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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

MrHanky Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

England imposed hefty student fees quite recently. There were riots, of course, but they led to nothing (except the arrest of a number of looters).

about three weeks ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

MrHanky Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye @ (217 comments)

Few adults can hear sounds above 18kHz. I remember making tone generators in Pascal as a kid, beeping out audible 22kHz notes that my older brother and my dad couldn't hear. Later on, I'd try similar programs on my mobile phone, but the damn device couldn't generate tones above 16.5kHz. Poor hardware, I thought, until I tried it on my 16 years old nephew.

Grasshoppers aren't nearly that high pitched.

about 4 months ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

MrHanky Re:And the Stockholders Don't Want the Policy Chan (348 comments)

And in this case a right wing think tank also claim they should cut down forests for a laugh and be unwilling to do the right thing even when forced by the government.

about 5 months ago
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GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

MrHanky Re: "Not Reproduclibe" (618 comments)

I remember reading Junkscience.com's own 'global temperatures'. They had marked temperature differences between summer and winter. Someone ought to tell them the globe is, well, globe-shaped.

It's not exactly a trustworthy source of anything.

about 6 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

MrHanky Re:Why not just multiple monitors. (520 comments)

The thing is, a normal 1080p 22" screen or 2560x1440 27" screen sucks at text rendering. Just look at any modern phone, and see how beautifully text is rendered. Now look back at your monitor. Even with all sorts of anti-aliasing magic, whether you're on Windows, OS X or X11, it just does not look good. 2560x1440 on a 13" monitor is just about acceptable. Sadly, the industry has been pushing multi-media and 1080p instead of pushing the boundaries, which is why any old computer can run all the new games today, and no one needs to buy a new PC for anything.

Also, what you're looking for is a tiling window manager.

about 6 months ago
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

MrHanky Re:Stop Pumping up OIL!!! (495 comments)

Probably, but since Norway imports both meat and vegetables, it just doesn't matter.

about 8 months ago
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

MrHanky Re:Stop Pumping up OIL!!! (495 comments)

Yes, if local sheep were the realistic alternative, but they're not. The infrastructure for transporting sheep is the same as for vegetables. The army doesn't do sheep farming.

about 8 months ago
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Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

MrHanky Re:Stop Pumping up OIL!!! (495 comments)

No. Most Norwegian military bases are located in the outer parts of nowhere, and regular soldier pay is worse than lousy (military service being semi-compulsory for men, still). Even if there are restaurants nearby, it's unlikely they could serve most of the soldiers stationed there, and if they could, most of the soldiers wouldn't be able to pay.

Also, the food tends to suck anyway, so a day of vegetables shouldn't make matters much worse.

about 8 months ago
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Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

MrHanky Re:Meh (233 comments)

Are you implying we live in the worst of all possible universes?

about 8 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

MrHanky Re:Control... (926 comments)

So what you're saying is that bread is fear? or circuses are fear, and bread is consumption? Or that nothing is something, which has changed?

about 9 months ago
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CyanogenMod Powered Oppo N1 Will Be Released In December

MrHanky Re: I don't even know what you're talking about (82 comments)

In any modern browser: mark a word or phrase, right click it, choose 'search in Google|Bing' in the context menu. Even if you type 400 WPM, you just wasted several times as much time on your stupid comments than you would on doing 'research'. Not only are you a proud idiot, you're also a time waster.

about 9 months ago
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CyanogenMod Powered Oppo N1 Will Be Released In December

MrHanky Re:I don't even know what you're talking about (82 comments)

Even worse than the slashvertisements are the slashbots who proudly flaunt their ignorance instead of doing a basic search.

about 9 months ago
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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

MrHanky Re:There are other applications (291 comments)

I'm not sure I'd call a 27" monitor an area of science, but it does benefit from today's faster GPUs.

about 9 months ago
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How To Better Verify Scientific Research

MrHanky Re: Scientists == Always Right (197 comments)

Not quite. We're seeing an exponential growth in publishing without a similar increase in quality. That means the crap to quality ratio is going up.

about 9 months ago
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How To Better Verify Scientific Research

MrHanky Re:Scientists == Always Right (197 comments)

You've got a good point about negative results, but I don't think I agree with the rest.

