top Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
Population level surveillance is nothing to do with socialism or capitalism.
It's a tool that can be used by either - generally by the powerful against the majority. In 'true socialism' (which is impossible and more of a theoretical ideal) then there'd be no surveillance as there'd be no powerful group.
top NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi
So surely that means that they have to pay them at completion. Y'know... basic contract law.
They'd have to have a pretty crappy 'contract' to be able to ask their contractors to suddenly stop working it.
top Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?
I agree with this one. This series would be in my top five of all time.
top Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little
Dogs seem pretty smart to me.
Have every care need met, and just lie around licking one's balls all day long - sounds like a good gig!
about a month and a half ago
top Music Training's Cognitive Benefits Could Help "At-Risk" Students
So the kids that were dedicated enough to do two years of music training went on to university did they?
Who would have thought?
about a month and a half ago
top DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
When you speed up a car, damage on impact is exponential, not linear.
Sorry to be a pedant, but it's velocity squared, not exponential.
top Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common
Seriously - they needed surveillance to figure out that workers were happier and more productive when they had some shared sense of purpose?
What next - needing surveillance to figure out people are bothered by random loud buzzing noises?
top Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War
I hope the local police / government doesn't give in to this intimidation. What's next?
top Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?
It is about economic growth because when you place restraints like this on the market, there are real economic consequences.
In real terms (PPP), for the vast majority of the population, there has been no economic growth in the west since the 80s. All the economic benefits since then have accrued only to the wealthy elite.
So the current system is clearly failing - it is not delivering benefit to society.
top Rigging Up Baby
One can argue that these devices have little use other than helping parents sleep, knowing they'd be alarmed if something happens. Even if that's the case, trust me, it is money well spent. As a new parent, there are a ton of things that you'll be concerned about and this just helps easy your mind.
Paediatricians don't recommend the use of these devices. They haven't been shown to decrease the risk of anything. They tend to produce false alarms, causing a hell of a lot of parent anxiety, and which may contribute to post-natal depression (which has got a well established link to infant death).
top EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal
The busybodies in our government have no problem throwing the poor under the bus to achieve some feel-good goal so they can go home to their mansions at night and feel good about themselves. They're hurting real people.
All this rule changes is the efficiency for NEW wood burning stoves. It doesn't make them even cost any more. It just means they run more efficiently and put out less smoke. Pre-existing stoves don't need to be pulled out or anything.
So for the rural poor that means less cost for heating (or work of chopping wood if you prefer), and less lung disease, for really no increased cost.
Can't see that as a bad thing.
top Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other
I wish I could get this rule to work with my 2 and 4 kids. Even better don't touch anything! and don't talk either!
Good luck enforcing that one.
top Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App
"Feel good about buying Apple products, because we're helping you stick it to the man."
Cool! So that's an open invitation to jailbreak their devices and develop a secondary resale market for itunes purchases then?
Why would apple want
anyone to stick it to the man?
top Mars Orbiter Spies Comet ISON
Is a series of sequel movies to deep impact -- featuring Mars!
All the graphics, none of the emotional impact.
top Microsoft Investors Call For Bill Gates To Step Down As Chairman
"I see you are trying to ruin the company, would you like help with that" - FTFY
top Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week
No permission slip would make any difference to being sued.
top Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve
You can't transmit information with quantum entanglement.
It's like this - you have one very long coin which stretches between one place and another.
At some point you toss it, and it lands either heads up or down. At the other location you try to toss it, but it's already landed, so you see the result.
You don't know at which point in time the other end has been tossed, just that the two results are the same in the end, so it can't be used for communication.
top Naps Nurture Growing Brains
Now how about some research on actually persuading your child to have a nap, rather than a protracted battle of wills that gets everyone on edge.
Naps are great when they happen, but all parties must be willing
top How Long Can the ISS Last?
Deorbit delta V is zero if you wait a while.
top Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
Why is the shin - the area of the body the most likely to get bashed into things - not protected by a fat pad? And why does it have such a poor blood supply?
Why do hips - which bear the weight of the whole body - have a 90 degree bend in them? What's with the appendix? Why have testis outside the body, where they can be bashed easily Why do the ovaries not have a complete covering? (deadly ectopic pregnancies) Why is the appendix there at all?
That's just a few working bottom up. I could go on.
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