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Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data

Bueller_007 Re:Bad news for ecologists--new license needed (136 comments)

Release all the papers when you release the data.

Not going to happen. You need to publish during the data collection period in order to continue getting the funding you need for data collection.

Few replication attempts are doing exactly the same thing as the original paper, for good reason.

Right, but replication of the experiment is the EXACT reason that we're making the data available. If you want to use the data for something else, that's fine, but if it's data that the original author is still using, then you should contact them about it first.

A partial solution, I think, is for a group such as yours to pre-plan the data use already when collecting it. So you decide from start to publish a subset of that data early and publish papers based on that. Then publish another subset for further results and so on.

Again, this is not realistic in the overwhelming majority of cases. One of the benefits of long-term studies are the unexpected findings. Imagine that I've been collecting data on a population of lemmings over the last 20 years. It seems to me that the lemmings have been getting smaller since I first started capturing them, so one day I decide to regress body size on year and I discover that the lemmings have indeed been shrinking, and I can show that it is probably linked to changes in vegetation driven by climate change. I shouldn't have to give away my entire 20-year data set (which I had been collecting for a different purpose) for anybody to use for any purpose in order for me to get this one study out in a timely fashion.

Besides, many researchers are already dealing with data sets that are >50 years old, and your "plan to release the data before you start collecting the data" suggestion is moot for those people with inherited data sets.

But what we really need is for data to be fully citeable.

Getting your data cited is not NEARLY the same as publishing. Not even close. To get academic positions, pay increases, grants, etc., you need authorship. No one really cares about how often your paper or your data has been cited. That info isn't even on your CV or your grant applications, so no one will even have a rough idea unless it's a particularly preeminent paper.

about 2 months ago
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Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data

Bueller_007 Bad news for ecologists--new license needed (136 comments)

This is bad news for ecologists and others with long-term data sets. Some of these data sets require decades of time and millions of dollars to produce, and the primary investigators want to use the data they've generated for multiple projects. Current data licensing for PLOS ONE (and--as far as I know-- all others who insist on complete data archiving) means that when you publish your data set, it is out there for anyone to use for free for any purpose that they wish; not just for verification of the paper in question. There are plenty of scientists out there who poach free online data sets and mine them for additional findings.

Requiring full accessibility of data makes many people reticent to publish in such a journal, because it means giving away the data they were planning on using for future publications. A scientist's publication list is linked not only to their job opportunities and their pay grade, but also to the funding that they can get for future grants. And of course those grants are linked to continuing the funding of the long-term project that produced the data in the first place.

What is needed is a new licensing model for published data that says "anyone is free to use these data to replicate the results of the current study, however it CANNOT be used as a basis for new analyses without written consent of the primary investigator of this paper or until [XX] years after publication." Journals would also need to agree that they would not accept any publications based on data that was used without consent.

It seems to me that this arrangement would satisfy the need to get data out into the public domain while respecting the scientists who produced it in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Bueller_007 Major companies worth less (257 comments)

To give you an idea of how ridiculously overpriced WhatsApp is (and Facebook as well), here's a selection of major American companies with a market cap less than what Facebook paid for WhatsApp.

Retail:
Macy’s
Gap
Bed Bath & Beyond
Tiffany & Co.
Ralph Lauren
Staples
Avon

Tech:
LinkedIn
Netflix
Xerox
Nvidia

Travel:
Marriott International
MGM Resorts
Hertz
Delta Air Lines
United Airlines
American Airlines
Southwest Airlines

Food:
Chipotle
Hershey’s
J. M. Smucker
Campbell Soup
Tyson Foods
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Monster Beverage
Molson Coors Brewing

Other:
Harley-Davidson
Mattel
Whirlpool
Western Union
H&R Block
McGraw-Hill
News Corp
The Carlyle Group

about 2 months ago
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Dialing Back the Alarm On Climate Change

Bueller_007 Right wing not to be trusted on IPCC leaks (490 comments)

The author of this article, Matt Ridley, is a known climate change denialist and of course the Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch and therefore operates under the same umbrella as Fox News.

Supposed leaks from the IPCC document have already been mischaracterized in the right-wing media. See, for example, Phil Plait's demolition of them here:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/09/10/climate_change_sea_ice_global_cooling_and_other_nonsense.html

Or if you prefer your demolition in video format:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH5D9P6KYfY

I have no reason to trust the right-wing's interpretation of the IPCC document before it is officially announced and I can check it for myself. Why don't you try WAITING for it to be released before you start spreading this very likely BS.

about 7 months ago
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Teens Share Passwords As a Form of Intimacy

Bueller_007 Advice for teens (533 comments)

Share fluids, not passwords.

more than 2 years ago
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Spider Silk Cape Goes On Display

Bueller_007 Washington Monument (96 comments)

