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Louisiana, Intelligent Design, and Science Classes

Wardish Re:This is clearly a hoax (989 comments)

Here's the really fun part.

Once upon a time there was a culture that was the technological wonder of the world. They invented many things including modern mathematics and many other wonders.

Then their theology started exerting more and more control until free thinking and invention was not only subservient to religion but in many cases was banned.

The religion, fundamentalist Islam, and the civilization, Arab.

And now our own brand of Christian fundamentalism is forcing us down that same road. Give it a couple of generations and we will be ohhh and ahhhing at the magic of magnetism, or electricity.

Fundamentalist Islam destroyed the Arab civilization and fundamentalist Christians will do so for us.

more than 4 years ago
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Good Database Design Books?

Wardish Data side (291 comments)

Much good advice here but before you go to far you need to understand your data.

Understand your data.
How you use it.
How it changes.
Why it changes.

Once you get a handle on the data then do a risk assessment.

Then you are ready to begin.

more than 4 years ago
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Where Will Your Next Gadget Be Made?

Wardish Cyclic uplift (378 comments)

Made in Japan
Made in Korea
Made in Chine (perhaps a special case)

It's a cycle that 3rd world countries should celebrate.

1. Manufacturing, starting with minimal tech, moves to country with extremely cheap labor but is relatively stable.
2. Tech steadily improves as higher and higher tech move in to take advantage of labor costs.
3. Eventually the labor costs start to rise as the country joins the list of developed countries.
4. Rinse and repeat.

Assuming civilization doesn't seriously back step this process will be a great thing for the world.

Now for the pie in the sky, this process will move off world eventually. Earth orbit, moon, asteroids...

more than 4 years ago
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PA Appeals Court Weighs Punishment For Students' Online Parodies

Wardish Principle / school punishment (319 comments)

What if the child had done the same thing to someone on the city zoning board? Would that mean he could use his power and influence to punish the child? Ridiculous I know but rezone the child's home. Would that be proper punishment?

What if the child had used a picture of a principal from somewhere else for the fake Alabama principal? Would her principal be entitled to punish her?

The problem of course is that what is published on the net by "children" (or for that matter many "adults") does not come with an attribute for accuracy and many people don't have the sense to assign one for uncorroborated info from the net. That plus we assume guilt from little or no facts.

more than 4 years ago
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SpaceX Eyeing June 4 Window For Falcon 9 Launch

Wardish Mars, the Corporation route (67 comments)

I would give better than 50% that the first person on Mars will be wearing a space/mars suit that has sponsor logo's like a race driver.

more than 4 years ago
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Quantum Teleportation Achieved Over 16 km In China

Wardish Re:Wait, does this mean... (389 comments)

I'm happy with standard speed of light speed, or lower for that matter.

The "does this mean..." I'm curious about is for undetectable transmission of information. Commonly referred to as "Bugging".

Does this enable the installation of some type of mechanism that will enable information to be transmitted without detection by any known means.

If so the world just got much more interesting. Of course such would be the pervue of the 3 letter brigades for some time, but it gets even more entertaining (pun intended) when such technology becomes available to an average individual.

Welcome to information really is now free.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Fights For Privacy of Customer Records

Wardish Re:Obviously, I hope Amazon wins... but (272 comments)

Ditto on that Amazon wins.

I would be more concerned about why they want the details of the transactions.

Are there items that are illegal to buy/own in NC?

What items might someone find embarrassing, job threatening, political suicide...

The devil is in the details.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Backs Yahoo In Privacy Fight With DoJ

Wardish Re:constitutional law professor (173 comments)

/tinfoil hat

One might wonder why all presidents appear to quickly move to the exact same positions regardless of their prior beliefs. /tinfoil hat off

One might wonder.... hehehehe

more than 4 years ago
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Game CEO Sees "Gamification" of Work and Military

Wardish What took so long? (115 comments)

Sci-Fi got pieces of this right decades ago.

I nailed it down for friends 10 years ago.

Just as obvious as the neuromancer interface wasn't going to work.

more than 4 years ago
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Landmark Canadian Hyperlink Case Goes To Supreme Court

Wardish Analagy and I recommend (118 comments)

Hi Tom. I'm looking for a book, "Catcher in the Rye".
Hey Ralph. That's amazing, I was looking for that just last week. I made a list of where you can get it.

1. Library on 6th street. Serious restrictions on use, must return, no notes in margins.
2. Bookstore on East Main. Good place but a bit pricey. On the plus side you will have a copy with full control on how YOU use it.
3. Used bookstore on 8th and Wine. Great prices but it's a nasty neighborhood. Lot of crime recorded in the area. One might even say that area's primary purpose is criminal.

Anyway, here's the list. Hollar at me later and if I have any updates I'll let you know.

I would recommend doing a bit of research on what web resources the members of the supreme court use. Then you can provide examples of what such would be if this mess isn't corrected.

more than 4 years ago
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The Difficulty of Dismantling Constellation

Wardish Not just contract stupid (200 comments)

The fact that Nasa is contract stupid (I'm guessing deals to placate various legislators, but hey, I'm paranoid.) is only part of the problem.

Nasa lives and dies over gee wizz flashy programs to get funding. Nasa has to impress the powers that be, President, advisors, legislators, defense contractors, and even lobbyists, to get decent upper management and funding. They have to be even more impressive to maintain the needed funding over multiple years and administrations.

Because...

Most ventures having to do with space require a lot of time as well as consistent funding. Congress, who holds the purse strings, is motivated by short term goals and is easily swayed by other vested interests (see above).

The only way I can see to fix this would require a law or constitutional amendment, if necessary, to enable congress to assign budgetary funds, ideally multi-year, that are paid in advance and very difficult to change. At least a 2/3 or even a 3/4 vote should be necessary to remove or repeal. This sort of protection will have to include the top management at Nasa as well.

Not a lot else you can do unless you can make all three branches of government reasonable, honorable, and able to think and plan on a long range basis.

more than 4 years ago
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Senators Blast NASA For Lacking Vision

Wardish Fiscal Reality (319 comments)

Unfortunately the morally repugnant legislators are correct as far as it goes. Nasa indeed needs gee wizz flashy programs to achieve funding as this article shows. Nasa has to impress the powers that be, President, advisors, legislators, defense contractors, and even lobbyists, to get decent upper management and funding. They have to be even more impressive to maintain the needed funding over multiple years and administrations.

Because...

Most ventures having to do with space require a lot of time as well as consistent funding. Congress, who holds the purse strings, is motivated by short term goals and is easily swayed by other vested interests (see above).

The only way I can see to fix this would require a law or constitutional amendment, if necessary, to enable congress to assign budgetary funds, ideally multi-year, that are paid in advance and very difficult to change. At least a 2/3 or even a 3/4 vote should be necessary to remove or repeal. This sort of protection will have to include the top management at Nasa as well.

Not a lot else you can do unless you can make all three branches of government reasonable, honorable, and able to think and plan on a long range basis.

more than 4 years ago
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Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

Wardish Re:Peer Review / publication process (505 comments)

I agree, however if you make it a requirement to publish, I believe that the necessity of publishing will quickly outweigh the "need" for proprietary code.

Simulations can be the key to turning data into something understandable. Especially for those who can't see patterns in datasets. Not absolutely required but reproducing someone's simulation... There are so many ways to massage a large complicated dataset.
 

more than 4 years ago
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Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

Wardish Re:Peer Review / publication process (505 comments)

Being as I have reviewed many things over the years, including software.

Getting a different answer only tells you it's different. Could be your code.

Reviewing his code can not only show a problem(s) but can let you know if it's significant. As stated before, most but not all coding errors are not relevent to the final conclusions.

Last but not least, if you are going to complain about my work, it might be helpful to offer some useful information. I got different results isn't useless, but it's in the neighborhood.

more than 4 years ago
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Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

Wardish Peer Review / publication process (505 comments)

As part of publication and peer review all data and providence of the data as well as any additional formula's, algorithms, and the exact code that was used to process the data should be placed online in a neutral holding area.

Neutral area needs to be independent and needs to show any updates and changes, preserving the original content in the process.

If your data and code (readable and compilable by other researchers) isn't available then peer review and reproduction of results is foolish. If you can't look in the black box then you can't trust it.

more than 4 years ago
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UK's Anti-File-Sharing Bill Could "Breach Human Rights"

Wardish Accusation 1 (119 comments)

I believe being a working politician in the USA means and possibly even requires that every politician ignore and/or bypass copyright legislation in order to do their job. Considering the diverse uncontrolled information sources it would be a miracle if one wasn't.

more than 4 years ago
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ESA Conducts Mars Terraforming Experiments On ISS

Wardish Re:The only link to "terraforming Mars": (181 comments)

RTFA

They did test for martian conditions, including direct sunlight as well as shaded. /Insanity is highly underrated.

more than 4 years ago
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Following Tech's Money Trail In Washington

Wardish Ummm Gov lobbies itself (61 comments)

As I recall, the US Government owns a chunk of GM.

"And while longtime lobbying stalwart General Motors nearly outspent the tech industry on its own, the rise of lobbying among tech giants"

GM spends in the neighborhood of 100 Million lobbying.

There has to be law/rules/fscking clue about spending money lobbying yourself.

more than 4 years ago
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Harder-Than-Diamond Natural Carbon Crystals Found

Wardish Re:One thing I don't get... (250 comments)

"Idiot science reporters should go back to covering the MTV music awards."

And have them fscking up music as wel... Oh, you said MTV, nevermind.

more than 4 years ago
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Supreme Court Rolls Back Corporate Campaign Spending Limits

Wardish Re:Whoa, let's not overpersonify. (1070 comments)

I have to disagree with your metaphor. A corporation will and does have a distinct and different will than the directors and other top executives.

The will of the corporation will not match any person of the mentioned group. It will in fact be a combination of differing parts from that group, possibly even a synergy where the whole is greater than the parts.

For example, the fiscal policy may be an amalgamation of the CEO, the CFO, and 2 our of 12 board members. And at any time those board members can change introducing more complexity.

The environmental policy may be composed of an internal interest group in the corp, the CEO, the publicity dept., and some board members, with noted opposing points from the CFO, and more board members. And don't forget these groupings change overtime.

Therefore the direction of the corporation can both maintain some larger goals while at the same time altering the nature of some in response to new inputs. Again, Even the CEO doesn't have a lock on which direction some things go.

So yes the corporation does have a unique personality and like many other creatures, including us, responds to changes by modifying responses up to and including major shifts in direction.
   

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Terrorism - Government - Media

Wardish Wardish writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wardish (699865) writes "Terrorism is using violence to instill fear with the desire of changing the victim's or victim's countries policy, way of life, etc.

What Terrorists NEED is publicity and fear. Deny them that and they have almost no power. In other words, no sensationalism by media or the government.

You could argue that our government and the media are deliberately aiding and comforting Terrorists and Terrorism. I don't believe the goal of either is to help our enemies but there is no doubt it is the result. The terrorists are getting all the fear, publicity, and degeneration of our rights they could dream of. The publicity, emphasis, and outright fear mongering for personal and organizational profit is the goal, but the results are absolutely the best the terrorists could have wished for.

I'm going to avoid any conspiracy theories, they aren't needed to account for what has and is happening.

Media is easy, fear and sensationalism drives up ratings. Once upon a time our news was about accurate news, today it's about how to present and spin the news in as sensationalistic a manner as possible. How often have you heard "news" stories that appear to be next but are delayed while you listen to others and of course a round or two of commercials or "Tune in at 11pm, and get all the details." Honor and integrity have for the most part been replaced with glitz and profit.

Governments, all governments, want things to go smoothly. The less power citizens have the simpler things go. Demanding citizens are inconvenient and resource intensive. But you can't just remove all of a citizens rights at once. Too intrusive might wake up the population. However, when the population is frightened it's much easier to remove or limit citizens rights especially with a series of "minor" changes, for the children, for your security, to catch the terrorists, and quietly because you can't be responsible for your own life...

I don't know where on the slippery slope we are, but I do know we are not at the top."

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Laws and Legislators

Wardish Wardish writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Some rules I believe would be useful:

    1. Lawyers should not make laws, it's a conflict of interest as lawyers don't make money arguing simple easily understood laws.

    2. Legislators should never (not be allowed to) vote on a law he/she hasn't fully read.

    3. All laws should have an expiration date, if it's still useful then it's worth going through the full process to reinstate it.

    Last but not least. The statement "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" was and is only useful for a set of laws it's reasonable to expect the average (AVERAGE CITIZEN not lawyer) citizen to know and understand. I don't believe our current existing legislation is even in the same universe with that concept.

Ward

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Moderation

Wardish Wardish writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I can't speak for anyone else but I've found moderation to be ...interesting...

One might think I would leap at the chance, and on a very few occasions I have found it to be both convenient and applicable. However (knew that was coming didn't you...) I have found that I'm usually not inclined to moderate other's for 2 reasons. 1. being I'm generally reading an article and thread set because I am interested which means I'm inclined to post muself. 2. being for the most part I've found other moderators to be pretty much on top of things.

MetaModeration is intriguing as a concept and as a process. I must say the owners have put a great deal of though into this process. I can see where they have obviously went through many iterations of tweaking the process and I suspect there will be many more but never the less I'm extreamly impressed with the feedback system they have in place. People aren't exactly the most stable of components in a system...

Ward

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Karma Chameleon

Wardish Wardish writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I have bad karma, I shall have to assume it's to balance out my normal dispositon...

Actually, I did note one of my few posts was almost immediatly moderated (troll), which I found interesting. My purpose had been to make a statement and entertain any arguments. I honestly hadn't thought it to be inflamatory, but I guess it's a judgement call.

Moving on,

Wardish

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