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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

njnnja Re:The drugs are terrible (200 comments)

move up to lighter drugs (lighter side effects, even if less effective), and then into the heavy shit (methylphenedate, adderall, drug cocktails)

What are "lighter drugs"? Not trying to call you out; I appreciate the level of honesty in your post. But I thought that stimulants were lighter drugs, compared to, say, antidepressants or antipsychotics

about two weeks ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

njnnja Re:Hipsters. (98 comments)

Go back in time a little and enormous cultural variations can be found in architectural design

Perhaps that says more about the reduction in cultural variances than changes in architectural design. Huge commercial skyscrapers dominate the skyline of globalized commercial centers around the world because globalized commercial centers share the same culture.

about two weeks ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

njnnja Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

Being against this particular transaction is not the same as being against the evolution of language. As far as I can tell, the new meaning of the phrase "begs the question" is the same as "raises the question," except with the additional nuance that the speaker/writer wants to sound like a person who is well read enough to have encountered the phrase in its original usage but, in fact, is not and has not. Being against that does not make one a grammar nazi or language Luddite.

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

njnnja Re:Not a barrier (183 comments)

So you rarely find someone who says "I would pay $115 (but not $116) after shipping for a 500GB (but not 500 GiB) SSD."

Although the particular person at $115 is pretty rare, they are very important, since they are the marginal buyer at $115. The "rare" marginal buyer at 115, and the "rare" buyer at 116, and at 117, and at 118, etc.create the demand curve.

But there are likely to be discontinuities in the curve, especially at round numbers, so the number of marginal buyers of a 500gb drive from $250 down to $249 is probably a decent sized chunk, whereas the number of buyers from say $257 to $256 is probably not so significant.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

njnnja Re:So... (401 comments)

Yes clearly my recommendation is jurisdiction-limited. In most countries they would probably wonder why you are talking about a state attorney general in the first place, as I doubt it's a common title outside of the US. Of course, a customer service rep in plenty of countries would probably wonder why you are speaking in English to them in the first place.

But seriously even if I had the choice between a bureaucrat in a well-functioning regulatory body versus an aggressive American lawyer I would still pick the attorney general to best protect my interests.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

njnnja Re:So... (401 comments)

The correct hard ball approach is: I am recording this call and forwarding to my state attorneys general

FTFY. Large companies generally aren't afraid of most government agencies, due to regulatory capture. But tell them that you might be in touch with the office of an ambitious politician with subpoena power and suddenly they become very helpful.

about a month and a half ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

njnnja Re:You know ... (358 comments)

Yes it does. At least, it means more distance is covered during your reaction time, which is the same thing as driving slower and having an impaired reaction time due to not paying attention.

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

njnnja Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

if the IRS should be allowed aggressive auditing powers (and I'm not saying they shouldn't), then it's only fair that an elected body such as Congress should have the right to aggressively audit those audits to ensure those powers aren't being abused. If the IRS can get out of that check by losing particular emails that is a serious problem, just as if the political non profits being audited could avoid problems by disposing of evidence they would rather not have the IRS look at

about 2 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

njnnja Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

But a negative correlation can DISprove cause-and-effect.

Unfortunately even that isn't true: see Simpson's Paradox. Not to pick on you, but it is really tough to make strong assertions one way or the other based on social science data. I think the best we can do is a Bayesian approach; start with some prior assumption based on ideology and personal experience, then adjust that prior based on the results of scientific studies. So in parent poster's case, his prior is that guns are pretty good in society, so the reinforcing data point that more guns = less crime makes his belief stronger. Someone whose prior is that guns are bad should probably not be as affected by that data (and if they are being intellectually honest, it would lessen their conviction that guns are bad), and someone who really had no opinion (if you could find such a person!) should be slightly more positively disposed to guns with that data. Of course, another study will typically come out shortly thereafter saying the opposite, so unless you get a series of studies all going in one direction, science will typically not change people's minds.

about 3 months ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

njnnja Re:I'm ignorant (105 comments)

With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.

