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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

QRDeNameland Re:Transparency (224 comments)

... or do you think a man with no name just hands the president a picture of JFK's head getting blown off from the perspective of the grassy knoll and says "here's your new talking points?"

Apologies to Bill Hicks.

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

QRDeNameland Re:Next step - beer! (308 comments)

Nope. Google 'spelt beer'...there are a few commercial ones and many homebrew recipes.

There are even einkorn beers out there. Outside of experimental GMO grains or truly extinct species, I'd guess that...no, there's no grain known to man that someone has not tried to add in some quantity to their mash.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

QRDeNameland Re:The whole article is just trolling (794 comments)

Yep, that's pretty much my take. My first clue was that he does not use the word "hypothesis" once in the entire article. And though I can't say I can quote Francis Bacon chapter and verse, isn't "abstract reasoning about the ultimate causes of things" (based on initial observations) the very definition of formulating hypotheses, which are then subject to the rigors of experimentation and further observation?

It almost seems as if this guy read Feynman's famous quote...

It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.

...and took from it that experiment is the *only* aspect of science that matters.

That's about as "botched" an understanding of science as any.

about two weeks ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

QRDeNameland Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

The only true atheist I have met was a total sociopath of a man, completely oriented to narcisism.

The only true Scotsman I have met was much the same.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

QRDeNameland Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

What did you load it on? An iPhone 1? A 4? An Osborne Executive?

Funny...I had to google "Osborne Executive", and by whatever coincidence, the picture of it on the WP page has an iPhone next to it. I presume it's for size comparison, but I couldn't help but chuckle at the idea that it was taken by someone trying to get the iOS image running on it.

about two weeks ago
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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

QRDeNameland Re:Nature (113 comments)

Exactly. Plants learned *that* lesson long before we did with the Hindenburg. (If you listen very carefully to the video, you can hear all the plants laughing at our naiveté in the background.)

And when plants learned that lesson, one of them must have surely exclaimed: "Oh, the botany!!"

about three weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

QRDeNameland Re:law enforcement scams (462 comments)

If Republicans had their way, the government would have no power whatsoever to confiscate anything from you without first convicting you of a crime.

Utter and complete bullshit. The asset forfeiture regime was introduced under the Presidentâ(TM)s Commission on Organized Crime in 1986, at which time the President was Republican Saint Ronald Reagan, and was ramped up through the GHW Bush administration.

Not that I absolve the Democrats in any way of their part is this travesty, but make no mistake...when Republicans have their way, this is *exactly* the sort of corrupt power grab they are famous for.

about three weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

QRDeNameland Cue the cop apologists... (462 comments)

The cops have a tough job and the vast majority are not predators and have our best interests at heart. As long as I know they're keeping us safe, what's a little shakedown here and there? Just make sure you don't like someone who deserves it and take heart that they can only steal what's in the car or on your person. Just be *reasonable* about it, that's all.

And please, stop the nonsense about being in a police state. In a police state, they stick the plunger handle all the way up your ass, here they stop at 2/3 the way. Clearly *not* a police state....yet.

/Stockholm Syndrome

about three weeks ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

QRDeNameland Re:Rupert Murdoch Streisand (132 comments)

Personally, I would have gone with "Put another shrimp on the barbie Streisand, mate."

about a month ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

QRDeNameland Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

I do have some vague feeling that I heard it used in the way you describe once several decades ago, but I'd hardly say that such a meaning is "well recognized".

If you check the Urban Dictionary page for "Nimrod", I'd say that it appears to be pretty well recognized. According to one entry, the usage dates to a Bugs Bunny cartoon where Elmer Fudd is referred to as such.

I can't say it's universally common among the entire English-speaking world, but where I grew up (East Coast US in the 70s/80s) it was a common synonym for 'dimwit'.

about a month ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

QRDeNameland Re:where's the money?! (213 comments)

Academics and Code Monkeys

about 2 months ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

QRDeNameland Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (166 comments)

Not to be seen as a classist biggot, but if someone homeless or destitute, but understand the nature of the proposition, why shouldn't they be able to enter an agreement to test drugs that 1) might help whatever the condition being treated is and 2) render them with some income? The same opportunities should be afforded them as others. You can't exclude someone because they are homeless or destitute.

