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Comment Re:Fake science/sloppy science (Score 1) 239

How many studies? If a published peer reviewed study states a 95% confidence in the results, but has a 60% chance of being wrong, on average, how many studies must be conducted before we have significant evidence? If we have no tools in which to measure the confidence of an individual study, how do you suggest we come up with the confidence in an aggregate of studies?

A Bogosort will eventually get to the right answer, because it has a way of measuring the correctness of an answer. But without any method of judging an answer we have no method at all. If most studies are wrong, then the consensus is guaranteed to be wrong, than the collected aggregate of a group of studies is guaranteed to be wrong..

Comment Re:"Former" engineer - tells you all you need to k (Score -1, Troll) 899

Not necessarily. Look at how these companies do their hiring. Google for example has hired every single black person who has ever applied, I assume we would see similar percentages for women engineers.It is not surprising that less hires would cut it, and leave, when you reduce initial vetting. Look at the education admissions system. Blacks make up a huge portion of college enrolls, But since any black with C and D averages can get into MIT, most of them do not ever graduate (as past schooling success is a good indicator of future schooling success)

Comment Re:The real problem (Score 1) 207

>alcohol during prohibition

I really wonder at your point here, assuming that the alcohol distillers during prohibition were as bad as the Mexican Mafia, how is this an argument? Yes, murdering people, and hiring people to murder people for you is wrong, even if it is the only way to get alcohol or heroin.
Sometime in the future we will be able to grow organs on demand in vats, that does not mean that right now, just because cheap, legal, plentiful organs do not exist that forced organ harvesting is right. Hireling someone to abduct and kill someone, to replace your ailing kidney is wrong, hiring someone to kill, smuggle, bribe, and threaten for you, to get you high, is wrong.

Comment Re:The real problem (Score 1) 207

Perhaps, even if we ignore the hundreds of thousands of people who kill themselves withe drugs. Even if we ignore the the thousands who are killed accidentally by drug users. We are still talking murder, bribery, extortion, slavery, smuggling just to get those drugs to your street corner. If you bought illegal drugs, you are paying other people to murder, enslave, and commit most crimes on the books. Why should that not come with a life sentence? Just because you are white collar and can pay others to commit the crimes for you?

Comment Re:Monocultures are bad (Score 1) 139

The whole single source, multiple source debate misses the point. If you are getting your news from professional outlet(s) your news is coming from the same billionaire no matter how many publications you subscribe to. CNN does have have a different bias and a different angle than HBO, it has the same bias because it is controlled by the same person. There are less than 10 cooperators that together control all news you ever read in a paper, watch on TV, or browse online. And they are not distinguishable. They are not at war, they jointly own many assets and work together.

Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

I would say that it is just as likely that they are going back to windows because of the incompatibility issues and the amount of retraining necessary. This sort of change is so expensive and such a big hassle, I really doubt that any single person could push it through if the average user was fine with how the computers were working.

Comment Re:In my experience (Score 5, Insightful) 228

That sort of seems backwards. It is a hell of a lot easier and quicker to not program a bug in the first place, than to find and fix one. Anyone can code, sure, but if you plan on eventfully delivering a bug free program, maybe the poor coders writing poor bug filled code are not really helping with this at all. Perhaps the senior coders, could have written a better functioning, and easier to maintain piece of software alone, way easier than trying to transform a trash-heap of code into something usable.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 652

Border security does not need evidence, most border situations resolve by allowing the applicant to voluntarily withdraw, and take the next plane home. Others are resolved by just denying entry, and holding the individual until the next plane home is ready to go. Neither involve a court case. Court cases are only used when they find 50 K of cocaine shoved up someones rectum.

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