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Comment Re:It's just a power grab (Score 1) 53

Wait, do, do you think that an 80% failure rate is good just because there are courts with HIGHER rates?

Let me slow it down for you:

Only about 1.01% of the circuit court's rulings go to Supreme Court. By definition, these are cases that SCOTUS has looked at and seen enough of a problem that they granted a writ of certiorari. If they didn't see a problem, they'd just bounce it back.

So, of the 1% that goes to SCOTUS, 80% of those are overturned and 20% are affirmed. That means the true rate of 9th Circuit cases being overturned is closer to 0.8%, not 80%.

I mentioned Breitbart, because you will only find this spurious claim of "The 9th Circuit gets overturned 80% of the time" will only be found in websites that cater to alt-Right jackoffs. And they will never mention that the courts with the highest rates of being overturned are in solid red states.

Now, do we have some clarity on this issue?

You're still looking bemused. Let me put it more simply: 80% of the 9th Circuit's rulings are not overturned, you stupid sonofabitch.

Comment Belongs to the suspect (Score 1) 94

The Echo belongs to the suspect. (Alternate link if you don't trust that site.

You're probably thinking of the San Bernardio iPhone case. Most people think the phone belonged to the shooter. It didn't. It belonged to the San Bernardino County government. They assigned it to the shooter for work use. Apple refused to help the legal owner of the phone unlock it.

Comment Re:It's just a power grab (Score 1) 53

Bwahaha, you mean the fucking Ninth Circuit? The one that, on appeal to the Supreme Court, gets overturned a whopping 80 percent of the time? Yeah, I think any court with that kind of failure rate should be disbanded, as well.

There's some supreme nuttery going on out in California these days...

I often see this repeated by people who don't know shit.

First of all, when the Supreme Court takes a case, it overturns the Appeals Court decision in over 70% of the cases. They only grant a writ of certiorari in cases where they see an issue and it usually means they will be overturned. And despite what you read on Breitbart, the 9th Circuit is not the most overturned Appeals circuit. Kentucky/Ohio/Michigan's 6th Circuit has that distinction with an 87 percent rate of being overturned. Then comes Alabama/Florida/Georgia's 11th Circuit with a record of 85 percent. But the fact is, if your case goes to the Supreme Court, it's odds-on that it will be overturned.

6th Circuit - 87 percent;

11th Circuit - 85 percent;

9th Circuit - 79 percent;

3rd Circuit - 78 percent;

2nd Circuit and Federal Circuit - 68 percent;

8th Circuit - 67 percent;

5th Circuit - 66 percent;

7th Circuit - 48 percent;

DC Circuit - 45 percent;

1st Circuit and 4th Circuit - 43 percent;

10th Circuit - 42 percent.

Submission + - The race for autonomous cars is over. Silicon Valley lost. (autoblog.com)

schwit1 writes: Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber — so the thinking went -were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century.

Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars.

To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard." People outside of the auto industry tend to have a shallow understanding of how complex the business really is. They think all you have to do is design a car and start making it. But most startups never make it past the concept car stage because the move to mass production proves too daunting.

Comment Re:Only Tech? (Score 1, Insightful) 132

The major headlines in America today (Feb 23rd) are not about war, famine, or plague, but about whether school restroom usage policy should be decided by the federal government, or left up to locals. I don't mean to belittle the issue, but that is hardly an existential crisis for humanity.

Yet it appears to be a focus of the current government.

Comment Homophobia and suicide (Score 2) 168

Awww, did someone call you a faggot? He's a meanie!

There's solid data showing that suicide rate is higher among bi- and homo- sexual youth (teens and young adult) than among their heterosexual peers.
This is believed to be strongly linked to the difficulty of feeling accepted. The more a young individual with an unorthodox sexuality and/or gender identity feels rejected by the surrounding society, the higher the risks of suicide.

Check again the summary, it was not a young internet shouting homophobic slurs at a senior officer, it was the other way around.
By keeping a climate were "being [homophobic slur]" is considered as a bad thing, that senior officer is actively contributing in a small part in the lack of self acceptance and higher suicide rates among non-heterosexual young people.

It's not about being ridiculously excessively nice to people so they feel special snowflake.
It's avoid to keep a general situation were young persons feel so much rejected by the society that suicide seems a better alternative.

Comment Aadhaar vs US (Score 1) 39

For those of us who would be happy using less bandwidth stateside,

What part of "also uses India's controversial Aadhaar biometric authentication" did you not understand?

And you, what part of stateside didn't you understand ?
US citizen (and in my case european) aren't very likely to have their biometrics database in an Indian government database.
Users can still log-in using normal Microsoft credentials (as far as I know) and completely ignore that microsoft offers to Indian the possibility to log using biometrics they stored into a database that leaks private informations all over the place.

