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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

jratcliffe 7 Year Old, Not Seventh Grader (203 comments)

"One Mandarin speaker rates Zuckerberg's language skills at a seventh grader's speech:"

The linked article is headlined "Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin Like a Seven Year Old." Significant difference between seven years old and a seventh grader.

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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

jratcliffe Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

You're right, that's definitely a better example.

3 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

jratcliffe Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

In order for entrapment by estoppel to take place, then the entrapee needs to know that the person is a government agent, and be told that the conduct won't be prosecuted. As an example, if you're at a red light, and a traffic cop waves you forward through the intersection, and you proceed, only to be ticketed for running a red light, that's entrapment by estoppel (i.e. you were instructed by a law enforcement officer, who you knew to be one, to break the law, and then prosecuted anyway). That's a subset of entrapment, however.

Entrapment can still occur even if the "entrapee" doesn't know/believe that the person doing the entrapping is a government agent. Look at Jacobson v. US. The Supreme Court overturned a man's conviction for receiving child porn, as the evidence indicated that he wouldn't have ordered the material, had it not been for repeated efforts by undercover agents to get him to do so. The key element here is predisposition to commit the crime - if a person wouldn't have been inclined to do something, absent the agents' efforts, it constitutes entrapment. There's no requirement for an entrapment defense that the person know that the persons pressuring him are gov't agents. Quite the contrary.

3 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

jratcliffe Re:Goal Should Be Zero Revenue (396 comments)

I do think the goal should be zero revenue, since if everybody's following the speed limit and not running red lights, then there's no revenue (i.e. the deterrence has been successful).

I agree on the "different pot." At the very least, the companies that provide the cameras shouldn't be compensated on a revenue share arrangement - it creates all the wrong incentives. I can see why cities go for it ("We get the cameras, but don't have to pay for them out of pocket? Great!"), but that's no excuse.

3 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

jratcliffe Goal Should Be Zero Revenue (396 comments)

I'm a big fan of both red light and speed cameras, so long as it's clear that the goal, and the only goal, is to improve traffic safety by getting people to abide by speed limits* and obey traffic lights. The ideal scenario would be one in which the cameras generated zero revenue at all, because everybody was following the law.

*I'll be the first to say that speed limits on highways are too low, I'm talking about areas where cars have to share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists.

3 days ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

jratcliffe Re:In time (164 comments)

Or, they could just look them up in the Index File...if they had an Index File.

3 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

jratcliffe Re:Largest in service, not largest ever built (273 comments)

I was looking at the Wiki page, which had the Maersk EEE (i.e. the Majestic, the Mary, the Marie, etc.) at 18270 TEU, with the next biggest (the most recent of CMA CGM's Explorer class) at 16020. So, 14% bigger. The Maersk single E class is at 15500 TEU.

4 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

jratcliffe Re:Largest in service, not largest ever built (273 comments)

Agreed. They are substantially higher capacity (14% more containers) than the biggest container ships, but they're not some sort of order of magnitude improvement.

4 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

jratcliffe Re:Wait a minute (273 comments)

Well, you CAN, but when some Danish guy shows up, hands you a package, and demands you drive it to its destination, don't complain to me.

4 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

jratcliffe Largest in service, not largest ever built (273 comments)

The Maersk E class is the largest currently in service, and the largest container ships ever built, but they're definitely not the largest ships ever built. On either length, or gross tonnage, there have been a number of tankers which are quite a bit bigger, although none are still in service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

4 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

jratcliffe Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (158 comments)

1. Their autopilot does look great, but it's quite a way from actually self-driving. Personally, I'd be worried about getting one of those systems - get used to it, and the next time I travel and rent a car, I'd then proceed to rear-end somebody on the highway! Certainly not Telsa's fault, not sure if I trust myself enough. :)

2. Got it, reread your post, and realize what you meant. At least as much my misreading as your misphrasing.

about a week ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

jratcliffe Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (158 comments)

1. Any car can be self-driving. SUCCESSFULLY self-driving is something entirely different. Does the Telsa have the full suite of sensors (including LIDAR) that the Google self-driving vehicles have?

2. The new "autopilot" feature will NOT be available on the existing base - it's just for cars being built now and in the future:

"Every single Model S now rolling out of the factory includes a forward radar, 12 long range ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds, a forward looking camera, and a high precision, digitally controlled electric assist braking system."

http://www.teslamotors.com/blo...

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jratcliffe Re:Prison population (407 comments)

84.222% of made up statistics have excessive numbers of significant figures.

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jratcliffe Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Probably part of it - legalized abortion also likely played a role. Changes in policing also likely played a role. As with most things, multifactor.

http://www.economist.com/blogs...

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

jratcliffe Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Except that the rich spend much less of their income on stuff other than groceries/rent/mortgage than the poor and middle class. Making those exclusions helps the poor, but still shifts the burden toward middle class and lower-income households.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

jratcliffe Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (139 comments)

Understood, but what I'm saying is that, if you're a Comcast customer, you don't _need_ to subscribe to a full TV package to get HBO.

In Seattle, Internet Plus will get you 50Mbps Internet, plus the broadcast channels (aka Limited Basic), plus HBO, for $45/month. Rises to $65/month in the second year. 25Mbps service is $5/month less.

http://www.comcast.com/interne...

about a week ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

jratcliffe What the Pool System Actually Is (111 comments)

Just to be clear, it's not as if all the reporters on the White House beat run all their work through the White House press office. This story is talking about material produced by the "pool." These are low-impact, run of the mill stories (President met with Cub Scouts, talked about importance of youth exercise, etc.) where it would be silly to have every news outlet cover them with their own reporter. So, the journalists on the White House beat rotate through the pool, one person (maybe this week it's the reporter from the Chicago Tribune) writes the story about the Cub Scout meeting, and it gets distributed to all the outlets. Essentially, it's a mini version of the Associated Press.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

jratcliffe Re:This act ... (232 comments)

I really doubt it, given that Charter is the one SELLING the system to Comcast.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

jratcliffe Re:In short... (232 comments)

and from the article,

  - City Manager can ignore council vote.

  - Comcast would appeal license denial and apparently would likely win it (why exactly?)

So really, the 'peoples' voice in all this is essentially irrelevant. Why does this sound wholly, unAmerican?

The law allows the city to block a license transfer (that's what's happening here) only if the city can make the case that the transferee (Comcast) doesn't have the capability or resources to run the system. In other words, if Charter wanted to transfer the license to Bob's Cable Hut and Bait Shop, which had total financial resources of $83 in a checking account and had only Bob as an employee, the transfer could be blocked. While people may not LIKE Comcast, there's no doubt that they are fully capable of running a cable system, and have sufficient financial resources to do so.

about a week ago

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