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Comment: Re: Sorry, not corporate enough. (Score 1) 57

by sjames (#48650277) Attached to: Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

Google around. How about the special cash boxes built specifically to maximize the amount that could be shoved through the cutout in a teller's window. That's a BIG heap of cash being deposited frequently. Exactly the sort of thing that is supposed to trigger suspicion.

Comment: Re:No big red button? (Score 1) 189

by sjames (#48647943) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

As I understand it, the damage was indirect. The software was left in such a state that the furnace was at the time undamaged but could not be properly shut down. That left only the emergency shutdown procedure which was the cause of the damage.

The real failure was not being able to physically operate the controls to at least manage a clean shutdown.

Comment: Re:Make it easier to hire people? (Score 1) 558

by sjames (#48645131) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Yes, but at that time, we still had a shortage of labor over all. In western society, we very recently doubled the eligible workforce through equal rights. Then with a bit of development in the 3rd world, we have multiplied it many times (but haven't given those workers a chance to become consumers). Now automation is cheap enough that even those very cheap workers are threatened with unemployment.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 3, Interesting) 236

by sjames (#48644215) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

If you are choosing between "slamming your brakes at the last second" or "running a red light" then you were driving unsafely.***

There is a significant correlation between installing the cameras and shortening the yellow. At the same time, even if the yellow was too short even before the cameras were installed, they increase the risk of accidents since people will no longer be willing to run the very beginning of the red (before traffic the other way starts moving).

Comment: Re:When Robots Replace Workers? (Score 1) 558

by sjames (#48643479) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

It should be, but there are too many wealthy people who firmly believe that they were born with virtue but the working class gain virtue only by working. Therefor, no job = no work = deserve to starve.

There are two classes of people. Those who feel wealthy if they have no need to worry about money and those who can only feel wealthy if they have significantly more than others. The latter just can't be happy until you're not happy.

Comment: Re:In Massachusetts... (Score 1) 1051

by sjames (#48642129) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

And the state does not have the right to demand that any individual accept any particular medical treatment. That's why the pressure is applied in a more round about manner.

So that just leaves us with the choice. Do we want the kids to be un-educated or do we want to find a way to educate them? Certainly making the vaccines free will address the financial askect, leaving only philosophical and religious objections. We can certainly provide education fopefully convince parents of the value and even necessity of vaccination. However, at the end of the day some will still object. Since we don't want a society where someone from the government can show up at any time and inject whatever gunk they care to into anyone they care to, we must deal with the cases where the parent will not be swayed.

Note that excluding their children from school just makes sure that they will make the same decision when they have kids. If they go to school, perhaps they will make a better decision when they become parents.

It should also be noted that not all of the required vaccines actually make sense. The main ones we are all familiar with certainly do. MMR, DPT and polio certainly. But I remain more skeptical of chicken pox. That was never one of those scourge diseases. Evidence suggests that the immunity from the vaccine is less complete that you get from having the disease and that it wanes in adulthood, exactly the time when the disease becomes more dangerous and the vaccine is contraindicated.

Comment: Again, where is the NSA (Score 1) 220

by sjames (#48636801) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Just what is the NSA up to here? Shouldn't they be busy heading off exactly this sort of thing? So what's their part of this action? That's right, they're busy facilitating the terrorists by weakening the security that could prevent this crap from happening so they can do the things they are never ever supposed to do. Screw protecting the country, they have law abiding citizens to spy on!

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