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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

leehwtsohg Hindsight is 20:20 (494 comments)

And if that comet then hit earth, do you know what a huge catastrophe that would have caused?
Then we would be saying 'ah but couldn't they just use solar power?'

4 days ago
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European Health Levels Suddenly Collapsed After 2003 and Nobody Is Sure Why

leehwtsohg Re:Badly written and unpublished (304 comments)

Replying to myself.

The relevant stats are about years of healthy life, and not life expectancy. That didn't change at all.
So whatever effect there is has nothing to do with dying, and only with being sick (Huh?)
Years of healthy life has a lot to do with wording of questions, and just looking over the italy stats in the raw
data, the years of the anomaly are also the years in which the data table states that the question was worded differently.

So, my conclusion is: nothing to see here, move on.

about a year ago
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European Health Levels Suddenly Collapsed After 2003 and Nobody Is Sure Why

leehwtsohg Badly written and unpublished (304 comments)

This paper is in its infancy. It is somewhat garbled, the methods don't really specify the methods.
The methods are basically "we graphed mortality over time". But you can't really criticize it much,
because it is not published, and probably not submitted yet. The only question is why did it get to slashdot?

The most likely explanation for the effect at this stage is some kind of error. Either in the calculation,
or as the authors point out, in the wording of the questions (which probably would be a good idea to
test before this paper is published ?)
"Standardized translations of the questionnaire have been used; nevertheless it is likely that linguistic or cultural differences, as well as changes in the wording of questions, have influenced the way the respondents indicate a longstanding health problem or disability and their way of communicating the types of restrictions caused by this problem"
Or, in the population measured (migration from East-Block countries?) or many other possible problems.
All these I'd bet much higher chances than a real health effect.

about a year ago
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Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

leehwtsohg Re:won't help for Samsung note 2 (240 comments)

I don't think this is true for some devices. As the grandparent said (me), for the Samsung Note 2, charging current depends strongly on the USB cable used - same charger will charge at different rates depending on the cable. (And sometimes the same cable + charger will charge at different rate depending on luck).

1 year,3 days
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Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

leehwtsohg Re:won't help for Samsung note 2 (240 comments)

I don't think it has to do with voltage drop. A cable usually will not show a voltage drop ~0 resistance for 2m of cable. And, same cable will charge other devices without any problem. A cable might burn out with too much current. Maybe that's the worry? I haven't really heard of that happening....
Even the originally supplied cable is rejected sometimes. And, if you get a bad charging rate, just unplug and replug the cable for another roll of the dice.
No, I think it is a simple bug in the charging control in the phone.

1 year,4 days
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Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

leehwtsohg won't help for Samsung note 2 (240 comments)

Samsung seems to measure the "reliability" of the supply or the cable, and limits power based on those values. Then the same supply will charge at different rates depending on the cable used.

1 year,4 days
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Bribe Devs To Improve Open Source Software

leehwtsohg How is outcome decided? (109 comments)

How will they decide if the goal was met? I could easily envision a case where I ask for something, developer implements it with a slight change.
Now, I'm still unhappy about the result, but developer thinks he finished the job.

1 year,19 days
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

leehwtsohg Re:Anti-Trust (476 comments)

Maybe they tried to buy them to prevent exactly this from happening?

1 year,23 days
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Why Johnny Can't Speak: a Cost of Paywalled Research

leehwtsohg solutions (189 comments)

go to a library, or look up the articles and e-Mail the authors for reprints.

1 year,28 days
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How Safe Is Cycling?

leehwtsohg Re:Cycling not the Answer (947 comments)

Did them all. And I'm not extreme. (You can shower at work, you know?)
But your point is valid. Most of the time I don't bike under those conditions.

I use a streetcar or walk.
 

about a year ago
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US and Israel Test Missile As Syria War Tensions Rise

leehwtsohg Re:Leaked evidence chemical attack was false flag. (227 comments)

If you follow the parent link, you'll see that the claim is that the videos are fake. E.g.

"From the Anthony’s wife dialog with her friend it’s clear the video with the children killed in the chemical attack near Damascus was staged by U.S. Intelligence."

about a year ago
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US and Israel Test Missile As Syria War Tensions Rise

leehwtsohg Re:Leaked evidence chemical attack was false flag. (227 comments)

I don't understand the claim. Is the claim that the videos are fabricated? But
data about hundreds of dead, including kids, comes from many independent sources, some of which are highly
reliable - such as doctors without borders. Are all these sources in on it, and not many people actually died?

about a year ago
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Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

leehwtsohg Re:Indeed ... (385 comments)

Sorry, I didn't mean to say whether it solves the land problem or not. I was saying that Elon Musk claims it solves the land problem.

about a year ago
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Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

leehwtsohg Re:Indeed ... (385 comments)

And, hyperloop isn't maglev, instead levitating on an air cushion.

about a year ago
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Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

leehwtsohg Re:Indeed ... (385 comments)

The swissmetro is maglev. Also, I think that Elon Musk's main idea is to implement it in California along highway 5, solving the land problem.
It isn't an abstract invention, but a specific solution.

about a year ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

leehwtsohg Re:About as scientific as Wakefield study (1121 comments)

Yes, you are right. So the clustering and the maltreatment events could be separate.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Kickstarter Peaked?

leehwtsohg Somewhat related... how do you browse projects? (156 comments)

Can someone explain to me how you browse projects on kickstarter?
When I click on "Technology" I have an option to chose either "staff picks" or "popular this week", or "recently funded".
What about browsing non staff picked/recently funded/popular? How do I find those?

Could that be the reason that some project don't get a single contribution?

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

leehwtsohg Re:About as scientific as Wakefield study (1121 comments)

And what is the chance that out of 89x2 packages, 6 labeled "atheist" end up in the same sack, but no unlabeled ones get there? Unless the label had an effect on correlation between packages...

about a year and a half ago

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