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A Truckload of OAuth Issues That Would Make Any Author Quit

TwistedGreen Blogspot? Really? (86 comments)

Some guy's rant on Blogspot is news? I guess the "stuff that matters" tagline doesn't apply anymore...

about a year ago
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If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

TwistedGreen Re:Reset back to when I was younger (456 comments)

Humans have a very narrow field of vision too. The only thing you can see with any clarity is what falls directly onto your fovea, the part of the retina that has the most sensor cells. The degree of vision covered by the fovea is very small and falls off rapidly. The sense that you have a wider field of vision is just an illusion maintained by your brain. Your vision outside of your fovea is actually pretty terrible.

There are many other factors that contribute to visual acuity than the quality of your fovea, of course, including discoloration of the cornea, deformation of the lens, and contamination of the vitreous humour with debris. But it is perfectly possible to have a more highly innervated fovea for better visual acuity without sacrificing your peripheral vision, at least to a degree.

It turns out that evolution is not actually a very forward-thinking designer of visual sensors.

about a year ago
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FCC Approving Pay-As-You-Go Internet Plans

TwistedGreen Artificial Scarcity (414 comments)

Yes, these ISPs want to create artificial scarcity to conform to a business model they are more comfortable with, and many people think this is okay because it's familiar. When will they learn that digital communications are quite unlike the old paradigm of physical communication? Even switched networks are very different because there are a limited number of lines: Not so on the Internet. These kinds of per-byte proposals are very disingenuous.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Approving Pay-As-You-Go Internet Plans

TwistedGreen Re:Got what ya wanted (414 comments)

My last-mile provider has selective traffic shaping AND a per-byte charge. Net neutrality is a myth in Canada.

more than 3 years ago
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Most Security Products Fail To Perform

TwistedGreen Re:Security is a process not a product (99 comments)

No, what he's saying is that a single security solution will <i>never</i> work 100%. You're right, the only magic bullet is to unplug your network cables, but that's not going to happen. That's why you need multiple lines of defense combined with informed usage policies.

more than 4 years ago
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Placebo Effect Caught In the Act In Spinal Nerves

TwistedGreen Re:Your mind (167 comments)

Unless you have a terminal disease, everyone gets better without medicine. It's an example of regression to the mean, which is one phenomenon that falls under the placebo category in clinical trials. It is not really an effect in itself.

Pain is a special case because it is so subjective, and can be easily modulated by attention. If you don't pay attention to the pain, it's not as intense. This study is only confirming this one effect.

more than 4 years ago
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Placebo Effect Caught In the Act In Spinal Nerves

TwistedGreen Re:Ears and eyes also involved? (167 comments)

Yes, that's the point. The study is showing physiological effects of patient expectation. Patient expectation is based on past experience, cultural beliefs, and whatever the doctor (or any other person in authority, for that matter) tells you, even if the treatment is just an inert cream or a sugar pill. This study is just confirmation that when a patient claims to feel less pain, there is actual nervous system activity to support this perception.

more than 4 years ago
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Placebo Effect Caught In the Act In Spinal Nerves

TwistedGreen More Confirmation of Scientific Materialism (167 comments)

This is an interesting insight into the functioning of the nervous system in response to expectation. If anything, it shows the error in the phrase, "It's all in the head." The perception of pain, and indeed all neurological processes, are not incorporeal and can be shown to have actual physical mechanisms. More reason to dismiss anti-psychiatry claims such as those espoused by Scientology. Mental illness is physical illness, and while it may sometimes be treated by psychological means, it can also be treated by physical means and there is nothing inherently wrong with that approach.

more than 4 years ago
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Placebo Effect Caught In the Act In Spinal Nerves

TwistedGreen Re:Not diminishing. (167 comments)

The placebo effect is not an effect per se. Saying that the placebo effect is getting "more effective" is just confusing the issue. It has never been "effective." A placebo "effect" in a study is defined as any effect that is not a direct effect of what is being studies. During a treatment, there may be effects caused by the bedside manner of the physician, the colour of the waiting room, the patient's expectation, plus the myriad associations that a patient may have. All of these things will affect the outcome measure of the study without actually having a real effect. The placebo effect is a problem of measurement. It would be more correct to say that measurement is becoming less effective.

