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Comment Re:Just the beginning (Score 1) 452

They know all that...

This is enough that they can identify what ads to show you to influence your opinion

But do they know that I use an adblocker? Only time I've seen an ad online this century was when I switched browsers and had to download a new adblocker for the new browser. That must have been the best part of 20 minutes when I could see ads this century....

Comment Re:Wouldn't be a problem -if-... (Score 4, Insightful) 452

You should, however, have -all- the information and not just the subset deemed supportive of the cause by invisible people

So, when was the magical period when we had "all the information, not just the subset deemed suuportive of the cause"?

Certainly wasn't this century.

Or the 20th either.

Hell, the Spanish-American War of the 19th Century was at least partly the result of the efforts of William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer...

And there were more than a few American newspapers pushing the people's buttons in the late 18th Century leading up to the American Revolution.....

Comment Re:Useless article, half baked.. (Score 1) 267

I doubt it. Even with food prep, even though things have advanced, if robot chef technology is good enough, it would have been moved to every fast food joint by now, but even today, robochefs are still a novelty, at best making a "custom" pizza.

Umm, TFA said "automatable by 2025". Note that it's not 2025 yet, and that "automatable by 2025" in no ways implies "automatable right now"....

Comment Re:One weird trick to secure your teen! (Score 1) 118

Actually, limiting their access to unrestricted (and often hostile) media is healthy.
Restricting their access to critical thought and sex-ed leads to lifelong problems.

So, deciding for them what media they should access (thus limiting their need for critical thought) is good, but denying them critical thought is bad?

Comment A "facility" for the homeless? (Score 1) 179

Where I come from, we call that a "ghetto".

Yeppers, get them out of sight (and therefore out of mind) with the minimum effort and cost possible....

Note, by the by, that the $30M is going to buy housing units (of whatever type) for about $15K per homeless family. Good luck with that....

Comment Re:Good bye jungles? (Score 1) 84

I always think of Douglas Adams calling the mosquito "Nature's Viet Cong" for making it much more expensive to cut down all the rain forests. I hope the laudable goal of saving people doesn't have the negative side effect of accelerated jungle destruction.

Note that a Malaria vaccine means we don't have to cut down the rain forests to protect people from malaria. So, this particular way of saving people can also save the rain forest....

Comment Re: Overpopulation in Africa, the Middle East, Ind (Score 1) 280

Nuclear isn't viable. Nobody has figured out how to deal with the waste.

Umm, no.

We know perfectly well how to deal with the waste. Alas, the anti-nuclear types have fought for 50 years now to keep us from doing anything with the waste other than putting it into storage ponds.

Which is insanely stupid, since nuclear fuel is poisoned by its own wastes long before the fissionables are actually used up in the reactor. So there's a LOT of potentially usable nuclear fuel sitting in those storage ponds. Hell, we'd hardly have to mine uranium for a century or so if we actually reprocessed that "spent" fuel....

And that's without even considering breeder reactors, which turn all that U238 that we've mined (and which is basically useless as fuel) into usable fissionables....

Comment Re:Oh, this is going to be great (Score 1) 256


Of course, it doesn't sit right atop a continental divide, unlike the river in TFA.

IOW, it's still not all that big a deal. Interesting, and I'm really curious to see the long term effects (if any, it may reroute itself back next year). But not something to panic over....

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 344

And yet, traffic fatality rates have been declining for the last couple-three decades. In 2015, they were barely 2/3 what they were in 1990.

So, as cellphones became more ubiquitous, there have been fewer traffic fatalities...hardly seems to be all that serious an issue....

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