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Comment: Re:Are his customers happy? (Score -1, Flamebait) 515

by DeathSquid (#38207454) Attached to: 'Alternative Medicine' Clinic Attempts To Silence Critics

If you want to counter the science, counter it with more science, not with silly videos or FOIA requests for private emails.

It needs to be science before you can counter it. A basic requirement of science is reproducibility. That's what's wrong with much of alternative medicine, and taht's what's wrong with so called scientists like Michael Mann refusing to release fundamental data. If an alternative medicine quack released a study claiming his treatment was effective but refused to release the underlying data due to "confidentiality", exactly how much weight would you give it?

In the case of Mann, suing people trying to get data to reproduce his results places him firmly in the pseudoscience camp. And if the video was so "silly" why spend money to threaten legal action? Maybe because satire is a perfectly fine way to criticize poor science?

It's clear that my drawing parallels between Mann and quacks has incensed you. Sorry, but that's how it looks to me. I predict your next response will be an ad hominem attack.

Comment: Re:Are his customers happy? (Score -1, Troll) 515

by DeathSquid (#38207084) Attached to: 'Alternative Medicine' Clinic Attempts To Silence Critics

The only instance I can find is when he filed a countersuit regarding a FOIA request trying to get private emails. It wasn't trying to silence dissent, that's just how you dispute a request.

Any others?

Sure. Here's a link:

MIchael Mann does *exactly* what these alternative medicine people do. He threatens and/or files libel lawsuits against critics. Everyone seems pretty happy to damn this behavior as "not real science" when alternative medicince is involved (and I agree). I'm just wondering why the same yardstick doesn't apply equally to all.

Comment: Re:I though they were already a reality... (Score 1) 378

by DeathSquid (#38079758) Attached to: Research Promises Drastically Increased LiOn Capacity

The total cost of the Versa for 150k mi is $34,392, and the total cost of the Leaf for the same distance is $48,650. It costs about 41% more to drive a similar electric car at present, not counting insurance or limited-time government incentives. It is not cost-competitive.

Hang on! You didn't include the costs of maintenance in your calculations. Oil and coolant changes, spark plugs, and most of all the labor.
I suspect that the gasoline car will still come out slightly cheaper, but it is a lot closer than you suggest.

If appropriate pollution taxes were applied to both electricity sources and gasoline vehicles, then I suspect electric cars would come out ahead.

Comment: Focus your efforts... (Score 1) 533

by DeathSquid (#37928592) Attached to: Consumer Tech: an IT Nightmare

IT support works best when they maintain core systems adhering to open standards. That way they can supply mainstream users with standard devices/environments, while still allowing sophisticated users to connect and get their work done. Part of the deal can be that sophisticated users provide their own support for their environments.

For example, while secretaries may be best served by running Windows, it often makes good business sense for dev teams to work on their target environment. A good dev team won't have any problem supporting themselves so long as the infrastructure is solid.

A special class of user is the early adopter. Befriend these people because they are investing time in experimenting with new tech, some of which will become mainstream (and some of which is passing fad). So long as you insist on them supporting their own crazy experiments, their efforts are a net win. For instance, early adopters seem to have worked out that iPads will be the mainstream winner out of the tablet field. That's a whole lot of research and evaluation that IT doesn't have to do.

What about security? I think this is often used as an excuse for trying to (quixotically) maintain some kind of status quo. Of course security is important. Appropriate policies should be enforce by core systems, with the assumption that pretty much all mobile devices are insecure. For instance, there's usually no need for a lawyer's iPad to access the central source code repository, and this is trivial to enforce without descending into a subjective argument about which mobile devices are less secure. They all suck.

The big picture is that the way we live and work is changing. People carry lots of powerful mobile devices, and work and leisure are ever more intertwined. Good IT people will work out a way to support their customers. The rest will go the way of the mainframe operator.

