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Comment Supreme court disagree (Score 2) 176

It has long been a standing point of the supreme court that when the word citizen is used, it refers to American citizen only, but when people is used, it refers to everybody including and not limited to visitors and illegals. Which is why illegals still have rights, even if it is not all of them.

Comment You can reduce inequality two way (Score 1) 429

* you can draw everybody to the bottom with a catastrophe

* or you can try to give opportunities to people to draw them up

While it is very easy to see why method 1 will reduce inequalities (everybody is dead is also reducing inequalities to zero) but it is quite clear that in our modern societies we strive to point 2, which is something relatively new compared to history.

Comment Difference (Score 1) 311

Power tool, steam engine and the like were created long before the applications expanded to industry, e.g. , but there is nothing of the sort being there NOW for automation. Further, past improvement are not a prediction for future improvement. There is an excellent chance with the automation we see that there will be NO replacement. Secondly , tapes are not a good examples as they are format shifting, they do not curb consumption, and only the various music and film industry pretended it would cause their industries damage, and I think it was mostly to get copyright prolongation , and frankly the plan worked.

The more important point, is that if we have now robot to automate the "dumb" jobs, then there is no new "dumb" job which cannot be automated. And that is where your reasoning break down. They may be new educated job, but the one requiring no training no education, will not come back. Think about it. Why would you use a person if automation has gone so far to replace the older jobs ? Only if the new stuff cannot be done by automation and that exclude the same category of job automated. Therefor such job will not come back.

Comment That is strange (Score 1) 952

I already thought it did not apply to foreigner, in fact I remember it because of exchange PNR problem : the EU wanted reassurance on the data privacy because the privacy act did not apply to foreigner... ? What's different now ??

The tensions between Washington and Brussels are mainly caused by a lesser level of data protection in the US, especially since foreigners do not benefit from the US Privacy Act of 1974.

Comment Re:You don't know how hormones work, do you? (Score 2) 397

"There are people who have too much or too little of what makes us one or the other sex. " I think you are confusing transgender and intersex. Basically intersex means you do not fit the exact definition of XX female/XY male, e.g. a female XXY (Klinefelter). Transgender on the other hand , is properly defined by the GP, and people in such case really have gender disphoria, and is a category in the DMS V.

The issue is certainly confused by the fact that in some case, male were operated at birth and had gender reassignment, are sometimes called colloquially transgender, when properly it would be intersex, as they are missing (often) the psychological gender disphoria. One of the most well known example was a kid which had his penis removed at birth (botched circumcision) was tried to be raised as a female, but never felt like it and finally suicided at about 40 (John/Joan case - David Reimer).

Comment actually a good metric (Score 4, Insightful) 286

A language is thriving or dying by the number of inexperienced developper trying to learn it. If no inexperienced cev learn it... it is dying. See the experienced dev of today were the noob of yesterday. If everybody is learning c# or java it is a pretty good indication of what the future of c, c++ will be. For reference see cobol. But rejoice , a dying or less used language means that for us the kldr gen, assured contracts works.

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