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PubMed Commons Opens Up Scientific Articles To User Comments

smegfault Re:Summary speculation incorrect (27 comments)

I have an account and a number of publications, but no funding. I was invited in and got accepted. The report that anyone with an account could sign up was taken from a comment on the original blog posted linked in the article; but apparently it's now fixed or it never worked.

about a year ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

smegfault Re:correlation (1121 comments)

My gut tells me that a one-tailed test would be more appropriate as they're trying to confirm a hypothesis; but I might be wrong. My gut sucks in stats.

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

smegfault Re:correlation (1121 comments)

They could have included a neutral (non-framed) condition, so 1) no text on package, 2) "atheist" on package, 3) (random text) on package. Or; since they're trying to confirm the hypothesis that this has something to do with religion, 3) (random text) on package and 4) "In God we trust" on package (or something similar).

Statistics seem fine to me (like person below me said).

Either way, I really like the blue shoes and the price looks good to, I might order me a pair and ask for them to put "KILL ALL CHRISTIANS" on the box.

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

smegfault Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

Prayer helps. Couldn't hurt.

Actually, it can.

about a year and a half ago
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

smegfault Re:Why haven't we seen the effects then? (263 comments)

First off, respect to all the airmen. Second; I can't help but be a bit puzzled by the arteries in the legs. Why would radiation damage stop at the knees? (I assume the lower legs were exposed the most).

about a year and a half ago
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

smegfault Re:FUD summary as usual (263 comments)

If this was 1950, the smoking lobby would probably claim that smoking in-flight will protect you from cosmic radiation.

about a year and a half ago
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

smegfault Re:FUD summary as usual (263 comments)

I hope American Spirit paid you handsomely for spreading this bit of 'information'.

about a year and a half ago
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Fake Academic Journals Are a Very Real Problem

smegfault Re:Huh?! (248 comments)

Yes. You're not getting your fast-track review surcharge back, though.

about a year and a half ago
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Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

smegfault Sluggish organisations.... (712 comments)

The organisation I work for just migrated all staff computers to a new red-orange-green support system. This included complete re-installs of computers.... With clean installs XP. When asked why they didn't install W7 and not have to worry about upgrading all computers next year and inconvenience thousands of users again, they simply said "one step at a time".

about a year and a half ago
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Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person

smegfault Relevance fading (489 comments)

A doctorate in literature made sense back in the days when there were people who were actually "famous literary reviewers" like F.R. Leavis. The only literature-based doctorate worth getting is a D.Lit (Hon), and even those are doled out like assault rifles at a Deep South US Supermarket.

All my previous study pals who got an MA in literature ended up jobless or somewhere completely outside of their field of study.

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

smegfault Re:Long term? (599 comments)

As the French have had nukes since at least the early 60s, it's a bit too late for embargoes.

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

smegfault Re:So? (599 comments)

What happens if someone crashed a plane into a working reactor? Probably a lot of damage but nothing very dangerous as power plants have been designed to withstand catastrophes like these (but strangely enough, not for floods taking down backup power like in Japan).

about a year and a half ago
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A New Benefit For Logged-In Readers: Meet Slashdot's ROT13 Initiative

smegfault Re:I thought ROT13 was something else (261 comments)

I'm still on the original release, I think I missed 12 new versions of Rise of the Triad....

about a year and a half ago
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Library Journal Board Resigns On "Crisis of Conscience" After Swartz Death

smegfault Re:The other reason to charge for submission (128 comments)

Science is a human endeavor, and prone to all the failings that humans possess. Stuff does fall through the cracks because it isn't perfect. It just happens to be the best system we've got that, in general and over the course of years, stumbles along towards progress.

Noted and agreed.

If you have a better alternative, please don't keep it a secret.

Passive-aggressive much?

I'll also note that all the counterexamples you list were, eventually, found out through the scientific process and repudiated by their original publishers

Eventually, yes. How many are still out there unrepudiated....? It took The Lancet years to finally retract Wakefield's criminally fraudulent paper. I know some of my colleagues that have tried to get papers down for several reasons, but most attempts just bogged down in an epistolary war of attrition with editors lasting sometimes years.

about a year ago
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Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

smegfault Re:Bunker (450 comments)

If the SWAT team tried to get in, they would have had more than enough probable cause to round up and detain everyone working for Cyberbunker. Since the only guys actually talking about the raid are the CB guys themselves, I call hoax. The Netherlands is boring enough for a real raid to be picked up by any amateur sleuth or local news agency.

about a year and a half ago
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Library Journal Board Resigns On "Crisis of Conscience" After Swartz Death

smegfault Re:Remember the MathWorld Story? (128 comments)

I just read the Wikipedia article, and apparently the sticking point was "that the MathWorld content was to remain in print only". If that's the contract Weisstein signed, he could have known he would get into trouble. Don't get me wrong, the academic publishing business is very seriously broken in many ways, but if this is really just a breach of contract, Weisstein should've known better.

about a year and a half ago
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Library Journal Board Resigns On "Crisis of Conscience" After Swartz Death

smegfault Re:The other reason to charge for submission (128 comments)

Peer review is supposed to weed out the cranks and trolls.

Unfortunately, it sometimes doesn't work. Ask Alan Sokal (troll), Andrew Wakefield (liar and murderer by proxy), Diederik Stapel (liar), Jan Hendrik Schön (liar) or the other trolls, pranksters and liars that got through peer review without so much as a raised eyebrow from the reviewers or the editors.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Reader Being Retired

smegfault Re:Exit Newsblur, enter trusty 'ol Thunderbird (386 comments)

The XML file has all the original RSS feeds like "http://rss.slashdot.org/Slashdot/slashdot"; so I'm not sure what you're trying to say.

about a year and a half ago
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EU Car Makers Manipulating Fuel Efficiency Figures

smegfault Re:Another way to cheat (431 comments)

In winter Diesel has added anti-gelling/clouding agents. Not sure how much of the cost is actually caused by that.

about a year and a half ago

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PubMed Commons opens up scientific articles to user comments

smegfault smegfault writes  |  about a year ago

smegfault (2001252) writes "In a new trial, PubMed Commons has been released. Until now, post-peer-publication results were restricted to letters to the editor of scientific journals; and even then some journals don't accept letters to the editor. With PubMed Commons, scientific peers can comment on PubMed-indexed articles without the interference of journal editors and peer reviewers. At the moment, eligible for participating are:

Recipients of NIH (US) or Wellcome Trust (UK) grants can go to the NCBI website and register. You need a MyNCBI account, but they are available to the general public. If you are not a NIH or Wellcome Trust grant recipient, you are still eligible to participate if you are listed as an author on any publication listed in PubMed, even a letter to the editor. But you will need to be invited by somebody already signed up for participation in PubMed Commons. So, if you have a qualifying publication, you can simply get a colleague with the grant to sign up and then invite you.

However, reports are in that anyone with a PubMed / NCBI account can sign up on the PubMed home page: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/join/"
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