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How PR Subverts Wikipedia

vague disclaimer Standards you say? (219 comments)

the rigorous checks and standards put in place by its hierarchy of editors and admins

When you say "rigorous.....

about 9 months ago
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Will Apple's Lion Roar For Business?

vague disclaimer This item... (340 comments)

...appears to rest on the posit that Apple cares about IT managers, rather than wishes to eliminate them as a class, Kulak style.

about 3 years ago
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US Navy Creates MMO To Fight Somali Pirates

vague disclaimer The could do that... (318 comments)

...or they could just implement a proper convoy system

more than 3 years ago
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The Real Reason Apple Is Suing Samsung

vague disclaimer Re:Nice conspiracy theory, but... (514 comments)

You seriously believe a company like Apple cannot ramp up production if there is demand?

Learn the concept of marginal returns. I am quite certain Apple could buy up more production capacity. I am equally certain it could not do so in an economically viable way. Not all demand is profitable. The other makers are equally constrained, which is why none of them can produce a viable tablet to compete on price with iPad.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry

vague disclaimer Re:If Google bought music labels (472 comments)

Google sells eyeballs to advertisers.

What about those of us who don't want our eyeballs sold?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

vague disclaimer Re:Right on. He's an idiot. (831 comments)

This clown should be catapulted into the sun.

Actually, catapulting something into The Sun is much harder than it looks. Just sayin'...

more than 3 years ago
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Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011

vague disclaimer Re:Hilarious (492 comments)

Since when is "virus takes out small company's computers" a story that shows up on the news?

Are you serious? You don't think Gizmodo, Engadget, Ars, and all the rest wouldn't be all over this like a rash? And Giz has a track record of paying cold hard cash for stories...

more than 3 years ago
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Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011

vague disclaimer Re:Hilarious (492 comments)

Yet oddly, this amazing event didn't make the news.

I suspect your pants are on fire.

more than 3 years ago
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Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011

vague disclaimer Trolling in the OP, now? (492 comments)

Apple has just released Safari 5.0.4 and iOS 4.3 a few minutes before the Pwn2Own contest in an attempt to save face

Yes. I'm sure dissing pose2own was foremost in Apple's thinking when planning its release schedule.

more than 3 years ago
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The Encroachment of Fact-Free Science

vague disclaimer Re:Peer review is broken (962 comments)

But then they "prove" that it doesn't.

No, they showed that it is less effective at primary prevention the previously supposed, (but still very effective at secondary prevention).

The trick is to develop the hypothesis properly. Also, there is a lot more to "proving" than a null hypothesis - that is just a useful logical device, especially when using statisitcal significance as a metric (as well as helping to check that the hypothesis is amenable to falsification).

And the statins I take are generic and long out of patent, so "big pharma" is way past caring about them.

Real science is hard and takes time. What is taught in a few paragraphs today took Newton a lifetime to perceive.

more than 3 years ago
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The Encroachment of Fact-Free Science

vague disclaimer Re:Peer review is broken (962 comments)

Things are getting more difficult to prove.

Only if you use the mathematical definition of proof, which science does not.

"Proof" in science, is more-or-less synonymous with "test". As in proving grounds, proof-spirit, the exception that proves (ie tests the limit of) the rule...

more than 3 years ago
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If App Store's Trademark Is Generic, So Is Windows'

vague disclaimer Re:Generic Trademarks (356 comments)

Indeed - so it isn't generic is the way the geekerati assert.

more than 3 years ago
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If App Store's Trademark Is Generic, So Is Windows'

vague disclaimer Re:Generic Trademarks (356 comments)

However, when you say the word "App Store", I think that conjures up images of just about any sort of app stores that we have nowadays - Palm's, Blackberry's, Windows Phone's Android's, etc

That is rather Apple's point: the others are living off the goodwill created by Apple's innovation ("passing off", in the parlance). ie, Apple's argument is that it has become generic because others lifted it. And I believe US trademark law operates on a "use it or lose it" principle that requires trademarks to be defended actively.

Also, I would bet a reasonable amount of cash that if you did a survey of non-geek smartphone users, most would think "iPhone" to the prompt "App store".

more than 3 years ago
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Backdoor Trojan For Windows Ported To Mac OS

vague disclaimer Re:It was just a matter of time (263 comments)

but what are all those mutations if not evolution in action?

Coders, coding. Or "God" if you prefer. Computer viruses: the creationists' wet dream.

more than 3 years ago
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Backdoor Trojan For Windows Ported To Mac OS

vague disclaimer Re:It was just a matter of time (263 comments)

The medical model for disease works for computer viruses too.

Except it doesn't. Biological viruses are not driven by self-aware controllers with a financial interest, nor do they evolve in the biological sense.

But apart from that, a sound analogy.

more than 3 years ago
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Backdoor Trojan For Windows Ported To Mac OS

vague disclaimer Re:Or... (263 comments)

I didn't say they wrote it.

But Sophos has pushed out alarmist trolling press releases every quarter or so for years now all implying how OSX is about to be hit by a tidal wave of viruses, worms etc (other sites have credited Sophos as the source of this story - not Slashdot though, it seems.

more than 3 years ago
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Backdoor Trojan For Windows Ported To Mac OS

vague disclaimer Or... (263 comments)

...it could be Sophos trying to drum up trade...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Asks Security Experts To Examine OS X Lion

vague disclaimer Re:Am I reading this correctly? (417 comments)

Every single year, OSX loses the Pwn2Own competition first. Windows and Linux always go down on the same day. No matter what version has been current, OSX has always been less secure than Windows when both are up to date on patches. If Apple changes its security culture, it could mean big things for Apple in corporate environments.

So in a competition that is basically set up for Apple to lose, Apple loses ('cos no-one gets publicity for breaking the broken)

Seriously, did you really just use pose2own as evidence?

more than 3 years ago

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UK newspaper kills autism story

vague disclaimer vague disclaimer writes  |  about 7 years ago

vague disclaimer (861154) writes "The Observer newspaper appears to have removed from its internet archive a story about autism research which had been excoriated by Ben Goldacre, the "Bad Science" writer for sister paper The Guardian. Goldacre had caught the Observer not only totally misunderstanding the research (used as a front page lead) but also apparently misquoting one source and falsifying a quote from another to draw a spurious link the the "MMR debate". In the UK controversy still surrounds claims of a link between autism and the use of the MMR vaccine and newspapers are more than happy to stir the pot. It is not clear whether the removal is because they were embarrassed, or threatened with legal action."
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vague disclaimer vague disclaimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vague disclaimer (861154) writes "Apple Inc (the company formerly known as Apple Computer) and Apple Corps seem to have kissed and made up. Looks suspiciously like game set and match to Cupertino. Presumably it is only a matter of time before real Beatles musics makes an appearance on iTunes (as opposed to tributes and "singalongs")."

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