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Comment: Re:replication = good (Score 2) 172

by awol (#47592829) Attached to: Psychology's Replication Battle

No the asshat is not saying that if you cannot get the same results it's not science (in fact the exact opposite), but rather that if you cannot demonstrate that the experiment itself is replicable then it is not science. The contention in the article that in social sciences this lack of replication of experiment may just be a reality up with which we must put IS the reason why whatever you want to call it, it is not science.

Comment: Who writes this crap (Score 5, Insightful) 172

by awol (#47592705) Attached to: Psychology's Replication Battle

"Those who oppose funding for behavioral science make a fundamental mistake: They assume that valuable science is limited to the "hard sciences." Social science can be just as valuable, but it's difficult to demonstrate that an experiment is valuable when you can't even demonstrate that it's replicable."

No, those of us that oppose the funding of this crap recognise that if you cannot replicate your "study" then it is not an experiment. If what you are doing cannot be proved (one way or the other) by experiment then IT IS NOT SCIENCE. I don't really care what it gets called and some of it may even be valuable for some values of valuable however the amount of dross that is produce by social researchers that try and call themselves scientists is truly extraordinary and a plague on our world.

Comment: Re:East - Sleep, West - Awake (Score 1) 163

by awol (#47350901) Attached to: I suffer from jet lag ...

In addition to sleep, meals are quite important. I highly recommend taking your meals at destination times as long as possible before the flight, likewise when you land eat when the locals eat not when you are just hungry it will help to align your sleep as well. Ignore the plane food unless you can get it at a decent time (they only feed you to keep you in your seat !!!).

I have found that with this strategy (and the sleep one mentioned above). I can limit jet lag to feeling a little extra tired about late afternoon for a day or two.

Comment: Re:Forget barriers - just a punative penalty fare (Score 1) 389

by awol (#47039599) Attached to: Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Look at the cost of collecting fares and the percentage of the cost of the service that fares actually provide. When taken in conjunction with the fact that the poorest people often have the highest cost of transport (live furthest away) there is a very strong argument that you should just forget about collecting fares at all and make the service a free for all. Just pay for it out of consolidated revenue or another "distributive" tax.

Science

Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter 223

Posted by samzenpus
from the give-me-my-holodeck dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Imperial College London physicists have discovered how to create matter from light — a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorized 80 years ago. From the article: 'A pair of researchers predicted a method for turning light into matter 80 years ago, and now a new team of scientists are proposing a technique that could make that method happen in the purest way yet. The proposed method involves colliding two photons — the massless particles of light — that have extremely high energies to transform them into two particles with mass, and researchers in the past have been able to prove that it works. But in replicating that old method, known as Breit–Wheeler pair production, they had to introduce particles that did have mass into the process. Imperial College London researchers, however, say that it's now possible to create a collider that only includes photons.'"

Comment: Re:Not going to work... (Score 1) 408

by awol (#46710887) Attached to: Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Not a bad doctor. Go and ask an anaesthetist how anaesthetic works. They don't know. The action is still an area of intensive research and my moderately well informed understanding is that there is no accepted model for "how" they work.

I find it completely plausible that the same can be true for other medications whilst still having great efficacy.

Facebook

Facebook Revealed As Behind $1.5B "Catapult" Data Center In Iowa 82

Posted by timothy
from the not-the-drug-flinging-kind dept.
Earlier this month, an article raised the question of who owns the giant data center being built in Altoona, Iowa. Today, the Des Moines Register has an answer, gleaned from "legislative sources." The giant facility, estimated to cost $1.5 billion when construction is complete, is to house a data center for Facebook. The article lists various attributes the site has to make it attractive for all that data, including access to transportation, extensive network infrastructure, and relatively low risk from natural disasters.

Comment: Re:My answer (Score 1) 525

by awol (#43327435) Attached to: Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

regarding your experience with immigration controls, my theory is that the more strict the immigration check point the easier it is to exist in that country illegally. For example, Switzerland, you can't rent a video without the right government papers; and at these checkpoints, they look at your passport and if it looks like it might be one, they let you in. Whereas in the uk or usa, once you're in you could live there forever, so very suspicious checkpoints there. as for the guns and body armor, well that's the Americans for you :-)

Comment: Re:Bit** please (Score 1) 255

by awol (#43258033) Attached to: Adobe To Australians: Fly To US For Cheaper Software

Whilst I accept that the car thing is true. One needs to be careful about just how "the same" these cars actually are. I discovered that there are often some very subtle difference between exactly the same model of car in two different markets. Not just equipment levels, but engineered elements as well. The one example that sticks in my mind was a Mazda 2 or Corolla or something where there was an entire cross member at the rear of the chassis (to the extent that there is even a chassis in these cars) that was just not included in the cars exported into some market. this had implications for their "safety rating" and the cost of repair for 0kph accidents where the cross member would protect the rest of the chassis from requiring repair in such impacts. So the line price of the car was 5% less but a tiny bingle was many times more expensive to repair. Likewise airbags etc are very rapidly dropped out of cars to hit a target price in a given market

Comment: Dual Monitors and Decent Keyboard (Score 1) 312

by Phaid (#43062509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

I hate typing on laptops. Unless I am working at a customer site, I plug my laptop into the network and use it as a file server, and do my actual work on a workstation. I use two 24" ViewSonic monitors running at 1920x1080, and a Filco Majestouch 2 keyboard. I have almost the exact same setup in my home office as I do at work; the difference is that at home I use a keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches that are super loud, while work I use the version with Cherry MX Brown switches that don't have the loud "click" so it won't bother my office mate. $150 may seem excessive for a keyboard, but I've had them for several years and they're the best productivity investment I ever made.

Google

+ - Google Apps not longer offering free accounts->

Submitted by
Rob from RPI
Rob from RPI writes "As a bit of a shock announcement, if you didn't already have your free Google Apps domain hosted with google before now, it's too late. I just received an email saying — basically — 'if you want to create more domains, then it's too late. Pay up'. Reading the google help page http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en-us&answer=2855120 gives you a good overview.

If you wish to use Google Apps, you now have to pay $50/user/year. Otherwise you're stuck with a gmail address for all your users.

This comes after Google shrunk the free number of users from 50 to 10 in 2010. I know that I was convinced to move our email to the paid version by messing around with it, but I doubt many more people will be done this in the future.

So, Google — what WERE you thinking?"

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