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Comment: Re:The difference... (Score 1) 140

by Crispy Critters (#46768545) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

"The problem is that people get irritated when people are casually pointing cameras at them the whole time."

Good theory, but does it match the data? Are the people being assaulted for wearing google glasses being assaulted when they have been pointing the glasses at someone for an extended period of time in an environment when they expect to not be recorded? Or have the attacks occurred in public places which are likely already under video surveillance and full of people snapping photos of friends and bystanders?

Alternative theory: People like hating on overt geekiness. Hypothesis: If hovercars were invented and were sold for ten million dollars each, people would love them, but if only geeky hobbyists had them, people would smash them in the street.

Comment: Re:Doppler seems wierd (Score 1) 491

by Crispy Critters (#46574529) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370
I don't follow your comment.

The question is what if anything breaks the symmetry between north and south. The answer appears to be (from the comment you linked to) that the satellite has a significant motion with respect to the Earth's surface, even though it is in geosynchronous orbit.

There are still two possible paths, a north and south one. But because of the motion of the satellite, one path will be straight at a reasonable speed, and the other will be curved and too fast or too slow to be realistic.

Comment: Re:Doppler seems wierd (Score 1) 491

by Crispy Critters (#46568813) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370
It doesn't seem that anyone has an answer to this question. There is some other source of information or another assumption that is not being shared with the public. The claim is that all the data is from the single Inmarsat, so there is no other data to add in to triangulate. The satellite is in geosync, so we can ignore relative motions. Unless somehow the wobble of the orbit is large enough to have some effect over 8 hours. There could be some assumption about the route--for example like assuming the plane will fly flat and level at a constant relative air speed and then adding in prevailing air currents. Or some other reason to believe the plane would not be flying straight relative to the ground.

Comment: Re:Well, I'm clean AND I'M INFECTED?! (Score 1) 220

by Crispy Critters (#46524755) Attached to: Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers
Other posters explained (so this is redundant -1). ssh is supposed to claim -G is illegal or unknown depending on the version. The backdoored version DOESN'T complain, which is the indication. But "-g" is a legitimate option, so there is no complaint from either the safe or hacked version.

Comment: Re: How are those kind of things patentable? (Score 1) 406

by Crispy Critters (#46464191) Attached to: Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents
"My question is quite simply what type of protection should a company be provided to prevent effectively wholesale copying of their product."

A question that deserves a serious answer. One approach is that described in the Constitution (but not followed). The justification for giving this kind of monopoly ownership to creators is to not merely to reward them or some sense of fairness but to encourage the act of creation.

Apple made an immense amount of money off the Iphone despite any copying of their refinements and style. No additional money is needed to further encourage them. Would society benefit from giving Apple stronger property rights in its designs? If not, then don't.

Comment: Re:Practicalities (Score 1) 136

by Crispy Critters (#46347017) Attached to: Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data
"You're wrong. It is perfectly clear what needs to be published openly: whatever is necessary for someone to confirm that the total analysis is valid."

This is not what is under discussion. To confirm the total analysis, you need access to all the raw bits, all the calibration data underlying the analysis, all the computer codes used, copies of any written information in logs and lab books, and all the laboratory equipment as it was at the time the data was collected. Plus, you need to have all the knowledge that is in the researcher's head. And all of this tells you absolutely nothing about the validity of the research--the real question is whether the technique applied is a correct way to measure the phenomena.

"That is the fundamental principle required for scientific progress."

No it isn't. The fundamental principles are that results can be reproduced and that results can be used to make predictions.

If you demand all this, the question is whether governments are going to increase their research budgets by a factor of 10 or simply eliminate all publicly-funded research.

Comment: Re:HIPAA (Score 2) 136

by Crispy Critters (#46340317) Attached to: Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data
Unfortunately, it has been shown already that the few details relevant to medical studies can often be used to uniquely identify individuals even after name and address are removed. "Yaniv Erlich shows how research participants can be identified from 'anonymous' DNA"

Same will be true for various kinds of employment data and census data.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ecologists--new license needed (Score 2) 136

by Crispy Critters (#46340233) Attached to: Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data
"There are plenty of scientists out there who poach free online data sets and mine them for additional findings."

Right. This leads to a two-class system where the scientists that collect the data (and understand the techniques and limitations) are treated as technicians while those that perform high-level analysis of others' results get the publications. This can lead to unsound, unproductive science in may cases. Those who understand the details are not motivated, and the superficial understanding of those that write the publications leads to errors.

Comment: Re:Practicalities (Score 3, Insightful) 136

by Crispy Critters (#46340119) Attached to: Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data
"petabytes of extremely complex, hard to understand data"

The point seems to be missed by a lot of people. RAW DATA IS USELESS. You can make available a thousand traces of voltage vs. time on your detector pins, but that is of no value whatsoever to anyone. The interpretation of these depends on the exact parameters describing the experimental equipment and procedure. How much information would someone require to replicate CERN from scratch?

Some (maybe most, but not all) published research results can be thought of as a layering of interpretations. Something like detector output is converted to light intensity which is converted to frequency spectra and the integrated amplitudes of the peaks are calculated and are fit to a model and the parameters fit giving you a result that the amplitude of a certain emission scales with temperature squared. Which of these layers is of any value to anyone? Should the sequence of 2-byte values that comes out of the digitizer be made public?

It is not possible to make a general statement about which layer of interpretation is the right one to be made public. Higher levels, closer to the final results, are more likely to be reusable by other researchers. However, higher levels of interpretation provide the least information for someone attempting to confirm that the total analysis is valid.

Comment: Re:As usual, the rich win. (Score 1) 125

If you sit in a jury and the plaintiff claims that the defendant is a witch...

Claims by the plaintiff are not evidence. They are not the same as factual evidence presented by the plaintiff or expert testimony. The defendant needs to rebut evidence presented by the other side, but not unsupported assertions.

Comment: Re:inb4 (Score 1) 638

by Crispy Critters (#45280993) Attached to: Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket
> Is it better to have to look down at your dash to view your navigation than to have it
> displayed in the corner of your vision?

Yes, because it doesn't distract me. I only see it when I consciously look at it. Things in my range of sight that flash and change are very distracting.

But that's just my opinion. Some real tests of what is safer would be nice to have.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.