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Comment: Re:Follow the herd or vanish (Score 1) 375

by Iamthecheese (#49160743) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
More than once most or all popular media has agreed on "facts" that are not. When that happens a large number of people accept the claim as truth. This doesn't change for years at a time. Suppression of unpopular truths will be far more effective if people aren't even made aware that there is a dispute.

+ - Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A study of Finnish men suggests that frequent sauna baths may help you live longer. Previous research has suggested that saunas might improve blood vessel function and exercise capacity, or even lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. The new study links long, hot sauna baths with more benefits, including fewer deaths from heart attacks, strokes, various heart-related conditions and other causes. The study tracked 2315 Finnish men for nearly 20 years on average. Most participants used saunas at least once weekly. Those who used them four to seven times weekly received the greatest benefits. The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine wraps up by saying that further studies are warranted to establish the potential mechanism that links sauna bathing and the aforementioned cardiovascular benefits."

+ - Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "The history of pop music is rich in anecdotes, folklore and controversy. But despite the keen interest, there is little in the form of hard evidence to back up most claims about the evolution of music. Now a group of researchers have used data analysis tools developed for genomic number crunching to study the evolution of US pop music. The team studied 30-second segments of more than 17,000 songs that appeared on the US Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 2010. Their tools categorised the songs according to harmonic features such as chord changes as well as the quality of timbre such as whether guitar-based, piano-based orchestra-based and so on. They then used a standard algorithm for discovering clusters within networks of data to group the songs into 13 different types, which turned out to correspond with well known genres such as rap, rock, country and so on. Finally, they plotted the change in popularity of these musical types over time. The results show a clear decline in the popularity of jazz and blues since 1960. During the same period, rock-related music has ebbed and flowed in popularity. By contrast, was rare before 1980 before becoming the dominant musical style for 30 years until declining in the late 2000s. The work answers several important question about the evolution of pop music, such as whether music industry practises have led to a decline in the cultural variety of new music and whether British bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones triggered the 1964 American music revolution [spoiler: no in both cases]."

+ - Lenovo says goodbye to bloatware->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Lenovo today announced that it has had enough of bloatware. The world's largest PC vendor says that by the time Windows 10 comes out, it will get rid of bloatware from its computer lineups. The announcement comes a week after the company was caught for shipping Superfish adware with its computers. The Chinese PC manufacturer has since released a public apology, Superfish removal tool, and instructions to help out users.

At the sidelines, the company also announced that it is giving away 6-month free subscription to all Superfish-affected users."

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+ - Spock is gone...->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "One of the great sci-fi actors and great people in general is gone....Live long and prosper my friend..."
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+ - ISIS militant 'Jihadi John' believed to be a computer programmer from London-> 1

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "The Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," who has appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages, is a British man from West London.

His name is Mohammed Emwazi, according to Washington Post and Guardian reports. He was known to British security services, which chose not to disclose his name earlier for operational reasons.

Emwazi graduated from college with a degree in computer programming, according to friends who spoke to the Washington Post. He was a quiet man in his mid-20s who was raised in a middle-class part of London, the paper reports."

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Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 2, Insightful) 309

by Iamthecheese (#49134229) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
Free speech isn't just an American's right, it's a human right. Protecting it is necessary for prosperity and freedom whether you're in the US or in North Korea. I never said "Reddit shouldn't do this because it's against the constitution."

Reddit shouldn't be doing this because it tends to violate an innate human right and because it will destroy Reddit. And since I see you're inclined to take my words out of context I have to say the following: Your next argument would probably be, "yeah right. Posting revenge nudes is a human right" and my reply is this: As I said in my first post, which particular speech is being threatened is irrelevant.

Censorship is a ball and chain for the soul of man. Whatever the speech in question, the act of censoring it turns the latch that locks the shackle. Whatever the first link, others are added until a great weight is there. And placing that weight on a single family, a forum of millions, or a large and prosperous nation are all immoral.

Comment: Not surprised (Score 4, Insightful) 309

by Iamthecheese (#49134043) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
Reddit's decline started before the censorship of Gamergate. It started before the Something Awful forums invaded SRS and turned it into a joke. It's never was about gender wars. (although some of those events were symptomatic) It was never about politics. (although political vote warring and karma whoring added to the mess.)

Reddit's decline started the first time legal speech that no one liked was censored. It was an unpopular board. It was a popular decision to ban it despite it not violating rules. I'm not going to name the subreddit that was deleted because which sub it started with is irrelevant.Reddit administration banned a board, signaling that any sufficiently unpopular speech could be removed at will by administration. From that moment those seeking to remove various forms of speech started to work toward influencing admins.

Some people will applaud this action, saying that no one should have their private pictures posted without their consent. Some people will call this an issue of right to privacy. Those people are misguided.

When a forum starts to limit legal speech a slowly growing cancer of censorship is inevitable. And don't say, "slippery slope". This has happened over and over and over. It doesn't matter whether people should be posting such pictures. It doesn't matter how distasteful they are. It doesn't matter what intent the poster has. Or how distasteful the poster is. Or the reader. It happened at Digg. It has happened in certain churches. It has happened in Korea. It happened in Russia and China. "It's okay to ban this kind of speech" is never. Never true.

Comment: Rights and economics (Score 1) 270

by Iamthecheese (#49130861) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy
If the indirect effects of limiting freedom leads to suboptimal option availability leads to poor economic performance leads to lower profits... if that convoluted chain somehow ends up resulting in more freedom I'm all for it. But the perfect world I go to sometimes in my dreams doesn't need that. In that world the government fears and obeys its people.

"There is no statute of limitations on stupidity." -- Randomly produced by a computer program called Markov3.

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