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Comment: Hold on (Score 3, Informative) 78

by barakn (#48449439) Attached to: Study: Space Rock Impacts Not Random

To all the commenters claiming we've already known this for centuries... no, we haven't. There's no reason to presume a priori that large objects occur in "showers" like the smaller (ash particle to pea sized) objects that make up familiar meteor showers. And astrostatisticians are very unhappy with the quality of the statistics in this paper, and they are suggesting the null hypothesis can't be rejecting using better statistical tools: https://astrostatistics.wordpr...

Comment: Re:Sue the bastards (Score 1) 441

by barakn (#47809875) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

A bunch of white guys except for the token minority (two birds with one stone, she's female and black). And I'd bet the two guys sharing the last name of Bramble vote in lockstep on everything. Curiously, Glen Bramble won his race in 2008 against a contestant named Troi Lynn Bramble Jones . And there were some oddly close votes in 2012

Mr. Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.