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Comment: Has to be said (Score 1) 447

Researchers sifted through 1,800 research papers on homeopathy and found no reliable report that showed homeopathic remedies had any better results than placebos.

To which the knee-jerk response is: absence of proof is not the same as proof of absence.

Oh wait, wrong topic to trot that argument out on. Please ignore the above ramblings of my mind.

Comment: Controversy? (Score 1) 367

by codeButcher (#49215137) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses
Lets assume for the moment that all instances of [insert favourite bandwagon here]phobic yaks and other {GASP} contraventions of political correctness constitute just a small part of the total use of the app. If we concentrate on the major part of its use, what does that leave us with?

Yet Another Knickknack to cause even more attention deficit amongst Young Inexperienced Kids.

Comment: Re:Researchers create a 3d printed bandwagon! (Score 1) 61

by codeButcher (#49188421) Attached to: Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

progress towards CNC-milling a pancreas.

That's interesting. Where I work we're making progress on human transplants of a web-scale ficas using nothing but red staplers crowd funded via a new meta-material crypto currency based on a Bitcoin NoSQL kernel which solves the pressing problem of laser mounted sharks doxing bio-hackers via Twitter's NSA paper trail.

What has /. come to? Where are the Natalie Portman/Soviet Russia/Beowulf memes???

Comment: Nightly Builds (Score 1) 516

by codeButcher (#49137511) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

It seems to me the problem here is the nightly build process, which seems to have even reached the graphics artists. Rather than checking in nothing, which would break the build, he/she/it/they checked in hastily concocted outline stuff. Heck, that music note on the article screenshot is HARDLY recognizable as one. After all, when one does read sheet music, notes are akin to typeset letters, not merely baubles hanging off a washing line by their tails.

Well, this is what I HOPE to be the case, and that something more polished goes into that software, both what one can see on-screen and the stuff behind the scenes....

Comment: Summary writing (Score 1) 131

by codeButcher (#49135439) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

This must be the first summary I've read on /. in over a dozen years that wasn't just a copy-pasted paragraph from the article. Kudos for that.

On the other hand, I didn't much like the slant (which must be popular in the post-modern, green, politically-correct, think-of-everything-little, brave new world) of the first sentence.

Hell yeah, I'm gonna prune that sucker of a peach tree in my back yard (or as you may prefer to put it: rob it of of it's precious, verdant, aspiring fire wood) despite the fact that peach trees grow just fine without pruning. Why? So that it can bear more precious, fragrant, soft, juicy fruit, of which I will rob it too. That's the whole point of planting a tree in my back yard (instead of burning fossil fuels to travel to some place thousands of miles away that has wild trees, just to collect a few.)

Oh, and please get off my precious green lawn while you're at it.

Comment: Anecdotal, admittedly, but.... (Score 2) 133

by codeButcher (#49101637) Attached to: Crystal Pattern Matching Recovers Obliterated Serial Numbers From Metal

... how to recover serial numbers obliterated from metal surfaces such as firearms and automobiles ... In the NIST experiments... researchers hammered the letter 'X' into a polished stainless steel plate.

Just had a look at the few automobiles and firearms I own. None are made out of polished stainless steel plate.

Also, while my oldtimers are stamped, I recall seeing a few items of more recent manufacture that had the s/n milled into the substrate.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell