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Comment Re:Credibility of the system (Score 1) 238

The reason we have such a glut of lawyers is automation hit lawyers hard in the late '90s. It used to be you needed tons of associates with law degrees poring over paper tomes, and write about how they impact some area. Now, a computer can print up all 1,142 cases (with synopses about how they apply to that area, cause it's cached from the one associate who did that work) in minutes.

And yet, law schools are the same size.

Comment Cart before the horse (Score 1) 238

This algorithm requires that case to already be assigned to a docket. This behavior happens now, but it's lawyer to applies to the investor group, and their lawyers who evaluate it.

It sounds like several lawyers already rejected your case. That is prima facia evidence to an algorithm it has no merit.

Keep in mind, this isn't "how worthy is this case" but "of my limited funds, where should I invest?"

Comment Note at all like Thiel (Score 1) 238

This is nothing like Thiel's lawsuit. He wanted to hurt Gawker. This is about automating the existing field of bankrolling civil litigation for a cut of the settlement. It happens now, but has human beings estimating the payouts. I mean, the obvious example is attorneys who get 25%-33% of the settlement, but there are also investment groups that do this.

It tends to be a good thing, as they (wanting to make money) only back non-frivolous cases, and help the little guy stand up to the juggernauts. How else can one person sue a billion dollar firm?

Comment Re:Asking questions solves this "problem".... (Score 1) 146

Oh good. I thought this was an impossible problem of accessing a bunch of existing, disparate data and entering it into a system. Nothing as simple as a team of minimum wage drones could accomplish with a massive budget.

Instead, I find self-driving cars are limited only by natural language processing, and the ability to cross-reference natural language with what's happening in the physical world.

Comment Re:In many places, (Score 2) 192

Because most universities are just a billion pokestops on top of each other, you'd think it would increase when people went back to school. Anecdotally it seems like a lot of people are picking it up more whne they get to campus.

And, being in school involvs a lot of waiting around, walking, etc.

Comment Re:Nope, no wealth inequality here (Score 1) 173

He might very well have created Microsoft, then abandoned it when the maximum he could get from it was approaching $10 billion.

Microsoft was a public company. Even if Gates quit, someone would still have pushed it forward. And I doubt he would keep his $10 billion after the shareholder lawsuit if he said, "I got mine, shut it down." Heck, I would imagine that the purchase of shares would include golden handcuffs to prevent him stepping down at all.

Back to the point, that's one of the philosophies of capitalism: The more people work (economically, meaning an investment of labor, capital, or advice), the more they should make.

That is not one of the philosophies of capitalism I've ever heard of. Capitalism is the idea that private capital, invested for reward, is how the means of production should be allocated. It's completely disconnected from how much work pays. Also, investing capital is not work.

Comment Re:El Nino (Score 1) 410

I thought El Nino and La Nina were about where the warm water rose to the surface (water is always going down and up. There's the gulf stream current of warm water, that comes up near NE or Greenland or Iceland. or something. So, during El Nino, where it comes up closer to Australia's east coast, and California. During La Nina it came up in parts of the ocean we don't care about.

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