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Comment Desktop (Score 2) 105

I'm not certain, but couldn't one download to desktop using an Android emulator on the desktop? I mean what's the point? If don't want people being able to download the content and put it on a bigger screen, are they also going to block screen casting?

Submission + - SPAM: FTC: Homeopathy 'treatments' must be labelled to say they do not work

schwit1 writes: There is a huge market in the US for homeopathic remedies. In 2007 alone, it was estimated Americans spent more than $3bn on a controversial system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, and which has long been dismissed by mainstream science.

Now, the US government is requiring that producers of such items ensure that if they want to claim they are effective treatments, then they need to make available the proof. Otherwise, they will need to point out that there is "no scientific evidence that the product works".

Now if we could get the same for the supplement industry ...

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Comment Re:Look you can't assume she would have won (Score 1) 1081

Exactly. If the winner of a football game were determined by the amount of yards gained instead of points scored, the teams would change their game plans accordingly. Right now the popular vote counts for jack and shit. The campaigns focused only on a few swing states because they believed the rest were EC vote locks for them. Hell, Hillary hasn't even been to Wisconsin since April -- well before she got the nomination. If the EC was abolished, the campaigns would be conducted as true national campaigns instead running a few local state campaigns. Hillary got the popular vote because the GOP didn't care about it.

Comment Abolishing the EC won't fix the Dems problems (Score 1) 1081

A couple problems with 'abolishing the electoral college' for Dems.

First, you'd need to amend the Constitution and that's not going happen in such an evenly divided political environment.

Secondly, it may not change the presidential election the way you think it would. Right now the presidential campaigns only focus on a few swing States, however if it became a national campaign then that would dramatically and the campaigns would target all 50 states, which in turn would change the turnout.

Further, there's a dynamic in deeply blue States that discourages Republican turn out -- my vote for president in California basically doesn't count under the electoral college and as a result a lot of GOP supporters don't vote in deep blue States like California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, etc. However, if their votes counted the same as anyone in the nation, they'd likely go out to vote. Also, abolishing the EC would affect local ballot propositions because many of those are placed on the ballot with the express purpose of driving turnout to get an electoral college win. In short, just because Hilary won a plurality of votes nationwide doesn't mean she would win a majority or plurality if the electoral college were abolished. We don't know what that result would be because the campaigns didn't run a nationwide campaign -- they ran a bunch of local state campaigns because of the EC. Hell, Hilary didn't even step foot in Wisconsin since April.

Comment How big is a "Quantum Leap"? (Score 1) 113

How did "Quantum Leap" come to mean a large change? I mean, in physics the word "quantum" means "The smallest possible, and therefore indivisible, unit of a given quantity or quantifiable phenomenon." Smallest. Not largest. I suppose some could argue from quantum entanglement and "spooky action at a distance" that large distances can be a play, but quantum entanglement didn't really enter the public's collective conscience until the mid-200s with the quantum teleportation stories and the term "quantum leap" used as an indicator of radical or massive change far pre-dates those stories.

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?

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