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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

emagery WF is a business ... (794 comments)

... and will sell what people are buying. I shop there, and never even glance at these aisles. I just get fresh unprocessed food that's hard to get anywhere else these days, cook it myself, lose 120lbs and normalize my bloodwork in doing it.

about a month and a half ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

emagery I'm for caution first (226 comments)

Just as with new processed food products, or mining techniques, etc, this sort of thing has potentially huge and life-threatening consequences. Google (and similar) should have to do the legwork to PROVE the safety of a product rather than maimed or widow(er)ed individuals having to do the legwork to PROVE a product is NOT safe.

about 2 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

emagery probably so... (712 comments)

Pay should reflect the good a person has done... a tech CEO could potentially have invented something that has changed the face of the world for the better, and I am happy for them to have benefitted from that (this applies less or potentially not at all to later CEOs who simply take the position as given them by money-only boards of directors and/or shareholders.) Bankers, though... it's a real stretch of the imagination to see them has having done anything other than a modest good at their broadest, and thus should incur only modest pay to match that.

about 2 months ago

GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

emagery Re:"Not Reproduclibe" (618 comments)

see: http://youtu.be/ceFyF9px20Y?t=... ... in this case we're talking the food industry, and in an example a few minutes prior to where this is tagged to begin, Lustig describes how it was the food industry got away with not admitting to people what they were putting in our food (i.e., because it was proprietary information that their competitors could duplicate.) But the point is, some science MUST rely on causal inference. You can't go around infecting thousands of people with HIV to run a study. You can't make someone smoke for 70 straight years to see what happens. You can't spike their food with high fructose corn syrup and trans fat, en masse, and be doing ethical science... and so you must instead examine the statistics that came FROM the fact that industries have already subjected us to these things and make a strong inference. And yet, because of the methods we're limited to, the food industry keeps getting to set the goal line back. 'We need better data,' 'more research to be sure...' and as long as they're 'never sure' we can never say, with any authority, 'okay, this explicative deleted is bad stuff.' I actually kinda LIKE the idea of complete transparency... but if they're going to force it on the EPA, FDA, CDC, etc, they must ACCEPT it upon themselves as well. No product can be sold to the public before it is ABSOLUTELY PROVEN TO BE SAFE. Let's see how they like that one?

about 2 months ago

Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS

emagery Re:In defense of GCHQ... (133 comments)

Typos notwithstanding

about 2 months ago

Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS

emagery Re:In defense of GCHQ... (133 comments)

While I understand I am replying to a point of sarcasm, nethertheless we really should invest some time in using words correctly. Terrorists user terror to achieve a goal. Period. Activists use activism to achieve a goal. Vigilanteism may or may not use terror, but it is using directed force (of one form or another) to achieve a goal (in this case, hacking deleterious services in the name of 'justice' as understood by those engaging in it.) Whether justified or not or misdirected or not, it's not terrorism unless the force being applied is terror, and that does not accurately describe anonymous. Tangentially, I wish we'd do the same with words like LIBERAL (to behave permissively) vs. AUTHORITARIAN (to behave restrictively) or CONSERVATIVE (to resist change) vs. PROGRESSIVE (to seek change.) In all cases, the context is what's most important. Are you permissive toward personal in-home nondangerous lifestyles? Well, then you're socially liberal and probably democratic (party) leaning. Are you permissive towards gigantocorporations buying legislation and dumping toxins into water supplies on the cheap? Then you're corporately (neo) liberal. Hell, you have to be both liberal (towards individuals) and authoritarian (toward those arguing to take personal liberties away) to achieve and end... so I guess using D(D)oS against D(D)oSers almost makes sense. MEH! I just wish people would be simple and clear about the labels we through around and understand them in contexts.

about 2 months ago

What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

emagery Re:It's the orbit, stupid (214 comments)

Oh, the orbit matters... but the orbit is EXTREMELY predictable even its wobble and orientation. It might, perhaps tip the scale during the (likely ongoing) pleistocene (Where 90% of our time is spent in ice age with 10% warm snaps that should have already ended by now, contrary to spiking upwards instead) but ebbs on a timeline that should have had the pleistocene happening essentially since beginning of observable time (which it has not.) So, it's a factor, but not a decisive one. Continental arrangements and landmasses propensity for temperature extremity vs. oceanic propensity for temperature moderation and long-distance transport matter far more (even than tilt, given measuring the southern hemisphere vs. northern.) And yet, in spite of the fact that the continents and oceanic currents are still in the same messy tangle they have been for the entirety of the multi-million year pleistocene, these beasts didn't go extinct during an of the previous warm-snaps... just the one we arrived in... and now that we should be quickly descending into ice age, instead we're headed the other way. This article is of interest, but it is not argument against anthropogenic extinctions or climate change.

about 3 months ago

US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

emagery How short sighted... (306 comments)

If, as a nation, you decide that some other nation is an enemy, how better to influence their youth and upcoming generations to become your friend than offering them a good education? All this does is worsen the divide and entrench the relatively few 'bad guys' said other nation may even have running the show into their positions against us. *headdesk*

about 3 months ago

Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

emagery Oddly enough... (1448 comments)

the remainder of the series after Ender's Game deals with coming to an understanding with and realizing that the 'bad guys' weren't actually bad... which kinda IS a message of tolerance. Sounds like he's a conflicted and confused person, to me... just as the rest of us are on one topic or another.

about 9 months ago

Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

emagery Re:Weekly/Monthly Salary (1103 comments)

I kinda like bi-weekly, myself... I budget myself around the idea of 24 (2x12) paychecks... but GET 26... which means two paychecks are entirely outside of the budget and are free-for-alls, basically.

about 9 months ago

The $200,000 Software Developer

emagery Re:Contractor (473 comments)

Well said; I need to do much the same... it kinda comes and goes with me, and I am dissatisfied.

about 10 months ago

The $200,000 Software Developer

emagery Re:Wanna earn $200K+? Two words... (473 comments)

In other words; Wall Street is a great place to make a big impact with new (if carefully designed) systems, contemporary terminology, and excellent engineering. Sounds like a lot of job opportunities right there. Then again... I'm not sure I want to support Wall Street. Seem like the bad guys to me right now

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

emagery That's sorta up to you; (314 comments)

Success has an element of surprise to it, but its not entirely out of your control either. My caveat is the argument that what you learn when particularly young is what you'll be a natural at the rest of your life. Learn a 2nd language before 14 years old and your entire life, new languages will come easily and without notable accent... but learn 2nd after 14 and it'll be hard, most will give up, and even those who succeed maintain a lifelong accent. It's a brain chemistry and stage thing. Programming is an analytical and problem solving sort of thing... if anything you've done during your developmental years is similar, then it shouldn't be hard for you to adapt now, really... and as with french and spanish and italian, the differences between, say, perl, python, javascript and php are not significant enough to deter you... the LOGIC behind them will be familiar... the differences are more in context, strengths, and dialect.

about a year ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

emagery It's a fair point, but presumes much (629 comments)

We ourselves on an exponentiating curve when it comes to technology, and will have to augment ourselves just to keep up with ~VERY~ short order (in the grand scheme of human history thus far.) Still, the presumption that being smarter (or even less human) will make us less curious is ... well ... curious.

about a year ago

IAU: No, You Can't Name That Exoplanet

emagery Re:I do declare (142 comments)

Authority is given, though some think it can be taken. Those need a bit of a reminder of the contrary from time to time, eh?

1 year,3 days



Mojang's 'Dinnerbone' blogs in support of Let's Play Videos

emagery emagery writes  |  about a year ago

emagery (914122) writes "Having only just read about Nintendo's hijacking of ad revenue from Let's Play videos done of their games, this blog entry from 'Dinnerbone' of Minecraft fame speaks out energetically in support of Let's Play videos, why and how it is in the best interest of the game development industry to encourage and promote this art, and how it even helps Mojang, for example, get a broad and free test and review system."
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