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Comment This is STATISTICS, not SCIENCE (Score 1) 132 132

This study does not explain anything, because correlation != causation. The correlation could be entirely unrelated to fracking, for all we know, because they chose to spend their money on statistics, not on the scientific method. Imagine what it would have been like if they attempted to prove that fracking causes health problems by repeatable experimentation. Now, that would be interesting.

Comment What does the 'X' in 'UX' mean? (Score 1) 288 288

So, the letter "X" is supposed to stand for user "experience". But honestly, who would choose that letter to represent that word, or even that concept?

The problem begins at the very root. As long as people think the goal is to design some thing, and not to serve some one, then we will continue to disrespect the user by doing stupid things like throwing away a perfectly good interface and forcing everyone to change all at once.

I wish to dear heaven that everyone in my business would always provide a minimalist interface to everything as an option. It wouldn't be expensive, because you'd never have to change it.

Comment Meanwhile, the US debt keeps piling up, up, up (Score 3, Insightful) 1307 1307

Borrowing, who cares? Federal government spending is on auto-pilot to increase dramatically over the coming decades. When the feds run out of borrowing capacity, they will have no where else to turn but to raid people's investments. We are just as bad as the Greeks. We don't want to pay for our government, either.

http://www.usgovernmentdebt.us...

Comment Re:Shocker... (Score 1) 278 278

This. Furthermore, the questions are primarily policy related, so they are especially meaningless. I may agree with you on climate change factually, but utterly disagree with you on what policies we should adopt regarding them. Of course "AAAS Members" don't agree with Joe and Jane Six-Pack, they don't work where they work, they don't live where they live, and so on and so on.

Sheesh. I wish Pew had done a better job here.

Comment Why would mailed-in (!) ballots be "preferred"? (Score 1) 71 71

The parent comment is an excellent piece of analysis, but I want to comment on just one minor side point, which is that mailed-in ballots should be preferred over software-controlled ballots.

For the life of me, I cannot fathom why here, among the slashdot crowd of all places, is paper considered an ideal medium for counting anything. Do we not understand black-box testing? Do we not build in test assertions at every step, so that we can test our machine with another machine? Can we not imagine how horrific it would be that instead of automated tests, we printed out our assertions on a paper form, filled them in by hand, then hand-tallied the results after each build?

Now take all the issues with managing hand-written slips of paper, and magnify that by 2 because now you have to transport them by mail -- put them in an envelope (don't miss any!), put a stamp on it (don't forget!), pick them up and put them on a truck (did you get all of them?), etc., etc. Would you trust your critical data to a transport layer that didn't have guaranteed delivery? I thought not.

Humans stink at repetitive tasks, THAT'S WHY WHY WE INVENTED COMPUTERS. The ultimate repetitive task is counting, so let's use it, not go back to the Stone Age of paper.

Comment Re: (Score 4, Informative) 35 35

A very hearty second. MuseScore has always been a very capable, easy-to-learn score editor. Looking over the new features, it looks like the developers are keeping that focus on functionality and usability, and aren't just larding on more stuff -- or even worse, ruining the app by changing the entire look and feel "just because". (Oh, how I hate the flat icon look. It actively makes it harder to see what you're doing. They have essentially made it impossible to classify things by sight, because you can't individuate anymore. Bah.)

I made the switch to MuseScore several years ago, and everything I've written down was done with this fine tool. Looking forward to 2.0.

Comment Re:Baking political correctness in society (Score 2, Insightful) 367 367

Wow, who is making the argument that we should "sacrifice free speech for a better society"? That sounds positively Orwellian. Or something from China, where the government runs a massive censorship operation.

Liberal folks, this is your issue. The conservatives and libertarians are all over preserving the right to speech. Where is your support for the same? Speech is not action, it's just someone's opinion. Speech cannot hurt you, but the lack of freedom to speak most definitely can. You cannot "speak truth to power" if you cannot speak. What, no one remembers the Matrix?

Submission + - Why Clinton's Private Email Server Has Legs->

reifman writes: While the most obvious reason Hillary Clinton would run her own email would be to gain control over archiving and public disclosure requests such as FOIAs and subpoenas, another possibility is that she wished to avoid snooping by right wing conservative activists within the NSA, such as a right wing Edward Snowden type. Since there was nothing very secret about her use of the domain name clintonemail.com, why not just use a discrete gmail account as others have done? It's very possible Clinton's team knew of NSA's ability to snoop gmail. If true, it would mean that Clinton wanted to opt out of the domestic spying for which the Obama administration has continued to subject all of us to. The Clinton team thought they had the technical capacity to easily secure her server better than the U. S. government, which apparently they clearly didn't. Political leaders like Clinton remain weak at grappling with the challenges and intricacy of technology – and it weakens their leadership and hurts all of us.
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Comment Re:First grab (Score 1) 157 157

I don't understand this analysis. Why are you showing "profit" as being equal to gross for some stakeholders (Composers, writers, performers), but as only 5% of gross for others (labels and platforms)? And, furthermore, what's up with "estimating" the profit margin at a single number, and then applying that same number to two very different operations (labels vs. platforms)? That looks quite strange.

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