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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

_anomaly_ Re:my thoughts (330 comments)

These are people who take all available precautions, realize there is still a danger, and still try to save lives. These people are heroes.

No doubt. I think some of the posters above need to look up altruism, and realize that some people in fact exhibit altruistic traits, to the benefit of everyone.

10 hours ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

_anomaly_ Re:Ads (330 comments)

Don't forget a Minecraft-themed Johnny Switchblade and, of course, Bass 'o Matic (not a toy, but everyone will want one)!

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

_anomaly_ Re:What Microsoft could do (210 comments)

what is the default home page in IE? That would be the place to put a warning..

I believe it's still MSN.com... so unless the text stating the warning is a link that generates ad revenue, they wouldn't think of putting it on the home page.

about a month and a half ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

_anomaly_ Re:I've gotten 4 (210 comments)

I haven't gotten any of these calls either. I'm not saying that I want these calls to start coming in, but I'd sure have some fun with it if they did.

So, I wonder. I only have a cell phone... are those that are receiving these calls on a regular basis only getting them on land lines, or am I just lucky to not be getting them on my cell phone?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

_anomaly_ Re:Must-have features (471 comments)

With the right watchface, the Pebble Steel might meet your listed criteria. I just have the original Pebble, but think it's great at $150 (with the Steel version going for $249).

about a month and a half ago
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Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

_anomaly_ Re:Not the usual way science is done (74 comments)

Drugs go through four phases of clinical trials, as required by the FDA.

That being said, the whole clinical trial process to get a drug approved by the FDA is pretty messed up. From how pharmaceutical companies are involved, how patients are (are not) qualified to participate, how adverse events aren't necessarily properly documented, the list goes on.

about a month and a half ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

_anomaly_ Re:A few issues with this... (595 comments)

You keep asking for sources about whether or not compromises were made in testing accuracy to get it in the form of nail polish. I assumed you were just being lazy, because how could there not be a more in-depth article out there on something that's getting so much attention. Well, after a bit of searching, it appears you probably weren't being lazy... I couldn't find anything out there in the form of details. Maybe the detection rate isn't so great... or (god forbid) they're having difficulty with false positives or false negatives.

about a month ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

_anomaly_ Re:definition is clear (306 comments)

The phrase "programming language" is so vague that it's wide open for interpretation. That's why I'm not going to say you're wrong, which was my first inclination, but simply disagree with you.

My definition of a programming language is that which is compilable into machine-readable form.

Now you're going to say, "HTML can be compiled into machine-readable form, it's displayed on your screen, isn't it?!". Yes, the content that originated from HTML (and others) is displayed on your screen, but that's because the browser is interpreting the HTML and then displaying it. Like someone else already responded to you and said, HTML is data, or more specifically structured content.

An analogy that may help distinguish HTML (and CSS and the like) from what I consider programming languages would be to take printing a certificate using a word processor. The words and images you insert into the word processor isn't a "programming language". It's a "template" which is used by the printer in order to display the content (on paper), just like browsers that use the HTML to display the content (on the screen).
HTML tags for forms, different types of media, etc. kind of blur the lines a little bit because they instruct the browser to perform certain actions, but that doesn't invalidate the interpretation of HTML as a display template, or data.

about 2 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

I know. That's why, just about every year, I have to either change to a similar plan with less benefits or bump up my deductible to keep it from going up much. The only time I didn't have to do that was last year, when I did a "risk re-evaluation", which turned out in my favor.

about 3 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

No other "utility" even comes close.

No, but my health insurance (individual, not through my small-business employer) goes up about 30% per annum... but I digress...

about 3 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Comcast should run for office (250 comments)

Well, if you do it right (run for office), you aren't footing the bill, your supporters/constituents are.

about 3 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

_anomaly_ Re:Now I wish.... (60 comments)

He did use the original inputs (control pad and buttons, power slider).

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

_anomaly_ Re:Scale? (170 comments)

I think it's the infection rate that is all the hubbub, to put it lightly. 67 new cases and 19 deaths in the span of 3 days (July 15-17)?

Then, posted not long ago, an update: 45 new cases and 28 deaths from July 18-20.

about 3 months ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

_anomaly_ Re:Incomplete data (174 comments)

Yeah, the first thing I thought of was: how many people who graduate with any 4-year degree stay in their field of study? Without having anything to compare this to, how do we know that the numbers for STEM graduates are abnormal?
I would guess that those figures for the STEM graduates aren't too different from any other field.

Also, it would have been more meaningful if they had limited the time after graduation. For example, if 50% of STEM graduates were working in an unrelated field 10 years after graduation, I'd say that says a lot more than just "currently". Seems to me a significant number of people "retire" from their main field of study and then take on another, completely unrelated, but more satisfying job in their golden years (i.e. retiring from a management position to work at a golf course).

about 3 months ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

_anomaly_ Re:why new balls (144 comments)

I may have not completed my thought and main point, although it may be obvious enough... the shots in the video being further out will end up having much more curve on them by the time they reach the goal. The same shot closer to the goal won't have as much noticeable curve, of course.

about 3 months ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

_anomaly_ Re:why new balls (144 comments)

Good question, but I'd argue it's more about shot selection than anything. Most of those goals were well beyond the 18 (the penalty box). If you're comparing to recent games (yeah, I'm in the US, I still call them games, shoot me), like in the World Cup, you see very few shots outside the 18. An extreme example would be the Netherlands-Argentina game where they both played very defensive games. Even in games like Germany-Brazil, it seemed Germany was more about finesse and getting the ball deep inside the box to increase chances of the shot going in the back of the net. Even on free kicks near the 18, not many are even an attempt on goal, but rather crosses.

I used to play, and IMHO shot shaping is more about technique (and shot selection) than the design of the ball. You'll notice in your video a lot of them were hit with the outside of the foot, right or left, and that's the easiest way to get it to curve to the outside. You don't see many players these days even attempting those.

about 3 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

_anomaly_ Oh Geeez (501 comments)

That might have been where they went, but it's not where they're going...

about 4 months ago

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