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Comment Re:your premise is wrong (Score 1) 255

You are ignoring one of the most important players in the moral dilemma - the protagonist. The driver in a human driven car, and the programmer / roboticist / manufacturer in an automated car.

The protagonist should do what is best for himself. Typically this means least legal troubles for himself. Swerving in any direction means intentionally hitting someone in that direction - probably what someone is not present at the time you started swerving. Or you didn't expect that someone to be present there. The legal defence for inaction is much stronger than for any action.

Comment Re:We're Robots too (Score 1) 255

First and foremost, why would such a thing evolve?

This is a wrong question. There are numerous aspects of living beings that could have been different without necessarily having an effect on survivability. Many different proteins could have carried oxygen, some probably better than haemoglobin, still specifically haemoglobin carries oxygen in many animals.

Similarly, "such a thing" is just one of the cases which helped animals survive. Something else could also have helped us survive and thrive, but the "such a thing" happened, and there need not be a reason why among all these things, just the "such a thing" evolved and not others.

If consciousness doesn't drive human behavior why do I perceive myself to be conscious?

Wrong question again. Having calcium phosphate in bones doesn't drive human behaviour either, still people have have calcium phosphate in bones. Having 2 (and not 3, not 4) hands doesn't drive human behaviour, still most humans perceive themselves to have 2 hands.

Comment Re:Make up your mind! (Score 1) 475

Agreed that lack of proper competition is the reason for high tariff , I would go so far as to say the only reason other than low population density in the US.

As for metered or unmetered - that is because of a general expectation of stupidity in customers, high cost of customer service, and the impossibility of explaining technicalities in advertisements. It has nothing to do with getting people to use more internet - as most service providers benefit from people using less and paying more. They don't even hide it - the hints of their being an undisclosed upper limit do more to stop technologically illiterate customers from using more, than an unmetered connection does to encourage them.

I call it stupidity, and not merely uninitiated - ness, because electricity meters are similar, but people were not expected to be so stupid back then. Admittedly connection costs vs per unit costs are higher in electricity than internet, the expectation that a layman cannot be expected to know what a gigabyte means, is also a large part of it.

Comment Re:Make up your mind! (Score 1) 475

Because this encourages people to use more bandwidth. When people use more bandwidth, it encourages investment in infrastructure

Wrong. When people pay more for using more bandwidth, it encourages investment in infrastructure.

If heavy users and light users pay alike, where would the return on investment on infrastructure come ? Especially with geographical monopolies?

Comment Re:And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (Score 1) 765

the "smart gun" appears to be a solution in search of a problem.

Agreed with other statements, but a perfect "smart gun" would be cool, and more useful than non-smart guns.

Currently one can train for using guns. One of the training subjects is "gun retention" - exactly the topic being discussed. It might be rare for one's gun to be used against oneself, but that is because gun holders take extreme care so that it doesn't happen. Not having to take so extreme a care when already stressed can only help the gun holder.

Another point - gun is a distance weapon. Could be useless when distance between combatants is less than 2 feet. But at times the aggression starts when the attacker is at 2 feet distance, maybe even less. So either the self-defender starts shooting everyone within 30 feet of his/her own body, whether or or not they are aggressive. OR they need to be extremely well trained in close range combat, without using the gun because gun could be useless at low distances. Importantly - at that point, the self-defender would have to weigh the option of trying to use guns - if successful the attacker can be killed / wounded / scared / fended off. But at such close ranges, attacker being a professional, can take the gun. So the self-defendant might not even try to use the gun, which means a wasted gun.

Smart guns are more useful. If combat unfortunately becomes a close range one, the gun holder can still try to use the gun. With non-smart gun, there is a big risk even in trying.

Comment Re:BMI is 2d but people are 3d (Score 1) 329

Health is much too complicated to be defined in such a simple way

But health is too important to be NOT defined in simple ways. Everyone will not study the human body for 10 years. Simple ways to keep healthy, and detect if you could be going wrong are essential. Human body being complex, simple ways don't turn out to be perfect. But I haven't seen a better substitute for BMI.

Comment Re:Who the F gets to live without competition? (Score 1) 417

Except that is NOT the argument made by the person to whom I responded

In your response, you said "People keep arguing that London's black cabs are better than Uber and therefore Uber should not be allowed to compete with them". Emphasis mine. The poster to which you replied did not argue this at all. He just said drivers of black cabs have been shown to be superior, and can't conceivably be "peer" to ones with lower barriers to entry. So your strawman has 2 variances with that poster :
1. No "therefore" or equivalent in that post
2. He didn't say Uber should not be allowed to compete - just that they are not peers. So Uber drivers paying extra tax might suffice. Or some extra certifications.

In addition, you are the first person to make the argument that London with only black cabs is better than London with black cabs and Uber

No. This post , the medcine doctor example, is similar, just that mine was more in your language - in the sense that some things are better than others and people choose between them. You narrow mindedly reduced choice to taxis rather than whole cities.

The post that I link to above, while essentially being similar argument, didn't use "your" language - but went into how choices have other impacts. The choice with side-effects again IS choice but at a higher level than strictly the object being chosen.

Comment Re:BMI is a lie! (Score 1) 329

Neither have you posted the contrary. This is just a random request

Random request? You came up with random people, with their BMI values, and YOU don't think they are "overweight", without defining "overweight". If you can't go into those people's future from the time the photograph was clicked, and find their health problems, your opinion on their being overweight is meaningless.

Anyhow, I've posted links showing that waist to height is preferable

Which doesn't really show it is preferable. It doesn't answer the women question. Secondly, a large majority of men develop lots of fat only near their abdomen. While waist to height ratio does correctly predict higher CVD incidence for such people, the pattern of diffuse fat deposition all through the body causes higher joint strain. Waist to height ration does nothing to predict that. This diffuse fat deposition pattern while being more popular in women, is not limited to women.

If you narrow down the purpose of a metric to CVD prediction, that too correctly only in males, waist to height ration could be said to be better.

around 5-10%

Funny, you don't consider the ~50% women important but 5-10% "incorrect" predictions makes BMI a "lie" ?

Comment Re:BMI is a lie! (Score 1) 329

Waist to height ratio doesn't work well on females because with low testerone levels, fat deposition isn't primarily around the waist. False positives are because it catches the health risks due to hormone imbalance in women. A large paunch is anyway a health risks in males, so this metric doesn't bring much to the table.

BTW you haven't posted health risks in future for the individuals by whose photographs you declared them non-overweight.

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