What the present article identifies is just one of many mechanisms that can interfere with accurate measurement of the actual effect of the test.

more than 4 years ago
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Placebo Effect Caught In the Act In Spinal Nerves

TwistedGreen Re:Acupuncture to be reanalysed (167 comments)

Acupuncture has been analyzed and re-analyzed to death already. There has never been any reliable effect, and as studies become increasingly more well-designed, effect sizes diminish or disappear completely. This is a sign that there is nothing happening. Amusingly, acupuncture with fake needles is consistently shown to be just as effective as real acupuncture. It's telling that proponents often consider that to be evidence in favour of acupuncture.

more than 4 years ago
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Church of Scientology Convicted of Fraud

TwistedGreen Incremental victories. (1 comments)

Unfortunately, I don't see this as having much of an effect. The "church" is too well-designed for one modest victory in one region against one church leader to stop them. The church will shrug this off and keep on scamming. However, it will at least raise awareness about their fraudulent activities so it won't be for nothing.

more than 4 years ago
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Is not having Windows skills a blemish on a resume

TwistedGreen Swallow your pride. (2 comments)

Windows isn't "less advanced" because it doesn't come with an SSH client. You need to get rid of that attitude because it's simply false and won't help you find a job. If you want marketable skills in IT, you need Windows. That's all there is to it.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Freeloading In Washington State Courts

TwistedGreen This is news? (395 comments)

So what? This is what tax lawyers DO. Any competent company would do this, and I don't see anything wrong with it.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Partners With Twitter For Search

TwistedGreen Response to Bing? (108 comments)

That was fast. Yesterday Bing announced they were going to integrate realtime Twitter and Facebook status updates into search. Competition is good, but Bing will have to find a better strategy.

more than 4 years ago
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50+ Android Phones Expected In Near Future

TwistedGreen Re:More choice means more flexibility (378 comments)

Yes, that is the biggest obstacle with this approach. A large number of phones can also mean a big possibility of poor compatibility among phones despite running the same OS. This could be especially problematic when some carriers insist on locking down their phones; a developer may not be able to depend on the availability of certain functions and this would break compatibility. It certainly is a double-edged sword but barring any major issues, I think in the end this will still be a more effective strategy.

more than 4 years ago
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50+ Android Phones Expected In Near Future

TwistedGreen More choice means more flexibility (378 comments)

This is one of the biggest ways that Android and the iPhone differ. With the iPhone, you have one phone, and one OS. With Android, you have one OS but many different phones. While the iPhone already has a huge number of apps available for their one device, not everyone wants a big touchscreen for a phone. Appealing to a broader audience by letting people choose their phone with a broad range of prices and features could be the most effective way for Android to compete. Smartphones are still only used by a small percentage all mobile phone users--it's still a growing market. It seems that Google is using this opportunity to make smart phones more accessible and more affordable. I think this is a far more sustainable strategy than Apple's one phone philosophy.

more than 4 years ago
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FBI Cracks "Largest Phishing Case Ever"

TwistedGreen Jurisdiction (132 comments)

Shouldn't this have been handled by the Department of Phisheries?

more than 4 years ago
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Harvard's Robotic Bees Generate High-Tech Buzz

TwistedGreen Re:Military applications? (105 comments)

Exploding bees? That doesn't seem very useful given the small payload capacity. A more practical military application would be in targeted chemical/biological warfare. A sentry hive placed outside a military outpost could sniff intruders for a chemical friend-or-foe signature and, if it's absent, they could attack. This could even be used as a non-lethal weapon if the robotic insects injected a paralytic agent rather than a toxin.

The military applications are actually extremely interesting!

more than 4 years ago
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Hidden Fees Discovered For "Free" Windows 7 Upgrade

TwistedGreen Re:Digital Dist is NOT FREE! (406 comments)

Compared to the cost of pressing, packaging, labeling, and shipping an actual disc, the cost of digital distribution is virtually free.

more than 4 years ago

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