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Romney Taps Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan As Running Mate

General Wesc Re:Pro Move, Romney (757 comments)

Sorry Citizens United, you're a bad law. In addition

The law that "Citizens United" is is the First Amendment. It may be a bad interpretation, but I'm personally a fan of the law itself.

more than 2 years ago
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Most Useful Scripting Language To Learn?

General Wesc Re:Example of each? (477 comments)

Why does Perl include Content-type, yet Bash, Lua, Python, Ruby, and C++ don't? Perl is not at all restricted to web development.

Also: use strict

more than 2 years ago
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NASA's Hansen Calls Out Obama On Climate Change

General Wesc Re:The problem no one will mention (461 comments)

News flash. Women want to have children

When we gave women access to contraception, and the ability to get an education and a decent job rather than simply being housewives and mothers, family size dropped to the replacement rate or below. In the US. In Canada. In Europe. And the same trend is very clear in developing countries. Women want to have a reasonable number of children. Population growth happens when women are disempowered.

Contrary to the Malthusian view that population will grow to the limit of however many kids can be fed, in fact parents choose to have enough kids to give them a high chance that several will survive to support them as they grow old.

(Bill Gates/Gates Foundation) (Also relevant: Bill Gates' TED Talk)

Evidence shows tackling high death rates leads to smaller families and the stabilisation of national populations, according to its report, ‘The World at 7 Billion’.

...“In the poorest countries, where parents are often petrified that their children will die and leave them to fend for themselves, it’s understandable that they would choose to have larger families," [Brendan Cox] added.

...Save the Children points to the example of Botswana where three decades ago women had an average of six children. The average is now three, following long-term investment in healthcare which has helped to nearly halve child mortality.

(Trust.org reporting on Save The Children's report)

Healthier and wealthier babies make for smaller families.

(The Solution To Global Population Growth is Saving Children) (Contains two talks by Hans Rosling using stats to show this. Look at the first video starting at 6:30 if you're impatient)

Well-designed programs can bring down growth rates even in the poorest countries. Provided with information and voluntary access to birth-control methods, women have chosen to have fewer children in societies as diverse as Bangladesh, Iran, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

...A trial by Harvard researchers in Lusaka, Zambia, found that only when women had greater autonomy to decide whether to use contraceptives did they have significantly fewer children....

(New York Times reporting on a UN report)

more than 2 years ago
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Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

General Wesc Re:Autism (1007 comments)

if the vaccination is effective

Your argument rests on the dichotomy of things being either 0% effective or 100% effective. Some people might question that premise.

Yes, there is something inherent in an unacciated child that makes them dangerous to vaccinated children: whooping cough, measles, mumps, etc., because vaccines, while pretty effective at stopping these diseases, do not make every recipient 100% disease-proof.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?

General Wesc Re:Equal Access (568 comments)

He's not talking about rote memorization of content. He's talking about learning to organizing and track your tasks.

more than 2 years ago
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Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers

General Wesc Re:The government should ban (676 comments)

My point is, you were asking the difference between MLB regulating something and the GOVERNMENT regulating something. Now suddenly you're insisting there's a big difference because one is the government and one isn't.

So I think you've answered your original question, yet you seem to think I'm promoting the position that there isn't a difference. My point was clearly that there IS a difference.

more than 2 years ago
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The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

General Wesc Re:America is a BIG Country (1205 comments)

They can't get on a bus or a train, they have no choice but to drive.

I used to live out in the country and had to drive to get most anywhere.

Then I moved.

That's a choice I made. It might not be the right choice for everyone. There are trade-offs, and maybe they're making the best choice for themselves, but pretending it's not a choice is just wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers

General Wesc Re:The government should ban (676 comments)

Really... How would regulating this be any different than banning steroids in professional sports?

Seriously? What do you think is the difference between an apartment complex banning pets and the COUNTRY banning pets? Do you think there is none?

more than 2 years ago
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How Hulu, NBC, and Other Sites Block Google TV

General Wesc UA sniffing (338 comments)

Imagine the protests that would ensue if Internet services arbitrarily blocked video only to Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers!

Is that meant to be ironic? This was standard practice until a few years ago and I still come across it from time to time.

more than 3 years ago
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Analyzing Amazon's E-Book Loan Agreement

General Wesc Re:E-books more expensive than paper (214 comments)

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green: Hardcover, Bargain Price from Amazon: $6.56; New Paperback: $2.99; Kindle: $7.99

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Lavithan: Amazon Paperback: $8.99; Kindle: $10.99

I borrowed a Kindle from work a few weeks ago and while I really like it, some hardcopy books are cheaper NEW from AMAZON than the Kindle ebooks. It may not be the norm, but it definitely exists, and sadly it exists with books I'd like to read.

more than 3 years ago
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Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

General Wesc Re:So, how long before... (577 comments)

It seems charging on peak is encouraging people to turn up the AC or turn down the heat a bit

Or not to run their washing machine, dryer, dish washer, etc. when demand is already pushing capacity.

