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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

i kan reed Re:It'd be nice... (234 comments)

I didn't say that. I meant to imply that their reasons for opposing it would be specious. But since you're the second person to post that they were confused about that, the fault was clearly mine in being a bad communicator.

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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

i kan reed Marketplaces also sorta tend towards monopolies (108 comments)

Every marketer and customer gets some easy benefit from a single marketplace to go with the most customers(for marketers) or marketers(for customers), maximizing the competitiveness of their respective markets. In the physical world, this naturalmonopoly is mitigated more than a little by the utility of physical proximity.

It's a bit like how social networks are successful because that's where all your friends are, but more complex since it involves multiple kinds of participants.

Amazon has filled that role online, particularly for books. And that advantage is can be leveraged for quite a premium. I'm not sure I see a nice clean solution to the problem either.

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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

i kan reed Re:OK Another one (84 comments)

But, of course, we don't know that the density of the planet is comparable to earth.

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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

i kan reed Re:Crowding Out Effect (100 comments)

Yeah, but we know from relatively basic studies of economics, (varying) on the exact elasticity of demand, that any sort of sane monopoly tends to price somewhere in the range of double to triple what a competitive market would.

Not the fantastical 20x you just proposed.

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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

i kan reed Re:OK Another one (84 comments)

Yeah, actually let's figure out the moon or mars first. Hell, Venus is probably an easier technological challenge.

yesterday
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

i kan reed Re:Time to travel 11 light years (84 comments)

Hypothetically, fusion powered Hall ion engines might be able to manage something within an order of magnitude of that, I think.

But of course, we'd need a lightweight fusion reactor that produces electricity without a boiler. Such a thing has been proposed as possible, but it's definitely not available yet.

yesterday
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

i kan reed Re:OK Another one (84 comments)

5.4 earth masses puts it at about 1/3rd of a Neptune or a tiny fraction of a Jupiter or a Saturn.

It might even have a thin enough atmosphere to not completely crush a human.

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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

i kan reed Re:Crowding Out Effect (100 comments)

It comes from the fallacious belief that non-government created monopolies leveraging their position will face competitors who can "do it for less". The truth is that infrastructure just isn't that conducive to competition. Who'd want 3 different water/sewer systems connected to their house?

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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

i kan reed Re:It'd be nice... (234 comments)

I'm aware of your hostility to being called assholes. That's totally and completely reasonable, unlike your proposed political system.

yesterday
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

i kan reed Re:This Just In! (100 comments)

There is only one reason for the government to step in: make it easier for smaller ISPs to start shop. I'd love to start a small ISP in my area, but it is practically impossible.

Given a few common, yet unproven, assumptions about how markets operate. ISPs operate a lot like utilities in terms of fundamental market behaviors, and the prevalence of natural monopolies. Organizing the structure of the market to allow smaller competitors, to me, is one way a government could help. Not the only way.

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Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

i kan reed "Carefully targetted" (69 comments)

Somehow, I think I'll be seeing bullshit products on infomercials that are "proven" to enhance memory that won't actually do anything besides "be magnets that cost $100".(5 easy payments of $19.99)

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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

i kan reed Re:It'd be nice... (234 comments)

This is a metric I had not seen nor considered before. I suppose due consideration is called for.

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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

i kan reed Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (113 comments)

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to suggest I wasn't sympathetic with your plight. Sorry. Busywork does actually suck. Just that a bit of physical labor as part of my work day wouldn't be unwelcome.

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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

i kan reed Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (113 comments)

No, I'm pretty well compensated for my time, and I'm salaried. It's just stodgy and traditionalist comes with the sector I'm in.

yesterday
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

i kan reed Re:Anecdotal verification (113 comments)

Tell us more about your strategy.

Was it drink coffee, set 20 minute alarm, nap, jump to work like in the story?

Or was it a small variation?

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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

i kan reed Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (113 comments)

I don't know if most of us got into tech to avoid manual labor. I personally got in it because I like the idea of solving problems, rather than taking care of them for a short while.

I'd appreciate more physical activity at work, 40 hours a week of physical idleness(on top of sleeping) is not what the human body evolved for.

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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

i kan reed Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (234 comments)

Sort of, yes.

No person shall [...] be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;

In this case, freedom to travel could be considered a relatively benign liberty (undeniably granted freely to the majority of the population, thus its denial requires due process).

This is one of those cases where the 5th plays nicely with the (non-bill of rights) protection against bills of attainder that prevent the government from targeting individuals for punishment.

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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

i kan reed Re:I'm confused....it was a late night last night, (234 comments)

Oh, sorry, that first sentence was written from the perspective of the TSA, in order to satirize. I could see how you might confuse that as my own opinion. Tonal slip-up. Sorry.

yesterday

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Human altruism has early roots

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  2 days ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "According to Hillary Clinton, "it takes a village to raise a child".
And new research suggests that it's exactly this attitude that created an evolutionary push towards higher cooperative functions within our species, such as language and altruism. One of the earliest evolutionary distinctions between the apes that became humans and our nearest relatives, chimpanzees, is the apparent evolution of cooperative breeding. The term cooperative breeding is defined as

the caring for infants not just by the mother, but also by other members of the family and sometimes even unrelated adults

The team's research found

a close linear correlation between the degree to which a species engages in cooperative breeding and the likelihood that members of the group would help fellow animals get the food treat.

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Would a boycott of dice.com help?

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 7 months ago

Dice holdings gets most of its money through its main website, and the employees they can provide. Would it help convince them we're serious if we boycott this site next time we need a job?

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