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Psychology's Replication Battle

Oidhche WTF? (172 comments)

it's difficult to demonstrate that an experiment is valuable when you can't even demonstrate that it's replicable

Duh. That's because an experiment that is not replicable has *no* value.

about 3 months ago
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Why Weather Control Conspiracy Theories Are Scientifically Ludicrous

Oidhche Re:secret chem trail organization excels at securi (251 comments)

What do you expect? They work daily in near proximity to concentrated mind-control agents, how could they whistle-blow? Same goes for anyone who would get close to a crash or spill site.

about a year ago
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Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

Oidhche What's with all the threats of physical violence? (775 comments)

It seems like every other comment is saying something like "you better not record me or I'll punch you in the face". Why is it that the first reaction these people have is violence, instead of say, ignoring it, leaving the scene, politely asking the Glass user to stop, or even demanding that he stop? While your arguments against Glass may have merit, you're basically bringing it down to the level of "let's beat up that dorky kid with the glasses".

about a year ago
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Google Releases Glass Factory System Image, Rooted Bootloader

Oidhche Will you stop all that whining? (74 comments)

Every post about Google Glass is flooded with comments about "invasion of privacy", "douchebags", "dorks", "hitting them in the face if they try to film me", "blah blah". WTF is this site, Jocks' Central? What happened to "news for nerds"? You don't like Google Glass, I get it. Now GTFO and back to your Facebook to post about what a great fuck your latest girlfriend was.

about a year and a half ago
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Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

Oidhche Re:Isac Newton anyone? (743 comments)

There's no need for that hypothesis.

more than 2 years ago
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Eye of Tiger Composer Sues Gingrich To Stop Campaign From Using Song

Oidhche Re:The song is 30 years old (452 comments)

I did say sane.

more than 2 years ago
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Eye of Tiger Composer Sues Gingrich To Stop Campaign From Using Song

Oidhche The song is 30 years old (452 comments)

By any sane measure, it's been long in public domain.

more than 2 years ago
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Project Bifrost: (Fission) Rockets of the Future?

Oidhche Re:This is now antique technology (148 comments)

Ion engines have wonderful Isp, but very low thrust. And it's not just that a journey with such an engine would be longer - low-thrust transfers are inherently less efficient than Hohmann transfers, negating some of the Isp advantage. Moreover, you couldn't reach a nice portion of c with current ion engines: their Isp is good, but not that good. Most of them only have at most a few hundred km/s of effective exhaust velocity, limiting the maximum delta-v to like 0.3%-0.5%c under any design with realistic mass ratio.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Enters Open Beta

Oidhche Too late, I've lost interest (188 comments)

I was pretty excited by Google+, but the whole "real name" fiasco turned me off completely. Not that I really care that much about using a pseudonym vs my real name, but I think that it just isn't Google's damn business what somebody wants to call themselves.

more than 3 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

Oidhche Re: optical drive (394 comments)

If it's not on Steam, it's on Pirate Bay.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

Oidhche Uhm... Am I missing something? (1223 comments)

"Already invited? We've temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon."

With that, what good is an invite anyway?

more than 3 years ago
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Advocacy Group For the Blind Slams Google Apps

Oidhche They've got it backwards (287 comments)

Blind people lack required features for Google Apps.

more than 3 years ago
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Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie

Oidhche Re:What are they looking for? (433 comments)

They're going to show 2girls1cup and record viewers reactions, then make a new movie from that footage.

more than 3 years ago
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Julian Assange Faces Rape Investigation In Sweden — Updated

Oidhche Re:Timing,,, (1017 comments)

Furthermore, one has to remember that even if the accusations are true, it does not in any way invalidate Assange's work or "pro-leak" arguments. Doing so would be a simple, straight ad hominem.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks To Publish Remaining Afghan Documents

Oidhche Re:save lives by exposing military tactics.... (711 comments)

*sigh*

Your analogy is false because no one is blaming the victim here. Or have you seen someone claiming that it's the soldiers' fault if they get killed as a result of the leak? It's obvious that it's ultimately the fault of whoever pulls the trigger. That doesn't mean others are not to blame for creating the circumstances that allowed the killing to happen.

You want a better analogy? Imagine a boarding school for girls. Let's say that the guard on night shift in the dormitory has a habit of sleeping on the job. A journalists finds out about it and writes an article for the local newspaper. Another man reads it, sneaks into the dorm at night and rapes one of the girls.

Now, whose fault is it? Obviously not the victim's. Apart from being the victim, she's not a party in this discussion. The rapist is of course guilty of the actual crime. But who's guilty of creating the circumstances that allowed the crime to happen? The journalist, who exposed a hole in the dorm's security, or the guard, who created that hole?

My opinion is that the guard it guilty. His job was to protect others and he failed it. Similarly, it's the fault of whoever was responsible for keeping the documents secret if their exposure results in somebody's death. The journalists were simply doing their job - drawing public attention to the failings of people who were supposed to protect others.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks To Publish Remaining Afghan Documents

Oidhche Re:save lives by exposing military tactics.... (711 comments)

While I obviously have no first-hand knowledge of how real spying works, I assume that for the greater part it's paying a lot of money to people with access to classified information so that they give it to you. There's no reason Al Qaeda couldn't do it. Even if it doesn't, it's quite possible that a third party - one with a real spy network - gives them some information in order to undermine the U.S. military.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks To Publish Remaining Afghan Documents

Oidhche Re:save lives by exposing military tactics.... (711 comments)

The point is that if Assange managed to get that information, it's likely that real spies got it too, and before him. If you want to base your strategy on certain things being secret, you should do a better job at keeping them secret. If any lives are lost as a result of exposing this, the blame is with those who failed to contain that information, not Assange.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks To Publish Remaining Afghan Documents

Oidhche Re:save lives by exposing military tactics.... (711 comments)

If journalists got their hands on classified documents, you can safely assume enemy intelligence got them too. Exposing the information gives them nothing new.

more than 4 years ago

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