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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

joss Re:Prison population (406 comments)

Leaded petrol has a high correlation with crime rate too.

The nice thing about the abortion correlation theory is that it pissed off both the left and the right.

Saying that we should reduce the number of children born by unmarried mothers and this will bring the crime rates down is something that excites the right and pisses off politically correct lefties.

Saying that a good way of doing that is legalising abortion excites the left and pisses off the right

3 days ago

Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

joss Re:At Odds (445 comments)

> "Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200+ people.

Doesn't seem at odds to me.

People who act impulsively for their own immediate gratification are more likely to get divorced than those who plan stuff intricately and have the combined social pressure of all their friends and relatives acting on them. Well, knock me down with a feather.

about a week ago

The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

joss Re:Government gun regulation is useless (651 comments)

Selective use of data can convince you of anything if you desperately want to be convinced of that (which is why climate change is still a debate)

So, for example
UK firearm deaths (per 100,000 of population): 0.25
US: 10.30

ie, you're 40 times more likely to get killed by a gun in the US than in UK, but sure.. believe what you like.

about three weeks ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

joss Re:US is... (540 comments)

No, its not ironic. One misplaced hyphen does not invalidate his point.

about a month ago

UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

joss Re:Partial consistency is... inconsistency! (198 comments)

Consistency is easy when there is a single non-distributed database. That's not always possible and even if when it is possible its not always desirable because it is an inherent bottleneck. I agree many many companies pretend that they're facebook and end up with NoSQL for stupid reasons (hey, if my website ends up with a 100,000,000 active users then a single db won't cut it...) but there are situations where availability is more important than consistency. Funnily enough, one of them is banking.

about a month ago

UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

joss Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

> How could these not be important for banking is beyond me.

It's not that they're not important, its just that they are not the *most* important thing. Banks care about making money for themselves more than they care about anything else:

about a month ago

With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

joss Re:Might not be as profitable as they think (322 comments)

> That is the nature of competition.

In a situation with dozen's or hundreds of competitors it is, but without government enforcement cartels develop naturally and quickly (unless one company thinks it can bankrupt the others and become a monopoly). It's far more likely Nicaragua and Panama will come to an agreement.

about 2 months ago

Autodesk Unveils 3d Printer As It Aims To Become Industry's Android

joss misleading (85 comments)

> uses a laser to harden liquid plastic

ie the tech that i was writing software for 20 years ago..

> you can load in any material you want.

well, sure, it just won't make anything. I mean you *could* load the machine with fucking coca cola if you wanted, but its not going to give you a part.

To actually make something you need a photosensitive resin with very precise material properties. Back in the day that stuff cost $300/litre .. i'm sure its come down a bit, but the i'll bet ya good stuff still aint cheap

about 5 months ago

Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

joss worse than physicists (426 comments)

> By assuming that the process of memory is non-lossy

What a fucking strange way to start. Memories are recursive, really old memor s you don't directly remember, you remember remembering.

about 5 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

joss Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

Yeah, he has a AlthoughYouShouldHaveAlreadyRealizedThatExceptionFactory

about 6 months ago

70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

joss Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

> But never give control of the printing press to politicians.

The current system gives a ton of control to politicians. Modern states are pretty much never constrained from doing what they want to do for lack of money. When's the last time you heard them say: no we can't go to war, it will cost too much ? As well as allowing them to spend money however they want, the current system allows them to *not* do the stuff whenever they don't really want to (eg when it would only benefit a group with no political power such as single parents or the disabled) by claiming its too expensive.

If the government invented the money instead of the bankers that would eliminate the need for taxation which would get rid of the main excuse for the government to keep tabs on everybody and everything. The IRS would disappear completely for instance. I strongly recommend . I did a couple of years of economics at university but this was a real eye-opener.

about 7 months ago

The Science of Solitary Confinement

joss Re:isn't it also used by request (326 comments)

> this lenient justice system

Now there's a statement. If the US justice system is lenient, can you point me at one that is not ?

The US incarcaration rate is 750/100000, in western europe its 100/100000.

The US jails a larger proportion of its population than sizeable nation ever. In that respect it's the least free country in the course of human history due to its extraordinarily non-lenient justice system.

about 8 months ago

Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

joss Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Anyone can sue for anything but having a strong case is another thing. People's religious beliefs can include any random nonsense and no business could operate if it had to pander to whatever people can think of. You make the responsibilities clear at the start then if they take the job they are agreeing to do the work. If a muslim got a a job in a pork processing plant then claimed his religious beliefs prevented him from handling pigs, well.. get another job.

about 8 months ago

Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

joss Re:Asymetrical warfare (147 comments)

Most of what you say I agree with but:

> A good bit of the code is actually somewhat amateurish

Citation needed. Or, to put it less politely, are you out of your fucking mind ? Stuxnet is the most advanced piece of malware ever discovered, and it worked. I don't believe you have access to the original source code so, can you justify this comment in any way ?

about 8 months ago

LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

joss Re:How many others? (148 comments)

So, you believe the NSA hardly ever fucks up. Fascinating, and who told you this exactly ?

about 8 months ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

joss Re:jscript (505 comments)

> NodeJS is an attempt to get cheaper backend programmers because everyone has extra front end developers lying around for projects. The problem is that most front end developers I know don't know shit about big data or working on real problems. Their biggest fear is if a button is pretty and the popup works in IE8 and the latest jQuery UI.

No, it really isn't and nobody with any experience of it believes that. It's for when performance requirements are such that you want to control your own threading rather than letting the operating system do it for you. It's more like programming in assembly than in a high level language and as such requires a much higher level of knowledge on behalf of the server side programmers than something relatively straightforward like java let alone python or php.

Just for the record, I was a c++ programmer for 15 years an EJB (curse its fucking name) programmer for 6 years, and have been doing a lot of front end javascript stuff for 6 years plus some node.js for the last 2 years. I just delivered the server end of a project which deals with more data than youtube ( ). Get off your fucking high horse about front end web development. Big data is a fucking walk in the park compared to delivering a decent user experience on web platforms.

I'm not here to praise node.js: many environments have pitfalls, but node.js greases the sides, put stakes at the bottom and threw down a bunch of venomous snakes just to be on the safe side. Plus, you're working in a language where
[1, 2] + [3,4] === '1,23,4'

However, having said all that, it has its place, its just not where you think it is.

about 9 months ago


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