Well, putting aside the question of whether or not this practice is exploitative, I see a greater concern in the fact that they are testing on a group that may not be representative of the general population. If, for example, the people you are testing on are disproportionately severe alcoholics or drug addicts, you might get a disproportional incidence of side effects that will skew your results. Ethics aside, it seems like bad scientific practice to me.

about 2 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

QRDeNameland Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

The real question is: If you value privacy and dislike ads, why would you ever use Chrome?

Well, I keep Chrome installed as my secondary browser because I run Firefox by default in "hazmat suit" mode (ABP, NoScript, Ghostery, RequestPolicy, etc.) which does break a lot of sites. For sites that I trust, oftentimes it is easier to just use Chrome than figure out what I need to whitelist in which plugin using FF. In terms of using it as your only/default browser, I agree with you, but even for a moderate paranoid like me, there is a case to be made for 'ever' using it.

about 2 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

QRDeNameland Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

uTorrent IS malware these days.

Sadly true. I recently switched to qBittorrent and and though it lacks a few of the bells and whistles, I have not looked back.

about 2 months ago
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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

QRDeNameland Re:Holy grey area! (159 comments)

Provided you don't know that _all_ poppies are opium poppies, then it's legal to buy the seeds and grow the flowers. Of course now that you know ...

GP might not "know" that because it's false.

Only Papaver somniferum are opium poppies. The common red 'Flanders' poppy aka the Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is not an opium poppy, nor are a number of others like the California poppy that are not even of the genus Papaver.

Poppy

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

QRDeNameland Re:Schedule some days as offset days (265 comments)

Or you can just work 16hour days like the rest of us and wear it with a badge of sucker.

FTFY

about 3 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

QRDeNameland Re:Buffet vs. A La Carte (353 comments)

No, really, it is. Remember when everyone said that butter was bad for you and you had to eat margarine instead? Now it's the other way 'round (or looking to go that way). So - how would you feel about having to pay for all those times you bought real butter all those years?

Oh, even better - let's talk diets! Not like recommendations for those don't ever change from, say, the old four food groups to pyramid to tetrahedron, to... - oh, wait.

No thanks - I prefer to not put my eating habits and health in the hands of some corporate asshats.

My first thought reading this: Is there any actual scientific evidence that the data gathered by a FitBit or similar device is actually indicative of better health? Or is it yet one more assumption in the field of human health that seemed reasonable but turned out to be misguided, as in the cases you mentioned?

My second thought: once you put a financial incentive on wearing such a device, there will now be incentives for people to hack/game the output...e.g., throw your FitBit in a paint can shaker and it looks like you're doing calisthenics when you're really sitting on the couch eating bonbons. (I have no idea if that would work, but you get the picture.)

about 3 months ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

QRDeNameland Re:Superman logo is a Trademark (249 comments)

Why not put the logo on the marker of Christopher Reeve or George Reeves. They are the only people who would have actually earned it.

What about Kirk Alyn, you insensitive clod?

about 3 months ago

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Intel to Pass on Vista

QRDeNameland QRDeNameland writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QRDeNameland (873957) writes "Steve Lohr on The New York Times' Bits blog reports that:

Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft's Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company's plans said.
Ouch, that's gotta hurt..."

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QRDeNameland QRDeNameland writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QRDeNameland (873957) writes "In a NY Times Op-Ed piece today, Mark Helprin argues for what amounts to perpetual copyright, and that anything less is essentially an unfair public taking of property. According to Helprin, "No good case exists for the inequality of real and intellectual property, because no good case can exist for treating with special disfavor the work of the spirit and the mind." Well, I can think of quite of few arguments for such a case, unfortunately the NY Times did not see fit to publish any contrary view for equal time."

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