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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

swamp_ig Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (838 comments)

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.

about a week ago

NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi

swamp_ig Hasn't the contract been awarded? (139 comments)

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.

about three weeks ago

Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

swamp_ig Re:Second recommendation (267 comments)

I agree with this one. This series would be in my top five of all time.

about a month ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

swamp_ig Re:Great news (269 comments)

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

Music Training's Cognitive Benefits Could Help "At-Risk" Students

swamp_ig Selection Bias (58 comments)

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

DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

swamp_ig Re:Official Vehicles (261 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

swamp_ig They needed surveillance? (195 comments)

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?

about 4 months ago

Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

swamp_ig I wonder what their grannies think. (120 comments)

I hope the local police / government doesn't give in to this intimidation. What's next?

about 7 months ago

Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

swamp_ig Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Rigging Up Baby

swamp_ig Re:What happens when the App crashes? (117 comments)

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).

about a year ago

EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

swamp_ig Re:Horrible for the rural poor (1143 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

swamp_ig Re:All I can say to that is... (336 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App

swamp_ig Re:I wonder.... (196 comments)

"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?

1 year,20 days

Mars Orbiter Spies Comet ISON

swamp_ig Now all we need... (41 comments)

Is a series of sequel movies to deep impact -- featuring Mars!

All the graphics, none of the emotional impact.

1 year,21 days

Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

swamp_ig Re:well (375 comments)

No permission slip would make any difference to being sued.

1 year,24 days

Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

swamp_ig Re:I do not understand why this is a story (740 comments)

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.

1 year,29 days

Naps Nurture Growing Brains

swamp_ig Yeh good luck with that (39 comments)

That's interesting.

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

about a year ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

swamp_ig Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

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.

about a year ago



Steve Jobs gets new Liver

swamp_ig swamp_ig writes  |  more than 5 years ago

swamp_ig (466489) writes "Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. since January to treat an undisclosed medical condition, received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago. The chief executive has been recovering well and is expected to return to work on schedule later this month, though he may work part-time initially."


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