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"Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

Wycliffe Re:Selection bias? (111 comments)

Was selection bias accounted for?

If advanced ambulances are sent to the really horrific problems and basic ambulances to the basic problems then a result like "more people die near the advanced ambulances" is going to a consequence of the selection not the service. This conclusion could (in the lack of understanding that makes up the large majority of politicians) result in more harm being done to the general welfare instead of current levels of good.

There seems to be an additional selection bias implied by the article. It appears they are only counting live bodies that make it to the hospital.
ALS should be able to get more borderline patients to the hospital which later die while with BLS they are more likely to be declared dead either
at the scene or before they reach the hospital and therefore not counted towards that number.

3 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Wycliffe Re:Here we go again (495 comments)

This isn't true. If you send out the same CV with a male or a female name on it, the male name will get more interest, with a higher average salary.

I think it depends on the job. People hold stereotypes and biases. For nurse, nanny, chef, doctor, housekeeper, waitstaff, painter, etc.. I doubt this hold.
Yes, some of those are lower paying but not all. For a housekeeper I much prefer a woman. We were once looking for a programmer who could
telecomute and I got openly laughed at for suggesting trying to find a stay at home mom. The assumption was that those type of people didn't
program. Although that assumption obviously isn't true, that's the bias. Likewise if you have a moving company and need to hire a lumper you're
going to be naturally biased against women. It's a catch 22 as the best way to reduce those biases (where they are unnatural) is to get more
people of the opposite sex into that profession. We've largely succeeded in the medical doctor field but even there I've heard women getting
insulted when someone mistakenly thinks they are a nurse instead. Some professions (firefighting, lumping, and I would argue programming) are
naturally biased against women and we can't do much about that.

4 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Wycliffe Re:Here we go again (495 comments)

For example, a lot of well paying jobs are found through networking.

Not sure where you live but here on planet earth most women are way better at networking than men are.
You completely lost any and all credibility when you tried to imply that men are better at networking.
On a somewhat related note, I've noticed more and more women moving into sales as it pays
better than average and they get to use many of the skills they are good at like networking.
Women are also becoming doctors more and more frequently, as again, this is a good paying job that
utilizes alot of their natural skills. Women exceed men in college degrees now and have almost
caught up as medical doctors: http://kff.org/other/state-ind...
Programming is not one of those professions so tech companies are fighting an uphill battle.
It would be far better to spend that time/effort encouraging women to go into the medical field
and other high paying jobs where their natural skills like nurturing (and networking) can be advantageous.

4 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

Wycliffe Re:So is it two or ten times tougher? (202 comments)

One is in base 10, the other in base 2.

Which bases have you given the numbers of the bases in?

base bases are always in base 10.

5 days ago
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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

Wycliffe Re:We will never have "real" AI (68 comments)

Artificial bars. The requirement is simple, have a computer that thinks like a human.

Even that bar is way too high for current technology. Give me an AI that can outthink a rat.
You can put a pair of glasses on a rat connected to a webcam and a rat can easily find
food. Put that same webcam on a rc car and no AI in the world is even close to being
able to compete. Based on current technology it would probably be easier to train a rat
to drive the rc car to find food than it would be to train a computer.
That's my definition of intelligence. Something that can accurately navigate in the real world
and learn. We're not remotely close.
The only good news is that once we master the "rat" then it would probably be trivial to
ramp up it's intelligence where it can read and then easily pass the turing test.
Let's work on getting a computerized rat before we bother with trying to get human level
intelligence as you need the first before you can have the later.

about a week ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Wycliffe Re:Here we go again (495 comments)

If these things didn't exist, a business would be foolish to NOT hire women, since they cost less than men on salary alone.

Businesses are NOT not hiring women. The practice of paying men (or breadwinners) more for the same job is a thing of the past.
If a man and a woman apply to the SAME job with the SAME qualifications then they get paid the SAME. There is actually a little
bit of data showing that a woman actually get paid MORE all else being the same. The problem is that there are far fewer women
that want certain type of jobs. You can attempt to change personal preferences but should we really care if people are freely
choosing their careers and some people chose careers that pay more while others choose careers that pay less?

about a week ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Wycliffe Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

The Fix: Buy good Chocolate!

