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Comment Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (Score 5, Insightful) 622


How about a country where they can arrest you and hold you indefinitely without a trial and without letting you talk to a lawyer? Like the U.S..

How about a country where they can kill you with an armed drone without a trial? Like the U. S..

How about a country where they spy on your every move and all of your communications? Like the U.S..

Which country were we talking about? This is not the United States any more. I don't recognize it as the country I was born in 60 years ago.

Comment Re:Hangings (Score 1) 1160

Besides, isn't it ultimately the Judge who determines the sentence, not the jury? Maybe it varies on the type of case and such but my point is the same.

Many places in the US require a jury to affirm a capital sentence.

I don't know what the deal is in full with that -- whether that's because it's considered Constitutionally-mandated, whether you need unanimous agreement, how common that is, etc. -- but the death penalty is a special case (and it's also the only case discussed here).

Comment Re:So what'll we do with half a trillion dollars? (Score 2) 389

There are schemes like ZipCar that give you access to one of a fleet of cars for short periods. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to extend this to self-driving vehicles. I don't see taxi companies that have human drivers competing with ones that don't - the driver is a significant part of the total cost.

Comment Re:I like my A4 2T 6 speed (Score 3) 389

Yes, I too find it difficult to believe that a vehicle using sensors with centimetre precision on nearby obstacles and penetration through rain and fog, direct feedback from the wheels as to current grip levels, the ability to control the angle of the wheels to a single degree or better, and sub-millisecond response controller times, could possibly be better than a human.

Comment Re:Sometimes it's a matter of pain (Score 4, Insightful) 136

Every morning, I turn on my shower and let potable water run down the drain while I wait for the it to heat up. The fact that I have hot running water, and can afford to let potable water go to waste like that without much thought places me not just in the wealthiest 10% of people currently alive, but in the wealthiest 1% of people who have ever lived. Spending a moment pondering that in the morning makes you feel very lucky to be born into a society that can take such things for granted.

Comment Re:cutting drivers pay can end up badly (Score 1) 139

Most pizza delivery motorcycles have a large enclosed box on the back that can hold a stack of pizzas. It's thick, insulated, plastic and so keeps them warm. You seem to be missing the grandparent's 'like the rest of the world' comment when you say that motorcycles 'just wouldn't work'. They do in a lot of places...

Comment Re:RIP Google, 2014? (Score 3, Interesting) 185

Given the amount of effort that Microsoft puts into killing competitors, and the hostility between Apple and Google, I'm surprised that IE and Safari don't come with ad blocking out of the box. Making sure IE users never saw Google ads would would hurt Google's revenues a lot more than anything else Microsoft has done.

Comment Re:compensation (Score 1) 192

As I recall, the FDIC limit protects individuals, not accounts. You are insured up to that limit as the total of all of your accounts, not per account. You'd need to split your money between different banks. Even then, the FDIC payout isn't immediate, so you still have the problem of companies losing liquidity.

Comment Re:compensation (Score 2) 192

Most people don't, but most companies do. The FDIC limits are pretty low and it's quite easy for a month's payroll for a medium-sized company to be over it. How many people would have suffered if their employers had suddenly not had enough liquid capital to cover their salary? How many businesses would have closed if they'd been unable to purchase anything for a few months?

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 2) 289

Most cybersecurity jobs are in the private sector and don't require security clearance. They're related to ensuring that commercially sensitive information stays private (employees don't wander off with copies, competitors don't hack in, and so on). A lot of it is the same sort of task as the non-cyber variant: checking that the systems you think are secure really are, investigating when they're not, designing policies to make sure that they remain so if they are.

Comment Re:SURPRISE! (Score 1) 144

I first voted for President in the 1972 election - Nixon vs. McGovern. Nixon was the lesser of two evils. Most everybody by then was anti-war, like McGovern, and the war was about to end anyway, so I voted for Nixon. McGovern was not even in my calculations.

Since then the worst President I've seen was Jimmy Carter (I actually voted for him!). Smart, compassionate man who was totally unfit to be a leader, even leader of his local peanut gang. Obama is in the same mold - smart, compassionate, and totally unfit to lead. Hell, he doesn't even want to lead! He just likes the power and perks that come with the office, and is comfortable "leading from the rear". That's not what this country needs. Pity is that I don't see anyone on the horizon who could be a great replacement. Maybe somebody good will run next time; I'm not counting on it.

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