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Comment Re:idiot (Score 2) 116

OK, let's play with Rudd's statement for a little while. Since any weakening of internet security applies to everyone who uses the internet, not just the people Rudd would like it to affect, how substituting the keyword "terrorist" for something else and see how it sounds then?

"It's completely unacceptable. There should be no place for [PLACEHOLDER] to hide. We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don't provide a secret place for [PLACEHOLDER] to communicate with each other,"

Investment bankers? Grassroots political organisers? MI5 and MI6 agents? Any more ideas?

Comment Most of USA's cities... (Score 1) 155

...were built around individual car ownership. If you want convenient, easy public transport, you have to build urban areas around that in an integrated, systemic way. Just sticking in trains, underground skate parks, or whatever hair-brained idea some oligarch comes up with ain't gonna solve any complex problems.

For examples of better designed urban transport systems, have a look at older cities that were built before cars were a thing.

Comment Re:Recycle! (Score 1) 129

Yeah, because the market is so good at stopping pollution, right? We can't even clean up oil spills or prevent oil companies from not caring if they happen. That stuff spills all the time and just hangs around for decades and poisons the soil and water. Here's our record of oil spills to date, most of which haven't received the same kind of media attention that the Deepwater Horizon did: What makes you think "the market" will have any effect on deterring or cleaning up space junk, which is orders of magnitude more expensive and difficult?

Comment Statistical significance... (Score 1) 178

The paper reports that there was a statistically significant difference. It doesn't tell us how big that difference is. It might be tiny and not worth anyone's time or effort. This research only means something when they do a study that reports effect sizes, i.e. How much more students learned when they started classes at 11:00.

Comment Re:Kill two birds with one stone? (Score 1) 76

Nice idea in principle, but isn't the problem with hate speech and fake news that it's so very very popular? In fact, anything that's sensational, extreme, and provocative, which in turn is caused by Google's business model of rewarding links that get the biggest reactions. Google are simply reaping what they've sown.

Comment Re:Direct Link to Survey (Score 1) 267

Agreed. Whenever I've seen comparisons of income across different countries, e.g. in the Economist, they've almost always included one or more calculations of costs of living, standard of living, quality of life, and/or expendable income, and the calculations are usually done on a city to city rather than country to country basis. The USA prides itself on low to zero income taxes which inevitably means that Americans usually have to pay more for services because they pay for them as individuals: Governments benefit economies of scale when they provide services through taxation. It's a bit like Groupon but on a massive scale ;)

Comment Re:Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 285

Yes, but not just power outages. Think IoT-powered DDoS attacks. The Mirai botnet could easily hold banks to ransom. And then there's just the fact that a lot of ISPs suck big time. I can't count the number of times that a retailer hasn't been able to take card payments because their internet's down. They quickly and effortlessly set up cash only lanes which tells me that they're well versed in the system not working for one reason or another.

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