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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

king neckbeard Re: In other news... (151 comments)

Ah, yes, of course a well-respected research center doesn't know how to run a simple opinion poll...

In other news, grass is green, and the sky is blue. An opinion poll, Pew or otherwise, being shitty and unreliable is the case more often than not.

2 hours ago
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How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

king neckbeard Re:Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (271 comments)

Actually, it's largely a matter of striking at the end of the early adopter phase or the beginning of the early majority phase. From a commercial perspective, you're correct that it's practically nothing, but from an engineering perspective, it's not that big of a change. Changes in market and marketing are important, but /. should be able to separate the technical and commercial aspects better.

5 hours ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

king neckbeard Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

What do you do about all the lost ticket revenue when you stop having traffic violations?

Downsize the department and let the cops that are let go do something productive.

How do police react when they lose the ability to use a traffic stop as an excuse to find drugs in cars?

Not harass as many people.

How do you fund roads with a gas tax when cars become more fuel efficient and eventually switch to electricity (often generated at home with solar panels)?

Use other taxes. Granted, all of these solutions may be poorly received by some people, but they are very clearly the correct answer to all of these questions.

about a week ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

king neckbeard Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

Except moderate alcohol use is better for your health (at least as an adult) than being a teetotaler, and we've got a pretty big body of evidence to support it.

about a week ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

king neckbeard Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

It doesn't make it false, either.

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

king neckbeard Re:its a tough subject (663 comments)

Vaccinations don't work for everybody, but herd immunity can keep them safe. By not vaccinating, herd immunity is lowered, allowing the virus to spread increases the likelihood of a different strain that doesn't respond to vaccinations. However, if we were to get widespread enough vaccination to eradicate common human-bourne-only diseases, then we could get to the point where most vaccinations are no longer needed.

about a week ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

king neckbeard Re:Yes (162 comments)

Yeah, the only part about it that resembles DRM to me is the fact that the data stream is encrypted. Presumably, the purposes of that are privacy and/or preventing MiTM attacks. In practice, DRM has usually done the opposite of that.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

king neckbeard Re:Eat less (348 comments)

I don't think it's a matter of eating too much food as it having too much of our food be low nutrition or otherwise inappropriate food. If your body wants fat, and you cram it full of sugar, you aren't going to be filled, and you will shove your face through much more of it than your body needs in the process. Ironically, trying to eat healthy or trying to get others to eat healthy can be a big cause of this because it results in fighting and suppressing the urges of the body to meet its own needs.

about two weeks ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

king neckbeard What if you don't sit still (348 comments)

We keep hearing about how bad sitting is for your health, but usually don't have much on the specific details. There's the sedentary element, which would be taken care of by exercise, but there's also apparent negative factors. However, not much research seems to try and nail down the specifics. Are people who are not in static positions, or bounce their leg not subject to these health effects? If so, it could be that a lot of children are naturally fighting for their health, much to the chagrin of strict teachers.

Also, do any of the negative effects apply, other than perhaps bone stress inherent to putting weight, to someone very active while sitting, such as a drummer?

about two weeks ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

king neckbeard Re:A known "Fact"? (219 comments)

Due to the biological differences inherent to men and women, the ideal reproductive strategies are different for men and women, with the tl;dr version of it being quantity and quality respectively. Quantity requires more persistence than nuance compared to determining quality.

about two weeks ago
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To Avoid Detection, Terrorists Made Messages Seem Like Spam

king neckbeard So..... (110 comments)

According to Slashdot, Betty White is a terrorist?

about two weeks ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

king neckbeard Re:Tricks (77 comments)

The Guardian had a huge trove of documents, and most of them haven't come out yet.

about two weeks ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

king neckbeard Re:Alternate idea (77 comments)

No, I know it's PR, I'm just wishing that they would actually do something constructive instead of trying to look good.

about two weeks ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

king neckbeard Re:Alternate idea (77 comments)

In practice, it would be better, and this process can and should be incredibly open, with, at most, a small period of nondisclosure until the bugs can be fixed and patches distributed. This is in line with best practices, and it would limit the ability for such accusations.

about two weeks ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

king neckbeard Re:Cameron passed the NSA test (77 comments)

Can't we just work together and find a safe place to put all of our authoritarian politicians, maybe Yucca Mountain? It was designed to handle dangerous materials for long periods of time.

about two weeks ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

king neckbeard Alternate idea (77 comments)

How about, instead of playing war games, you use the same resources to actually secure the vital infrastructure that we get regular scare stories about, or audit widely used FOSS before the next shellshock or heartbleed?

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

king neckbeard Key problem:people are looking for a yes/no answer (227 comments)

If I had to guess, there are both positive and negative effects on celebrities as scientists, dependent upon enough factors that there's no good way to make a headline. The effects a celebrity scientist has are dependent upon why people identify with them, how the public reacts, and of course what the scientist does. If the results of celebrity scientists are making cool posters for dorm rooms and/or being eye candy, then yeah, they probably aren't doing much for it. But, if they are testifying before Congress to act on scientific data or fund research, or encouraging people to improve their critical thinking skills, they are immensely helpful. It's also important that they stay on that side of the line. Discovery Channel and shows on the Discovery Channel have had issues with that.

If you really want to advance scientific literacy, you're going to have to dispel the idea that it's common for something to have virtually only positives or only negatives, as in reality, those kinds of things are quite rare.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

king neckbeard Re:Nonproductive persistence (249 comments)

There is no perfect way to avoid fruitless effort, but a number of steps can be done to minimize them, including understanding of defining principles for how something functions.

about three weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

king neckbeard Re:The Full List (249 comments)

I feel like it's a set of traits that seems tailored to fit a very narrow mold. Favoring optimism over pessimism, for example, is problematic. This is especially true if, in practice, what is emphasized is simply being optimistic, as opposed to the more specific traits mentioned, like being able to continue after failure and realize potential opportunities.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress

king neckbeard Re:Actually... (381 comments)

Nuclear warfare and a society with that kind of tech would leave behind much more than civilization we've found so far, and India is the second most populous country in the world by a rather large margin, which would make it harder to hide something there than the Amazon. Also, in order for them to develop the kind of technology to have a nuclear state, they would need to have had advanced farming, and would have had to have had a bigger population than the rest of the world combined at that time to have the manpower to have developed such things. Occam's razor is screaming that this is just a bullshit theory that's been made up.

about three weeks ago

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