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Comment: Re:Yeah...but no. (Score 1) 179

I have to disagree with that. I strongly doubt poorly designed gameplay/games will make you turn violent.

As for hard games? Games were much "harder"/tougher to complete (overall) 20 years ago than they are now and we're seeing a much higher level of violence in today's youth.

Umm, no we are not seeing a much higher level of violence in today's youth. Violent crimes peaked in the 1970's and has dropped ever since then.

Comment: Re:correlation does not prove causation (Score 5, Insightful) 137

by clovis (#46658071) Attached to: Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

If they really wanted to find out whether sunlight affected weight, they would have done a randomized, controlled trial.

They would have randomly assigned half the people to getting exposed to sunlight early, and the other half to getting exposed to sunlight late.

Instead, they let the subjects go their merry way and simply measured their exposure to sunlight during the day.

These kind of studies give spurious results. For example, suppose the ones who are exposed to sunlight in the morning are getting up early to start their day jogging.

Well, no.
You don't begin a line of inquiry with a randomized, controlled trial. You begin with a study to see if there may be a correlation.
Why? If there's no correlation in a study, then there's no reason to spend the (much greater) money on a randomized trial.
If there does appear to be a correlation, you report it so that you (and others) may pursue the inquiry further.

Comment: Netflix already explained this. (Score 1) 490

by clovis (#46587275) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

At the beginning of the article, you ask:

"Why do Netflix and a few other companies keep the DVD format alive, when streaming is more convenient for almost all users?

At the End of the article you then say:

I'd be interested in hearing other theories, as long as people understand the question: Why movie studios don't allow movies to be streamed in a manner that mimics, as closely as possible, the experience of checking out DVDs by mail from Netflix (including, say, a mandatory delay between the time you select the movie and the time that you can watch it).

"as long as people understand the question:"?
Which question? The second question clearly answers the first question by asking "Why movie studios don't allow movies to be streamed...". The question itself is saying that movie studios don't allow streaming in a manner to match DVD by mail, so that's why Netflix doesn't do it.

Netflix already explained why they don't license everything for streaming.

I used a almost secret hacker tool (used by the CIA, FBI, and NSA!) to get this information.
Try it:

Comment: Physical Access = owned (Score 3, Informative) 150

by clovis (#46574561) Attached to: Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

This is a physical access attack and therefore not very interesting.
To do this you have to cut the ATM open at the point where the computer is installed and attach a smartphone to the USB port (or in older versions, a USB stick, or keyboard). They recommend upgrading the OS and securing the hard drive. How about putting epoxy in the computer's device ports?

Comment: Re:Quoting Einstein (regarding computer science) (Score 2) 126

by clovis (#46530715) Attached to: Scientists Publish Letter Saying, "We Need More Scientific Mavericks"

"A fool makes things bigger + more complex: It takes a touch of genius & a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." - Einstein

I think it was E.F Schumacher that wrote that.
BTW, almost none of the famous Einstein "quotes" were actually said by Einstein.

Comment: Re:Read between the lines (Score 1) 303

by clovis (#46467483) Attached to: Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

That chart does no such thing. According to that chart Greece, Ireland, and Latvia have over double the productivity of France and nearly triple that of the US. You cite that, did not read it, and then go on to say the figures are worthless. Then modded up to +4 insightful. It is as if no one bothers to think or even try to learn something about the world.


That chart does no such thing

That chart does no what such thing?
I say the two charts conflict and that furthermore both charts are not useful for the comparison the OP we're responding to who said "France has higher hourly per capita productivity" and the person who essentially said "it's the opposite"

I think that you fail at reading comprehension in regards to my post.
I did read both charts and the original web sites (The Conference Board and that they are referenced from.
I cite the second chart only to show how the two charts conflict. I said it agrees with ebbo-10db. AT NO PLACE DID I SAY THAT I AGREE WITH EITHER CHART NOR DID I AGREE WITH ebbo-10db.
I am not ebbo-10db. That is a different person.


According to that chart Greece, Ireland, and Latvia have over double the productivity of France and nearly triple that of the US.

Which is, of course, ridiculous and would be exactly my point if it were correct. I quote myself: "I say neither chart is useful."
BTW, neither chart shows Greece, Ireland, Latvia having double/triple productivity over France/US. I can't see how you concluded that unless you had confused the chart that shows "change over previous year" with the productivity/hour charts. Your point is supported by Lativia's having 122 vs US 104.8 in 2009 in the 2005=100 relative chart (or similar years), but that's about 20%, not nearly 300%.

FWIW, I thought for sure that someone would call me out for using Estonia's economic reports.
For that reason, I suspect that you, AC, did not actually look at what I offered.

BTW, The EU has their own web site for the same kind of tables with different numbers.

Comment: Re:Read between the lines (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by clovis (#46448125) Attached to: Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

Or this, which agrees with ebbo-10db:

I say neither chart is useful. It's just dividing the GDP by guesses at how many hours are worked by the people in each country. It really just tells us that some countries get their money in different ways than others.
What we would want to know is how productive a worker is in comparable industries.
Consider that Norway's economy has a huge component of production and export of natural resources (oil etc) while Luxembourg is almost all financial services and perhaps banking secrecy.
There is no meaning in comparing the dollars produced by an Norway oil platform worker to that of a Luxembourg bank's US Treasury bond manager.
I'm surprised France is as high as it is considering how much of its economy is based on agriculture. That is to say a high labor-low pay industry, and similarly for tourism.

Comment: Re:i interpret it to mean (Score 2) 497

by clovis (#46433111) Attached to: Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

My observations over the decades showed that the rule is this:

It's called a "law" if the person who thought it up called it a "law"
It's called a "theory" if the person who thought it up called it a "theory"

E.g., the approximations known as "Newton's Laws of Motion" compared to Einstein's "Theory of Relativity"
Consider also:
Moore's Law of processor performance.
Anything called a Law in Economics
Once so named, it stays with that name with little relation to the validity of the thought.

Comment: for tl:dr (Score 1) 84

It's a one-time pad system. OTP systems are theoretically unbreakable. The weakness of OTP systems occurs during the exchange or transmission of the OTP to the recipient.
They claim that "Any attempt to intercept the exchange of the key causes detectable variations in the quantum states carrying the cryptographic key, alerting both sender and receiver to the attack and allowing them to take mitigating action."

It appears to me that the catch is that transmissions must remain on the fiber link of their equipment, I.E., in-house.
Did I understand that correctly?

Comment: envy (Score 3, Funny) 259

by clovis (#46307087) Attached to: Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

An old joke about neighbor envy ...
An angel in disguise visit a peasant's hut and is brought inside. The peasant shares what little food he has, and lets him sleep under his only blanket.
The next morning the angel reveals himself and tells the peasant he will be rewarded, but the catch is, whatever the peasant asks for, his neighbor will get double.
The peasant, agonized, thinks on it all day. Finally he tells the angel "I ask that you put out one of my eyes".

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen