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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

dondelelcaro Re:Left foot braking, not heel and toe (394 comments)

It's pointless in non-turbocharged cars

While there's not as much point in non-turbocharged cars, F1 race car drivers often left foot brake. Part of this is because of their karting roots, and the other half is that left foot breaking can help you floor the gas pedal that much faster. [That, and an F1's clutch is on the steering wheel anyway.]

about 8 months ago
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Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

dondelelcaro Consider git-annex (243 comments)

In addition to the other methods (ZFS, fdupes, etc), I personally use git-annex.

Git annex can even run on android, so I keep at least two copies of my photos spread throughout all of my computers and removable devices.

about 10 months ago
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Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

dondelelcaro Re: 'no definitive conclusions can be reached' (341 comments)

Of course we're on someone's payroll. We have to eat, after all. The question is whose payroll we are on. All reputable journals require scientists to indicate who supported their research and any conflicts of interest they might have.

about a year ago
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Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense

dondelelcaro Another new tool to prevent resale! (321 comments)

While detering theft is useful for the consumer, how long until this tool is used to lock a device to a specific consumer, eliminating any resale value that the phone may have?

about a year and a half ago
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The Accidental Betrayal of Aaron Swartz

dondelelcaro Re:When talking to a prosecutor in the US. (409 comments)

And because it's considered civil contempt, you get no trial, no appeal.

They're only jailed for as long as the grand jury is sitting. Secondly, you can contest coercive contempt charges, it's just that your grounds for contesting them are more limited.

about a year and a half ago
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Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

dondelelcaro Re:Quarantine works (851 comments)

The other method to reduce transmission is prevent caregivers from working in the hospital if they show signs of being sick with any significantly harmful highly contagious disease.

While this would reduce transmission, it wouldn't be enough. For influenza, you can be an asymptomatic carrier capable of passing on the disease for a period of at least a day before showing symptoms.

about 2 years ago
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Outrage At Microsoft Offshoring Tax In the UK, Google Caught Avoiding US Taxes

dondelelcaro Re:compete instead of complain (768 comments)

What if I don't want to eat in the store?

If you don't want to eat in the store, then don't eat in the store. No one is forcing these companies to take advantage of the externalities that the US provides.

about 2 years ago
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Outrage At Microsoft Offshoring Tax In the UK, Google Caught Avoiding US Taxes

dondelelcaro Re:compete instead of complain (768 comments)

More like, Store A is charging $20 for a loaf of bread, I'll go to store B where I can get it for $5.

Lets at least get the metaphors slightly more accurate.

Store A is charging $20 for a loaf of bread, but provides an awesome atmosphere, chairs, clean eating space, nice employees, free coffee, and massages while you eat your loaf of bread. Store B sells the same bread for $5, but you can't eat your bread there. So you buy your bread from Store B, and then expect Store A to let you stay in Store A to eat your bread.

Companies pay taxes to pay for the externalities that they take advantage of while doing business in a country.

about 2 years ago
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Comparing R, Octave, and Python for Data Analysis

dondelelcaro Re:Did I seriously miss something? (61 comments)

there are ways around that through smart planning, variable use, and multiple data files for different variables so not all are in memory at once

There are also packages like ff and others which handle absolutely gigantic files by offloading parts of them to storage and only allocating memory for them (and storage) when required. R certainly has some problems with dealing with huge amounts of data, but they aren't insurmountable for datasets less than 1T.

more than 2 years ago
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California Considers DNA Privacy Law

dondelelcaro Re:The world's tiniest violin plays for UCLA (119 comments)

this research can NEVER be wholly or partially copyrighted/patented. or that the university will not directly or indirectly profit from this research and all data will be made public...

First off, facts cannot be copyrighted. Secondly, in a university setting, research results are generally made publicly available in journal articles, and you can often request the data if you have a legitimate reason to get access to it. Raw data will almost never be made public (although it is often made available to other researchers) as it would be a privacy violation to do so.

Genetic research should always involve informed consent with a description of what the results will be uesd for; I don't personally have a problem with laws that properly legeslate that. However, they should not be so burdensome to make compliance infeasible.

more than 2 years ago
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California Considers DNA Privacy Law

dondelelcaro Re:The world's tiniest violin plays for UCLA (119 comments)

The fact that those doctors are making *MONEY* off it, and her and her family aren't? If it was non-profit and shared with all who needed it, maybe, but as a big money business the HL cell cultures are an insult to 'supposed' medical ethics everywhere.

You're mistaken. HeLa cells are banked by ATCC, which is a non-profit organization which provides the cells to other cell banks which provide them to researchers at cost. The cells themselves are typically not sold for profit. [They are expensive, but that's because media, refrigerant, and people needed to propogate them aren't free.]

more than 2 years ago
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California Considers DNA Privacy Law

dondelelcaro Re:The world's tiniest violin plays for UCLA (119 comments)

We're not talking about the field of medicine, we're talking about the profit center of medicine, the drug companies.

