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Study Suggests Magnets Can Force You to Tell the Truth

blueZ3 Re:how credible is this? (320 comments)

Of course it is. That and mud. They go together like... like... neuropsychological research and mud :-)

more than 2 years ago

Study Suggests Magnets Can Force You to Tell the Truth

blueZ3 Re:Both researchers From Bachmann Lab (320 comments)

So was the title writer sitting on the left or right side of the magnet generating the test field?

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Sues the Guardian Over Leak

blueZ3 Re:The password is: (289 comments)

General Saunders: That sounds like the kind of password an idiot would put on his encrypted diplomatic cables file
Julian Scroob: Somebody change the password on my file!

more than 2 years ago

Will Climate Engineering Ever Go Prime Time?

blueZ3 Re:Law of unintended consequences (281 comments)


Someone expects the government to diagnose and correctly prescribe treatment for AGW? Where have these people been the last 40 years? Unless you're a basement dweller who has cut off all communication with the outside world, you have to know that "unintended consequences" is the touchstone of modern government action of any kind. We're talking about the same group of brilliant idiots who can't agree on which direction the sun rises and who believe that the solution to the debt crisis is more spending. Hello McFly!

It practically writes itself as a disaster movie script: In a world where the greenhouse gas problem has become too bad to ignore...

more than 2 years ago

Splinternet, Or How We Broke the Good Old Web

blueZ3 Re:WTF? (223 comments)

I think that step 4 is a given.

more than 3 years ago

China Starts Censoring Phone Calls Mid Sentence

blueZ3 Re:Don't ya think? (366 comments)

There is no spoon.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

blueZ3 Re:I agree (596 comments)

It would be interesting to know if they could so easily skew the results of a legitimate search, but nonsense searches aren't going to have much of any data to go on.

If you'd read the original article, this is exactly what twigged Google to the fact that this was happening. Google didn't just suddenly decide "Hey, lets see what Bing is doing" at random--they noticed that Bing was using Google's results for a misspelled search term, that showed the same top result as Google's but without displaying the corrected spelling. This lead Google engineers to wonder how Bing got that result and thus to set up their experiment.

The skewing of results is minor (click-stream info from Google searches is only one of Bing's inputs and apparently not heavily weighted) which is why the Google engineers used nonsense terms--it was easiest to see the results where few or no results were returned.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

blueZ3 Re:Response from Another VP (596 comments)

And you (like others in this thread) seem to be implying that it doesn't matter what data Microsoft got, but it does. If Bing were collecting click-stream data to track what Websites I visited and clicked around on and then used that to tweak their results, that would be one thing. In fact, I wish result rankings could give weight to "back button" clicks to move results down from the top--if I go to from a search and immediately go back to the search results, you can guess that shouldn't be a top result for that search term.

In any event, no matter how much you want to defend Microsoft in this case, tracking Google search results via click-stream data is, for all practical purposes, using Google search results to tweak Bing. It's not illegal, but I'd agree that it comes across as a bit dodgy.

(For the record, I don't particularly like Google Search or Bing, or Google Inc, or Microsoft)

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

blueZ3 Re:Response from Another VP (596 comments)

You're splitting hairs. The click-stream information is Google search results. Pretending that because _users_ submitted this information to Microsoft it somehow isn't Bing using Google search results to tweak its rankings is silly.

That said, this isn't as straightforward an issue as either Microsoft or Google wants the public to believe. On the one hand, MS is collecting information on results returned by Google and using them to tweak Bing. On the other hand, it's not collecting this information without consent. On the gripping hand, the consent is buried in vague language in a click-through screen.

This definitely isn't illegal. And since the Google results information is clearly only one of the signals that Bing is using, I'm not even I'd argue it's "cheating"--but it isn't the sort of thing that's likely to win Microsoft any friends, especially as they're refusing to own up to what they're really doing (though that is likely in part because it's hard to explain to a non-technical audience)

more than 3 years ago

Atomic Disguise Makes Helium Look Like Hydrogen

blueZ3 Re:No, wait... (127 comments)

That's no helium atom...

more than 3 years ago

Atomic Disguise Makes Helium Look Like Hydrogen

blueZ3 Re:So, better weapons? (127 comments)

But 2.5 billion megatons of TNT gives a new meaning to "mutually assured destruction" doesn't it?

more than 3 years ago
top Has Changed

blueZ3 Re:Who's askin'? (109 comments)

Well, it's a /. "editor" so I'm guessing B) "some dude wearing nothing but underwear and a threadbare tinfoil hat?" (shudders at the mental image)

more than 3 years ago

If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

blueZ3 Re:not fair (717 comments)

Bah. I drive a 1931 Model A Ford. I wish you Jeep drivers would slow down to a reasonable speed--I've got purely mechanical brakes (not even hydraulic--they're lever/rod actuated, my foot->pedal->brake rod->brake drum) and steering (no power assist, just a pitman arm to move the drag link) and you guys make me nervous.

more than 3 years ago

How much TV do you watch in a week, on average?

blueZ3 Re:Kill your TV (385 comments)

I haven't had T.V. in almost 12 years--during which time I've spent my free time on reading, hobbies, and playing with my kids.

Think about how much TV you watch each day--or better yet, use a stop watch and actually time it. I suspect you'll be surprised at how much time you actually spend: the average American watches a staggering 5 hours PER DAY of television. Now, think about the value of your time, the value of what you're watching, and then think of all the other uses you could put 35 hours a week to. You could easily read several books, learn to play a musical instrument, take up a hobby, AND spend time interacting with friends and family in that 35 hours.

Aside from the time you're spending watching TV that might be more pleasurably spent doing something else, think about what TV is doing to you. Some people don't think that TV influences how they think, what they buy, and who they vote for: the 500 billion dollar advertising says that they're wrong.

I find it interesting how all my oldest daughter's classmates (she's 4 and in preschool) are already programmed to be good little consumers. There's hardly one who doesn't have the obligatory Disney character backpack, clothes from the trendy place at the mall, and a "brand-name" toy to share on Wednesdays.

In the 80's when I was in the Army and stationed in Italy, I used to walk around the base at night and see the "blue glow" coming from the on-base housing. At the time I thought that it was as if everyone came home at the end of their day and sat down in front of the TV to be "programmed" for the next day.

The current state of our society and politics has done nothing to disabuse my of this idea.

more than 3 years ago

Giving the Blind Better Web Access

blueZ3 Re:New blacktop for the road to hell (168 comments)

Your answer (legislate) to the problem (accessibility) is amusingly contrary to your anecdote. No one forced the "nice" store to comply with some arcane requirement (which would undoubtedly require a huge bureaucracy to administer and hundreds of lawyers to sue non-compliant businesses), but they did what they thought was best.

If "the blind" are really such a wealthy group of consumers, why is it necessary for government to intrude on their behalf? Surely it's reasonable that businesses who think the benefit worth the cost should address their needs while others who do not, can go without their business. At this rate, the government will soon be telling retail web sites what order their navigation links must be in to "level the playing field"

This is what gets me about the current atmosphere in this country: why does everything always seem come down to "this is what I want, and I want the government to make things that way"? I guess when your position is illogical and you can't make any headway in the marketplace of ideas, that's the only recourse?

more than 3 years ago

Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

blueZ3 Re:Rotate (1140 comments)

You think that's hard, you should try switching to Dvorak!

more than 3 years ago

Safety Commission To Rule On Safety of Rulers In Science Kits

blueZ3 Re:Can't you simulate a chemistry set with softwar (446 comments)

I'm afraid that the contradiction between your stated position and your sig just made my head esplode.

If these companies stop manufacturing the kits, it doesn't mean that they're the evil suxors, it means that they don't think that they can do the testing and make a profit. The first rule of understanding capitalism is: Don't ascribe to malice what can be adequately explained by economic motives.

more than 2 years ago

Many More Android Apps Leaking User Data

blueZ3 Re:Prevasive? (299 comments)

Don't try to understand the editors. That is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth: there are no editors.

more than 2 years ago



New Poll Idea

blueZ3 blueZ3 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blueZ3 (744446) writes "I didn't come up with this (it was suggested by a poster in the current poll) but how about:

Why is ./ going to hell?
1) Abuse of anonymity
2) Loss of good contributors
3) Moderation schmoderation
4) Invasion of non-techy riff-raff
5) CoyboyNeil did it"

Reiser cops to killing

blueZ3 blueZ3 writes  |  about 6 years ago

blueZ3 (744446) writes "The S.F. Chronicle is reporting that Hans has led detectives to what is believed to be Nina's body. It looks like Reiser did it, got convicted, and is now looking for a reduced sentence for his cooperation. I guess this is a slap in the face to all those "He never did!" and "The jury is stoopid" folks out there in slashdot land."

Geekiest vehicle-related project you've done?

blueZ3 blueZ3 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blueZ3 (744446) writes "I've recently purchased a new motorcycle and am working on personalizing it — making it more "mine" if you will. I've purchased a PowerCommander (a tool for loading customized A/F ratio maps to the ECU) and added LED turn signals and done some other "mods"... but was hoping that the /. geeks would offer up other ideas for vehicle-related geeky projects that I can undertake... So, to that end, what's the geekiest vehicle-related project you've done to a car or bike?"

Microsoft goes comicon

blueZ3 blueZ3 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

blueZ3 (744446) writes "In an effort to sell developers on the benefits of MSDN and the value of the synergy between its products, Microsoft is using a set of comic-book-like "heroes" called the "Source Fourse" in odd marketing campaign. Included in the line-up are "Windows Server Crusader," "SQL Server Gal," and "Windows Vista Sensei," among others. It's hard to know where they're going with this... a subtle connection with Open Source — even though it's clear that the "source" of the group isn't source code?

Is this a sad comment on what Microsoft sees as the maturity level of developers, developers, developers, or a brilliant marketing move? Time will tell."

blueZ3 blueZ3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

blueZ3 (744446) writes "Some enterprising person has registered and plastered the index page with a giant Firefox logo. The log is a link to the Firefox download page.

Legal disclaimers aside, one wonders how long it will be until the Microsoft lawyers are knocking on the door of the person responsible. Nevertheless, it's good for a laugh."


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