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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

sexconker Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (606 comments)

The only one you kind of addressed was the AGW issue. There you just declared it irrelevant... Why did you bother?

He wanted to show you what true denialism was all about.

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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

sexconker Re: Simple answer... (459 comments)

The money is the icing on the cake.
The militarized enforcement and unchecked abuse of power against the populace is the real goal.

yesterday
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

sexconker Re:Morons (130 comments)

You can't know your data is bad when doing experimentation. That's the point of experimentation - you control variables and observe others to test a hypothesis.
The point at which you can KNOW data is bad is the point at which you know all of the variables and all the details of the phenomena observing. It's like "experimenting" with 1+1 on a calculator. When it give you a 12 you know you've got bad data (you keyed in 11+1 or 1+11 or something), but that's only because you know the entire system and what it's supposed to do. It's not an experiment at that point, and there's no fucking point in doing it.
If you're experimenting on something then you don't know the entire system. If you don't know the entire system then you cannot know for sure whether any data is bad or not.

Even without going to that extreme. "bad data" - even obviously "bad data" - is merely a failure to control variables. The methodology and experiment as a whole is then suspect. Repeat with better control and methodology, or deal with the small amount of ugliness in the graph that the "bad data" may have contributed.

2 days ago
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

sexconker Re:Morons (130 comments)

I love statistics. I hate "statisticians".

2 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

sexconker Re:Copyright expiry differs (158 comments)

No idea. I don't get on the plane. I use electrons to tell other people to put it on a plane or a boat with a bunch of other items destined for this country and they do so affordably. When the goods are electronic this is even easier (I'll leave the "why" as an exercise for the reader.)

I do declare you're an idiot.

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

sexconker Re:Nonsense (378 comments)

Those are the people that exchange it for fiat currency.
If you buy X from a seller for Y Bitcoins and he simply has software that automatically pegs his Bitcoin price against a fixed price Z in some other currency, then the seller is simply accepting Bitcoin and speculating on the exchange markets.
If the seller then used that Bitcoin to buy W from someone else, he wouldn't care what amount of fiat currency it was "worth" on an exchange as he wasn't exchanging it for fiat currency.

If I buy something from a merchant using USD and he wants GBP he will convert (directly or via a payment processor) that USD to GBP, and will price his items in USD against some average price in relation to GBP.
If I buy something from a merchant using USD and he wants USD he doesn't give a shit what the hourly average GBP/USD ratio is.

Further, if you want to consider the problems of ANY currency increasing/decreasing in value in general, Bitcoin has a baked in advantage over fiat currency - it can't be manipulated by a central authority. It's an objectively better currency in all aspects except one, as you've pointed out with your post: People don't yet know how it works.

2 days ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

sexconker Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (142 comments)

You're wrong.
You don't understand how mining and the exchanges work.
The people in last lose, people are encouraged to jump in up until the point when the founders bail, and people expend real resources to jump in (mining time and power, electricity, or fiat currency if buying in via an exchange).

2 days ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

sexconker Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (142 comments)

Wrong - they depend on other buying into the currency later in the game (when mining is more difficult) to increase the price on exchanges.

The people buying in before the schemers dump can lose:
A: Mining time and power costs that they could have used to mine a viable currency (like Bitcoin)
B: Money (if they bought on an exchange)
C: Both

2 days ago
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

sexconker Morons (130 comments)

You don't need to do this. It is obvious if you just look at the raw fucking data.

Statisticians have gone full circle (and full retard). They started out "adjusting" data - dropping outliers, massaging noisy data, etc. all in an attempt to make it fit a preconceived pattern in order to shit together a graph for a powerpoint. Now they want to add that "noise" back in (but only after tweaking it further).

Rule fucking 1 of data analysis: Don't fucking delete your fucking data you fucking dipshit.

2 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

sexconker Re:Copyright expiry differs (158 comments)

For one thing, the SCOTUS ruling applies to selling individual physical copies. The Steam, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, and Xbox Live Marketplace services make a new copy on each machine where a game is installed. So the first sale rule about importation of a lawfully made copy doesn't quite apply.

