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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Bazman Re:You have your own brick wall (1050 comments)

Of course it "helped". Its a "theatrical placebo". The more theatrical the placebo, the stronger the effect. Trials have shown that sticking pins in the accepted "acupuncture points" is as effective as sticking them any old place. So all the mumbo-jumbo about "chi" energies is just that.

Surely if it "helped tremendously" you wouldn't be still going after ten years. And TCM was invented by Chairman Mao anyway

about a week ago

Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Bazman Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1050 comments)

Anyone who has bad reactions to vaccines should be *promoting* the use of vaccines (alongside research into how to predict/prevent bad reactions). Then if you can't be vaccinated because of bad reactions, you benefit from herd immunity and the decreased amount of disease floating around that might kill you because you can't be vaccinated.

about a week ago

Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

Bazman Re: Why does this seem fishy? (178 comments)

One day someone will try to return a faulty printer to a company that insist they print the return label...

about 2 months ago

How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Bazman Re:What is the guy saying here??? (97 comments)

It'll be Java on the server to replace the PHP on the server. Nobody writes Java applets any more. If they do it will be the end - do Java applets even run on phones? I've not seen one (by which I mean a "You need a Java Applet Plugin" placeholder) for years.

I just take issue at the "Most Importantly". How is that most important? Because the end-user shouldn't care. The only people to whom its most important are the Java devs getting the gig. I suspect the PHP devs getting their final wages might be a bit upset. But then again, maybe Y! don't bother maintaining the code and retaining any PHP expertise.

about 3 months ago

High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bazman Potential Darwin Award Winner (600 comments)

The best publicity for this gun would be for the designer to program it for someone else, then load it, point it at his own head and pull the trigger. Several times. Live. On television. Then give it to the guy it's programmed for and get him to shoot (at a target).

about 3 months ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Bazman Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

You mean:

Computer, sudo end program.

about 4 months ago

Correcting Killer Architecture

Bazman Re:Hipsters. (98 comments)

The problem with concrete is that it doesn't get enough love and attention, and dirty concrete does look terrible. Maybe in countries with less grime and rain its less of a problem than in the UK. Good clean concrete architecture is amazing though. Why do so many modern buildings hide their concrete and steel behind a skin of brick?

Anyway, get a load of F**k Yeah Brutalism for the best of it. Although a lot of it doesn't exist any more.


about 4 months ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Bazman Re:It's not that much (442 comments)

Why watch one per year when you can cram that into 23 days or less if you watch via some ad-free on-demand service. 200 hours?

No kid is going to wait a week to see an old episode of a show...

about 4 months ago

NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

Bazman Re:Brandon Marshall (107 comments)

I can't hear the phrase "wide receiver" without thinking of goatse...

about 5 months ago

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Bazman Re:Have you seen Gedit lately? (402 comments)

A Pedant Writes: A learning curve is a plot of amount of stuff learnt on the y-axis against time on the x-axis. A steep learning curve means you learn quickly. I avoid using "steep learning curve" which I know in common usage is often taken to mean the opposite of its original meaning and use "slow learning curve", since "slow learning" is less ambiguous, hopefully..

You'll thank me later.

about 5 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Bazman New version of an old saying... (381 comments)

Even a watch with a sticker on it saying "You have unread emails and new tweets" is right several times a day.

about 5 months ago

Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

Bazman Re:And another question (144 comments)

I do wonder what Bobby Charlton could have done with a modern ball considering he did this with a ball made of inch-thick cowhide with a concrete core that absorbed half its weight in water on a typical English match day.

about 5 months ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Bazman Re:Just 15 minutes? (333 comments)

Actually the PR does say they started with college students and then found some older people to play with, so ignore me.

about 6 months ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Bazman Re:Just 15 minutes? (333 comments)

A university press release, so my money is on the participants being any student wandering round campus who saw the sign offering $5 for doing experiments in the Psychology Dept. Not biased at all.

Press release says the research is coming out in Science today so can check later.

about 6 months ago

Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

Bazman Re:Question... -- ? (215 comments)

Any other way? How about this way:

rm ./-f

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Bazman Re:Acceptable battery life (427 comments)

It means you have to take a charger with you if there's any chance you might not be spending the night in your own bed when you go out... Of course that won't happen because you're wearing a nerdy watch.

about 6 months ago

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Bazman Progress (268 comments)

He's suing the editors, the people who wrote the stuff. A few years back, people would have sued wikipedia for showing the page, the hosting company for hosting the page, the company that maintain the DNS record for WIkipedia and Dell (or whoever) for running the site on their servers.

Not really news.

about 6 months ago

US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

Bazman Re:Do they accept (232 comments)

Expected riposte from bitcoinfanbois insisting that bitcoin is a form of cash in 3...2..1..

about 6 months ago

The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

Bazman Fix (121 comments)

Headphones. Or dummy jack-plugs.

about 6 months ago


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Bazman Bazman writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I suspected this all along. I've been doing data analysis of tropical disease data for quite some time - meningitis in Africa, loaloa in Cameroon, and most recently lymphatic filariasis in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin.

And then last week I discover where the money comes from. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They pay the tropical medicine researchers, and the tropical medicine researchers pay me to do the statistics.

