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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

MouseTheLuckyDog This assumes some sort of causal relationship. (62 comments)

It implicitly presumes that there is some relatively direct casual relationship between the two events.

Fundamental flaw.

about half an hour ago

Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Decision made by spineless bean counters/lawyer (523 comments)

Very likely Sony decided that even if all North Korea could do is 3 attacks of theaters like that Joker wannabe a couple of years ago, it would be enough to cost Sony a billion in lawsuits.


The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

MouseTheLuckyDog What time it is it? (382 comments)

It's time to do the Chicken Little Dance

Bwak bwak

The sky is falling.

Bwak bwak

The ground is burning.

Bwak bwak

The North Pole is melting.

Bwak bwak

Al Gore is coming.

Bwak bwak

( OK the last one is really scary. )

4 days ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:You're Doing It Wrong (563 comments)

That's why TV's had screen in screen for thirty years.

about a week ago

Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:not enthuisastic about this (262 comments)

The first place to be looted was the QT. It was also the only place ( it was certainly the first place ) to be torched in the first rounds of riots. The word is that there were rumors around that Mike Brown robbed a convienence store and that store called the cops. The QT was mistaken for the convienence store.

One thing is certain, on the side of the QT someone spray painted the phrase "Snitches Get Stiches".

about two weeks ago

Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:In a just world, they'd expel every one of them (203 comments)

No. The appropriate reaction is to toss the suit for lack of merit and standing. Then assign the court cost and the legal costs of the University to the students/plaintiffs.

THat also has the added advantage of teaching the students about money.

about a month ago

Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

MouseTheLuckyDog Cost (203 comments)

The University will ask for a JMOL, the judge will grant it.
Then he will assign the costs to the students. Talk about student debt. Smart.

Just more occupier mentaility.

about a month ago

Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Hmmm ... (167 comments)

Considering their "one child" policy, why would a Chinese hospital invent this?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Squeak! (107 comments)

I remember something about a package for Squeak called etoys.
Also I was wondering if a HyperTalk clone like LiveCode would be useful.

about a month ago

Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:what? (138 comments)

If as other posters claim, the government was paid more for the fuel then they paid for it, I would can it win-win.

about a month ago

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Media in the are for the Verdict (265 comments)

Sigh. It is terrible seeing shitheads giving opinions on things they are ignorant of , like not knowing that grand juries don't return indictments, they return true bills/no bills.

about a month and a half ago

Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

MouseTheLuckyDog Fuck the romance... (594 comments)

Industrial workplace accidents happen all the time. Sometimes they are fatal. A trucker loses control and crashes, a welder falls off a skyscraper, a road paver doesn't wear the right type of mask and suffers severe lung damage, an electrical engineer at a power plant grabs the wrong thing and is electrocuted.

OK a lot of injuries don't result in death but 8 injuries that effectively cause the person to lose 10 years are pretty much the equivalent of a life.

We don't stop building skyscrapers, roads, bridges, using electricity. Get over it and grow up.

about a month and a half ago

Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Anonymity? (125 comments)

You mean the part of social media that requires your real name for registration?

about a month and a half ago



Obamacare subsidies struck down.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 5 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A federal appeals court has just struck down, the provision for granting tax subsidies for those who get their insurance through the federal website.

This in particular, shows up all those wnnabe geek idiots, who have been in ./. discussions saying that "The Supreme Court has found Obamacare constitutional.", that it is now "settled law". ( Just like "global warming is settled science". ) Obamacare was found to impose it's mandate constitutionally, and even then all aspects of "the mandate" were not considered, just whether it was constitutional to impose a mandate. Obamacare is complex and large. Very large. We now see two aspects of it, contraception and subsidies struck down. Whether it's some left/right thing, some Apple/Google thing, some tablet/desktop thing, some C/.Jabva/C#/Python thing, it is becoming common for one aspect to of an argument to be used to justify an entirely different argument ( "Double Checking Locking doesn't work therefore C sucks for multithreaded apps." ) let Obamacare stand as an example that, one must understand the context of an argument if one is to understand the argument."

