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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

ShanghaiBill Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (291 comments)

Can they have their legs back when they get to Mars?

Going to Mars is dumb. It is cold and sterile. Once we get out of this gravity well, why do we want to go into another? If we want an off planet colony, we should build O'Neill Cylinders in Earth orbit, and then use them to construct a Dyson Sphere.

10 hours ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

ShanghaiBill Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (291 comments)

Send amputees missing their legs. Legs are dead weight in space. You can maneuver in zero G with just your arms.

13 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

ShanghaiBill Re:Good riddance. (373 comments)

Does the law also ban books or stories about underage sex acts?

No, I don't think so. According to Wikipedia, UK child porn laws only ban indecent images of children under 18, where "image" can apparently be a drawing, as well as a photo. A book or story without images is not illegal. But IANAL.

yesterday
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

ShanghaiBill Free Market Solution (281 comments)

There is a simple free market solution to long queues: raise the price.

yesterday
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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

ShanghaiBill Re:Or gamblers are masochists. (57 comments)

You only remember the good times when you won, and you erase the bad times when you lost.

Casinos make every effort to enhance this delusion. When you win, the lights flash and the bells ring. When you lose, you lose in silence. In a large casino, you can hear the sounds of someone winning almost constantly.

2 days ago
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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

ShanghaiBill Re:Regulation or Legislation? (57 comments)

So there would be an expectation that the client should be treated more leniently?

No, more harshly. If it is part of his nature, then he will be less responsive to rehabilitation, and more likely to be recidivist, so the only alternative is to lock-em-up.

2 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

ShanghaiBill Re:In theory (124 comments)

Bullshit. Self taught programmers have huge holes in their knowledge that they don't even know they have.

That depends on how good they were at self-teaching. If you just dive in and start coding, there will be plenty of holes because you don't learn the theory behind the code. But if, in addition to the coding, you also read a few CS textbooks from cover to cover, you will be fine.

My experience is that many self-taught programmers lack understanding of theoretical things like finite automata, data normalization, complexity theory, program correctness, data structure design, etc. But it is much easier to teach that stuff to a bright kid, than it is to get productive programming out of someone that went to college for four years without learning it.

2 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

ShanghaiBill Re: I don't follow (360 comments)

artist types who couldn't construct a proper double-blind study to save their souls.

Some studies have been done. However, I found none that even considered Helvetica as one of the options. So far I have seen no data to support the assertion that Helvetica is "most readable" or "most legible".

A Comparison of Popular Online Fonts
What Size and Type of Font Should I Use on My Website?
Another Comparison of Popular Online Fonts

2 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

ShanghaiBill Re: I don't follow (360 comments)

Installed Yosemite on a mid-2010 27" iMac yesterday - a 4, nearly 4.5 year old system. Running great

I haven't installed Yosemite yet, but Mavericks runs just fine on a 2007 MacBook.

2 days ago
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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

ShanghaiBill Re:"fun" (121 comments)

Companies like google are succeeding on pure scale.

Thanks for explaining why those billionaires are so dumb.

2 days ago
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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

ShanghaiBill Re:"fun" (121 comments)

I actually think this was far more effective than all this targeted advertising we've got now.

Exactly. Sure, companies like Google have made a few hundred billion dollars with targeted ads, but, hey, what do they know?

2 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

ShanghaiBill Re:Fission is Dead (215 comments)

What the hell is with the random prepper "saying"? How the fuck does that relate to the rest of TFS?

It was a segue between the claim that we need to do things "smartly", and the inane Pollyanna gibberish that followed.

3 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

ShanghaiBill Re:Fission is Dead (215 comments)

What exactly is "the public"?

It means the American voters, because many Americans think that only America matters. Fission reactors are unpopular in America. They are also unpopular in Japan, Germany, Britain, and other countries. But there are also plenty of countries where nukes have public support, including France, China, India, Russia, etc. Fission power is far from dead.

3 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

ShanghaiBill Re: Prison population (407 comments)

Heroin deaths per capita today are twice what they were at the height of the heroin "epidemic" in the 70s.

"Per-capita use" is a poor way to estimate the crime generated by a drug. You also have to consider the price of the drug, and today heroin is very cheap. So junkies don't have to commit many crimes to support their habit. The reason for the drop in heroin prices was the US invasion of Afghanistan, which ended the Taliban's efforts to suppress production of the drug, which they considered un-Islamic.

3 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

ShanghaiBill Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (155 comments)

Oh, wait, people aren't supposed to keep cars that long any more.

Cars don't last like they used to. I have seen several 100 year old Ford Model-Ts. I have never seen a 100 year old Tesla.

3 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

ShanghaiBill Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Or could that be due to other factors?

Indeed. Crime rates fell in states that implemented harsh prison sentences, but it also fell in states that did not. It fell slightly more in the "lock-em-up" states, but not near enough to justify the costs.

Other factors:
1. Reduction of environmental lead. This is more strongly correlated with falling crime than any other factor.
2. Abortion. The case for this was laid out well in Freakonomics.
3. Better security, and less stuff to steal. Today, cameras are everywhere, alarm systems are much more common, and most people don't have as much to steal. People carry credit cards instead of cash, modern electronics has very little resale value, and nobody uses real silver silverware anymore.
4. Video games. Young men in their prime crime years spend billions of hours playing video games, leaving far less time on the street getting in trouble.

3 days ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

ShanghaiBill Re:The one area where patents have reasonable term (130 comments)

pharmaceuticals are the one area where the duration of patents is about right to offset the massive delays and costs of development

With some simple reforms, the delays and costs could be massively reduced. Some of the testing phases could be combined or eliminated. Computer simulations could be used for some early phases. The US could accept more testing done overseas, as long as appropriate protocols are followed. And there could be harsh financial sanctions on bureaucrats that let applications sit in their inbox while patients are dying.

4 days ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

ShanghaiBill Re:freedoms f----d (130 comments)

State-guaranteed monopolies don't encourage innovation, they encourage rent-seeking.

Those are not mutually exclusive. If innovation enables you to extract rents, then of course that will encourage innovation.

4 days ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

ShanghaiBill Re:freedoms f----d (130 comments)

So if a country deregulates absurd and life threatening over-regulations, Merck, Pfizer, GSK etc sue the country/taxpayers ?

You are begging the question. If the regulations are "absurd and life threatening", then of course you are right. But are they? Nearly all governments, and most people, believe that patents encourage innovation by ensuring that innovators can profit from their investment of time and resources. You may disagree with that, and you may be right that patents, in their current form, are unnecessary for innovation. But you should not just hand wave away such a broadly held belief by simply labeling it "absurd". You aren't going to win the argument without addressing the issues.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

ShanghaiBill Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

I'm not fantasizing.

Yes you are. There is plenty of evidence that the American frontier was no where near as violent as portrayed in Hollywood, and was probably less violent than modern American cities. Most people led boring lives on remote homesteads where the most exciting activity was gathering enough cow chips to cook the evening meal.

4 days ago

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