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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

NeutronCowboy Re:Well... (425 comments)

His duty is to the president, not the public. I have a lot of respect for him that he gave the president his opinion, the president disagreed with him, and he kept his mouth shut in public. I also have a lot of respect for him that he isn't just bashing Obama, but merely strongly disagreeing with him on some decisions the president made. On others, he is actually openly agreeing with him (see his position on "Enhanced Interrogation") - or at least, showing far more agreement than a standard republican would.

Yeah, Panetta was a republican, through and through. He was a security hawk, and never made any bones about it. At the same time, he fully supported the president while he was in office. Just for that, he deserves respect.

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

NeutronCowboy Re:Much of the failure was in explaining... (336 comments)

Big infrastructure projects lead themselves to being natural monopolies, with or without government interference. So removing government regulation unfortunately does not solve the problem.

about three weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

NeutronCowboy Re:please no (423 comments)

Meanwhile the assertion that models fit past events is near irrelevant since that is data which is already known and it is expected that the models would have been adjusted in the first place to fit that data). For example, I can construct an interpolation of any temperature (or other numerical) data to perfect precision using an even degree polynomial of sufficiently high degree, yet it'll be completely irrelevant once I attempt any sort of extrapolation into the future (odds are good, about 50% I'd say, that it'll predict temperatures far below absolute zero by 2100).

Shockingly, scientists are aware of that issue, and have developed methods to test models against existing data. They do that by training on one chunk of the available data, and testing against another.

You're making two more mistakes in your analysis.
One, you complain that models that fit old data perfectly are wrong because all they do is fit data. Then you complain that the models don't fit the data perfectly - precisely because they don't just fit data. Which is it? You can't have it both ways.
Two, you think that we have direct measurements for everything. We don't. We'd like to, but we don't. And even the direct measurements we have need to be transformed into data that can be compared across measurements. All of that is subject to being wrong.

This profound inability to admit error is why I don't trust current climate models or the doomsday predictions they spawn in the least. That's why I'm going to wait a few decades and see what happens. If it genuinely is as bad as claimed, then we'll see something by then.

Unfortunately, that inability to admit error is only in your head. The models have been changed countless times over the last decades, and have gotten better in response. Lastly, if you wait a few decades, it'll be too late to head off any meaningful changes. As the joke goes: what if we'd make changes for a better planet when it's not necessary?

about three weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

NeutronCowboy Re:Not just college applications (389 comments)

If you're applying for a programming job, that will never come into contact with customers, why the hell should you need to demonstrate an ability to sell stuff?

You're always selling something even if you're programming. During the interview, you're selling yourself. While working, you're selling your ideas and proposals (even if it is just prioritizing features and putting time and numbers to them).

Sales is part of life in general. And this is coming from someone who has tried to stay away from sales as much as possible.

about three weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

NeutronCowboy Re:In Business for the Wrong Reasons (185 comments)

I think #1 was probably the key driving factor here. People became emotionally invested in their business, and started to identify with it. When the business went south, they had invested so much into it (personally - the financial investment was probably secondary) that they had nothing to fall back onto. At the risk of assuming something of people I never met, I'm going to guess that they justified everything with "if this is gonna make it big, it was worth all the sacrifices I made". And when the business went bust instead of boom, they realized they made sacrifices that were never going to be recouped.

It's worth repeating: you are not your business; you're not your income. If you are, get ready for a short life full of regrets.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

NeutronCowboy Re:Wow. (99 comments)

Because when you're looking for highly accurate, trustworthy information, you think of Facebook!

That's really the only comment that's necessary here. Fine, use Facebook for advocacy. The ALS challenge clearly demonstrated Facebook is actually good at that. But getting medical advice from Facebook? All I know is that the medical advice I see dispensed on Facebook would make a snake-oil seller from the Wild West blush. As an absolute edge case, I can see support pages for people with specific conditions, but I'll be a two-faced goat from Nepal if people stick to just being supportive, and don't start peddling homeopathic crap.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

NeutronCowboy Re: Scientists don't *NEED* to be trusted! (460 comments)

Science is absolutely not about proofs. It's about gathering facts and comparing them to a prediction, along with the use of math to transform data sets into comparable sets.

To paraphrase: science is about the search for facts. If you want truth, philosophy is down the hall.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

NeutronCowboy Re: Competition (907 comments)

For the used car market to be close to pure capitalism, the buyers would have to have near perfect information about the cars in question. Which they most definitely do not. Either because they don't know cars, or because the car dealers actively lie.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

NeutronCowboy Re: Only single females? (907 comments)

On average, less physical strength and higher desirability as a rape target than a single male.

Shall I also explain to you why fire can be bad, and why eating is generally important?

about a month ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

NeutronCowboy Re:Robert Cringely (132 comments)

Correction: it says much about the general public about what they know about the technology that powers their life. For most people, it might as well be Magic.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

NeutronCowboy Re: why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Wow. Every regulatory agency is just there to expand its own powers? They do nothing else?

The reason people point you at Somalia is because your hyperbole leads you directly there. Want to have a civilized discussion about the optImal size of government? Great, start by dropping the ridiculous hyperbole.

about a month ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

NeutronCowboy Re: McCarthy was right. (499 comments)

A broken clock is also right twice a day. What's your point?

about a month and a half ago
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China's Island Factory

NeutronCowboy Re:Hypocrits (199 comments)

Technically, WW2 and WW1 were the same war, just with a 20 year pause. At least from a European and lessons learned perspective.

about a month and a half ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

NeutronCowboy Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

I suggest the Federalist Papers as a start.

Funny. Every time I read them, they say the exact opposite of what people like you pretend they say. Democracy vs Republic is still my favorite and most blatant example.

about a month and a half ago
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China's Island Factory

NeutronCowboy Re:Hypocrits (199 comments)

Why does one deed excuse the other? It's not like anyone complaining about the chinese annexation of the Spratley's was alive to condone the annexation of Hawai'i by the US.

