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Comment Re:Giant Douche or Turd Sandwich (Score 1) 847

The rule was implemented back in the primaries because the sub kept getting brigaded by BernieBros, and no amount of bitching was going to get the admins to do something about it. There is a separate subreddit linked on the sidebar for people who want to debate or ask questions.

The irony of course is that many of those same brigaders ended up joining /r/The_Donald after seeing what the DNC did Bernie. Then double your irony when /r/news tried to suppress the Orlando Shootings as soon the media reported that the attacker was Muslim, leading lots of people who don't even like Trump signing up to /r/The_Donald just see news that get suppressed elsewhere on reddit.

Comment Fake (Score 2) 847

Money man for what? People have been posting memes on reddit for years, long before this election. It doesn't cost any money to post a silly picture on the internet. This guy didn't / doesn't do jackshit. They call themselves "nimble America" but memes like nimble, centipede, coats, were established a year ago. He is just trying jump on the hype train. Expect to see some merchandise or or PAC get spun out of this.

Comment Re:Is Donald Trump racist (Re:Stick a fork in....) (Score 3, Interesting) 610

Just to clarify your post. CNN didn't make the claim that he was talking about racial profiling. They quoted him, with quotation marks, saying the words "racial profiling" even though he never said those words. This isn't something they misinterpreted, took out of context, or spun. This is a quote that CNN fabricated out of whole cloth. And the rest of the media jumped on and started quoting using CNN as a source, even though many of them had their own reporters at the event and could have, should have, fact checked with their own people and discovered was false.

Comment Re: Market failure (Score 2) 428

It's pretty simple. There are people all over the city willing to pay for Uber rides and if they all pay the same amount then the Uber drivers will be distributed equally. However after the terrorist attack the people near the site of the bombing were willing to pay a higher than average price. As a result the Uber drivers will have an incentive to to service those people close to the attack. This results in more Uber service being directed towards the site of the attack.

Now look at the alternative.

A taxi driver gets paid the same amount no matter what the conditions are. There is no incentive for a taxi driver to prefer a ride near the attack over one some place else. In fact given the reported possibility that there may be more bombs in the area, a rational taxi driver would prefer to take on a fare away from the site of the attack for the sake of personal safety. The result is less taxi service available at the site of the attack.

Price fixing is a nice simple idea, but it's almost never the solution.

Comment FSF (Score 2) 537

What about GNU, Linux, and the FSF? Does providing millions of people with free (in beer and speech) software not count for anything?

Or how about the EFF defending people's rights online. Helping educate people about the importance of encryption and stopping big business from tracking your every move.

Has wikipedia not become a central source of free information the world over? Has wikileaks not provided a safehaven for whistleblowers the world over?

Techies have done a lot for the world in the last 10 years.

Comment A happy medium (Score 1) 220

I'm fine with this. The idea of freedom of speech is about allowing people say what they think, even if it is unpopular. However, there is no mandate that people have to listen to you. Creating tools to help people filter out speech they aren't interested in hearing in such a way that it only affects the listener is a great idea. If some people want live in their own little bubble /safe-space let them, it doesn't hurt anyone else. This is a much better solution than other sites (cough twitter cough) use that would remove the post altogether. A mechanism we've seen abused again and again to stifle speech that is unpopular.

Comment And what if they find there is no problem? (Score 3, Insightful) 321

The central problem with projects like this is the result is already determined. They've already decided that movies are horribly sexist before the first line of code was written. Think about it. What if, after detailed analysis, it was determined that there is no problem, that women and men are treated roughly equal? What happens then? It can't happen, it wouldn't be acceptable. The funding would dry up, and they would be shutdown. It would be like the NRA releasing a study saying guns are bad. And good luck getting funding in the future, if you can't produce results that affirm what we "know to be true" then clearly you are a terrible researcher.

Comment Re:Peter Thiel didn't bankrupt Gawker (Score 4, Informative) 242

Bankruptcy is an absurd punishment over a celebrity sex tape. But that isn't what bankrupted them.

