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Comment And criminals (Score 1) 250

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) 586

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 politifact.com and snopes.com 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. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/09...

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.

Voila!

Comment number of baggage lost? (Score 1) 74

During 2012, it lost only 200,000 bags. That sounds like a lot, but bear in mind it carried 98 million passengers during the same period.

That sounds like a lot, and it doesn't say much if we don't know how many passengers actually checked their luggage in.

Based on my travel habits, I would say that I check a luggage about 20% of the time - I travel mainly for business. If we assume that it is a typical pattern, that means that Delta lost 200,000 bags out of 20 million passengers with checked luggage, or 1%. It just doesn't sound like a lot, it actually IS a lot.

Travel advice: if you check in a luggage, pack some clean underwear in your carry-on. You will be glad to have them if your bag is missing at your destination...

Comment Ferrari vs Tesla vs Toyota (Score 1) 144

Actually, a Tesla should be in the same boat as a Toyota: it is a daily driver.

Now, it you tell me you bought a Tesla for the badge and to boast to your friends that you have a Tesla in your garage or to bring it to a track on the weekend*, that maybe a viable reason for you, but I don't think that's how Tesla positions themselves. Don't they want to bring EV to the masses?

* not the best idea, I'd rather drive the Ferrari

Comment if only... (Score 2) 331

I wouldn't say the content is getting more transparent. I would on the contrary that there is more and more trolling, unsubstantiated claims, and unverified / unverifiable information, because some people / nations have no interest of having a free internet and see it as a way to control populations.

Damn, I used to love the internet!

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