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Comment Re:Misleading? (Score 4, Insightful) 122

I don't think "own" means what you think it means :-). If there were no government, you would "own" something until someone with a bigger club comes around. If there is a government obeying the rule of law, you "own" something until your ownership is removed by due legal process. Expropriation is limited in scope and requires renumeration (U.S.C. 5th amendment: "Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."), so ownership is more than a temporary lease, but it is certainly no unlimited perpetual right. Hint: there's not an awful lot of those :).

In Dutch law, ownership is defined as the maximal rights that one can enjoy on a good. Not "full" or "unrestricted" rights, but "maximal".

(and yes, if you start breaking the law, either by refusing to pay taxes or in some other way, you will find that a lot of your rights are quite relative, including ownership, freedom of movement and ultimately freedom from physical abuse)

Comment Re: happened to me today (Score 1) 281

Surely, an update should not kill your partition. But if you have any data that resides on a single hard disk, expect to lose it. Drives will crash, updates will fail, hackers will hack, and users will do stupid shit.

This is 2016. Put everything you can into github, as much as possible of the rest in some sort of cloud drive (dropbox etc), and sync the rest to another computer somewhere. And if something is really dear to you (or to your customers, tax department, or government) back it up somewhere safe. Frankly, for me github+dropbox does the trick. Sure, dropbox or github *could* go out, but then I still have my multiple local copies and I can switch provider at any time if needed.

Comment Re:Ionizing radiation linked to circulatory diseas (Score 5, Interesting) 157

I agree that the sample size of 7 is rot, the 95% confidence interval around a binomial with 3/7 is 10%-82%, in other words: "we don't have a clue".
However, neither TFA nor the /. summary actually link to the source, so here it is:

Michael D. Delp, Jacqueline M. Charvat, Charles L. Limoli, Ruth K. Globus & Payal Ghosh, Apollo Lunar Astronauts Show Higher Cardiovascular Disease Mortality: Possible Deep Space Radiation Effects on the Vascular Endothelium, Nature Scientific Reports (open ac

Interestingly, they do claim statistical significance on the 7 astronaut "study", but I don't have time atm to have a better look...

Comment Re:You can't do autonomous half-way like this. (Score 1) 485

I've seen this argument before and I'm (genuinely) curious where the 1-fatality-in-96 million miles is based on. Wikipedia lists 1.27 casulaties per 100M miles, which is close enough, but that statistic is for all roads. AFAIK, interstates are the safest road type, and most casualties are on local roads and non-divided highways. I would like to know what the fatality rate would be for the same conditions that people use autopilot on, I would expect it to be much lower than 1 per 130MM?

Comment Re:Good (Score 5, Interesting) 1080

I can't blame them either.

I think the only reasonable system possible is one which has private ownership, free and competitive enterprise, and a government providing basic services, ensuring security and regulation, and promoting fairness and equality by e.g. making sure everyone has access to health care and education.

If this is 'capitalism', I'll take it. You can also call it the Rhineland model or social market economics, or whatever you want. I want it :)

What we're seeing now is:
- wage share of income falling relative to capital's share [1]
- real median income stagnant for the past 20 years even though real average income has increased by 25% [2]. Over 50 years median income increased by 25% (not even .5% per annum), while average income increased by 100%. In other words: the economic growth since the seventies has almost entirely gone to the above-median earners: the top 1% share of income jumped from 10% in the seventies to over 20% now, with a large part of this increase going to the top 0.1% (i.e., not us).
- governments are unable to provide basic services because the rich don't pay their fair share of tax [4]
- governments are unable to provide basic services because they are unable to reform entitlement/welfare systems which are in fact transferring money from the relatively poor young to the relatively well-off old [5]
- markets aren't acutally well regulated, especially in the US, and too many industries have (near-)monopolies, causing profits to be historically way too high [6]

In Europe, 'capitalism' means that old people have either permanent contracts with generous benefits, or are already enjoying their equally generous retirement which they entered between 55 and 65. Young people have temporary contracts at stagnant wages, are unable to buy a house because of (1) inflated prices due to government meddling (green belts, mortgage interest deductability); (2) they don't have a permanent contract; and (3) new lending regulations means banks are a lot more stingy than even 10 years ago; and will not retire before 67 on a defined contribution scheme, which is pretty bad news especially given the essentially zero interest rates and government bond yields. In the US (and increasingly the UK), added to this is a nice pile of student debt. If I were young(er), I'm not sure I would think this is such a good bargain...