There's nothing wrong with peer review as such, but the current research climate doesn't help it at all. In many countries, research grants are tied to "measurable, objective results", e.g. articles published, preferably in highly-ranked journals. And so researchers want to publish as much as possible, in as highly-ranked journals as they can get into. (Leading to an explosion in research, so no one really has the time to follow all the research in their own field, or even doing thorough peer review.) Journals are ranked among other things from how often they are cited. Negative results aren't often cited. Replicated tests are only cited in systematic reviews. Setting aside money for replication would be a good idea, but journals shouldn't need to fear for their ranking for publishing less glamorous articles either (or rather: ranking shouldn't be taken seriously). Most importantly, publishing shouldn't be so strongly encouraged. Far too much is published already, and much of it just isn't very good.

As for online publishing: that has been the norm the last decade, and is absolutely dominant now. Comment areas? Like Slashdot? God forbid.

about 9 months ago
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Why Johnny Can't Speak: a Cost of Paywalled Research

MrHanky Re:Simple (189 comments)

What we need is a 'google' of science/medical studies. Unfortunately our government's archaic and purposefully not updated methods of publication mean that if you want to get a digital copy... you have to contribute the labor to re-digitalization. Of course, you can get a digital copy... for a small additional processing fee. -_-

LOL, +5 "insightful" is the new +5, ignorant.

about 9 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

MrHanky Re:I don't care (532 comments)

Thanks.

However, that's 1850s dollars converted to today's, whereas today's dollar is decoupled from the price of gold, so the conversion isn't necessarily that straight forward. I found this newspaper clip from 1974, stating the price of picks, shovels and gold pans were $100 each. That's about five ounces of gold, so outrageously expensive, but still less than half a pound.

The problem is, of course, that even at the height of the California gold rush, there wasn't nearly enough gold to go around to that many people, to make a hammer worth a pound of gold. Hardly anyone had that much. A few people got crazy rich, but if you divide annual gold output by available rough estimates of the number of miners, you obtain average annual earnings of less than $600 per year in 1852. With 19.39 dollars an ounce, that's just short of two hammers for a year's labour. That's not to say it never happened (and demanding a price is not the same as getting it), but if it did, it probably wasn't a fair market valuation.

about 10 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

MrHanky Re:I don't care (532 comments)

I didn't write [citation needed], and I was fairly clear about why I needed further convincing. But by now I'm convinced that you're an uneducated fool and a bullshitter, as you clearly have no idea what a source is and what it's good for. No one with as much as a bachelor's degree at a semi-reputable institution would claim that "posted historical documents at Independence Mine State Park" is good enough as reference for any sort of degree, or that "where" or "when" is in any sense more useful than a proper citation when discussing historical matters.

about 10 months ago

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ATI's Linux driver finally achieves works for me status

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Their proprietary driver, that is. With 10.5, I can actually play games like GTA: Vice City and San Andreas under Linux with Wine (the former has a fun bug that makes it go at more than 2x normal speed -- probably due to CPU frequency scaling). Oh, and their Direct2D acceleration seems to work as well, so the desktop is just about as fast as I could wish for. Video still has some tearing issues, but it's ATI, after all.

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This site is filled to the brim with utter morons

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 4 years ago

There used to be a time when Slashdot was for geeks with more than a passing interest in computers. People who wanted to understand their computers, not just have it Just Work (tm) so they wouldn't need to. Not your regular gadget addicts, consumers and fashion victims. That's something like ten years ago. These days, you have a bunch of pretensious morons who believe running 'apt-get update' on a Debian system might break something. And they post it early, to get modded up. And they are, since most of the moderators have no fucking clue.

I spent all my five points modding these idiots down. What a waste.

