Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions
You clearly haven't spent much time riding in public transit of any major city if you think air travellers and bus travellers are in the same economic brackets.
North Korean Internet Is Down
How many emails do you think they are getting from HQ today? And doesn't the HQ have a history of executing people who do the wrong thing?
If somebody had a bone to pick with a group that operated in China, might they not target that group in China as well? Perhaps it flies under the radar because the scope isn't as large or easily detectable.
Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy
Letters have traveled through various postal systems for hundreds of years now. By giving your letter to a postal carrier, you are relinquishing control of it and letting it be processed by a centralized system. Therefore, anyone who sends a private correspondance through a postal system, should have no expectation of privacy. ?
Are network packets really that different? Because technology makes it easier to look at the content of the packet without breaking any wax seals, or having to steam the glue, that makes it ok to look? The 4th amendment protects paper packets, why not electronic packets? The US was founded with personal privacy enshrined as a core principal, so a lot of thick numbskulls like myself carry that expectation across different spectrums.
(Note: In this particular case, I'm not surprised that Uber employees can access Uber data, especially in this example where the reporter called out being late to a meeting with Uber executives while seated in an Uber car)
Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists
Hitchiking is actually illegal in many states. Most of them only reference soliciting a ride on the street itself, but some outlaw the whole concept.
None of the hotel regulations apply to taking $20 for someone crashing in a spare bedroom for a night.
Thats not actually true. Lots of states Attornery Generals have filed legal paperwork again Airbnb and couchsurfing homes to class them as hotels, subject to normal hotel / bed&breakfast regulations.
How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa
Every single person on this earth is motivated to get food, and have food, and if possible, have even more food. It is genetically programmed to the infinite degree. Particular farming practices, and particular strains of crops may work better in different regions of the world, but every farmer wants more food. The ONLY farmers who may not care about increased yields are suburbanites who have plenty of money and food, and farm as a fun hobby. ALL commercial farmers want more. ALL subsistence farmers want more.
US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
A lot of schools, maybe the vast majority(?), already have video surveillance systems.
Where do you think that video footage of the Columbine shooters walking around inside the school came from??
That was 15 years ago, and cameras have gotten much cheaper and more widespread since then.
Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals
I wish them the best of luck in sales to the good people of Luxembourg, Ireland, and small carribean islands. I'm sure their total revenues after dropping the costly US market will improve tremendously.
Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"
People who watch no news of any kind, are more informed about current events than viewers of Fox News. For sure you can expect certain kinds of distortion for left and right wing biases from every station, but Fox News takes viewers several steps beyond political slant, to full on fabrications that suit their storyline.
Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation
Nobody is stealing 500 euro bills, because normal people don't carry them. If you stole them from a bank, any attempt to spend those bills would get way too much attention. It also follows then that any attempt to pass off counterfeit bills that are huge values, will also get a lot of extra scrutiny, which is not productive. There are more $20 counterfeit bills in active circulation than $100 bills.
That leaves criminals with really only one reason to use the extra large bills, laundering & transferring money. Now, where does the money that needs to be laundered come from? This conversation is entirely about cracking down on drugs, gambling & prostitution.
Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct
IT companies like Microsoft? You've just described the exact password policy that the largest software company in the world uses to enforce a "strong password", under the guises of best practices. I don't know why you blame the end user, when the manufacturer is the one perpetuating this system through documentation, training certifications, and the operating system itself.
But all that aside, those passwords are plenty good enough. Any system that allows an attacker to brute force passwords, especially online, has a design problem. It would take an idiot to build a system that allows 1000 password guesses per second without a timeout. Guess wrong 5 times, and you get locked out for 10 minutes, and a warning email sent. Suddenly you've increased the brute force time to thousands of years, and the target is aware. This is basic stuff, and just about any dictionary word is safe.
Ever increasing complexity is an unnecessary solution. Password breaches are not being done through brute force, there's no real reason to make brute force harder.
ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
It must be some magical coincidence that civilizations with better mineral resources, better weather patterns and better access to domesticated animals & crops for centuries of development time, are now in a better position globally. Or you could falsely attribute it to "cultural superiority", and assume that you are by extension, racially superior. However, please note that a lot of people will call you a racist. You are essentially saying there are no geographic differences between different places in the world, that thousands of years of history are meaningless, and that everything boils down to the type of music you listen to. I suspect you've been called racist many many times.
Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine
Exactly. Who would ever think that Russia is seizing a warm water port but is ok with having zero access to it? Surely no world leader is surprised.
Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine
Would Russia invade if Ukraine still had their nukes? Will any other nuclear country disarm in the future given this scenario?
In the end, a treaty is just words on paper. Russia clearly isn't honoring the treaty so it goes to line 6:
"The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will consult in the event a situation arises which raises a question concerning these commitments."
Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
Here you go:
Academic journal with the title "Higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior"
This shows some of the other social experiments conducted on the topic of wealth and entitlement: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb...
It appears to be using rigorous methodology along with peer review to reach what could be considered the scientific conclusion: in a capitalist society, the rich are more likely to cheat.
Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data
Do you think waitstaff have great credit scores? Most don't even have bank accounts, much less any way to get credit cards. That's not exactly the most lucrative job to target for identity theft.
Aliens and the Fermi Paradox
Another way of looking at it, is to use aggregate outcomes, rather than a raw species count. We have one planet with life, and have thus far evolved one lifeform capable of spaceflight. Our knowledge thus far is to say that 100% of planets with life on them have produced space travel. And of course you can't forget that humans are very aggressive. We've exterminated thousands of other species, why would you assume that we didn't eliminate intelligent competitors in pre-history? There is quite a bit of discussion over the idea of humans destroying neanderthals, a different intelligent species that even had a larger brain than humans, and perhaps could have evolved into space travel themselves.
Ultimately, life keeps evolving. We are fairly certain that dolphins & whales were originally born from the ocean... then they evolved to live on land... and then evolved back to living in the water. They evolved to filled a gap, a habitable environment in the ocean, while other species evolved to fill the gaps on the land, and use the available resources on land. Tool & fire use opens up more environments to live in. We have multiple examples of species that use tools to a lesser degree, such as chimpanzees. It seems inevitable, given the right environment, that eventually a species will branch off and master tools.
Life is life is life. It evolves. We won't get SETI signals from an ocean planet, almost certainly. But all the evidence shows that life will evolve into tool-makers given the right land-water ratio.
As for dolphin speech, pods use about 50 different whistles to communicate with each other identifying both their surroundings and themselves, and to coordinate pack hunting in some instances. There is definitely some level of content. Does that count as complex information, and intelligence? Thats why I said it's open to debate.
EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability
He had weapons inspectors in his country from 1991 onwards, for the express purpose of finding and removing said WMD's. In 1995 he acknowledged hiding some manufacturing that happened before 1990. While he may have acted in various ways to obstruct the weapons inspectors mission, at no point after 1991 did he claim to still have those weapons.
According to this story, you have fallen victim to govt propaganda and are blindly believing the politicians:
FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists
However, the disenfranchising of African Americans by creating another protected political class is going to hurt the DNC in the long run.
Huh? How do immigrants take away black votes? A larger voting population reduces everyone elses voting power equally.
And how on earth do you figure that immigrants, legal or otherwise, are part of a "protected" class? Are you saying the group that is nearly always defined by referencing lower than minimum wages and rampant victimization from fear of calling the police will be treated like bankers and the very wealthy in the future? Or am I using a different definition of "protected political class"?
The new influx of workers that will compete for low paying jobs is really going to hurt the African American community pretty hard.
Did you forget something- those workers are already here, and sometimes get paid less than minimum wage. Giving immigrants the same wage protections means that citizens will be able to compete on equal footing without being undercut. This helps low wage workers. If you were talking about H1-B's, that would be a different story.
Aliens and the Fermi Paradox
See, the fact that we are highly mutated primates does not imply that all primates would eventually get there, unless the mutation is *required* for survival. And clearly, it hasn't been. For any species. Even our own. We were just lucky.
That's not really an accurate portrayal of evolution. Homo sapiens are the "most fit to survive" in a huge variety of environments on the planet, entirely because of our intelligence and tools that we've created. Dolphins and elephants are very intelligent, demonstrating a number of traits that we once thought were exclusive to humans, such as speech, future planning, and mourning the dead. Living in the ocean is a big handicap for dolphins when it comes to tool use and fire, yet they have evolved intelligence and (arguably) speech as a way to enhance their survival rate.
Opposable thumbs gave us a gigantic head-start in tool creation, and environmental control. But its really just a head-start, nothing more than that.
The Spy In Our Living Room
This is the entire point of parallel construction. They can't or won't reveal how they are monitoring you secretly. Instead they can claim that you were acting suspicious based on something else you've done which has nominally taken place in some kind of public space. Then they get a warrant based on that, and "find" the threats you are making, and charge you with that too.
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