1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
2) https://research.stlouisfed.or...
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
5) http://www.economist.com/news/...
5) http://www.economist.com/news/...

Comment Re: How does it do in the winter? (Score 4, Insightful) 430

Yep, tax gas cars enough and provide large enough EV incentives, and people will do that sort of thing...

Doesn't make it a rational market nor mean it will work elsewhere. :)

Purely "rational" / "homo economicus" behaviour is very far away in the mobility market even without EVs:

- Passenger trains are (often) subsidized directly and indirectly by not having to pay full cost for using rails, stations etc.
- Cars are subsidized indirectly by building roads, but taxed directly with sales tax and (often) extra vehicle tax or import tax
- Gasoline is taxed with sales tax and other taxes, but subsidized indirectly by military interventions / protecting shipping lanes

So let's see what your rational mobility decision is in a country without a functioning government to 'distort' the market. My bet is going to be on walking, especially walking away :).

Comment Re:"mass market affordable car" (Score 1) 430

I live in Amsterdam, and there would only be one reason to get an EV: to be allowed to park on the EV-only spots with charger ports :-)

We bought a new car a year ago, but my daily commute is by bicyle and I use the car for longer trips. So, EV would only make sense once the charging-on-the-road is really solved. Now we just bought a cheap and light city car (VW UP) which supposedly gets 5l/100km (1:20, 47mpg), in reality gets between that and 5.5l/100 (1:17, 43mpg), but that is partly due to 'bad' driving on my part

Comment Re:Eliminate git, move back to cvs (Score 2) 87

I hope that you are being facetious, but I'll bite.

I've worked with cvs, subservsion, mercurial/hg, and git, and git is by far the most powerful tool and the easiest one to work with after the initial learning curve. You might have massively larger projects than me, but checking out the whole tree has never been a problem for me, and I really like being able to commit (and more rarely: check version history) when working offline.

Branching, tagging, cherry-picking, and rebasing are very easy to do and make it possible to manage a largish project with multiple release and feature branches relatively painlessly. In my daily workflow there are only a few commands I use regulary, and a couple more than I use occasionally (e.g. when releasing a stable version). Moreover, I've never found that there was anything I couldn't do, from rewriting history when needed (e.g. after checking in passwords or copyrighted code), to undoing stupid stuff (e.g. a force push from a branch that wasn't pulled or a merge with a wrong branch).

Although the commands can be a bit arcane (e.g. the three levels of git reset or the exact rebase syntax) the community support, tooling, and documentation is excellent.

As another poster above said:

I'd rather remove my testicles with a rusty hacksaw than ever use CVS again.

Sounds painful, but: yes :)

Comment help with sailing (Score 1) 103

I like sailing on tidal waters... a drone (if quiet enough to not annoy the wildlife and other boaters) would be great for checking out where the water is deep enough. Navigational Charts are nice, but below depths of 1m (the draft of my boat with keep fully raised is 35 cm / 1 ft) and especially in tidal waters that change after every storm are not so useful, so you often have to find your way with trial and error. Getting a couple (gps-anchored) pictures from above at moments around low tide would be fantastic.

Comment Re:This is for XPS laptops. (Score 1) 55

Frankly, it's much less important. I've built and bought quite a number of desktops and put linux on them the past years, never had issues. With laptops, there is less choice within segments (especially within the ultrabook segment), and there are more less-supported parts (and it's more expensive and annoying to replace a part if you need to, e.g. the broadcom wifi chip in the XPS13)

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