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Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 378

by whathappenedtomonday (#48935149) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

let the market squabble it out for an extended period of time

Thing is, the definition of 'market' has changed considerably since the time I was taught what a market is ("The market is the place where supply and demand meet"). Go check for yourself and apply the 'old' definition to whatever markets you are most familiar with, and you'll probably find they rarely work that way anymore, and many don't mess much with supply and demand, but are -- as you state -- playing for time.

Curiously enough, the page's fortune tells me: "'Free markets select for winning solutions.' -- Eric S. Raymond" They certainly used to, but do they still -- or rather: how free are they?

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 2) 228

by whathappenedtomonday (#48928049) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

by following turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions that would otherwise get facebook banned, facebook remains influential in turkey in a positive way, in more subtle ways

Not a very nuanced view, and even complex matters can be surprisingly simple if you have values. -- "by following turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions that would otherwise get facebook banned," facebook remains in business there. This and nothing else matters to corporations. Please don't pretend that FBs mission is to propagate free speech, because that would be ... well, a blockheaded black-or-white kinda view. FB censors when it fits its business model (see the " pictures of breasts" argument). FB is accepting and taking part in what you call turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions. Because they don't have values, as Zuckerberg likes to suggest, but business interests. Once Turkey blocks FB (Twitter etc.), people who value free speech will circumvent those blocks, as they have always done, but it would hurt FBs business.

Comment: pics or it didn't happen (Score 4, Informative) 360

by whathappenedtomonday (#48835265) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

Comment: Re:Yes, that is still my point (Score 1) 525

by whathappenedtomonday (#48511265) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

The simple fact is MOST people will ignore limits that re too low

I'm not sure if this is true or if it applies to MOST. I don't know where you live, but I am quite certain that where I live it doesn't work that way (fines ... few, not most can ignore those). Nonetheless, by raising the upper limit of speed, you'd further spread the difference of speeds of individual cars, i.e. those who go beyond limits and those who adhere, so I doubt you have a point here. Never mind, though, limits are and will remain arbitrary, and people will drive as fast as they see fit. People will die in traffic, no matter what we do. IMHO, raising speed limits will kill more people, but I might be wrong. Physics -- along with common sense -- saved my life quite a few times so far, so that might be something we both can agree to.

Comment: Re:Physics make my case, not yours. (Score 1) 525

by whathappenedtomonday (#48501237) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Avoiding accidents involves way more than simply braking.

Sure, but that wasn't my point. It is actually all about the time it takes the human body to react to stimuli. The average best case response time seems to vary from 215 milliseconds ( to 166 ms (sprinters at the Beijing Olympics as of Wikipedias Mental chronometry entry). My point was: the faster you go, the more can happen within those ~180ms that you cannot respond to. We're not even talking about the forces involved at the respective velocities, or worst case response times of distracted drivers etc.

Comment: Re:Accident rates by speed limit different (Score 1) 525

by whathappenedtomonday (#48500639) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Comparing German accident rates to U.S. rates with very different driving situations makes no sense

In that case, physics might make sense. Just compare how many yards you make in a second at 55 mph vs. 85 mph. Also, compare stopping distances. Driving faster is more dangerous unless you bend the laws of physics.

Comment: Re:How about we beta test on Venus? (Score 1) 367


Also, there's nothing controversial about geo and climate engineering, it's just a dumb idea, since we don't actually understand climate yet, or even just the weather. Let 'em write papers, but make sure they keep their hands off of actual "engineering" for a few more decades. We'll be busy coping with our most recent climate engineering attempt and its results, the release of several hundred million years' worth of carbon.

Comment: Re:Surely there's more to come :( (Score 1) 324

by whathappenedtomonday (#48206315) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic
Um, no: Orban publicly announced that he plans to eliminate liberal democracy in his country and turn Hungary into an 'illiberal state,' modeled after China or Russia. Pretty much no other country does that, which shows that Orban's Fidesz is not like any other authoritarian regime IMO.

Comment: Re:Do some research first please? (Score 1) 258

Valid points within the science we know, but it is probably wise to consider aspects outside of settled scientific knowledge:

  • So far, Ebola outbreaks were confined primarily to tropical regions of Sub-Saharan Africa; we will only just now be able to study how "well" the virus spreads "airborne", i.e. by commercial airlines, and we do not yet know what happens when the virus encounters a completely different set of hosts/environments/influences it wasn't exposed to so far.
  • While Gorillas are often associated with Ebola outbreaks, bats are considered the most likely natural reservoir of the EBOV. You'll probably have a hard time finding gorillas in your neighborhood, but bats ... . I'm not sure how relevant this might be, but once you have a rising number of infected people on a global scale, the buildup of new reservoirs is not unlikely.

In the 100 or so years we have been really studying viruses, we have seen a virus mutate and change its infection vector exactly ZERO times.

While this is probably true, the science we acquired during these 100 or so years is often based on epidemiological conditions and assumptions that no longer apply, or have changed dramatically, or which have been made considerably more complicated because of the way the world changed since the Spanish Flu -- not talking about those things we just kinda missed. Point being: aside from hemorrhagic fever making clickbait headlines right now, it's the same with influenza: we'd better not underestimate it, be it airborne, avian or whatnot.

Comment: Re:What's actually going on (Score 1) 579

by whathappenedtomonday (#47706117) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

And in other, completely unrelated news, MS has announced that it's moving it's German HQ to.... yes, you guessed it.... Munich!

While you are correct, it's rather old news: the lease agreement was signed back in 2013, and the building will be finished 2016. Still, interesting fact to keep in mind.

Comment: Re:It's tinfoil time! (Score 1) 232

Also, remember that this is an arms race. A few more similar cases and press coverage, and those people you target will know that a false identity only works if it comes with plastic surgery. And: whatever benefits they say face recognition has, they are dwarfed by the potential abuses. But we don't talk about those, we're busy thinking of the children, while trying not to think too hard of the children, because that would put us in a different camp.

Blinding speed can compensate for a lot of deficiencies. -- David Nichols