And even in the case of disc games, differences in copyright term can still make a copy "not lawfully made". Let me give a more concrete example: Say there was a book written in 1925 by someone who died in 1940, and someone adapts it into a video game. Thus the video game is a derivative work of the book. Selling a copy of the game in Europe is legal because the copyright in the book expired at the end of 2010. Selling a copy of the game in the US would not be legal until the end of 2020. Under what logic would the derivative become legal to sell in the US just because it was lawfully sold in another country with a shorter copyright term?

Next time, try reading a post before you respond to it.
Legal to sell in Europe. Buy in Europe. Bring to US.
TADA!

2 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

sexconker Re:toad (158 comments)

Russia has a large nuclear arsenal and submarine fleet, the only heavy lift rockets on Earth worth a damn, a LOT of land and a LOT of coast.
Economic problems won't break an established super power - they'll lash out and attack others and steal their shit before they collapse. (See the actions of the USofA.)

2 days ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

sexconker Re:Lies, damn lies, and "market caps" (142 comments)

Its pretty much the same for bitcoin, those that got there first, including the creator had a very easy time mining tons of coins.

In my opinion, they are all scams but some of they are scams that also might work.

It is believed (but not fully proven) that Satoshi destroyed their fat wallet. Regardless, sitting on a mountain of digital gold does not put food in your mouth. You have to trade it. And all transactions are public. The fact that Satoshi is still anonymous is both surprising and evidence that they have not executed a massive payday in their favor.

As for everyone else who got in early, good for them. Bitcoin wasn't a scam coin with a huge premine followed by hype, pump, and dump like nearly all other crypto currencies.

2 days ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

sexconker Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (142 comments)

Sometimes early investors/pioneers make a lot of profit. That's not the same as a pyramid scheme.

Most alternate crypto currencies ARE pyramid schemes.

There's a "pre-mine" amount - the creators, influential people in the scene, pool runners, etc. get a crack at all the early coins and become instant oligarchs within that crypto currency. They then go and shout from the mountaintops how this new crypto currency is going to be the next hot thing so you better get in now!
Then when usage adoption plateaus they dump their millions of coins for fractions of Bitcoin each. A few months later they'll be back with a new crypto currency to do the same old shit.

2 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

sexconker Re:Speaking off the record (182 comments)

This.
I'd like to see some actual evidence that NK was behind this, and not evidence put forth by Sony or the US government.
Until then I'll believe any the following are more likely scenarios.

Some hacker group unaffiliated with any government just wanted to fuck Sony.
Some Sony employees just wanted to fuck Sony.
The US government wanted to false flag North Korea. The timing of this (and the Cuba fiasco) is hilariously convenient - Congress just approved the ridiculous budget, there are no more elections for Obama to worry about, and Congress is out of session (AKA taking a well-undeserved vacation after shitting up the country as usual).

Regardless of how it happened, the US government will use it as the digital 9-11.
There will be more spying, less freedom, more cyber "crimes" invented to put more citizens in jail, and hey, let's go ahead and invade North Korea. Defense contracts for 2015-2030 need a boost.

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

sexconker Re:Nonsense (378 comments)

The "price" of Bitcoin on the exchanges has nothing to do with Bitcoin's viability as a currency.
A "crash" on the exchanges means absolutely nothing to people who actually use Bitcoin. The security, the transactions, and the network do not give a fucking shit.

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

sexconker Re: Nonsense (378 comments)

Go Google Bitcoin, you fucking dipshit.
EVERY TRANSACTION IS PUBLIC.
If you want to remain anonymous, you have to put some effort into it.

2 days ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

sexconker Re:This synopsis (125 comments)

makes it seem like the computers are morons. Anything that is black and yellow is a school bus...mmmmm nope.

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3 days ago
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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

sexconker Re:More accurate (55 comments)

Hadoop isn't a database.

It's a data processing system for massive quantities of data processed and distilled in large batches. If you're trying to treat it as a database, you're doing it wrong. The article is simple using Hadoop for the wrong purpose.

