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Comment Re:Oh my god (Score 1) 436

You've got +4 Funny, but I think you're serious and I agree with you, so maybe I'm a clown..

Analogies tend to make more sense to the person who actually understands the system in the first place. Rather than explaining the unknown system, an analogy creates a pattern link between two systems the alleged explainer already understands. Sometimes the best way to understand is to get in there. Showing them basic APIs is the way forward, then they can form their own analogies based on other systems they personally understand. Most of the presented analogies have an in-built bias anyway.

Comment Re:Wait until they start making a bit of money (Score 1) 1080

You've misread the point in two ways. First, GP was referring to wealth within a nation. Two of your points are comparing across nations, and the third point misses the mark - just because the richests 400 people hold more wealth than the poorest 150 million people doesn't say anything about the "general public" of, say 280 million people.

Second, GP agrees with you; saying the wealth of nation lies in the general public means the majority are the ones who produce the wealth, not that they currently hold the currency wealth.

Comment Re:It is not a justification for more surveillance (Score 1) 1011

lot more people die on the road each day, and nobody cares..

That's not correct - governments spend billions on policing, licensing, registering vehicles and drivers, installing traffic cameras, not to mention the army of public servants continuously reviewing safety standards, regulations and road black spots.

Comment Re:Mathematics of greed (Score 1) 98

Well it seems to, because stream != download.

They appear to equate a download with a physcial sale; 10 song downloads (i.e. iTunes purchase) = 1 album sale

They also count 1500 song streams = 1 album sale, but that's a side issue if you count an illegal download as a download, not a stream (which does make sense on the surface), then 1 illegal download does equal 1 lost sale.

Comment Half Conspiracies (Score 3, Insightful) 303

The moon landing and cancer-cure suppression would be actual conspiracies, but climate change and vaccine-caused autism are less thought to be malicious conspiracies and more incorrect group-think*. There is no spilling the beans to be done.

* Yes there are those who claim genuine conspiracies, but by far the vast majority of people who, say, believe climate change is not man-made nor catastrophic think it is incorrect science.

Comment Re:YT will also remove videos that don't play ball (Score 1) 236

Agree, but removing the videos seems excessive. If they opt not to sign up for the Red model, they could just be moved into the same category as the average person's cat videos, where Google put their own ads around it and you get no cut.

However, I imagine this might be contractually difficult for the same reason they can't automatically put everyone on Red deals.

Comment Re:Reasonable Access (Score 1) 267

Me also.

Daytime: I sit in front of a desktop with relatively unencumbered internet access.

Evenings: If I choose to use the internet (and I usually do), my desktop has full internet access.

Commute: I cycle to and from work, no chance to use the internet

My Nokia brick is on a pre-paid plan, mostly just texting my wife, costs about $5 per month. There is zero requirement for me to check work emails out of office hours, and anything other than a full keyboard drives me crazy. For my use case a smart phone and data plan would be redundant.

Comment Re:alogrithms aren't racist (Score 2) 352

Alogorithms aren't racist

FacialRegion *face = DetectFace(bmp);
if (face != nullptr)
{
      if (face->avg_col.r < 10 && face->avg_col.g < 10 && face->avg_col.b < 10)
      {
            / / Be racist
            result->order = ordPrimate;
            result->genus = genGorilla;
      }
      else
      {
            / / Be homophobic
            result->order = ordPrimate;
            result->genus = genHomo;
      }

Comment Re:What's that you say? (Score 1) 528

Which do you prefer? Freedom, Higher risks and higher reward? No risk, less freedom, but a lower standard of living?

It's a valid question and different societies prefer a different balance. Germany prefers the latter compared to the U.S., and in fact the U.S. has been steadily moving toward the same for decades.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

This quote has always struck me as asinine. "Essential liberty" is just begging the question - essential anything is essential and by definition should not be given up (those who give up essential safety to purchase temporary freedom...). Aside from that, the entire thing is an assertion and contains no logic or reasoning.

Liberty and safety are somewhat in conflict and a compromise needs to be found. Trumpeting only one of them is unbalanced, and why should someone lose their rights to both because they strike the balance at a different place to someone else? Is that really how rights work?

Comment Re:Because I did not read the original article... (Score 1) 260

My preference is unsweetened cocoa powder, which may not really be chocolate, I've never been sure

It depends if you consider chocolate to be the finished product or the processed beans, but it's a sliding scale. You can get 99% chocolate that has no extra sugar or milk and it's still recognisable as chocolate.

You sound like you know all this, but the processed beans produce "cocoa mass" which is made up of two components;

- Cocoa butter (a pale yellow fat with little flavour)
- Cocoa solids (a dark, strong powder, pretty much what you buy as cocoa powder)

White chocolate is only the butter with a bunch of milk, sugar and flavourings, and is often said to not be real chocolate because it doesn't contain solids. This is where I remain unsure also - is the determining factor the presence of solids, or the presence of both solids and butter? Personally I am happy to call it all chocolate.

Comment Re:Logic (Score 2) 260

Are you referring to processed chocolate or the growing of the beans? My impression was that Central/South America don't do much processing of chocolate, and that the U.S. doesn't grow cocoa. Beans are generally roasted, blended and processed in first-world countries.

So you'd want to say;

"The best beans come from Central and South America rather than Africa", or

"The best chocolate comes from France, Switzerland and Belgium"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's my understanding.

Comment Re:Heh. (Score 1) 260

He's even written an entire book defending his conduct through the whole thing, I guess that's a way to use the publicity to work around his destroyed career.

But this thread proves the whole story. Even those with 'correct' scientific beliefs are susceptible to believing what they want to hear, and it will become accepted canon that Andrew Wakefield was deliberately fraudulent and admitted it.

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