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Comment politics (Score 1) 182

acceptable levels of toxins will be increased for more than two dozen known carcinogens and decreased for 13 currently regulated chemicals. State officials back the plan because it places new rules on 39 other chemicals that are not currently regulated.

I guess leaving the other ones alone and regulating those 39 was too logical of a step to take.

Comment Re:Awesome legal hacking by plaintif (Score 1) 571

Last Week Tonight's recent show was on "debt buyers", who use a similar technique of gambling that people won't show up in court. They buy debt from banks for half a cent on the dollar, sue for the money, defendant doesn't show up, so by default (still) owes the whole amount -- debt buyer makes a big profit.

Comment Re:AI could with by cheating with insane micro (Score 2) 173

It's definitely keyboard, not mostly mouse. I think APM of 300 is more normal, but peaks of 500 happen. But APM includes things like "spamming" hotkeys, where you hotkey your buildings to say keys 4, 5, 6 and flick through them to check whether they're done building/training, and clicking like crazy before a unit can train yet (to make sure it starts ASAP). Example of Flash playing SC2.

There's another thing called EPM, which is Effective actions Per Minute. That eliminates most of the spammy kind of things (there's also where you right-click spam with the mouse on the ground many times to order a unit to go to basically one place but you're sort of perfecting the position, for example).

Comment Re:Lies, damn lies and statistics (Score 2) 201

I guess this is under the umbrella of Simpson's paradox. The summary and blog linked to don't seem to show numbers of people in each category; for example, $1.003 for blacks but there could be only 1% black employees. And like your links say, things can be sliced in other ways too, like what number of this or that category are part time versus full time, interns/age/experience, carreer choices/preferences, etc.

Comment Re:Fuck him (Score -1, Troll) 182

Bullshit propaganda. Some local very wealthy people had some less wealthy brown-nosers (Samuel Adams beer? that was after a "small loan" of 1000 pounds from daddy) persuade poor farmers who rented land that they should side with the local very weathy people instead of the very wealthy people back in England. A quarter of the population who were either enslaved or indentured (temporarily enslaved) were ignored, and occasionally revolted (before and during the Revolution) but were viciously put down by for example the very very very wealthy hero George Washington. The poor farmers who sided with the local wealthy people went from being tenants renting land, to having mortgages on loans to the buy the land. We've not even gotten to the natives yet. "preserving freedom"....

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