You use Hadoop to reduce large amounts of data into smaller more manageable collections of useful data, which can then be queried real time.

They can't be queried in real time. Some set of data can be queried, relatively quickly. That's the whole point.
Hadoop takes your shit and fucks with it to the point where you can't ever be sure if you're getting truly live or complete data or not.

3 days ago
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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

sexconker LOL (55 comments)

And while Hadoop can be much faster than traditional databases for some purposes,

If by "some purposes" you mean "idiots who don't know how to design a relational database", then sure.

3 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

sexconker Re:black DNS? (378 comments)

You'd have to force EVERY ISP with a direct connection to that address to do so.
Even a small data center should have at least 2 separate lines to 2 separate ISPs.

Then you have to prevent the person running the host from setting up shop on a new ISP (or the same ISP under a different name).

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Nvidia GTX 970 and 980 Tech Specs Detailed

sexconker sexconker writes  |  about 3 months ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "According to videocardz.com the specs of the GeForece GTX 970 and 980 have been unveiled. Both cards will officially launch on the 19th of September.with 4 GB of VRAM and 224 GB/second bandwidth. The 970 comes with 1664 cores and a TDP of 148 W while the 980 comes with 2048 cores and a TDP of 175 W.

Leaked benchmarks peg the 980's performance at nearly 20% faster than the GTX Titan, and just under that of the GTX 780 Ti. Note that the 800 line was skipped (or may be reserved for OEM parts).

No official pricing has been determined, but MSRP is rumored to be between $330 and $350 for the 970 and between $500 and $550 for the 980. Actual prices and availability will depend on whether this is a paper launch or not. Look for official reviews this Friday."
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17" Unibody MacBook Pro Disassembled

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "The folks at ifixit.com have gotten their mitts on one of the new 17", unibody MacBoock Pros. You can see the complete disassembly here.
Of interesting note is the battery which Apple hyped up: Packaging-wise it's just a standard laptop battery. It's also trivial to remove, so you can expect to see replacements from the usual third parties in the coming months."

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Street View Driver Kills Deer

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "A street view was found showing street view driver hitting a deer, and driving off. The deer died after rolling around for a while. Google has removed the images (first saying they were unavailable due to high demand, and later saying they had been removed), but they can be found below. The images show the deer before and after the impact. There was no other vehicle near the vicinity at the time. http://i41.tinypic.com/neja6e.jpg http://i40.tinypic.com/x60p06.jpg http://i41.tinypic.com/2vc6wlf.jpg http://i44.tinypic.com/2ductw2.jpg http://i42.tinypic.com/2q24ymf.jpg http://i40.tinypic.com/2lxa683.jpg http://i43.tinypic.com/6ibequ.jpg http://i44.tinypic.com/vgjz0y.jpg"
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Microsoft to Pull Seinfeld Ads

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "According to valleywag, Microsoft is pulling its recent series of ads featuring Jerry Seinfeld. The decision to drop the ads likely stemmed from the fact that most viewers just didn't get them. MS reps are spinning the decision to drop Seinfeld as "planned" and say that Seinfeld could be involved in future projects. The ads cost Microsoft in excess of $10 million."
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DivX Releases H.264 Decoder

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "DivX is finally jumping on the H.264 bandwagon with Project Remoulade.

Project Remoulade is an H.264 decoder and is designed to be highly scalable and compatible with just about any twisted form of the MPEG spec you can throw at it. In typical DivX fashion, we can expect a push to get this integrated into portable devices. We'll also probably see branding and profiles for set top boxes. Early info and benchmarks are at the link.

There's currently no word on a compressor implementation (the benchmarks were run against samples created with x.264), however."

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New Study Sheds Light Into the Behavior of Cats

sexconker sexconker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sexconker (1179573) writes "A recent study involving has revealed some interesting results.
Researchers at have discovered that .

The study involved .
When , researches noticed some odd behavior; the the , and even tried to .

Proof positive that ? The study can be found here:"

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