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Comment Re:What is up with this anti-gluten bullshit? (Score 1) 292

A significant proportion of people with diseases and allergies that were previously (mostly) unknown would just have died from 15,000 years ago to, oh, say, 200 years ago, and their death been attributed to the will of God(s).

Celiac and other food sensitivities have become either more prevalent, or more diagnosed, in recent years (or possibly both). If it is, in fact, a change in prevalence, I think we've got a variety of highly plausible causes based on changes in culture, environment, and diet over the past century or two.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:sucess is a matter of perspective (Score 1) 626

Obama unsuccessfully tried the "election is over, let's all work together" approach. Trump has a completely different approach: "You voted against me, so I don't give a fuck what you think".

Actually, it sounds like he's gone further, and is now saying that people who don't like what Trump thinks don't actually exist—polls showing disapproval of his actions are "fake news".

Dan Aris

Comment Wrong Fallacy: Correlation != Causation (Score 3, Insightful) 551

Do the deaths of little people not matter as long as the great leap forward is achieved? Do you think the statist socialist places weren't doing socialism hard enough, or will you make a 'no true Scottsman' argument and claim they weren't doing it right? It's just that every single time... every. time... every. single. time... it ends in rivers of blood. The useful idealists are liquidated the moment they object.

I'm not going to make a "no true Scotsman" argument, because it's irrelevant whether what they were trying to achieve was "true" socialism.

Socialism, communism, capitalism—none of those have anything particular to do with mass state-sponsored murder. If you think socialism—things like Medicare, Social Security, and the Earned Income Tax Credit—can in any meaningful causative way lead to millions dead, then you're the one who's deluded.

Dan Aris

Comment "Times Less" Makes No Sense (Score 0, Troll) 524

I don't know if it's just me, but I feel like I've seen this construction a lot more in recent weeks, and it really bugs me.

"X Times Less" is mathematical nonsense. "1/X As Much" is usually what is meant by it, and is both mathematically and linguistically correct.

So while I presume this headline means that Macs cost a third as much as Windows machines, that's not what it actually says.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:Duke Nukem Forever Young (Score 1) 297

Yes...but the point is that it's not just 1000 cars instead of 100 buses. It's 1000 cars instead of 100 buses and some indeterminate number of private cars.

OK, I see. You're counting all the people who now own personal cars and will give them up to use the futuristic self-driving cars instead.

I'll have to think about that. I'm doubtful, given Americans' love affair with their road machines, but maybe the culture could change. I'm afraid it would require creating "autonomous-only" roads though.

a) I'm all for that.

b) America != World

Dan Aris

Comment Re:Duke Nukem Forever Young (Score 1) 297

I am talking about self-driving cars as public transport. So instead of 100 busses, you would have 1000 self-driving cars.

1000 self-driving cars will cost more to buy, more to maintain, and more to operate than 100 buses.

You'll have 4000 tires, instead of 400. You'll have 1000 motors instead of 100. 1000 computers instead of 100.

Also, your ratios depend on cars vs buses. If you have cars vs light rail, the ratio goes up to at least 100:1

Yes...but the point is that it's not just 1000 cars instead of 100 buses. It's 1000 cars instead of 100 buses and some indeterminate number of private cars.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:Duke Nukem Forever Young (Score 1) 297

Maybe you got that backwards? Maybe self-driving cars are what will make public transport affordable and viable?

If you give this a moment's thought, you'll understand why it's a bad idea. Everyone needing their own $50,000 vehicle is the opposite of public transportation.

That's not what he said, though. The clear implication was not "the personal vehicles everyone owns should be replaced with self-driving ones", but "people should use a system of public self-driving vehicles to get around."

I certainly don't need a car for 90% of most days. It would be much more efficient for me to be able to use one for the trip to and from work, and let it go drive other people around, to work, errands, or whatever else, the rest of the time.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:We screw everyone. (Score 1) 181

I'm pretty sure Apples App Store, pun intended, is run by a different company than Apple Inc. aka AAPL so good luck in court with your idiotic standpoint.

I'm pretty sure you're woefully uninformed on this.

To the best of my knowledge, Apple doesn't muck about with subsidiaries for all the different stuff they do. Selling computers, making operating systems, selling music downloads, selling apps, and selling music streaming subscriptions all fall within Apple Inc., whose stock ticker symbol is indeed AAPL.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:A preview of President Trump's upcoming win. (Score 1) 693

the third-worlder isn't all that much better off than before, and may actually be much worse off if they went from an agricultural job they had some control over their destiny to a dismal factory job where they have no control at all

Why did they switch from the former to the latter then? (And if it wasn't their own choice, what forced them to do it? Honest question, not rhetorical).

Because historically, going to work on the factory has allowed workers to send a huge chunk of their paycheck home (like, 80% or more, sometimes) while living in the company dormitories, work there for a few years, and then effectively retire on the savings.

Here in the West, we see factory work as demanding, unrewarding drudgery. For people in developing countries, it's a way out of abject poverty, and provides a chance for something better for their children, even if they personally don't get a significantly better deal than their parents did. Don't make the mistake of looking at their lives, their culture, and their available choices through the lens of our own situation.

Dan Aris

Comment Re:Practicality? (Score 1) 242

As I understand it, from hearing about this type of thing from other sources, creating chimeras isn't just meant to provide a source of transplantable human organs. It enables researchers to study the effects of drugs (and whatever else) on human organs much better than using straight-animal analogs, without the kinds of ethical issues that make it tricky to impossible to do it in human clinical trials.

Dan Aris

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