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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

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

No kidding.
While there are some good points (certainly on the relation between politics & science, and how political & policy decisions get made using questionable science as grounds)
A lot of this article/rant is just terrible 0_o.
Certainly the religion part is just unbelievable. The statistical wizardry & magic is obviously preposterous, but the religious affairs are obviously beyond the realms of science, and are no obstacle in the quest for truth and understanding.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Racemaniac Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

If they post on a proper science website (talking about the age of the earth or not) - Troll. Science sites are not the right place to talk about any deity.

I find this a difficult point. I agree it's annoying and not productive etc... but... is it trolling? They've got a viewpoint, and are trying to get it across to you...

Imo trolling is something bad you do on purpose. Being convinced that you're helping people by telling them about [deity] doesn't sound like trolling to me. But it can be very annoying on a science forum if you keep getting such on your science forum...

I agree that it's probably not their place to be (or very rarely, maybe some theological discussion could from time to time happen on a science forum, why not). But saying they are trolls is going too far imo. And maybe even banning is going too far, don't know...

Just shutting up people you don't agree with and calling them trolls won't make the situation any better (and will just make both sides more determined...)

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Racemaniac Very subjective (382 comments)

There are ofcourse the obvious trolls, but where does someone end being a troll, and is just someone who has a completely different view?

If someone is convinced the earth is only 5000 years old, and that [insert deity] created all other history to confuse us, is that a troll? How do you prevent just creating a forum where you "discuss" things only with people who think the same way you do, and thus without opposing viewpoints since they'll eventually get removed for "trolling"?

about a month and a half ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Racemaniac So what? (234 comments)

Is there any convention about mentioning anywhere which protection softwares your software is using??
i get it that some people don't like securom, but is it any surprise that even free versions contain it because the probably couldn't be bothered to remove it before making it free?

about 2 months ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Racemaniac Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

It seems they're going full blown Barbara Streisand. When googling the name of the blogger, i got a google notice that not all search results may be returned since a request was made to make certain information not available.

So probably the people from the restaurant now also made a request to google to make sure this entire thing can't be googled....

about 2 months ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Racemaniac Re:"Vrije University"? (136 comments)

Vrije is pronounced "Fria."

lol, no it isn't XD

about 3 months ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

Racemaniac Re:A/B-Testing (219 comments)

so all kind of products trying to claim they're healthy while they're absolutely not isn't happening, and never has happened?
under which rock have you been living?

about 3 months ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Racemaniac Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Or not 95% of the SSD buyers will never read this, and this negative publicity will just be a small dent, but overall still profitable

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

Racemaniac Re:Internet (248 comments)

I was thinking the same. The probably most "correct" response would be to make it technically impossible to get the data from Canada, but there is no other way to do that than to just block the data worldwide. Otherwise a simple proxy in another country would circumvent it (or even just imperfect detection of whether the user is in Canada or not).

It seems broad, but unless we've got extremely tightly DRM/Firewall of china kind of restrictions on all data, removing it completely is probably the only way for google to make sure it can no longer be accessed from Canada...

It's still not nice to see such rulings, but unless anyone here has a better idea that isn't trivially circumvented, it's probably also totally legit.

about 3 months ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Racemaniac Re:Units! (176 comments)

i'm from belgium, and here inches are still dominating. it's indeed odd to see that when i go to a german site, that everything is in centimeters (though it would be nice to finally make the switch)

about 4 months ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Racemaniac Re:Units! (176 comments)

i guess that's a compliment for my good english, but i'm european :p.
and i know very well how much 27cm is, but i find it hard to translate to screen diagonal. I however know perfectly how big my currently 10" tablets screen is, and i've never looked at it as a 25cm tablet :p, or maybe i'm getting old and will have to face that slowly screens will be measured in cm and not inch.
Knowing how much 27cm is, for me at least, doesn't give a good indication of what you'll exactly have. you have to compare it to similar screens you have experienced, and for me i've always seen them described in inches, so that's the reference for me.

