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Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 2) 347

Today's dime was 1970's penny. 1970 prices:

McDonald's Hamburger 12 cents
Pepsi 10 cents
candy bar 5 cents
Cigarettes 25 cents
Gasoline 25 cents
Ajax Cleaner 15 cents
Alka Selzer 39 cents
Apples 14 cents per pound
Bananas 12 cents per pound
Bathroom Tissue 13 cents
Birds Eye Cool whip 38 cents
Campbells Tomato Soup 10 cents
Clorox bleach 38 cents
Dogs Food $1.00 for 12 cans
Fresh Beef Liver 49 Cents per pound
Frozen Vegetables 25 cents for 2 pks
Ground Round 79 Cents per pound
Head and Shoulder Shampoo 79 cents
Heinz ketchup 19 cents
Idaho Potatoes 98 cents for 10 pounds

Miniimum wage was $1.40. So why is it not $14 today? And why do pennies and nickles still exist? ...
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Stupid slashdot, those were spacers to make the post more readable. Now gone, idiots. Happy?

Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 1) 347

Not only that, but there are still dealers who will only take cash. The bar I go to takes only cash and checks, although there is an ATM, which dispenses... cash. A lot of bars and other places are like that because it costs the vendor a buck or two per transaction if a credit card is used. Do you really think the banking industry will let Apple kill their cash generating machines? Banks make tons of money from ATMs.

The statement is literally brainless; no thought whatever was put to it, unless you consider wishing for unicorns "thinking".

Comment Re:Subsidies (Score 1) 317

If we have sufficient alternative energy and good enough electric vehicles, we don't NEED THE OIL or the WARS in the first place.

You can use natural gas for heating but also, heating oil isn't going to drive the price of oil to $130 per barrel alone. We may be in an oil glut for another 10 years. With smart subsidies for alternative energy and electric vehicles, and conservation (LED bulbs are cheap and pay for themselves in about 2 months now and pure profit for the consumer after that), we may never see the end of the oil glut. We may finally be at the beginning of the end of oil driven engines.

Comment Re:fun fact (Score 1) 119

An AC said:

Your figures are wrong - multiply that 2 trillion number by 4 and you'll get the cost of military operations in the Middle East since the Oil Crisis.

Oil dependence has been a disaster for the United States.


I couldn't agree more but I was focusing ONLY on the most recent waste of lives and taxpayer dollars.

Comment Re:fun fact (Score 1) 119

I know right? And if we didn't NEED the oil, the knockon effects would be tremendous.

The price of oil would plummet.
The funding backing terrorists would plummet.
We would lose interest in fighting over it.

Sure- oil will continue to be a valuable resource indefinately, but no more so than other resources like iron, aluminum, and copper.

Comment Re:Why didn't it blow up in the heteros? (Score 1) 340

Female to male spread is much harder than the other direction. And male to female spread via vaginal intercourse is much harder than male to male or female spread via anal intercourse. Condom use for casual sex is also a lot more common when there's a risk of pregnancy.

Comment Re:We can date the jump into the U.S. in about 197 (Score 1) 340

1970s medical technology wasn't anything like what we've got now. Identifying and isolating a new virus is still a tricky undertaking. In the 1970s it was much more so. A Nobel prize was awarded for the discovery of HIV and its link to AIDS.

Comment Re:We can date the jump into the U.S. in about 197 (Score 2) 340

Medicine isn't nearly so scientific as you probably think. An average doctor might see a weird case once or twice that was actually AIDS but that's hard to separate from all the other weird cases they see on a daily basis (House: maybe it's lupus!). In the 70s there certainly weren't any good central databases for general medical records, and there still aren't, especially in the US, because of privacy and insurance concerns.

If you were a doctor in the 70s and you saw a malnourished person waste away and die, would you think "gee, it's horrible we let people starve on the street in America" or "OMG, this is the start of a plague that will sweep the world in twenty years"?

In the early 80s, when the number of patients increased, doctors, especially those who worked in gay communities, who were most at risk, DID notice unusual numbers of people dying and did report and track it.

Comment Re:No one should be blamed for the spread of virus (Score 1) 340

Influenza outbreak modelling generally assumes that about 1/3 of transmission is from asymptomatic or presymptomatic carriers. Virus shedding starts around a day before symptoms appear, even in the symptomatic. There are estimates that 75% of common cold infections are asymptomatic.

Comment Re:fun fact (Score 5, Insightful) 119

We spent 2 trillion dollars and 4000 lives to protect the oil industry. Heck, overthrowing democratically elected leaders for oil companies is one root cause of the radicalization of the middle east.

I think I can cut clean solar/electric industries a little slack when i consider what we spend t help the oil industry.

Their subsidies are buried so deep in the government, they don't even look like subsidies any more.

But imagine if 5 years from now, Oil demand had dropped another 10% due to electric cars? We'd be a lot less tempted to get involved in foreign entanglements.

Comment Re:Buzzword du jour (Score 1) 109

Any generative model, and most of the modern systems are either generative or trivially easy to modify to be so, includes an internal model. Antagonistic training explicitly exploits this feature with two systems, one that tries to learn to spot real data from faked, and another that tries to learn to fool the first one.

Comment Re:Temporarily Brick 'em (Score 1) 62

It seems like changing the admin password to something random would work perfectly well. If the clueless user needed to change something they'd have to reset to factory defaults and in learning how to do that perhaps they'd learn about changing the password. Likely the vast majority would never even notice.

Comment Re:Interesting, but probably irrelevant (Score 1) 117

However, if you load up your torrent manager and say "download please!" you are making your own copy, which is then stored locally, just like pushing the button on a copy machine.

Only if you actually made a durable copy of the file, and they won't have any evidence of that from the network traffic. All they know is that someone else sent a copy of the file to you. That would support a case against the uploader, but not the downloader. It might be enough to get a warrant to examine the downloader's device for a stored copy of the file, but it's unlikely anyone would go to the effort of actually serving a warrant to recover, at most, a small multiple of the retail value of one copy of a single work, and until they do so there is nothing to support a charge of copyright infringement.

Of course the root of the problem is copyright. This is just one of the more notably absurd, and yet inevitable, consequences of trying to impose artificial scarcity on something that can be duplicated by anyone at effectively zero cost.

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