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What To Expect With Windows 9

Pino Grigio Re:I know! (485 comments)

Really? Fewer driver problems on Linux? Seriously? I mean WHAT?

yesterday
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Pino Grigio Re:I know! (485 comments)

Correct. I have a good experience on Windows too, with both 7 and 8.

yesterday
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Pino Grigio Re:I know! (485 comments)

Why is every thread about Windows infested with Linux enthusiasts? If you've got nothing to say about Windows 9, WTF is the point of even commenting on this?

Prick.

yesterday
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Pino Grigio Re:Tax? (302 comments)

Precisely.

yesterday
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Pino Grigio Tax? (302 comments)

Taxes on businesses and profits are taxes on:

(1) Wages, pay and conditions
(2) Investment
(3) Employment

I think all taxation should be personal taxation; that a business should not be classed as a person for legal purposes and that no taxation should be levied on industry or business at all.

That should enable the tearing up of what in the UK is a 10,000 page tax code, most of it concerning various bribes, shakedowns, let-offs and special cases for businesses. I think if you can't make a tax code that can be written on one side of a piece of A4 paper, you're probably being paid by the hour to write it.

yesterday
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Pino Grigio Re:It's getting hotter still! (592 comments)

Climate models are exercises in curve fitting. They're programmed to fit the data. They are adjusted to fit actual reality, not predict it in advance. This is the pea under the thimble.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Pino Grigio Re:In case you missed the anime convention (885 comments)

I don't think so, no. You can only get so far by ignoring qualia and denying they exist (as people like Dennett do). Consciousness does not supervene on the physical, though obviously it is associated with brains and (who knows) might be a property of the universe as a whole. I like the panpsychist approach and do not believe our current understanding of nature is anywhere near close to correct. There's something to explain, much like there was something to explain about the nature of cavity radiation at the turn of the 20th century. An anomaly, so to speak. And I have no doubt that if it's discoverable by science, it will be the next scientific revolution. A complete paradigm shift in our understanding of the universe.

2 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Pino Grigio Re:It's getting hotter still! (592 comments)

Al Gore is not a scientist.

Neither are the vast majority of politicians, activists, laymen, personalities, intellectuals and academics who lecture us on this issue. Still, he claims to represent the paradigm and if he does not, it's a real shame that none of these "scientists" (I use the term in its broadest possible sense) speak out against him. That they do not is indicative, don't you think?

2 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Pino Grigio Re:It's getting hotter still! (592 comments)

Well given that 5 years ago Al Gore said in 5 years time the Arctic will be completely ice free and it's completely covered in ice still, I would say they have a point. Back to the drawing board with the models at least. If there is one. Which I doubt.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Pino Grigio Re:In case you missed the anime convention (885 comments)

It's what Cairns-Smith called the bomb in the basement of modern physics.

...that qualia must belong to the physical world while at the same time physics and chemistry, which supposedly can in principle give us a complete account of this world, have no place for them

I interpret it as suggesting that even after you've described all particles, forces, fields and laws, there will still be something left to explain. Also known as "some things transcend Human understanding". You can be an atheist and believe this, by the way.

3 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Pino Grigio Re:Implications (291 comments)

I don't think it's got anything to do with it actually.

about a week ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Pino Grigio Obviously. (291 comments)

Of course. I read about this quite a few years ago in a book called Global Warming and Other Bollocks. It has a chapter on salt. I'm still recovering from being told that egg yolks are as bad for me as smoking, though I don't eat 20 eggs a day (or smoke any more), it turns out that actually they're probably only bad for people with heart disease or diabetes.

Anyone losing the will to live yet? I could go on...

about a week ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Pino Grigio Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

You're right but isn't all this just extremely banal? To say that entropy is a statistical measure of disorder and that between certain bounds, life is more or less likely is simply to say that a body at equilibrium (like Mars) is much less likely to harbour life than one that isn't (like the Earth). It's a "no-shit Sherlock" moment.

about a week ago
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Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

Pino Grigio Re:Wooah! (74 comments)

Constructing rational biases, which is what a prior effectively is ("objective prior") isn't all that easy though, is it. There's no universal method for constructing a prior. It's a big source of potential error.

about a week ago
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Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

Pino Grigio Re:Decline Effect (74 comments)

I don't think that's what it means, no. It means there are difficult to discover sources of bias in the design, implementation and interpretation of studies. Over time they change and so (remarkably) do the results.

about a week ago
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Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

Pino Grigio Re:Wooah! (74 comments)

Bayesians need priors don't they? Where do they come from and what affect does the choice of prior have on the final outcome? I don't think Bayesian analysis is any more of a silver bullet than any other technique.

about a week ago
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Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

Pino Grigio Re:Predators (85 comments)

Yes. When I was a child, which was quite a while ago now, pictures of Diplodocus or "diplo - dokus" as I used to call it, showed them mooching around in lakes with predators like Tyrannosaurs looking on wistfully from the shoreline.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

Pino Grigio Re:None of Their Busness (132 comments)

You aren't aware of the term "cognitive burden", with respect to user interfaces?

The basic idea is this: You want people to use your software, not throw their phone at the wall.

about two weeks ago

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