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Comment Almost like it was coordinated with Obama (Score 2) 367

Obama came out with comments on the same day that seem to relate directly to this initiative by Google -- where he advanced a kind of Orwellian mechanism for determining "truthiness" regarding the information that people found on the internet:

THE PRESIDENT: If I had the perfect answer to that, then I’d run for President. (Laughter.) Look, this takes us a little bit far afield, but I do think that it’s relevant to the scientific community, it’s relevant to our democracy, citizenship. We’re going to have to rebuild, within this Wild, Wild West of information flow, some sort of curating function that people agree to.

I use the analogy in politics -- it used to be there were three television stations and Walter Cronkite is on there and not everybody agreed, and there were always outliers who thought that it was all propaganda, and we didn’t really land on the Moon, and Elvis is still alive, and so forth. (Laughter.) But, generally, that was in the papers that you bought at the supermarket right as you were checking out. And generally, people trusted a basic body of information.

It wasn’t always as democratic as it should have been. And Zoe is exactly right that -- for example, on something like climate change, we’ve actually been doing some interesting initiatives where we’re essentially deputizing citizens with hand-held technologies to start recording information that then gets pooled -- they’re becoming scientists without getting the PhD. And we can do that in a lot of other fields as well.

But there has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world.

And that’s hard to do, but I think it’s going to be necessary, it’s going to be possible. I think the answer is obviously not censorship, but it’s creating places where people can say, this is reliable and I’m still able to argue about -- safely -- about facts and what we should do about it while still -- not just making stuff up.

Comment 6.5 million active SSNs for people over 112 (Score 3, Interesting) 314

However there are only about 35 people in the world over the age of 112. I'd say that having an identity card is a little short of absolute proof that this guy is 145.

Between 2008 and 2011, there were over 4,000 people who applied for jobs using SSNs for people who were born before the 20th century.

Comment Re:optimistic (Score 1) 263

It didn't say that security guards were paid $25-$35/hour. It said that they cost that much. This can include a lot of costs apart from pay. FICA, benefits, paying the staffing company (as most security guards come from a staffing company and not hired directly by companies), cost of background checks, liability insurance (probably pretty high when the security guard is armed), bonding, workman's comp insurance costs, uniforms and laundering, firearm certification & training, etc., etc. You can kiss most of those costs goodbye with a robot.

Comment This will hurt the poor the most. (Score 1) 621

As always, this crap will hurt those who can least afford it the most. Prepaid cards are often, if not usually used by people who cannot afford to put their money in a bank. Banks charge fees that the poor cannot afford and the poor often have debts and a creditor will seize funds if they're in a bank. I know someone who gets her alimony in the form of prepaid cards because she can't risk putting it in the bank and without her meager alimony she'd be homeless. Where did my country go?

Submission + - Man spanks himself to death

phrackthat writes: Clifford Ray Jones of Detroit died in a Darwin Award worthy fashion. In the ultimate case of distracted driving, he was spanking it to porn on his phone while negotiating a turn on a ramp and rolled his 1996 Toyota. He was partially ejected from his car's sunroof because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. He also wasn't wearing any pants. He died at the scene. Nothing in the story about whether the car was stick(y) shift or automatic. Additional details here.

Comment Trump missed his true calling (Score 1) 875

He should have been a story writer for the Onion. Seriously, this guy is like a walking-talking Mad Lib generator. Some of the weirdest shit comes out of his mouth. Someone should whip together a Trump headline generator that puts out the most over-the-top senseless crap and and auto-post the results to free press release sites. The general press is bound to be fooled by a few of them (Hell, Trump may even adopt a few for himself as campaign positions).

Comment Re:Money isn't enough (Score 2, Insightful) 818

The police don't have to prove that anyone thought it was a bomb. They only have to show that there was probable cause to believe that Ahmed intended for the device to be perceived as a bomb. Given that his sister had been suspended for threatening to blow up the school and Ahmed had been suspended just two days prior at another school and the fact that the clock was not his design and clearly not intended to function as a clock (as the housing, which looked like a briefcase, would keep one from reading the clock face), they should have little to no problem to show probable cause (which under the law is not 51% probability, just a substantial possibility).

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