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Comment Re:A global remote kill switch in our computers (Score 5, Interesting) 399

I'm sure the virus writers are rubbing their hands with glee waiting to get their hands on one of these chips.

Actually, Kill-switch based malware is much less valuable in reality than other types of hacks. If this were a server processor, I could see the value in an enhanced remote server-kill. Because these are basic home-use processors though, remote kill viruses probably won't get much farther than proof-of-concept.

Botnets are much more lucrative in the malware world - processor uptime is much more valuable than processor downtime.

Comment Re:The lone red dot remaining in the Sick & Po (Score 1) 270

You're almost certainly correct about that; I should have been clearer. Rosling wasn't gathering the data, just presenting it.

I was just surprised to hear North Korea's life expectancy estimated so high.

Ahh - cheers mate, I was also quite surprised.

Thought that was the argumentative standpoint, but after a re-read and the above comment it's clearly not.

I actually wouldn't be terribly surprised if both the income and life expectancy are off. Most countries have an average income that's 2/3rds of their per-capita GDP (which can more accurately be measured by exports) considering South Korea's Per-capita GDP is $1,900, the actual average income is more likely to be closer to $1,250 (not that it is guaranteed to be)

So yes, there are very likely some serious discrepancies with countries like South Korea that view the rest of the world as enemies.

Comment Re:The lone red dot remaining in the Sick & Po (Score 2) 270

While that may be true, do you think this graph was made off of a census specifically sanctioned within the borders of North Korea by Hans Rosling himself, or do you think he's going by existing census and income information?!

I'm not saying the data is correct, I'm saying that dot in the lower left quadrant of the graph is Afghanistan and not North Korea.

Comment Re:The lone red dot remaining in the Sick & Po (Score 1) 270

Is the lone red dot remaining in the Sick & Poor quadrant North Korea by chance?

Actually no, it isn't

Given that North Korea has an average life expectancy of 63.8 and a per-capita income of $1,700, that would put it solidly above the 50 year line. The North Korea dot is most likely the one slightly above and to the left of India.

Comment Re:I always laugh when I see this (Score 1) 450

If I had modpoints I'd definitely mark this and the parent what they are - flamebait.

Let's face it, whether it is via donations or via taxed handouts, both systems will create the same type of dependence and when the money dries up they will create the same resentment.

With respect to the parent post - While I don't think complete redistribution of wealth is a wise idea, it's apparent that the parent post ignores the fact that the vast majority of tax money is not given directly back to poor people. Sure, there are programs that do that, but most government programs create large infrastructure projects. Roads, regulatory agencies and military posts are examples. Guess what, construction and maintenance of all of the above create quite a few jobs also.

I'd also like to state the current tax bracketing system is set up based roughly on disposable income, so yes, the wealthy do give up more because they can do so much more comfortably without vastly affecting their quality of life.

With respect to the grandparent - why even bother inciting the argument in the first place? Why not just be happy that a whole lot of money is going to head to people that need it? So basically agree that "redistribution of wealth" is not the appropriate thing to do, but because your post is rank with conservative propaganda I don't see how it's anything but flaimbait.

Comment Re:The models are crap. (Score 3, Insightful) 747

Climate models != Weather models.

Weather models (which can easily be objectively checked via existing and coming weather patterns) are an attempt to describe the weather on small scale in great detail)

Climate models (which cannot easily be objectively checked via weather data) are an attempt to describe the average weather in an area over a large period of time. The only evidence for or against is over periods of hundreds to thousands of years as regional or even global averages.

The simple fact is climate models have not existed long enough for them to be checked with any great statistical significance, and they are at a huge disadvantage from human nature because people use weather fallacies to discredit climate all the time.

Just because a climate model predicts lower-than-normal wind patterns, doesn't mean the windiest day on record for isolated regions can't happen during that period without invalidating the model. Just because a climate model predicts periods of colder-than-normal climates, doesn't mean the hottest day on record for isolated locations can't occur during that period without invalidating the model. Just because a climate model predicts cloudier-than-normal patterns, doesn't mean the sunniest stretch of weather on record for some regions can't occur during that period without invalidating the model.

This is exactly what happens on a daily basis though. We have an idea that short-term climate models are getting closer and some are more accurate than others, but we don't have enough data to show statistical significance to even decade-length climate models. If you get to century-or-greater climate models, we have historical data and estimations to work off of, but no empirical "check" data to work off of.

The mere suggestion that climate models are not accurately predicting shows you are suffering from this exact same fallacious logic.

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