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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

More Trouble well & good (218 comments)

Less crime is great, but these methods presuppose that the DA & the police are working so closely together as to be indistinguishable. If that's a desirable arrangement, we still need someone who is willing to prosecute police misconduct.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US

More Trouble Crazy (184 comments)

The NSA et al are (legally) *more* restricted in the US than abroad. While there might be congressional hearings & other hand wringing about what the NSA does in the US, foreign countries are a cyber free fire zone. Information superiority is the goal, and the NSA has huge fire power ATM.

about a year ago
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Arctic Ice Extent Tops 2012's, But Is 6th Lowest In History

More Trouble Re:history? (310 comments)

When it was that warm in Greenland, it was certainly warm in Canada and Alaska. So where did the polar bears live, if warmer water is lethal to them?

Hardly.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

More Trouble pylons (533 comments)

The PDF touches on security, but only alludes to faster lines. I wonder how you'd protect the 25,000 pylons? Seems like the answer is "not bother".

about a year ago
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MS Tackles CS Education Crisis With Popularity Contest

More Trouble Re:Ah, the mythical CS skills shortage (141 comments)

Spending a big $100K on a popularity contest isn't going to ensure every kid can program. That's shut-up money, "Look, we tried, but USians just aren't up to snuff, give us more H1Bs!"

about a year and a half ago
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US Director of National Intelligence Admits He Was Wrong About Data Collection

More Trouble Senator knew it wasn't true (296 comments)

What exactly is the director supposed to do? Senator knew the answer, knew it was classified, but asked it anyway in open session. Director's staff acknowledged after that the answer wasn't "accurate", but were also not allowed to correct the public record.

about a year and a half ago
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Silicon Nanoparticles Could Lead To On-Demand Hydrogen Generation

More Trouble oxygen (163 comments)

If only we had an easy way to make an oxygen free environment to store our silicon nanoparticles prior to wetting them...

about 2 years ago
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

More Trouble Re:Anthropogenic Global Warming (370 comments)

Let's add the Iceland has been continuously inhabited with reasonable records since the year 874.

more than 2 years ago
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Asking Slashdot: Converting an SUV Into an Hybrid Diesel-Electric?

More Trouble Re:Use a Lupo engine (543 comments)

Which states are those?

more than 2 years ago
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Asking Slashdot: Converting an SUV Into an Hybrid Diesel-Electric?

More Trouble Re:Use a Lupo engine (543 comments)

Most cars cannot fit more than two child seats (properly secured).

I guess it depends on the car seats. Or maybe the size of your kids...

more than 2 years ago
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Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

More Trouble Re:Leadership? (754 comments)

Giving them a venue to hack said system is also a good plan.

more than 2 years ago
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High School Students Sue Federal Gov't Over Global Warming

More Trouble Re:DOD considers climate change a serious threat (491 comments)

Think of it this way, one the largest reasons the Americans rebelled against the British was a tax rate that was perceived as significantly too high. That tax rate by the way the way was a fair bit lower than today's tax rate. (The Boston Tea Party was a /Tax Protest/ not an independence rally). This by the way is the source of the name of our modern 'Tea Party' in politics.

The rate of tax wasn't the issue. The issue was being taxed by officials who weren't elected by the taxed citizens. Perhaps you've heard the phrase "no taxation without representation?" I must say, the Tea Party version ("no taxation") reflects rather poorly on the US Education system. I guess "mission accomplished" was referring to the growing masses of ignorant citizens.

more than 2 years ago
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Living Fossils: Old Tech That Just Won't Die

More Trouble Re:Technology (388 comments)

The archeological record indicates that making stone spear points (knapping) was a specialized skill. It's even more specialized today.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

More Trouble Re:I smell bullshit (633 comments)

Living in the Virginia Piedmont, I try to drive such that my battery is very low by the time I get to the top of hills. Because I'm almost certainly going to be recharging it on the way down.

more than 2 years ago
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Germans Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Ceiling"

More Trouble Hawthorne Effect (223 comments)

Maybe I'd like these lights just fine, myself, but doesn't it seem like a repeat of the Hawthorne Effect?

more than 2 years ago

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