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Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 2) 108

People can be skeptical to be skeptical, but, as you eluded to, this is not the Microsoft of old.

I remember the Microsoft of old singing, "developers, developers, developers......" Sounds like the same old song to me.

Microsoft has been giving stuff away free for a long time to get an edge on competition. There was a huge lawsuit about that with IE.

TBH I'm not sure exactly what you think has changed.

Comment: Re:Graphing the data would help a lot of the time (Score 1) 178

by phantomfive (#49496907) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values

They have no clue in the first place what their data really look like, and know good knowledge of how to properly analyse data and make graphs. Before they even teach stats to undergrads they should be making them learn to plot data and read graphs. It's obvious most of them can't even do that.


Explains why some people struggle horrifically in statistics, and others can sleep through class and still get an A.

Comment: Re:I Call BS! (Score 1) 46

Calling Bullshit here that it's as 'easy as a call to the Hospital Administrator'.

Please note, the summary says getting the rollout started only takes a couple days. I presume these are hospitals that are already getting plenty of money from the NFL (the NFL pays a lot for healthcare), so they're willing to spend some extra money on IT costs if that's what it takes to keep their biggest paying customer happy.

Comment: Re:Now if only he'd deal with blatant cheating (Score 1) 46

Now if only the NFL could use their amazing abilities to rapidly get EMR interoperability to actually punish a team that's been caught repeatedly cheating and fraudulently "won" this year's Superbowl...

Heh, you can always recognize the bitter Seahawks fans.

Comment: Re:Not fully junk (Score 1) 309

" the very very obscure chance that the girl might be discovered to be still alive after all "

Jesus, I know some don't read the article, but this is full fucking ludicrous.

But even forgetting how awful that sounds, why would even think that ALL biochemical information has been destroyed by vitrification? Cell membranes being ruptured is incompatible with life, but it is a far cry from all info lost.

What they should do is encase the brain in amber, as the Jurassic Park documentary showed that this will allow bringing back to life even if it's hundreds of millions of years in the future.

Comment: Re:Not fully junk (Score 1) 309

Those cryonically preserved today will almost certainly never be revivable, but that doesn't mean that nothing will come of the technology. For example, freezing of transplant organs to keep them viable longer may be entirely possible. Freezing a person in order to preserve them may also someday be possible.

No one is saying there shouldn't be research into this. That doesn't mean you should accept money from desperate people when you know they will never be brought back to life.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 309

This whole thread merely demonstrates that words can have more than one meaning. "Hope" self evidently means different things to different people.

It's like discussing "love" where to one person it means the feeling of communal happiness at a music concert, and to someone else fucking a weasel.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 309

No, hope is a belief that the world and everything in it has potential energy, and that under the right circumstances that can be converted into "kinetic" energy (i.e., the force of change).

We are stardust, we are golden, something something something about a garden.

Comment: Re:WHAT? (Score 1) 309

You're right, anyone in their right mind wouldn't fall for this scam. But I suppose that parents who lost their 2 year old kid after a long and painful illness aren't exactly in their right mind.

That's what makes this disgusting rather than merely depressing. It's on the same level as people claiming to be mediums contacting the recently departed: pure scum.

Comment: Re: Real fight (Score 1) 175

by tehcyder (#49492311) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

If you believe the only goal of the company is to make money I hope you never start a business. Shareholder Value Maximisation theory pushed forward by Milton Friedman has been one of the most destructive and empirically flawed ideas in the 20th century.

If you aren't interested in maximising shareholder value, you should not have (external) shareholders. There is nothing that forces a company to become a publicly traded one.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds