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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

dave420 Re:I wish Slashdot also took a survey (133 comments)

How are you having problems with Beta? I saw it once (by choice), dismissed it, and I've not seen it since.

14 minutes ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

dave420 Re:actually Australia does have some sanity (173 comments)

The fact they didn't fall down immediately after the planes struck, and all the evidence gathered and analysed by reputable structural engineers and scientists. You know - physics an' such. Or are you claiming it was the wind? Or one of the towers sneezed? Or a suicidal sparrow decided to end it all and kamikaze itself, providing just enough push in the process?

1 hour ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

dave420 Re:actually Australia does have some sanity (173 comments)

None of it makes any sense security-wise. All we'll end up with (after security is perfect) is some nutter blowing up the check-in area in departures. Then airports as we know cease to exist.

1 hour ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

dave420 Re:Missing out (173 comments)

Or you could just move to civilization and not have to worry about guns...

2 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Americans are smart. (398 comments)

Because the Republicans would never let "single payer" through, and so they went for the best solution they could feasibly pass.

7 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:They must be talking about the IPCC (398 comments)

Unless you can back up your claims with evidence, you should probably stop making a fool of yourself...

7 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Americans trust science too much (398 comments)

You have to show how it was "set up" so it could report whatever you seem to think it was. That's your job. I merely pointed out that the report didn't claim what you think it does, and that you clearly didn't even bother to read the abstract before getting all upset about it. If the issue is not the study, why did you cite it as an example? You're weird.

8 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Fucked both ways (398 comments)

You are confusing belief with faith, which doesn't surprise me for one so clearly dense.

8 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Bullshit (398 comments)

Or, just maybe, the people who told you that's the case were lying. I trust you read their peer-reviewed criticism, right?

8 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Bullshit (398 comments)

If by "assholes" you mean "were found to have done absolutely nothing wrong, yet were still hounded by those seeking to denounce science for some perverse reason", then you are indeed correct.

8 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Alternate suggestion (398 comments)

You're a great example of someone who's so convinced of what they know, even though a cursory 5-minute glance across the relevant publications would reveal otherwise. You are the poster child for scientific mistrust.

8 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Science is not about trust (398 comments)

Well, no, as the evidence for AGW is based on long-term trends, analysis of the content of the atmosphere, and so on. That is actual science. Screaming "HIATUS!" and running away is clearly not comparable.

8 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (398 comments)

Riiight. Unless you can cite evidence as to why all EU countries can't criticize the US, you're just flapping your gums.

8 hours ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Americans trust science too much (398 comments)

The Harvard study claimed no such thing. Their methodology is as follows:

We surveyed a random national sample of 2314 bankruptcy filers in 2007, abstracted their court records, and interviewed 1032 of them. We designated bankruptcies as âoemedicalâ based on debtorsâ(TM) stated reasons for filing, income loss due to illness, and the magnitude of their medical debts

The findings showed that over 92% of all bankruptcies involved medical bills of over $5,000 or 10% of pre-tax income. The results showed a nearly 50% increase in bankruptcies due to medical bills as their survey of 2001, which used precisely the same methodology.

So the real amazing thing is that you know of the study enough to get angry about it, but you never even bothered to read the first paragraph of it. How you expected this to make science look bad (and you good) is staggering. You've just outed yourself as a knee-jerk reactionary who doesn't bother to check their facts, yet is perfectly willing to assume they're correct and condemn some faceless scientists as charlatans.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Fucked both ways (398 comments)

If they don't believe the science, then by the very definition they are not scientifically literate.

It seems you are confusing "deciding which steps to take to counter the issue" and "deny the issue exists while keeping on making it worse".

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Bullshit (398 comments)

Yes, but those assholes weren't the scientists, and the scientists in question had a lot more work to do just to get back to where they were before they decided to try to engage more with the public.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Fox News? (398 comments)

They don't need to be in the article to be a very prominent example of people belittling scientists and science itself because their discoveries are troubling to the status quo they rely on... It seems your anti-anti-Fox News fetish is crippling :)

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Fucked both ways (398 comments)

Sorry - s/he should have said "the scientifically-literate world".

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

dave420 Re:Science is not about trust (398 comments)

Climatology doesn't deal with periods less than 30 years, so if anyone is proposing that is evidence contrary to AGW they are clearly lying. It's really that simple. Really, really simple. You seem to be the desperate one with the contradicted religion... Weird, huh?

yesterday
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

dave420 Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (327 comments)

For someone so angry you sure don't know what the words mean. Let me help you:

Republic = A country not ruled by a dynastic leader
Democracy = A country/system where people vote
Representative democracy = A country/system where people vote for people to act in their interests

So the US is both a republic and a democracy. Britain, for example, is not a republic, but is also a democracy.

yesterday

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