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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

CFTM Re:What? (450 comments)

Stop thinking, start reading.

What the article said is that the US respondents end up skewed when looking at same tests throughout the world; ie the US is an outlier ergo it is poor to use as a point of reference or generalization.

I'd say RTFA but this is /. and we don't do that here ;)

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox Will Soon Block Third-Party Cookies

CFTM Re:Online Advertising Response (369 comments)

Your analysis fails to take into account that for a very long time (since TV was invented) the distribution channels have been tightly controlled thus content creators had to jump through the hoops of the content distributors. This is changing, but change takes time and producing content at this scale is a very expensive proposition thus people are unwilling to take risks on independent distribution.

You can draw corollaries to the music industry which is notorious for screwing over content creators. Again, music companies were able to use their position in distribution to extract economic rents and dictate how business took place.

This is *NOT* about the creators not caring, it's about there being no viable alternative in their mind (which isn't the case but someone has to prove ... and oh by the way, Macklemore did just that with "Thrift Shop").

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station

CFTM Re:NERDGESM!!! (200 comments)

Sorry to spoil your nerdgasm but this plan will disappear in 2016.

Welcome to the world of American politics!

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station

CFTM Why this doesn't matter, AT ALL. (200 comments)

You see, in another four years, a new president will take over. This president will decide that they want to leave a legacy through NASA, as all the proceeding presidents since Kennedy have (all wanting to share in some of that immortality), and blow up Obama's plan for this new presidents plan. Just like Obama did to Bush (remember we were going back to the moon a mere 5 years ago!) and as I'm sure Bush did to Clinton and Clinton to Bush and Bush to Reagan and Reagan to Carter and well you get the idea.

It's like the pharaohs of ancient Egypt; when the last one dies you either deface his monuments and put your name up there or you outright destroy them.

No progress to be made here!

about a year and a half ago
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Has the Mythical Unicorn of Materials Science Finally Been Found?

CFTM Re:The Invisible Unicorn Argument. (238 comments)

The point that the GP was attempting to make here is that your entire thesis is predicated on the assumption of God's existence without ever dealing with why this is a valid assumption to make.

The assumption, in and of itself, is not problematic to me, but it's an a priori assumption; that is to say that it can never be validated by our experience of this universe. So it could be correct, or it could be incorrect. You have faith to guide you, but I, and many others like me on /., do not possess your faith thus are incredulous of your assumptions.

And I think Occam's Razor applies to your final statement; is a "prime mover" really the simplest answer to the big bang? I'm inclined to believe that there is an explainable source of the Universe's start and to me, the prime mover is unnecessary. Maybe I'm wrong...

about a year and a half ago
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Could Testing Block Psychopaths From Senior Management?

CFTM Re:Well, as long as the summary is trolling (422 comments)

I don't disagree with your assessment but it's not nearly as easy as you make it out to be; otherwise no organization would have incentives that rewarded behavior that was not desired.

To your point though, you get what you reward...building the right system is not easy.

about 2 years ago
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Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago

CFTM Re:no (637 comments)

There's a minor flaw in your line of reasoning; becoming a Roman Citizen was not an insignificant thing. You had to own land, and you had to be a man. Moreover, I'm not sure that most conquered people had the opportunity to become Roman Citizens, even those who owned land; but my Roman History is a bit hazy so there could have been avenues...

about 2 years ago
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European Central Bank Casts Wary Eye Toward Bitcoin

CFTM Re:Cast in a negative light, obviously (301 comments)

Then why is the Dodd-Frank legislation, that was passed before it was even written, being written by people in their late 20's that just graduated from some masters program in public policy? The people writing this legislation have only a theoretical understanding of what will happen whey they start pulling levers.

That said, I am glad that more legislation was put into place on the banks but how the bill is being written has created a great deal more uncertainty, and uncertainty is the one thing that banks HATE. And in turn makes them less willing to issue short-term loans, the life-blood of small business.

about 2 years ago
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The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

CFTM Re:NOOOOOO (286 comments)

Some A/C already mentioned that the A in M&A is acquisition, which is what we're talking about here.

That being said I have my own article for you: 50% of All M&A Deals Fail

Pay special attention to the part talking about different corporate cultures as Nokia and Apple are nothing a-like in that respect; moreover culture is a huge component of whether M&A's are successful.

And let's not forget the fact that Apple and Nokia are fundamentally in different businesses. Yes they both sell smart phones, but Nokia always tried to be the mass-market player whereas Apple has always been in the luxury goods market. Two completely different strategies, a lot like mixing water and oil...

about 2 years ago
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The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

CFTM Re:NOOOOOO (286 comments)

I can also jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Doesn't make it a good idea....

