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Comment Re:I wouldn't take that bet. (Score 2) 426

I think you underestimate how hard killing a lot of people is.

The nazi's spent ~4 years setting up a formidable killing industry, partly automated and partly mechanised (especially in Eastern Europe most jews and other victims were killed by (machine)gunfire, not in the extermination camps), which resulted in around ~10 million deaths (of 6 million jews and of which 3 million in extermination camps), or 2.5 million people per year. Stalin took around 20 years to kill 10-60 million people, so a similar death rate, and communist China also has similar numbers per annum, depending on whether famine counts or not.

Compare that withthe current global population growth is 1%, or about 70 million people per year. So, to keep the population from growing, you need to setup killing at 25 times the rate of Hitler or Stalin. To significantly decrease the world population in a 'reasonable' time frame you would need to up that by at least an order of magnitude again.

tl;dr: you can kill some people some of the time, but it gets really tough to do do so in demographically significant way

[see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..., and references therein]

Comment Re:Doctor Doctor Give Me The News (Score 3, Interesting) 508

My guess* is that they are from separate stems. In Dutch, kleven (clay-vun) is to stick together, and klieven (clee-vun) is to split apart.

No idea where the contradictory meaning in sanction comes from, in Dutch 'sanctioneren' (v) also has both meanings and people get confused.

*) And Internet confirms it :) http://www.etymonline.com/inde...

Comment Re:Meanwhile, the fucking Mars rover (Score 1) 40

From what I read, they want to prevent having a noise source that could interfere with future missions. I'm not sure I buy that, with what power the satellite could get from broken solar panels on the comet surely the noise would be quite limited, but that's what the local newspaper said.

Also, I guess they just want to wrap up the project, shut off the receivers, and move on.

Comment Re:Well, I thought we had settled this (Score 3, Informative) 282

As far as I understand the ruling, the infringement is *not* that GS linked to a site where it is legally hosted, but that they are linking to a site that hosts the pictures illegally, and the GS should have known that it was illegal (and you can be damn sure they knew that the linked site was not authorized by the copyright holder)

So, this case is more akin to pirate bay, which also just hosts links to places where stuff is hosted illegally; and has little to do with linking to something someone intended to distribute on the web.

Now, whether it should be legal to link to something you know is illegal is another matter. I for one am curious whether the court proceedings contain the hyperlink itself. While the central government is not liable for criminal persecution, it is liable for civil suits...

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?

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