Not many people know it, but the apex of the Washington Monument is made of aluminum. At the time, it was the largest piece ever crafted anywhere in the world and it was a precious metal. Only two years later, aluminum became completely worthless when the Hallâ"Héroult process for mass production of pure aluminum was discovered.

more than 2 years ago
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New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

Bueller_007 Re:Dr. Roy Spencer... (954 comments)

Eat shit, faggoot.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out, Now With IndexedDB and Tabs On Titlebar

Bueller_007 Re:Still busted (537 comments)

64-bit Flash ~is~ better than 32-bit because it's also the only build that's optimized to use the GPU rather than the CPU as part of the "Square" pre-release. But don't let your ignorance prevent you from commenting. Fucknugget.

more than 3 years ago
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The Chicken May Have Come Before the Egg

Bueller_007 Useless Editors... Again... (341 comments)

The link provided in the summary is to http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cookie_setting_error.html. Are you shitting me? I mean, come on. Don't "editors" actually bother to click on the links?

The link to the abstract of the article is here: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123506601/abstract

It reads:

Growing a good egg: Metadynamics simulations show that the eggshell protein ovocleidin-17 induces the formation of calcite crystals from amorphous calcium carbonate nanoparticles. Multiple spontaneous crystallization and amorphization events were simulated; these simulations suggest a catalytic cycle that explains the role of ovocleidin-17 in the first stages of eggshell formation (the picture shows one intermediate of this cycle).

And for what it's worth, this article is completely irrelevant to the question at hand, and the egg came well, well before the chicken.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

Bueller_007 Re:Good, let them (1238 comments)

"That'll give my child that much bigger of an advantage in about 15 years when she's applying for jobs."

Not if she's an American child, it won't. Texas is far and away the largest orderer of textbooks in America, so textbook makers cater to their standards. If Texas doesn't want it in the textbooks, it will largely be cut out of textbooks nationwide.

more than 3 years ago
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Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Below the Gulf's Surface

Bueller_007 Re:Some Good News (483 comments)

Oh, thank goodness. They found a method of containing the leak that actually allows them to continue collecting the oil.

I was very worried that all the precious oil might just go to waste.

more than 3 years ago
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Beaver Dam Visible From Space

Bueller_007 Re:Fox thinks pretty highly of those beavers (286 comments)

From the Vancouver Sun: "[Park spokesman Mike Keizer] suspects the beavers have been working on it for some time, in part because it is overgrown with vegetation and progressive satellite images from as far back as the 1970s show it expanding year after year."

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Receiving Gestapo Treatment?

Bueller_007 Re:Godwinned already (667 comments)

"greengrocer's apostrophe" -> "greengrocers' apostrophe" Fixed that for you, moron.

more than 3 years ago
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The 9 Most Tested Lab Animals

Bueller_007 Title is wrong (235 comments)

These are not the nine most tested lab animals, as they admit on the first page. It's a list of "some of the animals that stand in for humans in medical research", and it excludes mice for god's sake. How could anyone who read this list think that it represents "the most tested lab animals" if it doesn't include mice or rats? There aren't even any fish on the list.

The list is:
1) Fruit flies
2) Moths
3) Frogs
4) Naked mole rats
5) Prairie voles
6) Rabbits
7) Beagles
8) Pigs
9) Monkeys

more than 4 years ago
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One In 100 Carry Mutation For Heart Disease

Bueller_007 Re:Misleading headline, as usual. (203 comments)

Yup. Pretty bad. Especially if you read the title or the abstract of the article in Nature Genetics.

A common MYBPC3 (cardiac myosin binding protein C) variant associated with cardiomyopathies in South Asia

Heart failure is a leading cause of mortality in South Asians. However, its genetic etiology remains largely unknown...Here, we describe a deletion of 25 bp in the gene encoding cardiac myosin binding protein C (MYBPC3) that is associated with heritable cardiomyopathies and an increased risk of heart failure in Indian populations...Its prevalence was found to be high (~4%) in populations of Indian subcontinental ancestry. The finding of a common risk factor implicated in South Asian subjects with cardiomyopathy will help in identifying and counseling individuals predisposed to cardiac diseases in this region.

Emphasis is mine.

From the looks of it, non-Indian populations were not even considered.

more than 5 years ago

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False DMCA Claims by Creationists Stifle Critics

Bueller_007 Bueller_007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bueller_007 (535588) writes "Creation Science Evangelism, an creationist organization owned by convicted felon Kent Hovind has been filing false DMCA claims to stifle their rivals on YouTube. Although CSE's videos are not copyrighted (according to their official website and the videos themselves), within the past 72 hours, they have had approximately 20 videos removed at their request, and at least two popular users have had their accounts disabled.

All of the videos that have been removed were critical remixes of Hovind's original videos, interspersed with rebuttals and likely to have fallen under fair use. Exact duplicates of Hovind's videos — seen as supportive — were not removed. Further, CSE has also filed false DMCA claims to have others' completely original content removed, as well as public-domain phone calls Hovind made from prison."

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