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Comment: Re:Strictly speaking... (Score 1) 417

Let's be clear here. You cannot infer anything beyond the Nyquist limit. However, if your average resolution limit is 1m years and you are not seeing major changes more rapid that 10m years, there is an extremely low likelihood that there are any processes operating at a lower frequency than that. (I would imagine the samples are somewhat stochastic.)

I do not know what the resolution limits are for this data nor what sort constraints the data provide. My only point is that one must be precise when speaking about these sorts of things. "Rapid changes" and "low resolution" are meaningless terms.

Comment: Re:The tech site of my dreams (Score 1) 101

by Rob Riggs (#49227655) Attached to: Gigaom Closes Shop

There is a subtle difference between expressing ones views and defending them

I'd argue, that the difference is merely quantitative — as in, how much you are willing to say (or do) in support of your opinion before shrugging and walking away. As opposite to qualitative — as in whether you are willing to say (or do) anything at all.

Defending one's view presupposes that the view has come under attack. Expressing one's view does not.

Comment: Re:The tech site of my dreams (Score 1) 101

by Rob Riggs (#49225751) Attached to: Gigaom Closes Shop

The only views worth having are those that need no defense. They are well-supported by established evidence.

Would care to defend this view? How about a Periklynian dialog?

Nope. I have no need to. And certainly not in public, on the internet, with a stranger. That sort of activity is, like sex, best done in private and with people I know and trust.

There is a subtle difference between expressing ones views and defending them that you (and others) may have missed.

Comment: Re:The tech site of my dreams (Score 3, Insightful) 101

by Rob Riggs (#49224481) Attached to: Gigaom Closes Shop

Views that are worth having are worth defending against opposing ones.

Why exactly? They are your views. Why do you need to defend them? Either they hold up on their own, or they don't.

In fact, I would argue that the exact opposite is true. The only views worth having are those that need no defense. They are well-supported by established evidence. All views should be treated with a commensurate level of skepticism based on the evidence available to support them.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_

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