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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

i kan reed Re:I'm still waiting... (27 comments)

Did you not see that disclaimer at the bottom of my post. Please, consider shutting up instead of what it is you're actually doing. This is not a debate worth having again and again and again and again.

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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

i kan reed Re:I'm still waiting... (27 comments)

Nah.

People coming in and demanding proof of things their politics made illegal to study are really annoying.

It's similarly illegal to study gun violence under a US public health research grant, even though every other class of mortality is nominally okay.
In my state, it's illegal to use state funds to research the effect of global warming on coastal water levels.

People who ban researching things for political reasons(rather than say consistency with existing laws outside of research) are harmful. There's something very wrong with the notion of not researching things that might reflect negatively on your ideology.

2 minutes ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

i kan reed Re:I'm still waiting... (27 comments)

Considering it's essentially* illegal to study, you can wait forever, you ignorant ass. Your policy proving itself right doesn't justify anything.

(Also this wasn't stem cells at all).

*If you want to argue against this point on minutia that ignore the reality of how preliminary medical research is performed, please just shut up.

24 minutes ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

i kan reed Re:First rule of software design (46 comments)

In fact, a (totally free) google doc spreadsheet can have a built-in customizable webform that lets you add rows with validation.

About the only reason you'd want something more complicated is if the sign-up process flows more like a wizard than a form.

38 minutes ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

i kan reed Re:non profits are run like for profits. (46 comments)

Yeah, not-for-profit corporations tend to be, on average, pretty scummy. That's not to say the intent of the law that allows them is bad or that all of them are.

Just that most have the majority true:
*Earning a profit. Not to distribute to shareholders but to "grow".
*Paying their executives exorbitant salaries that just so happen to replace the large sums that regular CEOs usually get from profit sharing.
*Using "not for profit" as a shield against unethical behavior, as if qualifying money as "profit" is the only way it corrupts.
*Charging market prices for services.

Some combinations of these are okay, but others are just shitty. I try not be too cynical a person, but when I hear a company describe itself as "not for profit" my first thought is "tax system gamer" and not "charity".

41 minutes ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

i kan reed Re:Recognition (94 comments)

The only error in your post is that most people can't bring themselves to care enough about Microsoft anymore to go as far as hating them. Say what you want about 95 through early XP era blue-screens, they were recognizable.

Now, though, windows is basically synonymous with white collar office work, and not a lot else. A lot of people don't even use it at home for internet browsing anymore.

2 hours ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

i kan reed Re:So you have to install an app... (92 comments)

You thought wrong.

There's a lot of reasons, if you're an OS developer, to have an app store, but security is pretty low on them.
#1: It lets you control what applications are available on your platform. No worrying about someone treading on your toes, selling something you sell.
#2: It gives you a cut of every app sold. This means that you can make your OS a loss leader, and take your profits from the sales of people making things people actually like.
#3: Building your brand. Marketing poisons everything. People talking, even occasionally, about your company's store, versus some website or store where they bought something is good for the recognizably of your other crap
#4: Yeah, okay. A gesture towards quality control
#5: Yeah, okay. A gesture towards security.

3 hours ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

i kan reed Re:Government Dictionary (153 comments)

Or, you know, its whiny legalism that doesn't understand the intent, meaning, or purpose of the law.

4 hours ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

i kan reed Re:So you have to install an app... (92 comments)

Yeah, but a totally innocuous app that the store maintainers are liable to let through.

4 hours ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

i kan reed Re:Easily done: (226 comments)

They is one major academic publication, by one Dr. DB Kates that they can cite their "millions" thing from but any sort of serious analysis of the methodology of the thing raises huge problems.

#1 It's a phone based poll, where they used percentage of respondents as an analogue of the population. This, in-and-of-itself is pretty reasonable.
#2 The crucial metric of "percentage of respondents who say they used a gun to defend themselves in the past 5 years" is well under the 3%ish of people who freely lie on phone polls, even on subjects where they have no incentive to lie. For closer to 50% response rates, this tends to balance out, as the lies get evenly distributed. For very small margins it becomes a huge problem. This is exacerbated by heavily politicized gun owner respondents have a known motivation to lie.
#3 Through no fault of the criminologist who ran the study, people like, the GP condense that above mentioned 5 year statistic into 1 year. There are statistically meaningful ways to do this, but piling all 5 years as happening in the last year is dumb.
#4 The results were glaringly inconsistent with the overall rate of crimes occurring. Crimes deterred by guns being a greater number than actual police reports when less than half the US population are gun owners is grounds to be suspicious. In conjunction with #2 it's grounds to say that the study provided no meaningful insight.

