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HP Touch Pad Still Popular ... With HP Employees

RockModeNick Re:Touchpad vs. iPad (131 comments)

That said I have a 32gb fire sale Touchpad and love the damn thing.

more than 2 years ago
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HP Touch Pad Still Popular ... With HP Employees

RockModeNick Re:Touchpad vs. iPad (131 comments)

That Acer is the smartest hardware configuration on any tablet to date.
A REAL FUCKING USB PORT. And it performs great and starts at 100$ under most similar products. Tough bugger too, that Dell tablet and the Galaxy pad have both broken from customer handling at the bigbox store where I work, but that Acer keeps on going despite getting more and more attention as the others fail.

And did I mention it has a real fucking USB port? Because it has an actual, normal, regulation USB. To, you know, connect peripherals.

more than 2 years ago
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Religious Ceremony Leads To Evolution of Cave Fish

RockModeNick Re:Unuseful Definition (233 comments)

I would agree selective breeding is a type of evolution.

I was differentiating between selective breeding and the unintended consequences of human behavior activities on other forces of selection.

more than 3 years ago
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Religious Ceremony Leads To Evolution of Cave Fish

RockModeNick Re:Unuseful Definition (233 comments)

The difference is the method of selection: In one case, humans are altering the environment of a species, resulting in evolutionary changes.

Selective breeding involves just that, selecting the traits you want in the animal and then breeding only animals with those traits. Selecting what you breed.

  The environmental alteration version doesn't involve any conscious desire for selection; any meddling that alters survival and breeding rates is good enough. These people aren't purposefully poisoning the water to select the fish in the river that are hardest to poison.

more than 3 years ago
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Ozzy Osbourne's Genome Reveals Some Neanderthal Lineage

RockModeNick Re:Rich (151 comments)

By the makers, yes, but at the same time cutting the drugs is part of the process once they enter the local market. The problem usually isn't high purity itself, but inconsistent cuts - perhaps the actual drug is smaller and denser than the cut, so bags made from the top of the stash are much weaker than bags made from the bottom, even though they are the same drugs from the same source. Criminalizing drugs has never been about harm reduction though, and often actively seeks to increase harm.

more than 3 years ago
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Meta-Research Debunks Medical Study Findings

RockModeNick Re:well, that's actually mostly true (261 comments)

One thing I can't believe gets almost no attention is active placebos vs inactive placebos. That is to say, if you give a placebo that has SOME subtle but noticeable effect (it can be almost anything, so long as it doesn't actually treat the condition the subject has), the placebo effect greatly increases. Often increases exactly as much as psych meds (SSRIs in particular) are shown to be more effective than placebo. I'm fairly sure SSRI's are just active placebos, and wonder about a good number of medications.

more than 3 years ago
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Meta-Research Debunks Medical Study Findings

RockModeNick Re:Reality check (261 comments)

One reason I don't get more upset when the companies release a new drug with no real difference in effectiveness from an old drug is that it might still help a number of people - only releasing such a drug will determine if it is working on the same patients. If, lets say, half of the patients upon which the old drug isn't effective are for some reason responsive to the new one, it still stands to treat half of the people currently suffering and unable to be helped by the existing medication, even though neither shows any real advantage in the degree to which it helps or the overall % of patients it can help.

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

RockModeNick Re:Rape? In Sweden? (1017 comments)

As someone with a psychology degree with a strong understanding of natural selection, I've always found popular evolutionary psychology gives too much weight to propagation-neutral behaviors. They assume that "anything we see behaviorally should be seen as (directly or indirectly) part of a beneficial adaption, or we wouldn't be seeing it." This sounds great, but it's wrong.

Evolutionary psychologists are often terrible at understanding natural selection. They go on the old Discovery-channel notion of "perfect adaption." Perfect adaption is a huge pile of bullshit; anything that works well enough to plop out a viable offspring before death gets passed to the next generation. The more behaviorally complex an organism gets, the larger the package of selection-neutral behaviors, and any behavior which is oddly neutral in effect on the ability of a species to survive increases or decreases in frequency either randomly or based on factors lacking significant evolutionary pressure.

While making specific predictions based on evolutionary science is difficult at best, it's damn near impossible with evolutionary psychology. Even more than most evolutionary science it's all done in retrospective, but with only the best-guesses of cultural anthropology and cultural paleontology to guess which behaviors are being observed, and how much data is missing...

