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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

sFurbo Re:Link to the study. (420 comments)

Without having delved into the study, those p-values are awfully close to the cutoff of 0.05 (or, alternatively put, the CI nearly encompasses 0). Given how hard it is to control for external factors in epidemiological studies, I would put this in the "probably nothing" category, especially since the effects of two sugar categories have opposite signs.

3 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

sFurbo Re:symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

all passwords should expire after at most 60

Why? How does this help with security?

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

sFurbo Re:symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

> but overall sentences yield an extremely random password - moreso than "Correct Horse Battery Staple", it's much shorter, and it's easier to memorize. So you are saying that first remembering the sentence and then remembering how I abbreviated it is easier than only remembering the sentence?

about a week ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

sFurbo Re:What 20 years of research on pot has taught us (263 comments)

[Cannabis] is hypocritical that some far worse drugs have social acceptance such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol[...]

I will give you alcohol (because of we have to consume to get an effect, and that is really unhealthy) and nicotine (because of the delivery mechanism. Cannabis typically has the same delivery mechanism, but you would typically smoke less material per day, so it is not as bad), but caffeine? Really?

The graph you link to can only be used to asses the risk of immediately dropping dead as a consequence of taking the drug. As this is not the main risk for any of the three drugs you mention, it is, at best, irrelevant.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

sFurbo Re:10^5 slower? (100 comments)

[...] as if that means anything. I know what they are trying to say,[...]

If you know what they mean, than it means something. Why are you complaining about language not living up to your arbitrary standards when it performs its purpose, to confer meaning?

about a month and a half ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

sFurbo Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

The barriers for entry into the online storage market are low to the point of being non-existent. It is much less of a problem in this area than with e.g. OSes or oil production. And we are, presumably, not ending up with one player, but two: Amazon and Google, which should also limit foul play (but not eliminate it).

about 2 months ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

sFurbo Re:idgi (231 comments)

Even if they don't, the prosecutors depend on the police to help them with their cases. Pressing charges against the police could make evidence in unrelated cases harder to come by, hurting the other cases and the career of the prosecutor.

about 2 months ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

sFurbo Re: Women should earn more than men. (98 comments)

The assumption behind sexist things is that women are somehow lesser. This means that a man with attributes (e.g. what you said) which are seen as "traditionally female" is assumed to be a "lesser man" because he's more like a woman. And people don't like helping a lesser man because why bother, right?

You don't need a hierarchy to explain the difference, stereotypes will do. Men are not expected to need help, so we don't help them.

If it was a hierarchy, we would expect either "manly" women (better women) or "womanly" men (lesser men) to be preferred, which is not what we observe: Both genders are expected to conform to the stereotype, and are punished for not doing so.

about 2 months ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

sFurbo Re:That's not what van der Waals is! (74 comments)

Aren't vdW interactions any non-ionic, non-covalent interactions, including dipole-dipole (though I wouldn't include hydrogen bonding, as they are partly covalent)? With London forces, that falls off with r^-6 being an example of vdW interactions?'

Of course, that still makes the summary wrong, but differently wrong.

about 2 months ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

sFurbo Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

nice straw-man you built there

It's not a straw man, as I did not indicate that you meant that gold was not a metal. It is an analogy, and possibly a bad analogy, like your platypus-duck one.

they should have said something like "optical fiber effect replicated in thin air" ...

If only there was some way to indicate that a phrase wasn't used literally, they could have used that in the title, and then people wouldn't be think they had made air solid and made a fiber out of it.

about 3 months ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

sFurbo Re:Yawn (115 comments)

Doesn't all of your citations only have one laser, that then focuses itself (hence "self-focusing")? Wheres this has two lasers, where one focus the other?

about 3 months ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

sFurbo Re:Advanced? (95 comments)

"Science" is the collective name for the methods for acquiring knowledge that has, over the last couple of thousand years, been shown to yield self-consistent results that are confirmable by other ways to get the same information. There might be other methods we haven't thought of yet (and realistically, "science" in a thousand years will include more methods than it does today), but for now, the methods collectively known as "science" are the ones we know work.

That is why the assumption that a method outside of science is not helpful in acquiring knowledge is reasonable.

about 3 months ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

sFurbo Re:Major disappointment... (95 comments)

Once can only assume that other cultures smart enough to make radio transmitters would also have similarly short periods during which inefficient methods would be used.

For information transmission, yes. For other uses of EM radiation, not so much.

about 3 months ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

sFurbo Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

That would be in the same way that it would be silly to call gold a metal, because it is too soft to replace steel?

This does more or less what an optical fiber does: It keeps light on the right path by using differences in refractive index (though I imagine the exact process is different: Optical fibers use total internal reflection, this probably just uses refraction). An optical fiber has the additional advantage of being able to go around corners, but that is not what makes it an optical fiber; the refractive index profile is.

about 3 months ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

sFurbo Re:But what does it do? (115 comments)

What about to get the reflected beam back to the starting point (thus "remote sensing", being able to do e.g. a Raman spectrum at a long distance)? Here, you have light scattering in all directions. The optical fiber will make sure that more of it gets back the way the original laser beam came. That could be phrased as "amplification", though I think another word would be more correct.

about 3 months ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

sFurbo Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

[...] the ideal virus to use as a biological weapon is a virus with long, mostly asymptomatic infectious phase and a high mortality rate.

No, the ideal biological weapon does not spread from person to person. Any disease that does is guaranteed to infect your own population as well; it is basically a gun you can't aim, or a doomsday device (though not literally, it doesn't kill everybody).

about 3 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

sFurbo Re:Pft (962 comments)

If a male politician said the same thing in jest, he would be labelled as sexist scum, and his career would be more or less over. When a women does says it in jest, it is taken in that spirit. That difference is sexist.

about 3 months ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

sFurbo Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

As an educated guess, the study into smallpox has been to figure out out why it is so contagious so that we can build our own great contagion.

Or to figure out why it is so contagious, so we can better treat future diseases that uses the same methods. Without more information, it is hard to tell which end goal is more likely.

about 3 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

sFurbo Re:IF.. (561 comments)

Intelligence (as measured by Spearman's g factor) is one of the best predictors for pretty much any measure of success or talent. People who excel at art or sports are also people with high g. The IQ test has one of the highest correlations Spearman's g of any test, so IQ test measures a lot more than how good you are at doing IQ tests.

about 4 months ago

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