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Comment: Oreos found 0% addictive (Score 5, Informative) 285

by flug (#45146991) Attached to: No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

He's developed his own measure for it: The percentage of people who will develop the disease of dependency, based on the DSM-IV guidelines, if they use a drug. . . .

"According to that, the most chemically addictive is nicotine because one third of people who use it during their lifetime will develop dependency," he said. "For cocaine, it's 20 percent. For heroin, it's 23 percent."

So by that standard, Oreos = 0% addictive.

Oh, well.

Comment: It's all bad (Score 1) 147

by flug (#42820531) Attached to: Copyright Claim Thwarts North Korean Propaganda

This is bad news for two reasons:

  • 1. We should let North Korean propaganda fly its flag proudly so that everyone can see it for the ridiculousness that it is.
  • 2. This is very clearly fair use.

Boy, never thought I'd see myself defending North Korea about anything. Looks like in the North Korea vs. MPAA evilness matchup, MPAA wins . . .

Comment: Meanwhile . . . (Score 1) 356

by flug (#42660979) Attached to: To Open Source Obama's Get-Out-the-Vote Code Or Not?
But if our work was open and people were forking it and improving it all the time, then it keeps up with changes as we go.

And meanwhile, will help all the Democrats* in down-ballot and off-year races--who, near as I can tell, are typically disorganized as possible about GOTV.

Yeah, and Republicans, too, but really the downballot Dems need more help as a rule and IMHO Ds will benefit far more in aggregate than Rs will.

Comment: Re:Put him to fixing these supposed problems (Score 1) 507

by flug (#42560929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?
Oh, yeah--and don't forget to take him through the economics of the project as well. "See, you've refactored this 100 lines of code, which only took you 8 hours, costing the company $X."

Now just do the math about how much it would cost to complete this little refactoring project on the entire codebase. It will be a fairly boggling amount and of course doesn't take into consideration that this simplistic estimation procedure will underestimate the cost and complexity of a full codebase refactoring by a few orders of magnitude.

Still, I'm guessing even the simplistic method will cost enough to make your point.

Comment: Put him to fixing these supposed problems (Score 1) 507

by flug (#42549545) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?
If the code is so bad, give him the assignment of fixing it. Allot say 8 hours, or maybe even a week if you want to get him out of your hair for that long, where is assignment is to find the worst problem area that will have the greatest possible positive effect on the project, that he can fix start-to-finish within that time span, re-write, test, go through your complete process whatever that is, get completely ready to commit. But it all has to be done/complete within the allotted time frame. At the end of the time, take his code, evaluate & review it with him & 2-3 others who are intimately familiar with that project. If it's fabulous code that really does meet all requirements and improve on the existing code, then hurrah! Commit it and you're a step ahead. If (as is more likely) is full of shit and has far more serious but possibly hidden problems than the code it's supposed to replace, then you explain the problems to your boy wonder, deep six the supposed improved code, and it's a learning experience for everyone.

Comment: Re:Hogwash (Score 1) 183

by flug (#41977363) Attached to: Why Dissonant Music Sounds 'Wrong'
Our current musical scale is a human creation and has nothing to do with how sound works.

Quite the contrary: Our current musical scale is a human creation and has something to do with how sound works.

Obviously, there are a lot of different ways to make scales and tonalities and music (and even music that doesn't have scales or tonalities). But there is no question that the currently used western scales and tonalities are a complex interplay among the physical properties of sound, the human auditory system, and human thought about sound.

Obviously another culture could take on this same elements, the same interplay and come up with a complete different answer, because the physical properties of sound remain the same but the other two elements are quite subjective. But that is a lot different than saying our current musical scale "has nothing to do with how sound works." Pretty much every single element of the scale and how it is used is shaped by some portion of the physical property of sound.

Comment: The WORKING APK download location (Score 1) 247

by flug (#37296990) Attached to: Android Tricorder Killed By CBS

Thanks. Just downloaded and installed from that link.

OK, that is version 5.11 and at least on my phone, it has a fairly nasty force close bug.

The latest version is 5.12 and it is available here:

The original filename appears to be Tricorder_5.12.apk, so searching on that or similar brings up some more potential download locations.

Comment: Re:Seasons? (Score 1) 154

by flug (#33386220) Attached to: Video Showing Half a Million Asteroid Discoveries

This was answered above by spacemandave:

You'll also notice that during much of the 2000s, there is a gap in discoveries at about the 5 o'clock position. This corresponds to monsoon season in the southwest U.S. (roughly July to mid September). Most of the discovered asteroids in the past decade were made by the Catalina Sky Survey, based just outside of Tucson, AZ, and they generally don't bother observing during monsoon season because of the increase in cloud cover.


Your Feces Is a Wonderland of Viruses 211

Posted by timothy
from the and-so-can-you dept.
sciencehabit writes "Thanks to an anlaysis of fecal samples from four sets of Missouri-born female identical twins and their mothers, researchers have concluded that human guts harbor viruses as unique as the people they inhabit; the viral lineup differs even between identical twins. Even more surprising? These viruses may be doing good work inside of us."

Comment: Network effect (Score 1) 363

by flug (#32148430) Attached to: A Call For an Open, Distributed Alternative To Facebook

Isn't facebook really just an aggregation of parts, parts which having a best-of-breed alternative outside facebook? Yet this is what everyone is beholden to?

Hello, network effect.

There are a variety of reasons facebook has more traffic. We can discuss them ad nauseum but for now, the reason facebook has more traffic is because it has more traffic. That will continue--perhaps not indefinitely, but for a good while, regardless of technical considerations.

Someone else may have a better technical implementation or whatever, but all my friends are on facebook . . .

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.