You charge more when demand is higher because to meat demand, you bring in marginal production capacity (e.g. firing up less efficient power plants that produce energy at a higher cost).

In the case of network traffic, we can't just turn on another bunch of fiber when people are using a lot, so the speed each user gets drops. When we're not at capacity, using more doesn't have a significant cost, but when we're at capacity, using more means everyone else gets less. Eventually you have to build more lines or convince people to stop using as much during peak times. Raising prices for peak times does the latter, and is reasonable because the marginal cost of usage is higher.

It all comes down to supply and demand. Understanding just two lines on a graph can make the whole world make so much more sense.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon To Allow Book Lending On the Kindle

General Wesc Re:More DRM Bullshit (280 comments)

Why ONLY if the Publisher agrees? They don't have that ability with physical goods - so screw them again.

Because the publishers is the supplier--EVERY term is dictated by the publishers, because the publisher has to CHOOSE to supply the books. Amazon's supposed to tell publishers the terms and then just pray they still have books to sell? Amazon is no that powerful yet.

more than 3 years ago
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College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

General Wesc Re:Finders Keepers? (851 comments)

I disagree with you. I would not call our current society a dictatorship.

Hey, good job on the troll.

more than 3 years ago
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Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

General Wesc Re:Bull (738 comments)

I completely agree that science and technology always has been and always will be the solution. Waste will be reduced, alternative energy sources will be tapped more efficiently, and rare materials recycled more thoroughly. Hopefully we'll get there without too much pain, though I'm more than a little worried.

Shipping people off to off-Earth colonies, however, are not going to be a solution (and I'm skeptical about using extra-planetary resources). The human population is currently measured in billions and annual growth in the high tens of millions. Somehow I doubt ships of emigrants will be measured in those units in any even slightly-relevant timeframe. We may populate other planets, but not by launching ships carrying a billion people. Emigration from Earth will not put a dent in the world population. I'd count on a transferral of consciousness into computers long before I counted on mass emigration.

more than 3 years ago
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Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

General Wesc Re:Bull (738 comments)

I think he might be using the term 'most people' as an ironic understatement. That is the definition. 'Most people'==everybody who uses the term correctly. And we use that definition/term because it's quite useful in modelling. Production/utilization of coal/oil/uranium/water/etc. accelerates for some time, peaks, and then drops. These commodities are finite and are not durable good. The oil is input to the economy, not capital like a factory. If we slow the building of factories, the economy continues to grow, so long as we don't decommission any. If we slow the input of oil/coal/uranium/water/whatever (because we hit peak production and have to shift to marginal sources), we need to substitute something else (or increase efficiency at a faster rate than input drops) or the economy will slow (and demand for alternatives will rise--tell me this isn't useless to know).

Actually, your point about nuclear demonstrates a small error in the above definition. 'Peak' refers more to the peak of production potential (or something along those lines). We could be producing less nuclear fuel by choice, but not because the speed at which nuclear fuel can be mined and refined has declined.

more than 3 years ago
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Small Startup Prevails In Server Cooling 'Chill Off'

General Wesc Re:Medieval units (45 comments)

acpi -tf

more than 3 years ago
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Searching For Alternatives To China's Rare Earth Monopoly

General Wesc Re:Looking elsewhere... (199 comments)

See also: DR Congo.

more than 3 years ago
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College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

General Wesc ACLU (851 comments)

Mail it to the ACLU. I may not have a lawyer on retainer, but every July 4 I send money to these guys to deal with this stuff for me, and I'm sure they'd be happy to oblige.

more than 3 years ago
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College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

General Wesc Re:Finders Keepers? (851 comments)

You must be someone with a huge amount of capital and/or someone who runs a large corporation if you feel you actually have recourse to change laws.

A huge amount of capital helps chiefly because it lets you convince people to agree with you and act on it. Is your position that I should be able to change laws without anyone else agreeing with my view? 'Cause that seems to be what you're implicitly suggesting and, for what it's worth, that sort of government is called a dictatorship.

(And, no, politicians can't be "bought" by lobbyists because the politicians are taking bribes for themselves--it's because politicians are taking money that can be used to convince people to re-elect the politician. It's always about convincing other people. Money just helps spread the message.)

more than 3 years ago

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Three large numbers

General Wesc General Wesc writes  |  more than 9 years ago I'm looking for three large numbers that will add up to ten via overflow. I'm not sure how large the integers (or maybe even floats) are, so it may take some trial and error.

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