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Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 443

by whereiswaldo (#47948359) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

You are guilty of deflecting criticism that the definitions are too broad by claiming that the parent poster is guilty of deflecting criticism. What if I performed an experiment and grouped the results by temperature: cold, warm, and hot? Wouldn't you question what temperature ranges those cold/warm/hot temperature labels corresponded to?
Labels are thrown around in the media all the time and are often misleading. If you aren't questioning labels then you're that much easier to deceive.
There is no deflection here - it is a rational question to ask.

Comment: Multiple cuts (Score 1) 108

by whereiswaldo (#47941731) Attached to: Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

I worked at a company that made multiple layoff cuts over several months. It was really demoralizing. I hope for Microsoft and its employees' sake that this is the last layoff, else morale will plummet and people will start leaving of their own free will. They should have done just one larger cut and moved on.

Comment: According to a sample size of 1 (Score 3, Interesting) 292

by whereiswaldo (#47935687) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

I had a steady weight for about 2-3 years and started drinking a lot of diet soda and gained 10 pounds. I have cut it out almost entirely (before I saw this study, in fact) and I'll see what happens. I still do like carbonated beverages, so I've switched to an unsweetened, naturally flavoured carbonated drink in a can ("Pure Life" by Nestle. Water, CO2, flavour). I was drinking soda water for awhile but the lack of taste eventually made me lose interest, plus there's salt in it.


iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters 222

Posted by timothy
from the who'd-a-thunk-it dept.
Even after the months of hype and speculation, the behind-the-scenes development and manufacture, and then the announcement Tuesday, it seems Apple's servers weren't quite ready for the workout they got from would-be early adopters of its newest iPhone. Preorders through Verizon Wireless and AT&T largely started without a hitch at midnight, though some customers on Twitter have since complained about issues. Those problems were nothing compared to the issues experienced by Sprint and T-Mobile customers. The Sprint and T-Mobile sites were still down for many users nearly two hours after presales were slated to start. Access to Sprint's site faded in and out, while the T-Mobile site continued to display a form to register for a reminder for when the preorders began. Some people joked on Twitter that they "might as well wait for the iPhone 6S now." Apple's store itself was down for a few hours, too.

Comment: Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (Score 1) 211

by whereiswaldo (#47871637) Attached to: Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Considering our planet only has another billion years before its turned into a crispy planet like Venus (killing all life in the process) due to our sun exhausting its hydrogen supply, it seems even less likely that intelligent life which can spread beyond its planet would have time to evolve.

Comment: Fracking takes water out of action (Score 3, Interesting) 191

by whereiswaldo (#47860837) Attached to: US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

This article tries to compare fracking water use to other uses (eg. golf courses) but fails to account for fracking water being taken out of the system - it's not recycled, it's disposed of. With lakes drying up or disappearing in California and other countries fighting over fresh water, how can the fracking industry be so wasteful?

Comment: Re:Do it yourself? (Score 2) 130

by whereiswaldo (#47846445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

I've been using a DVD Player/Recorder machine to digitize old home movies from VHS-C (using a converter tape in a VHS player) to DVD. Then I rip the DVD into a VIDEO_TS folder using RipIt for Mac and also have it create a .m4v file. I save both formats for posterity, as well as the physical DVD I burned and (for now) the original tape.

Comment: Re:Hell no (Score 5, Insightful) 363

by whereiswaldo (#47842139) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

My personal point of view is that high school history was full of dates and names and difficult for me to memorize. I did not find it interesting, even though on paper my teacher was a published author and one might assume was doing a fine job teaching. Fast forward to my adult life and I have found many sources of interesting historical accounts and am more interested in history now than I ever was. The interplay of different events on different parts of the world is fascinating.

Comment: Re:Predators (Score 2) 85

by whereiswaldo (#47832073) Attached to: Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

Pack behaviour - that was my thought as well. I have seen video of a pack of lions exacting revenge on an elephant. The elephant got so exhausted with all those lions on it that it fell over and the writing was on the wall after that. What a slow, horrible way to go. An article recently suggested that T-Rexes may have hunted in packs which makes it plausible that an animal like the Dreadnoughtus could actually be taken down.
Also worth considering what vulnerabilities being that large could pose, such as getting stuck in a ravine or falling victim to some other terrain hazard making it easy for predators to wait for it to weaken before striking.

Comment: Re:Probably not. (Score 1) 546

by whereiswaldo (#47827651) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

In the cases where coding experience alone makes someone better than someone who has education and coding experience, that would lead me to suspect a high level of innate coding talent in the person without formal education in the field. Certainly could happen. If you could take the same person and measure their talent with and without formal education, what would you expect to find?

Round Numbers are always false. -- Samuel Johnson