- John von Neumann

Von Neumann said it; that's close enough to a law for me!

about 3 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

njnnja Re:Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets (286 comments)

But the effects of this on the non-zero sum economy are important to consider. If the new markings actually do discourage parking in front of the hydrant, then both New Yorkers and the New York Government can be better off because of the improved ability to control fires, thereby reducing damage and protecting firefighters. Hence the knowledge gained from proper analysis of the data makes the world a better place.

about 3 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

njnnja Prediction (411 comments)

I'm not sure which of these technologies will be successful in the coming months, but I am certain that before the year is over we will see many job postings requiring 3 years experience with Swift.

about 3 months ago
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German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying

njnnja Re:Lotteries (107 comments)

Sounds like jury duty. Which was (and still is) one of the best technologies to fight tyranny.

about 3 months ago
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German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying

njnnja Re:Germany can't prosecute Americans (107 comments)

The Nazi's what understood quite well? (check your possessive apostrophe)

I'll let someone else make the appropriate joke about a grammar nazi comment about real Nazis. So to feel like I contributed something serious to the discussion, I'll simply add that, whatever they understood about SIGINT, the Nazis were pwned by the English-speaking world too.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown

njnnja Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (136 comments)

I agree that the first order effects should assume that the system generally works, but it is also important to consider second order effects of the inevitable failures that will occur, and whether the consequences of those failures are acceptable.

However, even the secondary effects of a loser pays system aren't too bad. It would add some Type I error for a (hopefully much larger) reduction in Type II error, which probably makes the system a little better overall.

about 3 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

njnnja Re:Go die (379 comments)

The aqueduct?

about 3 months ago
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The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

njnnja Re:It's a monster (262 comments)

Slight correction - it's a 2.4L engine...to run the fuel pump.

about 3 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

njnnja Re:Crowdfunding? (280 comments)

This is why I do not like kickstarter-like equity investments. Kickstarter and Indiegogo should give away free shirts that say "I was an initial investor in a billion dollar company and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." If somebody puts their hard earned money at risk, they should reap the equity-like rewards. Then they can use the proceeds to buy whatever thing the entrepreneurs are selling.

about 3 months ago
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As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card

njnnja Re:Eric Burger asks, how did it come to this? (250 comments)

The USPS is a bad comparison to make. The USPS pension fund is a public pension fund, whereas social security (OASDI) and Medicare are social insurance programs. There are good reasons why the accounting for these should be different. In fact, the issue that you point out with the USPS pension fund arose when they forced a public pension plan (the USPS) to check for actuarial balance similar to a social insurance program (the 75 year long-term actuarial balance), instead of the simple employer accounting basis under GASB 68 (which is similar to the FAS 87/88 standard for private firms)

I am not arguing that PAYG is the *worst* accounting for social insurance programs, and in fact I don't think that. There are many good reasons why PAYG with some sort of short term/long term checks of actuarial balance *can* be appropriate measures for the health of a social insurance plan. However, OP said OASDI and Medicare are in SURPLUS, full stop, and I think that greatly oversimplifies the issues involved.

Disclaimer: I am an actuary, but no longer in active practice.

about 3 months ago

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Hotel charges guests $500 for bad online reviews

njnnja njnnja writes  |  about three weeks ago

njnnja (2833511) writes "In an incredibly misguided attempt to reduce the quantity of bad reviews (such as these), the Union Street Guest House, a hotel about 2 hours outside of New York City, had instituted a policy to charge groups such as wedding parties $500 for each bad review posted online. The policy has been removed from their webpage but the wayback machine has archived the policy.

If you have booked the Inn for a wedding or other type of event anywhere in the region and given us a deposit of any kind for guests to stay at USGH there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review of USGH placed on any internet site by anyone in your party and/or attending your wedding or event If you stay here to attend a wedding anywhere in the area and leave us a negative review on any internet site you agree to a $500. fine for each negative review.

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Social Media Company Stock CYNK is Worth $5 Billion Despite No Revenue or Assets

njnnja njnnja writes  |  about a month and a half ago

njnnja (2833511) writes "In what might be considered a sign that there is another tech bubble, social media company CYNK stock has been on a tear lately, and in the course of about a month has increased in value about 25,000%, and now has a market cap of over $6 billion. However, the company appears to have no revenue, no assets, and only one employee."
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Artist Creates Graphical Depiction of Science Fiction Spaceships

njnnja njnnja writes  |  about a year ago

njnnja (2833511) writes "German artist Dirk Loechel has created a 10 MB large poster that graphically depicts the size of major (and some not-so major) spaceships from the canons of dozens of science fiction movies, shows, and novels. Visit his posting here and prepare to lose the rest of your afternoon."
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked by Anonymous

njnnja njnnja writes  |  about a year ago

njnnja (2833511) writes "With tensions on the Korean peninsula continuing to rise, Anonymous hacked into the government-run North Korean Flickr site to post a "wanted" poster for NK leader Kim Jong Un. It says that he is wanted for "threatening world peace" and "wasting money while his people starve to death". They also hacked into NK's Twitter account and posted a link to the Flickr page."
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