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Comment: Re:seems like snowden did the exact same thing. (Score 1) 95

by SuperBanana (#47409183) Attached to: Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

These are documents that he personally worked with, rather than a cache of documents acquired for the purpose of copying and releasing them.

Nope, guess again. They're releasing edited versions, not the originals or even direct copies or direct typed copies.

"In accordance with the deposit agreement, the Churchill Archives Centre is opening Mitrokhinâ(TM)s edited Russian-language versions of his original notes.The original manuscript notes and notebooks will remain closed under the terms of the deposit agreement, subject to review."

Also, you have to be a researcher, provide multiple forms of ID, etc.

Oh, and two sections are closed, for undisclosed reasons.

Comment: National Academy is for junk science (Score 1) 130

by SuperBanana (#47345527) Attached to: In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

I am rather surprised that the National Academy published the results of a study which violated multiple ethical guidelines put in place to protect human subjects.

The only real point of being accepted to the National Academy is access to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They don't turn down anything from members.

For NA members, it's where you publish when nobody else will accept your paper.

Comment: Re:Farmers also not sure of the whole sun centered (Score 1) 567

And as we know, farmers are on the cutting edge of science.

Many are, actually, because agricultural science is one area where the government both funds it very well (at least in the US) and there's a lot of work put into practical applications. (Some) farmers are using RTK GPS for tending their fields, robots equipped with vision processing to pick fruit (a piece of fruit's IR reflectivity is an excellent way to judge ripeness) and so on.

I know someone who owns a milk farm. He jokes he's got a "degree in dirt" - but what that means is that he spent four years learning about soil/nutrient management and how to most effectively use his family's most valuable resource.

Now, that said: these guys are idiots. We have more than a hundred thousand years of ice core samples showing climate data. Everything we're collecting now is far off the charts from everything else.

Comment: "doing quite well"? No cash reserves, credit line? (Score 4, Interesting) 59

by SuperBanana (#47340487) Attached to: 2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

"we've been doing quite well overall."

Except for the bit where your business had little cash reserves, and apparently no line of credit?

2600 is a business with plenty of history and should have lots of proof they're doing OK, if that is in fact the case. Getting a line of credit to make up for the lost issue or two shouldn't remotely be a problem...which means one of three things: they're not doing "quite well", they're incompetent, or they are, in fact, trying to take advantage of the community.

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 345

by SuperBanana (#47281809) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

What most bike riders don't like to acknowledge is that, as much as we would love to blame the volvo driver, we tend to kill ourselves by ourselves. Have a look at the statistics. A huge percentage of fatal motorcycle accidents are single vehicle.

That's irrelevant when you're talking about whether or not to "blame the Volvo driver" (also, you haven't compared it to other vehicle-type crashes.)

In cases involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists, the statistics are the same: car/truck/bus drivers are at fault in the vast majority of crashes with them. But it's much easier to blame the victim, and cast pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycles as "reckless" and supposedly completely unaware of the danger they face.

Comment: Would you buy a $75 PC from Walmart? (Score 1) 85

by SuperBanana (#47251591) Attached to: Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)

TLDR version: "Big Box Store" bikes are not a metric for what a bicycle "costs", and cheap bicycles have high operating expenditures. Why not spend more on capital expenditures (the purchase), take less trips to the bike store for repairs, and have a nicer bicycle to boot?

BBSBs are the bane of every bike mechanic, because 1)their owners have extremely unrealistic expectations in terms of cost of labor and parts (ie: "I paid $75 for this thing, you want $50 to replace this whosamahwhasis?") 2)the components are almost never standard (so parts are not normally stocked, or may not even be available) 3)Everything, and I mean everything, is as cheap as can be, and falls apart, so they're 'frequent fliers.' The cables and housings are weak and made of poor, incompatible metals so they stretch making proper adjustment difficult, and corrode the second water even comes near them. The bearings are poorly sealed (ditto on water) and substandard (so they fail quickly.)

I know shops that pretty much point-blank refuse to even work on such bikes. Just the overhead of all the extra time explaining to the customer why they have to pay "so much" sometimes puts a shop into the red on that particular transaction.

The bicycle industry is full of competition. There are three major component manufacturers, dozens of frame builders, and more than three major distributors of parts and bikes in the US. In my city I can name about twelve bicycle shops within a 4 mile radius of me, and each one of them stocks at least half a dozen brands. If you think the bike industry is a "ripoff", then by all means, start your own component, framebuilding, distributor, or retail business and "do everyone else in."

  The problem is that bicycles are considered toys, and as such: people pump $60 of gas into the tank of their car that they're paying $400/month for a loan plus at least $100/month to insure....and then go to the local bike store and whine and bitch and moan about the price tag on a $400 bicycle that will last them years of commuting...

Comment: Re:Too expensive for the goofiness (Score 1) 85

by SuperBanana (#47251319) Attached to: Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)

"Stuff that is a relatively minor obstacle for a larger wheel is going to outright stop this bicycle."

Larger wheels do not make obstacles "easier", at least when it comes to anything you'll encounter while riding on paved or hardpack surfaces like this tandem is intended for.

What matters is tire load, thickness, and inflation pressure.

Comment: It's written in by hand (Score 5, Insightful) 142

The slip's form fields align with a credit card, but that doesn't mean the waitstaff can't write it in by hand. Impressions just made it faster, and gave some limited proof of "card presence."

Also, why would you eat at PF Changs? PF Chang's is for people too afraid (to be polite) to step into the local Asian restaurants. It's overpriced low-to-mid-tier produce/meat with a sauce that came out of a can. If you're lucky, that can says "PF Changs teriyaki sauce", not "Sysco teriyaki sauce."

I once ate there and the waiter actually felt it necessary to tell us that "soy sauce is like salt for chinese food."

Stop eating at chain restaurants. They suck - the food's bad, they run the local non-chains out of business - and they prey upon people who want bland consistency. Live a little. Support the local economy. Etc.

Comment: Xprivacy (Score 4, Informative) 249

by SuperBanana (#47215357) Attached to: New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

Install XposedFramework: ...then the Xprivacy module.

This isn't a great option for many, however, as you need root access. It does give you extremely fine-grained control over permissions, and includes options like randomizing (on each boot) the garbage data returned to apps to keep them happy.

Xposed is great; the GravityBox module, for example, has a ton of interesting and useful functions, like setting your cellular radio to 2G when connected to wifi, a mode to have an increasing ring, a network speed indicator, etc.

While I'm plugging Android software I use: the F-Droid open source repository is full of nice stuff (like AdAway.)

Comment: You're That Guy. (Score 2) 875

by SuperBanana (#47199761) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

"I was providing my experience, dick. I didn't say it was true for you or anyone else."

You were being That Guy who, when someone says something, feels it necessary to be a "dick" and say "THE LIGHTBULB WORKS FINE IN MY OFFICE" in response.

"TV showed us all that Gage and DeSoto were responding to medical calls on Emergency! in 1972,"

Did you seriously just cite a TV show?

Comment: violent crime has plunged (Score 5, Insightful) 875

by SuperBanana (#47199197) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

"There's violence in the workplace, there's violence in schools and there's violence in the streets. You are seeing police departments going to a semi-military format because of the threats we have to counteract. If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, then that's what I'm going to do."

Uh, yeah, except violent (and property) crime has fallen to levels we haven't seen in 50 years (police-involved shootings, however, have gone up - in part, I'm sure, because of all the war vets getting preferential hiring in police jobs.)

This reminds me of the firefighters in our city. Fires have become extremely rare, thanks to better standards/code for electrics, building, appliances, well as education, etc.

Instead of laying off firefighters, they started sending them out to respond to medical calls. So we have giant ladder trucks responding to grandma saying her chest hurts, instead of spending that operating expenditure on ambulances that can respond quicker, or, say, pivoting the "fleet" towards much smaller, faster SUVs that carry high-tech equipment. Everyone thinks they're still really busy fighting fires. Win-win, except for citizens, screwed by both unnecessary expenditure and ineffective utilization of budget...

Comment: jesus, I knew someone would play the gender card (Score 4, Insightful) 65

by SuperBanana (#47141741) Attached to: Grace Hopper Documentary Edges on Successful Crowdfunding

" her story hasn't made it to celluloid, which is something that Melissa Pierce finds anomalous, stating on the Born With Curiosity Indigogo page: 'Steve Jobs had 8 films made about him, with another in pre-production! Without Grace Hopper, Steve might have been a door to door calculator salesman! Most of history has been written by and about men. Our aim is to bring to life the untold and lost stories of women."

Uh, her story has been told in the media, quite a bit. She was, for example, featured by 60 minutes. She's mentioned in nearly every CS textbook; I've seen her name pop up in movies and anime. Damn near any techie worth their salt has heard of Hopper. Any CS grad certainly has. She has a ship named after her; she was exempted from retirement guidelines, constantly promoted, to become one of the oldest and longest serving officers. She spent something like a decade, hired by DEC, to go around and lecture. She's in Arlington National Cemetery.

Comparing her to Jobs's pop culture fame is idiotic. On one hand, the head of a major consumer electronics company who was a consummate showman and redefined PERSONAL computing, versus someone who worked on mainframes during+after WW2 on languages most of the population has never heard of, and died more than two decades ago, well before personal computers could be found in most homes? When she passed in 1992, I was one of a handful of kids in my town who had a personal computer in the house, and I lived in a pretty well-off suburb of a tech corridor.

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