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Comment Re:put staff out of work (Score 1) 58

As the child of somebody who spent her last few years in a nursing home, I think that having as many machines helping out as possible would be wonderful.
My mother was disabled, but still very sharp mentally.
She needed help to be able to use the toilet, get washed, have food provided for her, etc.
Although the staff were basically OK, the number of staff wasn't that high and so she sometimes had to wait a considerable amount of time for a staff
member to respond to her buzzer requesting help. (Particularly with other residents requesting help at the same time.)
In addition, having a machine helping you rather than a person can help maintain a little bit more dignity.
In principle, that would help free up staff for those cases where human attention is really required.
And hopefully could enable people to remain in their own homes for longer.

Or at least that would be the ideal...

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 472

Right. And that could come in the form of a special tariff. I'm told the cost to make an iPhone is around $178. So add a $178 tariff to each one, and it makes the choice very easy for Apple. They can either start making them in the US, providing jobs to Americans

And the Japanese government should charge Toyota several thousand dollars for each car that Toyota makes in the US or other foreign (non-Japan) countries rather than making them in Japan, providing jobs to Japanese workers?

Comment Re:Apple has lost its Mojo (Score 1) 478

Also the airfair from a decent american destination can hardly be over $500 per person.

More like generally around (or over) $1000 with major airlines.
I've been going twice a year - in summer and over the winter holiday season - for the last several years as my French girlfriend spends those times of the year back
over in France.
The cheapest ticket I've managed to get in the summer was ~$800 with Wow airlines, after including extra baggage charges and seat reservation fees etc.

How often do you fly to France?

Comment Re:Self Driving and BMW drivers (Score 2) 254

I think for a looong time people who own Self Driving Cars will be viewed with the same scorn and derision from which BMW drivers suffer, as those owners act with the same arrogance and assumed privilege with which BMW drivers act.

Except my understanding is that self-driving cars will actually use turn signals...

Comment Re:Oh, Democracy... (Score 5, Informative) 332

The majority of studies show that accident rates go up, not down, when red-light cameras are put in place.

Accident rates may go up (or stay the same) but death rates go down.
The increase in accidents is less dangerous relatively slow speed rear end collisions, while
side on higher speed, and so more deadly, rates go down.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/public...

Comment Re:Drop in the bucket (Score 5, Informative) 161

The one advantage that a not for profit has is that they can look for cures that might not be profitable.

You mean like the Howard Hughes Medical Institute with an endowment of $18 billion and spending of $800 million per year?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Or the Wellcome Trust with an endowment of 18 billion pounds (~ $23 billion)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with $44 billion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

And of course there is the research supported by the NIH (that spends $26 billion annually) , NHS etc.
Somehow it seems $3 billion is a rather modest (if welcome) addition to the overall scope of non-profit medical
research...

Comment Re:Oh dear, poor SpaceX. (Score 1) 55

FWIW I'm not hating on Musk, I just think people should get their priorities of things to be concerned about in order.

Many fires have happened in the past, and many more are likely to happen in the future.
Overall it doesn't really have a major impact on the world.

But what SpaceX are attempting to do has the potential (at very least) to bring about significant changes to the history of space travel.

Comment Re:Forbes: (Warning paywalled) (Score 2) 244

And you know it's paywalled! So why using that article at all?

Actually it doesn't seem to be paywalled - or at least there may be a limited number of articles available for free.

I had been avoiding Forbes because of their adblock-blocking, but I was able
to read OK (this time).

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

The article looked at that, and found 90%+ of people live in a place where they can charge.

No, I don't believe the article says that.
I think it says 90% of people's needs can be met if they can only charge overnight.
I don't think it actually looked at what percentage of people actually have access to overnight charging.

Comment Previous erroneous claims by group (Score 5, Informative) 240

This blog entry by a senior scientist at Fermi Lab has interesting comments on previous experimental results from the Hungarian group the UCI theoretical work is based on:

http://www.livescience.com/552...

What about the Hungarian group? I know none of them personally, but the article was published in Physical Review Letters — a chalk mark in the win column. However, the group has also published two previous papers in which comparable anomalies were observed, including a possible particle with a mass of 12 million electron volts and a second publication claiming the discovery of a particle with a mass of about 14 million electron volts. Both of these claims were subsequently falsified by other experiments.

Further, the Hungarian group has never satisfactorily disclosed what error was made that resulted in these erroneous claims. Another possible red flag is that the group rarely publishes data that doesn't claim anomalies. That is improbable. In my own research career, most publications were confirmation of existing theories. Anomalies that persist are very, very, rare.

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