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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

stoborrobots Re:Simple (509 comments)

Even the 1% aren't completely and totally financially secure, as the French Revolution demonstrated.

Except that they were financially secure...

Exactly. They were financially secure, they just weren't physically secure...

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

stoborrobots Or the converse... (709 comments)

Is a possible interpretation of the data that "people who don't use much energy, don't feel the need to worry about climate change"?

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

stoborrobots Re:666 (753 comments)

Surely if they are writing cheques, then that is already cashless? Sounds like they've beaten the rest of us to it...

about two weeks ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

stoborrobots Re:Kinda minimizes "consensus", doesn't it? (123 comments)

... attempt to falsify any claims...

Falsifying claims is the worst thing a scientist can do. Once they're caught their career is over.

This a misunderstanding of the the term "falsify". Unfortunately, there are two well-understood meanings for the word:

In the sciences, we use the second meaning of the word a lot. It is considered a good thing. We propose an idea, or make a claim, then find ways to test the idea/claim. A useful idea in science is one which is said to be "falsifiable", that is, one which it is theoretically possible to disprove. If you can find a way to test your claim, and state beforehand which results will prove that your claim is wrong, then your claim is falsifiable, and is now a scientific claim. Then you run the test, and see what results it gives. If you get any results which don't falslify your claim, then the claim stands for a little longer. If you get results which falsify your claim, you throw the claim away and come up with a new claim. So science moves forward when we make claims and attempt to falsify them.

Using the first meaning of the word, you might say that someone "falsified some data". That would be a bad thing. This is not the common usage of the word in the scientific community, but is a popular understanding of the word elsewhere, so the distinction is worth calling out.

Notably, you can lie about data, but you generally can't lie about a claim; so context is essential in determining whether the verb "falsify": lying about data/evidence/results is bad, but attempting to disprove claims/ideas/hypothesis is good.

about two weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

stoborrobots Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

Speakers or piezos... Interesting... Most of the ones I've seen, I've assumed had some sort of solenoid flicking back and forth to make the clicks.... Although some of the newer ones seem to have speaker grills on them, so maybe they've been switching over to electronic noise rather than mechanical...

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

stoborrobots Re:Email is expensive? (130 comments)

Are your email addresses hosted with services like hotmail, gmail, or managed by competent admins who use services like spamtitan or mailcleaner? It's very likely you're seeing the results of a large number of people working very hard to keep the spam you receive away from your inbox...

about a month ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch

stoborrobots Re:This isn't going to do much (68 comments)

http://www.jstor.org/stable/41...

http://jlr.sagepub.com/content...

http://works.bepress.com/leah_...

http://www.npr.org/2009/08/28/...

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03...

http://www.literacytrust.org.u...:

Educational programming has also aimed to elevate knowledge of texts and literacy as in the programmes Barney and Friends (Guofang, 1999) and Reading Rainbow (Wood and Duke, 1997), which offer content on reading books and raising childrenâ(TM)s knowledge of books. This is important since researchers at the University of Sheffield have also suggested that pre-schoolers who develop an ability to talk about texts become familiar with literacy and have greater success with learning to read once they enter school (Hannon, 2000; Hannon, Weinberger and Nutbrown, 1991). "

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

stoborrobots Re:Solar roadway? (448 comments)

Yeah, my take on the difference is that the solar roadways idea is technically possible, but it's a stupid idea when you think through the details.

But the iFind is a great idea, but technically impossible when you think through the details...

about a month ago
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The Game Theory of Life

stoborrobots Re:Two things (85 comments)

When you have two distinct things, which you understand to different extents, proving that they're identical allows you to learn about one thing from the knowledge of the other thing.

To use your example:

Prior to today, we knew that cats lapped up milk with their tongues, and also preen their fur with their tongues. Also prior to today, we knew that a Japanese animal called neko coughs up balls of stuff.

Today we found out that cats are identical to neko.

We now know that cats cough up balls of stuff, and that neko preen their fur with their tongue. We might now use this new-found knowledge to identify that the coughed up balls of stuff were probably derived from fur and/or milk.

about a month ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

stoborrobots Re:The cloud (387 comments)

Besides, where does this "blame the victim" attitude always come from? It's ridiculous.

Different analogy: if you walk across a known-to-be-landmined field, who is to blame? The person who put the landmines there 30 years ago, the person who left the gate unlocked last night, or you?

about a month ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

stoborrobots Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

A conspiracy has ALREADY been proven in this case. They already admitted to targeting specific people for additional scutiny and persecution. That is conspiracy.

No, that is "discrimination".

Conspiracy is when there are multiple parties secretly plotting together to cause harm or do something unlawful.

about a month ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

stoborrobots Re:Impossible to enforce (314 comments)

The rules are generally for airport pick-ups, rather than drop-offs...

about a month and a half ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

stoborrobots Re:Cabbies. (314 comments)

The "trade dress" and "permit" rules are safety rules, but not road safety, which is why it's not immediately apparent. The safety being assured by those rules is the *passenger* safety, against being abducted, mugged, scammed, etc.

Airports are locations where a large number of people who are not familiar with the local customs arrive, and this makes them prime targets for scams. For a time, it was common for fake taxis/limousines to turn up, pick up unsuspecting travellers, then hold them hostage until they gave up items of value or overcharge them for short journeys (possibly by driving around town before proceeding to their destination).

In response, airports now require checks for anyone providing a pick-up service at the airport; this includes buses, taxis, and limousines. The airport permit fee covers the cost of performing these checks. The trade dress requirement is so that vehicles are clearly identifiable as providing a commercial pick-up service, which can then be monitored by police, airport officials, and other relevant authorities.

Not to say that their motivation in excluding ride-share organisations is not a financial one, but there are reasons these things were put in place...

about a month and a half ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

stoborrobots Re:Is there any info that isn't behind paywalls? (190 comments)

This looks like the original press release: http://news.unm.edu/news/new-evidence-for-oceans-of-water-deep-in-the-earth

Here's an explanation of what's going on.

The paper is already used as a reference on the Wikipedia page for Ringwoodite.

Here are the research pages of the various authors:

Brandon Schmandt, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of New Mexico

Steven D. "Steve" Jacobsen, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University

Thorsten W. Becker, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California

Zhenxian Liu, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Kenneth G. "Ken" Dueker, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming

about a month and a half ago

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Sea-Tac Airport runway access, no questions asked!

stoborrobots stoborrobots writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Seattle Times is reporting an incident where two civilians got unescorted access to the runway at Sea-Tac Airport in a van with names unasked, ID unchecked, and vehicle unsearched.

When [retired Army lieutenant colonel Greg Alderete] realized he had driven a van onto a runway tarmac at Sea-Tac airport — and that no one had asked his name, checked his ID or searched his vehicle — well, he just about lost it."I was appalled," Alderete says. "If you go in the airport's front door, they take away your tube of toothpaste. But the back door? That's the weakest security of any critical facility I've ever seen."
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