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Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 1) 452

It's been obvious for a generation that coal was coming to the end of its life. Perhaps they should have looked forward instead of attempting to emulate King Canute.

Pedantic nit: King Canute didn't think he could hold back the tide. He was making a point to the people making unreasonable demands.

Comment Re: Fantastic Shift of Responsibility (Score 1) 116

The problem is like you said when the fact checkers start being wrong you'll stop listening to them, the people who have a different viewpoint than you have the same idea which means everyone will only use these fact checkers with confirmation bias and having fact checkers is utterly useless.

When you're really dealing with interpretation, fact checking is more like a good critic reviewing a movie. Sure, you can just look for the Rotten Tomatoes score and see what the "average" is. But when I read a Roger Ebert review, even when he doesn't like the movie he describes it well enough that I can usually tell whether I would.

Comment Re:An Artificial Womb Successfully Grew Baby Sheep (Score 2) 184

This artificial womb will save millions of lives each year and prevent millions more from suffering disabilities caused by premature birth.

Your numbers seemed high, so I looked it up.

Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for nearly 1 million deaths in 2015.

Three-quarters of them could be saved with current, cost-effective interventions.

So if current, cost-effective interventions were applied we'd have about a quarter-million lives lost that could potentially be helped by this new technology.

Assuming it would be even more expensive than existing interventions, it would be available in an even smaller percentage of cases than those. But let's say it was equally available. That means ~62,500 lives saved.

It's just a first step. It doesn't need to be a miracle to be worth doing.

Comment Re: Circular (Score 1) 96

The simple fact is that, in the absence of a specific agreement to the contrary, the mere act of accepting professional services creates a liability to pay a reasonable rate for services rendered. If moderators sent BIZX (or whatever shitty company runs this place now) invoices, BIZX would need specific terms in the TOS to point to in court or they'd be made to pay.

That sounds like a reasonable requirement. Therefore I question whether you're writing from the U.S., because that sure as shit doesn't sound like something that would get through our Congress.

Comment Re:Farmers usually vote Republican (Score 1) 316

What about contract farms? From your link:

Farming contracts are agreements between a farmer and a buyer that stipulates what the farmer will grow and how much they will grow usually in return for guaranteed purchase of the product or financial support in purchase of inputs (e.g. feed for livestock growers).[14] In most instances of contract farming, the farm is family owned while the buyer is a larger corporation.[15] This makes it difficult to distinguish the contract farmers from "corporate farms," because they are family farms but with significant corporate influence. This subtle distinction left a loop-hole in many state laws that prohibited corporate farming, effectively allowing corporations to farm in these states as long as they contracted with local farm owners.

Another 5 seconds on Google found this:

As of 2012, 34.8% of the value of U.S. agricultural production was governed by production or marketing contracts, up from 11% in 1969 [1][2]. These contracts are made between a farmer and a contractor (another person or company, such as a processor) for the production of agricultural commodities. In theory, contracts can benefit both parties, but in some cases, and in the poultry sector in particular, the structure of the industry allows agribusiness to set contract terms that take advantage of farmers and federal subsidies while externalizing costs and risk.

The vast majority of chickens produced in the U.S. – 96%, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture – are raised under production contracts, which set terms for how the chickens are raised, which inputs the farmer and the company provide, and how the farmer is paid.

How much of our food supply is grown by independent family farms, not under contract?

How much of that is still dependent on inputs from other corporate farms? eg: Corporate (or contract) corn as the primary feed for livestock.

Comment Cool, but not terribly bold the way people think (Score 1) 86

The gaps between the rings are very, very empty. Even the rings are mostly empty. People think it's like they've seen in movies when someone "hides in the asteroid field", ducking and dodging all those big rocks. It's really quite empty.

I mean, you wouldn't just drive through like there's nothing there, because there's no such thing as a minor encounter at those closing speeds. But going through the gaps in the rings should go pretty much as planned.

Comment Well of course (Score 1) 128

By requiring a warrant to search Americans' devices and prohibiting unreasonable delay, this bill makes sure that border agents are focused on criminals and terrorists instead of wasting their time thumbing through innocent Americans' personal photos and other data.

Because Americans are of course always innocent. All criminals are dirty furriners.

Comment Re:Only on slashdot... (Score 1) 307

Only on slashdot are we presented with an example of a startup giving complete control of rental housing pricing to the renters, and then told that this is evil.

So this system will not allow reserve prices?

And if somehow the only bid is $5/month the landlord is required to take it?

And the landlord is prohibited from raising the rates or ending the lease early?

Seems to me the only control the renter gets is how high they're willing to go, which they already have.

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