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Comment Re:animated gif which shows the plagiarism (Score 1) 155

Among the differences that the excellent animation makes clear:

1. Lower case I (i) is made inexplicably ugly. Perhaps it helps legibility at lower rendering sizes, I'm not sure.

2. Parentheses have been moved such that the left paren is moved a little more left, and the right paren a little more right: this gives function calls an arguably more natural look if you like space around the arguments. In particular open/close next to each other are less awkwardly placed with the new spacing.

3. Underscore (_) has been made discontinuous, such that repeated underscores are no longer a single line. You might like this, you might not. The underscore character was originally intended to become a continuous line and used to underline letters (and by originally, I mean with typewriters and lead type).

4. Lower case R (r) has been moved left. This makes words like "try" more evenly spaced, but screws up "stderr". You can't have everything in a monospaced font.

5. Square brackets ([ and ]) have been moved left and right, like parentheses, for the same effect.

A lot of people seem to be slamming it, but perhaps it isn't all that bad.

Comment Rep. Rohrabacher accuses scientists of lying. (Score 1) 66

so where is the example of me calling someone a liar? questioning facts & logic is honest disagreement U should try that approach [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2015-08-24]

I've repeatedly showed Dana links to his incredibly ironic accusations of dishonest lying fraud. Here are just a few:

whoever gave U the 97 percent scientists endorsing Man made Global warming theory is lying 2 U. [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2013-07-05]

97% is fake number & reflects dishonesty of those giving U info on GWarming. ask Urself what process used 2determine it [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2013-09-15]

James Taylor's Forbes oped 5/30/13 detailed blatant fraud behind 97 claim yet alarmists R so brazen they keep using it [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2013-09-16]

That figure is a total fraud. U may not know where it came from but I do. In the end it was 97% of 87 selected scientists. [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2014-03-26]

who ever told U that is the same one pushing the lie. I have read full account & 97% is fraud, other GWarming evidence [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2014-03-28]

If U knew fraud behind that 97% number surely U'd quit using it. ... fess up that the 97% figure is the percent of the few scientists who responded to a poll that was itself selectively sent.FRAUD ... the 97 % figure you use is a total fraud, just like the rest of the phony evidence of man made Global Warming [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2014-04-01]

97% figure is just as much a fraud as GWarming theory. Some times U should question what this crowd is feeding U [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2014-04-04]

major figures refuse to support 97% claim. That should tip U off as to lies that many advocates of GWarming support [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2014-06-05]

... it is a lie to say 97% agree [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), 2014-06-27]

It's especially ironic that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has spent years accusing scientists of lying dishonest fraud when scientists tell him what scientists think.

Does Rep. Rohrabacher also accuse surgeons of lying dishonest fraud when surgeons tell him what surgeons think? Or does Rep. Rohrabacher realize that surgeons probably know what surgeons think better than he does?

Honest people can be wrong or disagree.Ur claim I'm lying about Ru Academy leaders opposing AGW indicates more about U than me? ... U've exposed the level discussion to which GWarming advocates sink. Yep, pretty sad labeling some who disagrees a liar. ... Not wrong, but even if I was, only Fanatics claim people who believe in what they R advocating R liars if they R wrong. ... I don't lose my temper & I don't call people who disagree liars. The way U disagree consistent with most GWarming advocates ... so where is the example of me calling someone a liar? questioning facts & logic is honest disagreement U should try that approach [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), August 2015]

Once again, that's unbelievably ironic coming from a man who's been hurling accusations like lying lying lies lies lies lies lied lied lied lied lied lied lied lied lie dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonesty dishonesty dishonesty fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud.

Comment Re:She deserves to be in prison (Score 3, Informative) 303

I don't know the relevant law (or really much of any law) in detail, and hope that someone here who does can express an informed, educated opinion.

Stuff that is TS/SCI (Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information) is what commonfolk call state secrets. It's stuff that is so important to national security that we call people who share it with non-cleared foreign folks spies and charge them with treason, and the punishment is up to and including death. It is a Big Frelling Deal. That's the heavy hammer that's being threatened and used against Assange, Snowden and Manning for doing the same thing, albeit on a larger and wider scale. Just storing it on a non-secure system within the government is considered Bad Form and subject to disciplinary action or worse. Printing it out and taking it home is Particularly Bad Form. Doesn't forwarding it over private email systems amount to all of that and much more?

Why aren't we calling for Hillary's political head, if not sending her to jail?

Comment Re:Don't use this stuff ... (Score 1) 66

Oops, forgot the ellipses:

Honest people can be wrong or disagree.Ur claim I'm lying about Ru Academy leaders opposing AGW indicates more about U than me? ... U've exposed the level discussion to which GWarming advocates sink. Yep, pretty sad labeling some who disagrees a liar. ... Not wrong, but even if I was, only Fanatics claim people who believe in what they R advocating R liars if they R wrong. ... I don't lose my temper & I don't call people who disagree liars. The way U disagree consistent with most GWarming advocates [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), August 2015]

That's unbelievably ironic, coming from a man who's been hurling accusations like lying lying lies lies lies lies lied lied lied lied lied lied lied lied lie dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonesty dishonesty dishonesty fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud.

