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Comment Re:Oh no, someone is using the scientific method (Score 1) 245

O brave new world, that has such people in it

See, here's the thing. Brave New World is mostly a dystopian book, but that society had several good ideas among the dross. One of them was that people should be allowed to do the work that they like to do.

In the book, what people liked to do was programmed into them from birth, but that isn't the case with these surveys. So, seems fine to me.

Comment Re:"He said, she said"? (Score 1) 308

This includes the requirement of providing a consumer choice mechanism, which has been implemented for the industry at www.aboutads.info.

I looked at those links, and there's nothing about a requirement to provide and implement that mechanism. They use phrases like "participating companies" and "best practices and guidelines," and so far, the only thing they "promote the use of" is an icon linking to data-collection policies.

Maybe they'll toughen up later — they have text saying as much — but not yet.

Comment Re:A court (Score 1) 308

Yeah, this makes sense. If you set up a situation where you try to make someone break a law in order to get them in trouble for breaking a lawâ¦when cops do that, it is called entrapment, and I doubt the court would look any more kindly on entrapment by a civilian than on entrapment by a police officer.

Comment Re:Old Man's War (Score 3, Interesting) 107

There was a novella called "The Green Leopard Plague" that goes into the idea of humans that photosynthesize humans in more detail.

Other posters have pointed out that we don't have a food production problem; we have a food distribution problem. The novel points out the main advantage of wide-spread photosynthesis: no dictator would be able to hold his people hostage through their food supply. There would no longer be any benefit to screwing with normal food distribution if a person could meet their base metabolic needs by sitting outside.

Comment Re:Hear, hear! (Score 1) 654

For all its memory protection issues, its "cooperative" multitasking, and its short filenames, I really miss Mac OS 9...

Hell, the memory protection issues and cooperative multitasking were a feature! You had to handle memory right, keep an eye on what you were doing, and be nice to your neighbors, or else the OS would turn on you like a rabid housecat.

Back in my day, we didn't have fancy auto-ARCing garbage collection dumps. Now git offa mah lawn!

Comment Older Mac OS (Score 3, Interesting) 654

Mac OS X is cool and all, but Apple gave up a lot of their HIG principles along the way. Here are two that spring to mind:

File access through a stateful UI. Used to be that a folder opened to show a window. Specifically, each folder always opened its same window. If you already had it opened somewhere else, it would close there and reopen here, with the same display mode & icon arrangement.

Menu items that were verbs. Used to be that every item in the menu bar was a verb. "File" (as in "filing"), "Edit", "Format", all the rest. The principle here was that there are many fewer verbs than objects, but each one has a large scope of action, so it makes sense to use them for top-level classification.

Comment Re:Title gets it wrong (Score 1) 397

Just look at the incredible amount of violence shown in children's cartoons (Tom&Jerry, Road Runner, etc)

These two cartoons were from the 50s and 60s. What has that got to do with violence today? These days, the only children's cartoons that spring to mind are Spongebob Squarepants and Avatar: The Last Airbender. They aren't at all violent in comparison.

or your average Hollywood movie (the cinema massacre was nothing compared to the on-screen violence by the "hero" Batman).

First, it was an action movie. There are whole genres of Hollywood movie that aren't action movies.

Second, did you see that movie? Batman hardly committed any violence at all. He was, in fact, either retired or incapacitated for over half of it. And, of course, Batman doesn't shoot people — it's one of his defining characteristics — so that last parenthetical is just laughably wrong.

Comment Re:completely idiotic (Score 1) 397

I think his "50 year" number is a bit odd, as it's based on absolutely no foundation, other than a few loose correlations. Instead, he should model it like you do for animal patterns: generational trends. It makes a lot of sense that violence would peak every two generations... which these days, is about every 50 years.

Did you even read what you wrote? The "50 year" number is from generational trends. He called it the "father-son" cycle.

Comment Re:Anyway, I think he's talking about Laplace. (Score 1) 210

There is the argument that you can create any paradox you like in time travel, so long as you the time traveller don't know that it would be paradoxical. Basically, anything in your personal light-cone is known, and anything outside is unknown and can change without notice if the universe needs to do so in order to keep things consistent within your light-cone.

So if you time-travel to some point where you've been or will be, try to avoid seeing yourself. Because if you can see yourself, you can't go off the rails. But if you can't see yourself, you have total freedom.

I can't remember the novel that elaborated on this idea, but it's heady one. But unfortunately, as I recall, it mostly only works at interstellar distances.

Comment Re:Early Planning for Global Warming (Score 2) 421

Don't the global warming alamists claim a 2 degree increase in the next 100 years? You had to "plan ahead for that"?

That's the average worldwide increase. In actuality, it'll be highly variable from region to region. Some places will get colder, some more will get hotter, all will get nastier weather, some will flood, some will go dry. It really is more "climate change" than "global warming."

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