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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

MimeticLie Re:Duh (814 comments)

"Even as you read this, you are wishing that you could jam a gun in my face and make me back down." That's a whole new level of projection, right there.

about 9 months ago

97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

MimeticLie Re:Publication bias (1105 comments)

That Gizmodo article is the worst thing I've ever read a Gawker site, and that's saying something.

67% of studies were retracted because of misconduct! And 43% is because of fraud! We can't even believe scientists anymore! The study of science papers found that those retractions for fraud have increased 10-fold since 1975. We're cheating a hell of a lot more. So yeah, even if something is backed by SCIENCE, it doesn't always mean it's real.

But no mention of how many studies were retracted, the percentage of retracted vs. non-retracted studies, what journals the studies in question appeared in, or that the studies in question were retracted reflects the strength of peer review. "We can't even believe scientists anymore!" Really? Fuck Gawker, and fuck you for linking that.

about a year ago

Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

MimeticLie Re:Slippery slope. (604 comments)

"Gun deaths", 2/3 of which were suicides. Conflating suicide and homicide is misleading given that they're significantly different problems.

1 year,15 hours

Ricin Tainted Letter Sent to Senator and Possibly the President

MimeticLie Re:Here we go again (461 comments)

Except that licensing wouldn't have prevented Newtown either, for the same reason that a background check wouldn't have worked (i.e. the person who used the guns to commit crime was not the person who owned them). That's not to say that background checks aren't a good idea, just that they aren't going to stop Newtown like scenarios unless you also check everyone in the applicant's family and friends. The only proposal I've heard post-Newtown that tries to address that particular issue is the one about making gun owners liable if their guns are stolen and used in crimes and/or mandating insurance against this possibility. But in practice that just seems like an attempt to get a gun ban in through the back door, by making the cost of ownership prohibitive.

1 year,3 days

Pew Research Finds Opinion Dominates MSNBC More Than Fox News

MimeticLie Re:At least Fox tries to pretend its unbiased (277 comments)

and the unceasing claims that being white men makes them automatically evil

No one says that, you are being intellectually dishonest.

1 year,28 days

Pew Research Finds Opinion Dominates MSNBC More Than Fox News

MimeticLie Re:At least Fox tries to pretend its unbiased (277 comments)

You and I came to the same conclusion "Fox tries to pretend its (sic) unbiased", but we clearly have radically different opinions whether that's a good thing. If a TV channel is going to be producing a heavily biased package, I'd prefer that it acknowledges that the content is opinion. Airing talking points as news devalues the work of actual news organizations by casting doubt over all of journalism.

1 year,28 days

NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash

MimeticLie Re:Gross? (359 comments)

You're comparing apples and oranges. The sport is motorsport, and Nascar is one of the top levels of the sport. Autocross, karting, or track days are more analogous to the "finding a ball and running around" scenario. Not everyone can participate in Nascar, but not everyone can participate in the NFL either.

about a year ago

Apple Has a New Porn Problem

MimeticLie Re:Porn is not a problem (136 comments)

Fucked up my mod. Apparently I'm bad at dropdowns.

about a year ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

MimeticLie Re:Irony.. (1435 comments)

By that argument it's equally ironic that the paper, which is championing its first amendment rights, is trying to demonize people for exercising their second amendment rights. Different people have different priorities, that's not irony.

about a year ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

MimeticLie Re:Irony.. (1435 comments)

Irony would mean that it was contrary to the expected result. A paper that engaged in anti-gun activism using armed guards to defend itself is ironic. A paper doing something that could upset a bunch of people and some of them getting angry and making threats isn't ironic, just sad.

about a year ago

PC Games To Watch For In 2013

MimeticLie Starwars 1313 (280 comments)

As promising as the one sentence description in the summary sounds, keep in mind that its being directed by Dominic Robilliard, the man behind The Force Unleashed 2. TFU2, you might remember, was a mediocre action game with a story that was ridiculous even by the standards of the Star Wars franchise, which already has more than its fair share of bad writing. It was rightly critically panned, and as far as I know sales weren't that hot either.

If the guy behind a game that Joystiq called "glorified fan fiction" about a character named "Starkiller" is capable of producing a "grounded and gritty fiction", I'll be quite surprised.

about a year ago

Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' Urges Letters To Obama To Restore NASA Budget Cuts

MimeticLie Re:Romney too. (259 comments)

The same republicans who've repeatedly and explicitly stated that their number one goal is to make Obama a one term president? Yeah, I wonder why it's been hard to get them to meet in the middle.

about a year and a half ago

Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic

MimeticLie Re:Faster than the speed of light? (687 comments)

I think it was less of a case of trying to dodge a beam that was already on its way to and more a case of trying to orient the helicopter to avoid the beam striking the cockpit before the laser's user was able to get it on target. That was my takeaway from the article, anyway.

about a year and a half ago

50 Years of Research and Still No Microwave Weapons

MimeticLie Re:Are There Any Alternatives (154 comments)

Not all elections are presidential.

about a year and a half ago

Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android

MimeticLie Re:Microsoftesque? (352 comments)

That's not what he was saying. He was saying that Google had no role in developing those phones. They still have the Play store; in fact I've seen titles in the store that are restricted to the Xperia, presumably because of the controller.

about a year and a half ago

The Algorithmic Copyright Cops: Streaming Video's Robotic Overlords

MimeticLie Re:The text on these takedowns (194 comments)

At least one of them wasn't a takedown, though. The Hugo award thing was an automatic response during a streaming event. It's a thing Ustream does of its own initiative (probably requested/extorted by content holders, but still) to cut down on copyright infringement on its service. It would be hard to argue against it in court as well, considering this automatic filtering only applies to customers using the free version of Ustream's service. The only reasonable solution I see is for people to let Ustream know that this isn't okay and to stop using their service and anyone else who uses Vobile (justin.tv also does).

about a year and a half ago

Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

MimeticLie Re:Here be no surprises (608 comments)

The poster I was replying to was talking about those PACs "funding" Obama. I took that to mean spending money. If you want to just discuss money raised, that's fine. It's largely the same groups, but actually skewed more towards Republicans when you consider the warchest American Crossroads is sitting on. From the same ProPublica link:

Restore Our Future (supports Mitt Romney) $89,654,176
American Crossroads $40,063,638
Priorities USA Action (supports Barack Obama) $24,739,392
Winning Our Future (supports Newt Gingrich) $23,908,055
Club for Growth Action $13,168,041
Majority PAC $11,648,736
House Majority PAC $9,268,191
Red White and Blue Fund (supports Rick Santorum) $8,388,547
American Bridge 21st Century PAC $7,890,414
Congressional Leadership Fund $6,511,401

So 6/10 are Republican supporting, but the funding breakdown is $181,693,858 for Republicans, $53,546,733 for Democrats.

about a year and a half ago

Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

MimeticLie Re:Fuck me. Romney has a case of.. (608 comments)

The anti-neutrality folks are apparently trying to explain away that as well. There's an editorial in my newspaper today from some lawyer about how people have on average six different ISPs available to them, including multiple cable companies, fiber and DSL from the phone company, and 4G wireless. I'd like to know where the guy lives, considering around here the two options are the one cable monopoly (which does a pretty decent job, actually) and the phone company's DSL that is half as fast and costs twice as much.

about a year and a half ago


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