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Comment And all that being said ... (Score 5, Insightful) 208

... I personally know several people, in several states that have not established their own exchanges, who have signed up for "Obamacare" using the federal site and are now taking advantage of much better coverage, at a much lower price, than they could have received before the ACA went into effect. The problems are real and clearly need to be fixed, but beware of confirmation bias--every single problem is going to get lots of press, while successes go unnoticed because they don't fit the "if it bleeds, it leads" paradigm.

Comment Re:Is no one else concerned? (Score 1) 161

We know a whole lot more about geology now than we knew about ecology when we started burning coal, and then oil, for fuel. Not to say it's not risk-free--no method of power generation is--but you can be reasonably sure that the people running the project have carefully estimated both the costs and benefits.

Comment Is the term "library" going to die? (Score 2) 90

And what will replace it? I'm sure this has been asked before but I don't know the answer. Library literally means a collection of books—static, physically recorded information—the kind of thing future libraries are least likely to collect. It's quite a transformation. Library is coming to mean a gathering/making place of things drawn dynamically from elsewhere.

Comment It would be even nicer than nice ... (Score 1) 1

... if government just stepped out of the picture altogether. Yes, I hate bloatware. Why do you hate it so much, though, that you think you need to get government fo back up your hatred with the threat of jail and corporate death?

Government exists only to compel or prohibit, ultimately at the point of a gun. Its core competency is corrupt cronyism. To want that on your side is to admit your desires can not be achieved by moral persuasion or logical argument.

Comment Re:write it yourself (Score 1) 243

I wrote a file deduplicator. Build a table of file size ---> name. If two files have the same size, run md5sum on them or just use cmp -s. It's a trivial program.

But if you have photos which you consider duplicates but which have different sizes or checksums, then it's a visual gig and lots of boring tedious work,

Comment Re:People die ... (Score 1) 518

Which isn't really in dispute.

Er, yes it is. You can't just make this assertion and expect it to be accepted as fact. (Or rather you can, as the authors of TFA have done, but you shouldn't.) As things stand right now, humans can each produce two kidneys, one heart, one liver, and two lungs over their lifetimes. That's it. The supply is inelastic, and will remain so until we can produce artificial organs, at which point the donation argument becomes irrelevant anyway.

Comment Re:and like every other large american company... (Score 1) 205

It seems to be a vicious cycle that every large American tech company goes through.

IBM and Microsoft in their heydays, sure. Who else? I don't recall serious calls for the breakup of, say, Oracle or Apple, however much people may complain (often quite justifiably) about some of their business practices.

Comment Re:Not the sun (Score 1) 320

Of course, Kool Aid drinkers such as yourself will first have a problem with the link because of the site and completely ignore the linked material, a sign of a partisan and sophomoric imbecile. Once you finally do figure out it's a link to Nature, where one of the Holy Gods of the Church of Global Warming admits to the pause, you will start blathering about unsupported and unreviewed theories, completely reversing previous insistence on peer reviewed material only.

Then why don't you link to the actual Nature article, instead of Watts' cherry-picked sound bite? For that matter, why doesn't Watts link to it himself? The only real information in the Watts post is a graphic of the masthead showing the volume and issue, so it's reasonably easy to track down the article, which is open-access ... but Watts is probably calculating, correctly, that most of his readers won't bother.

Comment Selection bias? (Score 4, Insightful) 190

I can't help but wonder how many people with plenty of "curiosity, passion, hard work, and persistence bordering on obsession" we've never heard of. In other words, we don't actually know--and likely can't know--how likely people with these traits are to be remembered by the world as geniuses, and how many will be regarded by their families and friends as obsessive workaholics with lousy personal lives and utterly forgotten outside those circles.

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