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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

cryptolemur Re:Consistency (357 comments)

Ahum, Stephen Hsu is a theoretical physicist, the breed that seems to think that everything else in science is a subset of their discipline and thus within their realm of understanding. Which is rarely the case.

Meanwhile, the genetic researchers have already started serious discussions about the fact that since we now can fix some defects already on the embryo level, should we? If you cull them, then that discussion will be controlled by hapless physicists...

3 days ago
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Nearly 700 Genetic Factors Found To Influence Human Adult Height

cryptolemur Re:Not news: GWAS Often Fail (68 comments)

Talk about name dropping...:-)

I hope you're not thinking all these authors contributed equally. They did not. I'd venture a (well educated) guess that most of them "merely" had part of the data, and provided that in exhange for a name in publication. Most probably made their undergrads to do the analysis, so they could only share the results for meta analysis, instead of the raw data. So the the undergrads got their names in, too.

Furthermore, all the authors are using the same method (GWAS) so it's only relevant to question that single method, not the smartness off all the authors put together. And it's apparent that even you don't think much of the method, since you require those that challenge it, to come up with the proof (actual genetic/biological/chemical mechanism) that the method provided a correct model of reality. And within a generous week, which, of course, is much less time that it took to churn this statistical model out of the data.

That doens't sound fair, me thinks. It'll take years of wet lab to find out if this model has any relevance to how the world ticks. Computers and undergrads are cheap, labs and professionsal are expensive, so we get a lot of statistical biology nowadays. It's not bad science per se, but it's a very limited approach, because it's (totally) data driven.

about two weeks ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

cryptolemur Re:Rupert Murdoch Streisand (132 comments)

In a free market society they would have to disclose all information, of course. Otherwise the market would not work properly, because the consumers could not make well informed decision...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resolving the Clash Between Art and Technology In Music?

cryptolemur Re:Union tactics (121 comments)

I may be protectionism, or it may be serious consern for quality. Or both. You do know that the luddites didn't oppose machines, but machines that produced poor quality stuff -- they were afraid that people would be fooled to buy third grade crap instead good quality products.

Too bad they were beaten, shot and hanged for it, and we have the world we have now...

about 4 months ago
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Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

cryptolemur Re:Not me (255 comments)

If we started to assume that business is not supposed to behave the most sosiopathic and misantropist way possible, the world might become a better place.

In other words, the bottom line is no excuse for anything. Not even in business. A creepy bastard is a creepy bastard, even if it's for profit.

about 5 months ago
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Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt?

cryptolemur Re:Silly Peasants (142 comments)

I a perfect, "special interest free", scenario we'd only get to accept or reject a whole preselected parliament, or senate, or whatever institute does the democracy theater in your country.

about 5 months ago
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US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

cryptolemur Re: Ethics and Morals ? (165 comments)

The objective of war is to impose your will on the others, not to kill people, since you can't impose anything on dead people.

You only care about body count, or spectacular victories ("let's put the fear of God to them"), when you don't know what you're imposing if anything, or to whom you're imposing it on. Then body count becomes the only measure of prgress that you can use. It's like your fighting a war either because you can, or because you don't know what else to do...

Besides, what made Red Army relatively easy picking for the Wehrmacht in 1941-42 was the very fact that it won it's two previous engagements (Khalkyn-Gol and Winter war), the first one spectacularly, which pretty much prevented any constructive critique or learning from mistakes and casualties.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

cryptolemur Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

It could be that the point of capital punishment is to tell people that at times it is OK to kill a person that has offended you...

No, wait...

about 6 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

cryptolemur Re:US Court did *not* say corporations are people (226 comments)

Amusingly enough, "corporation" comes from latin word meaning a "group of people"... so where's the difference?

about 6 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

cryptolemur Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (348 comments)

That was his point, don't you think?
Wasting 30 seconds searching would have given you http://simplex.giss.nasa.gov/s..., or http://www.cesm.ucar.edu/model... or http://www.mi.uni-hamburg.de/S... ... and many, many more.

Funny thing, the code, the data, the explanations, everything has been avalable for years, and yet so many of the public believe they're not. I wonder why that is?

It's like there was this massive political campaign against science. Of which you just became part of. Congratulations!

about 6 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

cryptolemur Re:Won't work (342 comments)

I gather the best way to 'encourage' investors to aim for long term profits, would be to simply make the tax be absurdly high (like 99.9999%) for HTC and then converge it to normal according to the time one has held a particular stock before sale. This way you can always make profit (if there's profit to be made), but even the gambler would be interested in the long term health of the general economy, and of the business in particular they have invested in.

Overnight, we'd have a stable, healthy, growing economy.

about 6 months ago
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GCHQ and NSA Targeted World Leaders, Private German Companies

cryptolemur Re:@people from the US (145 comments)

I assume BND has been collaborating with US intellicenge a lot. Now, of course, it appears that anybody in Germany having collaborated with NSA (and it's brethen) or GHCQ should be considered a traitor and be put on trial.

Really, every European Intelligence Agency should be purged from persons who advocate international cooperation. And purged such a way that several genrations of intelligence people will think twice about "exchanging information".

Of course, what remains of international terrorism will have (again) grrreat time operating globally, but trust is something we can not afford anymore.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

cryptolemur Re:The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

There could be that others listened to the customers, who at the time did not think all-touchy device was an improvement -- it still isn't! -- but good ol' Steve came forth and sold the abomination to people.

For most purposes touchscreen is an inferior input device compared to almost anything. It's like using your computer only with several mice and claiming it's great experience... now, making it the only input device, one hardly can call that an advancement.

about 7 months ago
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How To Better Verify Scientific Research

cryptolemur Re:Replication (197 comments)

The *best* way would be to do a different experiment with the expectation of getting the same results if the original research was valid and understanding of the studied phenomena good. Then, regardless of whether the second study validates the first one or not, we would actually have more data and better understanding of the issue and problems regarding it's study.

Invalidating shoddy research would be a bonus.

about a year ago
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Farm Workers Carry Drug-Resistant Staph Despite Partial FDA Antibiotics Ban

cryptolemur Re:"behind the curve" (120 comments)

But then you'd have to explain how the drug-resistant bacteria appeared on the hospitals, if it's not due to overuse of drugs. If it is due drugs, then you'd have to explain why it does not apply to factory farms with conditions akin to hospitals.

about a year ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

cryptolemur Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (775 comments)

The best estimates put nuclear way 'dirtier' than say, off shore wind. Sure, it's cleaner than coal or even natural gas, but that nuclear fuel don't mine itself, nor does it enrich itself, not does it transfer itself to the reactor, not does it take care of the decomissioning of that huge pile of contaminated concrete and steel...

Nuclear is in no way or form zero emission power source.

Other problem with nuclear is the enourmous power generating capacity of a reactor: it requires equally enormous backup for the inevidable times the reactor is offline! And since reactors are slow to come online, that backup needs to be something else, like natural gas. Or wind. Or solar.
Think about that, too.

about a year ago
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The Aging of Our Nuclear Power Plants Is Not So Graceful

cryptolemur Re:NIMBY (436 comments)

Second, the French have a much greater faith in their scientists and engineers than we do here in the United States. The French scientists and engineers in turn work hard to earn and sustain that trust by doing good work. I cannot recall there ever being a serious nuclear accident in France for example. Finally, it seems that the French legal system doesn't allow for NIMBYs to get in the way of projects that are deemed to be in the national interest whereas anyone with money for the filing fees can cause no end of legal trouble here in the United States.

After the oil crisis French goverment went for the nuclear solution without any democratic or parliamentary process whatsoever. Which soon resulted in violent demonstrations etc. The energy production in France is complety controlled (owned and subsidized) by government.

Currently nuclear seem to thrive only in countries where tax payers pay the bill and have no say in the matter...

about a year ago
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Quadcopter Drone Network Will Transport Supplies For Disaster Relief

cryptolemur Re:Yeah, like that'll work (113 comments)

A better option would be to combine these with something like Aeroscraft cargo blimp to haul 60 tons od stuff in hours (20 -30) to disaster area and then do the delivery by drones.

The stuff could be preassembled kits of food rations, water purification, wide-spectrum antibiotics, perhaps a heater packaged in a light sheltering material with simple, drawn, cuilturally independent instructions in every item.

about a year ago
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Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

cryptolemur Re:I'm for it. (351 comments)

I'd be much more inclined towards proper, standardized DRM, if the "rights" included my rights, too. The content provider could keep the right to create copies of the content, but I would have the ownership of that particular copy to do whatever I please to do with it. Enjoy, loan, sell, destroy...

about a year and a half ago
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How Scientists Know An Idea Is a Good One

cryptolemur Re:Read the literature... or not (140 comments)

Check out Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine: http://www.jnrbm.com/ :-)

Anyway, I was taught early on this is one of the main reasons to attend conferences -- after seeing an interesting presentation (or even poster) about stuff close to yours, you go for a beer or two with the presenter and hear all the failures they suffered and the wrong turns they took on the way. And share your own, too.

The body of science is so much more than just the published papers, you know.

about a year and a half ago

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