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Comment Re:You forget that (Score 1) 213

Oh, I understand it very well, and was active in a rare non-judgemental forum for a long time. The actual act itself is often triggered due to short term events, but people contemplating suicide have often lived with depression a long time, and among them, interest in methods is so high that most 'help' forums will outright ban any discussion of suicide or methods and/or threaten to call police on anyone discussing it. Most will have had suicidal thoughts for months or years, and looking at how to do it is a normal component of that. Many will prepare for and have a method that is at least realizable within a few days to a week.

Most are smart enough not to actually admit to it to healthcare or family, as nothing good for them, personally, will come from that, so I think it looks a lot more sudden and unresearched in many cases than it actually is.

I doubt masculinity has much to do with it; the human body is simply quite durable. If you want to be certain, it all comes down to one thing; destroying the brain, physically or by oxygen starvation. Most effective ways to do that are by necessity quite violent, and the ones that aren't are technically complicated or highly uncertain. As both men and women contemplating suicide will find that out quite quickly, the disparity must be explained by something else. And like I said, personally I think it's largely due to men being quite sure that they're not going to get any long term help, so they'd better make sure they're off permanently.

Comment Re:You forget that (Score 4, Interesting) 213

"Which is not to say I'm unsympathetic, but the issue isn't the disparity, it's the things that drive people to suicide."

That's saying that women are incompetent at suicide. It's not like it's a big secret that pills and cutting aren't very likely to actually kill you and getting information of easily accessible methods that will actually get the job done isn't more than a search away (automotive assisted decapitation ftw!). Being capable of researching options isn't a gendered thing (or we should re-evaluate a lot of things).

I suspect the reality is that the disparity is largely based on the rational projections of future life chances. There's a large difference in the likely development of a life for those who aren't completely capable of dealing with it for men and women. Women make an ultimately rational choice to keep chances high to get help, because they have a significant chance of actually getting help, and even women who can never support themselves will often be able to life a somewhat decent life, get support from parents, attract a mate, etc. While men... well, a failed suicide attempt isn't exactly CV improving material.

So, whether a fully conscious choice or not, the disparity is sociologically and probably biologically rational. Men have better reasons to be serious about it if they decide to check out.

And I really don't see any tendencies that it will change. Rather, I think our care for women is biologically hardwired, and the way society is progressing for the moment, being unsympathetic to men is more popular than ever. I mean, fuck, look at something like BLM; even if, in reality, the black men are mainly getting shot due to being male rather than being black, would you try launching a 'mens lives matter' movement? I think not.

Comment Amazon...paperweight (Score 1, Troll) 256

What? Amazon has a device called the "Paperwhite"? Did anyone else initially read that as "paperweight"? I guess technically it's the Win10 system that because a paperweight, but if you can't charge it because it crashes your computer, the reader will eventually become one too.

Who names these things?

Comment Re:Is this so hard (Score 1) 110

This can be ended quite easily, blacklist numbers that receive a large ratio of complaints to calls. Make it possible to rate received calls.

Requires users to spend extra time after making a call, and could be confusing. It could also get legitimate numbers (collection agencies following the law) blacklisted wrongly because people don't like them, or allow people to now SWAT phone numbers of people which could be a serious safety concern given how many households rely on only a single cellular line.

Extra time? I already blacklist numbers that spam me now the new versions of Android make it easy, so no extra there. They simply need to share (with opt-in user permission, of course) our personal lists of blacklisted numbers. They'd pretty easily sort themselves out into very high blacklisted numbers and everything else. When the phone companies start running out of phone numbers that aren't blacklisted, they'll agitate regulators for a real solution.

And as for collection agencies, let people blacklist them. It may be legal for them to call, but it's also legal for me to ignore them and for me to freely share their numbers with the public so everyone else can do the same. If they want someone's money, use the courts instead of harassing people.

But what I really want is punishment. Let regulators work their way down the list of highly blacklisted numbers and fine companies into oblivion when once they collect evidence of illegal abuse.

The collection agencies can skate on the punishment front since they're legal, but we still get to blacklist them so they don't bother us.

Comment Re:Who Cares? (Score 1) 308

Then again, there are others who regard polite disagreement as disrespect. I have friends, or, well, 'friends' who I don't discuss politics with as they just can't handle it. I still sometimes listen to their rants, as I personally find all opinions interesting, but they're not likely to convince me of anything. Their arguments are simply pathetically blunt and filled with errors as they never engage in real debate, but rather hang around in an echo chamber.

