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Comment history of innovation (Score 4, Informative) 45

Actually, the french postal service has a history of innovation (e.g. le Minitel), and has handled very cleverly the changes brought by internet (less mail, more packages): they are now the #2 package delivery provider in Europe.

Sending drones instead of people to remote areas is a good idea: there are fewer regulations than in the cities, and it is probably more profitable too than sending people.

Comment the trump administration will solve the issue (Score 1, Troll) 91

The Trump administration will remove all those regulations that are BAD for business. Recycling regulations are BAD for the American economy. We can't compete with CHINA with this situation. Luckily, Trump has assembled the right team to bring business ethics into the EPA, and get rid of the tree-hugger communist snowflake morals. America will be great again (as long as you don't happen to leave close to a toxic landfill, but none of Trump's billionaire friends do).

Comment Re:basically doing the same as china? (Score 1) 415

No, China censors reports of actual events if they are not compatible with the Party line. Facebook proposes to flag out unverified stories that try to pass as news.

You may argue that it is a violation of one's right to Free Speech, and that may be true but from a moral standpoint it is just plain wrong to put true stories and fake news on the same level.

If you like comparison with "communist" countries, I don't know if you had a look at Breitbart recently. It is starting to look like what Pravda was under Brezhnev: a propaganda tool for the power in place (or soon in place, since Trump is not president yet)./p?

Comment And criminals (Score 1) 258

You are forgetting criminals. If there is no cash, and every transaction is traced, it becomes much more difficult to run a criminal activity.

As a famous Swede said:

I challenge anyone to come up with reasons to keep cash that outweigh the enormous benefits of getting rid of it. Imagine the worldwide suffering because of crime, from drug dealing to bicycle theft. Crime that requires cash. The Swedish krona is a small currency, used only in Sweden. This is the ideal place to start the biggest crime-preventing scheme ever. We could and should be the first cashless society in the world.—Björn Ulvaeus

It seems that Korea may beat Sweden to being the first cashless society.

Comment The case of Canada (and Europe) (Score 2) 590

You are legally permitted in Canada to criticize anyone and everyone. You are just not allowed to do it in any way that incites hatred or promotes genocide.

According to Wikipedia (emphasis is mine):

Under section 318 of the Criminal Code it is illegal to promote genocide. Under section 319, it is illegal to publicly incite hatred against people based on their colour, race, religion, ethnic origin, and sexual orientation, except where the statements made are true or are made in good faith

In addition to Canada, most European countries have similar laws, i have lived there and I don't think it limits one's abilities to express one's opinions if one has any respect for the historical truth so I would be interested to know where you think the problem is with this law.

Comment Re:Alternative to censoring (Score 1) 470

By the way, some conservatives consider and to be left-leaning. Evidence of this is thin, or at least doesn't show significant bias in my inspections. (I see errors in ranking judgement more than bias.)

However, assuming it is left-leaning, where is the right's alternative?

If the fact-checking sites report 38% of fake-stories for the alt-right and only 19% for the alt-left, then it is in the interest of conservative politicians to declare those sites as left-wing: the conservative electorate will then look at them with distrust, will stop visiting them and will not be exposed to opinions that contradict their opinion.

The right alternative to fact-checking is no fact-checking.

Comment Useless number if we don't know the exact question (Score 1) 168

It is very easy to manipulate polls in order to get results with the desired bias, so the results are meaningless if we don't know exactly the details of the survey.

For instance, the question: "Do you understand that when using Autopilot, the driver is expected to maintain control of the vehicle at all times?" will wield much different results than the question: "When using Autopilot, how often do you remove your hands from the driving wheel?"

Comment Re:WE FAILED!! (Score 1) 284

Incidentally, Trump's expenditures per vote were about half of Hillary's.

That's a story that Slashdot doesn't want to cover since they still want to paint this as Trump "buying" the election.

Trump didn't have to spend as much: he got free media coverage.

If you want your story to make the frontpage of /., you are welcome to submit it. There are enough Republicans here to promote it if they find it newsworthy for the /.ers. And if it doesn't make it to the front page, you don't have to turn it into a conspiracy theory, there is a much simpler explanation: sometimes /. is still "News for nerds".

Comment Opinion vs speculation (Score 1) 284

Not all discourses are equal:

When someone says: "Trump is the new Hitler", that's an opinion.

When someone says: "Trump is going to start deporting or murdering anyone who isn't a straight white male", that's an exaggeration.

When someone says: "Hillary killed her opponent", that's speculation at best, and presenting it as a fact is misleading.

As a side note, can we please stop with the random capitalization. There's an emphasis tag in html, that should be good enough. And I won't comment in the non-literal use of "literally"; being a grammar nazi won't win me any Godwin point here. ;-)

Comment Translated to metric (Score 4, Informative) 140

Since the summary uses degree Celsius, let's go all the way to metric:

Sea levels across the globe will rise faster than at any time throughout human history if the Earth's warming continues beyond 2 degrees Celsius. The Atlantic coast of North America will be one of the worst-hit areas as melting glaciers cause the sea level to rise over the next century, a new study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds. However, that rise is not expected to be uniform, as gravity and the movement of the ocean will play a role in how the water is distributed, and some areas will be hit worse than others. New York and other cities along the East Coast could see seas rise by more than 1m by the end of the century if the Earth warms by 4 or 5 degrees beyond preindustrial levels. If the rate of carbon emissions continues unabated, the authors said, the globe would warm by 2 degrees and cause significant sea-level rise by 2040. It would be worse along the East Coast of North America and Norway, which are expected to experience a sea-level rise of about 30cm. The relative speed of the sea's rise means many areas won't have time to adapt, researchers found. And from there, warming would accelerate even faster. Two degrees of warming is expected to cause an average global sea-level rise of 20cm, but virtually all coastal areas will see more of a rise, [researcher and lead author of the study Svetlana Jevrejeva], found. If warming exceeds 2 degrees by 2100, as some climate scientists worry it might, about 80 percent of the global coastline could experience a rise in sea levels of 1.8m. Such a rapid rise in sea levels is unprecedented since the dawn of the Bronze Age about 5,000 years ago, according to the study. The research takes further the potential for sea-level rise posed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which argued that sea-level rise of 28cm to 97cm is possible by 2100. Many climate scientists have since claimed that estimate is too conservative.


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