top How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
Extra! Extra! This just in! New research proves that patent "trolls" actively reduce wasted "R&D" attempts by sad deluded companies aiming to reinvent by themselves and worsen already existing ideas! WIPO economic policies vindicated! Simplification within reach! Coming soon: the Golden Age of the One, Single And Perfect Idea Of Everything (a.k.a. "the Wheel") ! Thanks "trolls", your country owes you a debt of gratitude!
Dear Mr. martin-boundary,
I am writing to notify you that I currently own patent #2139986924, entitled "Process through which a human being may communicate a non-specified message of arbitrary weight and importance to one or more other human beings without the distinct personal application of auditory signals and cues". It is clear through your most recent activity that you have applied this process without my express written consent. You are thus legally beholden to the patent owner, and unless you reimburse me a sum of €12,000 I will be forced to recoup the losses I have unjustly suffered from your piracy to the fullest extent permitted by US law. You have 45 minutes to comply.
Thank you for your cooperation
Mr Troll, Esq.
PS. Perhaps you shouldn't try to reinvent the wheel.
top Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole
So to extrapolate from the TFA: The laws of physics do not exist in a vacuum...
Someone give this guy an xkcd award, then punch him in the face.
top Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science
Erring on the side of caution has great financial costs at the business level and great emotional costs at the citizen level.
Financially, whomever goes first on that carousel is going to lose a lot of money, unless every country on the planet agrees to jump in at the same time. Emotionally, just by looking at the aggression that pops up when someone suggests the very minute lifestyle change of having one vegetarian-food day per week... Well, you get the point.
Multiply that by three (USA, Russia, and China all have to agree) and it is suddenly more likely that Hillary Clinton will be invited to the Arkansas High School Reunion of 1921 by a Triceratops riding John Wilkes Boothe.
top Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency
Have you recently been to Sweden? Because that was a 10 x 15 km serious frikkin burn.
top Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia
In Soviet Russia, line tows you!
top New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves
You're not missing anything if you don't see GoT. It's just tits and swords.
Paraphrase: You're not missing anything interesting. It's just the most awesome thing in the world and the fourth most awesome thing in the world.
All the time. about a month and a half ago
top Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?
The fact that Facebook seems to be genuinely surprised by this response tells me everything I need to know about how they regard their users. They see them the same way an entomologist sees bugs - something to be cataloged and experimented on but not worthy of the respect one normally gives other human beings.
And how can this surprise you? Have you ever heard anything at all about Facebook respecting the privacy of its users? In fact, again and again and again Facebook ends up in the news with an anti-privacy scandal on its hands.
I am not saying that running social experiments on random people is a great idea (though it is funny), I am saying this is a 'no biggie' because it is neither surprising nor out of line with previous actions. That doesn't make it right, but anyone with half a brain should have seen it coming five years ago, and stopped using social media platforms 4 years ago. The only people who need to have these accounts are the marketeers. The rest will get much better 'social' results using 1) a phone and 2) mouth + ears.
I suppose since Facebook is owned and run by an immature child billionaire that I shouldn't be surprised.
And yet you appear to be. Facebook is run by a greedy thief, and you expect non-greedy-thief behavior. That is inconsistent.
top Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?
Failbook has always proved and will always prove to be intrusive. Yet the sheep that use failbook continue to prove they are nothing more than stuipid little fucks that value nothing at all. Now with this "emotion experiment" the dumb asspie cracker Zuckerberg feels he is beyond any and all laws with his sheep still saying "fuck me in the ass harder Mark." The solution to this simple, shut failbook down. If you must keep in touch that is what email and *gasp* letters via snail fucking mail is for. Then there are also a new fangdangled method called a "website" that will allow for someone to put their shit up. Making a webpage is all too simple. If they can't make one then they are too fucking stupid to even exist let alone use a fucking computer so it is best to let the fucktarded sheeple that use failbook to fucking self destruct and perhaps earn themselves a fucking darwin award along the way.
I dare say I smell the distinct aroma of a Pulitzer from your florid loquaciousness.
top FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists
And then presumably the scientists get replaced by cheaper H1B "scientists"?
top America 'Has Become a War Zone'
But while a correlation does not prove cause-and-effect, a lack of correlation -- or more properly, a negative correlation -- can DISprove cause-and-effect.
Only in a closed system, unless you presume to have knowledge of the grand unifying theorem, and can thus explain every action in the universe.
Example: something -- all evidence points to one animal -- has been killing your chickens. You suspect the neighbor's dog. So you start keeping tabs on when the dog is let out, and when it is in the house. It turns out, after examination, that whatever it is has been killing your chickens when the dog was locked up in the house. There is no dispute... it is indisputable that the dog wasn't there when the chickens died. This negative correlation between the dog being out and dead chickens has DISproved your theory that the dog was killing the chickens.
Or, which is the recurring problem of the debate, there are two dogs, meaning that while your specific dog didn't kill the chickens, the biological family dog (
Canis I believe) is responsible for the increased chicken mortality in the area. This is actually the same example as you first provide, with the rum and minister, except you have obfuscated the scenario.
It gets a bit more complicated when the numbers go up but the same principle still holds. If your theory is that X causes Y, and you find a negative correlation, for example X goes up while Y goes down, you have DISproved that X causes Y. Otherwise, barring other outside influences, you
would have (no dispute) observed that Y went up as X went up. Anything else contradicts your theory.
I like how "barring other outside influences" is mentioned only in passing here, while it is considered the key disrupting factor in scientific statistical analysis, something a lot of very smart people spend a lot of time on accounting for and avoiding.
And X going up with Y going down only works when X is the entire environment. If X is merely a part of the environment (as in both of your examples) it proves that X is 1: negatively correlated to Y, or 2: X is not correlated to Y but something(s) else is, or 3: X is correlated to Y while something else is stronger negatively correlated to Y. Given that these three points can be proven without any analysis, it does not seem the statistical addition shed much light on the facts.
And in the gun-control debate, we have in fact had ample time and opportunity to control for other factors. And it is extremely important to note that try as we might,
we have found no other causal factors that apply to the situation. Yet even so, as X (per-capita gun ownership and frequency of carry) has gone up, Y (violent crime of all sorts) has continued to go down. Therefore: X does not cause Y. Q.E.D.
I love this. Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Merck, GSK, and many, many other pharmaceutical companies are spending billions and billions of dollars on trying to control for all the factors of a single human being, and yet are unable to do so for approximately 19 of every 20 candidates that go to phase 3 trials. And here, all along, you ( though stated as "we" by which I guess you are referring to other paid members of NRA) have somehow managed to control for all factors of every human being in the United States. That is an impressive feat. Even more impressive, you have managed to reduce this incredible superhuman complexity to just two features, X and Y. Not even FOX News can boil the world down so succinctly. Well done.
It isn't an opinion. It's as scientific as it gets.
I shall leave the refutation of this part as an exercise to the reader.
top Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?
If Snowden is a "whistleblower", why did he release so much material about things the NSA does which are not illegal? Why did he release info about capabilities which are clearly under the NSA purview and in the national interest?
Nothing the NSA did was "illegal", since they are a part of the government. This can also be seen in that no one has been arrested for what amounts to systematically breaking the constitutional rights of the american citizen.
Their actions are however highly immoral and reprehensible, which is the reason that Snowden wanted to inform the public. This because he values right over might.
Does that answer your question?
top Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information
Does uploading a coroner's report into the death of a "patient" who purchased fake medicine count as personal?
Unless it was Jesus, I think you're safe.
top AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy
...Stop creating new cards I can cook and egg on...
I think I've found your problem. What you are looking for is called a skillet, and it does not go in the computer.
top Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'
So, when people in the US publish lists of credit card numbers or social security numbers (or whatever is the newest hobby on the US interwebz), it's all fine and dandy because it's speaking the truth?
This situation does not fall under the new legislation domain. There is already a multitude of laws dealing with this exact problem.
top Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion
I like how one of the worst CEO's of all time still makes enough money to go on a $2 billion shopping spree.
At my job, I only get a bonus when I perform above expectations...
top Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo
Parent deserves at least a +1 for the visual of Baron Harkonnen cosplay.
top Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle
Perhaps Wood's hole can fund another?
top Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?
Yes, because human beings can totally stay 100% focused and productive during the entire day. Unless you're an unethical and lazy communist ofcourse.
I wonder how many CEOs actually believe in this drivel...
top Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
1) Police officer sees car he wants to search
2) Police officer calls 911 placing an anon tip
3) Police officer gets to do whatever the hell he wants.
historically, authority figures getting to do whatever the hell they want has worked out pretty well.
Jesus tapdancing Christ, this has been refuted three times now. The tip did
not warrant the search, the tip only warranted pulling the driver over. The marijuana smell warranted the search, something that was not introduced by this ruling. As for #2, did you even read the digest? The ruling only accounts for when anonymity does not hold.
Get the tinfoil hat out of your eyes and read TFA please.
top VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control
In Soviet Russia, book FaceYou!