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  • Quote:"They will use this software on juvenile delinquents, using a series of variables to determine the potential for these people to commit another crime. Depending on this probability, they will put them under specific re-education programs. Deepak Advani—vice president of predictive analytics at IBM—says the system gives "reliable projections" so governments can take "action in real time" to "prevent criminal activities?"

    // I disagree. Predictive software data can be an important tool in understanding how the educate a young person in a way that avoids destructive behavior. It's not a abridgment of a person's civil rights to say he's in a category of people likely to steal, we should way to avoid this anymroe than it is wrong to say "this person is likely to get diabetes, we need to educate him to avoid this with special diets." Children aren't fully developed, it's okay to guide the development, or else everything we know about parenting and education is wrong.

  • Quote:"So how bad could 2010 get for the Democrats? Let me say upfront that I tend to agree with analysts who argue that if we move into a "V"-shaped recovery and President Obama's job approval improves, Democratic losses could be limited to twenty or twenty-five seats.

    // The economy lacks any real catalyst for a sharp upturn. Right now, the economy is recovering because all of the misallocated capital has hit bottom and it's no longer getting misallocated. There's no superfluous housing construction. No idiotic loans. No bleeding, basically. But there's nothing there to make things get better. All the schackles we put on businesses are still there. Remove some shackles? Yeah, we'll come out faster. But right now, even though the economy is adding jobs, there is some ridiculous competition for those jobs from people getting back into the mix from a long hiatus. Voters are going to frustrated. I think 50 seats to the GOP is likely.

  • Quote:"Still, the acquisition could pose concerns for privacy advocates, who could argue that too much private information will soon become part of the public domain.

    // Public tweets made public means less privacy. Uh…..

  • Quote:"That law bars the procedure at and after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the assertion that fetuses can feel pain at that point. The other requires women be screened before having abortions for mental health issues and other risk factors indicating if they might have problems afterward.

    A national abortion rights group already appeared to be girding for a legal challenge, calling the ban at or after 20 weeks "flatly unconstitutional."

    // I wonder how SCOTUS will rule. Kennedy might buy the new pain rationale. Might.

    (tags: abortion law life)
  • // What a neanderthal.
  • Quote:"Particularly dubious are the standard rules for creating and protecting website passwords, Herley found. For example, users are admonished to change passwords regularly, but redoing them is not an effective preventive step against online infiltration unless the cyber attacker (or evil colleague) who steals your sign-in sequence waits to employ it until after you’ve switched to a new one, Herley wrote. That’s about as likely as a crook lifting a house key and then waiting until the lock is changed before sticking it in the door.
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