While this does affect big pharma a little bit, the vast majority of genetic testing for association currently occurs in academic settings. This bill has the potential for significantly increasing the difficulty of determining which genetic variants cause important diseases, reducing the ability of researchers in California to participate in research in this field.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

dondelelcaro Re:nonsense (355 comments)

If you're a professional, you'd switch the server to single user mode, dump the drive contents to a portable drive, reboot the server, and be on your merry way.

And if you were really a professional, you'd get a search warrant for a complete wiretap on the server, and track all packets coming in and out. You might also compromise the machine so you could obtain all of the unecrypted traffic entering and exiting the machine. But the FBI apparently isn't that smart.

more than 2 years ago
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US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

dondelelcaro Re:Talk or else! (1047 comments)

You can be forced to divulge the combination of a safe, but you can be required to open it yourself.

I don't know any jurisdiction which would bother spending the money trying to compel someone to provide the safe combination. They just seize the safe, ask nicely once, and if they were rebuffed, call a lock smith to open it.

The highest UL safe rating is only for 30 minutes of work time, after all.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Hints That Wi-Fi Near Testes Could Decrease Male Fertility

dondelelcaro Re:That's not a bug, it's a feature (307 comments)

RTFA. Hell, read the fscking summary: "... compared to healthy sperms stored for the same time in the same temperature away from the computer."

Except that they method they used to maintain temperature didn't involve a laptop in the control area; they attempted to cool the sample kept near the laptop by an air conditioning system. This would introduce significant vibration, a temperature gradient, and potentially alter CO2 and O2 concentrations near the sperm.

It's not like running this control would be difficult, so one can only guess why they didn't bother to do it.

more than 2 years ago
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Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

dondelelcaro Re:expensive cupcakes (611 comments)

a factory sized bakery is FAR more stringently controlled

Factory sized bakeries are more stringently controlled, both by governmental regulation and for QA purposes. However, because of the magnifying effects of the economies of scale, cheaper ingredients are used wherever possible. Additionally, due to the need to maximize shelf-life, automate production lines, and reduce waste, components that would not normally be added to baked goods by smaller bakers are added in an industrial setting. Finally, while many so-called organic products are not free of contaminants, products produced using normal methods also contain many of these contaminants.

about 3 years ago
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Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

dondelelcaro Re:expensive cupcakes (611 comments)

[I]t's just a label change without a quality change.

Paying more for a label is silly, but at least some of the higher end cupcake places I've visited were superior to the standard supermarket cupcakes, both in taste and decoration. Probably not $4 superior, but enough that I would consider paying more for the once or twice a year I buy a cupcake. But then again, I tend to consider cupcakes like this gourmet, so my taste might be suspect.

about 3 years ago
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Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

dondelelcaro Re:expensive cupcakes (611 comments)

A "gourmet" cupcake is made in exactly the same oven with exactly the same ingredients as a regular cupcake...

Just like a computer contains the same silicon and rare elements as any other computer, the devil is in how they're assembled and put together, and the skill with which someone makes them. A "working" program is made in exactly the same compiler with exactly the same syntactical constraints as a segfaulting program

about 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

dondelelcaro Re:How about Fedora? (685 comments)

I have always preferred RH's system-V-like way of doing things.

While there are slight differences, Debian has been using SysV as a default for a very long time. [Probably even since the beginning.] We also have file-rc and various other init systems available as options; while they may be the default at some point in the future, they're not the default now.

about 3 years ago
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Study Finds No Link Between Mobile Phones and Cancer (Again)

dondelelcaro Re:Should be pretty obvious by now (150 comments)

but homeostasis is not perfect.

No, but it's fairly good when we're talking about internal body temperatures... and when it does fail and your temperature goes much beyond 42C, you die.

Put a one cm2 sample in sunlight in the summer and check the heat gain vs exposing the same size sample to a milliwatt em source of your choosing.

This would be a measurement of average heat gain, which isn't what I'm talking about. Obviously there's not enough energy in a typical cell phone transmitter to produce an appreciable average heat gain in a volume of water the size of a human. However, with an increase in localized intensity via focusing you may be able to increase the incidence and severity of inflammation.

I personally don't think that the radiated power of most common devices is going to be high enough to introduce a high enough relative risk to offset the advantages of cell phones (or probably even to have a study with enough statistical power to be detectable), but that doesn't mean that scientists shouldn't go out and do the tests to verify that this is in fact the case.

more than 3 years ago

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dondelelcaro dondelelcaro writes  |  more than 11 years ago I usually don't have much stuck in this particular journal, since almost anything you'd ever care to learn about me is available on my website.

What's more, the code that runs it integrates well with my gallery, so you can actually see pictures of me and my friends doing whatever we have acutally ended up doing.

Oh yeah. And unlike the responder who thought I was a lawyer, No, I most definetly am not. [However, I do have in house legal counsel. So should you.]

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