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Comment: Re:Eggs are good for us (Score 1) 269

by Derek Pomery (#46287189) Attached to: Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs


Lustig in his "Sugar, the Bitter Truth" youtube video claims the whole fat-is-evil thing started out based on a flawed study (one that failed to separate variables, and shaped an anti-fat public policy.

Food without fat tastes like cardboard, so Lustig says producers responded by cranking up the sugar. I'm sure the subsidising of corn and sugar didn't help. And certainly they are cheaper. But now they could argue their food was healthier "low fat" instead of having the bad mojo of it being made of cheaper lower quality ingredients.

Comment: Re:Astrology (Score 1) 326

by Derek Pomery (#46250651) Attached to: NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

The most sympathetic skeptical take on it would probably be:
"The rules just kind of got there. They don't make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves. But when you start to exercise those rules, all sorts of processes start to happen and you start to find out all sorts of stuff about people. In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing their indentations. So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy. It's just to do with people thinking about people." illusion you are probably seeing.

Comment: Re:One question (Score 1) 731

by Derek Pomery (#46222509) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

I ran into something similar on a YC discussion, of someone who was blatantly abusing store return policies.
Stores have liberal return policies because most people are good, and don't abuse it, so annoying customers too much in return policies has a higher cost to business than the occasional jerk.

As well as the cost of implementing the pin system, there's also the disincentive that a company that implements it is a higher hassle company than one that didn't. Up until now, the costs of fraud have been low enough that they've been worth it to provide people with the convenience.

About 14 years ago, a US bank actually sent me a chipped card, and a USB card reader. Was supposed to offer extra verification for online banking, and for a network of merchants using it. It never took off, I guess inertia and customer dislike of the hassle.

Comment: Re:One question (Score 1) 731

by Derek Pomery (#46222403) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
"So, this makes a differenceâ"in a high-trust, low-fraud country it generally is not necessary to invest in as elaborate security protections as elsewhere. As an analogy, consider that in the U.S. very few restaurants, stores, or hotels routinely post visible armed guards at their front door, whereas this precaution is not uncommon in other countries."

+ - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike-> 4

Submitted by who_stole_my_kidneys
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?"
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+ - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

Submitted by somenickname
somenickname (1270442) writes "As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?"

+ - Slashdot beta sucks 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken."

+ - Judge orders professor removed from no-fly list-> 1

Submitted by Okian Warrior
Okian Warrior (537106) writes "In a followup to Slashdot's previous article, a federal judge has ordered Rahinah Ibrahim removed from the U.S. government's no-fly list.

Rahinah Ibrahim eventually won the no-fly list ruling after her daughter, a US citizen, was prevented from returning to the country to testify at the trial.

Here's hoping this is the first of many successful challenges to the no-fly list."

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Comment: I'm glad I'm not an atractive woman. (Score 4, Interesting) 336

by The Optimizer (#46137155) Attached to: Through a Face Scanner Darkly

because no one would misuse this tech to act creepy.

True story:

Back around 1989 I was maintaining a minicomputer system for a small chain of Auto Body Shops near Ft. Worth Texas. I got to know a lot about how the business works and made friends with some of the VERY blue collar guys who sanded, welded, painted and whatnot.

At that time the body shop had dedicated terminal that could dial up the Texas DMV database and retrieve the registration info for a given license plate. On at least two separate occasions I observed one of the shop guys using the terminal to get the name and address of a car they observed that was driven by an attractive woman. Nothing creepy or potentially dangerous there? Yeah.

Maybe we should study CCTV operators in England to make sure that attractive women, or any other category of people, aren't being watched more closely than everyone else.

Comment: Re:Need a transparent government (Score 1) 87

by Derek Pomery (#46039475) Attached to: MIT Develops Inexpensive Transparent Display Using Nanoparticles

That is interesting, but doesn't change anything on the point of replacing a vandalised window or cheapness of glass :)

But, yeah, my main point was, I don't get why the parent, way back up there, was so worked up about a store window having advertising. That's what those large front store windows are *for* and even today are often filled with transparent plastic decals, paper posters, store merchandise, TV screens, even animatronics.

And certainly if this comes down in price it could be worth augmenting all the other storefront stuff with. Assuming storefronts still exist :)

The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work. -- Herbert V. Prochnow