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Comment: Re:Nice! (Score 1) 240

by Volante3192 (#42526261) Attached to: HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

There will always be people who exploit the system, any system, but at some point the costs will be higher to keep the system 'pure' than it is catching every single last abuser.

Same applies to millionaires and taxes (but lordy lordy, we can't crack down on THEM abusing the system!)

Why not explain, in detail, how much is being wasted each year?

Comment: Re:Back to School (Score 2) 333

by Volante3192 (#41274235) Attached to: When a Primary Source Isn't Good Enough: Wikipedia

Meh, Philip Roth just doesn't understand Wikipedia.

Imagine that you're writing a report on The Human Stain. You see Roth's direct edit to Wikipedia, but since that's the only place he made the change, that's the only source. How would you cite that in your bibliography, knowing that any cite of Wikipedia is immediately scored an F? How do you know Roth personally made the edit?

Wikipedia is, by design and definition, unreliable.

Comment: Re:Rumor and Inuendo (Score 1) 482

by Volante3192 (#41117483) Attached to: Lance Armstrong and the Science of Drug Testing

Personally, I think they need to leave Lance alone. Maybe he did it, maybe not -- I don't know. But all their "witnesses" have been given strong incentives to testify against Lance, even if they have to make stuff up, and the only real science in this witchhunt -- the actual blood tests -- have all show him to be clean.

I'll drink to that.

Comment: Re:Rumor and Inuendo (Score 2) 482

by Volante3192 (#41116473) Attached to: Lance Armstrong and the Science of Drug Testing

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence though, and barring said evidence, the simplest solution still tends to be more likely.

I mean, which is more likely to be possible?

A ten-plus year coverup effort assisted by who knows how many people, being able to fool labs in how many different places at how many different times, your life being put under the microscope for years on end
OR
Lance Armstrong is a very talented, able cyclist.

I read a story about the 1992 USA Olympic basketball Dream Team, and one bit I remember was none of them wanted to be the top scorer for a game, because that meant a mandatory drug test (they hated the inconvenience). The more you win, the tighter the scrutiny becomes, and to keep it up for so long in Armstrong's case, I cannot imagine it *not* being leaked earlier (considering it appears practically anyone who's ever been a part of USA cycling was in on it...they're *all* that altruistic?) and to bring it up now reeks of being a witch hunt and farming for publicity.

But everyone seems to accept the conspiracy, so why not?

Comment: Re:If we're not for science, what are we for. (Score 0) 482

by Volante3192 (#41116351) Attached to: Lance Armstrong and the Science of Drug Testing

You. Stupid. Naive. Moron.

Says the person taking everything coming out of the USADA at face value.

You just want to see someone legitimately successful fail, because the only story we like better than an underdog overcoming obstacles to triumph is to watch someone highly regarded fall from grace flat on their face.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928

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