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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

digitrev Thrilling Stuff (276 comments)

Thrilling, but can we get literally any information from a source? I know, I know, no one reads the article, but still. This isn't an Ask Slashdot nor is it an interview, so some sort of article would be nice.

about three weeks ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

digitrev Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

This only holds if every other variable has been controlled for. I think it's time for a thought experiment.

Let's say that the government of Ontario is interested in reducing health care costs. They have a hypothesis if there are more smokers, there will be more people diagnosed with lung cancer. So they look at the data and find that, while the number of smokers in the province has been decreasing steadily, the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer has been increasing. According to your logic, that means that the number of smokers does not cause an increase in the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer. But what if what actually happened is that people started getting tested more frequently for lung cancer, or that there was an improvement in the tests that detect lung cancer, so the numbers were going to rise anyway? Unless you control for other variables, it's really hard to make a judgment call.

Now, in the hypothetical situation where you only have X (gun control) and Y (violent crime rates) changing, and there are no Z (population), W (economy), A (political climate), D (weather), F (wealth disparity), P (inflation), Q (gun availability in nearby states), or T (number of police in the neighbourhood) factors fluctuating to complicate things, then, and only then, can you say that X and Y are in fact negatively correlated, and that an increase in X does not cause an increase in Y.

The point I'm getting at is that things are more complicated than the simple independent-dependent model that you seem to be pushing.

about 3 months ago

Lit Motors, Danny Kim, and Changing How Americans Drive

digitrev Re:These work some of the time, cars all the time (144 comments)

I actually like this comment, because it brings up one of the major idiosyncrasies of how we buy cars. Specifically, we buy cars that meet all of our needs, as opposed to buying cars that meet our most frequent needs, and we can only really afford one vehicle per driver.

Consider my household growing up (I know, I know, plural of anecdote is not data, but this is just an example). Growing up we always had two vehicles - one minivan, and one smaller sedan. This was mostly fine - my dad took the car to work, and my mom had the van for driving the kids around, doing groceries, etc... The sedan got much more use, and the van mostly stayed in the driveway, except when it needed to be used for something a sedan can't handle. But when my mom went back to work, the van had to be used for the daily commute. And this eats gas like crazy. You shouldn't be driving a minivan with only one person in it, but because we couldn't afford a third car (a sedan to get my mom to and from work) and because we still needed the minivan for groceries & family trips, a huge amount of gas gets wasted hauling one person around.

about 6 months ago

The Science of Solitary Confinement

digitrev Re:isn't it used on violent prisoners? (326 comments)

However we're talking about people who have been judged by a jury of their peers.

No we're not. We're talking about people who may have been judged by a jury of their peers. They also may have accepted a plea bargain.

about 7 months ago

Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

digitrev Becquerels of particles (157 comments)

Becquerels of particles? Really? That's like saying (obligatory car analogy incoming) joules of cars. A becquerel is a measure of activity - each litre gives off 2.3e8 electrons per second. While this is a problem, this is a nonsensical way to talk about it. What's that law again? The one that says that "every news article in your field of expertise is utter garbage". I'm pretty sure it holds here.

about 7 months ago

UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

digitrev Re:correlation (225 comments)

"and who have proactively signed up to receive the motivational messages". Read the freaking summary at least, dude.

about 7 months ago

U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants

digitrev Re:"leading a coalition"? (329 comments)

Yeah, that definitely struck me as some spectacular American Exceptionalism double-think there.

about 10 months ago

Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

digitrev Re:What ? (786 comments)

Toyota has more than one plant in 6 different countries - 4 in Brazil, 3 in Canada, 2 in Colombia, 15 in Japan, 4 in Thailand, and 6 in the USA. Looking at the ratio of population:plant, Japan obviously has the most favourable one (about 8.5 million people in Japan for each plant), and then it goes Canada (11.7 million), Thailand (16.5 million), Colombia (23.6 million), Brazil (50.3 million), and trailing the pack is the USA, with 52.8 million people of population per one Toyota plant.

When Toyota says that they chose Canada over the US because of health care reasons, I'm heavily inclined to believe them. After all, with its larger population, surely the US has a higher number of highly skilled technicians to work for Toyota. But instead, they chose to add another plant to Canada. I'll leave you to reconcile the facts with your rhetoric.

about a year ago

Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

digitrev Re:vs gasoline cars (388 comments)

Best post of the day.

about a year ago

Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

digitrev Re:Hormone therapy? (784 comments)

As opposed to the USA, where the only people benefit are the rich and the healthy.

