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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

sugarmotor Introduction already $$$ (83 comments)

Wow, the introduction already goes into the money aspect. They write, "Chronic pain is an enormous unmet medical need with a multi-billion dollar impact on society"

about 2 months ago

US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

sugarmotor Opening a pop can (698 comments)

An alarm system that goes off when someone opens a can of pop may be better.

Coke etc. affects the brain and mental state.

about 3 months ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

sugarmotor Texan edits George Bush wikipedia page (667 comments)

Wasn't there once a guy from Texas who removed the section on crimes against humanity from George Bush's wikipedia page?

about 6 months ago

Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

sugarmotor Logic? (519 comments)

Found the Tentative Decision at http://studentsmatter.org/wp-c...

On page 8 it says

"Dr. Berliner, an expert called by State Defendants, testified that 1-3% of teachers in California are grossly ineffective."

There is a huge difference between 1% and 3%. (That's like saying "I'll be there in 5 hours +- 2.5 hours"). On the other hand, how many "grossly ineffective" workers / managers are there in other professions?

Now, why have these teachers been hired? Is eliminating tenure really going to change this figure? Are competent teachers going to get fired because they don't have tenure? Why is the waiting period only 2 years? Similar considerations are discussed at http://intl.kappanmagazine.org...

With complicated systems like this, it makes no sense to look at one single element, and blame only it. So the decision will have large gaps in the logic.

about 8 months ago

China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

sugarmotor Re:Not a bad idea! (200 comments)

And everyone else!

about 8 months ago

Male Scent Molecules May Be Compromising Biomedical Research

sugarmotor Statistical significance (274 comments)

Can't find the article available for online reading, beyond http://www.nature.com/nmeth/jo...

But one wonders about the sample size and the statistical significance of the experiments.

about 9 months ago

Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

sugarmotor Not futile (130 comments)

Remote controls can be regulated. That's the civilized way to deal with such issues.

about 10 months ago

Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

sugarmotor Blog post (108 comments)

I did write a blog post about quantum mechanics and the “free will theorem” at the time.


I think this new development isn't covering all possibilities there

about a year ago

Writing Documentation: Teach, Don't Tell

sugarmotor Always odd (211 comments)

Always find it a bit odd when people complain about documentation, or place emphasis on it. My first prioroty is, "it works".

On the other hand, it is hardly clear in most cases, who the audience of the comments are. Do they know much, do they know little? If they know little, there needs to be a lot of documentation. Who is to say?

So when I hear about people, who mention bad documentation, or who complain about some documentation, it strikes me a bit odd.


about a year ago

Google To Encrypt Cloud Storage Data By Default

sugarmotor Too late (217 comments)

It might have been. But too late now.

about a year and a half ago

Jeff Bezos Buys the Washington Post

sugarmotor Downhill (150 comments)

Downhill now. Not that it was at great heights. But more safe to ignore.

about a year and a half ago

Mozilla Labs Experiment Distills Your History Into Interests

sugarmotor Chocolate ice cream (158 comments)

Like chocolate ice cream? Not a useful idea.

Here's a better idea. Let browsers send less, not more.

about a year and a half ago

Why Microsoft Shouldn't Worry About Cannibalizing Their Userbases

sugarmotor Who cares (180 comments)

Who cares about what Microsoft should or should not worry about?

about a year and a half ago

Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

sugarmotor Order suspended (802 comments)

The order was suspended on June 4.

"Federal judge suspends order that child porn suspect decrypt own computer files or face contempt" http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/deadline-is-today-for-west-allis-man-to-decrypt-suspected-porn-files-b9926078z1-210121531.html

"Earlier court order requiring a Wisconsin suspect in underage porn case to decrypt his hard drives for the FBI by the end of the day Tuesday -- or face contempt of court -- has been lifted." http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57587670-38/judge-child-porn-suspect-doesnt-need-to-decrypt-files/

Ruling: http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2013/06/Decision-Order-DOC-8-re-Motion-to-Stay.pdf

about a year and a half ago

Anti-Infringement Company Caught Infringing On Its Website

sugarmotor Re:$5k limit (135 comments)

This is not non-commercial, right? The $5,000 limit shouldn't apply. Where to read about that limitation?

about a year and a half ago

Swiss Referendum Backs Executive Pay Curbs

sugarmotor Bonkers "perceived disasters" (284 comments)

BBC gone bonkers? "Support for the plans - brain child of Swiss businessman turned politician Thomas Minder - has been fuelled by a series of perceived disasters for major Swiss companies, coupled with salaries and bonuses staying high"

Disasters, or only perceived disasters?

about 2 years ago


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