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Comment: Repeat Experiments (Score 1) 770

by dbialac (#47852809) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

> the more I read literature from other, somewhat-related fields... [such as] psychology ... the more I felt they have little opportunity to repeat experiments

As somebody who is writing a paper entitled "A Generalized Theory on Abnormal Psychology", I assure you that Psychology is about to gain the ability to repeat experiments.

Comment: Re:Range anxiety isn't really rational (Score 1) 357

by dbialac (#46145117) Attached to: Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

In the last ten days I've seen two articles which, IMO, spell the inevitable death of the electric car's resurgence. The first talked about a new process that breaks down normal plant cellulose into sugar, meaning that the entire corn crop can be converted into ethanol rather than just the second and the second talks about a huge breakthrough by Boeing. I can't find the link to the first, but here's the second:


The Boeing breakthrough basically means we can turn the Sahara Desert into a giant farm to grow ethanol crops. And unlike with conventional fuels or even electric, you can build inefficiencies into the system to absorb more CO2 than you expel back into the atmosphere. Better put, you can have carbon negative fuels.

Comment: Re:Free Market? LoL (Score 1) 688

by dbialac (#44815373) Attached to: How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

Complete and utter BS. The only thing Tesla wants is a monopoly. Tesla isn't banned from selling cars in Texas; they can sell their cars in Texas through dealerships. Why don't they want to? Because doing so provides downward pressure on prices. When you have multiple dealerships, you can go to different dealerships and peg one against another and get the best price. Dealerships then pressure the manufacturer to sell them the car at a lower price so they can in turn get a higher profit off of the lower price. When the manufacturer owns all the dealerships, you lose all of your leverage -- every bit of it. You can't go to the dealership down the street and get a better price anymore, because Tesla owns that dealership as well. GM, Ford, etc. were banned from selling directly to the public way back when for a reason... because they were trying to drive up prices.

Comment: Re:Very Different (Score 1) 453

by dbialac (#42499087) Attached to: Why JavaScript Is the New Perl

I've frankly seen some very pretty and very elegant perl code. I've also seen complete crap implemented in other languages, and perl doesn't force you into boxes with a battering ram like a lot of other languages (Python comes to mind). Perl can be old-school function oriented programming, modern OOP or functional. Additionally, you don't spend hours on end trying to figure out how to fix typing issues -- something you will spend far more time doing than allowing bad types to fail in development. Javascript's primary problems come from never properly implementing objects and inheritance, something that would have been fixed had Microsoft not killed the proposal to use Flex/Actionscript as the HTML5 specification.

Comment: Superstorm? (Score 0) 414

by dbialac (#41845905) Attached to: Fisker Hybrids Get Bad Karma From Superstorm Sandy

Why is a category 1 hurricane being called a superstorm? I live in Florida and we get these frequently. They aren't a big deal if you're properly prepared for them. Hell, we got the same winds level of winds from Sandy that NY/NJ got when it was a much stronger C2 (nearly a 3), though the C2 part was off shore. Perhaps a better name for this is a super failure to be properly prepared?

Comment: Re:I think that's all college students (Score 1) 823

by dbialac (#41767983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

By losing the attitude, I've come to find that the core source of it was a few things:

* Not realizing that what's in my mind isn't necessarily in somebody else's mind
* Not realizing that just because somebody else doesn't know something, doesn't mean they're stupid.
* Being patient and respectful with somebody who is ignorant on a topic and taking the time to clearly communicate the concept to somebody does wonders. They grow and learn from you and you obtain their respect.
* Realizing that there are perspectives other than mine; losing the "I know better than you" attitude.

Comment: Facebook (Score 1) 61

by dbialac (#39927363) Attached to: Undergrad Project Offers Site Privacy Information At a Glance

I think this needs some work. Claiming Facebook doesn't collect information not necessary for the transaction? Isn't this the same company that is well known for raiding peoples contact lists and location data on smart phones? Meanwhile craigslist collects too much information? They only ask for your email address these days!

An egghead is one who stands firmly on both feet, in mid-air, on both sides of an issue. -- Homer Ferguson