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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Chris Mattern Re:Simple solution (458 comments)

Similarly, 99% of the problem could be stopped if they cancelled the Equitable Sharing program and instead insisted that all such seizures to go to the federal government, not to any local fund.

Hmmm...possibly. How much of local cops' seizures actually belong to the feds and are "shared" back by this program, and how much are seizures under local authority--or could be made so if the local cops think they won't get federal seizures back? The latter can't be constitutionally claimed by the feds, although it would be possible to insist it all go to the state government.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Chris Mattern Re:To be fair... (400 comments)

NFL: One of the many industries where smooth talking idiots can rake in millions spewing bullshit.

Fixed that for you.

3 days ago
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Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

Chris Mattern Selection bias? (74 comments)

They looked at reanalyses that had already been done for other reasons, rather than doing their own reanalyses on randomly selected trials. It occurs to me that these trials may have been subjected to reanalysis precisely *because* there were doubts about the initial analysis.

4 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Chris Mattern Only one problem... (295 comments)

Now all my MP3s sound like the Chipmunks!

5 days ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

Chris Mattern Re:It doesn't have to work perfectly. (185 comments)

Automated driving systems DO NOT need to be foolproof.

They need to be very close to foolproof at the very least. Your point is logically unassailable, but alas, logic doesn't enter into it. It'll be assailed in courts of law, and in public opinion. Every accident that happens will be the fault of the autpilot, and the fact that the autopiloted cars have less accidents will be irrelevant.

5 days ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

Chris Mattern Re:No need to swear (190 comments)

Watch your fracking language.

We don't need that felgercarb herre.

5 days ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

Chris Mattern "Partial auto-pilot" (185 comments)

Now *there's* a phrase to fill you with confidence. "Works right up to the point where you need to be paying attention, except you won't be because the car is driving itself."

about a week ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Chris Mattern Yeah, that's gonna work (253 comments)

We can't even get TCP/IP v6 off the ground, and they want to try this?

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Chris Mattern Re:Sigh (748 comments)

I'm afraid the one who can't read a dictionary is you. The definition you quote does not state that tolerance implies disapproval. It states that tolerance does not imply approval. That's not at all the same thing.

about two weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Chris Mattern Re:The US slides back to the caves (528 comments)

The geography I was taught was that the Ural Mountains is the boundary between Europe and Asia, meaning that western Russia is indeed part of Europe, though the eastern part is not.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Chris Mattern Re:Here we go again (528 comments)

How many times have you seen scientists starting wars over theories and results?

;
Hoo, boy. I take it you have never worked with the faculty of a university. Granted, they don't use guns and bombs, but probably only because they don't have access to them.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Chris Mattern Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (528 comments)

Oh, what laws did they have? Please tell me about egyptian law under the nomarchs?

Were you aware that the *word* "nomarch" comes from the Ancient Greek, nomos, meaning law?

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Chris Mattern Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (528 comments)

Nope, they don't underlie the scientific method. They are merely tools of the scientific method. Immeasurably useful tools, but it is the scientific method at the base, not mathematics, logic or philosophy. When experiment shows that mathematical models can successfully predict observed phenomena, those mathematical models are used. When experiment fails to show that such models do so, they are tossed out. They may still be of interest to mathematicians, but scientists have no further use for them.

about three weeks ago
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

Chris Mattern Re:Agreed (115 comments)

But what about Q?

We'll have to ask M.

about three weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Chris Mattern Re:At least (251 comments)

you aren't getting contacted by a Nigerian 411 scammer with some dead relative or something or other and trying to deposit a magical sum of money in your account.

And then he offers to look up phone numbers for you! Perhaps you meant 419.

about three weeks ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Chris Mattern Re:Bad Planning (194 comments)

Case in point right here in my home state of Virginia: The state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control stores (commonly called "ABC stores"). As part of the state's alcohol laws, licensed stores can sell wine and beer, and licensed bars and restaurants can sell booze by the glass. If you want hard liquor by the bottle, you have to buy it at an ABC store, which are state-owned. They turn a profit, and that profit goes into the state's coffers.

about three weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Chris Mattern Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

I've never had a wireless cord get unplugged from moving my PC.

I've never had a Cat5 cord get unplugged from moving my PC. Unless it's physically broken, it latches securely in place. You may wind up on a shorter tether than you realized, but you won't unplug it, at least not unless you're much rougher with your equipment than you should be.

about three weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Chris Mattern Re:Waaah. (338 comments)

It must take longer to boil water in the US then. In Aus a standard electric kettle has a 2.4kW resistive heating element.

You don't see many kettles with built-in heating elements here. People heat their kettles on the stove, which will either be gas, or if it's electric, will be on a special high-capacity circuit.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

Chris Mattern Re:Wow (27 comments)

I can see it now, a comic book super villain and his swarm of programmable insects.

You mean, like this guy?

about three weeks ago

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