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Comment Missing something.. (Score 1) 168

These technology and dollar-and-cents kind of analyses always leave out the most important thing: human psychology. The acceptance or rejection of control loss will be the deciding factor. The rest doesn't matter if people refuse to sit helplessly in a vehicle that does what it does in some unknowable way.

Comment Women's privilege (Score 3, Informative) 360

This seems just another case of a women who has had a lifetime of women's privilege deference and accommodation running into the hard truths of equality in a tough work environment. The courts will probably force the feminization of the work environment--women's privilege at work once again. The result, of course, will be the destruction eventually of an aggressively creative and forward pushing company.

Comment Our machines do that sometimes, unfortunately. (Score 5, Informative) 172

I'm not saying it happened here, but many people do not understand that you have to put things in appropriate packaging for the machines to process. It saddens me every work day to see what is thrown out of the machines without the packaging it came with. No address, no delivery. Only paper goes in envelopes for example. Not hard items. Not keys. Not pens. Not coins. Not makeup you want your friend to try. Not anything but paper. And that is because it has to go around hundreds of steel rollers, held between high speed belts for sorting. If you have a hard item, put it in a flat bubble-wrap protected envelope for protection and processing through the Automated Package Processing System machines, or, better, in a well-taped box with an address written on the box. And NOT a tiny box. Heck, if you have ANYTHING that is very important, put it in a flat or a box and make it bigger than the item by far. And let me say that only a very tiny percentage of the 156 Billion pieces of mail the USPS processes every year is damaged, destroyed or lost. And most all of that is due to improper packaging of items. Think before you send because people don't route mail anymore, multi million dollar machines do, and at high speed and accuracy.

Comment More nonsense from scientists (Score 1) 159

We (humanity) don't even know if diseases ARE diseases from evolution's viewpoint. They may simply be an evolutionary vector, a change on the way to something else. But let's fix evolution for individual humans. And how many times have we seen this cycle? They have a serious concern. They have conferences and write papers. Then they do it anyway, because it is interesting to them.

Comment Downside (Score 1) 532

Eighty percent of schizophrenics smoke, and scientists have recently found that nicotine increases blood flow to the prefrontal cortex of the brain, lessening some symptoms of the disorder. Are there other reasons for self medication with nicotine?

Comment Oh goody! (Score 1) 44

"... the algorithm scored 91% as well as the doctors, in terms of sensitivity (catching all the cancerous lesions)..."

Great, it only killed 9% of the people! Let's start using this magnificent technology! Think of the money that will be saved!

A fundamental problem with computers doing medicine is that it reduces the number of people in medicine and therefore the advance of diagnostics and technique. Computers don't push anything forward. Use too many computers and you will freeze medicine in place at some steady level of knowledge.

Comment Inevitable (Score 1) 537

This is bound to happen. But it is merely a thin veneer argument covering the real intent, and that is to reach into the future to pocket the future earnings of students seeking an education. The education business considers the value-added life of their students to belong to them. I point out that there is a Macroparasitic (government, finance, business) infection abroad in the country today of such virulence that I'm afraid it will not be stoppable short of collapse and violence by the mass of people. The Macroparasite, aided by technology, is targeting any asset of the mass to transfer it to its own pocket. The result of this will be the complete devaluing of a STEM education, damaging this country. Why would anyone get an education if no benefit can be expected from doing so? Do they expect people to go through the effort and expense of getting an education for the good of society alone, gathering to themselves crushing, un-payable debt in the process?

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