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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

multimediavt Re:Leading question (350 comments)

Bennett, please stop trying to do science. You're not good at it. If you don't know what you're doing, and clearly you demonstrated that with the laughable "survey", there are places to get information about conducting proper research studies. They are called "graduate education programs in survey research" for the DIY crowd (here's a good one), and then there are for-hire services that can do them for you. Either way, get some help before you embarrass yourself again.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

multimediavt Re:Bennett, buddy (350 comments)

We're happy to hear your stories. But, listen: maybe they should go on the fridge, instead of the front page of Slashdot. Ok, bud?

I didn't know Mom posted the "F" graded assigments on the fridge?

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

multimediavt Re:An interesting article by Bennett (350 comments)

OK

People here like to poke fun at the long posts by Bennett Hassleton. This one is actually pretty good.

He saw something, constructed an experiement using readily available resources, got statistically significant results (just about) and made an intereesting post detailing the methodology.

To my mind this is interesting in comparison to more formal academic studies as it shows that you can get reasonable results as a lone wolf with a limited budget and no research institution.

I like this post. Go Bennett.

He posted an ad hoc, anecdotal, unscientific "survey" and generated 101 responses and then claims credibility, and you commend him?!?! You must have been dropped on your head, too, then, yes?

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

multimediavt Had it! (350 comments)

Fuck Bennett Haselton and the idiots that promote his idiotic posts! Yes, you timothy! and any other "editor" that posts his crap!

about a month ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

multimediavt Re:Systemd (993 comments)

I agree with the OP, but not with what you said. The Internet has enabled and emboldened those that would be passive agressive under face-to-face circumstances to be much more animalistic and capable of carrying out their threats. Why? Because the consequences for saying such things is minimalized and in a lot of cases supported by other people thinking and saying the same things. The disconnect from any real consequences and the support whackos can find on the Internet, definitely makes it, not the whole human race, the sick place to be. Hell, I like to build things and get information from the Internet, but I wouldn't want to live there! It's a vile nasty place filled with juvenile behavior and sick twisted world views, for the most part. All you have to do is read some comments on news sites and the like some time if you really want to see how scary it is!

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

multimediavt Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

Or, in car analogy terms:

If one guy tailgates you and then passes you on the right, he's an asshole.

If 50 people tailgate you and then pass you on the right, take a goddamn hint.

That's the first car analogy that I've seen actually not be fallacious posted to /. Congrats!

about 2 months ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

multimediavt Re:the 400-pound gorilla (102 comments)

And therein lies the problem: the police lineup.

A new report concludes that the use of eyewitness accounts need tighter control, and among its recommendations is a call for a more scientific approach to how eyewitnesses identify suspects during the classic police lineup.

The whole lineup process is usually rigged, and can easily be rigged to single out an individual from a pack of "suspects". The lineup is the problem as that tool can too easily be manipulated to garner eyewitness testimony from someone that only "thinks" that's the person they saw and is then coached to say they are "positive" that's the person they saw. And yes, I like the example noted above of "My Cousin Vinny". It's somewhat comically presented, but the fact is people have been wrongfully convicted from dubious "eyewitness testimony" for centuries! Forensic evidence has been helping to curtail these type of wrongful convictions, but sometimes long after the fact.

about 2 months ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

multimediavt Re:Well... (425 comments)

It's easy for him to bash the current Regime, especially that crack about pushing harder to keep troops in Iraq. They wanted us GONE. Hell, WE wanted us GONE.

Yep, and they conveniently leave out that W signed the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq in 2008 that got us out, including the time table for doing so.

Awful damned easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. Where was HE when the shit was getting ready to pile up?

Apparently, he was writing a book... because at no time during either of his positions under the Obama administration did I ever hear him say one word about "we must leave troops in Iraq" or anything even close to that. Maybe someone can find a quote or video for me, but this sounds a lot like pandering to a base constituency to buy his book given how popular Obama bashing is these days.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

multimediavt Re:Sounds like he hasn't gotten the message (993 comments)

If you've done something to earn that much hate, maybe you ought to take a step back and re-evaluate your position.