Comment: Trading away liberty... (Score 1) 658

by DeathSquid (#37877458) Attached to: TSA's VIPR Bites Rail, Bus, and Ferry Passengers

With the introduction of full body scanners, the indignities of security screening have been taken to new heights. Not only is the process invasive to the point of illegality in most countries, but the required steps appear to be calculated to maximize degradation. Subjects are required to stand on certain spots and hold their hands in the air, much like dangerous criminals are treated when arrested.
Every subject (currently) has the option of refusing to be degraded like this, at the cost of a few minutes of their time. If the majority of passengers chose this option, this would act as a massive economic countermeasure against the TSA's attack on basic freedoms and dignities.
And yet, when travelling recently through the USA, I observed exactly zero fellow passengers exercise this option (I always opt out of the scanners). It is apparent that the average US citizen values their dignity somewhat less than a few minutes of their time. One wonders how they chose to spend these minutes that were so dearly bought with their liberty. Perhaps they enjoyed a coffee at Starbucks or watched TV?
What happened to the great principles that the USA was founded on?

Comment: Re:Indeed he is right. There is serious risk there (Score 2) 371

by DeathSquid (#37800252) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Radiation Detection For Tokyo Resident?

Fukushima-diary reports that a neutron ray was measured in Tokyo. Neutron ray is emitted from Uranium 235 wich came from MOX with Plutonium and can not be measured by most of the Geiger counters.

Neutrons come from fission, fusion or radioactive decay. All of these processes produce photons and electrons which are detected by geiger counters. If a significant neutron flux was being produced, whatever was producing them would be sending geiger counters crazy.

Perhaps you should educate yourself in basic physics rather than passing on the unfounded ravings of crazy people?

FWIW, in the week of the meltdown exactly one significant neutron flux was detected. This was probably caused by a prompt criticality in the melting core.

Comment: Re:THIS PISSES ME THE HELL OFF! (Score 1) 342

by DeathSquid (#37651758) Attached to: Should Book Authors Pursue a Patronage Model?

If they want to make money, the bloody laws make it too hard for them to sell, they need to stop complaining about illegal downloads and stop pissing people off by restricting the sale in their country!!!!!

It's not the laws. There is no law restricting the general sale of books to Australians. It is purely a choice of the author and/or publisher to restrict sales into certain regions. Therefore, they are choosing to encourage unauthorized copying and downloading. And the hypocrites then have the gall to complain.

There should be a law to the effect that copyright cannot be breached in regions in which the licensor chooses to not do business.

Comment: Billions of easy dollars ignored (Score 2) 342

by DeathSquid (#37651738) Attached to: Should Book Authors Pursue a Patronage Model?

Here's the deal. I have thousands of dead tree books. I have therefore already paid to license the content.

For $1 a book, I would buy a digital copy of all of my physical books. The convenience would be well worth it to me, and since I've already licensed the content I would expect the marginal cost to be something like a buck. After all, I've already paid for the author's and editor's efforts, so we are talking about pure conversion and digital distribution.

I suspect that with a good marketing campaign, tens of millions of consumers could be convinced to a similar view. Spending another $1 on something they already have is a good idea. Conversely, most people won't spend $10 to $20 for an e-copy of a novel they already bought. Often they end up in the darknets downloading illegal, poor quality rip-offs.

The potential income for publishers and authors is staggering. But by clinging to an outdated business model, they turn their noses up at these $billions of income. Then they cry poor like 21st century buggy whip manufacturers.

Comment: Re:All Nippon Airways? (Score 1) 366

by DeathSquid (#37522452) Attached to: Boeing To Deliver First 787 Today

Also, remember that "All Nippon Airways" isn't some English translation; that is the official name of the airline given by the Japanese. Nippon is one of the older western-translations of the country's name "Nihon".

"Nippon" is not a translation. It is a word commonly used in Japanese. The phrase "Nippon Ganbarou!" (loosely translated as "Japan, let's do our best!") has been plastered all over the media since the big earthquake in March. Japanese money has "Nippon Ginkou" (Bank of Japan) printed on every note.

"Nihon" is a less formal alternative. It perhaps has less of a nationalistic flavor. Since "Nippon" and "Nihon" are written identically in kanji (Chinese characters), the pronunciation is generally up to the individual.

Comment: Why would I want this? (Score 1) 131

by DeathSquid (#37437724) Attached to: The Saga of the Virtual Wallet

I already have a single card in my wallet that is a NFC payment card AND a credit card (and an ATM card, if I want to get cash). NFC transactions are totally free and the system is accepted by tens of thousands of merchants, from electronic super stores to noodle bars to train stations. It's a passive NFC card, so it never runs out of power.
Why are Google reinventing last decade's technology, badly? Why would I pay for a phone to do this, when the card is free?

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl