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Correlation and Causation

commisaro Still wrong. (23 comments)

C is an infinite class of possible "third-causes". Therefore there are infinitely more than 4 possible outcomes.

about 2 years ago
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Fake IPad 2s Made of Clay Sold At Canadian Stores

commisaro Future Shop is sad? :( (265 comments)

"It really saddens Future Shop that people stoop to be this opportunistic and make money in this kind of organized way."

Poor Future Shop. The thieves made it sad :( Seriously, though. This whole "corporations as people" thing has gone too far...

more than 2 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

commisaro Re:Why is it bad ? (990 comments)

Yes, there is something profoundly screwed up about the fact that, under our current economic model, it is considered a BAD THING when someone no longer has to perform drudge labour because it can now be performed by a machine. That said, I don't know what the alternative model should be. Just that there's something wrong with the current system.

more than 2 years ago
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United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation

commisaro Re:iPad taking off (253 comments)

Thanks, these puns really gave me a lift!

more than 2 years ago
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Debian Wheezy To Have Multi-Architecture Support

commisaro Re:Wheezy (135 comments)

Clearly I'm not the only one who read the whole summary in auto-tune.

more than 2 years ago
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Suppressed Report Shows Pirates Are Good Customers

commisaro Re:No big deal (291 comments)

Forgive me, but I don't really understand the business model, though. If it's true that their own studies have shown that pirates are better customers, this would presumably indicate that allowing piracy would increase revenue. So if their goal is to maximize profit, why wouldn't they want to take this on board?

about 3 years ago
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Bizarre Expanding Light Halo Seen By Hawaii Webcam

commisaro Did no one read the email? (38 comments)

The email states the effect was witnessed MARCH 22, not July 22, which is when the missile launch was scheduled.

about 3 years ago
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Boeing's Enormous Navy Laser Cannon

commisaro PEW PEW PEW! (291 comments)

Pew! Pew Pew! Pew Pew Pew Pew! ...sorry.

more than 3 years ago
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Too Much Data? Then 'Good Enough' Is Good Enough

commisaro GOATSE ALERT (56 comments)

GOATSE ALERT

more than 3 years ago
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Study Calls Craigslist 'a Cesspool of Crime'

commisaro Oblig (316 comments)

Craigslist spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Confirms Discovery of Organism With Phosphorus-Free DNA

commisaro Gizmodo was not right (380 comments)

The Gizmodo article, like most of the speculation, was largely overblown:

NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living in planet Earth, using arsenic to build its DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell membranes. This changes everything.

That is not the case. The DNA is largely the same, except that phosphorous has been exchanged with Arsenic. Don't get me wrong, this is still a hugely interesting discovery, but it was implied during the pre-conference speculation that this was an entirely separate instance of abiogenesis, and that is simply not the case, unfortunately.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Billionaire Gives Money To Legalize Marijuana

commisaro Re:So *that* is how it works... (527 comments)

Good idea in theory. The problem is, the only people who have the power to implement the vast educational reforms you talk about are those who benefit most from the current state of ignorance...

more than 3 years ago
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Quantum State Created In Largest Object Yet

commisaro Re:so how big is it? (265 comments)

It's now simultaneously at its usual place and two hundred miles under the sea.

Sorry, don't you mean 2 933 football fields under the sea?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Readying To Pull Out of China

commisaro Re:Enderle (343 comments)

If there is one word NO ONE in the West would use to describe the Chinese [...], it is 'flexible'.

Obviously SOMEONE wasn't watching gymnastics at the Summer Olympics...

more than 4 years ago
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Artificial Heart Recipient Has No Pulse

commisaro Embodied Cognition (465 comments)

I wonder what effect this would have on emotional response. There is growing evidence that there is a two-way feedback loop between subjective emotion and bodily affect. In other words, not only does being nervous cause your heartrate to increase, but an increased heartrate makes you feel more nervous. I would be very interesting to see if this pulse-less heart would result in flatter emotional responses.

more than 4 years ago
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Nanaimo, The Google Capital of the World

commisaro Weird... (227 comments)

Haha, my parents live in Nanaimo. Never saw it as a technological hub :P I'll tell you what it is good for though: Summer work. All you have to do is work for one of the 87% (estimated) retired people there. Once you work for one, they will tell 3 friends, and you can work for them, and your workload grow exponentially. It is glorious. I worked full-time for an entire month without sending out a single resume.

more than 6 years ago

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