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Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 4, Interesting) 1216

by swamp_ig (#45505281) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

It is about economic growth because when you place restraints like this on the market, there are real economic consequences.

In real terms (PPP), for the vast majority of the population, there has been no economic growth in the west since the 80s. All the economic benefits since then have accrued only to the wealthy elite.

So the current system is clearly failing - it is not delivering benefit to society.

Comment: Re:What happens when the App crashes? (Score 5, Informative) 117

by swamp_ig (#45450953) Attached to: Rigging Up Baby

One can argue that these devices have little use other than helping parents sleep, knowing they'd be alarmed if something happens. Even if that's the case, trust me, it is money well spent. As a new parent, there are a ton of things that you'll be concerned about and this just helps easy your mind.

Paediatricians don't recommend the use of these devices. They haven't been shown to decrease the risk of anything. They tend to produce false alarms, causing a hell of a lot of parent anxiety, and which may contribute to post-natal depression (which has got a well established link to infant death).

Comment: Re:Horrible for the rural poor (Score 4, Insightful) 1143

by swamp_ig (#45380969) Attached to: EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

The busybodies in our government have no problem throwing the poor under the bus to achieve some feel-good goal so they can go home to their mansions at night and feel good about themselves. They're hurting real people.

All this rule changes is the efficiency for NEW wood burning stoves. It doesn't make them even cost any more. It just means they run more efficiently and put out less smoke. Pre-existing stoves don't need to be pulled out or anything.

So for the rural poor that means less cost for heating (or work of chopping wood if you prefer), and less lung disease, for really no increased cost.

Can't see that as a bad thing.

Comment: Re:I do not understand why this is a story (Score 1) 740

by swamp_ig (#44956287) Attached to: Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

You can't transmit information with quantum entanglement.

It's like this - you have one very long coin which stretches between one place and another.
At some point you toss it, and it lands either heads up or down. At the other location you try to toss it, but it's already landed, so you see the result.

You don't know at which point in time the other end has been tossed, just that the two results are the same in the end, so it can't be used for communication.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 1293

by swamp_ig (#44900961) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

Why is the shin - the area of the body the most likely to get bashed into things - not protected by a fat pad? And why does it have such a poor blood supply?
Why do hips - which bear the weight of the whole body - have a 90 degree bend in them?
What's with the appendix?
Why have testis outside the body, where they can be bashed easily
Why do the ovaries not have a complete covering? (deadly ectopic pregnancies)
Why is the appendix there at all?

That's just a few working bottom up. I could go on.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown