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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

ZombieBraintrust Re:Summary is Troll Rant (738 comments)

But at no point does Mr. Gobry actually rant about any of them

I said the summary is a rant. I did not read the linked article. The quote appear to have been cut up quite a bit. Notice all the ... in it. The summary starts off with hyperbolic statements, freshly defined jargon, and lots of insults. It contains no news. It is an "Us" vrs "Them" opinion piece with an angry tone. It is a rant.

The worst thing I am reading in these comments is basically "I don't understand the summary".

Insult Insult Insult. No reasonable argument here.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

ZombieBraintrust Re:suffice it to say (738 comments)

You used science as a noun in your first sentence.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

ZombieBraintrust Summary is Troll Rant (738 comments)

Lets leave the crazy rants to the comment section.

yesterday
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

ZombieBraintrust Re:Recent claims by whom? (218 comments)

They may have been talking about plants as the invasive species.

4 days ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

ZombieBraintrust Dog Lovers (127 comments)

They forgot this gem:

Jaroslav Flegr, Jan Havlíek and Jitka Hanuova-Lindova, and to David Hanauer, Naren Ramakrishnan, Lisa Seyfried, for investigating whether it is mentally hazardous for a human being to own a cat.

4 days ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

ZombieBraintrust Re:Doo-proofing (127 comments)

You don't get it. Dogs pooing north south creates the magnetic field. Your experiment would cause the magnetic poles to shift.

4 days ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

ZombieBraintrust Re:Bananas vs Grapes (127 comments)

Did that test with a Gros Michel? Gros Michel was the primary banana in the US prior to the 1950s when a desease killed off most of the Gros Michel trees. It is larger than Chiquita Banana.

4 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

ZombieBraintrust Re:Defending software patents (92 comments)

A detailed description of a process in a textbook is also enough for any skilled programmer. For Alice and Bilski you can find the steps to perform the process in any finance book. Pseudocode and flow charts don't teach anything when the process is well known. Chances are finance books have charts in them as well. If your talking about a brand new process then your not talking about a software patent. Your patenting a new business method.

5 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

ZombieBraintrust Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (92 comments)

I think they would of been better off ruling that performing a known process on a computer is not a new use of use of a known machine. It would of been much clearer ruling that would have had the same effect. Changing the process does not result in a new computer if the computer is a general use(turing complete) computer. They could do this without overturning prior precedent by explaining that the facts changed as software development matured. They could explain that programmers after some given date can be expected to be able turn any detailed description of a process into code without inventing anything. That their conventional steps is not novel and is obvious according to industry testimony.

5 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

ZombieBraintrust Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (92 comments)

I won't argue with that. The Supreme Court clearly is defining it more narrowly than the statute. I agree with SCOTUS as policy. Not sure if they are protecting the law though.

5 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

ZombieBraintrust Re:Defending software patents (92 comments)

You dont' get it. I can get pseudo-code from the finance text book. Any detailed description of the process is pseudo-code. "put the bits of plastic together" is the transformation of that detailed description into actual code. A patent is just a poorly reworded description of that process. It is a description that I need some legalese to understand.

5 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

ZombieBraintrust 101 comes first before 103 (92 comments)

"suggesting an additional good or service... based on certain information obtained about the customer and the initial purchase" is not a 101 "process" as defined by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has defined "process" as "technological process". Therefor it falls outside the statute and 103 does not apply. Even non obvious improvements that are actually novel would not apply. Your patent has to target something in the list of things in 101.

5 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

ZombieBraintrust Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (92 comments)

Section 101: Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.

The supreme court has over the last century defined what the words in that statement mean.
The word "abstract" is just shorthand for "not a process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter or new and usefull improvement thereof"
The supreme court has a very narrow and limited definition of "process" for this statute.

5 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

ZombieBraintrust Re:Defending software patents (92 comments)

Patents don't disclose source code. So they don't teach a programmer how to "put the bits of plastic together". There is not enough utility in the patents. When creating a finanical application I am better off reading a textbook about finance than looking at patents. The textbook teaches the same thing but uses langauge a programmer can understand. If the patents disclosed souce code then there would be more fans. Patents could become an alternative to open source. The goverment could be using patents to build a library of code that future generations can build applications off of. Instead we get lawyers poorly paraphrasing existing knowledge.

5 days ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

ZombieBraintrust Re:If only Morse had won! (92 comments)

I think you mean the world wide web, web pages, and personal computers. The fundamental internet parts were invented much earlier when mainframes were connnected. For example email has its roots in the 70s. Many internet standards were first published in the 80s.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

ZombieBraintrust Re:I've seen a place like that (232 comments)

Depends on what you do. I have heard of a person the delivered sql that had no where clause. It quickly choked up all the databases. Slowed all applications enterprise wide. It caused a complete outage in a corporate application the workforce used. Took a few hours to fix during the work day. Of course they were fired. They were lucky they were not sued.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

ZombieBraintrust Re:Fear of changing code.... (232 comments)

How do you revert 10,000 employees not being able to do thier job for 8 hours becasue someone pushed untested sql to production? Fear of changing code is countered by testing. If you know your changes are going to be tested there is nothing to fear. If your not testing then your going to fear changes to code.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

ZombieBraintrust Budget (232 comments)

I think it is about having a small testing budget. You have budget to test the new feature but not the budget to test the whole application. Testing the feature involves the developer and client doing a day or two of work. Testing the applications involves a team of people running several days worth of formal tests. It is purely rational to push such testing off untill you have a larger release. One problem with Agile is you never get such a release. As everything is done in smaller chuncks.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

ZombieBraintrust Re: Ads (330 comments)

Ohh I didn't mean my statement as a bash on Microsoft. Personally I think Mojang was too small to take the game where I want it to go. Mojang was just doing incremental improvements like adding bunnies and new types of dirt. I think Microsoft could put 200 people on it and makes something on the scale of grand theft auto.

about a week ago

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Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZombieBraintrust writes "An analysis of more than 676,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2011 and 2010 finds that Americans who are the most religious have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables."
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Sony Offering Free Identity Theft Protection

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) writes "Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International have made arrangements with Debix, Inc., one of the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms, to offer AllClear ID Plus at no cost to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for 12 months from the time an account holder registers for the program.

The details of the program include, but are not limited to:
Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exposure of an AllClear ID Plus customer’s personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and data recovered by law enforcement.

Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists.

A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an customer becomes a victim of identity theft."

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