer drives- to more than make up the difference.

"Ahead warp factor 1" - Captain Kirk