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Google sucks

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  about 5 years ago

It's almost impossible to find information on hardware you consider buying, due to the volume of sellers that Google consider more important. Of course, all these sellers provide 'reviews' of all their products, to fuck up the keywords. Hey, Google, I do not need any help to find people willing to sell me stuff on teh intarwebs. What I want is information.

Sadly, Bing seems even worse. Or is that actually sad?

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"Correlation is not causation" considered harmful

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 5 years ago

As most rational /. readers must have noticed, the expression "correlation is not causation" is mostly used by ignorant apes looking for a quick +1. Science stories get tagged with it even when the story itself is only about the effect, and points out multiple causes, or in a story about the discovery of an indicator, as if it had implied bromophenol blue causes acidity. The expression seems to have been entirely taken over by people with no knowledge of science or logic, and it's usually used as a strawman argument against the science (and through that proxy against more evil things, often environmentalism or socialism (as biology, medicine and social sciences, etc., are considered socialist, as opposed to the libertarian idiocy so many Slashdotters believe in)).

The harmfulness of "correlation is not causation" is thus two-level: on the one hand, it drowns /. in illogical and retarded drivel that too easily gets modded "+5, insightful", on the other hand, it's usually put forth in defence of potential harmful practices in real life. Remember, there's only a correlation between smoking and an untimely death.

Oh, and what can we do about it? Personally, I pledge to use my modpoints by modding down whichever comment that first makes use of the meme in every science story, whenever I have modpoints. And you will know me by "-1, redundant" or "-1, off topic", whichever seems most applicable.

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Now this is funny

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 5 years ago

This: http://slashdot.org/~twitter/journal/204737

Twitter is one amusing oddball. One comment (a flame) against him, and now he "outs" me as a destructive troll.

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Re-reading The Lord of the Rings

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I'm re-reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time in 16 years or so. I should perhaps make a joke about how many times it's mentioned that certain hobbits are queer and gay, but I won't. It's a good book, despite how overrated it is by its most fanatical followers. That's what sets it apart from some other major pop culture cult phenomena, like Star Wars, or worse: Serenity, which frankly are garbage if you try to take them seriously (OK, here I'm being far too kind to Serenity, since it's garbage also if you take it as pure entertainment).

No, what I wanted to say is just what a masterstroke it was to write Tom Bombadil out of the movie. That's one redundant character if I ever saw one. Hell, it's Tolkien's very own Jar-Jar Binks. It really was worth destroying the ambivalent tone and the entire hobbit character development in the beginning of the book just to get rid of him as well. The movie started out extremely rushed, though. Perhaps it would be better to follow the book until Bombadil showed up, and then do some Braindead style lawnmower action on him, just to make sure he never turns up again.

Also, Tolkien should have recognised the fact that he was no poet.

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Story rejected

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I just had my first attempt at a Slashdot story submission rejected. It was about OpenOffice.org 2.1 being released. No, it's not a big deal for me; I even included a flamebaitish remark about OOo's speed. Still, interesting to see how godawfully slow this site is to get the so-called "news" to the front page. Now I know they knew the news some time ago. Perhaps they publish with OpenOffice.

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Oh man, this site is crap

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Just look at the discussion in the OS X for cheap wind-up powered third world 128 MB laptop declined article. Slashdot has finally become even worse than OSNews! Even worse than the BBS discussions between Amiga fanbois and PC apologists!

Half of the commenters are rabid fanboys of one OS or the other, and so are most of the moderators. Where's the technical discussion? How the fuck can someone seriously think that OS X would be easy to use and come with the iApps suite at 1 GB of storage, when OS X demands 3 GB just for the default install? And how the fuck can someone think KDE would be much easier on the RAM requirements?

I refuse to contribute to such a discussion. Fuck them. This site used to be technical. These days, it's just moronic.

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Gnome 2.12 is out

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 8 years ago

And I knew it before it hit the /. frontpage. At the moment I'm writing this, it's still not there. But of course, when Apple has a widely-published PR campaign, it's up there soon enough. Is this irrefutable proof that /. is fucking shit these days?

