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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Man On Pink Corner Re:The Economist (282 comments)

Circuit Cellar's still around, and not half bad, actually.

2 days ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Man On Pink Corner Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Communist personality cults are just another religion. Don't agree? Go to North Korea and tell them they're "atheists." They'll send you home in a box.

about two weeks ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Man On Pink Corner Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

Note that everything I said still applies if the IPCC is right but consistently unable to prove their case. Confounding factors are a massive hazard on geologic timescales as short as the ones for which we have genuinely reliable data. A ten- or twenty-year cooling trend could have the same effect as outright failure of the models.

Point being, we shouldn't put climate science and evolution in the same basket. They are not on equal footing. To pretend otherwise is to invite a cultural disaster.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Man On Pink Corner Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

h) The AGW "debate" in the USA closely resembles the Creation-vs-Evolution "debate", ie. a never-ending game of Whac-a-Mole against arguments that sound plausible but never stand up under scrutiny, no matter how convinced the creationists were when they were parroting them. One side has to spend vast resources to produce hard evidence, the other side doesn't feel they have any burden of proof whatsoever, they just make stuff up.

Actually it doesn't resemble the Creation/Evolution debate at all, and I get the heebie-jeebies when someone says it does. One of my favorite charities, the National Center for Science Education, has gone down this path recently and I wish there were a good way to talk them out of it.

Climate models are based on just that -- models. We could still wake up one day, slap ourselves in the forehead, and admit that our computer models are either grossly in error, or missing one or more key factors that would change their output drastically. The map is not the territory, science is not a democracy or a popularity contest, and climate modeling is not a "settled science." I don't care who says it is, and I don't care what percentage of climate scientists agree. It just isn't. Sorry, but that's not the way these things work.

On the other hand, we are absolutely not going to wake up one day and realize that we have the basics of evolution wrong. There is absolutely no possibility that we will discover that humans are not, in fact, descended from earlier hominids. There is absolutely no possibility that we will discover that we don't have ancestors in common with modern apes. That isn't going to happen. Too many independent lines of evidence have come together, making consistent predictions, providing confirmable explanations, and withstanding intense scrutiny.

My fear is that the global-warming thing will prove to be a red herring, as usually happens whenever "B...b...but 99% of scientists agree!!!11!" is the primary argument in favor of a theory. When that happens, it's going to be almost impossible to keep the Creationists and other assorted modern-day flat-earthers from gaining the influence over public education and popular culture that they've always dreamed of.

about a month ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

Man On Pink Corner Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

(Shrug) They're good multimeters. Unlike the Chinese toy knock-off, the safety certifications printed on the Fluke actually mean that they meet those standards, and the CE mark on the Fluke doesn't stand for "China Export."

To professional users and serious hobbyists, these factors are important.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Man On Pink Corner Re:Not just about EVs... (229 comments)

I'm sure quite a few Indian and Chinese automakers would love to see the franchised dealer-only model go away.

Actually you may have hit on the real issue -- these dealership laws are really just old-fashioned protectionism in disguise.

about a month ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Man On Pink Corner What the hell (401 comments)

... does any of this have to do with NASA?

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Man On Pink Corner Re:In Soviet USA (229 comments)

That's not the point. The point is that the reason the loans were available to them at all was the government's decision to involve itself in the marketplace.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Man On Pink Corner Re:In Soviet USA (229 comments)

That's a bit of a double-edged comment, though, considering the subsidies Tesla has taken in the form of loans. When you encourage government to pick winners and losers, you can't be too surprised when they insist on doing both.

That said, good on Elon Musk for calling bullshit on this particular issue.

about a month ago
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Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

Man On Pink Corner Re:good (393 comments)

Oooh, I like car analogies. Difficulty: the car is three billion years old, nobody has seen the service manual, and the maintenance records for its first 2,999,990,000 years are missing.

about 3 months ago
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Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

Man On Pink Corner Re:good (393 comments)

Science is not a democracy. If I had a nickel for every time when "95% of scientists" believed something that was later proven wrong, I'd have at least 25 cents.

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Man On Pink Corner Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (1038 comments)

I don't see a moral problem with it, as long as it saves more innocents from murderers than the innocents we execute.

Big "Dexter" fan, I take it? Because what you're saying is that you approve of a justice system that's indistinguishable from vigilantism.

about 3 months ago
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Alleging 'Malpractice' With Climate Skeptic Papers, Publisher Kills Journal

Man On Pink Corner Re:Mod above up (314 comments)

How about Giordano Bruno? What'd he do, give the Pope a wedgie in the locker room after basketball practice?

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Man On Pink Corner Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (1038 comments)

The only downside i've really seen to the process is how they keep executing people who eventually turned out to be innocent

If that's not a dealbreaker in your opinion, there's something very wrong with you.

about 3 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

Man On Pink Corner Re:Basic Statistics (312 comments)

That'd depend on what the professor meant by "distance."

about 3 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

Man On Pink Corner Re:Freakin' Riders. (767 comments)

Here's a few changes that would reduce the intrusion of government into your daily habits: Quite driving on roads; drinking clean water; breathing clean air; eating food inspected for its safety; quit using products inspected for safety; eliminate from your thought process that if something terrible goes wrong you can just call the: fire department, police department, or other emergency responders; quit taking medications that have been tested for safety; quit using the post office, the internet, tv, cable, satellite services. It takes an especially egregious asshat to be such a hypocrite as fuckwads who don't recognize that they use government resources and services EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THEIR LIFE. You want to live like a antisocial inbred dipshit in a cave somewhere, give Ted Kaczynski a call.... he might have some tips for you. Oh wait... even he used the Post Office. I guess he wasn't quit the fuckwad asshat you want to be.

I love these sorts of posts. Long on paternalistic indignation, short on reasons why all of those wonderful government benefits need to cost three trillion dollars a year.

When pressed, the person making the argument usually ends up spluttering something about how I should move to Somalia or someplace that otherwise embodies the only alternative to the modern megastate. So the bit about the Unabomber using the Post Office is at least original, I'll admit that much.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

Man On Pink Corner Re:Call it "This is it" (1009 comments)

They held a public funeral for the iPhone, too. How'd that work out?

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Man On Pink Corner Re:Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

Also, there are plenty of other third-party de-Metrofication solutions for Windows 8. I'm not sure that ClassicShell is the most popular, but it's the one I use.

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Man On Pink Corner Re:Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

True, and most important, useless to most corporate users.

Microsoft under Ballmer has earned its place in business school case studies next to Edsel, Circuit City, and the inventor of the 110-volt rubber duck.

about 3 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Man On Pink Corner Re:Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

Win8 + ClassicShell is fine. No drawbacks versus Windows 7 that I've run across. I've never seen Metro since the initial installation, it just isn't there.

about 3 months ago

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