Who says he earned it? Trolls and just plain socipathic and psychopathic people don't need reasons to hate. Reason rarely factors into their behavior at all. They hate someone because they have a different viewpoint, or they called a shitty piece of code (possibly written by one of these psychopaths) a shitty piece of code. And from his post I would say that he is definitely re-evaluating his position, much to the loss of the Open Source community.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

multimediavt Re:Coward (993 comments)

"And that's all about this topic from me. I have no intentions to ever talk about this again on a public forum." -- LP ... throws bombs at Linus, generalizes, brings race and culture in as pejoratives ... his post is as well written as systemd

Spoken like a true Anonymous Coward. I find it hypocritical of you to throw stones and call someone else a coward while posting as an AC on /.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re:And... (423 comments)

Likely means they miscalculated all the past prediction models as well. It works BOTH ways. It's called an "equation".

It's also called science, which some people want to nay say as it self corrects its assumptions based on new data. The whole point of scientific theories and models is that they change over time as new information is added. Why people go off on this as if it were proof that science is "wrong" is mind boggling. Even if it is "wrong" as of today, it wasn't wrong based on the information we had before today! New data changes the model and we get a more accurate answer.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re:"May have"... "suggests".. (423 comments)

A "might" "suggest" gets us no where until that is refined into something more definite.

Correct, which means nay saying is also dubious based on the results of one study. Most rational people, however, tend to err on the side of caution and not the side of apathy. More studies will follow as graduate students build on the previous research and add to the findings. This is how research works. Once a concensus is reached then scietific facts change to incorporate this new data. At that time, anyone is welcome to their dissent of the facts. They are also welcome to a unicorn, a lifetime subscription to Fox News and a flying pig.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re:What happens to that heat? (423 comments)

Really? Simple thermodynamics must escape you. Heat is energy. That energy once absorbed has to go somewhere. In the case of warming the surface or oceans the heat radiates back toward space (eventually), but a portion is reflected back toward Earth causing a sustainable rise in overall global temperatures due to thickness and composition of the atmosphere. Yes, as the oceans warm up currents change and the whole three dimensional system is thrown out of balance and tries to rebalance itself within the new parameters, much like the air above the oceans and land does. The problem is that new balance may not be suitable for life as we know it to continue and we have mass extinctions and food shortages as a potential outcome. This is all simple Earth Science stuff learned in grade school.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re:please no (423 comments)

No, 99% safe vaccine is not ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE better that disease. It is not even better than disease itself. Will you get yourself vaccinated against AIDS if it has 1% of chance giving you AIDS in first place?

Vaccines are safe to 99.9999% or more. And you always have to put it into context. If Ebola will spread to billions, 99% safe vaccine might be acceptable. If AIDS is perfectly preventable in normal case, even 1:million safety might be not enough. But please be careful with 99% and 'orders of magnitude' in same sentence - there are not that many orders of magnitude in 1:100.

Except we're talking about billions of people, not one hundred, so yes, orders of magnitude and percentages do apply in context. Nice try. And yes, if AIDS had become a pandemic like Ebola threatens to become I would definitely take a 1% chance of getting AIDS if it meant that I would not get AIDS at all should the vaccine work. The bottom line on that is if I didn't get the vaccine the odds of contracting the disease could be much higher than 1% of six billion (and change). Some of us do have the capacity to work with numbers larger than 100, and do floating point math on those numbers in our heads, i.e., we're over the age of 12 years.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re:please no (423 comments)

That comment should be modded up to 1 million!

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re: please no (423 comments)

Just because your model predicted the outcome of something does not mean your model is accurate.

