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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

u38cg Re:I've worked for women (219 comments)

Stop feminism, everybody, Dave has some important news and we need to change the way we're doing stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

u38cg Re:Significant correlation? (219 comments)

You do not understand the difference between effect size and statistical significance, or what either of these terms mean. Please do not attempt to make informed comments on statistical issues without doing some basic reading in this area, kthxbai.

about two weeks ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

u38cg Re:The white in your eyes (219 comments)

I wonder if the Slashdot web design team can see the white's of each other's eyes, or if they are blinded by the 122px margin.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

u38cg Re:"Forget about the risk that machines pose to us (227 comments)

Yes, but you still need to explain why it's simpler to go to war with the human race than use commonly available ingredients, like soil, for you dastardly evil AI plan.

Also AI will still have a power switch.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

u38cg Re:Why we have to kiss off stupid humans now! (441 comments)

I'm not entirely sure tupperware and lipstick will be much of a consolation in a runaway greenhouse scenario, but maybe that's just me.

In addition, reducing fossil fuel consumption for energy purposes means there's more available for tennis rackets. Happy days!

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

u38cg Re:What are the Saudi's up to here? (441 comments)

The Saudis would like to do this but they can't. The rest of OPEC doesn't want to and Saudi no longer has the market power on its own. If they shut off the taps, all they do is hurt themselves.

The story here is global oversupply, nothing more exciting than that.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

u38cg Re:Not Really --- And Rooting For This = Horrible (441 comments)

Um, dude, perhaps read up a little on the supply and demand theory of pricing. If the price of oil goes down it is for two reasons: (1) more oil available (2) less oil being used. (1) is obviously never true. (2) is the correct answer. Sure, the response to lower prices will eventually be increased usage but that in turn will simply lead back into higher prices.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

u38cg Re:How quaint. (441 comments)

The Saudis have been attenmpting to cut supply and hence increase prices for a long time. They do not have the pricing power they once did. Russia is hurting and has to sell all it can. The rest of OPEC doesn't want to slow down. Venezuela can't slow down.

As for produce, I at least have seen cheaper goods in several categories recently at my local supermarket, though the oil price will be a second order impact.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

u38cg Re:time to buy futures, now. (441 comments)

2008 coincided with a massive financial crisis. And if you double your time horizon, back around 2000 oil was more like $10 a barrel.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

u38cg Re:Hmmm ... (290 comments)

All a currency really needs is reliability; that it was here, yesterday, today, and will be here tomorrow. Sure, it has no inherent backing, but then neither does Peru's little fiat currency. The problem that I see is that despite all the talk, there's no real evidence of a Bitcoin economy emerging; people use it to settle payments but people aren't running entire businesses in Bitcoin and paying salaries in Bitcoin.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

u38cg Re:Charging for transactions (290 comments)

As soon as people want transactions confirmed faster, they'll start adding transaction fees. Simples.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

u38cg Re:Computer literacy? (388 comments)

I suggest you review the UK's CS curriculum, and the curriculum it replaced. You might just be in for a surprise.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

u38cg Re:How very nice for them. (273 comments)

childish, fanciful and ridiculous dream

Kind of a sweeping claim there. Hint: the 1% would like you to have a decent income so you can afford their products, as otherwise their companies will go bust (like the Romans did).

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

u38cg Re:The longer you live...Cancer could be your rewa (273 comments)

Or indeed any process which carries a relatively constant risk, accident being the most obvious. Personally, I can't wait for the headline "121 billionaire breaks neck skiing".

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

u38cg Re:I no longer think this is an issue (258 comments)

Also AI can't currently walk and speak a coherent sentence. I'm currently confident of my ability to outsmart it for the forseeable.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

u38cg Re:What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

It's a generally unpopular thing to say in these discussions, but American cops are by world standards incredibly badly trained, equipped, and managed. I know UK cops who have done exchange programs and the like and they are dumbfounded by how bad things are.

about three weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

u38cg Re:Define "harassment" (189 comments)

Well, let's make it simple. Harassment is when you continue to communicate with someone who has expressed the wish that you stop.

What you are talking about is threats, and again the test is simple. Is a reasonable person receiving such a threat likely to believe that the threat is to be carried out?

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

u38cg Re: Accuracy (106 comments)

Because it is an initial study, I would guess. Wait till they replicate it (if they do) with Kinect.

about three weeks ago
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The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

u38cg Re:Self-diagnosis (79 comments)

one bonus when it comes to childbirth!

And nine months previously ^_^

about three weeks ago

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"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

u38cg writes "Usman Asif's quote summarises the position for public photographers today. Arts student Sebastian Przygodzki was today fined in a Scottish court for photographing a woman being sick outside a bar, after being charged with breach of the peace. This was despite Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell's Early Day Motion earlier this year, which gathered 240 signatures from across the House. Bruce Schneier blogged earlier this year on the "War on Photography", the tendency among authority to try to restrict public photography. It's been an issue for a long time; here's an article from 2005 which treads the same ground. And lastly, for the benefit of Sebastian and his fellow snappers, here are some handy guides to the law for the United States, the UK, and Australia (in PDF)."
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Harry Potter Lexicon infringes copyright.

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

u38cg (607297) writes "In a frankly bizarre ruling, Judge Robert Patterson has ruled that the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon, an encyclopaedic reference to the Potter universe, would infringe on J.K. Rowling's copyrights to the Harry Potter books."
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u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 8 years ago

u38cg writes "A team of US and British scientists have created a 'meta-material' that successfully cloaked a small copper cylinder from passing microwaves. Not quite Star Trek, just yet, but says David Smith of Duke University: 'It shows what can be done with artificial materials. It gives us some insight that we can design something that we wouldn't have been able to do with any existing material'.

The Duke University press release has a link to a YouTube video detailing the process."

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