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Comment: A candle against the dark (Score 2) 333

by dbIII (#49774283) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
You are mistaking kicking back against PR agencies, people in politics defining a difference to other people in politics and medicine show "religion" who see science as a threat to their business model for "scientific consensus".
Banding together against the barbarians at the gate who wouldn't know the scientific method if it bit them on the arse is not "scientific consensus" - it is a defence of expertise versus wilful ignorance and deliberate lies.

Comment: Re:Grant money and politics are the problems (Score 2) 333

by dbIII (#49774223) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
From a variety of sources I have heard that once a scientist reaches a certain level they have to put in far more than half their time chasing grants, which leaves the actual research to poorly supervised students. Apparently there are far more hoops to jump through to get the grants so it's not just relative scarcity - blame red tape that was not there before instead of the senior scientists that are being wasted as data entry staff filling in forms.

Comment: Re:sophistry (Score 1) 333

by dbIII (#49774191) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
Bullshit - it's when the corporations with major labs have NOT been goal oriented that they have hit the pay dirt nobody expected - for instance Bell labs with the transistor and many other things. When a lab becomes nothing but a place to focus on development instead of actual research it only works for a while until someone who is pushing the envelope turns up to eat your lunch. IBM, HP and many others used to put a lot of effort into research without any immediate goal and that was part of the reason they survived for so long, and have been eclipsed by others no that they no longer do it.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 1) 372

by dbIII (#49773185) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?
What does it matter? When a minor is thrust into a position of power due to their ancestry and not their own efforts what else do you call it? Little Jailbait Princess Dagney is nothing but a symbol of how wonderful the aristocracy is and how common losers like Franklin, Washington and Jefferson got it all wrong.

Comment: Please read entire post and not just key words (Score 1) 102

by dbIII (#49772417) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down
How many fifteen year old laptop drives have you tried to spin up lately? Now compare that failure rate with optical or tapes.
As I wrote above, the life has been extended (it used to be a lot of failures in a lot less than fifteen years) but the underlying modes of failure like the one I mentioned above are still there. Another unpowered failure mode is highly polished parts diffusing together over time so the drive "sticks", once again less of an issue than it used to be due to design changes taking that into account - quite a lot of it done around 2000.

Comment: Re:Just stick to the mantra (Score 1) 102

by dbIII (#49771989) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down

The only thing that makes any sense at all for consumers is USB hard drives

They have a far shorter average offline life than the optical media. For one thing the bearings have a finite life as the lubricant breaks down over time - a lot longer than it used to be but still less on average than media problems with the optical disks.
What is viable is to shuffle stuff off those USB drives onto newer ones a few years down the track, but if you are not prepared to do that eventually the optical stuff is going to come out as far more reliable.

Comment: Re:Just stick to the mantra (Score 1) 102

by dbIII (#49771957) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down
That's just shifting the problem to someone who cares far less about the problem than you do. It leaves you one corporate restructure or changed business plan away from losing the lot and one backhoe incident away from not being able to get it when you want it.
External USB drives are a very good stopgap or even ongoing solution for home users that don't want to mess about with optical media.

Comment: A bit analog and not fully digital (Score 1) 146

by dbIII (#49771889) Attached to: Sex-Switched Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Diseases
All that said, in purely biological terms there's some people that don't fit the standard definition, let alone the more stringent sporting definitions (eg. the athlete in the 1970s who failed to test as genetically female but has given birth twice without any artificial assistance), so it's nowRe:I thought Nix was only for lice!?here near as sharply defined or simple as you suggest.

but you still can't do stuff like change the shoulder-to-waist ratio, hand and foot sizes, etc

All statistical. Apart from body hair I'm sure it possible to find more "manly" looking women out there than most of the males posting to this site - though outliers people are a pretty varied bunch.

And this is also neglecting many other things, such as that men's and women's brains have different structures

Once again, those people in the middle and statistics come into play, a range instead of ones and zeros.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 1) 372

by dbIII (#49765633) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?
Bit of a long time for the "great men" to be "on strike" isn't it?
Since it's set in the USA, IMHO, that book is a kick in the face for both democracy and capitalism. Somehow American society is so useless in Rand's eyes that only a small nobility can keep it going. That is the exact opposite of the reality of the wide road to prosperity in the 1940s and 50s when she wrote the book.
That book is not for you or me, it's for someone with a rich daddy that has brought them up to be ruthless and amoral.

Anyway, I think it's poison preying on the young and naive for a wide range of reasons and I've probably vented enough on that. I accept that you have a different view and that you probably do not see it as a deliberate kick in the face to a society that was built by people that actually did something instead of sitting on a throne issuing orders.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 1) 372

by dbIII (#49762515) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?
Sorry to post so much but the massive clue is about people of ability going away to come back after society has collapsed under the weight of socialism. That should remind you of something. Something from around 1917, and then wishful thinking about it collapsing soon after, which didn't happen in Rand's lifetime. The bit that gets me is all those Rand people of ability can be born to it without having to actually demonstrate it. It's a toxic message that is the antithesis of what modern society in the west is about.

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