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Comment Re:clearly the truckers are right (Score 1) 331

My reading of those instructions are that you shouldn't use an Oxford comma in Maine law (fine) but if you find yourself in a situation where the meaning is ambiguous then you should rewrite the sentence to be clear. Which would leave the interpretation of the law as written in the favour of the truckers.

Comment Re:AI and automation superior to human labour (Score 1) 644

Sure we have. The modern US is the probably the modern country with the most inequitable wealth distribution system, but it's still a socialist paradise compared to anything that existed even 150 ago. Americans think socialism is a bad word, but they still spend at least 2/3 of their public money on social programs.

The world, all of it, has been moving towards more social equality and fairer income distribution for a long time. Some places seem to have been trying to buck that trend more recently. History suggests that's not such a good idea.

Comment Re:so what? (Score 1) 644

Every advance in automation has necessarily watered down capitalism. The agricultural and industrial revolutions moved countries from fedualism and laissez-faire capitalism to mixed economies (yes, even the US). The next one will move economies further that direction. Previous advances required some of the rich people lose their heads. This one might be different, or it might not.

New technology created some jobs yes, but I think a much more important effect was that it freed up people to do unnecessary jobs. Very few people used to have servants, but now lots of middle and even lower middle class people have someone who cleans for them, and almost everybody has someone who cooks for and serves them food, at least some of the time. Does their nails. "Manages" their money. Sells them shit they don't need.

Comment Re: "Of course it can," says government (Score 1) 264

What we're actually talking about is cosmic rays, which are matter particles (mostly protons), not any kind of electromagnetic radiation. Those generally slam into something in the atmosphere, producing showers of secondary particles. Occasionally some of these make it to the ground. The article mentions neutrons, but these seem to be mostly muons.

Of course Bruce Perens, to whom you replied, was talking about the radio waves from HAARP, which was mentioned by the OP.

Comment Re:Linus is a dumb ditch digger (Score 1) 361

Mmmm... Ajax is a pretty standard client request to a server for information. The "innovation" is cramming it into the framework of javascript and a web browser.

I finished my CS degree a long time before Ajax existed and we certainly did a lot of asynchronous communication with other computers. Except we used sockets and threads and everything was pretty obvious.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 2) 361

Funny, I think you hit the nail on the head, except used it to support entirely the wrong conclusion. All those useless app companies tout their "innovation." They have some mediocre idea and flog it to death.

The real innovators are the ones who have an idea then go and execute it really, really well. Linus didn't say innovation was worthless, he said it was a minor part of the whole; just the starting point.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 2) 361

No. Good. Linus is competent. It's a shame when competent people get wasted in management. If more of them were loudmouths the world would be a better place. Perhaps a good enough place that we'd view managers as low level employees whose job is to take care of the mundane crap so the competent people weren't bothered by it.

Yes, I am also disqualified from management or public office.

Comment Re:Not likely to help diagnosis (Score 1) 119

It doesn't usually work like that. The FDA is (quite rightly) suspicious of putative surrogate measures in clinical trials. It takes a lot of work to actually get something like an imaging metric accepted as a surrogate and validated as a primary outcome, and very few have been.

This study provides clues about what exactly autism is and when it starts. Its interesting scientifically, and having something you can image will help immensely for scientific studies, just as you describe.

Comment Re:The US failed to ratify the Geneva Conventions. (Score 3, Informative) 148

The Geneva convention and it's relatives and predecessors have been enforced. Yes, it tends to be after the fact, but the war crimes tribunal hasn't had a lack of work. The international community does tend to enforce the rules, either directly or via sanctions, and it appears to have had a major effect in the world.

It's really only a big problem with the offenders are Russia, the US or China. Even then, those powers are hesitant to break international law directly: see for example the US dissembling over the use of torture.

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