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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

neonKow Re:the evils of Political Correctness (201 comments)

He got "punished" by not achieving more success.

He's a whiney baby that can't accept that he did something wrong.

If a civil engineer said that marshmallows were what we should build bridges out of, he would get similarly "punished." And unless he retracted it, that civil engineer would probably never get hired again and would lose any significant academic positions he held.

Try it yourself. If you hold any position of responsibility, say something stupid that proves you're incapable of performing your job and see how long you hold on to your job while insisting you're right.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

neonKow Re:the evils of Political Correctness (201 comments)

Pfft. People going on about PC bullying and censoring have little concept of how serious censoring actually gets, and how common it is even in current times.

People coming out in outrage at a popular guy saying something blatently offensive and ignorant is not censorship.

The government making it illegal to say certain things is censorship.

The fact that it's not illegal to say things is why everyone is free to criticize Watson.

And before you call that de facto bullying or some other nonsense that demonstrates how little you know about bullying, consider that Watson saying something so unpopular might be an indication that he's wrong! How else do you think we are supposed to respond to people who are wrong? And especially to someone disguising his personal bigotry as science.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

neonKow Re:the evils of Political Correctness (201 comments)

No one is getting offended by his use of "science", and this is severely tangential to his more important point.

And regardless, his point that more current studies that demonstrate differences between races are largely biased, untrustworthy studies is true.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

neonKow Re:the evils of Political Correctness (201 comments)

IQ is not intelligence, nor capacity for intelligence. There are plenty of studies that show that you can increase IQ with training and preparation, which goes against what people are using IQ to measure in the first place: genetically "gifted" intelligence.

In your example, the IQ to economics correlation (1) has far too small a sample size, and (2) is the result, not the cause. Poor areas tend to have lower IQs because when you don't have enough money to live, much less to get schooling, you have a lower IQ.

Also, North America is incredibly rich in natural resources, something which much of Africa is not.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

neonKow Re:Why not fish for lamprey? (118 comments)

My neighbor's dog will eat plastic if you don't stop her. Dogs aren't as picky as you are.

about two weeks ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

neonKow Re:Oh god, no. (163 comments)

Every coder I've ever met has a black-and-white worldview

Hm... So I take it you're a coder as well?

about a month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

neonKow Re:Hmmm ... (167 comments)

The article gives a rate of 1 drop per minute when it "starts to work". This means a standard 1/2 liter bottle would take over 2.5 hours to fill in 68 degree weather at 50% humidity, which doesn't seem that practical.

In idea conditions, it still take an hour to fill that bottle. 0.5 L is not a lot in 100% humidity, and whatever hot temperature the maker considers ideal.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

neonKow Re:Why have we not solved this? (203 comments)

I don't doubt there are somewhat self-cleaning windows, but I am criticizing GP's sentiment of "why don't we just invent something to clean itself?" as the equivalent of "why don't we use magic?" or "why don't we use cyborgs?"

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

neonKow Re:Why have we not solved this? (203 comments)

You're vastly underestimating the difficulties of material science.

"Why don't we just create a material that does the work itself" is the perfect idea of theorycrafting without any idea of what you're talking about.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

neonKow Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (203 comments)

If you designed that sort of building (and went through that cost), I'd imagine you could do something cool like flip the windows 180 degrees so someone inside could wash them.

Or you'd do just windows with no seam or edges for robots to miss.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

neonKow Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

The roots of Linux really don't matter to the discussion. Linux is much more widely distributed than it has ever been in the past, and while it's important to respect and understand how it got where it is, there is no particular reason one needs to "stay true to its roots" when Linux is now on phones, tablets, desktops, servers, embedded systems, and more. You want to fight that "derailment", but that train left a long time ago. Using that as a reason to fight systemd is the same as sticking your fingers in your ears and going "La la la. I'm not listening."

And anyway, this is FOSS we're talking about. You can't stop people from forking and shaping things to suit their purposes, so what exactly are you trying to accomplish?

about 4 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

neonKow Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

No. Stop spreading FUD.

Nobody in the legal system things that copying an image is "creating." People in the system may be misinformed or overly zealous, but what you're suggesting would be deliberate misinterpretation.

about 4 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

neonKow Re:Its all in the gmail terms of use ... (790 comments)

Not really. Emails are as private as postcards, and have been since the beginning. Nobody is allowed to spy on your mailbox, but don't put "Hey Jim, how did that bank robbery go?" on a postcard and expect that nobody read it on the way to you.

about 4 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

neonKow Re:compared to hash database, with antivirus (790 comments)

new child porn that doesn't have known signatures.

Also known as "Images with a single pixel changed." That's how hashes work. And, no, it won't create a new market. Anyone tech saavy enough to understand image recognition hashes would not store their stuff in email.

about 4 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

neonKow Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Yes, it does.

The act of viewing child pornography is illegal because it creates a market for producing it. It has nothing to do with sexuality being treated differently from murder and everything to do with discouraging people from doing the act in the first place.

Restricting viewing of killing children (or anyone for that matter) will do didly squat for preventing killings.

about 4 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

neonKow Re:Remote Kill Switch. (443 comments)

The owner knew it was stolen from a service shop? I doubt it.

about 5 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

neonKow Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

You don't get the death penalty for robery either. And no one is trying to justify it by saying someone robbed their soul.

about 5 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

neonKow Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Your problem appears to be the vendor, rather than the entirety of the web.

Don't get me wrong: the web is definitely kludgy. It's just not quite as kludgy as this.

about 5 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

neonKow Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

What the hell is wrong with you?! No one is telling you to buy anything, but saying that one phone encrypts data and another phone doesn't is a perfectly valid point. Stop your ridiculous religious war and realize that there are things my old brick phone could do that my smartphone can't as well.

about 5 months ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

neonKow Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Not really. A single powerful entity using (abusing?) power isn't a conspiracy; it's basically all of human history.

A conspiracy would involve multiple people collaborating that would not do so under normal circumstances. Because that would involve too many coincidences to be likely, conspiracy theories tend to be dismissed. There really isn't any good reason for scientists all over the world to form a conspiracy in order to get everyone to switch from coal to solar power.

about 5 months ago

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The Most Harmful Foods For The Environment

neonKow neonKow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neonKow (1239288) writes "

In the past, environmentalists have cited "food miles" as the unit by which to measure a food's impact on the environment. Their argument was the further a piece of food travelled, the more its harm to the environment. But the concept has come under scrutiny, with others nothing it's how the food is made, not how far it travels that contributes to its carbon footprint.

It's becoming trendy to eat locally and shop green, but it's easy to lose track of the ultimate goal--reducing greenhouse gasses emissions--when we get caught up in the fervor of eating local."
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SOPA-Loving Congress Also Loves Downloading Pirate

neonKow neonKow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neonKow (1239288) writes "

The folks over at TorrentFreak have been mining the database of IP addresses in the archives at YouHaveDownloaded.com for evidence of file-sharing over at the House of Representatives. There's no way of knowing whether any of the addresses belong to specific Representatives who support the bill, but at the very least it seems possible from their search to reasonably conclude, "Congress is stacked silly with Internet pirates."

At least if SOPA passes, we'll get a bit of a laugh."
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Journals

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Day 1

neonKow neonKow writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I wake up on a beach with a sun beating down on me. My whole body hurts. There is no one else around. In the distance are desolate ruins, long abandoned by any sort of civilized society, but some sort of primative human ancestors seem to be communicating in grunts and wheezes. How in the hell did I end up in New Jersey?

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