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Comment Re:I think Google would walk here (Score 1) 154

On the other hand, there's a brand new market to provide Eurocentric news in Euro languages from somewhere outside the EU. No fees, so Google doesn't have a problem with displaying them, plus ad revenue, lots of eyes because it's what the Euro types see when they type a search into Google, etc....

Comment Re:If they're going to do this... (Score 1) 174

Unfortunately the summary describes a 16 hour week + "additional flexible hours". Beyond that, the only clue is "30 hours per week", which is evenly divisible by five days (or six), but not four.

Hence my comment....

Personally, I've been looking forward to the four day work-week for a long time. Last time we shortened the workweek (from six days per to five) was before my father was born....

Comment Re:social experiments (Score 1) 308

I'd be interested in knowing WHY the robot babies failed.

Perhaps because human females are hardwired genetically to like babies?

Actually, this whole notion is from a very old science fiction story. Main characters had to deal with robot baby before they could get a license to have a real one. Very funny story.

But, as it turns out, completely unnecessary, since higher standard of living seems to reduce reproduction rate nicely in the Real World (tm).

Comment 70% accuracy? (Score 2, Insightful) 84

Hmm, 166 users, 71 of whom were known depressed. 70% accuracy means they picked 50 of the depressed people as depressed, and 28 (or 29) of the non-depressed people as depressed.

Given that the national depression rate is 6.7% (take that with a grain of salt), we'd expect to see, based on this test, 32.7% of the population found to be depressed. Of that 32.7%, one in seven would actually be depressed....

Color me less than impressed with this study.

Comment Re:Or the other reason.... (Score 2) 445

And yet the Netherlands has no problems with flooding despite most of the country being below sea level..

Of course, the Netherlands don't have a 3M km^2 watershed dumping water into them, either. And the Netherlands is smaller than Louisiana alone (by a factor of about 2.5), much less the Mississippi watershed (by a factor of about 80)....

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 82

The USA is the country which was in the right place at the right time to dominate everything for the last couple hundred years.

Couple??? No, the USA has dominated for the last century, maybe. In the 19th century, we were mostly a non-entity outside North America (and arguably South America). We didn't really take over as the dominant world power till WW2. Before that, the UK was still the big dog....

Comment Re: Will Internet Voting Endanger The Secret Ball (Score 1) 219

The fraud at the ballot box is out of hand in the US, similar to that of many "third world" countries.

Citation please. I agree that Voter ID might be useful, but I have yet to see credible evidence of enough voter fraud to sway any US election held in the last 20 years. IMO The logistics of in person voter fraud make it very difficult to materially affect a large election. NOW, computer fraud or dishonest vote counters is another matter entirely but not something Voter ID would fix.

Anonymous voting helps prevent vote buying and voter intimidation. If the buyer or intimidater cannot confirm you voted the way they want what is the point?

Comment Re:perhaps a buyback program? (Score 1) 191

Didn't you notice OP's "no questions asked"?

If the police are going to run serial numbers, that's going to convince people not to sell their guns to the cops. Which means it'll work like most "gun buy-backs" - they get a lot of crap (like a WW1-era rifle) instead of the guns they want to get (the ones the gang-bangers are using).

Comment Re:So long as we're trying such elaborate measures (Score 1) 191

The local laws in Chicago are some of the most restrictive in the USA. Basically, it reduces to "no guns for you unless you're politically connected".

And yet, the bad guys still seem to get guns with no real issues. Perhaps because if you're a criminal, you see nothing particularly wrong with breaking the gun laws, but who knows?

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