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Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 157

If you really want to know if it's aliens figure out what stars brightening in that pattern would be useful for outside of signalling. Saying "I'm here" might be reasonable if neutrino beams and stars get cheap but doing something useful is more likely to get funded earlier.

Comment Re:The downside of one-sided propaganda (Score 3, Insightful) 79

>I can't see anything negative in promoting talking to professionals.

Thanks, that will be $70 for removing a splinter, $70 for a cold that can't be treated, $70 for a minor sprained ankle that you should just stay off of for a week or two. There are times for professionals and there are times that they simply aren't needed. If you don't have hundreds of dollars to spend listening to people tell you something is minor and to come back if it gets worse then you need to use sound judgement instead of running to the doctor with every boo boo. Sound judgement includes consulting reasonable information sources but it all to often seems they are paywalled, tort-terrorized into saying "just see a doctor" or blocked out by quackery websites.

That doctor traffic also is why often you can't get an appointment to have someone look at a significant condition for a week and a half and why Americans go to the emergency room so often - where they can wait long periods before being treated for serious issues. That is the downside in promoting talking to professionals. There is no downside in shooting down quacks unless worse quacks take their place.

Comment First prove the math works (Score 2) 389

The assessment center approach described by the article would replace reading an application with days of evaluation of each student. Of course you would get better results but you just replaced a few person hours of work (on each side) with an order of magnitude more. That means much more expense for the colleges and way fewer applications possible for applicants. Is it worth it? You can't just say "sure" you have to examine the real data in detail. If you don't you could paralyze the whole system.

Comment Re:Could be improved (Score 1) 907

That would make sense. People would inevitably push it to the limit then complain when it shut down anyway. The ignition should definitely be shut down (that is you cannot turn it on) rather than the engine for safety reasons. That just means people will leave their cars running 24x7 after not paying but that's against the law and probably expensive in gas.

Comment Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 276

As with everything it depends on the service level and cost. If you live outside major cities your service level would be like Amtrak in those cities - terrible. This is proposed for a major city where it makes the most sense and I expect will lock the inhabitants (or at least the non-wealthy ones) into those cities by denying transport outside them and preventing them from traveling to less spoiled areas.

Comment Not deploying driverless cars kills people (Score 2) 190

We have 30k+ deaths a year from traffic accidents in the US. The UK could not be too far behind per capita. Driverless cars have a flawless safety record. Even if they screw up and kill somebody it won't be anything like 30k/year. That means every day we don't deploy driverless cars here kills something like 90 people. It's sad governments seem more interested in BS like lawsuits, gun control and drug wars instead of actually preventing people from dying.

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