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Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

Slippery_Hank Re:Not true. (984 comments)

did you even read the wiki you linked to? You only need to get to the second sentence to find out that tailgating is only a factor in 1/3rd of rear-end collisions. I'm not saying that all of the other 2/3rds are caused by bad drivers slamming on their brakes and being an unpredictable danger on the road, but certainly some of them are.

about a year and a half ago
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Dutch MP Fined For Ethical Hacking

Slippery_Hank Re:Hacking (122 comments)

He used a psychiatrists password, which was overheard by a patient. Still not a good system, but not as bad as if any patients username/password could be used.

about 2 years ago
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Should Techies Trump All Others In Immigration Reform?

Slippery_Hank Re:equality of opportunity (231 comments)

I'm not American, so the point is moot, but I like to think at least some of my ancestors were the best. If letting in immigrants to due grunt work is whats best for America, then that's what it should do. My point was that they do not owe equality to non-citizens.

about 2 years ago
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Should Techies Trump All Others In Immigration Reform?

Slippery_Hank equality of opportunity (231 comments)

I don't see any reason why America needs equality of opportunity for immigrants when it doesn't even have it for its own citizens. Take only the best and do whats best for your country.

about 2 years ago
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Is the Era of Groundbreaking Science Over?

Slippery_Hank Hindsight (470 comments)

The greatest scientists of our generation will not be truly known until many years from now, when we can look back on the contributions with a greater understanding of the truth.

about 2 years ago
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$616.57 Three Strikes Verdict Cost RIANZ $250,000

Slippery_Hank Title is obviously misleading (131 comments)

RIANZ has paid 250k in total, the 616 dollars represents the result of the first case. They have sent out notices to roughly 6000 alleged infringers though. So if we assume that 616 is an average results ( I know that a sample of one is not very representative ), then we can expect that they will pull in 616*6000 which is approximately 3.7 million dollars. Lets wait til the dust settles to start scoring winners and losers.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

Slippery_Hank Middle Initial or Number (383 comments)

My university includes a middle initial to reduce duplicate names. When there is no middle initial, or it does not solve the uniqueness problem it will start enumerating the user names, for example john2doe@domain.tld

about 2 years ago
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The Human Brain Project Receives Up To $1.34 Billion

Slippery_Hank Re:The problem (181 comments)

The goal of the research is to use such a model of the brain to understand the effects of different drugs and therapies. Provide insight into how/what the next advances in medical science will bring.

about 2 years ago
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NZ Copyright Tribunal Fines First File-Sharer

Slippery_Hank Re:It was just $6.37 for the actual infringement (102 comments)

I'm aware of the rational behind laws and fines. My point is not that the fine should be lower, but that because of penalties record companies seek (millions) that we already consider a 100x fine to be low.

about 2 years ago
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NZ Copyright Tribunal Fines First File-Sharer

Slippery_Hank Re:It was just $6.37 for the actual infringement (102 comments)

This fine is only low compared to the ridiculous claims being made by the record companies. The actual cost of the music was less than 6$, so this works out to paying a penalty of roughly 100 times the value of the material he 'stole'.

about 2 years ago
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What Birds Know About Fractal Geometry

Slippery_Hank Re:Call it what you will (74 comments)

The birds probably notice that the potential mate is malnourished and 13% underweight before they start calculating fractal dimensions.

about 2 years ago
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Mathematicians Aim To Take Publishers Out of Publishing

Slippery_Hank Re:Huh? (162 comments)

The publishers don't actually do that. They outsource the selection of 'good' papers to unpaid volunteers.

about 2 years ago
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Mathematicians Aim To Take Publishers Out of Publishing

Slippery_Hank Re:Great idea but... (162 comments)

I agree completely, but I think that 1) follows directly from 2). I am an early career researcher, and I want to be publishing open source. The reason I do not, is because I need to be sure that I can get research grants and tenure positions later in life. I would like to see a high profile institution start a policy that they only hire candidates with at least one open source publication, that could really get the ball rolling.

about 2 years ago
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Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

Slippery_Hank What about the doctors? (851 comments)

Religion is a red-herring in this story, if a nurse has the option to refuse a vaccine it should be for any personal reason. The question that I am the most interested in, is if the hospital has a similar policy for their doctors. If the vaccine is so obviously positive, then surely every doctor on staff would also have it. If every doctor has it and agrees that it is good, then I fully support mandatory vaccinations for nurses. I suspect however, that this is not the case, and that the mandate for vaccination is coming from somebody on the business management side of the hospital rather than somebody on the healthcare side of things.

about 2 years ago
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Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

Slippery_Hank Re:Really, Really, I call BS on your science... (858 comments)

The causality argument for a single observation is NEVER strong, especially when that observation was a clinical treatment and not a controlled scientific experiment. If for every 1000 vaccines a doctor sees there is a single complication, then he is right to dismiss it as a statistical anomaly. Causal relationships don't exists if they are only present 0.1% of the time.

about 2 years ago
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Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?

Slippery_Hank Re:Some kids don't need guidance (570 comments)

bad teachers won't be obsolete until there is an abundance of good teachers.

about 2 years ago
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Open Millions of Hotel Rooms With Arduino

Slippery_Hank Reliable? (268 comments)

From TFA: He tested this hack on three randomly choosen hotel room doors, failed to open any. Had to stop to reprogram the device, and then managed to open one of the doors. I'll stick to being worried about corrupt security guards.

more than 2 years ago
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A New Record For Scientific Retractions?

Slippery_Hank Re:Methinks the peer-review process needs reviewin (84 comments)

So much for frauds being caught by peer-review, huh?

That's an odd comment for an article about the peer-review system catching a fraudster. The system will find it eventually, though the time scale can be quite large, especially if you don't publish in a 'hot' field. You can't expect the peer review system to catch every bit of fraud as it comes in, it doesn't appear like a glowing fireball in the sky. This is likely a small amount of fabricated data about medical proceedure that didn't happen. Moreover, the author is probably quite bright (just lazy) and had a good idea of what would be expected in those experiment, so it is easy to make up reasonable data.

more than 2 years ago

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