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Comment Re:Totally different model of behavior (Score 1) 215

In Italy, the trains are on time most of the time. That 15:13 train might be 15:14 or so.

Or they might just totally screw up, change the wrong sign on the platform, and a dozen people find themselves on an express train traveling the opposite direction from where they need to go. It happened to me, so you have a lot more faith in Italian trains than I do.

Comment Re:The why of immigrants and visa applicants (Score 1) 160

So a person wants to enter the USA? Why?
For an education? To stay for some time for some reason? To emigrate? As a refugee? To find work? Got a special talent?
All that can be considered if the person is from a normal nation with a working government, passports, educational system and police records.

Right. So why the security theater? Because "AI sells"?

Did they try to change their own government for "freedom" and "democracy" and fail? Now they demand the USA has support them?

What you call "demanding," I call "asking." And God forbid they agitated in their home country for things like human rights, justice, the rule of law ... all things we should stop dead at the U.S. border.

Do they demand to bring in a vast numbers of other people once they get into the USA?

How on Earth would they do that?

How much will every extra person that one person got in cost the USA to look after over the decades?
Is the person going to cost the USA a lot to support? Has health issues that will cost the US tax payer?

You mean like the elderly? Fuck 'em, am I right?

Do their infectious diseases need the US tax payer to cover the full costs of expensive medication for decades?

Does the U.S. tax payer pay a single penny to cover your medical expenses? I think you must be fantasizing you live in a country with a proper national health care system. On the other hand, maybe these plague-ridden zombies you describe want to enter the U.S. so they can pay for health care that they could not receive at home?

The problem is a lot of nations just have a lot of random, average "people". No working government, no police, no engineers, no passports, few doctors.
No skills, long term health issues. A way of life that demands changes to every aspect of the USA once the person gets to stay in the USA.

I know, but I can't see how AI can solve West Virginia and Kentucky. I honestly can't.

Comment Re:How well will the money be spent? (Score 2) 135

It sounds great to wipe out a disease, but let's make sure we don't squander this money.

There's a huge difference between "not having found a universal cure for cancer" and "squandering the money."

People DO survive cancer, and many of them do so as a result of treatments that didn't exist decades ago.

Comment Re:There will never be a cure... (Score 3, Informative) 135

Once you're brain is full of holes, that's more or less it. There can however be preventative treatments.

Pedantic chime-in to say that "a brain full of holes" is more descriptive of spongiform encephalopathies, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Alzheimer's is more like having a brain full of gunk.

Comment Re:Silly Justice Department (Score 3, Interesting) 118

What does it even matter now? The readership of the flagship journalism outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times is falling

Actually, though I can't speak for total figures, digital-only subscriptions to the outlets you mention have exploded in the Trump era, more than tripling year-on-year:

You know who says otherwise? Trump.

Comment Re:Needs to Stop (Score 2) 146

The difference is that in math, you actually are trying to get the right answer. Knowing how to wax a car won't do shit if you can't do basic division. The only way to know that you're "doing math right" is to arrive at the correct answer. And if you can do that, reliably, then you don't need any "muscle memory." This ain't gym class.

Comment Re:Needs to Stop (Score 1) 146

That's why his kiddo got an F. Not because he can't do long division, because he can't demonstrate that he understands that method.

Why does the algorithm used to achieve a correct result matter? If there's more than one algorithm, and each will produce the correct result each and every time, both are correct.

If you told me that the "correct" way to achieve 2+2 = 4 is to "reduce" it to (1+1) + (1+1) = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 4, I would laugh at you. I don't care what textbook you learned it from.

Comment Re:Burglary is illegal even if the door is unlocke (Score 1) 212

It doesn't really matter how computer crime laws are structured.

I own a big warehouse. I tell everyone it's the best warehouse around and they can all keep their valuables in it, for free. Everybody gets on board. Then, once everybody has left their stuff in the warehouse, I leave the front doors open.

Is the person who walked in and stole everything a criminal? Yes.
Am I liable for my negligence? Almost certainly.

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