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Comment: Re:Case closed (Score 1) 127

by MisterSquid (#47611851) Attached to: Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

Also, Greenland has quite possibly the coolest flag in the world, next to Nepal. Also, Iceland is rather icy, especially in the middle. Like greenland.

According to that Wikipedia list (as of now), Greenland has the highest suicide rate while Nepal has the lowest.

Coincidence? I think NOT.

Comment: Re:Who has the market share? (Score 1) 336

by MisterSquid (#47595531) Attached to: Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

I think the opposite (or "opposite") of "skeuomorphic" would be "abstract" or "non-representational" because non-skeuomorphic would not seek to mimic something that physically exists.

At least one Quora user suggests "abstraction" as the antonym of "skeuomorphism" ("abstractionism" would be the better equivalent, as "abstraction" is a noun form and is more rightly compared to "skeuomorph").

In that same Quora thread, another user outlines three domains of design, "Semiotic", "Semantic", and "Pragmatic". From what I know of poststructural linguistics, I would say "semantic" is a good near fit for the why and what of "abstraction" but neither "semiotic" nor (especially) "pragmatic" have obvious equivalents in UI design and aesthetics.

Looks like a whole new field of UI design is being forged as a result of changes to empirical UI forms! AWESOME.

Comment: Re: Clever editors. (Score 2) 288

by MisterSquid (#47540481) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

[. . .]A far better way to reduce CO2 emissions would be to buy condoms for Nigerians. People that are never born emit far less CO2 than those that are. Long term problems require long term solutions.

Well that's quite a foolish (and probably racist) thing to say. According to wikipedia, Nigeria puts out less CO2 than 42 other countries, while China, the US, the EU, India, and Russia top the list in that order. I'm willing to bet that Nigerians also probably aren't particularly high-carbon emissions per capita compared to people in my country, the United States.

But this is all a bit much because you probably don't really want to control the population of the biggest CO2 emitters, do you? You're more likely interested in using any convenient and sloppy excuse to call for population control for nations whose citizens you don't particularly care for.

You wouldn't happen to be ethincally Chinese by any chance, would you, ShanghaiBill? Because if so, according to your own logic and wikipedia, you should hand out condoms to yourself.

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 1) 147

by MisterSquid (#47493811) Attached to: Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

I'm confused here, can't you keep reading one particle and observing different spins based on when you observed it?

Short answer: NO.

Longer answer: measuring state collapses the waveform and every subsequent measurement will be the same.

Disclaimer: I am not a physicist nor do I pretend to be a physicist. These facts established, I am not your physicist, either. If you check back tomorrow, I still will not be a/your physicist.

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 1) 147

by MisterSquid (#47493777) Attached to: Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

"This is an easy one. Entangled particles operate using the same physics as wormholes. If one of the entangled pair is accelerated to relativistic velocities, say in a particle accelerator, they will not exist in the same relative timeframe. (SNIP)" That's a misunderstanding of entanglement. There is not per see communication between the particle. When you have an entangled particle there is not one "communicating" the other that it is getting observed. What happens is that *both* particle form a single system with the specific property that when the spin of one particle is measured , the other particle has the anti spin state. Using all sort of relativistic trick on one particle will not do anything whatsoever because there is no communication to the other particle therefor frame of reference do nothing whatsoever. [. . .]

I'm mostly an untutored observer in the domain of Quantum Mechanics, and even I could see the beginner's flaw in the thought experiment for the Many Worlds model.

My best guess is that the OP, understanding the concept of quantum entanglement does not involve communication between particles, is trolling everybody (or just having some fun).

My worst guess is that the OP has gotten so old the OP's mental faculties are slipping and so the OP has achieved subjective immortality but neglected to acquire eternal mental youth.

Comment: Re:Sure, I guess I agree (Score 5, Insightful) 261

If by "right side" he means leaning towards totalitarianism and increasingly corporatist/fascist views towards online freedoms, then ok, I guess I can agree.

The right side? What a bunch of horseshit. The summary quotes Kerry as saying

And we believe these principles can positively help us to distinguish the legitimate practices of states governed by the rule of law from the legitimate practices of states that actually use surveillance to repress their people. And while I expect you to hold the United States to the standards that I've outlined, I also hope that you won't let the world forget the places where those who hold their government to standards go to jail rather than win prizes.

Which I'm might be a typo ("the legitimate practices of states that actually use surveillance to repress their people") but would be unsurprised to find out he actually said that, Freudian slip and all that.

What really infuriates me is the hypocrisy and the lies. Who is "win[ning] prizes" for holding the US government to standards? Snowden had to flee his country to seek asylum in RUSSIA for crying out loud.

The whole thing stinks and they (Kerry, Obama) have the gall to lie to our faces that they are going to do something about it.

I'm so angry I could spit.

Comment: Re:Apple...Free (Score 0) 201

by MisterSquid (#46823757) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

It's over... apple is finished..

The summary has one detail wrong.

Yes, developers who do pay a yearly fee have been able to download betas of OS X. Additionally, users identified by various means were invited by Apple to be a beta testers and those invited testers paid nothing to be download, test, and evaluate OS X betas.

I know this because I have been one of those invited testers since 2008.

Comment: THROUGH North Korea?! (Score 4, Insightful) 234

by MisterSquid (#46794775) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Russia sees this lucrative in advancing the plans to build a gas pipe and railroad through North to South Korea

Seriously? Lay critical crucial infrastructure through North Korea to South Korea?

There's no way Pyongyang would manipulate those rails and pipes in a fit of political pique that seems to happen, oh, once every eight months. Absolutely now way.

Comment: Re:Statistics (Score 1) 184

by MisterSquid (#46739591) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

I get the same kind of car every time I rent (Toyota Prius because of low emissions), so the controls are pretty much where I expect them.

However, I know my case is somewhat unusual given there are dozens of Zipcar locations within a 1-mile radius of where I live. This means I can bike to my Zipcar rental, lower the back seats, and put my bike in. Because I have lots of places to find a Zipcar, I can almost always find one of a particular make.

Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 1) 517

They are not "nothing", but the psychological mechanism is what does the work. The trigger is in fact "nothing", in that it plays no part in the medical effect.

WTH. Mods on crack.

You said pretty much the same thing I said, except you made a mistake when you said "the trigger is in fact 'nothing'. " The "trigger" is often a sugar pill or some regimen believed not to have a therapeutic effect. Again, as you and I have both said, that is not nothing,

Nothing would be no exposure, either to a placebo or a substance/regimen suspected to have a therapeutic effect.

Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 0) 517

So the best argument in favor of your treatment is that it works as well as nothing, which is totally proven to work, sometimes?

You're equating "placebo" with "nothing". A "placebo" is not the same as "nothing". Placebos may activate psychological (or other) mechanisms to achieve their better-than-nothing results but, by definition, they are not nothing.

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