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Comment: Re:Careful what you wish for (Score 4, Interesting) 384

by Sockatume (#47415885) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

The FOI doesn't allow you to sue someone for access to their records soley on the pretext that you're going to trawl for unspecified and potentially nonexistent wrongdoing.

I don't think you know what a cargo cult (or by extension, "cargo cult science") is.

It's not the court's purpose to air dirty laundry of people you don't like soley because there is dirty laundry to be aired.

Comment: Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (Score 3, Informative) 225

by Sockatume (#47376983) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

War in the region that eventually became Germany predated the Cold War by just as long, it doesn't mean it was a good idea to put down a wall and say "you people are now freedom-loving Westerners, and you people are now hard-core communists".

The specific example you give is exactly my point: Sunni-Shia tensions weren't resolved by forcing them both to live in the same country with one group explicitly emplaced as the leaders of the other, if they were then there wouldn't be an outright civil war on.

Comment: Re:Worse: Study has military sponsorship (Score 2) 159

by Sockatume (#47376909) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

The study did not have military sponsorship. As the headline states, one of the authors received funding from the military for another project studying social contagion. Regardless we should be unnerved by the idea that there are leading experts on social manipulation out there getting their ideas from studying Facebook and then taking their expertise to the military.

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