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Obama Recommends Delay In Digital TV Switch

cryptoguy Wait a minute... (589 comments)

Hasn't someone already bought rights to that spectrum? It doesn't belong to the TV stations. Is the government going to keep the money but not give the buyer the spectrum?

more than 5 years ago
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The Perils of Simplifying Risk To a Single Number

cryptoguy Re:Gladwell's "Blowing Up" (286 comments)

For an EXCELLENT article about this, read Malcolm Gladwell's "Blowing up", which you can find online for free:/p>

http://www.gladwell.com/2002/2002_04_29_a_blowingup.htm

Quote from the article:

If anything completely out of the ordinary happens to the stock market, if some random event sends a jolt through all of Wall Street and pushes G.M. to, say, twenty dollars, Nassim Taleb will not end up in a dowdy apartment in Athens. He will be rich.

So, does anybody know whether Taleb is rich now?

more than 5 years ago
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Study Says Cosmic Rays Do Not Explain Global Warming

cryptoguy Re:Global Warming Heretics (656 comments)

It could equally well be asked, what would motivate someone to clamp down on the energy that fuels our economy during the worst economic downturn in generations? There are tradeoffs to be made. But being motivated by one side or the other of the tradeoff interferes with objective science. Instead of pushing a politically motivated agenda, why not look for common ground. Reducing dependence on foreign oil is an appealing goal to people both sides of the issue. Don't shove global warming theories down everyone's throat.

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Study Says Cosmic Rays Do Not Explain Global Warming

cryptoguy Re:Global Warming Heretics (656 comments)

> Some real nice attempts at "Argument from Authority" there.
>
> So far it seems that the scientific consensus is that warming is real and likely to be contributed towards by human
> activity.

The pot is calling the kettle black. Appeal to "scientific consensus" is also a nice attempt at "Argument from Authority" -- and an attempt to discredit the argument without dealing with the substance.

Someone help me understand how direct quotes from a plethora of highly credentialed scientists rates a 4, and an ad hominem attack on that post rates a 5????

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Find Hole In Earth's Magnetic Field

cryptoguy Global warming impact (200 comments)

Extra energy entering the atmosphere, not previously accounted for. Time to recalibrate all those global warming models.

Hey, maybe this is what's causing the climate to warm.

more than 5 years ago
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If Programming Languages Were Religions

cryptoguy Smalltalk (844 comments)

Among all the religions, smalltalk is the one that is true and pure.

more than 5 years ago
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Lenovo Service Disables Laptops With a Text Message

cryptoguy Re:Interesting (257 comments)

If I can remotely turn your laptop into a paperweight, is that a feature or a bug? I suspect someone is vastly overconfident of their ability to secure this feature.

more than 5 years ago

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