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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Occams Re: diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

You could die from a Boolean error in your logic.

about a week ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Occams Puerile fantasy (512 comments)

FFS it is just a kids show: intended for 9 year old boys. Get over it!

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Occams Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

I respond very negatively to advertising. It irritates and offends me so much that I am prepared to pay more for a similar product that I have not seen advertised.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Occams Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

Agreed, but notice how the long Aldi conveyor ends abruptlyat the cash register after which is a very short counter that can hold only a couple of items. There the fast swiping check out chick expects you to quickly load your own bags (or buy new bags) to stop items piling up on your side and falling off the edge. There is no bag loading service. This means that you cannot watch the prices going through the till because you are too busy trying to keep up, and they will snap nastily at you if you fail. There is always a long queue on each register at my Aldi. If one ever it becomes short, the operator closes that lane to make the other queues longer. You cannot time your visits better, because even during slack periods of the week there will be a long queue on the only register operating. A quick purchase of one item is never possible.
If the queues are all too long I will dump my pile anywhere and walk out: in the hope that the manager will realize that this policy is costing sales and re-stacking time.
Aldi charges a fee for providing a cart, even though some are usually available for free outside in the car park. And, it charges a percentage fee for using your credit card. Traditions from Germany, I guess.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Occams Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

Forget price matching. There is no point in getting the same price. If you find it cheaper somewhere else just buy it there.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Occams Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

Yep, that is the phony "discount store" model that undercut and killed the old "department store" model. Now that too is failing because it is being undercut by on-line shopping. I can no longer suspend my disbelief at the hyped-up discount store sales promotions. Pull the other one: it has bells on. Tell it to the Marines: they are thick enough to believe you.
Most "Loss leaders" are items that would not sell when formerly pitched above market price, or they are items that are even cheaper from Asian on-line stores.The sooner that fake discount model is gone the better. I only use Walmart to physically inspect the products that I am considering purchasing on-line. I expect to get things about 30% cheaper, including shipping, providing that I can avoid the big retail on line stores like Amazon. Give me the Chinese copies every time -- more reliable as well as cheaper.
I don't care about the jobs that will be lost when the likes of Walmart are gone. The bulk of the wages that should be going to their workers are being stolen by the obscenely rich Walton family. Something better will replace those jobs when the fake discount stores are killed off. Both Waltons and the Government have to learn that we will not stand for this kind of exploitation any longer.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Occams Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

Most businesses rely on people using credit cards. If they had to use cash instead, their costs would rise and sales would decrease. Airlines for example, are totally dependent on their customers credit cards because they now have no other method for taking payments. And yet they charge consumers a big fee for using them. It should be the other way around because the cards cost the owner plenty. Pay me for maintaining and using my credit card, or go back to cash, bank transfers, cashier's checks and personal checks.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Occams Re:Walmart employees, rejoice! (455 comments)

We do not have Walmart in Australia -- probably Government does not allow businesses to treat their employees like that. I am fine with this. I hope that they never come here. Its the same for employers that force the people who work for them to rely on tipping. We don't want them either.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Occams Re:Executive summary... (491 comments)

That is what the tail is for - wind vane effect keeps the nose into the apparent wind.

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Occams Re:Pay for their own show (667 comments)

"But there is a duck billed platypus. Can you explain that?"
It is due to New Zealand pronunciation of I as a U. i.e "fush and chups"
So "duck" means "dick"

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Occams Re:Equal time for all! Whoo! (667 comments)

The academic public policy take on this is as follows:
Diversity of opinion can be in several forms:
* a diversity of available (biased) channels, even though some of them give no time to opposing opinions
* a diversity of programs over time within a channel
* a diversity of opinions within a program.
For a FTA channel using the radio spectrum, the broadcasting license gives the right to use a scarce public good (one of the very limited number of interference free VHF or UHF channels available in the service area) giving access (and ability to influence) all citizens. In that case it is reasonable for the channel to be required to reflect the diversity of political, religious, and scientific opinion within the country.

There are so many channels available on cable and satellite that there is no requirement for any one of them to be required to reflect diversity of opinion.

There is no requirement to reflect diversity in any particular program - with the possible exception of programs that are produced with public money.
IMHO science does not have to reflect religious views because they are not about science.
similarly, religion does not have to have a scientific basis because it is not about science.