Generally, M&A's usually only work out for the people brokering the deal and end up destroying equity for shareholders.

Apple and Nokia are vastly different organizations from a cultural stand-point. Apple would be pissing 10B down the drain....

about 2 years ago
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The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

CFTM Re:NOOOOOO (286 comments)

M&A has been responsible for the destruction of more capital over the past fifty years than probably any other activity. I'm not taking a position on this deal, but rarely does M&A workout as people think it well. Moreover, Nokia and Apple's cultures are vastly different and I suspect it'd be very difficult and costly to integrate the two.

On the surface, I think more problems are created than solved by this acquisition but hey it got the author lots of eyeballs!

about 2 years ago
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Music Memories Stored In Different Part of Brain Than Other Memories

CFTM Not Particularly Related... (94 comments)

But it is /. so I'm sure y'all will forgive my divergence from topic at hand.

Music holds a particularly unique place in my life, and this may be the same for others; I can pick a track that I listened to from any period of my life and it literally takes me back to the emotional state I was in during that period of life.

Throw on some Tool or Bush and all I've sudden the "how I felt" in my teen years come flooding back to me.

Throw on some tunes from college, same thing.

It's a fascinating phenomenon and obviously it's all anecdotal. I wouldn't be surprised if it's related to how I listen to music; I'll listen to the same CD for six to eight months at a time and then I'll pick a new one and listen to that one for long period of time.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

CFTM Re:Field dependent requirement (1086 comments)

Liberal arts is not useless.

Math is a beautiful thing, it helps us explain the world.

So does philosophy.

History teaches us about our past, inspires and frightens us.

The liberal arts are a vital part of holistic education. Math and science are wonderful tools in a holistic education, but so are the liberal arts.

It helps cultivate creativity and teaches people how to examine things from different perspectives, essential tools that augment the search for deeper scientific knowledge.

Need them both; otherwise what are you doing with your ride on the merry-go-round?

about 2 years ago
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The Extremes of Internet Gaming In South Korea

CFTM Re:Typical of their culture (152 comments)

This is a blizzard game. They have ridiculously long (for computer games) playable lifespans

You obviously have not played Diablo 3...

about 2 years ago
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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

CFTM Re:The unfortunate state of gaming (247 comments)

People arguing about WoW and calling each other morons on the intertubes makes me lolz.

more than 2 years ago
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San Francisco Poaching Tech Talent From Silicon Valley

CFTM Re:And the cost (282 comments)

It's about 45 minutes door-to-door using public transit. I think on a light traffic day I'd be lucky to do the drive in an hour and fifteen minutes; on Friday's I get to wave at stand-still traffic as I continue on to my destination. Being south of the Bay Bridge in the East Bay makes for a quick trip into SF. Were I coming from Richmond or Walnut Creek, I'd be looking at probably 85 minute door-to-door but the drive would have the potential of being much worse. The tunnel out to Walnut Creek is atrocious in the evenings and there are so many stops through Berkeley that the Richmond bound trains take forever.

So in many respects, I'm in the perfect location for where I'm going to work (10 minutes drive to the BART station on one end and 8 minute walk to work on the other end).

more than 2 years ago
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San Francisco Poaching Tech Talent From Silicon Valley

CFTM Re:Gentrification (282 comments)

You forgot the part where the mobile tech bubble bursts....

more than 2 years ago
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San Francisco Poaching Tech Talent From Silicon Valley

CFTM Re:And the cost (282 comments)

You can call BS on this discussion all you want, but it doesn't change reality.

Facebook and Google are no longer considered "start-ups"; they're both publicly traded at this point.

Most of the start-ups are opening up shop around SOMA or Union Square. It makes a lot of sense for recruiting talent away from the big players (Apple/Google/Facebook). SF is a bit more exciting than Palo Alto....

more than 2 years ago

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CFTM CFTM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CFTM (513264) writes "The New York Times is running an interesting article about how human memory works and the theorized adaptive nature of "forgetfulness". Here's the opening two paragraphs from the article, "Whether drawing a mental blank on a new A.T.M. password, a favorite recipe or an old boyfriend, people have ample opportunity every day to curse their own forgetfulness. But forgetting is also a blessing, and researchers reported on Sunday that the ability to block certain memories reduces the demands on the brain when it is trying to recall something important. The study, appearing in the journal Nature Neuroscience, is the first to record visual images of people's brains as they suppress distracting memories. The more efficiently that study participants were tuning out irrelevant words during a word-memorization test, the sharper the drop in activity in areas of their brains involved in recollection. Accurate remembering became easier, in terms of the energy required.""
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