top Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain
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"
top US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
An alarm system that goes off when someone opens a can of pop may be better.
Coke etc. affects the brain and mental state.
top Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
Wasn't there once a guy from Texas who removed the section on crimes against humanity from George Bush's wikipedia page?
top Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
Found the Tentative Decision at
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
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.
top China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8
And everyone else!
top Male Scent Molecules May Be Compromising Biomedical Research
Can't find the article available for online reading, beyond
But one wonders about the sample size and the statistical significance of the experiments.
top Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile
Remote controls can be regulated. That's the civilized way to deal with such issues.
top P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe
Here's a paper about the wave function and computability (computability beyond P, NP, etc)
Marian Boykan Pour-El and Ian Richards. The wave equation with computable initial data such that its unique solution is not computable. Advances in mathematics, vol. 39 (1981), pp. 215–239.
top MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data
***** Hard to see how to avoid the hushmail scenario *****
http://www.wired.com/threatlev... ***** http://www.wired.com/threatlev... ***** https://www.hushmail.com/about... ("But I thought the data was always encrypted") *****
top Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us
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
top Powering Phones, PCs Using Sugar
That's great news for the sugarmotor!
top Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries
Famous mathematician Cauchy,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustin-Louis_Cauchy (1789 – 1857), was a "royalist."
Haven't got to tracking down more details about his attitude.
top Writing Documentation: Teach, Don't Tell
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.
top Google To Encrypt Cloud Storage Data By Default
It might have been. But too late now.
top Jeff Bezos Buys the
Downhill now. Not that it was at great heights. But more safe to ignore.
top Mozilla Labs Experiment Distills Your History Into Interests
Like chocolate ice cream? Not a useful idea.
Here's a better idea. Let browsers send less, not more.
top Why Microsoft Shouldn't Worry About Cannibalizing Their Userbases
Who cares about what Microsoft should or should not worry about?
about a year and a half ago
top Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives
The order was suspended on June 4.
"Federal judge suspends order that child porn suspect decrypt own computer files or face contempt"
"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://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2013/06/Decision-Order-DOC-8-re-Motion-to-Stay.pdf about a year and a half ago
top Anti-Infringement Company Caught Infringing On Its Website
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
top Swiss Referendum Backs Executive Pay Curbs
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?
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