Gawker got taken to court to have the film taken down, and lost. But decided to keep spreading the film anyway, and wrote an article bragging that they were going to ignore the ruling. Giving a big middle finger to the judicial system. That is what did them in. The court would have let them off much easier if they hadn't been complete assholes. It didn't help that AJ Daulerio "joked" that he would have given the green light to publish child porn.

Finally the punishment wasn't to bankrupt them. Hogan only sought $100 million in damages, it was the court that felt he was owed more.

Comment Sham (Score 1) 1052

The whole thing is a sham. The people behind this want UBI so they are rigging up a system to "prove" that it work.

This "experiment" is useless because it's only testing the easy part of the UBI, handing out money, while completely ignoring the hard part: collecting. What will happen to people if we give them free money? Their lives will improve obviously! This isn't in question. In fact it isn't even new. If they really wanted to know the answer to that question they could just research people who have won cash for life lotto prizes, those have been around for a long time and would be a much more cost effective way to study giving out free money.

If they want to test UBI they need to test the part that will actually be difficult: paying for it. Anyone who has seriously looked into UBI recognises that it's an insanely expensive proposal. The much bandied about "efficiencies" and replacing existing services won't even come close. To make UBI work there would have to be a massive tax increase, and that is the part that is the hard sell. Jacking up everyone's taxes so that people can choose to sit at home and do nothing all day.

This "experiment" has nothing to do with testing UBI. It's about putting the name UBI on an experiment that can't possibly fail so they can hold it up as proof that UBI works.

Comment "Subsidies" (Score 1) 530

The problem these claims about "subsidies" is that they are not. An untaxed negative externality is not a subsidy, no matter how much the green lobby tries to spin it as such. This bogus calculation is never applied in other areas, no one counts the cost of car accidents as subsidies, or the health impact of a big mac. People have come to associate subsidies with something bad, and now people like Musk are trying to expand the definition to suit their own ends. It's bullshit and people need to start calling them on it.

Comment Getting Desperate (Score 4, Insightful) 175

These F-35 FUD writers are getting desperate.

They call it the "brains" of the plane. It isn't. The brains are the sensor fusion computers. This is the Autonomic Logistics Information System. Key word: Logistics. It's a maintenance system. They say the whole program is a failure because the fancy maintenance system could ground the fleet. Except most of the USAF flies just fine without this type of system. Oh, and the problem isn't that it doesn't work, it is working. It's that it hasn't been thoroughly tested. Why? Because it's still in testing. Then they complain that there is no backup system if it doesn't work.

So they cry that the program is too expensive. Then cry some more because there is no redundant replacement for a non-critical system. Of course if there were a backup system they would be complaining that the program spent millions on duplicated efforts. It's just stupid.

Comment Re:Suppose we could... (Score 1) 174

That would actually be very useful. If you know of an earthquake a few days out you can:

1) Have emergency services ready for an influx of casualties.
2) Have the national guard on standby just in case.
3) Shutdown all the nuclear reactors.
4) Make sure any dams are not operating near capacity.
5) Prevent workers from working on high rise construction projects.
6) Prevent workers from working with hazards materials for that day.
7) Shutdown oil refineries and other major fire hazards.
8) Shutdown any amusement parks.
9) Stop all the trains.
10) Have airlines ready to divert to other airports.
11) Limit the number of vehicles that can be on major bridges.
12) Issue public alerts reminding people what to do in case of an earth quake.

Comment Re:Does it really matter? (Score 1) 130

It matters a lot depending on the type of embedded chip you are using. Unlike microprocessors, microcontrollers include the RAM on chip in the form of SRAM. This is to save money, power, or both. The PIC32MX795 microcontroller that I'm working on right now only has 512k of SRAM and it is the largest offering from PIC. On the small end PIC10s can have as little as 16 bytes! With tons of chips in-between. On that RAM you might need your OS, TCP/IP stack, USB Host stack, FAT filesystem stack, graphics stack, a bootloader, plus drivers for whatever you are connected to, and then your code. All told it can add up to a lot. It sounds crazy to have such small amounts, but with nanowatts of power consumption and prices a low as 30 cents these chips find uses everywhere.

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