5 hours ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

i kan reed Re:Government Dictionary (153 comments)

And even that's not clear enough a definition to get past the people who keep throwing around the term. There has to be a false appearance of official sanction for the action. Either directly on the part of a cop, as in your example, or through the implication that there would be no prosecution of whatever crime they were entrapping you into.

If, to a regular citizen, there's no reason to believe that the person suggesting the crime has any official power whatsoever, it's not entrapment.

5 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

i kan reed Re:Moral Imperialism (429 comments)

Well, yeah, when BBC's Jimmy Savvile, the media just didn't have any nonces left to stand up for the oppressed.

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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

i kan reed Re:perplexingly (98 comments)

Not quite true. Very recently registered and non-registered users can't create articles. There's a page for them to suggest those articles to people with the amazing skill of creating a username and password.

3 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

i kan reed Re:Fission is Dead (217 comments)

What exactly is "the public"?

3 days ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

i kan reed Re:perplexingly (98 comments)

Because, in the end, misinforming is often worse than not informing. If there's no discernible way for the people reviewing the article to check if it's valid, there's serious concern about PR and marketing injecting false information into your supposedly neutral encyclopedia, misleading everyone using your site.

The line is going to be somewhere. They have verbal debates about all-but-the-most-obvious of deletions(which officially still require four eyes, one pair to propose speedy deletion, one to delete).

4 days ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

i kan reed Re:Submitter doesn't understand Wikipedia notabili (98 comments)

Yep, and there are like 2 dozen python wikis where no one would mind a write-up, and links. Sometimes things just aren't really encyclopedia topics. And that's fine.

Wikipedia, in spite of all odds, somehow manages to hold onto a tiny reputation for informational quality. Part of that is not having more information than the users can reliably fact-check. And I've never held it against wikipedia if I look something up and it just doesn't have an article. I fall back to the whole rest of the internet right away.

4 days ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

i kan reed Re:Wikipedia article deleted (98 comments)

Wikipedia has rules. While those rules exist for good reasons, by nature of being rules they are most easily navigated by bureaucratically minded, officious mindset.

People have this false mindset where wikipedia, by virtue of their "anyone can edit" policy is an infinite bastion of free expression. When really, it's just a whole lot of people disagreeing and squabbling and working and editing to make and upkeep an encyclopedia.

4 days ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

i kan reed I can't wait for it (98 comments)

At some point there will be an article on Wikipedia, that only meets Wikipedia's notability requirements due to media spillover complaining about the notability requirements.

4 days ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

i kan reed Re:Don't leave us hanging! (89 comments)

I've calculated it's precisely the day after you die, which is also when immortality is invented. Tough break, duder.

4 days ago

Submissions

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Ozone hole growth finally negative

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about a month ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "While the production and release of CFCs have been reduced for a couple decades now, the ozone hole had continued to grow through the 80s and 90s, and in the 2000s and 2010s it has been stable in size, with trends towards shrinking just beginning to show.

Some concerns do remain, as not all CFCs have shown reductions in atmospheric concentrations."

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El Niño is Back

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about a month and a half ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "After having very small cycles since 1998(when hurricanes wracked the east coast, and flooding the west), experts predict a 75% chance of a weak to moderate el niño by the end of the year. Some climate models (though not others) predict a continuing resurgence of the Pacific-based phenomenon for the next several years.

The differences in the models will also help shape which act as the best predictors of future climate behavior."
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Human altruism has early roots

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 2 months ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "According to Hillary Clinton, "it takes a village to raise a child".
And new research suggests that it's exactly this attitude that created an evolutionary push towards higher cooperative functions within our species, such as language and altruism. One of the earliest evolutionary distinctions between the apes that became humans and our nearest relatives, chimpanzees, is the apparent evolution of cooperative breeding. The term cooperative breeding is defined as

the caring for infants not just by the mother, but also by other members of the family and sometimes even unrelated adults

The team's research found

a close linear correlation between the degree to which a species engages in cooperative breeding and the likelihood that members of the group would help fellow animals get the food treat.

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Journals

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Would a boycott of dice.com help?

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 8 months ago

Dice holdings gets most of its money through its main website, and the employees they can provide. Would it help convince them we're serious if we boycott this site next time we need a job?

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