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Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 67

I had a similar thought, that these horrible amounts of pollution aren't doing a damned thing to reduce the net birth rate.

No, the net birthrate seems unaffected by this. It IS, however, affected by wealth. The wealthier societes (Japan, EU, US, places like that) are seeing declines in birthrates, to the point that Japan is already seeing negative population growth, with the EU and USA heading that way rapidly....

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 305

How about the next time his pickup truck exceeds the speed limit or parks illegally, we set it on fire. Is that OK?

Parked illegally on your propoerty? Tow it away and no problems. And no, you're not required to tell him where it was towed to. Set it on fire? Generally, setting ANYTHING on fire without a permit is illegal, so I wouldn't try that. Though if you left your pickup in front of my aunt's house, she'd set it on fire in a heartbeat. And dump the leftovers into the pond....

Comment Re:Dumb question, but where should we store them? (Score 1) 114

I'm curious. 18 manchines, user and admin for each, but only 32 passwords?

As to where to store them, I like PasswordSafe myself, but there are other password managers if passwordsafe isn't to your taste. Then I have to remember two passwords (the one for password safe & the login to one machine (the one I keep passwordsafe on).

By the by, any clue when the government is going to figure out that requiring passwords to be changes every X days is a bad idea, which encourages bad (easily remembered) passwords?

For that matter, I'm not all that impressed by rules requiring "at least one upper case letter, at least one number or punctuation, at least [this many] (which always turns into, for the user [this many} characters"....

Comment Re:how is this still relevant? (Score 1) 382

I look forward to seeing George W. and Dick Cheney being convicted of war crimes in Iraq.

Based on the history of "war crimes trials", that should come just after Iraq invades the US, conquers it, and occupies it.

And at that point, noone will be surprised at Bush/Cheney war crimes trials.

Note that I expect the war/invasion/occupation to come almost immediately after the Second Coming of the Christ. Well, maybe not quite that soon, but sometime after that, anyway....

Note that Iraq can, if they wish, go ahead with the war crimes trials right now, if they'd like. But the entire world is going to just laugh and point if they do. When all's said and done, the prerequisite for "war crimes trials" is overwhemling military victory.

And if it's not obvious, no I don't approve of the concept of "war crimes trials". Even when applied to ex-NAZIs after WW2. It set a dangerously stupid precedent....

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 1) 436

Their gun laws post-Hobart shootings have greatly reduced the number of suicides.

Are these the mandatory turn-ins that have been mostly ignored?

Or do they predate the mandatory turn-ins? If so, why did they have to do the mandatory turn-in if previously enacted laws worked so well?

Or do they post-date the mandatory turn-ins? If so, why did they work better than the mandatory turn-ins, which were mostly ignored?

Note that the Australian government says those turn-ins were largely ignored. It's not just propaganda by the pro-gun types....

Comment Re:Oh dear, poor SpaceX. (Score 1) 55

If they didn't threaten human stuff, the best thing to do would be to let them (the naturally caused ones, anyway) burn themselves out.

Good point. There are lifeforms that have evolved to take advantage of forest fires. And which were pushed close to extinction (in the USA) when our policy was "Forest fire?? Put it out, right now!".

The new Forest Service policy (new to me - some of you are probably young enough that it's been policy all your lives) is to let them burn unless they endanger humans or human property.

Comment Re:Oh dear, poor SpaceX. (Score 4, Insightful) 55

the huge amount of forest destroyed

C"mon, we're talking 10000 acres here. 4000 hectares for those who can't be bothered to learn more than one way to measure things. The USA, currently, has something like 750 million acres of forest (300M hectares). So this 10K acres amounts to 0.00133% of the US forest land. Assuming the entire 10K acres is/was forest.

Oh, and Falcon doesn't use H2-O2. It uses Kerosene & LOX. And if there were 1000 Falcon launches annually, the pollutants released would still be rather lower than NYC's annual commuter traffic.

Yes, I know it's fashionable to hate on Musk. But he's not destroying the world, he's not taking food from the mouths of babies, he's not making things worse for anyone (except possibly ULA and the Russians)...

IOW, chill.

Comment Re:Will automated cars lift or stiffle the poor (Score 4, Insightful) 239

I know automation will come one day, but are we just making more poor people.

You're right! We should ban job-destroying things like this. And the cotton gin. Combine harvester. Railroads (do you even grasp how many teamster jobs were lost to the railroads??). Steamships. Fore-and-Aft-rigged sailing ships.

All of those things cost jobs! Thousands to millions of them each! So we should roll things back to 1600's technology, and we wouldn't have so many poor, unemployed people!

Comment Re:Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 0) 326

We only run into this problem because we have a portion of our population who breaks out in hives anytime they hear the words "socialized medicine".

We only run into this problem because we have a portion of our population who will sue anyone over anything bad that happens.

The problem isn't the lack of socialized medicine - it's the multi-billion dollar settlements that will come with any failure of the device in question. Because while the Feds have to approve use of these devices, they do NOT release the makers from liability by doing so....

Comment Re:The real issue (Score 1) 195

In today's new-house market, that pretty well sums up your options.

Oh, nonsense!

My parents wanted a new house. They looked around for some land out in the country but near to town (and hospitals, they're not getting younger), bought nine acres, built a house to suit them.

Far as I know, the only requirement that the land purchase had was that they couldn't subdivide the lot. Not even sure that that was there, but I think I remember hearing mom say that back when they bought the place.

Yes, you're not going to be able to live in "high class" subdivisions without restrictions. That is, after all, why those areas are "high class". But there are plenty of options to buy land and a house (or buy land and build a house) that don't entail onerous restrictions.

Comment Re:Fail High School Physics Artlcie! (Score 1) 111

No, gravity is not what causes free fall. Gravity does, on the other hand, make orbits.

Orbit is, by the by, an example of the concept of "throwing yourself at the ground and missing". Essentially, you're falling fast enough in the right direction to miss the planet/star/whatever. But gravity at LEO is still almost a full g. Rather lower at GEO, but still substantially larger in magnitude than any other force acting on the satellite.

Comment Re:people are annoyed with too many apps (Score 1) 153

It should be noted that President Obama is the guy in charge of the Executive Branch now, which includes the NSA and TSA.

Doesn't really matter who created those agencies, he gets to decide what they do while he is in office. So, pretty much everything done in the last seven years by those two agencies was done with at least the tacit approval of President Obama.

Just as what was done by them for the previous eight years was done with at least the tacit approval of President Bush.

Comment So, a worst case... (Score 1) 233 that just under half the people using autonomous cars won't get any extra time to spend doing useful (to them) things.

Which implies that rather more than half (up to about 2/3) of people WILL have more time to spend doing useful (to them) things.

I fail to see how this "study", even in its worst case scenario, translates to "people won't have more time available if they have autonomous vehicles"....

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