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Music Industry Suits Could Bankrupt Pirate Party Members

beatsme We need to go deeper (215 comments)

Quick, someone set-up a proxy of their proxy.

about 2 years ago

Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

beatsme $10k? (600 comments)

Uh. The ASICs that are about to hit the market start at less than $200.

about 2 years ago

Caffeine Addicts Get No Additional Perk, Only a Return To Baseline

beatsme Hello? Experimental manipulations? (506 comments)

The problem with this study is that it's comparing self-selected groups: those who drink lots, little, and no coffee/tea. Their conclusions, drawn from comparing coffee addicts to people who don't drink coffee is a little silly. It assumes that everyone's "baseline" is the same, and ignores the well-known fact that people to take caffeine are, like people who smoke cigarettes for nicotine, often self-medicating for a neurobiological deficiency (i.e. in this case probably dopamine). To compare the levels of someone who self-medicates taken off their medication to someone who doesn't need to self-medicate is a complete load of B.S..

more than 4 years ago

Can a Video Game Solve Hunger, Disease and Poverty?

beatsme Re:I think I covered that with "brainwashing" (72 comments)

Did you even read the article or look at the game the article is about? The objectives and actions in the game are far too open-ended to be called a groupthink training program like some of the others in the genre may be.

more than 4 years ago

Tracking Pedophiles By Their Typing Habits

beatsme Pecking? (292 comments)

It seems like the way a person was taught to type and their experience with a keyboard would determine to a large extent their speed and rhythm (and accuracy). Not to mention what they're doing besides typing on MSN or whatever. If you're drinking a cup of coffee with one hand... or switching between windows. There are way too many factors at play. Phrenology at least had the advantage of a theoretical framework. Hell, even hand-writing analysis had fewer confounding factors.

more than 4 years ago

Solar-Powered Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

beatsme Call me when there's a demo (213 comments)

These images and this concept have been floating around for years now. The only new pitch is the solar-poweredness. Besides that, this is old hat just sitting on the back burner. Call me when there's a press demonstration

more than 4 years ago

Pi Day and an Interview With a Pi Researcher

beatsme Efficient coding abilities? (188 comments)

Maybe I'm missing something here, but if the point is to calculate more digits than the last guy, can't the algorithm (efficient or not) just run for a longer time?

more than 4 years ago

Another Study Attacks Violent Video Games, Claims To Be "Conclusive"

beatsme Re:Just like porn "conclusively" creates rapists (587 comments)

What's wrong with having an agenda? Objectivity and having goals as a scientist are not mutually exclusive.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft's Constant Net Connection DRM Confirmed

beatsme Re:BRING IT ON !! (631 comments)

That scenario you just described ought to be put into a YT video, ffs.

more than 4 years ago

When I die, I want my body to be ...

beatsme Re:For Science! (793 comments)

This poll could easily have done without "blown up" and "frozen in water". And what about "plasticized and on display for the world to see"?

more than 4 years ago

In UK, Oink Admin Cleared of Fraud

beatsme Re:money (156 comments)

He didn't have 300k, so I don't think he will get that in return. You're confusing the figures: 300k was what was earned by donations through the site. When he was arrested he only had 20k in savings.
I imagine they froze his account, but that he will be returned to his pittance of a savings account.

more than 4 years ago

WHO To Investigate Handling of Swine Flu Information, Vaccine Orders

beatsme Re:This worked out OK. (372 comments)

It's also ironic that you're stereotyping an entire demographic (Slashdot) based on the comments expressed by a vast minority.

more than 4 years ago

Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

beatsme Re:An opinion by a PhD and sustainable farmer (766 comments)

If you'll notice at the top of the page there's what's called an Impact Factor: 3.24 is nothing to brush aside. That in itself shows a certain "legitimacy" of this journal. Also: the fact that this data CAN go both ways is enough to bring the original conclusions (that it is safe) into question and prompt new research.

more than 4 years ago

Extended Warranty Purchases Up 10% This Year

beatsme Consumers, or salespeople? (253 comments)

Maybe this has less to do with consumers, and more to do with the pressure salespeople are under to sell extended warranties (i.e. Best Buy, where I've heard each salesperson has a quota to meet)? As a salesperson, and if I were morally bankrupt, I would certainly use the recession to persuade a customer to get a warranty.

more than 4 years ago

How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

beatsme Re:Truth is, there is no privacy anywhere. (533 comments)

What a terribly simplistic and fear-mongering account you've provided here. Of course you can achieve privacy. Anonymity is not a mythical beast, even on the internet.

more than 4 years ago

How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

beatsme Other google-powered search sites: Blackle, Znout (533 comments)

You can also use other search engine proxies, like Blackle or Znout where the data that is stored is not stored on Google servers, and is pruned regularly rather than stored indefinitely.

more than 4 years ago

Devices To Take Textbooks Beyond Text

beatsme "Even dedicated e-readers ... (115 comments)

... with their crisp printlike displays can’t handle textbook staples"

I for one welcome crisp printlike displays that can handle textbook staples.
Resolving this "bug" would seem to be a task of utmost urgency.

more than 4 years ago

Contributors Leaving Wikipedia In Record Numbers

beatsme No, it's not. (632 comments)

it's meaningless to say that 50,000 wikipedia editors left, unless you know the base number that it's drawn from.

They didn't say merely that 50,000 had left, even the summary mentions that it is a net loss of 50,000, and further, that's a net loss 10x larger than the previous year: which is then evidence of a trend. It doesn't matter then so much what the base number is, so much as the trend is worrying enough as it is, especially if it's exponential.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Asks Judge To Shutter Psystar's Clone Unit

beatsme Re:Once again (346 comments)

The most likely result of memorizing a book, and reproducing it by verbalization, unless said book is a novella, is that you would produce a derivative work (ala the Homeric bards), not a 1:1 copy. But please, for the love of the gods, don't sing Happy Birthday or they'll sue.

more than 4 years ago


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