I dislike saying it, but a surprising amount of evolutionary psychology is about as scientific and testable as intelligent design.

about 4 years ago
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Julian Assange Faces Rape Investigation In Sweden — Updated

RockModeNick Re:Rape? In Sweden? (1017 comments)

This is actually a lie. It's popular to say because crime shows repeat it and depict it a lot, when in fact it's only true of serial rapists, generally only violent serial rapists, a tiny subpopulation of rapists.

The vast majority of rapes are date or acquaintance rapes, and most involve poor judgement from both parties, poor judgment made even worse in most cases by intoxicants.

Sometimes, victims end up places they would normally not want to be and in company they would not normally keep due to lapses in their judgement.

Nearly all of the time, the attacker is not (in their own mind) assaulting anyone. They are usually intoxicated, often have poor judgement even sober, and have been SURE they are getting laid every since entering the empty room with the victim and starting to strip each others clothes off. Something changes, but the attacker does not want to accept that without a fight, so they push back and try to keep things moving - this is often more than enough to result in a rape. Even if the victim is slapping them or trying to push them off (this is a step past rape by shutting the ears and "keeping things moving"), this particular idiots clouded perception sees this as "hitting me first" and becomes more aggressive.

Sex and sexual communication are at the center here, it's not about power. Generally, sex an idiot convinced himself he is getting "for sure", and when things change, is willing to use force to get anyway. The force is not to exert power over the victim, it's a means for the attacker to get chickens they counted before they were hatched.

about 4 years ago
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How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?

RockModeNick Re:Maybe we will start seeing more cores? (362 comments)

A friend of mine once told me nearly this exact same thing when I called him and asked what's up: "I have a feeling that once doing smaller and smaller lines becomes prohibitive," Only when he said it, the rest of the sentence was "I'm just going to have to suck it up and buy some more coke."

about 4 years ago
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The Bloodhound Will Stay On the Ground At 1,000 mph

RockModeNick Re:that's fucking lame... (242 comments)

Yea, ok, it's sure as HELL offtopic. But ALL TRUE>

more than 4 years ago
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The Bloodhound Will Stay On the Ground At 1,000 mph

RockModeNick Re:that's fucking lame... (242 comments)

Ok, sure. Avatar is the white guilt fantasy. You not only get to become the oppressed Other, but become the most important and revered member of the Other, effectively gaining full membership but only increasing the privilege you currently receive. I object to call the 3D a polished turd, however. From end to end, it was really well done, and in entirely another class from the "going native good, capitalism bad, sustainable good" mores implicated by the plot. Anti-capitalization and anti-imperialism are good mores, but the idea that they should be lead by a member of the group committing them is sad. Alice, on the other hand, IS a polished turd. The mores are PRO Orientalism and PRO conquest Imperialism, and the 3D effects are shit tier, 3 levels of depth and so many cuts it looks like the MTV shit that spawned it. Try to count the seconds between cuts in most scenes of this movie, or better yet, number of cuts vs number of lines delivered The actors probably didn't even have to remember a single line in advance.

more than 4 years ago
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Scambaiting Gets Comical; Internet Scammers All Dressed Up

RockModeNick Re:racist (178 comments)

I don't disagree as to their effect, but the portrayals play on classical racist troupes in such a way that, were I black, I'd probably be offended. Being Italian/Czech-American, they just make me raise an eyebrow. It's not so much who is targeted, but the specifics of how they are demeaned that gives me pause.

more than 4 years ago
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Scambaiting Gets Comical; Internet Scammers All Dressed Up

RockModeNick racist (178 comments)

Has ANYBODY noticed that these are fairly creepy and somewhat racist images?

more than 4 years ago
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Poorer Children More Likely To Get Antipsychotics

RockModeNick Re:The short answer... (334 comments)

Maybe, just maybe, their bosses dont' CARE if they need a specific day and time off for their kid's therapy, and if they keep calling in late, etc, just fire them. No better way to secure your kids future than getting even MORE poor.

more than 4 years ago
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Ultrasound Machine Ages Wine

RockModeNick Re:Whiskey? (448 comments)

Longer aging doesn't always make a good whiskey better, IMO. Certain characteristics mellow - I like a good single malt a bit younger, but blended whiskey older, since it has less distinctiveness to begin with and thus largely only gains from more aging. It also depends on how strong the flavors of a particular whiskey are to being with - scotch I like older, Irish whiskey and bourbon less so.

more than 5 years ago

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