From what I've heard, that's actually part of the problem, not the fix.
High end chocolate uses ALOT more actual cocoa beans than cheap chocolate.
Cheap milk chocolate is 15% or less cocoa where high end chocolate can be 50% or more.

From what I've seen is that the big issue is that the farmers are not getting paid nearly enough.

Right now, Cocoa sells for approx $2800/ton and in my opinion it should be closer to $10,000 - $20,000 / ton.

This is actually the real solution, cheap cocoa is the problem. The solution will be that prices will rise
to compensate until there is an equilibrium. If this becomes a significant problem then chocolate will probably go
the way of other things like maple syrup, vanilla, and honey where cost sensitive places will switch to artificial or
diluted alternatives while people who are willing to pay the price can still get the good stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

Wycliffe Re:A cost equation (203 comments)

My guess is that the article provides part of the answer. The need to have scaffolding (and employees) anyways
to do repairs and other tasks so you already have the sunk cost of the scaffolding so the robot would have to be
considerably cheaper or be able to use the existing scaffolding.

As that glass is extremely think and presumable durable, I personally don't understand why a cheap roomba
outfitted with pressure washer (and something to catch the water) couldn't do the job.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Wycliffe Re:Lol. (698 comments)

I was thinking the same thing. When I was a kid, setting off blackcats (firecrackers) in the bathroom
was not unheard of. This makes that even more appealing.
My biggest problem with these type of systems is that the cost/reward is so lopsided. There is
so much more effective ways of saving lives than trying to protect yourself from a 1 in a million event.
Children are way way more likely to be injured by their parents at home than they are by a school shooting.
A tornado or a fire is probably also way more likely to injure a kid at school than a school shooting.
There have to be better things to spend money on than expensive equipment that based on probabilities
will likely never be used.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Wycliffe Re:Legalities (301 comments)

As an aside, we probably already have similiar laws on the books. I'm pretty sure you can't just download
and listen to every private 911 call. You have to have a legitimate reason to want to access them.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Wycliffe Re:Legalities (301 comments)

I think the key is that you shouldn't be able to request access to the recording unless you personally were involved
and/or there is a court order. A police's bodycam should be like video surveillance video. A nosy reporter (or a youtuber)
shouldn't be able to just request hours of footage without a legitimate link just as a reporter can't force walmart to
release their surveillance videos. It should be archived and relatively easy to get to for interested parties but not
the general public. A compromise might be a small screen public viewing room that doesn't allow recording devices
where someone could watch the tapes and then once they find what they are looking for then do an official request
for that section of the video along with what they are going to do with it.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

Wycliffe Re:IANL (268 comments)

That's kindof my point. "gnome desktop" and "gnome pos" would both be your "desktop environment" aka "GUI"
It's pretty hard to argue that a graphical POS doesn't fit the definition of a GUI. It's graphical and it's the user's interface.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

Wycliffe Re:Let lawyers do it free, in exchange for % damag (268 comments)

It seems that there is a clear-cut case for GNOME, that should guarantee victory.

In what way is it "clear-cut"? Their trademark registration does not involve goods and services that involve either tablets or PoS systems.

Gnome's trademark is for "software for creating and managing a computer desktop" which a PoS definitely is.
Gnome's trademark is also for "software for use as a GUI" which again clearly describes a PoS.
A PoS is definitely a GUI, a rather simplistic one but definitely a gui. The fact that gnome also runs on multiple tablets
and has also been previously deployed as a PoS should only strengthen their case. It seems very clear-cut to me.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

Wycliffe Re:IANL (268 comments)

I'm not a lawyer, but a POS and a desktop environment don't seem like overlapping categories for Trademark purposes.