Comment Bogus URLs (Score 1) 70

Yup it's basically that.

With the additional peculiarity that here, "www.knownquestionablesite.com" will spit a valid page with suggestions, no matter what you throw as a name afterward (even if "big.name.move.html" isn't in their database, it would still give a list of not necessarily related download links).

So they are not exactly issuing DMCA about links that don't even exist (these URLs do not return 404s), only DMCA about links that are not in google database (random links that elict a random answer from the website).

The claim is borderline bogus because, as mentioned, the website return random non related download suggestions. So the website is not necessarily infringing on the DMCA submitter's IP. On the other hand, as the result page is random, Google can't prove that the submitter didn't get their IP showing by random chance on the result page on the precise occurence when they tested the URLs about which they decided to file the complain.

So currently Google is deciding to accept the submissions. But that could easily get changed in the future.

Comment Attention (Score 1) 128

not all humans are capable of staying focused on the ride while not involved in it

Hence some strategies of asking to keep the hands ready on the wheel (and other similar micro-involvements)

(And there is experience, coming from the world of train automation, that suggest that this works (a bit).
e.g.: TGV train operators are required by the system to periodically hold the thrust control wheel)

Also in my personal experience, you still remain involved in the driving :
- even if the adaptive cruise control is taking care of keeping distance with the car in front, you need to periodically adjust target speed depending on the limitations of the local part of the highway. And in a city settings you still need to react to traffic lights, stop signs, yield, etc.
- even if your car has a lane keeping system, you still need to initiate overtakes (even Tesla's Autopilot 's lane change isn't good enough to be done without supervision. The car's sonars have a very short range and might miss a car coming fast from far away in the target line) and over all handle the whole highway entry/exists, and city crossing.

and what is the point of that anyway?

the same as having a friend in the passenger seat also watching the road :
additional checks.

Machine are never distracted : the LIDAR, cams and radar are always on, their input constantly processed. The car's computer will never lose focus.
Computer excel at boring repetitive tasks. The car will always be ready to execute an emergency braking if there's a risk of collision.

So, compared to just a lone diver steering the car, an autopilot ("Level 2" in official parlance) in addition to the human watching is always better (redundancy against possible accident), even better if driver AND passenger watch the road in addition to the AI.

Comment Devil's advocate (Score 1) 125

Playing the devil's advocate

There was a time people believed combustion was "phlogiston" exiting the material;

Which isn't entirely wrong. It's just the same usual equations but with an arbitrary minus sign in front of the oxygen.

(Just as you could mathematically describe orbits with a complex bunch of circles, but using ellipses makes it way much simpler for everyone).

blood was generated and consumed in the body (not circulated);

(medieval dark-age medecine hardly qualifies as a science. more of a superstition.
christian middle-age somewhat focused on a very small subset of the knowledge (mainly Aristotle) available in antiquity that happen to play nicer with their religious believes.)

(Real notion of blood circulation can already be found in many other greek scientist and as far back as egyptian antiquity.
Middle age just settled on Aristotle body humors for an arbitrary reason)

the Sun revolved around the Earth;

and then Einstein came and declared that everything is relative and it's only a matter of referential.
(You can pretty much put whatever you want in "your center", all relativist equation remain valid).

All of these ideas were eventually discarded through a process that was not incremental, but revolutionary.

and which yet still build-up on several other smaller past discoveries to arrive at the big conclusion:

mice could be "created" by leaving some food and rags alone in a bucket in a barn for a few days, while fly maggots were "generated" in meat.

the disproving of which requires both preliminary advances in chemistry (e.g.: Le Chatelier - matter can't just pop up into existence) and general understanding of evolution (e.g.: Darwin - mice must come from other mices or at least ancestrors close to modern mices) and in turn has interesting implication in germ theory (Pasteur - bacteria can't just pop into existence, exactly as mice can't neither) and for medecin (Koch and the identification of agents causing diseases).

Around Maxwell`s days it was believed aether was needed for the propagation of electromagnetic waves

And yet Maxell didn't competely invent electro magnetism out of the blue. (again, e.g.: Volta for a much older contributor) Even the word Electrictiy come from old Greek "electron" =amber, i.e.: the thing that you need to rub with cloth to generate static electricity.
And in turn his models were perfected by Einstein, and then further into quantum physics (Heisenberg and co).

and the age of the Earth was under estimated because the radio active processes preventing a more rapid cooling down were unknown.

yet, some geologists did came to differing conclusion due to plate tectonics.
And you needed the advance by the Curies couple to then be able to advance calculation of the Earth thermal cooling. And isotope dating too.

Yup. Some steps are wider than others, but they still built upon all the knowledge that was accumulated up to this point and start as far back as when the first monkey-man lifted up his nose and started wondering about the stars in the sky instead of just thinking about where to get the next fruit.

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