News that's old, trolls that hardly matter.

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Ah, it's in threads like this

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 8 years ago

And I mean this, you notice the advantage of reading Slashdot with a +6 troll and flamebait modifier.

Oh, and my opinion: IQ testing is an interesting subject. The method of developing a test actually depends on the predictability of its result, in a way: You have a bunch of people with "known" and different levels of "intelligence", and develop the tests from how well they are able to sort the participants out. Do a search for Alfred Binet if you want to know more.

There may be many reasons for why women are found to be less intelligent than men. One thing is that the tests necessarily are skewed, since they are supposed to measure something we don't know what is, can't define, but still somehow believe we can recognize. If IQ tests show that men are more intelligent than women, then it's also caused by men being perceived as more intelligent than women, and the tests being created with a bias to show this. The science behind IQ tests is rather good, but never objective, since there's no object to measure.

Anyway. If some dork thinks he can be proud of himself, as a man, because the tests show men to be more intelligent than women, or whites more than black, or whatever, he should remind himself that there's probably some black women out there who are more intelligent, and bigger and stronger, than him.

And that's really all there is to say about this.

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Slashdot is a mess

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Oh no. I actually put a bit of work into a comment today. There was more than one sentence, and it wasn't just some wisecrack or joke. It was really serious (but quite banal).

And: I thought I had a slim chance of FP. But it was obviously just something wrong with /. and my comment didn't show up at all. And neither did the 200+ comments that had been submitted or not in the meantime.

Heh, 200+ comments, and no one to read them? Sounds like an improvement.

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Another comment worthy of celebration

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This time, it's my comment #512. Of course, the comment itself is of no particular interest (as usual), but it's a round number. I remember the days when 512 KB RAM was enough to play games on the PC. They were crap games, though.

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Woohoo!

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

My last comment was my comment 486! The fact that it's modded flamebait (being suitingly anti-Apple) is reason enough to celebrate.

I wonder if my next comment will be a Pentium? Well, I guess that depends on whether my comment was an SX or a DX. If the former, I'll need a comment 487 to evolve.

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Heh

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Sometimes, during metamod, I find little gems like this. And I have to decide whether 'interesting' is fair. Well, is it? It's definately not correct, but when some dickless pagan with no sense of humour moderates it 'flamebait', it's probably fair to give it an 'interesting' mod. Oh, and the moderation made me laugh a bit as well.

So, brave moderator: Fear not.

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Getting fed up with the OS X karma whores

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm now modding off topic OS X karma whores off topic. It should take a bit more than writing OMG Apple r0xx0rz s0 l33t w4nk w4nk to get a +5 in a discussion about Sun's Opteron HW.

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Global warming and mod points. An apology for overrated

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So I finally have mod points again, and there's a new discussion about global warming. It's another occasion when slashdotters can show their scientific insight to be on par with the rest of the people out there -- the janitors, the waitresses, the scientists, the clowns and the teachers, and everyone else not reading Slashdot. Most people have little understanding of science, and that goes for slashdotters as well.

I'm not a scientist myself (although I do have six years of university education), but I'm a bit fed up with the apologists writing things like ' I'll believe in global warming the minute "scientists" find something to agree on'. As if it's not proper science if there's little consensus, and if there's no One True Way. If there is just one un-scientific lesson science can teach us, it must be that consensus can be wrong. Science is work, and work in progress, not a collection of undeniable truth. I'm not going to be more specific than that, since different sciences have to have different methods, and I'm not going to exclude even for example history or sociology just because they don't fit in with the methodological demands of physics, which also completely fails to explain historical or social phenomena. So let's just be vague about it, and say science is about trying to explain stuff. Falsifiability gives a way to test whether a theory or hypothesis can explain what it claims to explain, and is therefore usually demanded in the more serious hard sciences.

