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Has a Biochem Undergrad Solved a Cosmic Radiation Mystery?

jdgeorge Re:Funding needed! (156 comments)

Micheal Mann should be all over this!

No kidding! Nothing says "non-stop action entertainment" quite like 8th-century tree rings, dude...

more than 2 years ago

Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q 'Social Streaming Device'

jdgeorge Re:Jellybean looks very nice (261 comments)

The more significant argument for developing on iOS is that Apple users spend more money on apps.

Regarding the comments about Android's painfully slow (or nonexistent) upgrade schedule for existing devices, Google is obviously trying to address this problem by making it easier for hardware manufacturers to port new Android versions for their platform using the new PDK.

However, I suspect that the Android hardware manufacturers are torn about upgrading. Their current model (except for the Nexus series) is that people have to buy a new device in order to get a new Android version. As a consumer, it sucks. As a manufacturer, it's a dangerous, game, as it tempts people to abandon Android for Apple, where new OS versions are rolled out (pretty much) across all the hardware.

more than 2 years ago

Lying Online No Longer a Crime In Rhode Island

jdgeorge Re:Fiction is truth! Libertarians rejoice! (127 comments)

Let's define terms here: Lying means intentionally making statements to lead people to believe something that the liar knows isn't true.

We lie all the time

Speak for yourself.

And the common sense was that about everything smalltalk can be deconstructed to be purely lying: "Good Morning".

False example. In common parlance, "Good morning" is a short form of something like "I wish you a good morning", not a statement that it is, or has been, a good morning.

imagine contractual talks without small or big lies ("$1000 will be my last offer.", and then they finally agree to $1100). Why this should be punishable per se if it happens online is not clear.

It looks as if part of your point is that because many people in our society lie in order to advance their desires (as in your example of contract negotiation), lying is therefore required and therefore acceptable.

Lying is NOT necessary. However, many people fear that the consequence of being truthful may be greater than the consequence of lying.
The rationale for lying not being against the law most of the time is that it would be nearly impossible to enforce, the most obviously damaging instances of lying are already illegal (fraud, slander, libel, etc), and people presume that most lies are not harmful, because the negative effects are not immediately visible.

more than 2 years ago

Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education

jdgeorge Re:Considering the source... (575 comments)

Perhaps because his philanthropic work is focused in part on education, and understanding which kinds of philanthropic investment produces positive results.

more than 2 years ago

Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education

jdgeorge Re:i don't really like bill gates that much but... (575 comments)

I completely agree with his assessment

I'm with you. Although, in 50 years, Bill Gates will be remembered for his work as a philanthropist, not as a software tycoon. And in that light, I feel pretty good about Bill Gates these days.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook

jdgeorge Re:There is not even a way to remove it! (346 comments)

Consider the intent of Facebook's email service: To remove people's need or desire to use Google services (Gmail, in this case). The big picture goal is that Facebook effectively becomes the Internet for people, the way AOL used to be.

For the spammer, the value of Facebook email is not clear, but Google's spam filtering isn't doing spammers any favors. It's possible that Facebook's spam filters will be as effective (or more? who knows) as Google's.

more than 2 years ago

Fundamentalist Schools Using "Nessie" To Disprove Evolution

jdgeorge Re:They are even dumber than they seem. (936 comments)

Animals only need to evolve when their environments change.

(Ok, they have shanged some since the cretatious as the wiki article says)

More to the point: The surviving animals are the ones who are better suited to (or adapt more easily to) their environment than their competitors.

Remember that next time you clean the dinosaur feces off your car.

more than 2 years ago

Fujitsu Cracks Next-Gen Cryptography Standard

jdgeorge Re:What algorithm was this? (99 comments)

As a press release its almost the perfect opposite of science.

So, what you're saying is that Fujitsu used..... magic!

More specifically, religion. A press release is marketing, after all.

more than 2 years ago

The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

jdgeorge Re:In other news (710 comments)

The "stuttering" effect you are accustomed to seeing when you watch movies at home is an effect of the movies frame rate not being accurately reproduced by your TV. A 120Hz TV solves this problem for 24 fps movies.

Unfortunately, 48fps will require me to get a 240Hz display to solve the same problem.

more than 2 years ago

The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

jdgeorge Re:In other news (710 comments)

What are you talking about?

Home video was traditionally 24 or fewer frames per second. (Unless by "traditionally" you mean the past few years when you could record digital video at more than 30 frames per second.)

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

jdgeorge Re:hideous, hideous, hideous (484 comments)

Interesting choice. Your collection of O'Reilly pics will look much more lifelike on a retina display.

more than 2 years ago

Bonobos Join Chimps As Closest Human Relatives

jdgeorge Re:Bonobo Chimpanzee (259 comments)

Bonobos and chimps have interbreeded succesfully. They differ genetically less than some groups of humans do.

Seriously, cite your source if you're going to say stuff like this.
Have chimps and bonobos interbred and produced fertile offspring? Yes, there have been bonobo/chimp matings that produced live offspring, but were the offspring fertile? (None of the information I found appears to answer that question).

more than 2 years ago

An Asian Origin For Human Ancestors?

jdgeorge Re:I agree (125 comments)

In a sense that's not even divergent evolution, as humans are just discarding the specializations that chimps develop as they mature, rather than replacing them with a different set of specializations.

Nah, it's just that humans don't live long enough. :-)

more than 2 years ago

Taking Issue With Claims That American Science Education is 'Dismal'

jdgeorge Re:Where is why? (564 comments)

Nah. It's just confusing because the summary is more informative than the typical Slashdot summary.

more than 2 years ago

Minecraft Map of Northwestern Campus Printed In 3D

jdgeorge Re:Copyright question (70 comments)

Interesting question, but there are numerous architects, and this would be protected as "fair use" for a number of reasons. See Google Maps, Google Earth, etc for similar representation of copyright-protected architecture.

more than 2 years ago

South Korea Surrenders To Creationist Demands On Evolution Textbooks

jdgeorge Re:Wow. Just wow. (640 comments)

Of course, you're right, people are being taught to accept an appeal to authority as "proof"

As a result, those students in geometry class would say: "You can't give me an 'F'... I proved those triangles are congruent by showing you where it says so in the book!"

more than 2 years ago

South Korea Surrenders To Creationist Demands On Evolution Textbooks

jdgeorge Re:Wow. Just wow. (640 comments)

It's not about education. What's happening is certain groups are training people to believe things are true based on "because I say so" instead of "I can prove it". Pretty scary, if you think about the implications.

more than 2 years ago


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