The two belief sets do not overlap. R union S = 0 , T=True , R= False

On an earlier point, TV networks are usually not paid to present a program. If they do, it is because they believe that it will be of sufficient interest to enable advertisements to be sold to a target audience through it. The networks are not in the least interested in the truth contained therein. They are not in the business of relaying truth. For God's sake! - they are in the advertising industry.

about a month ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Occams Re:Suicide By Jet Plane (436 comments)

I think it was probably Somali pirates. Airliners are inevitable part of their business development plan. I am not kidding. It explains why there have been no claims by terrorists. They probably unintentionally lost it in the ocean because flying, navigating, and landing an airliner is a tad more difficult than taking a ship home in familiar waters. Look for it in the Bay of Bengal en-route to Somalia.

about a month ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Occams Why not Pirates? (436 comments)

This kind of hijacking would be a logical move up-market for those Somali pirates who steal ships in the Bay of Bengal. Those bastards would not claim credit for it until they had a deal to negotiate. They probably crashed it in the sea because they found an airliner somewhat more difficult to handle than a ship.

about a month ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Occams Re:Whatever (529 comments)

Prayer is a form of communication, but with what is it communicating, and how. I suggest that the conscious mind is communicating with the subconscious through the medium of the brain. That is a much lesser leap of faith than to believe that there is a long range communications system, involving no infrastructure or terminals, that can communicate between the living and the dead or with supernatural beings. When the devout receive vocal answers to their prayers it is really only their relaxed more- rational mind giving them a sensible answer to their feverish questions. But then I am a radio engineer: called Occams.

about a month ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Occams Re: Three thoughts... (436 comments)

NORAD relies on secondary radar for tracking intruders into US air space.

about a month ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

Occams Re:Debt (467 comments)

Jail time costs us money. This is a stupid waste of our money. The courts should be smarter than that. Make her pay compensation to the state for maintaining an arrest order for her all that time.

about 2 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Occams Re:Go back .... (326 comments)

Perhaps explains the confusion of Australia with Austria.

about 2 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

Occams Payback (277 comments)

This ia sad reflection of the lack of understanding of the new government on environmental issues. For them, rewarding their mates and campaign donors in big business is more important than anything else.

about 3 months ago
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Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

Occams Re:Show me a climate model for the past 16 years (846 comments)

"If the climate scientists have a model that accurately predicted the past 16 years then we can talk about the future." Rubbish. The global atmospheric environment is a complex set of regional systems, all dissipating energy through the various weather patterns around the world. The greenhouse effect has caused that huge set of systems system to heat up, and so they have to dissipate more and more energy. This is increasing entropy and there has to be a dramatic result when you do that to any system or machine. Metaphorically, this is like a steam engine when the boiler is fired up too high and the pressure relief valve has to operate or it will explode. The result is more violent regional weather systems which result in heat being transferred in greater quantities than previously in living memory. Sometimes this results in some places freezing and other places having heat waves and drought. The entire system has not been modeled thoroughly. Some of the smaller weather systems have been modeled quite well but when subjected to exogenous heat inputs from the global system, the model fails to predict what might happen because this effect cannot be taken into account in the model. What most Americans think about this is irrelevant because most Americans are too poorly educated to appreciate how scientists do research, and they are notoriously willing to entertain stupid conspiracy theories. Grow up America!

about 2 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Occams The USA is cursed (1431 comments)

Cinema owners have no right to stop texting. The carrier purchased a license to use the spectrum at great cost and the cinema cannot take away the right given by the Federal government through that license. Using it is bad manners but nothing more. Crazy old gun nut. The curse of the Second Amendment.

about 3 months ago

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Too Cute to Shoot

Occams Occams writes  |  about a year ago

Occams (2422082) writes "reaking News:

In video You Tube has revealed that the Chinese have secretly developed a human clone machine, and now they are churning out an army that is just too cute to shoot.
That was seven years ago. Imagine how many they have now.

Intel video analysts have noticed that the Commie Evil Genius has given himself away by not cloning some short fat ugly ones to hide in the middle ranks, as we and all other armies have to do.
Also note how the officers are identical clones of the enlisted women. How Communist?
Notice how the Beta Version 1.1.1 clone machine still has some problems with faces. Some of them are a little blurry. Perhaps they are still working on the HiDef 2.0 version.

“This is damn serious because it might work” says SecDef. “How could any red-blooded American male shoot at that? Maybe we really do need more women in combat roles. It is the best argument for equality that I have ever seen.”

Now at last Hillary C remembers a drunken comment from the Chinese Ambassador.
“What you Americans do if you got clone machine : Elvis?”"

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