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Interviews: Ask What You Will of Paleontologist Jack Horner

truckaxle Re:Paleontology as a Career (208 comments)

Someone bump this from 4 to 5. This is question I would also like to see asked.

about a year and a half ago
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New Theory of Gravity Decouples Space & Time

truckaxle Kuhn and paradigms (575 comments)

It sounds like you're claiming that Kuhn didn't believe that a new paradigm offers more accurate results than the last, which he almost certainly didn't.

If he said something controversial along those lines, he might have meant that our perceptions don't actually reflect reality as it really is, so as we are trying to mold science into our reality, we aren't necessarily molding it into a model of actual reality.

Sokal may have been correct that Kuhn didn't make the distinction, but that doesn't mean Kuhn didn't have a valid concern that our scientific reality is socially-constructed. Again, I don't know if Kuhn actually believed this, I'm just guessing based on my reading of Kuhn that he wouldn't have said something as controversial as what you've implied.

Kuhn did not deny that sciences progresses, however he did subtlety deny that we are progressing toward anything - such as closer approximations to the truth or objective reality.

Read Weinberg criticisms here

http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/vl/notes/weinberg.html

more than 4 years ago
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New Theory of Gravity Decouples Space & Time

truckaxle Re:Not again (575 comments)

From what i know of Thomas Kuhn he believed that science is social construct and that the new paradigms don't fit reality any better than the last. To which is think is a load.

As Alan Sokal pointed out in his recent book the discovery aspect of science is a social construct but the justification part is not and this distinction is where Kuhn missed the boat.

more than 4 years ago
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The Top-Spammed States In the US

truckaxle Re:Maybe... (97 comments)

Shhhhh..... That is best kept a secret friend. ;)

about 5 years ago
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College Credits For Trolling the Web?

truckaxle Re:It's unclear why this is a bad thing (1164 comments)

Why are clam fossils at the top of very young mountains?

Because the earth is very old, continent uplift and subsequent erosion.

ID addresses such an issue?

BTW some ignorant and misinformed floodist think sea shells on top of mountains is evidence of a flood - sorry to say it actually falsifies a flood. Take for example the Grand Canyon, on the Kiabab plateau, there are sea shell fossil that sit on top a geological column that contains fossilized foot prints, rain drops, ripple marks, mud cracks, etc. So just how did these dense organisms find their way to the top?

  I think you deserve D- for not showing any work and confusing YEC with ID.

more than 5 years ago
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Can We Build a Human Brain Into a Microchip?

truckaxle Re:There. Fixed that for you. (598 comments)

This got me wondering if silicon based females have carbon implants.

more than 5 years ago
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Possible Meteorite Imaged By Opportunity Rover

truckaxle Re:Im no scientist (82 comments)

Conservation of energy. Less atmosphere, less shock wave; greater velocity and impact force.

more than 5 years ago
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Possible Meteorite Imaged By Opportunity Rover

truckaxle Odd Shaped Rock? (82 comments)

Why the use of this adjective? Most rocks i know of are "odd shaped"

more than 5 years ago
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Universal Design for Web Applications

truckaxle That is Funny! (85 comments)

Maybe they did read the book on "Universal Design for Printed Media" :)

more than 5 years ago
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Superguns Helped Defeat the Spanish Armada

truckaxle Re:Expert naval tactics (501 comments)

No kidding...

The wildest amusement ride I ever experienced was a taxi ride from Cambridge to the airport.

more than 5 years ago
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New Paper Offers Additional Reasoning for Fermi's Paradox

truckaxle Social, curious and empathetic (774 comments)

As a species we're violent, irrational, deluded, greedy and self interested.

The occasional deviations from this norm in no way redeem us.

If I had a choice not to be involved with this disgusting species then I wouldn't either.

We are the product of evolutionary forces, while we may be violent, irrational, deluded, greedy and self interested we are also social, curious and empathetic.

I would suspect that any other life form that is a product of the same evolutionary forces would share a similar mix of these attributes.

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source Software For Experimental Physics?

truckaxle Mod up parent (250 comments)

Thanks, nicely said.

I fight all the time with Labview weenies. It does have a place but for complex jobs interfacing with other programs or systems it becomes cumbersome. One old timer senior scientist where I work refers to Labview as programming for kindergartners.
   

more than 5 years ago
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Marijuana Could Prevent Alzheimer's, New Study

truckaxle Re:Rational (807 comments)

I'm of the opinion that all driving while intoxicated laws are inappropriate. Either you're driving recklessly or not. If you are, go to jail. If not, go home and sleep it off.

Really! Sometimes the indication that someone is driving recklessly is when they plow into the side of a car, killing and maiming the occupants.

Drunk driving laws and enforcement do save lives and prevent many needless tragedies as they statistically highlight those that are most likely to be involved in an accident - they should be tougher if anything.

more than 5 years ago
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Marijuana Could Prevent Alzheimer's, New Study

truckaxle Re:Dude... like... what? (807 comments)

I would dispute

1) Not eating poison.

As that is a recent entry into their list of survival and propagation concerns. Then I would replace it with

1) Obsession with sex

Now the list looks a lot closer to what the human brain is concerned with.

more than 5 years ago
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White House Exempts YouTube From Web Privacy Rules

truckaxle Re:Quitely? (235 comments)

Slashdot sensationalistic reporting frequently uses "quietly" to give a sense of wrong doing or subversive action.

I suppose it strokes the ego of the reporter as it they feel they are uncovering some dirty laundry when typically the event or action wasn't quiet or just wasn't important enough to warrant a press conference. In this case both apply.

more than 5 years ago
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Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?

truckaxle Re:Only the paranoid survive (not) (508 comments)

Same here and then I realized that good and semi-good ideas are a dime a dozen. Inspiration is about .1 percent and perspiration and capital is the other 99.9 percent of the value of any project.

more than 5 years ago
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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

truckaxle Re:Recanted (453 comments)

I have had a similar thought... except human intelligence bootstraps intelligent machines that evolve so that and some day very far into the future and far from earth they would sit around argue about how "life" ever started started.

Maybe even some would claim it would be statistically improbable that a pieces of semi-conductor would ever arrange itself in any complex way necessary for "life"

Just like whatever bootstrapped biological life is largely unknown; intelligent machines not aware of a no longer existent warm hospitable blue dot would have no record of biological life kicking the process into motion.

Just a thought...

more than 5 years ago
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Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?

truckaxle Programming Perl (517 comments)

Programming Perl
By Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant

On line I remember went something like this:

"I works exactly the way you think it should work, we just have a hard time writing the way you think"

more than 5 years ago
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The Slow Bruteforce Botnet(s) May Be Learning

truckaxle Re:Botnet solution (327 comments)

So say you have a remote server no console access.

Usually yes.

One day you are messing around with httpd.conf and fat finger a entry and mess up the config. Some months laterthe NOC hosting your system has to do some quick machine maintenance and powers down your machine. Later in the day they finish and power up your instance, but wait the httpd.conf file has a error and apache refuses to start on boot......now what, yes you are screwed you
cannot access your account.

I also have a fixed ip address (that I always have access to) added to the file like this.

In hosts.deny
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sshd:ALL EXCEPT 187.190.10.1 /var/www/html/allow.txt
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more than 5 years ago
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Obama Transition Team Examining Space Solar Power

truckaxle Re:Numbers? (275 comments)

Yes that really sounds more practical. A few years ago the Russians tried something like this and failed, but learn from that mistake and move on. It is really a good idea.

A broadly focused mirror could even provide additional light and heat to northern cold dark metro areas in the winter reducing fuel and lighting costs.

more than 5 years ago

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