California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews
Libel, slander, harassment, yes. But not yelling fire in a crowded theatre. That was used to justify censorship of war critics.
Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars
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.
America 'Has Become a War Zone'
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.
Lit Motors, Danny Kim, and Changing How Americans Drive
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.
The Science of Solitary Confinement
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.
Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks
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.
UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs
"and who have proactively signed up to receive the motivational messages". Read the freaking summary at least, dude.
Is Bruce Schneier Leaving His Job At BT?
Betteridge's law of headlines strongly suggests no.
Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion
I believe the appropriate colloquialism is "Whoosh!".
U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants
Yeah, that definitely struck me as some spectacular American Exceptionalism double-think there.
Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?
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.
Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?
Best post of the day.
What Works In Education: Scientific Evidence Gets Ignored
Well, I never met a math exercise I wouldn't at least try.
Here you go.
NSA Cracked Into Encrypted UN Video Conferences
The Tuskegee syphilis experiment.
Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman
As opposed to the USA, where the only people benefit are the rich and the healthy.
Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment
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.
Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction
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.
Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction
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.
The Turbo Entabulator: A 3D-printed Mechanical Computer
One of your slobs in Sector 7G.
UC Berkeley Group Working On Creating Inexpensive 3-D Printer Materials
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.
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