But the joke is on Bill, because I only use Free Software - R running under Linux. Reports are written in LaTeX.

Of course this doesn't go down well with my anarchist-inclined friends. Especially when I told one of them that I had a meeting with the tropical medicine people and some guys from the World Bank next week...

Next entry in a years time, no doubt.


Bazman Bazman writes  |  more than 12 years ago

so today is the day of my sea otter movie
  premiere. i'm up until 1.30am writing the
  voice-over script. get up at 7.30am and sort out
  the microphone. Record the parts to my Akai
  digital recorder, and then have to muck with the
  soundcard drivers to get the digital input
  working. I was expecting this sort of trouble,
  and it didn't take long to sort it out. Chopped
  up all the audio and put it in its proper place
  on the Premiere timeline. Grrreat. Adjust a few
  levels here and there and its ready to mix down
  onto my camera.

Once its on the DV tape in the camera, its over
to the TV and the VCR to make a VHS copy. Hello,
that doesn't sound right. There's something wrong
with the audio at the start of the film. Rats. I
check the Premiere project and there's a section
of wav file out of place. Delete. Fixed. Sorted.
I mix down to the camera again.

Then its over to the TV. its 12:30, the transfer
to VHS takes 30 minutes, I'll be out of the house
and on my way to the 3pm showing no problem. I
switch the camera on. Low Battery. I plug the
mains in. Low battery. I try my monster great
fully charged 10 hour battery. Low battery. I
take the batteries out, wander round the house
for a minute, try again. Low battery. The camera
will do nothing except display Low Battery.

This is the final process in getting the finished
film ready. And I'm stuck, totally. Despair hits.
Obscenities fly at nobody in particular. Then I
have an idea. I pack the camera and the tapes into
my bag and run into town to the camera shop where
I bought the camera. I tell them my story. The
man tries my camera with a fresh battery and
it says 'Low Battery'. He takes it for repair,
and offers to make a VHS copy from my DV tape. I
have to come back in an hour.

  Its funny having an hour in which you're in a
tense deadline situation but there's nothing you
can do. I walk back home and try to relax on the
couch. I also search for the receipt for the
camera, and find it in my desk draw.

  After an hour, I pack everything I need onto my
bike and speed back to the camera shop. The film
is being transferred on a machine in full view in
the shop, and some customers are watching! I
wander into town and sit by the fountain for ten
minutes, relaxing again. Nothing I can do.

  Back to the shop, and pick up the tape. Its now
2.25. I speed onto campus and arrive at 2:45, just
in time. At 3pm there's a few Biology students and
some friends in the room to watch the film. They
all seem to like it, and four of us go and have
a coffee in the coffee bar afterwards. I think
they liked it. They certainly liked the otters.



Bazman Bazman writes  |  more than 12 years ago So at least on Saturday I got a fair bit of editing done on my sea otter film - even did a cheesy animated line-over-map thing showing the float plane going from Cordova to the camp, with a silhoutte float plane over the top. Niiiice.

Then saturday night to the pub. The Bobbin was chocka-full of goths.

Then on sunday decide to install my new hard drives. Nightmare. Windows decided that my paging file wasnt big enough. Or wasnt there. But logged me straight out without giving me a chance to fix it. Aargh. Two reinstalls later I got a semblance of a working system back and then had to fix all the device drivers. I've not checked that my soundcards are working yet, I'm just grateful to have video back.

And a power failure on Saturday means lots of machines here at work are screaming. Aaaaaargh....

I dont like Mondays, tell me why, I dont like Mondays...


Bazman Bazman writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Friday. Working at 8.40, and about to leave. At least
today I'll get home before 11. Working hard for a
deadline next week to get some web-based reporting
of food poisoning cases done. I've found a great
web-based free GIS 'mapserver' (google for it) and
thats saved a lot of work and made it all possible.
Now I just have to get the data into it.

Every day we are sent updated data by email which gets
filtered by procmail, gunzipped, un-pgped, and stuffed
into a Postgres database table. Then the idea is that
every midnight or so a job gets the data out of the
table, matches up the postcodes (like zip-codes) with
the small area-based units we use (census tracts of a
sort) and computes incidences over space and time.
Then all this data has to go into a Dbase .dbf file
cos thats what the GIS uses.

So not only am I building a GIS, doing stats analyses
with R (www.r-project.org), I'm also writing code for
R to write out dbf files. Hence the late nights.

And I'm making a documentary about sea otters that has
to be done in a couple of weeks. Aaaaah.

So its Friday, but I dont think I'm going to have a
restful weekend somehow.

  Happiness to all of you.



Bazman Bazman writes  |  more than 12 years ago Ah, I've got moderator points again. Now I have to pay for all those great comments I write on slashdot. Dang.

So, I'm going to whore myself. If you've got comments you want modded up, send $1 to me and I'll use all my moderator points on you whenever I get mod access.

Nothing much else happening today....


Bazman Bazman writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well well well. Here I am, reading stuff on slashdot when I see someone has a journal entry. When did slashdot become 'blogs for nerds'?

  today I have mostly been thinking about playing football.

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