Comment Re:Other things we don't know (Score 2) 142

Of course, if the system actually uses a resolution that accurate, it's quite likely you won't even be your own doppelganger. Retaining water would be enough to throw it off.

I'd wager that evolution and neural net learning has struck a pretty optimal balance between false positives and false negatives for this in the human brain.

Oh, and the human system definitely uses measures the researchers didn't take in this study; ever failed to recognize someone because they're not in the same context you usually see them? Heck, I once spent 2 hours on a train talking to someone I thought I sort of recognized. A day later I realized I'd been talking to a (former) CEO of one of the biggest companies in the country, but of course, I wasn't exactly used to seeing him outside TV or newspapers. Ah, well, at least he got an early insight into free software.

Comment Re:As it's been said... (Score 4, Insightful) 621

The commission is the only entity that can propose legislation. Usually, you do elect the people who can propose legislation.

The power of the actual elected body, the European Parliament, is still quite limited. They don't even have enough power to prevent their forced relocation from Brussles to Strassbourgh every month, rather being caught in a perpetual schoolyard bully 'stop hitting yourself' moment. They've managed to block legislation, what, once in history?

There are good and bad things about the EU, but democratic credibility isn't one of the good ones.

Comment Re:This is BS (Score 1) 440

Yeah, I think it's quite common in most places for the same reasons you mention. And a human or an autonomous car with more situational awareness can deal with those situations by being extra alert and careful and keeping a pre-planned problem resolution at hand (ie, ensuring there's space behind/at the side to emergency break while passing).

But the Tesla just drives right into it, keeps a speed that might as well have been planned to make it invisible to the truck, while closing the distance to the car in front in a place where the road layout makes it look like it's intentionally cutting people from the merging road off from being able to take the exit. It's really bad behaviour.

I can't even say that it's good that it's collision avoidance managed to avoid the collision, because it that's how it works, there's a high chance that people will start to figure 'oh, look, I'm being cut off by a Tesla being a dick. No problem, it's fast enough to deal with me forcing myself into its lane.'.

Comment Re:This is BS (Score 1) 440

In the near miss video the Tesla is engaged in behaviour that is so dangerous that it's illegal in many countries, as it's overtaking the truck in the outside lane. The legality might be a bit mitigated due to what seems to be a road merge right before, so the lane speeds might not have gotten sorted out, but considering the off-ramp or whatever it is that the truck is heading for, it's a traffic situation where exactly what happened is highly likely to happen. A situation where most human drivers would be very, very careful about exactly what that truck was doing if they intended to pass it. And where any real autonomous car should absolutely not be moving faster than the cars in the lanes to the left at anywhere near highway speeds.

Comment Justice is blind (Score 5, Insightful) 284

Justice may be blind, but she sure is greedy. Not that I'm a huge gawker fan, but clearly having a billion dollars lets you have your way in the courts. Had they posted a sex tape of some average Joe and/or not somehow pissed off Thiel, Mr. Average Joe would just have to live with it because he wouldn't have the money to fight it in court.

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 1) 158

Open source (well, sort of) means that we know our Android devices are tracking our every move. Apple isn't defending your privacy. They're defending your false beliefs that they don't track you.

That said, so long as I can use the fact that my phone wasn't at the scene of the crime as an alibi, I'm all for the government having such data (after getting a warranty, of course). That way we only have to worry about the criminals with IQ scores of 10 or better.

Comment Ha, suckers! I'm getting NextLight (Score 1) 218

I live in Longmont, Colorado. The city government is running fiber to the entire city. A guy just strung a piece of glass into a box on the side of my house the other day. Next Monday they come to install the inside port and give me my fiber modem. I'll be paying $50/month for 1Gbps and I can't wait to give Comcast the boot.

So HA! Suck it all you capped mofos. Looks like your big commercial ISPs have put a cap in your arse, so to speak.

There's a house down the street from me for sale if anyone's interested. ;)

Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 1) 311

This is the same issue as the mortgage loan robosigning thing. Did anyone go to jail for that? Or loose their job? Or even face a meaningful fine?

The law is clearly there to make non-super-rich individuals suffer at the hands of the very wealthy. Both the judicial and executive branches make that abundantly clear.

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