How do you figure? They are both the frontend GUI, window manager, and most visible portion of the environment.
If you asked an uninformed newbie what OS they were running on either system the most likely answer would be "gnome"
though neither "gnome desktop" nor "gnome PoS" are operating systems when a normal thinks of an operating system
they think of the window and gui management system. Yes, gnome is a full fledged desktop environment but that's like
saying I can market bottled water under the name "coca cola" because water isn't a soda. They are both still beverages.
Likewise, "gnome Pos" and "gnome desktop" are both "frontend gui and window managers for the underlying OS"

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

Wycliffe Re:Huh? (268 comments)

Unless Gnome is selling PoS systems, how would this infringe their trademark?

I agree that if it was in a different domain they might not have a very strong case but a PoS is basically a simplified
GUI so I think there is a very strong case that there could be potential confusion between a computer running gnome desktop
and a computer running gnome PoS. I have no idea why groupon would want that confusion unless they think they
can steal some of gnome desktop's reputation.

about two weeks ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

Wycliffe Re:Uh, simple (246 comments)

There should be at least three well-tested working backups for everything thats needed: water, food, housing, etc...

I would start by creating self contained units that can survive equally well in the sahara, antartica, and underwater with minimal* air exchange with
the outside. Salt water, cold, and sand are notoriously hard on equipment and if a single type of unit can survive in all 3 environments then they
might have a fighting chance. My guess is we have very little that can survive 80 years in any of those 3 environments without repair materials
being sent and I don't see mars being self sufficient for a very long time.

* the only reason I say minimal is that there is no reason even on mars that you couldn't do outgassing or ingassing of needed or unneeded
gases. It doesn't have to be 100% self contained if there is some way to regulate correctly the amount of different gases in the environment.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

Wycliffe Re:jury (200 comments)

Loopholes are only the tip of the iceburg. Even if you attempted to remove all the loopholes, you would still
be sunk as a large multinational basically has the ability to write it's own loopholes. It also has other tricks
that individuals don't have like telling random country X that they will move 30million dollars to their country
if they give them below market taxes. Walmart and factories do this all the time where they will get 5 years
where they don't have to pay any sales tax for building a new store. Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc... are
just doing it on the national instead of the local level. The only way I see of fixing this (instead of playing
whack a mole) is to tax them based on sales and employment in the countries. i.e. if starbucks is selling
their coffee in the USA (which they obviously are) then their profits have to be in the USA too and to do this
you need to either figure out a way to treat all the shell companies that places like starbucks create as a
single entity or tax them in a way that shell companies don't create an advantage.

about three weeks ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

Wycliffe Re:$50+, really? Can I get $50 for my copy? (107 comments)

What are people buying these for? Is it just because of the history?

Yes.

I still don't get it. So a company made a bad call and dumped inventory. In this case it
was to a landfill presumably so they wouldn't flood the market and bring down cartridge prices.
Also, from the looks of the titles, there were a lot of titles. My guess this is a pretty common
practice. Microsoft wants full shelves of their latest OS at best buy so they ship a bunch of
units, cost to them is basically nothing. The ones that don't sell get sent back and destroyed.
It would be against their best interest to sell them for pennies and dilute the market.
What is so special about atari doing it when everyone does it?

about three weeks ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

Wycliffe Re:$50+, really? Can I get $50 for my copy? (107 comments)

Strangely, there are lots of those now bidding in the $200+ range. I was going to post that there is no way they would
ever get their excavation costs back but I might be wrong. What are people buying these for? I also have a large box
of working atari games. You can buy large lots on ebay or at garage sales for next to nothing. Why the
premium? Is it just because of the history?

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Wycliffe Re:I don't believe it (236 comments)

How is it that Microsoft marketing can screw things up so consistently?

It's not microsoft's fault. If they want greater adoption, donate them to the schools. If they want
greater publicity, donate them to newscasters (which is what they did). The problem is that if
you give 100s of devices away then yes more people will use them but people will still use other
devices too unless you actually ban all other devices. There are two photos. How many photos
are there of just the surface or just an ipad? You're never going to get 100% of people to like and
use your product. Yes, it looks bad, but with the popularity of the ipad it was bound to happen
a few times where they are caught in the same room with someone using one and not the other.

about three weeks ago

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