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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

meehawl The Plural of Anecdote is Not Anecdata (541 comments)

I remember an account of one case where as adults, both men had (among other similarities) chosen identical belt buckles Show a study of at least several hundred monozygotic twins where similar choices in fashion were dictated by twin genetics and we can talk. Until then, you're just repeating freak stories. Look hard enough and you will find two twins with this sort of thing, but your confirmation bias is preventing you from registering all the twins without the genetic fashion imperative.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphones To Monitor Schizophrenics

meehawl The "Influencing Machine" in Schizophrenia (99 comments)

Designing a machine to invisibly spy on schizophrenics. What could possibly go wrong? On the Origin of the "Influencing Machine" in Schizophrenia

The schizophrenic influencing machine is a machine of mystical nature. The patients are able to give only vague hints of its construction. It consists of boxes, cranks, levers, wheels, buttons, wires, batteries, and the like. Patients endeavor to discover the construction of the apparatus by means of their technical knowledge, and it appears that with the progressive popularization of the sciences, all the forces known to technology are utilized to explain the functioning of the apparatus. All the discoveries of mankind, however, are regarded as inadequate to explain the marvelous powers of this machine, by which the patients feel themselves persecuted.

about 3 months ago
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Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

meehawl Extraordinary Claims (191 comments)

Altering permissions after install is standard on iOS. And of course there is no bundled spyware.

1) iOS permission request handling is crude, not granular, and accepts as default and not presented certain basics such as net access. As usual, you are stuck with what Apple deigns to expose to the user.

2) As for the latter, what do you call advertising frameworks and analytics?

about 5 months ago
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Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

meehawl Permission Manager LBE (191 comments)

I tried to install flashlight app but the top 5 or 10 all wanted egregious access to my phonecalls, instant messages, or full network access. I gave up.

Permissions Manager LBE is the kind of thing Apple would never allow on iOS. You can fine-tune any app's permissions *after* install, and even autoblock bundled spyware.

about 5 months ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

meehawl Wrong Cancer (311 comments)

Except that when pancreatic cancer manifests itself, it's already too late.

Except Jobs didn't have a standard "pancreatic cancer", that is, usually an exocrine adenocarcinoma . He had a neuroendocrine insulinoma. That's a quite atypical variant, indolent, localised, and eminently resectable with a much lower probability of mets if caught early when compared with an adenocarcinoma.

about 5 months ago
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Jury Finds Apple and Samsung Infringed Each Other's Patents

meehawl Apple Refusing To Pay (49 comments)

you cannot volunteer your technology to become part of a standard and then later hold the industry (or competitors in the industry) to ransom by selectively refusing to license that technology on FRAND terms

You're got it backwards. It's Samsung that has "essential" patents and demanding payment but it's Apple that's refusing to pay anything for them. So ironically, thanks to the US's obvious native-company favouritism, a company with essential patents (like Samsung's) can't get money or redress, while a company with trivial, obvious patents (like Apple with rounded corners, hyperlinks, search bars, etc) can sue, and sue, and sue, and sue till the sun dies. Basically, Apple gets to pirate Samsung's essential patents in the US, thanks to govt protectionism.

Apple wants a royalty rate of $24 per unit from Samsung for its alleged use of Apple's design patent, the notorious tablet shape with rounded corners ... when Samsung asked Apple for a much lower amount per unit that everybody else in the market pays for Samsung's standards patents, Apple refused, offered no counter-offer, and sued instead. To date, it's paid nothing at all for those patents or for the other regular patents Samsung is accusing Apple of infringing. In its trial brief, Apple states in one header:
        To The Extent That Samsung Is Entitled To Any Remedy, its FRAND Damages Cannot Exceed $0.0049 Per Unit for Each Infringed Patent
        Less than a penny should be Samsung's lot for patents that are essential to even be in the mobile phone business, but Apple wants Samsung to pay $24 for rounded corners, plus from $2.02 and up to $3.10 per unit for its utility patents.

about 5 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

meehawl Nova Roma (384 comments)

"Rome" persisted for 1,500 years after their discovery of concrete, until it's final fall in 1453. Along the way, it saw off the tax-averse Germans that immigrated into the West, Persians, Arabs, Kievan Russians, the Germano-Franks returning again as "Crusaders", and diverted the Mongols into attacking the Slavs and Islam. Not bad, and not really indicative of anything to do with concrete. Or lead.

about 5 months ago
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

meehawl LBE - Android Permissions Manager (324 comments)

Android has had a good permission manager for years: LBE.

You can do blanket bans, whitelists, etc or drill down into granular permissions for each app. It can also block abusive texts, etc. You do need root.

about 10 months ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

meehawl Apple Wins For Invalidated Patent (219 comments)

It's pretty incredible but sadly predictable that Apple can keep winning over juries in its home county of Santa Clara to award it damages mainly for a patent (pinch to zoom) already declared invalid twice by the USPTO. Thanks however to the US's weird system, Apple can go on appealing until 2017 or 2018 before it finally runs out of people to whine to. I'd like to think that sanity could prevail then, but as recent experience shows, the US President would have no qualms about vetoing any adverse judgement against Apple but would be okay letting it stand against Johnny Foreigner.

about 10 months ago
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How MOOC Faculty Exploit People's Desire To Learn

meehawl Two Legs Good, Four Legs Better! (115 comments)

The research being conducted with the data collected in MOOCs is one of the most socially valuable results possible since it leads directly to better education for the world.

This scans like marketing newspeak. Astroturf?

about 10 months ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl "Republican" (397 comments)

Says the Republican

There's not enough space in the world for laughter sigils here.

Again with the labels. You're really into simplifying, aren't you.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl Binary Worldview (397 comments)

everyone but Samsung and the Apple haters agree.

It must be nice to see the entire world split into these tidy categories that define behavior. Very soothing. Very simple.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl See No Evil, Ban No Evil (397 comments)

Your argument seems to rest on drawing a complete comparison between the evils of Apple and the evils of Samsung. As such, given that the two companies are apparently, by your argument, about approximate, then the only quantitative, non-falsifiable difference between them within the parameters of argument is their relative donations to Obama. We then arrive back at our original premise, which is that politicians' behavior is correlated with their relative payment amounts from donors. Congratulations, thanks for backing me up.

about a year ago
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Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents, Says ITC

meehawl Two FRANDs Good, Four Design Patents Better (274 comments)

Samsung obtained a ban using Standards Essential, FRAND patents

The substance of the original ITC ban on Apple notes that Samsung offered Apple FRAND access via a standard percentage licence fee for the FRAND patents. What is unusual is that Apple refused to pay that licence fee but then did not return with a counter-offer. Apple basically refused to negotiate and continued importing products using the patents but without paying anything. Given Apple's refusal to even begin negotiating that seems evident bad faith, the ITC had no option but to decide against them

Of course, now that Obama vetoed that decision, now you have the absurd position where a hold of patents essential for the operation of a technology is not getting paid for them by a major patent abuser, and now has limited recourse. Whereas the holder of some minor design and questionable methods patents has a new import ban still standing. So thanks to Obama's protectionism, we've entered topsy turvy patent land, where essential patents become worthless, and design patents become coin.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl Politics is Personal, and Tribal (397 comments)

You actually believe Obama made that decision himself?

Well, not entirely. There's also the bipartisan lobbying by Obama's fellow USians. Despite the fact that Apple dodges most of its US tax via the Double Irish, and indirectly Apple employs 700,000 Chinese to make its gadgets (vs 43,000 in the US), it's still marketed as a "United States" corporation. So it plays on the sympathies of its "local" politicians.

But you know, a couple of hundred grand goes a long way. If Samsung had been paying as much, maybe it would have got more consideration.

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

meehawl Samsung Not Really Paying For Much At All (397 comments)

Google spend more than 7 times as much in the same timeframe.

Well, the issue is Obama overturning an ITC ruling favouring not Google but Samsung over Apple. So dragging Google into it is a kind of distraction.

Apple paid Obama $308,081 in 2012
Samsung paid Obama $1,000 in 2012 ( as $250 and $750).

How likely is it, do you think, that Obama will turn around and veto the recent Apple-requested ITC ban on Samsung products?

about a year ago
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NIMH Distances Itself From DSM Categories, Shifts Funding To New Approaches

meehawl This Should Go Well (185 comments)

Nerds opining on psychiatric diagnosis...

This should go about as well as psychiatrists opining on monads...

about a year ago
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Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

meehawl Don't Believe Everything You Hear (232 comments)

it's due to hardware-level support of DRM

No, it's not. Because when the Netflix app was being released to a select group of Android phones and tablets, some minor build.prop hacking of the extracted APK enabled it to play on a whole other bunch of machines. This is still true for some machines where Netflix thinks it won't work... but it does.

about a year and a half ago

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Back Once Again The Renegade Irish Porn Star

meehawl meehawl writes  |  about 12 years ago Back Once Again The Renegade Irish Porn Star Thanks to an undisclosable fact about Google's proprietary ranking mechanisms (divulged by a rather drunken anonymous employee) I am gratified to see that with some minor tweaking I back at the top once again for Irish Porn Star. I wonder how long it will last this time? It's a pity these guys can't get to be Irish Porn Stars in their own right.

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Irish Porn Stars

meehawl meehawl writes  |  more than 12 years ago Irish Porn Stars I suddenly realised that Google entry for Irish Porn Star or Irish Porn Stars is very lacking. So I've decided to do a little bombing of Google and make these guys my Irish Porn Stars. Or Irish Porn Star if you wish. Now I just wait a couple of weeks and this entry should show up within Google. Actually, I think Google also likes it if I refer to them as the Irish Porn Stars or the Irish Porn Star.

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Amazing how quickly SLashdot corrects ideologically unsound

meehawl meehawl writes  |  more than 12 years ago So I was unamazed that an article I submitted, about the unlikliness of the Singularity and instead the liklihood of environmental apocalypse, was rejected within scant seconds of being submitted.

Maybe I shouldn't have used the old "Rapture for Nerds" quote...

The relative indifference to the environment springs, I believe, from deep within human nature. The human brain evidently evolved to commit itself emotionally only to a small piece of geography, a limited band of kinsmen, and two or three generations into the future. To look neither far ahead nor far afield is elemental in a Darwinian sense. We are innately inclined to ignore any distant possibility not yet requiring examination. It is, people say, just good common sense.

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