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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Njorthbiatr I was promised algorithms! (320 comments)

This is not algorithmic. This is logistics.

yesterday
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Njorthbiatr Re:Is Google Losing It? (150 comments)

Google isn't modifying their search results.

They're adding advertisements for legitimate content at the top of searches and on the side... For a price.

It's brilliant. I love you Google.

yesterday
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

Njorthbiatr Re:Lots of things (81 comments)

Amazon is a giant man. It's not just a dotcom bookstore.

yesterday
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Njorthbiatr Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Exactly my point. They knew they weren't equipped to handle it, yet they tried to anyway. That's just careless.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Njorthbiatr Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Something like 95% of people don't wash their hands long enough to kill germs... Or thereabouts if I remember the statistic. That was done on college kids.

I wonder what the number is in healthcare.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Njorthbiatr Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Yes, I'm aware how healthcare really works.

I'm saying after he tested positive for Ebola, obviously.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Njorthbiatr Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Only if you need to be treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

They've demonstrated themselves to be completely incompetent. Eric Duncan should have been transported to a hospital with the equipment and expertise to deal with quarantining highly infectious disease. The first Ebola case in the US, if you recall, was a doctor admitted to a hospital with staff and facilities prepared to handle it.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Njorthbiatr Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

So the solution is that we should get rid of thieves.

More sting operations and harsher sentencing outta do it.

about a week ago
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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

Njorthbiatr Re:I'm OK with this (181 comments)

Musk is basically the polar opposite of Jobs.

One delivers little with a lot of hype and the other delivers a lot with very little hype.

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Njorthbiatr Re:more likely from Kenya than Canada (254 comments)

Eh, that may as well be a moot point with proper form. If anything the cushioning is slowing you down unless it's got springs in it or something.

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Njorthbiatr Re:more likely from Kenya than Canada (254 comments)

Lighter shoes means less weight but I doubt it means much imo. The weight is pretty insignificant.

It's more likely better training and diet. There's a myth circling out there that low-carb is BAD for athletes and especially for runners. Which I suppose can be true for someone who runs middle distance 800 meters - 3200 meters. Nutritional science may as well be in its infancy, and the culture is worse among runners who proliferate their version of bro science.

Marathon runners don't have the lowest VO2 maxes, cross country skiers do, so there's clearly more room for them to improve their cardiovascular systems.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

Njorthbiatr Re:Purely academical interest (178 comments)

Those statistics can't be used. The control group has to be in the same environment as the treatment groups.

"Don't withhold the vaccine!" is tantamount to bad science. We don't even know if the vaccine works in humans yet, and here people are jumping to the conclusion that it may help someone. I think the danger of letting a vaccine that may be ineffective proliferate is a far greater cost than having it work and having a control group.

about two weeks ago
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How Hackers Accidentally Sold a Pre-Release XBox One To the FBI

Njorthbiatr Re:Yay! (67 comments)

If they were off doing some SWAT operation to bang in some guy's door for uploading some movies to the internet instead, yes I have every right to be upset.

Police are a limited resource, a resource that should be used against dangerous and lethal crime. So if the police couldn't make it to my house for a robbery right away because they were tied up bringing down some crime kingpin, that I can perfectly accept. But if they're going to waste their time on some large corporation's IP, I'll be damned if I'm okay with that, and it's appalling to think others do.

And this happens all the time in poor urban neighborhoods, there just aren't enough police to deal with all the crime.

about three weeks ago
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How Hackers Accidentally Sold a Pre-Release XBox One To the FBI

Njorthbiatr Yay! (67 comments)

Must mean they've already caught all the murderers, rapists, serial killers, and other dangerous criminals, now they have to turn to this.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

Njorthbiatr Re:Compound Found In Beer Impairs Brain Function (119 comments)

Abstainers do no better than heavy drinkers, it seems. Of course this should be taken with a shaker of statistical salt. Correlation is not causation and all that jazz.

Alcohol, like any drug, is bad in toxic doses, which happens to be the doses it's often consumed. Nontoxic doses can provide therapeutic benefit against stress and anxiety. It binds to GABA receptors, making them more sensitive. This in return causes an increase in GABA activity and thus a decrease in overall brain activity. It's a mechanism well known to have an anxiolytic effect. Alcohol also seems to prevent the breakdown of dopamine (the good ole feel good transmitter).

So there is reason to think drinking it would cause people to be healthier. It is not the only obtainable and reasonably safe substance that affects GABA, however.

about three weeks ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Njorthbiatr Re:WRX (261 comments)

How is it a BS charge if they find drugs in your car?

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Njorthbiatr Re:Mars has no magnetosphere (549 comments)

So let's fix its core.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Njorthbiatr Re:uhh (549 comments)

Five major extinctions on Earth does certainly work the statistics in his favor.

I'm certain the tardigrade will be fine, though.

about three weeks ago

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