Both were and are bullshit. Extending national boundaries through force is something we were supposed to leave behind after WW2. Apparently, some people think that the lessons from WW2 don't apply to them.

about a month and a half ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

NeutronCowboy Re:A little scary (188 comments)

The dailycaller and youtube are shitty sources. I don't waste time on those. The Sharyl Attkisson site is far less damning than you seem to believe: "“Looks like they were inappropriately offering to pay for his wife,” Lerner said. “Perhaps we should refer to Exam?”" Someone asks a question about whether something needs further attention. Do you think the IRS has a magical way of divining everything without any investigation? Furthermore, there was no investigation, as someone else chimed in that the pay was "not prohibited on its face." So what we have here is someone asking around whether something is an issue, someone else provides information that it isn't, and the issue is dropped.

If anything, that article reinforces the idea that this is a total tempest in a teapot: the IRS actually didn't do something, but Republicans are trying to sound like Grassley was investigated by the IRS. There wasn't even an investigation - there was an email discussion about whether something was appropriate or not.

So when you say "she targeted a senator", you're completely misrepresenting the article - she actually didn't target the senator. As a matter of fact, if she thought that paying for Grassley's wife would be inappropriate, it would have been illegal for her NOT to investigate the senator, just because he is a senator with an (R).

Again, you're really not helping your cause here, and are just making it sound like the birth certificate all over again.

about a month and a half ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

NeutronCowboy Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

As I understand "original intent"

And, like everyone is explaining to you, you don't understand the original intent of the executive branch, and the various agencies under its umbrella.

about a month and a half ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

NeutronCowboy Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

On the second thought...I'll just reply instead of moderating: the CDC isn't legislating anything. If you have a problem with the science the CDC is putting out, take it up with the scientists at the CDC. If you have a problem with the legislation based on the research from the CDC (or lack of being based on that), take it up with your Congress critter.

about a month and a half ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

NeutronCowboy Re:A little scary (188 comments)

As far as I can tell, there really wasn't a cover-up. It was mostly when Republicans got a hold of the story and tried to have someone's head for it that bureaucrats started to circle the wagons. The rest seems pretty standard IT ineptitude. Plus there's the reality that the difference between a political lobbying group and a charitable organization is something that's almost impossible to legally define. It's kinda like porn that way: you and I both know which one is which, but in a court of law, you'll never get to a satisfactory conclusion - partially because you and I won't be able to agree to agree on which one is which, even if we do have a good idea of it ourselves.

about a month and a half ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

NeutronCowboy Re:Hypocrites (188 comments)

If this was FoxNews checking with the CIA, you'd be outraged.

If this was the LA Times checking with the CIA under Bush, you'd be outraged.

Feel free to show me where I did anything of that sort. What, you can't? Then STFU with your assumptions about how I think.

I have a bit more of a history with some of the posters on this site than you (courtesy of multiple IDs since the days that 3-digit UIDs were run of the mill). So I'm aware of their posting history, much more than you are aware of their or mine.

Furthermore, in your rage at perceived hypocrisy, you completely gloss over the fact that people apparently think that Obama personally calls up every PR flunky and checks in on how tight of a leash they keep on the press. That's ridiculous, serves nothing but to reinforce polarizing stereotypes, and has no place in a discussion about self-censorship of the press under the guise of "access". Because that's all that this is about. It doesn't even have anything to do with your pet-peeve, which seems to be that the current government is somehow unusual in its expansiveness, or that it is even the main problem that we're facing today.

about a month and a half ago

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FTC looking into charging Google with Antitrust suit

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  about 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From the yahoo story:
"The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google Inc, meaning the search giant could soon be headed into tough negotiations, three people familiar with the matter said.

Four of the FTC commissioners have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals, while one commissioner is skeptical, the sources said.""

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Blizzard might have to refund purchases of D3 in Korea

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From Gamasutra: "The Korean government is investigating allegations that Diablo III developer Blizzard Entertainment is violating the country's commercial laws by refusing to offer refunds on its latest game."
It will be interesting to see how Blizzard will approach this, and whether this will force a chance in the rest of the world as well. If you can get refunds for a D3 license, can you resell it? This might stop the current trend of making games unsellable and unrefundable."

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Verizon blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "Verizon Wireless is blocking Google from including Google Wallet in its flagship smartphone, the Nexus Galaxy S. This is likely tied to Verizon's own efforts in the area, called Isis.

Verizon Wireless, which is controlled by New York-based Verizon Communications along with Britain's Vodafone Group, said in a statement sent to Bloomberg News that it barred Google Wallet "for the best security and user experience."

The open question is whether Google is just prevented from including Google Wallet in the phone sold by Verizon stores, or whether it will simply not work on the Verizon network."
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Couple raises virtual child.. and starves real one

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to CNN.com, a South Korean couple was arrested for allowing their baby to starve to death while they were out at an internet cafe. One of their activities there: raising a virtual child in the online game "Prius Online." While a South Korean professor calls it a case of Internet Addiction, it's probably more a case of bad coping mechanisms: they were jobless and had apparently little to look forward to."
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Creationists take advantage of GW skepticism

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to a NY Times article, Creationists in a few states like Louisiana and Kentucky are taking advantage of an increase in skepticism towards the science of Global Climate Change to promote their own brand of skepticism towards the science of Evolution. It's partly a legal strategy to counter the argument that they're focusing on evolution vs creationism, and therefore breaking down the separation of church and state. But it's also a PR strategy that ties itself to the increasing distrust in the US towards climate science. It looks like "teaching the controversy" is going to become more common in the near future."
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