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Comment: Re:You have your own brick wall (Score 3, Informative) 1050

by Bazman (#48582521) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Of course it "helped". Its a "theatrical placebo". The more theatrical the placebo, the stronger the effect. Trials have shown that sticking pins in the accepted "acupuncture points" is as effective as sticking them any old place. So all the mumbo-jumbo about "chi" energies is just that.

Surely if it "helped tremendously" you wouldn't be still going after ten years. And TCM was invented by Chairman Mao anyway

Comment: Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (Score 5, Insightful) 1050

by Bazman (#48582405) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Anyone who has bad reactions to vaccines should be *promoting* the use of vaccines (alongside research into how to predict/prevent bad reactions). Then if you can't be vaccinated because of bad reactions, you benefit from herd immunity and the decreased amount of disease floating around that might kill you because you can't be vaccinated.

Comment: Re:What is the guy saying here??? (Score 1) 97

by Bazman (#47934553) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

It'll be Java on the server to replace the PHP on the server. Nobody writes Java applets any more. If they do it will be the end - do Java applets even run on phones? I've not seen one (by which I mean a "You need a Java Applet Plugin" placeholder) for years.

I just take issue at the "Most Importantly". How is that most important? Because the end-user shouldn't care. The only people to whom its most important are the Java devs getting the gig. I suspect the PHP devs getting their final wages might be a bit upset. But then again, maybe Y! don't bother maintaining the code and retaining any PHP expertise.

Comment: Re:Hipsters. (Score 1) 98

by Bazman (#47676409) Attached to: Correcting Killer Architecture

The problem with concrete is that it doesn't get enough love and attention, and dirty concrete does look terrible. Maybe in countries with less grime and rain its less of a problem than in the UK. Good clean concrete architecture is amazing though. Why do so many modern buildings hide their concrete and steel behind a skin of brick?

Anyway, get a load of F**k Yeah Brutalism for the best of it. Although a lot of it doesn't exist any more.

 

Comment: Re:Have you seen Gedit lately? (Score 2) 402

by Bazman (#47588185) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors

A Pedant Writes: A learning curve is a plot of amount of stuff learnt on the y-axis against time on the x-axis. A steep learning curve means you learn quickly. I avoid using "steep learning curve" which I know in common usage is often taken to mean the opposite of its original meaning and use "slow learning curve", since "slow learning" is less ambiguous, hopefully..

You'll thank me later.

Comment: Re:Just 15 minutes? (Score 1) 333

A university press release, so my money is on the participants being any student wandering round campus who saw the sign offering $5 for doing experiments in the Psychology Dept. Not biased at all.

Press release says the research is coming out in Science today so can check later.

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