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Comment Re:LTE is very old news (Score 1) 83

I agree. also, if they make the next nexus device 2mm thicker but give all that space to battery I'd be happy too. Although the "charge it every" thing works ok overall, having to constantly worry about my battery if I've browsed heavily or whatnot is annoying more than an extra 2mm and 50gr of weight. That being said I have a galaxy nexus, and I own 2 spare batteries for it and I use those instead when I need to. not possible with the new nexus 4, though.

Comment Re:Numbers (Score 1) 120

apple didn't want a biolerplate frand agreement. They wanted their own agreement (which covered previous unlicensed use), and thats what allowed Motorola to dictate whatever terms they want. There is big money involved because if Motorola is correct apple has been infringing on their patent for multiple product generations. The money isn't just licensing for next year, but licensing/damages for the patent being used unlicensed for years and producing big profit.

Comment Re:Right.... (Score 1) 532

they go to the bookstore to browse? thats terrible. I can do that from my own comfy chair drinking my own coffee using google books and amazon's kindle store. Every book I've bought had a free sample that convinced me to buy the book, and a lot of them had bonus books given to me unadvertised (actually in the back of the ebook I bought). If google books had a way to sort their books intelligently they'd be a serious player in the ebook market.

Comment Re:U.S. prison system is flawed (Score 1) 134

well, I'm not racist personally. I don't think statistics are racist either, although they can sometimes be biased.

But those stats underscore a deep difference between Norway and the US.

In Norway 86% of people are ethnic Norwegians. Only about 5% of the country attends church regularly, but 80% of the country has membership to the church of Norway. That situation doesn't reflect what's going on in the states, especially in highly ghettoized communities that minorities tend to settle in.

social dynamics play a strong role in crime.

Comment Re:U.S. prison system is flawed (Score 1) 134

[1] Even so you could still keep two prisons, one more open and one more for those who have proven to be a persistent danger to society and really need to be kept away for safety reasons (but not completely isolated!) for a legally limited amount of time.

we do. Thats why there are different security prisons. Less security, more open.

And you didn't address anything else I've said. Your points are all wonderful but even within the united states there are huge variances in recidivism. Most of it is societal. You aren't going to override something that they've been learning all their lives with a wonderful prison atmosphere. They aren't your gang, and they know it.

Comment Re:U.S. prison system is flawed (Score 5, Informative) 134

Norway is an entirely different country with a far more homogeneous population and completely different social dynamics. At the prison you mention re-offend rates were 16%. At a normal Norwegian prison (not the cushy kind) re-offend rates were only 20% - 4% more. Recidivism varies per state in the US. Arizona is pretty close to norway with 24.6%. Nevada was at 29.2. California was at 70% and connecticut was at 56%. There are social issues involved. wikipedia says that in NYC, police arrest 200k black males every year, out of a total population of 1200k. 1/6th of that particular group gets arrested EVERY YEAR. You can't solve that problem by making jail more inviting, but you can't necessarily solve it by making jail worse. Thats why its a difficult dilemma - it isn't easy to solve.

Comment Re:Uh, oh... (Score 1) 135

genuine evil is hard to recognize, and the state of the media and propaganda today is totally different so that there will always be a counterpoint. In WW1 & 2 many people got their news from the radio and going to theaters. Nowadays most people have internet and can go to al-jazeera or whatever, assuming SOPA doesn't pass. Your genuine evil won't materialize till the economy is far past saving.

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