The fact that claims like 'There is not going to be a climate change, so we should do nothing to prevent one' is more easily falsifiable than 'There is going to be one, if we don't prevent it by not burning so much fossil fuel' does not make it any more scientific, though. Both are (most of the time) uninformed opinion. So is mine. I fear climate change, and I base my fear on the fact that CO2 levels have been rising steadily since measurements were started (pdf with graph linked here), and that the weather is changing (just ask the insurance companies). Therefore, I find the first kind of uninformed opinion most irritating, and I'll mod accordingly. I'm not abusive, though.

I've written earlier that I dislike the rampant abuse of 'overrated' in discussions like this one, so I feel I have to apologize for giving one to this. But what else could I do? It was modded up twice as 'insightful', but it doesn't have any insight. Neither is it a troll, maybe not even completely wrong. Perhaps we can't really affect the climate. Perhaps we can. Anyway, what made me mod it down was the following:

I think its rather presumptuous to assume man can have any impact on the weather. But maybe some of you fear that we could lower the global temp if we all opened our refregerator doors in unision. A volcano can dump more greenhouse gasses in an hour than man can produce in a year. We can little affect the global climate fir good or bad. We can only go with the flow.

The second sentence is disgustingly condescending, but the rest of the reasoning is purely mythical (oh, and I see from the replies that his comment has got that the volcano thingie was just plain wrong). What's the insight in this? There's none. This is just a belief.

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Oh, and I also apologize for not writing better (intellectually) about science. English isn't my first language, so it's often hard enough for me complete sentences. I think I was just trying to say that some people should have a bit more respect for people trying to understand things they don't understand themselves.

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And we thought Firefox was taking over for MSIE

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Dagbladet.no, Norway's second largest website, with 187 million pageviews last month, released some interesting statistics for browser use. This is an ordinary tabloid newspaper, so users should be pretty ordinary too. It seems like Mozilla/Firefox are less popular than most of us thought -- at least in Norway:

1. MSIE 6.0, 85.37 %
2. MSIE 5.5, 3.31 %
3. MSIE 5.01, 2.09 %
4. Opera 7.54, 1.54 %
5. MSIE 5.0, 1.40 %
6. Mozilla Firefox 0.10, 0.89 %
7. Opera 7.23, 0.66 %
8. Mozilla Firefox 0.9, 0.65 %
9. Opera 7.50, 0.46 %
10. Netscape 5.0, 0.40 %

I find it more interesting that OS X still hasn't taken over older Mac OSes, and is less popular than Linux. But even put together, the "alternative" OSes are almost statistically insignificant:

1. Windows XP, 62.14 %
2. Windows 2000, 22.42 %
3. Windows 98, 7.42 %
4. Windows NT, 4.0 3.82 %
5. Windows ME, 1.96 %
6. MacOS, 0.78 %
7. Linux, 0.60 %
8. MacOS X, 0.40 %
9. Windows 95, 0.35 %
10. Macintosh PPC, 0.04 %

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Why Slashdot sucks

MrHanky MrHanky writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Real discussion is impossible on Slashdot. For anything remotely controversial, like global warming, moderators with nothing to say go amok with -1 overrated and flamebait mods. It's especially the first one that annoys me, since the moderators can't be smacked down for abuse in metamod, and overrated is too often abused. It reminds me a bit of Ned Flanders in the episode where Homer stops being stupid after having a crayon removed from his brain:

Homer: Better. I was working on a flat tax proposal and I accidentally proved there's no God. [shows Flanders a sheet of paper with complex figuring on it]
Ned: [flustered] We'll just see about that. [reads the paper] Uh-oh. Well, maybe he made a mistake. [checks it again] Nope, it's airtight. Can't let this little doozy get out. [uses a lighter to burn the "proof"]

OK, maybe that's over-valuing my comment here. To me, it seemed like stating the obvious -- not particularly insightful, but true nonetheless. Never has one of my comments been modded quicker. Flamebait. How the hell was I baiting for flames? It's hard to tell, because noone will read the comment so they can flame me.

And no, the problem isn't particular for my comment. Several others, from what I could see all on the side that value free science above the science of corporate funded "independent" research, and not bothering to "balance" their view, were smacked down.

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