Correct, but if the model predicts the outcome more than half the time, or up to ninety percent of the time, then it's pretty accurate. It may not be precise, but it is accurate.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re: please no (423 comments)

Umm, did Vikings make wine? I thought they made mead, which comes from honey, not berries.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re:please no (423 comments)

One thing is clear from all the data, and you can get the same data online as it is free access and abundant, there is a direct correlation between the rise in fossil fuel use starting with the Industrial Revolution (~1850) and the incremental rise in global average temperatures. Yes, I know, correlation and causation don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, but in this case there is a very strong indicator of cause and effect, beyond a (sane) reasonable doubt. The graph of the two data sets show linear consistency over time with very few outliers. This is why anyone who has actually taken the time to research climate change on their own has come to the conclusion that humans are changing the climate through our burning of fossil fuels. If you disagree you either have money involved in the fight, are burying your head in the sand and hoping it all goes away, or are completely out of touch with reality and need immediate psychiatric care.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

multimediavt Re:please no (423 comments)

So it wasnt going into the oceans before and all of a sudden started going into the oceans all at once? Thus creating a "pause"? Why wasnt the heat going into the oceans before the "pause"?

There are some really simple explanations for this: one, the ocean currents changed (due to changes in the atmospheric climate) forcing more of the warmer water deeper into the ocean than before, two, no one said it was an "all-at-once" thing, and even if they did their perspective on "all-at-once" may be decades where you may be thinking more immediately, three, no one said that the rise in air temperatures WASN'T heating the oceans all along. As a matter of fact the continuing rise in ocean temperature has always been a priority concern to climatologists because of the impact on the entire food chain.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

multimediavt writes "Ok, here's my problem. I have A LOT of personal data!

And, no, it's not pr0n, warez, or anything the MPAA or RIAA would be concerned about.

I am realizing that I need to keep at least one spare drive the same size as my largest drive around in case of failure, or the need to reformat a drive due to corrupt file system issues. In my particular case I have a few external drives ranging in size from 200 GB to 2 TB (none with any more than 15 available), and the 2 TB drive is giving me fits at the moment so I need to move the data off and reformat the drive to see if it's just a file system issue or a component issue. I don't have 1.6 TB of free space anywhere and came to the above realization that an empty spare drive the size of my largest drive was needed. If I had a RAID I would have the same needs should a drive fail for some reason and the file system needed rebuilding. I am hitting a wall, and I am guessing that I am not the only one reaching this conclusion. This is my personal data and it is starting to become unbelievably unruly to deal with as far as data integrity and security are concerned. This problem is only going to get worse, and I'm sorry "The Cloud" is not an acceptable nor practical solution.

Tape for an individual as a backup mechanism is economically not feasible. Blu-ray Disc only holds 50 GB at best case and takes forever to backup any large amount of data, along with a great deal of human intervention in the process. So, as an individual with a large data collection and not a large budget, what do you see as options for now (other than keeping a spare blank drive around), and what do you see down the road that might help us deal with issues like this?"
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Can SSD Electronics Be Replaced & Retain Data?

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

multimediavt (965608) writes "I know that because of the delicate calibration between electronics and read/write heads in standard hard drives, that even with matching electronics it is next to impossible for those not fortunate enough to work for a data recovery lab to retain the data stored on the platters after replacing the onboard controller electronics should they fail. I am curious if that is true of SSD drives as well? I would assume not, but wondered if any /. folks had any insight on whether this was true or not? Beyond the speed increases and not having to worry about head crashes due to traumatic, sudden deceleration, the ability to replace faulty controller electronics (or even to upgrade them down the road) would be yet another huge advantage of the technology."
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Apple: Consumer Reports Antenna Testing Flawed

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

multimediavt (965608) writes "Many seem to be jumping down Apple's throat about the iPhone 4 antenna issue, but there still has not been any independent, credible, scientific diagnosis of the problem. Bob Egan, an electrical engineer, has posted a blog explaining how Consumer Report's testing was flawed and simply reinforces anecdotal evidence of a problem, but does not give any credible scientific diagnosis as to the cause.

From TFA:

"Consumer reports '½ÂoeRF'½Â engineers should know better than to think they can run an engineering grade test for an issue like this in a shielded room. And certainly not one with people in it.

To even reasonably run a scientific test, the iPhone should have been sitting on a non-metallic pedestal inside an anechoic chamber. The base station simulator should have been also sitting outside the chamber and had a calibrated antenna plumbed to it from inside the chamber."

Ok, there's a problem, but let's not overreact until we know the real cause and how it can be fixed. A recall may be needed, but it could really be a simple software fix."

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