Comment Re:Don't use this stuff ... (Score 1) 66

Honest people can be wrong or disagree.Ur claim I'm lying about Ru Academy leaders opposing AGW indicates more about U than me? U've exposed the level discussion to which GWarming advocates sink. Yep, pretty sad labeling some who disagrees a liar. Not wrong, but even if I was, only Fanatics claim people who believe in what they R advocating R liars if they R wrong. I don't lose my temper & I don't call people who disagree liars. The way U disagree consistent with most GWarming advocates [Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), August 2015]

That's unbelievably ironic, coming from a man who's been hurling accusations like lying lying lies lies lies lies lied lied lied lied lied lied lied lied lie dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonest dishonesty dishonesty dishonesty fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud fraud.

Comment Re:PET, CAT and MRIs Are Cheap. We Overpay in the (Score 2) 311

The machines are ridiculously expensive. They are also depleting our reserves of helium to the point that there isn't much any more, and we may need to start making it via nuclear reaction.

High temperature superconductors, so that the coils in an MRI can run at liquid nitrogen temps instead of liquid helium temps would fix most of those problems. Room temperature superconductors would be nearly as good as having fusion power (please take note of the "nearly" ... fusion power would solve a lot of the Earth's problems).

But the other major cost of having a honking big MRI machine is that hospitals need to have large purpose-built suites with special shielding, control areas, etc., that are expensive themselves to build and eat up valuable real estate. Making MRIs *smaller* and designing them so that the external field wasn't so extensive would also go a long way to controlling the costs.

MR scans should be a standard diagnostic tool performed quickly at each doctor's visit. They aren't, and wont be for some time to come, but if they were, medicine would be heapsload cheaper on the whole due to earlier, potentially pre-clinical, diagnosis of diseases (like cancer, emphysema, etc.) that reduce costs compared to later diagnoses.

Comment Re:Microphonics? (Score 1) 37

And disk drives are made to deliver data reliably as well, but out-of-band signals can be used to detect other influences (latency reporting vibration, for disk drives). For optical cables, seismic activity might (for example) increase the number of packets that require data correction, and the error rate would be your out-of-band signal.

Knowing that there is seismic activity somewhere along a long cable, even if you don't know where, is better than knowing nothing. With information from enough such cables, it should be possible to pinpoint the origin. That's how modern seismic monitoring works, combining signals from multiple sources to tomographically compute the origin. More data, in such cases, is always better.

Putting instrumentation on the optical cables themselves seems like a losing idea. But if there's a nearly free (beer) signal that could be useful, why not exploit it?

Comment Microphonics? (Score 2) 37

Surely there's some secondary or tertiary affects that can be used to measure cable movement like microphonics, and thus deduce seismic activity. From the title, I had thought that's what the posting was about. If you can influence the error rate of a disk drive by yelling at it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4), then can't you measure earthquakes with a long optical fiber?

Comment Re:Unlimited for one year (Score 4, Interesting) 418

Also, depending on the fine print with their policy, you might not come back to the same job.

In Massachusetts (where I have personal experience) the law is that there must be an equivalent job for you to return to, not necessarily your old job. After all, the company doesn't stop needing someone to do the work just because you need to take time off to care for your slobbering bundle of joy. When my wife took her first maternity leave, she did, in fact, return to the same position; after her second maternity leave (with the same company), she was moved horizontally to a job in a different group that, while it had similar responsibilities and identical pay, was far, far less desirable because of her new boss.

Comment Re:Local CO2 (Score 1) 73

Obama: "sea level rise" is "hitting ... across the country". Absolute bullshit. Sea has been rising at exactly the same rate for 300 years. [Lonny Eachus, 2015-08-03]

Absolute bullshit. Once again, I did the math by calculating trends and accelerations for Church and White 2011 reconstructed sea level data. This PDF was made using my R code which accounts for autocorrelation- the red lines are 2 sigma uncertainties. The trends and accelerations all end at 2009.5.

If the sea "has been rising at exactly the same rate for 300 years" then the estimated trends on page 1 should have exactly the same value regardless of the starting year. But that's not true. More recent trends are higher than trends starting in the 1880s.

The second page also fits an acceleration term to those sea level data. If the sea "has been rising at exactly the same rate for 300 years" then those accelerations should be zero or at least average to zero. But that's not true. Every single best-fit acceleration is positive. Using the entire dataset, the acceleration since ~1880 is positive and statistically significant.

But as usual Jane/Lonny Eachus just makes up numbers to support his baseless accusations rather than actually doing the math.

Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 391

Definitely true that it's worth buying cables that you trust for reliability. I have worked in research labs all my adult life. We use gobs and gobs of BNC cables. I've watched countless researchers who don't know any better waste hours and hours of their time chasing down cable / connector problems. I use only ITT / Pomona BNC cables and have never, ever had a failure. Naturally, more of my budget goes to cables than others, but time is the precious resource.

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