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Comment: Re:Just Too Many Variables (Score 2) 41

by Paradise Pete (#49157905) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
All of those would matter if you were trying to figure out *why* it evolved the way it did. That's not what they're doing, so none of that matters. It's the difference between the fact of evolution and the theory that explains it.

If I don't respond to replies it's not that I'm ignoring them, it's because for some reason Slashdot doesn't permit it. I also can't change my sig, thus this tacked-on text.

Comment: Re:Just y'know... reconnect them spinal nerves (Score 1) 208

by Paradise Pete (#49146409) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

The problem, even with a spinal cord cut intentionally and carefully, is that the surgeon has no way to know what connections in the head go to what connections in the body.

It sounds like he's simply hoping it all sorts itself out somehow. Or maybe that the brain could eventually remap everything. Seems unlikely. Especially within two years.

Comment: Re:New design (Score 1) 90

by Paradise Pete (#49145063) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens
Soulskill, thank you for letting us know, and for the effort.

Some problems I am having:

  • I can't get to my account settings. Right now I get a pop-up of article category choices.
  • I can post to a story that I posted to yesterday. This has actually been true for some time. I get a "you can't post to this page" message. Perhaps it is due to some issue with the ISP's invisible proxy? This means I can't ever follow-up when I get a reply.

Comment: Re:Fool me once, shame on you... (Score 2) 252

by Paradise Pete (#49099143) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

If you invested in the "bubbling" Uber earlier and sold out now you would be anything other than poor or stupid.

So your strategy is to buy things that are going to go up in price? That's a really good one. Let me write that down.

Anybody can look back and see what they should have done. That's not a difficult skill to master. The hard part is doing it going forward. That's really hard.

<Cue the anecdotes from people who bought Uber early. That's not data.>

Comment: Re:Wonderfull example (Score 1) 128

by Paradise Pete (#49092031) Attached to: Apple Patent Could Have "Broad Ramifications" For VR Headsets

This really shows how much these corporations really want their customers to be happy. and get all the best they possible could offer.

The only thing it shows is that in 2008 they filed for a patent. Every company doing any R&D does the same thing all the time. Anything it "shows" beyond that comes from you.

Comment: Re:Cause meet Effect. (Score 4, Insightful) 47

by Paradise Pete (#49072531) Attached to: When Chess Players Blunder

I would suggest that making half as many mistakes gains you about 600 rating points

I think the big problem is that a "mistake" is being defined so crudely. I'll bet players make about the same number of mistakes no matter how good they are, but what they actually qualify as a mistake gets smaller and smaller.
It's certainly true for me. I play at about a 1900 level now and was 2200 in my youth. I make tons of mistakes, but at the same time hardly a week goes by when somebody doesn't accuse me of using a computer. In other words, they don't see the mistakes. But I know they're there and to players better than I they are obvious mistakes. But almost none of them are "2 pawn +" blunders.

Counting in octal is just like counting in decimal--if you don't use your thumbs. -- Tom Lehrer