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Comment Re:Reality DIstortion Field: CHECK! (Score 1) 203

Please see the table of recent sales at ...

While there certainly is variability, the iOS market share nowhere is "immense," as the summary suggests. Only in Japan is it even a majority.

Does Apple make immense amounts of money? Yes, certainly. Are its sales immense? Quite so. Is its market share immense? On a percentage basis, no.

Comment Re:this is really getting tiring (Score 1) 186

"Different people from different viewpoints are almost invariably GOOD for an organization" is fundamentally hard to test.

It shouldn't be too hard, right? Especially now that companies are releasing diversity numbers. Get some diversity numbers for companies, figure out a way to measure their success, and slice the data different ways to see if you can find any correlation. Control for confounding factors. There are certainly difficulties, but this is basic data-science stuff, it's not fundamentally hard.

Comment Re:Scottish independence (Score 2) 558

Without England, Scotland has nothing to offer the EU except liability.

Scotland is small ,but it has a higher per capita GDP than England, or the entire UK for that matter -- if you count North Sea energy. Scotland as an independent country would be the twelfth largest economy in Europe and almost exactly in the middle of the pack for size in the EU.

Now logically speaking Scottish independence from an independent UK does not necessarily equate to EU membership. Scots could choose independence from the UK on the basis that union with a UK that is not in the EU is not as attractive as union with a UK that is in the EU.

Comment The government has a solution (Score 2) 290

Others have already suggested why this might not work, but if government perceives even the slightest possibility that their browsing histories might become public, they will just add an amendment to the bill making it illegal for THEIR data to be sold.

Comment Re:How? (Score 2) 290

If they can get the bulk 'anonymized' data, there's a high chance they'll be able to identify the individuals. Anonymized data is such a joke that it rarely hides the identity. For example, if you have cell phone GPS data, the name of the owner and the phone number can be hidden, but if it starts and ends at the same place every day, then you can figure out who it is.

In browsing habits, you might look for people who surf to the congressional mail server web page. You might search URL query strings for embedded names. There's a lot of potential there, and the anonymized data might even include their address, which happens sometimes when the vendor doesn't actually care about hiding identity.

Comment Re:Amazing! (Score 1) 72

Fighting for territory is seen in many animal species though. It's not a "human only" trait. Homosapien 'victory' could be just as easily explained by better survivability (due to our ability to survive on the poorer diet that existed after the end of the ice age) expanding and pushing out some, while assimilating and mating with others.

There is also strong evidence that Neanderthals and Humans were on friendly terms. Another factor that might be worth considering: in the historical period, even when armies do fight and conquer each other, it's surprisingly rare to see complete slaughter of the losing side.

Comment Reality DIstortion Field: CHECK! (Score 1) 203

What killed Flash was Apple's decision not to support it on iOS, combined with iOS's immense popularity and the lucrative demographics of iOS users.

Um, iOS is barely at 10-20% market penetration. The hypothetical immense popularity contest went to Android a long time ago.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 358

I'm not sure how much effort scientists are willing to put into finding out at this point.

Seriously? I hope you die in a fire then. Scientists are always trying to get better data. See Feynman's point about the Millikan electron charge error.

If you look at reconstructions, you'll see there's still a huge uncertainty, and the good reconstructions will at least attempt to calculate the error bars. Shaun Marcott (author of a study you may recognize) says, "We cannot say whether this [modern temperature] change is unique across the entire Holocene because of the resolution (i.e., the sampling of temperature per unit time) of the entire dataset is about 120 years"

Comment Re:This is a good thing but for the shaky transiti (Score 1) 373

"So we take power away from those who 'wield the power', and come up with a better means."

I'm talking about "those who wield the power" in whatever system you come up with. Throughout human history, it's always been one person or a small group of people who wield power over everyone else and that power is always abused. Forcing people into collectivism fails because it destroys the incentive for any one individual to produce wealth. That's why you don't see people living and working in communes.

"The other thing we need to fix is the system of government..."

Isn't that essentially the same thing as finding a different means of deciding who wields the power?

There was an economist named Henry George who proposed that government should levy taxes on land, precisely because it is a shared and limited resource. i.e. we should all benefit from the un-earned value of that resource. He makes some good arguments and it might be a very good system of incentives. It still doesn't address the problem of corruption and abuse by those who wield the power to collect & distribute the taxes.

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