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Comment: Re: What about... (Score 1) 155

by BlueScreenO'Life (#47558943) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

Happy, contented people don't buy a lot of useless crap (like cigarettes for example).

That's right. But by "living longer and better-quality lives" I don't mean "Happy, contented" - I mean non-smoking. Non-smokers can still be materialistic, impulse buyers, and, because their life span and life quality are, in average, superior, they can buy more useless crap.

Comment: Re:Flash panic (Score 1) 161

by BlueScreenO'Life (#47556575) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

even purely observational academic studies need ethical approval and informed consent.

In what jurisdiction?

That's interesting, because a lot of "purely observational academic studies" have been done with no informed consent at all.

Examples: - Robert Levine's experiments linking a city population's average walking speed with their degree of helpfulness and their health (actually, this is not merely observational - parts of those experiments involved getting people to pick up dropped pens, return lost letters, etc). That was done in many parts of the world including the USA.

- In a car, sitting at a red light. Wait for it to go green, and deliberately fail to move off. Measure how long it takes for drivers behind to honk. Then do the same thing on a car with a foreign plate and compare results. They did that one in Western Europe, if I remember correctly. Unfortunately I can't find a link to that one, but I think I also read about that one on Quirkology.

Neither of those experiments (and many more, those two are just off the top of my head) were done with informed consent. That would have rendered them completely useless, obviously, due to bias.

Comment: Re:Well, duh... (Score 1) 210

However they probably (for understandable reasons) don't want to do that kind of case-by-case decision making.

Regardless of how understandable their reasons are, if they aren't making the decisions case-by-case, then they are blatantly refusing to honour the ruling. However, I don't think that's what they are doing. I want to think they're simply employing the wrong people to make those decisions.

Anyway, I agree the ruling was a mess, but for another reason. The biggest problem I see is the failure to consider other search engines. They can probably force Bing to honour the ruling, because MS, like Google, has a corporate presence in the EU, but what about all the other, current and future, search engines?

The thing with the original case was that it was about information of a kind that doesn't belong in a newspaper at all. It was not a news piece, not an analysis piece, not an opinion piece. It was part of an excerpt of a government-issued journal. Those journals are available online. At the time the notice was published (the 90s in Spain), many if not most people didn't have access to the internet or didn't even know they could find the government journals online, so it may have made sense to publish portions of them on the newspapers. Today, it doesn't make sense to keep that information on the newspapers online. If they don't delete it (no, that would NOT be censorship - the information can still be found online, on the government's site), they should at least mark it as non-searchable in robots.txt.

Comment: Re:Problem for Ireland (Score 1) 185

Getting the euro in the first place was a mistake for some in the Euro-periphery, but getting out of it now and re-adopting a floating currency (otherwise, what's the point in getting out) is about the worst possible course of action: you can't do overnight, and people will try to withdraw/send overseas all of their money as soon as possible. Assuming the banks have that much money (which is debatable), massive capital flight and black market are not exactly great solutions to any economy. Governments could try to prevent that with "corralito"-like measures but we all know how well that worked in Argentina.

Then there is debt inflation, legal nightmares and a few thousand more reasons not to quit the euro; those are just the most obvious.

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An anonymous reader writes "This post explores a tool I've been hacking on that helps you get started quickly building HTML5 apps and includes Kinvey's latest Javascript library. The tool can be useful to anyone building HTML5 apps and doesn’t require the use of Kinvey.

You can find the GitHub repo here and see a screencast of installing the tool and creating an HTML5 project at the bottom of the post.

It started over the weekend when a customer contacted us regarding HTML5 support. I exchanged some messages with him about his application needs and provided him with a beta version of the Kinvey JavaScript library. Then on Monday, I was talking with Dave W. from our team and we came up with the idea for this tool."

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Comment: Re:Baloney (Score 1) 467

by BlueScreenO'Life (#39683771) Attached to: Magical Thinking Is Good For You
If anything agnosticism is opposed to solipsism. My empirical experience shows no evidence of gods, but I know my empirical experience is not enough, so I waste no time or effort in believing, disbelieving or telling other people what to believe or disbelieve.

YEC is another matter altogether. It is a falsable theory, and patently false unless we basically ignore all the knowledge we have about physics and chemistry - knowledge which we regard as valid because it can be tested and has been tested through repeatable experiments.

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. -- H. L. Mencken