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Comment: Re:Women prefer male bosses (Score 1) 288

by ceoyoyo (#48192111) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

I don't have it at hand unfortunately, thus the "IIRC". If you find it, please post it so I can write it down though. As a starting point, I'm pretty sure it was posted on Slashdot a few years ago, possibly around the time that astronaut went nuts and road tripped across the US in a diaper to confront another astronaut she had a thing with.

This ( report suggests that mixed groups are likely more productive and cohesive than all-male groups. It doesn't mention all female groups though.

Comment: Re:Women prefer male bosses (Score 1) 288

by ceoyoyo (#48189779) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

NASA has done long duration studies of groups with various sex compositions. IIRC, all male groups work well. Not surprisingly, since most militaries and NASA itself has lots of experience with those. Mixed groups do even better, although there can be problems with sex and jealousy. All female groups were unstable long term.

Comment: Re:Thus we can settle the debate. (Score 1) 77

by sumdumass (#48188673) Attached to: Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

No shit. I already have an accurate three day forcast for the home and office. Its called a thermostat and airconditioning.

What would be nice is a weekend forecast that would say something different than chance of drunkeness, loud music, and women laughing when you ask them to go home with you. Maybe something like dude, she's a he or crowded- stay home and drink or similar. Of course i'm not sure how a barometer would forcast the mangirl problem. Perhaps i should jusr checkand see if my glasses need updating.

Comment: Re:So, mesh? (Score 1) 27

by sumdumass (#48188223) Attached to: 'Endrun' Networks: Help In Danger Zones

I don't know why. They aren't jamming the interweb or cell phones. Pgp and email will avoid them listening in for anything subvertive.

And ferguson is just a silly distraction that mainly only got attention to play the race card in november. There has been plenty of other skmilar instances that has gained little to no attention since then and before it. The location was simply convienient there.

Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1) 472

by bill_mcgonigle (#48186731) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Then you're not exactly a rational being; you're just a barbarian.


Hopefully you get thrown in jail/fined, and hopefully you learn your lesson.

And then it goes off the rails, calling for vengeance.

Statists are just one ladder rung up from barbarians, painting a thin veneer of excuses over group-backed violence. Take the next few steps and learn about peace-based alternatives! It's the means, not the ends, that determine whether an act is just - this can be easily proven with reason.

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." - MK Gandhi

Comment: Re:The Windows Phone failed. (Score 0) 165

by sumdumass (#48186255) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Its probably just a weird idea they have because they already did it once back in the 1990s.

Its was more of an interesting idea to me when i purchased one. You had to run a program that would sync it to the watch after you put it in sync mode. It would flicker your monitor with horizonal lines and had an eye on the face that you had to line up just right. Some monitors worked better than others too but it was still hit or miss in my experience.

It would allow you to change alarm tones, sync your outlook address book, set alarms and reminders a year or so in advance and have a small amount of text scroll across the face. I played with for a few months then went back to the watch with a tv remote on it. The bars were so much more fun with it.

Comment: Re:There is a better drug in my opinion. (Score 1) 97

by sumdumass (#48183793) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

Lol. They did not just throw darts at a stack of papers and decide to try whatever it landed on. These drugs were already being worked on with knowlege of its Ebola interaction already being worked on.

I'm not saying we know evrrything but we certainly do have a better understanding of it than the health benefits of cat purrs.

Comment: Re:So what qualifies? (Score 1) 472

by sumdumass (#48183723) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Ok I'll bite.

So what is subjective about me saying your commrnt sucks, i hope you choke on a pretzel because everyone on the internet is more stupid now that you postef your opinion? Is that legitimate or malicious in its nature? Is it even trolling or just ill concieved criticism?

And what is with the name Dutch Gun. Is that like a dutch oven but from a distance? What with the ovens over there anyways- do they all smell or something? Was that trolling ir a bad attemp at humor? Was it malicious since it was meant to poke fun at your name or will thejudge laugh and ignore it?

Comment: Re:There is a better drug in my opinion. (Score 1) 97

by sumdumass (#48182281) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

Sorry, first that should obviously read "incredulous". Second, the idea that experimental drugs have a reasonable chance of being useful, thus providing hope, is just wrong. It is very rare for this to be true. It is essentially performing random activities, something at the level of rain dances. We may as well give the patients a cat to purr on their lap, and tell them the frequencies of the purrs may help the healing process.

Of course this is only true if the virus was not understood and the drugs were not being developed with eventual intent or treating the virus and similar ones. In this case, they did provide hope.

The best we can hope is the side effects are limited and they just waste money. Unfortunately, history (AZT giving people AIDS, Polio vaccine giving people Polio) suggests we should expect much worse when this kind of rushed drug testing occurs.

While I agree with this in principle, the first case of doing this with this disease turned out well so they did it again. Now they are pushing more drugs that have shown promise on paper but not necessarily on patients. We may still see bad side effects with these drugs but the alternative in many cases is death so the level of severity is somewhat subjective.

Comment: Re:Too bad... (Score 1) 608

by sumdumass (#48182233) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Kick the gearbox! This part wasn't about power, it's about consumer markets in general. Do you claim we just can't make enough TVs to satisfy demand? Car lots are empty because they can't get them in as fast as they sell? When is the last time you heard of anyone going to Best Buy and they were told "can't help you, our shelves are empty"? More than one consumer products manufacturer has been caught channel stuffing because production capability well outstripped demand.

My bad, I didn't know you were moving the goal posts. I thought we were still talking about the power generation markets.

As for bailouts, the whole world was screwed by the bubble bursting. Socialist or capitalist hardly mattered. However, by doubling down on the socialism (nationalizing the banks) and a fairly modest bailout loan, Iceland has recovered fairly quickly (more quickly than the U.S.). They also actually prosecuted fraudsters in their banking system. It is well understood that easing back on bank regulation in the early 2000's was a key factor that permitted the crisis.

lol.. All hail socialism then. Am I mocking you? You tell me. One country that actually went bankrupt turned out better than the riots in the streets over the austerity measures in the others. They prosecuted fraudsters in the banking systems in the US too. Of course it was the low level fraudsters who were pushing subprime loans knowing they could package the risk into a swap that would later default but sell it before it did.

Meanwhile, the U.S. proclaimed the crisis over by fiat, but it only ended for Wall Street. It continues to drag on (though with signs of improvement) for the rest of us.Our debt is rising. Iceland's is falling.

ha.. finally something we both completely agree on. Well assuming you believe what you wrote.

Comment: Re:drug patents harm the world (Score 1) 97

by sumdumass (#48181917) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

I forget which treaty is it, but there are exceptions in which a government can claim a state of emergency and manufacture any drug or violate any patent to address that emergency without violating any international law or foreign law.

It was all over the news back when the Anthrax scares were happening. Canada cited the provisions when it appeared there would be a shortage of Cipro and decided one of their companies would manufacture it for Canadian stockpiles. I think they later reversed on that when Bayer said they could produce the amounts needed.

I would be inclined to think this is one of those times. But these drugs are not tested and have little to no working background that could be used to get generics up and running like you could with other drugs.

Your code should be more efficient!