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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

QRDeNameland Re:school curriculums? (474 comments)

It's perfectly fine to use the English plural of English words, whatever language they're borrowed from ...

As with much of the English language, it depends on the specific case. If you were to use "datums", "agendums", "bacteriums", or "criterions" instead of "data", "agenda", "bacteria", or "criteria", those would be nearly universally considered incorrect. There is not much rhyme or reason other than how the usage evolved in practice.

Not trying to be pedantic, just pointing out that English has few hard and fast rules in that regard. And on that note, I'm off to meet up with some of my fellow alumnuses from college for a night at the opuses. :)

4 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

QRDeNameland Re: that's because (373 comments)

Actually, it's a triple negative (don't, disagree, aren't).

5 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

QRDeNameland Re:Why are you a corporate shill? (111 comments)

Seconded. I had no idea about his background. He was just downgraded from 'windbag' to 'shitbag' in my book.

about two weeks ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

QRDeNameland Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

Actually, I would posit that "crazy-out-of-control-in-a-hurry-drivers" and the self-appointed vigilante traffic cops that feel obligated to thwart them are merely two different species of asshole drivers. If you think that you have a right to endanger public safety because you can't manage to allot enough travel time because you always assume perfect traffic conditions, you're an asshole. And if the person who thinks you are driving like an asshole thinks they have the right to endanger public safety by being an obstacle to you, that person is an asshole too.

I do agree that the latter behavior is not criticized enough, and it should be explicitly stated in driving instruction that retaliatory obstructionism is as dangerous as the drivers they are trying to thwart. But make no mistake, if you believe that you "have to take dangerous maneuvers to pass these fools", you shouldn't be driving, period.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

QRDeNameland Re:Oh no (297 comments)

Well, as for the bulk of the your post, all I'll say is that the 5 beers are showing.

As for calculating your total calories, it all depends on the pizza. The beer is pretty much 750 kcal (a little less if light beer, but potentially much more if say a nice malty craft brew), but depending on the size of pizza and toppings, it could be 700-800 kcal, it could be 2000 or even much much more.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

QRDeNameland Re:Oh no (297 comments)

So there's a well-regarded scientific study (and there have been many others) showing the opposite of what you claim, yet you stick to it without offering any evidence to the contrary.

Plenty of people may *claim* to eat diets that low in calories, but we also know that people both fat and thin tend to greatly underestimate their intake. Clinical studies like these make clear such a diet will generally make most people miserable, and likely the main reason such diets virtually always fail in the long term.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

QRDeNameland Re:Oh no (297 comments)

My point was with the statement "A normal person can live on 1300 - 1700 kcal just fine."

So note: "During the 6-month semi-starvation period, each subject's dietary intake was cut to approximately 1,560 calories per day."

...and...

"Among the conclusions from the study was the confirmation that prolonged semi-starvation produces significant increases in depression, hysteria and hypochondriasis as measured using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Indeed, most of the subjects experienced periods of severe emotional distress and depression. There were extreme reactions to the psychological effects during the experiment including self-mutilation (one subject amputated three fingers of his hand with an axe, though the subject was unsure if he had done so intentionally or accidentally). Participants exhibited a preoccupation with food, both during the starvation period and the rehabilitation phase. Sexual interest was drastically reduced, and the volunteers showed signs of social withdrawal and isolation."

That doesn't sound like most people will "live on 1300 - 1700 kcal just fine".

about three weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

QRDeNameland Re:Oh no (297 comments)

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment disagrees with you.

It is also well observed that lean people are just as prone to underestimate the amount of calories they consume as do the overweight/obese, so it's quite possible that all the people who claim to only eat circa 1500 kcal/day are eating significantly more. Remember that if you are not fat, no one will ever call you out on it.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

QRDeNameland Re:Oh no (297 comments)

We could look at the first law of thermodynamics.

And you could also realize that the first law of thermodynamics says nothing about causation. After all, thermodynamics are exactly as applicable to normal human growth as they are to obesity, but no one attributes the *cause* of growth in a child or abnormalities of growth like gigantism or dwarfism to caloric balance. Biology matters.

about three weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

QRDeNameland Re:Every time XKCD 936 is Mentioned (549 comments)

The average user isn't going to have (or be able to write) a secure random word selector. He's going to look at the "new password" field and think up 4 words, and they're almost certain to be related somehow.

The Diceware method can be done with a downloaded word list file and some dice. If, as the article suggests, one is only using memorizable passwords where absolutely necessary, this method is neither burdensome nor difficult for even the most 'average' of users.

about a month and a half ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

QRDeNameland Re:Every time XKCD 936 is Mentioned (549 comments)

Just because the author asserts that the password system is broken doesn't make Randall Munroe's point about passwords incorrect. "At least one security researcher rejects that theory." What theory does he reject? It's simple math that shows that Munroe's method is better for creating stronger passwords (at least for the average user), but that has nothing to do with relying on password managers...

In addition, he seems to miss a rather key point about the xkcd method. He goes on about "users should not be choosing passwords" (which is correct), but note that the xkcd comic says 'four random common words'. In other words, in order to follow this method, the user would not be arbitrarily choosing a password but having it generated instead, by for instance using the Diceware method. The core idea is that a human being can much more easily memorize a randomly generated 4-5 word passphrase, as evidenced by the fact that we all seem to remember 'correct horse battery staple'. Yes, password managers are a great tool to handle the ever-growing array of passwords we must manage in our digital lives, but that doesn't preclude the idea that for those 5% of passwords he concedes must be memorized that Munroe's method is not a superior method in those cases, especially since he seems to fundamentally misunderstand it.

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

QRDeNameland Re:1996 called (263 comments)

The two Os represent my bad eyes, which also make me feel old.

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

QRDeNameland Re:Argument from authority (263 comments)

Good point. Another thing that muddies the stats is that many of the people who actually do time for MJ are people who had previously served time for some other offense, and the MJ offense winds them up in jail as a probation/parole/3 strikes violation, which depending on the jurisdiction may or may not get counted as "being imprisoned for marijuana".

For some numbers not pulled rectally, according to an ACLU analysis: "Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana." Remember that arrest means you were charged and it goes on your record. That alone should be enough misery to end this stupidity.

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

QRDeNameland Re:1996 called (263 comments)

I learned this about him more than 10 years ago when i was in my college dorm room googling cannabis before i first tried

As someone who first tried cannabis while Cheech and Choong were still making records, that makes me feel very old.

about a month and a half ago
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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 2 months 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 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

QRDeNameland Re:The whole article is just trolling (795 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 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

QRDeNameland Re:In lost the will to live ... (795 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 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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