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Comment: bad science (Score 2) 110

by asjk (#48322471) Attached to: Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans
In watching the video of the experiment there seems to be a lack of subjectivity. When the "receiver" twitched his finger shooting an object someone heard exclaiming, "All right!" This type of feedback has no place in science and shows a predilection of the observer toward an outcome. The observer should be "blinded" to the experimental process.

Comment: Heard on NPR (Score 3, Interesting) 121

by asjk (#47886311) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two
When Fitzgerald died in 1940 in Hollywood, his last royalty check was for $13.13. Remaindered copies of the second printing of The Great Gatsby were moldering away in [publisher] Scribner's warehouse.

World War II starts, and a group of publishers, paper manufacturers, editors [and] librarians get together in New York. And they decide that men serving in the Army and Navy need something to read. ... They printed over 1,000 titles of different books, and they sent over a million copies of these books to sailors and soldiers serving overseas and also to [prisoners of war] in prison camps in Japan and Germany through an arrangement with the Red Cross.

The greatest distribution of the Armed Services Editions was on the eve of D-Day. Eisenhower's staff made sure that every guy stepping onto a landing craft in the south of England right on the eve of D-Day would have an Armed Services Edition in his pocket. They were sized as long rectangles meant to fit in the servicemen's pockets. (Her assertion was it was this service which reintroduced American's to Gatsby)

--Maureen Corrigan talking about her book, So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

Comment: executives will be shocked and outraged (Score 1) 70

by asjk (#46673975) Attached to: Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable
My prediction is the executives of any compromised oil rigs, refineries and power plants will assure us they will not stop until they bring to light any shortcoming that caused any resultant catastrophe. They will go on to say that no one could have foreseen this happening and they are laser focused on keeping our infrastructure safe.

Comment: A national shame on our government and capitalism (Score 1) 107

by asjk (#46003131) Attached to: Analyst Calls Russian Teen Author of Target Malware
This is embarrassing if true. For me the target of ire is much closer to home. It has been said that the free market will produce the best product. Isn't it also true that we should deserve the national defense that we buy? Haven't these transgressions happened often enough now that our economic institutions should have more secure systems that protect the consumer from intrusions? How about the money spent on government surveillance? Shouldn't they secure us from threats that compromise enterprise and privacy? We should learn from the laboratories of other democratic societies to inform our transition to a system of capital exchange that is more appropriate of a world superpower. Securing our boarders also means safe money transfers.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle