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My toy collection is ...

meustrus Re:How about... (185 comments)

At this undefined "scale" "greater than 1:72", please define "small country". Are we talking "model size", or should Guatemala be getting pretty worried right about now?

yesterday
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My toy collection is ...

meustrus Re:Her toys (185 comments)

Because it's sexist? And comes with no supporting arguments? So it's therefore only "profound" to people who have experienced "her" first-hand, but to everybody else it just spreads unhealthy stereotypes about women?

yesterday
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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

meustrus Re:SLASHDOT AUTO PLAYS FRONT PAGE VIDEO ADS (64 comments)

Oh, don't get me wrong. I have ads disabled now because the auto-playing video ads sucked up too much bandwidth. Which is a shame because I want Slashdot to get ad revenues from my visits. But I'd rather my ISP, at home or at work, not have to pay for streaming video I didn't request. That's exactly the sort of thing that makes them think they need to charge more money for less actual service and then burn the candle at both ends. I'd say the "fast lane" idea might be justified under such conditions, but you just know the advertisers can pay to prioritize their shitty content.</rant>

yesterday
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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

meustrus Re:$799 for a 4K 28 (64 comments)

Aren't all gaming displays TN because the better technologies still introduce more lag?

3 days ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

I'm suggesting that rather than focus on whether the hypothesis is correct or not and how well it matches reality, we need to teach people about "all scientifically performed (empirical, peer reviewed etc.) experiments supporting it and, more importantly, of all scientific attempts to disprove it failing". What are these experiments? What are the alternate hypotheses that have been disproved? How were they disproved? Can we trust those results, and why? These are the right questions, and nobody is asking or answering them.

3 days ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

I'm not saying I have no idea. I'm saying it doesn't matter. Evolution happens to be a very effective model for reality. Arguing whether or not it's "true" actually distracts from the important part: the evidence. Because when it comes across to people that evolution is True because smart people said so, then instead of examining the evidence for themselves they immediately start arguing with the creationists that evolution is True and creationism is not. Some peoples' belief in evolution is no more well-founded than others' in a young Earth. That's really saying something since the young Earth idea isn't actually supported by the Bible anyway; it was manufactured in the early days of the scientific method when people seriously thought that the Bible contained cryptic mathematical codes and some of the greatest minds around were engaged in decrypting them. Yet most people who put saddles on dinosaurs have never examined where their beliefs came from. When these people argue with pro-evolution people with no understanding of the evidence, it just makes everybody mad. There's nothing to say except "I'm right and you're wrong".

5 days ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

meustrus Spces Never Mattered (252 comments)

Specs never mattered for anything. What matters is features. Can the phone do X without delay? If the answer is yes, who cares if they made it happen with 1 or 2 Ghz? Unfortunately, it takes a functional R&D department to come up with the next killer app. R&D suffering under the weight of idiotic management practices (as is the norm in the technology industry) won't be able to recognize its own good ideas or turn them into profits, so the best they can do is give Android some faster hardware to play with.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

meustrus Reality Distortion Field (277 comments)

Maybe I’m getting old, and my eyes are getting worse. Or maybe I’m stuck in Apple’s reality-distortion field (help). But something strange happened this week. I started to like a phablet.
– Lauren Goode

This turn-around is nothing more than Apple's reality distortion field. Now that Apple has given in and is selling phablets, of course their entire marketing effort is focused on it. They will make us love it the same way they made us love everything else: the Apple fanboy rumor mill hyping the next big thing, hyping the big media event, where the Apple CEO stands up and tells us how awesome and exciting this is, describing in simple terms the design problems they were trying to solve and showing the solutions. An Apple keynote is basically a hyped up lecture on why the next Apple product is great, and if you buy one you get an A.

Sure, we might be ready to give in to huge phones, but it seems to me that the change is really that Apple has thrown in the towel. Traditionally they haven't given the customer what the customer asked for; they tried to figure out what's actually best for the customer and sell that. Apparently, some marketing trends are just unstoppable.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

meustrus Nokia N-Gage (277 comments)

I think I'd rather hold a paperback novel to my head than a taco, though.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:Summary is Troll Rant (794 comments)

Alright, well looking at it again...the summary really is crap! I guess I just read it the "right" way because I already agree with the article. You're reading it the "wrong" way, because the summary does not make it clear that the entire "Capital-S Science...This leads us astray..." piece is characterizing what the author feels is wrong with how most people understand science.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (794 comments)

It looks like you missed my last sentence. Even if your opinion is provably wrong, the fact that you hold it is worth something in and of itself because you are worth something, you affect society, your opinion affects society, and therefore, to understand society, your opinion must be counted. Even if's wrong.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

(I meant to post this in response to reve_etrange, not myself!)

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

Fair point. I was unfair to Tyson for exactly the reasons you described. But the McCarthy analogy still stands.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

Say the aviator you speak of loses part of the plane while flying. I'd say that aviator only has a scientific understanding of the airplane if he or she could use the underlying concepts of flight to stabilize the aircraft after accounting for how the new shape would fly. To be fair, we can assume lots of paper, textbooks, and time-stopping devices exist on the airplane ;)

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

The ethical center could also be the family. For many people the ethical center involves some concept of justice or even karma. None of this needs to be religious or even intentional.

You're also ignoring that a shocking number of people nowadays actually are mostly narcissistic sociopaths. We call them assholes. Next time someone cuts you off in traffic, just think: What if that person believed at that very moment that a higher power will make them pay for inconveniencing someone else unnecessarily? Would they recognize they're being an asshole and stop?

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

Obviously you're not comfortable thinking you believe in magic. I know that the LED will light up because it said so on the box, and I have faith in certain marketed claims. I also have a pseudoscientific understanding that since LED bulbs have lit up for me in the past, they will continue to do the same if I perform the same ritual (connecting them to a power source, equally unexplained in my mind but accepted on faith anyway). And sure, it's comforting that someone else knows it will work. They did science so I don't have to! But I still have to have faith that the person did science right.

It's really best just accept that if you don't know how something works, it's magical to you. But it's OK. Somebody else made sure (with science!) that of all the possible chemicals you could put together, this one will safely make light when you power it up! Let's not pretend we did the science just because we're having faith that someone else did.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

(structural: Slashdot uses limited HTML formatting. A simple way to make line breaks is to write the following at the end of each line: <br>)

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:Summary is Troll Rant (794 comments)

If you don't understand the summary, I take that to mean you don't understand what the article is talking about. Which means you don't understand the difference between scientific knowledge and scientific method. And if you don't understand the difference, you're probably talking about Science as though it reveals Truth about the universe. You probably "believe in" Science the way that Christians "believe in" God. So if you understand what this is all about, please don't tell people how awesome science is until you do.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

meustrus Re:Summary is Troll Rant (794 comments)

Religion does not concern itself with ultimate causes. That is complete nonsense. It concerns itself with following an unprovable tenet [ftfy]. Science can tell us about everything the religion claims has an effect.

Religion is not some monolith that concerns itself with any one thing. I don't know what's up with this "ultimate cause" thing, but religion is generally about deriving rules for how to live. Sometimes the rules come from metaphysical explanations, sometimes from prophets (who may or may not have some heightened spiritual awareness, depending on the religion and the prophet), and sometimes from traditions (that themselves came from who knows where). As for whether science can tell us everything...can science tell us why it's good to not kill other people? Why it's good take a day of rest every seven days? Why it's good to say "thank you" for everything, even when the only one you can thank is God? Sure, science can tell us that the sun can't actually stop moving in the sky, and I don't personally care for the sort of person that's bothered by that. That story wasn't told because it was historically accurate.

He seems to thing science makes predictions. That is incorrect. There is a lot to science. In best case, it's make predictions. But gathering data is science, deriving forecast is science.

Science exists to...well, actually, there's a whole academic field devoted to figuring out just why science exists, what it's good for, and how to determine the value of a scientific explanation. Mr. Gobry thinks that science only exists to make "predictive rules" and not deal in Truth at all. And of course you have to run experiments (or other forms of factual investigation) to make those rules; that's Science too. But if there are no predictions to be made, you end up with string theory.

about a week ago

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Ars Says Ad Blockers Killing the Internet

meustrus meustrus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

meustrus (1588597) writes "Ars Technica reports that ad blocking is devastating to the sites you love in a 'hopefully informative' post following an experiment on Friday afternoon where they blocked access to the news site from those using ad blockers. 'There is an oft-stated misconception that if a user never clicks on ads, then blocking them won't hurt a site financially. This is wrong. Most sites, at least sites the size of ours, are paid on a per view basis.'

While advertisements may be necessary for revenue, and some sites are better about them than others, most of us install ad blocking software for those websites out there with the obnoxious screen-covering or sound-blasting advertisements. More often than the annoying ads, though, is that when a page stops loading you can look down at the status bar to see 'Waiting for doubleclick.net...'"

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What Intel's New Integrated GPU Means

meustrus meustrus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

meustrus (1588597) writes "So Intel has released new Arrandale and Clarkdale processors with integrated GPU's. For some reason, it seems like I'm the only one who's worried about this. Early last month, Bright Side of News posted a rumor that Apple would skip this generation of Intel processors, demanding a version without built-in GPU. Why would they do this? For the last couple of years, Apple has had a good thing going with nVidia chipsets in their laptops, using GeForce 9400M integrated graphics which perform vastly superior to Intel graphics. Even with the recent developments concerning nVidia chipsets, it is still a sad day that such an arrangement becomes more and more of a faded reality.

What Intel proves to me with the integrated GPU is that it intends to pour salt in nVidia's wounds and push its graphics chips on PC designers and consumers. In my opinion this is monopolistic behavior, like trying to kill Netscape by shipping Windows with Internet Explorer. In a review of the new processors, there is a description and picture of the die for the new CPU's. Most notable is that it combines a 32nm CPU with a 45nm GPU. This is not some engineer's dream of perfection. It's a hack job pushed by management as a strategic move to put an Intel graphics chip in every computer in the world, with the eventual goal of weakening competition for third-party GPU's and chipsets which use them."
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Windows 7 Released to MSDNAA

meustrus meustrus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

meustrus writes "Windows 7 Professional has been made available through Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA). 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. Also available is Windows 7 Ultimate RC and language packs. Being a university student, I have proceeded to install the 64-bit edition on my Macbook Pro 5,1 and let me tell you, it purrs."

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