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Comment: Re:Law and Order: Bankruptcy Court (Score 1) 142

by Whiteox (#49192317) Attached to: A Critical Look At CSI: Cyber

I'd like to see a spin-off - CSI:Computer Repair. There's a whole pile of stuff that can go on in that scenario.
Another (non-related) would be 'Lifestyles of the Poor and Mundane'. But back to the story. In the UK and Australia, there is the reality show of reality shows. It's called Goggle Box where they video families watching TV. That is truly pathetic.

Comment: Re: Bad move (Score 1) 375

by Whiteox (#49163311) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

Understood. I don't like to criticize without providing an alternative. I wonder how we can fix this?
My first thoughts are to group similar sites aggregating in the results - eg 'mercury anti-vaccine - (2549 results)' , 'mercury-health - (1024)', 'mercury-chemistry - (3230)', 'mercury-medicinal (4349)' ~ which you can click through to what you need.
Maybe using the new top level domains to refine the search?
I do miss the ability to add qualifiers in Google like mercury - 'vaccine' which restricts results to all mercury except vaccine.
I've found different sets of results using Yandex btw. I also have access to online uni libraries which helps a lot, but that is a closed system in itself by methodology. Can't find any fringe related material there....
You see, paradigm change results from evidence that doesn't fit a theory. If it gets harder to find fringe evidence, you tend to lock an existing theory into place. No advancement, no forward movement.

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 1) 409

by Whiteox (#49162339) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Ask a pipe smoker, cigar smoker. The perfumed scent of good tobacco and the effect that all those wonderful tars have on the body. Someone described the effect as taking a deep breath then exhaling very slowly.
Other than that, no particular reason, although doctors in the late 1800's prescribed tobacco to help clear the lungs of phlegm.

Comment: Re: Bad move (Score 1) 375

by Whiteox (#49161141) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

You have made a great point. A major point.
Firstly, if implemented, it affects the ranking of a (e.g.) pseudo-science website. It shouldn't hopefully cut it out.
Let's keep real though:
$10,000 network cables for hi fi systems? That's pseudo science.
Any website that mentions 'Turanean' is now pseudo science -even though at one point in time it was an academically acceptable term.
There are a million+ monkey wrenches.
If I write a blog on Atlantean or review a book written by a pseudo-scolar, how does my ranking change? Will it eventually fall off the end and we'll be denied (as far as Google is concerned), fair ranking?
Also, what about free speech? How do "Women against Feminism" rank as it can be argued that it is not politically correct? How does an algorithm cater for all the nuances? What about Stormfront or any site that attacks political correctness?
What if the atheists take control? Where else can I find treatise on Fire Temples and Zoroastrianism?
Someone wrote once "From little bird turds do big ones grow." and I think that is the wedge here. Once you do that, you start losing access to information. And it is sooo easy to drive that wedge harder.
From that we can ask the question if Google has the right to be the world guide in ethics, morality, philosophy and cosmology. About a year or so ago, I have started using different search engines with improved results. Having another language helps too.

Comment: Re:sorry (Score 1) 57

by Whiteox (#49160649) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

Here's another:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
5 fingered Boogie - 1957.
If you listen to the left hand bass line then you get the typical rock-blues fundamental with the right-hand lead on top.
The transition from early blues to rock and pop to the crap today is pretty obvious. You don't need bad research to see that.

Comment: Re:sorry (Score 1) 57

by Whiteox (#49160601) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

where do you think the "billboard" numbers originate?

Try Tin Pan Alley which was the origin of the billboard numbers. Wikipedia has a good take on it. I'll quote below, that a lot of Rock and Pop actually came from Negro Ragtime, Cakewalk and Blues tunes, although Ragtime and Cakewalk were arguably White genre 'Black' music.
"Initially Tin Pan Alley specialized in melodramatic ballads and comic novelty songs, but it embraced the newly popular styles of the cakewalk and ragtime music. Later on jazz and blues were incorporated, although less completely, as Tin Pan Alley was oriented towards producing songs that amateur singers or small town bands could perform from printed music. In the 1910s and 1920s Tin Pan Alley published pop-songs and dance numbers created in newly popular jazz and blues styles"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Honky Tonk (Tin Pan Alley piano)
http://www.last.fm/music/Winif...

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