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Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

HidingMyName Re:Chromosomes? (449 comments)

"People with a particular gene variant performed more than 20 percent worse on a driving test" You mean the double-X chromosome?

Although I'm a man, I'd have to admit I've seen some pretty bad driving from people with a Y chromosome too. In fact, very smart people can be very bad drivers (e.g. von Neumann's corner was named after a notoriously bad driver, John von Neumann who you might have heard about).

more than 5 years ago

Lawyer Demands Jury Stops Googling

HidingMyName Re:Just confused? (517 comments)

Yes. That is also why jurors are not supposed to reach decisions on matters of law, only matters of fact. If the jury members need to understand the legalese someone is doing something wrong.

Actually, Juries CAN decide the matters of law, it is just frowned upon. It is called Jury Nullification, where a jury, despite of the facts, simply ignores the law.

Honestly, a lot of our really bad laws can be and should be nullified by juries, and until we get widespread informed juries, bad laws will continue to be enforced.

Jury Nullification is powerful, however it isn't always a good thing when it was used, consider for example the Emmet Till case where a (presumably) racist jury acquitted obviously guilty murderers for a racially motivated killing.

more than 5 years ago

The Decline of the Landline

HidingMyName International Calling Cheaper (435 comments)

I occasionally need to call friends and family who are out of the country, international calling on cell phones is prohibitively expensive (to say Mexico) so we use the land line, which keeps costs down (we can get a deeply discounted rate from Verizon).

more than 5 years ago

A Mathematical Model For a Spreading Zombie Infestation

HidingMyName Re:Been done by computer scientists already (121 comments)

Perhaps the parent comment should have been rated funny, the zombie simulator at kevan.org is a model of a city where humans are getting infected. However, the work by Kephart and White is prior art which wasn't cited. However, the models used in this paper are pretty standard fare for population dynamics and epidemiological modeling, and use the classical simplifying modeling by treating the population as continuous (i.e. they aren't using a discrete individual based modeling approach). Additionally, these are homogeneous mixing models (every host can reach every other host with equal intensity). I'll need to look closer, they did ask an interesting question about how to model a system where some of the infected machines are repaired, I'm not sure that this is truly novel (Bilogists have Susceptible Infective, Susceptible Infective Removed models and Susceptible Infective Removed Susceptible models) so this may be old hat.

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Threatens To Pull Out of the US

HidingMyName Re:No (1142 comments)

The parent states:

The majority of the US income (taxes) *comes* from these "evil" corporations. How d you plan to support the welfare needs that are already over0burdening our tax system if these corporations no longer operate in the US?

I'm not sure that is true, if we look at the U.S. government's budget we could see that in Fiscal Year 2008, the income from Corporate Income Taxes was $304B, but individual income taxes were $1146B so individuals paid 3.76 times what corporations paid in income tax. Please present your numbers and analysis for consideration, thanks.

more than 5 years ago


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