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Comment: Re: RMS mentions a comparable situation (Score 1) 266

by astar (#46615925) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

A use able box and a ssh link to target? Maybe switch to something besides Linux like one of the bsd or a derivative like OSX. Try a high end cell? Play nice with Theo and crew who get really offended about bugs. You might be able to do a good bug report and have a fix the next day and after testing it would be pushed upstream. Then you might be able to use the next Linux release. Of course the fix would require you to apply the fix.

Comment: Re: Sarcasm (Score 1) 173

by astar (#46604189) Attached to: Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

Placebo work very nicely even when you tell the patient it is a sugar pill and mark the pill bottle as placebo. Further it is likely to better than perscription drugs for many values of better. The is well tested in reasonable studies but for some reason there is not a lot of money for big studies Watch out for the Whoosh there. This is all nice scientism except there is not a nice reductionist explanation.

Here is a fun one to inflame all. When I had a nice little chronic pain opiate addiction I notice some claims about acupuncture and an actual cite. The cite supported the claim. But it turned out that one of the controls was sticking needles in randomly instead of doing it correctly. Correct was a bit better than opiates. Random was twice as good. Smallish sample size. Never repeated as best I know.

The problem with the story is two fold:

no labeling
overusing antibiotics but in the US we lost that battle a long while ago and we will be lucky to have any left that work relatively soon. So this company might be doing a big potential plus.

Comment: Ken and Google and acm (Score 1) 370

by astar (#46589793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

It happens that in some places on Slashdot and elsewhere if you refer to Ken or Dennis people know who they are. Ken is still round i hear and working for Schmidt at Google i imagine when he went by HR it was after he was hired. So the need to get pass HR checklists is not a law of nature.

Consider join ACM. You are more than qualified. They award nice pieces of paper than in my day were liked by HR. They have top notch educational offerings. They offer job search help. There are a lot of networking opportunities etc. The last two are the ones that really counts.

As far as CS degrees i am unenthusiastic. Pick up something that is not techie that you will enjoy.

Comment: Re: No confirmation (Score 1) 194

Oh my. I do not work at lhc and never have. I am not a scholar though i play one on Hulu. Everything i know i learned at slash U. No wonder you were pissy. I thought that since you were making an emotional argument i should try to make nice in spite of having a bad hair day trying to research something around a local instance of demographic pressure on a few hundred elk. Your nice noise cheers me. Thank you.

Comment: Re: No confirmation (Score 1) 194

The big things in science last century was first that logic says math is not true and then we came up with computer modeling as a new kind of science. We have decided to ignore the first as best we can and on the second pretend we know how to do it correctly. What does this have NOT to do with with anything scientism? Still you are fundamentally correct. I have been puzzling over the relationship between addressable memory models and security vulnerabilities and the proposal to go to the 128 bit words because the numerical calculations are too flaky to be fully trusted depresses me. I really thought 64 bits should be enough for everyone. Sorry. I should know better. Have a great day.

Comment: Re: No confirmation (Score 1) 194

Maybe but you do so like to conflate difference experience. Somehow a computer model result is presented as the same as a bench experiment result. And if you are relying on flops because you have too many data points for your processor limits then big decimals are not very relevant. Indeed the thought becomes adding more bits to the processor word as in the case at CERN i referenced. In my world the models always support the funder's policy position. Hmm. Maybe it is different for you. Maybe you do live on Jupiter? Talk about off...planet.

Comment: Re: No confirmation (Score 0) 194

Idiot. Evidence is evidence. We have been using evidence since before we were human. Some kinds of evidence we chose to evaluate differently than others and the way we do this changes over time. Now a better way is to look at authority/experience interplay and way people balance that. Science socially comes up with some authority because of our experience with the expertness we get from controlled experiments as in physics.

Kiddie, when I was young I was hand coding in assembler matrices of partial differential equations and the hot item was that we had some math to tell us when the rounding error made the results garbage. We still do not have that one really solved at LHC.

Tell me again about evidence being evidence.

Comment: falsification (Score 1) 703

by astar (#46570219) Attached to: IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Honest question. .3 to 4.6C over a long time predicted. What would falsify the prediction? What IS the prediction?

is this for the time between now and 2114?
if you measure the global temperature right now what are the error bounds?
In the above what does "now" mean with respect to climate? Are we looking at a ten year average or what? If we look at an average of .003C a year increase this is not very impressive and need not be attributed to AWG. Similarly the sea rise prediction seems less than the average sea rise over the last 10k years. I pull a 100 m out of some old archeology.

There is something particularly sad about lying when the truth is better. I suppose the sad is more about your audience but still.

Comment: Re: Precisely how... (Score 1) 147

by astar (#46518133) Attached to: Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

Yah. But ARM has the little bit of cpu ram. Thus you start out without having to knowi anything about the busses like to the regular RAM. But there are specialized compilers for say AMD64 that produce programs that do not use RAM. But ...
Grub2 just will not fit in the usual sized BIOS ROM. Mostly everything is easy quantity 1 plus some sort of trade offs in money and skill and time. Now go fix it quantity G this calendar year with everyone trying to stop you.

Comment: Re: Alibaba and the thieves (Score 1) 93

by astar (#46507631) Attached to: Alibaba Confirms Plans To Offer IPO In US

I have an account on alibaba. You can order quantity 1. You can have it dropped shipped. Delivery time is reasonable. Your own logos if you want on box and carton. Preloaded software images. But suppose the manufacturer decides you are not going to be a repeat customer? Your product get picked from the floor sweepings. That way in the US also sometimes. Let us think a bit.

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