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TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:new slogan (811 comments)

Funny and wrong. The energy decreases with the square of distance, no matter how directional your antenna is.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:Obviously an NP-Complete Problem... (730 comments)

Even if it is NP-Complete, it does not imply that achieving meaningful improvements is impossible. There is a lot of NP-problems which can be approximated or where perfect solution can be found with a certail probability. An NP-complete problem is not uncomputable.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:Heh... (323 comments)

As I understand it, the solution is at the very bottom only if your referrer is Google (so that it can be indexed). Clicking your link does not show me more than the question plus request to pay.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:Horrible. (2254 comments)

It was modded funny because it is funny. :-) (To explain... the above mentioned Steve is supposed to be Steve Jobs.)

more than 3 years ago
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Abusing HTTP Status Codes To Expose Private Info

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:Um...no? (133 comments)

Well, if you read how the trick works, then you will understand why "blocked by company fw" explains that... Error on loading the images indicates you are logged in.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:This is slashdot? (2254 comments)

What browser are you using? My Chrome displays a box 137 characters wide...

more than 3 years ago
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The temperature where I am now is controlled by...

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:I voted "My mom"... (402 comments)

Howard, is that you?

more than 3 years ago
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The temperature where I am now is controlled by...

Bwian_of_Nazareth I voted "My mom"... (402 comments)

... but I am only visiting today, I swear!!! I have my own basement now. :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Instant Announced

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:It's Easy! ...to disable! (408 comments)

Now if there was some easy way to disable the horrible, over-scripted image result page layout I'd be a happy camper!

How about clicking on "Switch to basic version" at the bottom of the page. Happy camping.

more than 3 years ago
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Look For AI, Not Aliens

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:It gets sillier all the time. (452 comments)

"Why would it appear to be random noise?"

"How would we decode it?"

It is a big stretch to say that because you cannot decode it it would look like a random noise. I cannot read Chinese but I can recognize it from random noise. The argument is invalid - to recognize a message, we do not need to understand the message.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Satellite Looks For Response From Dead Mars Craft

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:Love the space program (152 comments)

The Rover's were not designed for only 90 day missions... they were designed to guarantee 90 days. That's a different story. (I am not saying that what they have achieved is not a huge thing... it is. But it is incorrect to say that they have been designed to last 90 days.)

more than 4 years ago
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A New Explanation For the Plight of Winter Babies

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:Jumps out? (276 comments)

Why not? What is wrong with the numbers? A statistically significant result (and I guess this one from a 52-million sample is significant) can be of any size... even if the difference was only 0,0001 %, it could be a valid result. And of course they would choose such a scale for the charts that makes the trends visible.

more than 4 years ago
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A New Explanation For the Plight of Winter Babies

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:Jumps out? (276 comments)

No... the effect can be statistically significant without being large. Of course the charts look more dramatic if you "zoom in", but the fact that the difference is only 0,5 % does not make it insignificant. And with the sample size of 52 million children, the results are probably very significant (too bad the article seems to omit the p-value for the tests).

more than 4 years ago
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A New Explanation For the Plight of Winter Babies

Bwian_of_Nazareth Conception in July/August (276 comments)

I see the explanation in the fact that married and educated women have sex with their man only once a year during their holiday in July/August. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Attempting To Reframe "KDE Vs. GNOME"

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:Both will stay relevant (455 comments)

No, it is not the final product - you have to factor in how much money/effort was needed. How the product changes thru time. You cannot equate the product and the development method. Yes, the development method influences how the product will be successful. But it is not the only influence.

more than 5 years ago
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How the Economy Is Changing Clean Energy

Bwian_of_Nazareth Re:If you ask me... (227 comments)

No, the point is - if you maximise your profit, that already includes any debt obligations. So if I say "maximise (net) profit" it also includes optimise cost including cost of debt. Minimising debt may not be the optimum strategy. It is easy to minimise debt - just don't have any. But that may not lead to maximum profit. You may also want to talk about risk but then again - if you talk about middle or long term profit optimisation that includes risk optimisation - again, not minimalisation. World of business is not black and white, debt and cost are not bad things per se. It is the balance of these things that needs to be taken into account.

more than 5 years ago

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