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Comment Re:Congress playing with train set (Score 1) 97

By the standards of Soyuz and the current SpaceX effort, the shuttle wasn't even a man-ratable launch system. It was designed without the required abort modes. Also the Russians can't raise their prices too much or it will become cost-effective to accelerate SpaceX's effort. They only a have a handful of tests to complete, and while they are by far the furthest along, they are not the only one. If you want the scientists and engineers to figure it out -- let NASA procure launch services rather than rocket components.

Comment Re:DDG and Bing also gives fake news result (Score 2) 183

Well, if you are searching for the false article about presidents in the clan that everyone is talking about, then it is just what you wanted! Search engines are just a map between search terms and results, where rank is largely determined by popularity. So there is always the effective filter of "perform this search assuming I want the result most often chosen in pop culture". If you wanted a "only include verified claims" you're using the wrong tool. And who would believe something on the internet from a source with no reputation? People talk about how wikipedia is bad. A random site has even less chance of being true. The problem is not that fake news exists, the problem is that the general population appears to have lost their ability to distinguish truth from fiction. I think the issue is that many people don't have a conceptual framework for "unverified" statements. i.e. they automatically force-classify everything as either true or false. This is in conflict with how "news" is currently run, where the first reporting of something is always when it is in the "unverified" state. Often by the time it transitions to the "confirmed" or "falsified" state, nobody pays any attention anymore. (It's actually worse than that, as some news outlets will willfully delay reporting the information that moves it to the "falsified" state so as to prolong the controversy. The surest way to get a viewer to switch to another channel is to resolve the issue!)

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 139

Well, sort of. The problem is that facebook (et al) is not a news aggregator, it is an advertising and publicity company paid to keep people on the app and revealing information about themselves that allows them to be put in easily exploited marketing groups. It is a meme-generation machine for rent. Why is it any surprise that the constant attempt to hack people's judgement and social interactions to trick them into wanting the latest crappy crap leads to collateral damage to their social and mental health?

Comment Re:Simple solution to the H1B problem exists. (Score 1) 834

Used appropriately, H1B holders actually contribute expertise and productivity to US economy, which is a plus. Teaching and research positions at Universities are examples where this is obvious -- the value of having the foreign worker's expertise is direct and clear because he or she was compared directly to US candidates in the selection process and one of their major roles is to educate US students. But my understanding is that educational institutions have different rules from businesses. Educational institutions are able to choose a foreigner because they are the best applicant. Businesses must show that there are NO qualified domestic applicants. So the headline doesn't make sense to me, it's already required. They just aren't enforcing it very well.

But it would not surprise me at all for an executive order to be oblivious to the fact that this is already required. The track record so far indicates that the Trump administration does not actually understand how the government that they are now in charge of actually works. The most likely thing seems to be that they will phrase the same requirement in some way that is stupidly incompatible with the actual laws and it will just make a huge mess with so many loopholes that it will get worse instead of better. Competence is so underrated.

Comment Re:Why? "Signal not an option for many people"... (Score 1) 70

The point is that if WhatsApp is not blocked and Signal is, using WhatsApp is better than other options. You say yourself that the single block-able route is not the difference, its that one is blocked and the other isn't. As for the article, I would say that if someone's life or freedom depends on whether WhatsApp is secure -- they better well understand how this vulnerability applies to them based on their specific usage pattern, not based on some generalization from a newspaper article.

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