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Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 2, Insightful) 480

Unemployment numbers are a bit worse off today than they were when Obama took office, regardless of which measure you look at. So Obama didn't really "fix" anything. Here's an article from CNBC where they explain the differences in the various measures of unemployment and why the number mentioned in the OP isn't terribly meaningful.

Comment Re:Are we there yet? (Score 1) 201

The IRS needs to seek new avenues to fleece the populace now that it's about to be pried out of the middle of 17.5% of the US GDP (healthcare industry).

Abolish most of the IRS and all the parasites that feed off the ridiculous and intentionally complex tax code. A flat tax plus perhaps a consumption tax would allow most Americans to do their taxes on a post card. Of course, millions of tax accountants and attorneys would then need to find honest work, but that's a small price to pay for complete transparency. A scenario where half of the citizenry pays virtually nothing (or gets net payments) while the others foot the bill is unsustainable.

Comment Re:Hey look the flow rate is a little high. (Score 1) 173

Exactly. If you are part of a group making financial transactions, that group needs to decide on a canonical time source. And yes, it's relation to the rest of the world is irrelevant to the transactions.

In any event, all time sources are wrong to some degree. If you're using NTP over the internet, you will perhaps keep the error below a tenth of a second. A directly attached GPS clock will keep it closer but the error will remain non-zero.

Comment Re:What, is Google new or something? (Score 1) 173

That's actually fairly close to the do-nothing approach used by default. When you run ntpd, it periodically checks th time and used adjtime, adjtimex or some equivalent to slew the clock as needed to get back in step. It does nothing special with the leap second flag since the system clock has no way to handle it anyway. After the leap second, the NTP client notices that the system clock is 1 second fast and so slews it back one second.

The clock slew is done by slowing the clock just a bit so it continues to provide monotonic time (it will never provide timestamps out of order) and comes into sync over the next few minutes.

Comment Re:Retarded (Score 1) 173

The defacto non-solution does much the same thing to the system clock after the leap second in order to correct for suddenly being 1 second fast but maintain monotonic time. That is, adjtime (or adjtimex) gets called to slew the clock.

In many cases, the defacto non-handling is the right thing to do. Although it compresses events very slightly, it maintains causality in the system logs and such.

Comment Re:Hey look the flow rate is a little high. (Score 1) 173

Handling your own timekeeping doesn't necessarily mean having your own atomic clock. In this context, it means deciding on who has the canonical clock and syncing with it.

Google is explicitly saying they are not serving UTC, so if your trading partners are on UTC, you're an idiot if you sync to Google.

Submission + - Matt Taibbi: 'Washington Post' 'Blacklist' Story Is Shameful and Disgusting (

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes: From the article:

Most high school papers wouldn't touch sources like these. But in November 2016, both the president-elect of the United States and the Washington Post are equally at ease with this sort of sourcing.

Even worse, the Post apparently never contacted any of the outlets on the "list" before they ran their story. Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism says she was never contacted. Chris Hedges of Truthdig, who was part of a group that won the Pulitzer Prize for The New York Times once upon a time, said the same. "We were named," he tells me. "I was not contacted."

Hedges says the Post piece was an "updated form of Red-Baiting."

"This attack signals an open war on the independent press," he says. "Those who do not spew the official line will be increasingly demonized in corporate echo chambers such as the Post or CNN as useful idiots or fifth columnists."

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 2) 553

In this case, in a proper study Alzheimer's had no business being mentioned at all. The only tenuous connection was that they share a common region of the brain affected. (here's the obligatory car analogy) That's like going out in the morning and finding a flat tire so you tell everyone you lost a wheel on the way to work (so they picture a highway drama involving a risk to life and limb).

The test group were diagnosed with "Cannabis use disorder". That is, not just average users, these patients were hard-core users who already were known to have problems thought to be related and refuse to cut back on use. It is thought that most people with that diagnosis had mental health issues before starting marijuana use. It would be interesting to see how their scans change if any of them can be convinced to reduce their use to more casual levels.

It would also be interesting to know how many (if any in the control group) were casual or occasional users. All we know from the freely available information is that they were not diagnosed with cannabis use disorder, meaning they might be non-users, casual users or even heavy users with no problems thought to be related to use.

As for legalization vs. recommendation, alcohol is perfectly legal and I think that's right and proper. Nevertheless, I don't think beer for breakfast is a good idea at all.

Submission + - UK government's latest deluded idea: 'banning' underage sexting on social media (

Mark Wilson writes: When the UK government is not busy looking for ways to invade internet users' privacy, it's looking for ways to restrict what they are able to do online — particularly when it comes to things of a sexual nature.

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has made calls for technology companies and social media to do more to tackle the problems of cyberbullying, online intimidation and — rather specifically — under-18-year-olds texting sexually explicit images. Of course, he doesn't have the slightest idea about how to go about tackling these problems, but he has expressed his concern so that, in conjunction with passing this buck to tech companies, should be enough, right?

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