1 year,23 days

Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

digitrev Re:MSRP of $62,400 Though? (452 comments)

To be fair, cars tend to last a touch longer in the (southern) USA than they do in Canada. Something to do with them not needing rust-causing salt on their roads 4 months out of the year. Some rough data from last year suggests that they get about 25% more out of their cars than we do.

about a year ago

Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction

digitrev Re:False Flag (509 comments)

And now having re-read the article, I realize that this man is patently insane. Primarily because he blames Apple for driving sex shops out of business.

about a year ago

Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction

digitrev False Flag (509 comments)

Normally, I'm not this paranoid, but this reads like a false flag operation by some religious group looking to get filters installed by default. At the very least, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they're helping fund this insane lawsuit.

about a year ago

The Turbo Entabulator: A 3D-printed Mechanical Computer

digitrev Re:Quickly! (83 comments)

One of your slobs in Sector 7G.

about a year ago

UC Berkeley Group Working On Creating Inexpensive 3-D Printer Materials

digitrev Re:Non Fantastic (66 comments)

Better yet, I love how "cermanic and concrete" are somehow natural because they're made of natural materials. As if they're somehow more natural than plastic. I am reminded of Abstruse Goose.

about a year ago



CEO Threatens to Law Off Employees if Obama Wins

digitrev digitrev writes  |  about 2 years ago

digitrev (989335) writes "From Gawker: "Huge mansion. Huge fortune. Profitable company. What could David Siegal have to complain about? Well, the demonization of the 1% by Barack Obama, for one thing. This truly amazing email went out to all Westgate employees yesterday.""
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G8 Pushes ACTA Completion By End of 2008

digitrev digitrev writes  |  more than 6 years ago

digitrev writes "Michael Geist has an short blog post regarding ACTA, and the wish to pass it by the end of the year, which has been discussed here previously. From Canada's G8 site:

We encourage the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and seek to complete the negotiation by the end of this year.


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RIAA Demands Radio Royalties

digitrev digitrev writes  |  more than 6 years ago

digitrev writes "Wired has an article regarding the RIAA's latest foray into procuring royalty payments from the radio industry. From the article

On Monday, the recording industry sent the National Association of Broadcasters — the trade group representing the $16 billion a year AM-FM broadcasting business — a can of herring to underscore that it believes its arguments against paying royalties are a red herring. The NAB says its members should not pay royalties because AM-FM radio "promotes" the music industry.
musicFIRST, another industry group, sent the NAB four different songs, "Take the Money and Run" by the Steve Miller Band; "Pay me My Money Down" by Bruce Springsteen; "Back In the U.S.S.R" by Paul McCartney and "A Change Would Do You Good" by Sheryl Crow.

It's also worth noting the 6 year old Onion story. Yet another sad case of reality imitating fiction."

Canadian DMCA Tabled in House of Commons

digitrev digitrev writes  |  more than 6 years ago

digitrev writes "Michael Geist has an article summarizing the major issues with Bill C-61, or as Geist is calling it, the Canadian DMCA. According to him, this is even worse than the American DMCA, as it "promotes a strategy of locking down content and launching lawsuits against Internet users." From the article:

As expected, Prentice has provided a series of attention-grabbing provisions to consumers including time shifting, private copying of music (transfering a song to your iPod), and format shifting (changing format from analog to digital). These are good provisions that did not exist in the delayed December bill. However, check the fine print since the rules are subject to a host of strict limitations and, more importantly, undermined by the digital lock provisions. The effect of the digital lock provisions is to render these rights virtually meaningless in the digital environment because anything that is locked down (ie. copy-controlled CD, no-copy mandate on a digital television broadcast) cannot be copied. As for every day activities like transferring a DVD to your iPod — those are infringing too. Indeed, the law makes it an infringement to circumvent the locks for these purposes.

LA Pirates could lose Property

digitrev digitrev writes  |  more than 6 years ago

digitrev writes "Wired has news telling us that LA has passed an ordinance declaring detrimental to public health. From the article

The county retains the right to shutter a property for up to a year for violating ordinance 13.90.010 and also gives local authorities the right to bring a civil action to "temporarily restrain, preliminarily enjoin, and/or permanently enjoin the person or persons intentionally conducting, or knowingly maintaining or permitting the public nuisance from further conducting, maintaining, or permitting such a public nuisance."

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