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Comment Re:When you're dead... (Score 1) 233

Could is not would.
The majority of 'good' drivers could perform better than the 'AI' on a good day, when they are paying attention.
I note that significantly more than 50% of people think they are good drivers.
Problems happen mainly due to misjudging risks.
'Oh - I'm tired, as it's 5:30 on a friday and I've got another hour to go, I better take that energy drink'.
-> drink spills due to the cap being hard to get off, and driver is distracted for 3 seconds and...
Good drivers may be good drivers most of the time.
Not all of the time.

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 1) 629

I was commenting on the 'They could tell the difference between an innocent stumble and tell-tale signs of neuromuscular disorders.'.

There are several issues here.
A) apparantly partisan source - I have not checked the allegations earlier in the thread.
B) If she in fact has something that looks parkinson-like on the surface, but is in fact quite treatable with no meaningful long-term deterioration.
C) If the people polled were actually expert enough to tell anything meaningful about her condition.

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 1) 629

'A trained observer' - well - perhaps.
There is a truly massive difference between casual observations of physicians who have had no specific experience of a disease, and ones who deal with it daily.
For many conditions, general practitioners do not have much greater 'feel' for if you have something than the general public.

Quoting from https://www.researchgate.net/p...
" Two parkinsons patients were under the care of each GP.
Only 33 percent of GPs were aware of atypical features in early parkinsons disease.
  If the early atypical feature was one that may occur in late-stage PD, the GPs' awareness was even lower at 19 percent.
32 percent of GPs were unable to provide any alternative diagnosis to parkinsonism.
This survey suggests a poor level of awareness among Singapore GPs on the identification and presence of alternative parkinsonian conditions."

(25% of patients with 'parkinsons' may in fact have other, treatable conditions.)
If your average GP has 2 patients with a condition, they may know very, very little about it other than the briefest outline.

Comment Re:URL is also known (Score 2) 299

It depends on the terms of the search warrant, and why it was obtained.
I can't find online details of the warrants in question.
If the warrants were 'you can toss the place looking for porn' - based on other credible evidence then great - no problem.
It seems unlikely on its face in this case that parallel construction was directly involved in the finding of the USB drive.
(unless the warrant did not give them permission to toss the place, and they in fact did).

It is an unusually great method of getting beyond the iniital bar of 'reasonable suspicion' if the officer has facts that he cannot rely on in court (for example, from extra-legal surveilance methods), if you can get (or claim) the dog indicated on the suspects vehicle, or ...

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 564

Refusing to pay risks killing all apple pay/... in the EU - even for existing devices.
Just because a third party country has trade agreements with the EU does not mean that the phones would be exempted - for example from punitive sanctions on import, or even confiscation.

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 564

Quoting at random from the IRS website.
'Was the estate tax retroactively reinstated for decedents dying in 2010?
Yes. '
On congresses right to do this:
'The Supreme Court “repeatedly has upheld retroactive tax legislation against a due process challenge”. Indeed, the Supreme Court in Carlton rejected the executor’s Due Process argument and upheld the retroactive application of the tax law based upon a two-part test that emerged from its analysis. The test upholds retroactive tax application if: (1) the legislation has a rational legislative purpose and is not arbitrary; and (2) the period of retroactivity is not excessive.'
https://www.treasury.gov/conne... - lists quite a lot of legislation doing this.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... - is also relevant.
This is analogous to the case of Ireland. Ireland is a member of the EU, and has signed various treaties saying what freedom they have to subsidise firms.
Removing taxes from a company counts as subsidy.

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 4, Interesting) 314

Quoting without permission Rob Landley:
http://lists.celinuxforum.org/...

"I'm sorry, I'm confused by the CONCEPT of having a shortage of TODO items.
This is just the top of my head _Linux_ stuff, and doesn't include purely-me
items like learning LUA. I want to get a mac and learn THAT stuff. I want to
get my master's degree so I can become a full-time college professor when I'm
ready to retire from programming. I want to write multiple books. I want to
start a third convention so I have an excuse to wave the Cartoon Guide to
Federal Spectrum Policy at people
(http://www.newamerica.net/files/archive/Pub_File_1555_1.pdf). I want to learn
to draw so I can start a webcomic. I have enormous stacks of books to read.
I need to watch the rest of Mythbusters, catch up on the new Dr. Who, and play
Dragon Age. I want to garden and cook and bike and swim. I want to get rich
and start the world's largest nudist resort. I want to dig up the recording
of the time I got Neil Gaiman to say "By Grabthar's hammer, you shall be
avenged" into a microphone (after his reading of Crazy Hair at Penguicon 2)
and also get Ralph Nader to say "Luke, I am your Father" into another
microphone. I need to completely redo my website (and make a "random cool
stuff" page listing http://sidhefaer.livejournal.c... and
http://theglen.livejournal.com... and so on...)

Theres... a shortage of stuff to do somewhere?

Really?

How does that work?
"

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