about 4 months ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Racemaniac Re:Units! (176 comments)

here in west europe, i also see it sometimes, but most of the times it's still inches. And when i see it in cm, it's just strange :p

about 4 months ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Racemaniac Re:Units! (176 comments)

well, screens are even in metric countries still mostly measured in inch. a 10.5 inch screen is clearer than a 27cm screen.
It's indeed strange and stupid, but unless there is a sudden movement to get rid of this convention, it's rather convenient to keep it that way. Everybody knows the sizes in inch of the screens they have, so if a new screen then also measures it in inch, it's easy to compare it to what you currently have.

If i read somewhere the screen diagonal measured in cm, it's most of the time a tiny TV they're trying to make it sound bigger than it is...

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

Racemaniac Re:Discover is the wrong word (223 comments)

I don't know, if they're the first to devise a working setup to achieve that, haven't they discovered how to do it?
It was already discovered that it should be possible, but they might be the first to actually describe a possible apparatus to do so, so i guess it's fair to say that they discovered how to do it?

about 4 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

Racemaniac Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

Just because you keep repeating that, doesn't make it true you know...
The article at the point where it's mentioned that it's most expensive immediately states it is due to the 5 year plan, and sorry, but a migration of win2k -> winxp (where you can keep most apps you were using, and most users will still be fairly familiar, and tech support won't need to learn much new things) vs windows -> linux where just about everything changes just isn't the same order of magnitude.
They also continue to say further on in the article that by their own estimates they saved money by now (about 12 years later?).

So stop your trolling (or work on your reading comprehension, it's seriously lacking)

And i almost feel like a karmawhore/linux fanboy when responding to you (even though i'm a happy windows 8 user)

about 5 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

Racemaniac Re:Cheaper beer (264 comments)

And you took that out of context. That was on the initial 5 year plan, where moving to linux was a big migration, while moving to windows XP from windows 2000 would have had far less impact.
So of course in the first years such a massive migration and education of your users costs more. But now 10+ years later they estimate they saved money (and that was also mentioned in the part where they mentioned that linux was more expensive. For the 5 year plan microsoft was cheaper, but strategically they were pretty sure linux would be cheaper after that).

about 5 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

Racemaniac Re: The historical cycle (255 comments)

and ceos and religious leaders and [fill in random position with a lot of power]

about 5 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

Racemaniac Re:Perhaps He Meant Resolution (347 comments)

since a lot of recent phones are surpassing tv's in resolution, i doubt it...

about 5 months ago
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Master of Analytics Program Admission Rates Falling To Single Digits

Racemaniac Re:Need math degree for journalist too (74 comments)

you can't possibly expect a journalist to get a single number right in an article?

about 5 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Racemaniac Re:solution (303 comments)

I'm not sure if i agree to this. There is some truth in that of course, it's just that people are enjoying too many things at once than they can pay for reasonably. I also enjoy a lot of thing i don't wish to pay for (and thus don't), and that's indeed not so nice of me. But the things i really care about, those that interest me the most, do get a lot of money from me.
We're in a culture where suddenly it's possible to experience just about everything for free if you want to. And that leads to a lot of people doing so, but a lot of them wouldn't bother if they had to pay. And if you're expecting to get money from the mainstream, you better advertise a lot, and go for the lowest common denominator. Otherwise, find a loyal public, and don't expect to make millions, but a fair living should be very possible if you're good at what you do :).

I'm wondering what the ideal situation is. It's really nice to be able to see & experience so much, but how do the people making all those things get money? How do you split the people who are just casually interested from those who really like it, and want to pay for it. A lot of it in the current world has become more a case of goodwill of people willing to pay for content, because they know they don't need to.

I respect the content of what i like most, and am willing to pay for it. But not everybody wants to or is able to... It's a very hard question...

about 6 months ago

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