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Comment Re:Homeopathy on BBC news this morning (Score 1) 287

Why would you think it's too non-PC? As good skeptics, they go where the evidence leads. Overdiagnosis is a well known thing in skeptical circles.

As for annual physicals, I'm pretty sure that's only a thing in countries with privatised healthcare. I don't think the NHS has ever proposed such at thing.

Comment Re:Bigger Pixels: Buy a TV. (Score 2) 197

This, unfortunately. Scaling and dpi setting both fail due to an unholy mess of percent, point and pixel based measurements in both apps and web pages, and lazy web developers who assume everyone has the same MacBook they do. Get a large, low-res display (TVs around 32-50 inches would be ideal), run it at native resolution and make your OS believe it has the dpi of a smaller one.

Comment Interesting for UI fans (Score 1) 89

Since the release of Skype 7.0 (actually the preview version, 6.22), the largest thread on the the Skype community forum has been about one request - can we have our screen space back?

(My take on this at great length at

This news gives me some hope that, with appropriate HTML and RPC chops, we will see third-parties allow users some measure of customization of the Skype UI.

Comment Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 1) 91

[citation needed]

You make a very specific claim: hitchhiking is dangerous, and it's more dangerous than it was in the past. Is that claim based on actual numbers or anally extracted ones?

This claims the chances of being killed or raped while hitchhiking in the United States are 0.0000089%.

Comment Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 1) 91

If this were true, cab driver would be a seriously dangerous job. In most countries, it isn't.

Yes it is. Taxi driver is one of the most dangerous jobs.

Fine, I should've been more careful with my wording. The article you linked to doesn't break down the number but implies heavily that the high fataility rate is due to car accidents. We're talking about the risk of violence here, which the article implies has been decreasing: "There aren't so many potential felons in the backseat as there used to be".

But ignoring all that, let's look at the numbers. 19.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers (per year, I assume). Let's say a cab driver takes 20 customers per shift, 250 days a year. That's 19.7 fatalities per 500,000,000 trips, or one death per twenty five million rides. I can live with those odds.

I'll leave the conversion to micromorts to someone else.

Comment Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 1) 91

This is a fair counterargument I guess. But I would posit that the number of people willing to pick up a hitchhiker is massive compared to the number of people with bad intentions.

What kind of a criminal would think it a good idea to target hitchhikers? Almost by definition they are both penniless and streetwise. And there really are not enough crazies on a random kiling spree to worry about it, no matter how hard Fox News is trying to convince us otherwise.

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