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Interviews: ESR Answers Your Questions

nomadic Re:beyond funny (117 comments)

Someone raised it on the questions thread, so if he's actually sane on climate change then great. I was really focusing on making fun of the "cool in battlefield situations" boasting.

about a month ago
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Interviews: ESR Answers Your Questions

nomadic Re:beyond funny (117 comments)

He said he preferred the AR-15 because he was part of that culture; if he personally didn't think he possessed those attributes, he wouldn't have "leaned" towards it. Does anyone seriously doubt that he considers himself "cool under combat pressure"? He's been posturing like this online since the 1990's.

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

nomadic Re:You keep using that word (479 comments)

The commonly-accepted usage of words is determined by the majority. Whatever "hacker" used to mean, it now means someone who bypasses computer security systems to commit crimes.

about a month ago
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Interviews: ESR Answers Your Questions

nomadic beyond funny (117 comments)

I thought the funniest thing about this story was how they didn't ask any of the modded-up questions about his racism, climate denial, paranoid conspiracy theories, etc. Then I got to this:

"ESR: "Better battle rifle" depends on who you're equipping, and for what. I lean towards the AR-15 because I'm from a culture that readily produces people with good marksmanship, fire discipline, and steadiness onder combat pressure. The AR-15 is the better weapon to match those traits - it rewards skill in the shooter and you can actually use it at distance."

This is just beyond hilarious; ESR is the ultimate internet tough guy. What exactly in your middle-class suburban "culture" made you steady under "combat pressure"? Do you think this posturing impresses anybody, or makes any of us believe that you wouldn't immediately fold if you faced any danger whatsoever? You know how you can tell if you have "fire discipline" or "steadininess [u]nder pressure"? Actually be in a situation that requires it. Until then you just look ridiculous.

about a month ago
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Up To 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year

nomadic Re:ÂNational Institutes of Health? (111 comments)

I personally know many NIH-funded researchers who work on things big pharma doesn't care about. Like malaria vectors.

about a month ago
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Up To 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year

nomadic Re:Good (111 comments)

"Physicians are human and are subject to the same bias and irrational thinking as the rest of us. Nothing can replace a well designed study where the results can be reproduced."

Yep. Most physicians also suffer from the serious flaw that they are terrified of appearing not to know something. When was the last time you heard a physician say "these symptoms are unusual in this combination; let me do a little research and get back to you"?

about a month ago
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NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

nomadic Re:Not a subsidy? (126 comments)

Right, I'm saying that as a taxpayer I'm not going to get angry over that mistake because in the end NASA got a good deal.

about a month ago
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NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

nomadic Re:Not a subsidy? (126 comments)

Eh, I was ready to be outraged but after glancing through the OIG report it doesn't look that bad. Apparently the Google dudes paid a market rate for the hangar space, and let NASA use one of their planes for free (that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars per flight hour). I would suspect that even taking into account the discounted fuel NASA came out ahead.

about a month ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

nomadic Re:It goes hand in hand with Creatonism (794 comments)

Exactly; homeopathy is quackery, but there are plenty of supplements in their aisles that have been shown to be effective.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

nomadic Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

Try reporting the theft of one of your MMORPG characters' best sword and see how much attention the police pay you.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

nomadic Re: As Frontalot says (631 comments)

"While nothing is 100% certain, I know I would feel a hell of a lot more secure with $100,000 in cash in a fireproof safe, or even at a bank, than I would with the same amount in BitCoins sitting in an exchange or even in "cold storage" that's based on untested (and obviously flawed) protocols and trust in a completely unregulated private company in another country (or even our own)."

The vast majority of bitcoin conspiracy theorists feel the same, they just won't admit it.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

nomadic Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

I have never heard of any residential mortgage agreement having an acceleration clause tied to a change in debt/equity ratio. Do you have any citations for this? By the way, even if such a clause existed, it was something you contracted for, so it's not like it was completely out of the blue.

about a month and a half ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

nomadic Re:Education does not qualified make... (491 comments)

"Trying to get more people educated in a field by saying "we need more people with STEM degrees!" is like saying I need more people who know how to run. I don't want someone who knows how to run, I want someone who loves running." And I want a billion dollars, a private island, and a private masseuse. I'm not going to complain when I don't get it, though. What you should reasonably expect when you hire is someone who will do the job you pay them reasonably well and be a net asset to your company; most people don't "want" to work, they work to live. Expecting them to find spiritual fulfillment in helping your company do whatever it is it does is unreasonable.

about 2 months ago
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Navy Won't Investigate Nuclear Pollution At San Francisco's Treasure Island

nomadic come on (121 comments)

This is slashdot, where most posters don't believe nuclear waste can be harmful to anyone you commie pinko liberal terrorist.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

nomadic Re: Abolish software patents (204 comments)

Strong patent protection is a characteristic of the steepest technology jump in human history. The 20th century saw technological innovation increase exponentially, frequently driven by well-funded R&D departments at large corporations. They would not have developed these things without patent protection because it would put them out of business. I have never heard a plausible explanation of how a company that spends a billion dollars developing a technology can compete if their competitors can undersell them simply because they don't have to recoup the R&D budget.

And while the Constitution does not mandate copyright and patent laws, it does legitimize it, removing the argument that implementing them is violative of free speech.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

nomadic Re: Abolish software patents (204 comments)

There's no proof that they aren't. And legally they are enshrined in the Constitution.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

nomadic Re:Nothing is obvious ... (204 comments)

That would be horrific to the parties involved; someone trying to recover under a contract in New York should have to go to Hawaii? Litigation is expensive enough without multiplying the cost like that.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

nomadic Re:problem with the system (204 comments)

"The point of the patent system (as I understand it at least) is to ensure that information doesn't get lost."

Nah, the purpose of the patent system is to encourage invention.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

nomadic Re:Nothing is obvious ... (204 comments)

"Since we can't test for obviousness, both the patent office and the courts have decided to ignore obviousness, thus destroying any possible usefulness of a patent system."

That doesn't really compute there. You're assuming both that patents never work without things going to litigation, that when they are litigated that it's only about "obviousness," and that in every patent case (the vast majority of which I am sure you are unfamiliar with) the courts "ignore" obviousness.

about 3 months ago

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Homeless and unemployed engineer/physicist

nomadic nomadic writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nomadic writes "Both sad and frightening; Maurice Johnson has a masters in electrical engineering from Purdue and a masters in plasma physics from Dartmouth — and is living on the streets. What's that about never having to worry about a job if you just pick the right field?"
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Wii sales plummet

nomadic nomadic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nomadic writes "A nintendo executive has admitted that Wii sales have "stalled," falling 34.5% during the first half of its fiscal year, and blamed it the fact that "games of high demand could not be continuously released and the good mood has chilled.""
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cell phone radiation causes insomnia, headaches

nomadic nomadic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nomadic writes "A recent study conducted by Swedish and American researchers found that cell phone radiation causes insomnia, headaches, and concentration difficulties. The researchers studied 35 men and 36 women; some were exposed to intermittent 884 MHz wireless signals, while the others received only sham exposure. The ones exposed took longer to fall asleep, and reported headaches and concentration difficulties. Interestingly, the study was apparently funded by cell phone manufacturers."
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nomadic nomadic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nomadic writes "In a move that is extremely sad but not especially surprising, employees in Grand Canyon National Park have been prohibited from telling guests how old the Canyon actually is, presumably so as they won't offend creationist park guests and political appointees. Additionally, an inane book promoting a Young Earth creationist view of the Canyon has been sold in the park's gift shops for the past three years, despite a storm of criticism from scientists, and a promise by National Park Service administrators to review the matter."

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