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Comment: Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (Score 1) 259

Dowsing is an objectively testable claim.

Yes, but as was sensibly pointed out by J. Randi, most "tests" to date are invalid. Man goes out in field, picks spot, digs, behold water. Dowsing works!

Except that's not how a valid test goes. Challenge a dowser to find a spot which does NOT have water below. Dig there. Guess what'll happen.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 194

by cellocgw (#47757633) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

If only there were some sort of software that would backup your Ipod and it's data including the music. We could call it I touch music or maybe Itunes or something.

Oh, please. You really never heard of software (hey, Microsoft Office, your ears burning?) which locks itself to the serial number of the CPU or equivalent hardware?

Comment: Dead is dead; Why do we care about this one (Score 1) 300

by cellocgw (#47748799) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Murder is a bad thing (let's at least agree on that). So why is the beheading of one person so drastically more awful than the deliberate killing (usually with a gun) of thousands of people whose only crime was not practising the exact same brand of Islam as ISIS? Does nobody here, or at YouFaceTubeBook, care that ISIS is deliberately killing whole villages?
Would it have been OK to kill a kidnapped journalist with a Kevorkian cocktail?

Comment: or they could just NOT do it (Score 4, Interesting) 155

by cellocgw (#47713197) Attached to: Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Instead of having software automatically remove every alleged infracting page, how about having the software automatically send a notice back informing the complainant of a lack of credible evidence, and dropping all the takedown notices into some summer intern's Inbox?

I mean, jeez...

Comment: us other engineers matter, too (Score 5, Insightful) 371

by cellocgw (#47688323) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

/. may be a software-centric site, but those of us in mechanical, electrical, optical, materials, and other branches of engineering are in the same basic position. But sadly, even in businesses which promote engineers into senior roles end up respecting people primarily on the basis of how many direct reports (that's the term for peons whose salaries they determine) they control. Until you're able to rate people by the quality/quantity of output regardless of altitude in the org chart, this problem will continue.

Forty two.