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Comment: Orwellian (Score 1) 32

by argStyopa (#47430967) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

Frankly, I have to say that this is even more Orwellian and pernicious than government-backed spying.

The idea that an ostensibly-objective source in the private sector - simply by the good fortune of it's overwhelming market power - can ensure that we all have happythink by subtly 'managing' the news feeds... is terrifying.

Comment: Re:What good is filtered news? (Score 1) 32

by LordLucless (#47430953) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

One must ask, what good is news that filters?

All news is filtered. You wouldn't have time to digest every single piece of information generated every day. The question is, what is your news filtered by? I don't see how "upbeat" is any worse than "political", "tech", "sport", or "local".

Comment: Re:That is not how conspiracy theories work. (Score 1) 388

by Raenex (#47430875) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

I've heard reports that the number of scientific papers being retracted is rising in all fields of study, so I have to ask:
How do you know that what occurred at the CRU is not "within normal bounds of science"?
A sincere argument for greater scientific transparency starts with new rules that apply generally to all scientists in all fields of study regardless of who pays for their research (public or private funding). That's how you raise the bar for scrutiny when you genuinely care about the quality of science.

This is sophistry. The behavior I outlined is inexcusable, as it exemplified actions completely against scientific principles. This isn't some new or changing standard. All you're doing is weakening science by defending this garbage because it fits your political position.

The American Traditions Institute is not genuinely interested in greater scientific transparency, they're just interested in casting doubt on a specific scientist (and his specific field of study) because they have deemed his research "heresy" to their politics.

Maybe they aren't, but it goes beyond the American Traditions Institute. As Climategate showed, there was plenty of rotten science to be uncovered, which Mann was deeply involved in. There are legit skeptics, and it starts with Steve McIntyre's original and continuing work on exposing the flawed foundations of the "hockey stick" and other abuses.

Comment: Re:2-year CFLs (Score 1) 183

by operagost (#47430843) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
My experience is that GE makes, or at least MADE as of two years ago, the worst CFLs. They die within a year, especially if installed upside-down. I had a Sylvania that I bought 7 years ago that went through two moves and three light fixtures finally die after about three years in an open can fixture. The GE that replaced it died in six months. Well, sometimes it works if you fiddle with it.

Comment: Re:What good is filtered news? (Score 1) 32

by CanHasDIY (#47430835) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

One must ask, what good is news that filters?

And to understand the answer, one must consider the vantage point from which those who filter the news are viewing the world.

It's up there.

Less-than-poetic version:

Dude, think about who is doing the filtering - people with power. Once you realize that, it's easy to see what "good" they feel will come from the practice - keeping the proles fat, blind, and complacent.

Comment: Re:LEDs (Score 1) 183

by operagost (#47430761) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

A side story on unintended consequences...

The meddlers in Congress wanted to stop the serfs from using inefficient incandescent lights. So they passed (and W signed) a bill in 2007 that, besides the phaseout we all enjoyed, required that all CEILING FANS, of all things, include an energy-saving bulb. However, they included an exemption for ones with candelabra sockets. Naturally, to save the $1-2 per unit, the manufacturers started putting candelabra sockets in every ceiling fan, even when there was plenty of room in the design for a standard socket. So now, where I would have easily swapped out the bulb for a medium-base CFL or LED myself, now instead I use the inefficient cheap incandescent they included, or I pay 2-3 times as much for an LED that actually fits the socket, or I have to buy a replacement socket and wire it in myself. Socialism FAIL.

Comment: Re:Surely, It Depends (Score 1) 380

If you're not concerned about pro-level audio equipment (ie, just want something with decent sound), I'd recommend going to a site like Amazon, searching for 'usb sound card," and reading the reviews.

Personally I don't know much about the non-pro-audio stuff, as I don't ever buy or use it.

Comment: Re:It's only fair (Score 1) 49

by DarkOx (#47430683) Attached to: Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

Oh definitely; and they or someone a little bigger ( Amazon? Netflix? ) who could potentially acquire them might be able to deliver profitably service dirt cheap like single digit dollars per month.

I don't want pretend to understand all the dynamics involved with the network to cable co contracts, FCC must carry requirements, local monopolies granted to cable companies, etc.

That last one was never hard to enforce, but how will $MUNICIPALITY enforce the cable monopoly agreement against a cable company like Areo with no cables? Suddenly they or someone like them are going to be a new player in the game like the SAT TV providers were, and it will at least slowly shift the balance somewhat.

Comment: Re:countermeasure (Score 2) 88

So... am I incorrect in thinking that a decent countermeasure would be to ground yourself in some way? Shoes with a hole in the toe... or if the put a grounding mat on the floor you could have a capacitor in your pocket...

I would imagine that alarms would be set off if you didn't discharge into the mass spectrometer inlet even if it was just a "test malfunction, redo test" alarm. Also, grounding yourself while touching a Van de Graaff generator can be a very painful experience which would (hopefully) be noticed by the operator...

And would give you a good excuse to refuse another test...

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 380

Not exactly. Yes you do have nutcase audiophiles that must use virgin gold connectors with natural rubber insulation made by Buddhist nuns under a full moon.
But there is a big difference between a good set of speakers and the $5 speakers you get with your new PC.
When I plug my headphones in on my workstation I get a hiss I can hear when no sound is playing and the sound is just not that good. It does not need to by since I am usually just listening to NPR shows.

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