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Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 1) 276

by Archtech (#47943985) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Isn't it simply a question of what your house is made of? I have seen houses in the USA that seem to be built almost wholly from wood; no problem there. My house has external brick walls, but the internal walls are breezeblock, presumably with some steel reinforcement. Result: wireless works OK vertically (through the light wooden ceilings and floors) but often not at all horizontally or diagonally. I'm sitting here participating in this thread with wireless, but I have purchased a good (Diavolo) powerline networking system so I can always plug in wired Ethernet through the nearest mains socket.

Comment: Re:What about other devices? (Score 1) 421

by Archtech (#47893587) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

"Then she doesn't need a PC, she needs an iPad or a Surface RT".

Good luck buying one of those with a 24-inch screen, so she can see her pictures in full glorious detail. And read her messages in 24-point, because her eyes aren't so good any more.

But at least it'll fit in her purse. (And probably stay there, when she forgets about it).

Comment: Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (Score 1) 536

by Archtech (#47881251) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

"So to answer your question, US culture is, simply put, not communist dictatorship culture, it's something that's objectively better for most people..."

That sounds rather like a description of the American political system, not culture. What do you think is the difference?

Comment: Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (Score 1) 536

by Archtech (#47881241) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

"Where are you from again? I'm sure I can point out how inbred you are".

What difference does it make where I am from? (Seriously). And how would it advance our discourse if you were to point out how "inbred" I am? That sounds like a straightforward ad hominem, which should be ignored.

As it happens, my simple question was exactly what it looks like: a simple question. Someone mentioned US culture, and I inquired what that is. I honestly would like to know. Some replies on this thread have suggested answers, but I don't think any so far are framed in a very serious way.

Another way of looking at my simple question is as something like a Rorschach test. It's quite revealing, and even somewhat amusing, to see the responses it brings forth.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security".

Comment: Re:Wrong fucking argument (Score 1) 499

'According to the story, a “typical liberal college professor and avowed atheist” declares his intent to prove that there is no God by giving the creator 15 minutes to strike him from the podium. A few minutes before the deadline, a Marine “just released from active duty and newly registered” walks up to the professor and knocks him out with one punch. When the professor recovers and asks for an explanation, the Marine replies, “God was busy. He sent me.”'

Actually I find that story amusing and thought-provoking on several levels. Taken at face value, it's good for a smile - the professor was rather sticking his neck out. Although I suppose the Marine might get a short prison sentence for assault - especially considering that he has been trained to kill with his bare hands, and has a duty not to use his military training to harm a civilian. (Outside the movies and TV, knocking someone out with one punch can lead to distressing complications such as a broken neck, broken jaw, concussion, or permanent brain damage).

Looking a little deeper, it's significant that the Marine apparently believes it's legitimate to claim that "God... sent me" to do his work. If he really believes this, might he also believe that God has sent him to kill an abortionist... or blow up the biggest meeting of atheists he can find? As someone said (my words), "Follow anyone who is seeking God. Run from anyone who has found Him".

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

" If you read the article again, you'll see that the Office of Personnel Management only said that those organizations were affiliated with violent organizations".

How ironic that those doubtful allegations were used to stop her from working for the most violent organization in the world - the US federal government.

Think it through. Which is the only organization to have used nuclear and chemical weapons against civilians? Which organization's *first* reaction to any development in the rest of the world is to bomb it? Which organization has deliberately caused the deaths of literally millions of civilians - including at least half a million children - since 1945? Which organization has started or stirred up over 200 wars since 1945? Which organization spends as much on its armed forces, every year, as the rest of the world combined?

Talk of "terrorist organizations" can turn out to be very double-edged when you have a track record like that.

Comment: Re:The sins of the father (Score 1) 536

by Archtech (#47878801) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

"The US Army is hardly the world's largest".

Not since Vietnam, when the drug addiction and officer-fragging led to a decision never to field a conscript army again. Nowadays the US Army consists mainly of those whose principles and patriotism are so lofty that they are blind to the harm their efforts can cause, and the majority who can't earn enough to eat any other way.

Comment: Re:Not the usual way science is done (Score 4, Insightful) 74

by Archtech (#47870999) Attached to: Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

Whoops, I misunderstood the article for a moment there. If it's a matter of incorrect or misleading statistical analysis, that seems to be rife in studies of nutrition at least. Part of the problem may be that the same people develop a theory, conduct studies to test it, and do the statistical analysis on their numbers. Naturally, the numbers usually turn out to support their theory!

It might be safer if the three different activities were done by separate teams, with a "blind" system so no team knows who the other teams are. Thus the theory is developed by Team A, then studies/experiments to test it are created by Team B, and the number are analyzed by Team C. Thus Team C would have no idea what theory they were analyzing, or what might be the meaning of any correlations they found.

Comment: Not the usual way science is done (Score 4, Insightful) 74

by Archtech (#47870945) Attached to: Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

Now that is an interesting observation! Mostly, in science, when someone does an experiment that supposedly proves a theory, the next step is to document and publish every detailed step. Only when a number of peers have replicated the results can they be accepted with any confidence.

Yet in clinical trials of new drugs, it seems, only a single trial is ever done. How did that ever get accepted as proper scientific evidence?

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