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Comment: Re:sad day for enlightenment (Score 2) 478

by TaleWeaver (#35093254) Attached to: Bombay High Court Rules Astrology To Be a Science
The wide spread belief in astrology is probably based on the Forer Effect. In 1948 Bertram F. Forer, a psychology professor, gave his students a personality profile test. The next day he handed out personality descriptions to his students and asked them if they were apt. The average score for the profiles 'accuracy' was 4.26 out of a possible 5 (perfect personality description). However, every student had been given the same analysis which consisted of statements from various horoscopes columns in the media. "You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. Security is one of your major goals in life." This experiment has been repeated many times with similar results. People like general & mostly positive statements about them made by "authority" figures and that "affirm" their uniqueness.
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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-in-the-hive dept.
afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Comment: TaleWeaver (Score 1) 365

by TaleWeaver (#28794007) Attached to: Google Wave Reviewed
The influence of a Google beta announcement can be enormous. When Google announced its 1 GIG gmail storage limit in April 2004 most of the free email providers quickly followed suit and have been playing catchup ever since. Wave may be the "killer app" for Google's Chrome OS. I believe that Apple owes its popular success (most users do not understand or care about the technical issues) simply to making a computer and interface that don't look like a computer. Google now has an application that does not look like an application. Instead users will be free to make it as spartan, ornate, simple, complex, large, small etc. as their fickle hearts desire. It's the sizzle that sells the steak not the nutritional analysis.

Comment: Re:Hmmmm, help me out here. (Score 1) 125

by TaleWeaver (#25236545) Attached to: Researchers Re-Examine Second Law of Thermodynamics
TANSTAAFL -there ain't no such thing as a free lunch - is the basis of thermodynamics.

A Brownian Ratchet is a thought experiment and has not been observed in the real world. I could do a thought experiment about suspending the law of gravity but the law of gravity would still apply in the real world. The article gives no specifics but strongly implies that someone has found a "loophole" in the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

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