Slashdot screws up story big time.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 7 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Todsay on slashdot it was announced that
Linus would teach a MOOC on linux.
A Stevens level course on linux is something I think a lot of people would be interested in. Such a course taught by Linus himself wow.

Turns out that Linus just did an intro. The actual course teacher is Jerry Cooperstein. I am certain that the course itself will be worthwhile, but I feel a certain amount of people will be dissapointed that the course does not actually involve Linus himself.

OK. Now seriously, do the editors think they should correct the article before some fan chokes on the fluid from an aborted Linus-gasm?"

Community Manager for game company fired for partially supporting Sterling.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 7 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Josh Olin, community manager ( whatever that is ) for Turtle Rock was fired for sending tweets saying that Donald Sterling should not be fired for being a bigot in his own home.

This adds to the bout of recent politically correct actions taken by companies about people like Adria Richards, Brandon Eich."

DoJ closing porn stars bank accounts.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 8 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "In a recent story on reason.com it was reported that the DoJ is closing down the bank accounts of porn stars.
Not knowing the site I googled around and found another site, the Guardian.

The story does not end there. It turns out that this is part of a larger scheme ( ironically ) called Operation Choke Point. Also reported in a Washington Post article that downplays the practice.

According to Cryptocoin news. There are thirty industries the DoJ is now targeteting:
        *Ammunition Sales *Cable Box De-scramblers *Coin Dealers *Credit Card Schemes
        *Credit Repair Services *Dating Services *Debt Consolidation Scams *Drug Paraphernalia
        *Escort Services *Firearms Sales *Fireworks Sales *Get Rich Products *Government Grants
        *Home-Based Charities *Life-Time Guarantees *Life-Time Memberships *Lottery Sales
        *Mailing Lists/Personal Info *Money Transfer Networks *On-line Gambling *PayDay Loans
        *Pharmaceutical Sales *Ponzi Schemes *Pornography *Pyramid-Type Sales *Racist Materials
        *Surveillance Equipment *Telemarketing *Tobacco Sales *Travel Clubs

But more can be added. ( I notice alcohol sales is not on the list)."

Maryland Police have their eye on you.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about a year ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Forgive the blatent politicalness of the link. [1]

Reading this particular story caused s chill go down my spine,. and I think it will send chills down the spine. of many slashdot readers.

A Florida man was pulled over driving through Delaware last Christmas. He was asked where his gun is. This was outside the presence of his wife.He said he left it at home. His wife was asked and said she did not know. The cop told the man that he was lying and detained the family for a couple of hours.

Now comes the chilling part. How did the police know he owned a gun?

The simple answer is that they probably didn't know, what they knew was that he had a conceal carry weapons (CCW) permit in Florida. Florida does not give other states access to it's CCW database. So apparently Maryland is mining databases for CCW holders.

Of course another thought that will send a chill down spine. What other things are they mining for? What other states are mining databases?

A final aspect of this story. As you drive through Maryland, Maryland has automated license plate scanners. When your plate is scanned, MD's database is scanned for suspicious individuals.

So people watch out Maryland is watching you.

[1] Though that does not stop other slashdot members."

The grinch that stole Halowe'en

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about a year ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A crazy woman in North Dakota will be giving obese children notes for their parents instead of candy.

What kind of trick should the obese children play on her? My vote is getting together and burning ... well I may be a bit extreme.

PS: All the pendants out there will notice I used the apostrophe. Just to keep you guys happy."

The new CEO of Microsoft is ... Bill Gates?

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about a year ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "The New York times is speculating that the new CEO of Microsoft could be Bill Gates

Now a lot of people have been saying that it was Ballmer's assumption to the CEO job that has led Microsoft's decline. I have always maintained that while Ballmer has not been the best of CEOs that the decline was not his fault and is more of a result of forces put into play at Microsoft a long, long time ago.

So what do you think would BG's return signal a reemergence of MS?"


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