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Comment: Re:We see it in the gun debate (Score 1) 136

by dhammond (#43140743) Attached to: SXSW: Nate Silver Discusses Data Bias, the Strangeness of Fame

You're ignoring the fact that truly effective gun legislation (e.g. total ban on gun ownership) is a political non-starter. Banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines may have very little effect on gun homicide rates, but at this point anti-gun lobbyists will take whatever they can get, and it is not irrational to start by banning the most egregious examples of gun proliferation even if it saves an "insignificant" or "negligible" number of lives.

In other words: bad example.

Comment: Re:Agreed. (Score 1) 119

by dhammond (#42274577) Attached to: Redbox Set To Compete With Netflix On Video Streaming

I use it all the time. Currently watching Downton Abbey.

Anyway, I dropped Netflix streaming and started using Prime, since I also shop a lot on Amazon and appreciate the quick free shipping. I keep the cheapest Netflix DVD plan to get movies that are not free on Prime or aren't available for streaming anywhere.

Comment: Re:This is why I haven't upgraded (Score 1) 347

by dhammond (#41893201) Attached to: Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application

And this is also why I didn't end up buying an iPhone for my wife.

I'm a happy Android user, but when I was looking at getting my wife her first smartphone, I was thinking about going with an iPhone, mainly because she saw one of her friends playing with Siri and said, "I want that!" I'm glad now that the whole maps problems happened before I bought a phone. She now has a Galaxy Nexus and loves it. The maps on Android are awesome, and one of the apps that both of us use the most.

So, anecdotally, I'd say this is hurting Apple a lot.

Comment: Re:97.7% (Score 1) 881

by dhammond (#41883749) Attached to: Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

Actually, Nate explained a few days ago that the main reason for the relatively low probability is the very real possibility that the state polls may be systematically biased:
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/nov-2-for-romney-to-win-state-polls-must-be-statistically-biased/

Comment: Re:Baseball (Score 1) 1152

by dhammond (#41864071) Attached to: Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

I disagree. I think the breakdown happens when people think that scientists "believe" in evolution in the same way that creationists believe in what is said in the Bible. If the evidence for abiogenesis is flimsy, then there is room for alternative theories. And if one of them explains observed phenomena well and is better supported by scientific evidence, I'm sure there will be scientists willing to listen. In other words, you can't just reject the prevailing theory without offering an alternative and call yourself a scientist.

I'm also surprised that you say that abiogenesis is the main sticking point. You may be right, but I thought it was more the suggestion that man shares ancestors with other primates.

Comment: Re:centrifuge (Score 1) 158

by dhammond (#41576441) Attached to: NASA Prepares For Space Surgery and Zero Gravity Blood

This was my first thought too. It might make sense to assume that some sort of artificial gravity will be a requirement for manned deep space travel. I mean, let alone the advantages for surgery and all the other things we do on earth that are made easier with gravity, but it would probably have a profound impact on the overall health of the travelers.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun

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