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Comment Re:SHAME on her (Score 1) 213

It's not so simple...

"The change in overall life expectancy mostly reflects lower infant mortality, not longer lifespans for adults.

In 1939, infant mortality rates were extremely high, but once age 65 the average American could expect to live another 13.4 years, or to age 78. Today, better health care and fewer infant deaths means overall life expectancy has gone up. But life expectancy after age 65 - a more accurate way to predict how long people are really living in retirement - hasn't changed nearly as much.

As of 2008, the average American who makes it to age 65 could expect to live 19.6 years. That's just 6 years longer than in 1939, and less than 2 years longer than in 1979 - and even that number overgeneralizes, because it ignores other factors that affect life expectancy, including gender, race, and income. A Social Security Administration study found income inequality plays a big role in life expectancy. For workers in the top half of the earnings distribution, average life expectancy is 86.5, but for those in the bottom half it's just 81 - a gap of more than 5 years that continues to grow.


Comment Re:this isnt a surprise (Score 1) 48

"For a number of years I have been familiar with the observation that the quality of programmers is a decreasing function of the density of go to statements in the programs they produce. More recently I discovered why the use of the go to statement has such disastrous effects, and I became convinced that the go to statement should be abolished from all "higher level" programming languages (i.e. everything except, perhaps, plain machine code)."

Go To Statement Considered Harmful - Edsger W. Dijkstra

Comment The real reason (Score 1) 287

The real reason why Musk, Buffett, Ma, and the rest are bitching about AI is that if we actually program these systems to run the world with morals such as honesty, equality, fairness, objectivity, etc there will not be any room for "nuanced" decisions that involve graft, corruption, favoritism, etc. that made them and theri cronies their billions.

Comment Re: Flash another ROM (Score 1) 119

Yes, it was the Verizon variant. It initially shipped with an unlocked bootloader, but an early update locked it for good. When I got mine it was already locked.
It was especially annoying to me because not only had I run custom ROMs, I had made my own ROMs with every one of my previous smartphones going back to my T-Mobile Wing running Windows Mobile 6.1.
It was half a phone to me.

Comment Re: Flash another ROM (Score 1) 119

Sorry, I guess I should have been more specific. There are a few variants of the S4. I'm taking about the Verizon version. It originally shipped with an unlocked bootloader when it first came out. Samsung then updated it with a locked bootloader and it has never been cracked. By the time I got mine it had already been patched with the locked bootloader.

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