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Comment: Re:Smarts (Score 0, Flamebait) 122

by jlintern (#31643908) Attached to: It's Time To Split Up NSA Between Spooks and Geeks

Overly artistic people tend to not plan enough, painting themselves into a corner.

Good musicians are generally good at analytical tasks, including math, but also have the artistic ability needed to take that critical step back and pay attention to the system design

TLDR; some people are somehow better at some things than some other people. In other words:

A lot of very people don't bother going beyond a certain point simply because their primary interests lie elsewhere.

Comment: Re:C!=C (Score 1) 270

by jlintern (#31614250) Attached to: Facebook Leads To Increase In STDs in Britain

I read the GP as "Facebook usage may correlate, but doesn't necessarily cause [increased STD rates]." In which case it would be perfectly correct.

Regardless, any discussion of causation based on the information provided in TFA is completely worthless. It simply says that there is geographical correlation between Facebook use and STD rates, that some people with Syphilis have had sex with people they met online, and that people who meet over the internet are more likely to engage in "risky" behavior.

The titles "Facebook Leads to Increase in STDs in Britain" (/.) and "Facebook blamed for rising STD rates in Britain" (TFA) both imply causation when in fact none has been shown. I think this is what the GP was pointing out. I'm sure you'll find plenty more alternate theories of causation in other threads.

Comment: Re:What's up with /. Headlines? (Score 1) 389

by jlintern (#31503846) Attached to: Users Rejecting Security Advice Considered Rational

noun gerund adjective noun verb adjective - WTF!?

Fixed that for you. "Security" is the type of advice being given, so it is effectively an adjective in this sentence. It's just subject-verb-adjective with a complex subject.

A headline with the same structure could have been: "Students Taking Music Lessons Considered Intelligent", which I don't think anyone would have a problem with.

The real issue with this headline is that it's unclear if 1) advice is rational, 2) the rejection is rational, or 3) the users themselves are rational, which could be made clear by these alternatives:
1) "Users Reject Rational Security Advice, Researcher Argues"
2) "Rejecting Security Advice Is Rational For Users, Researcher Argues"
3) "Rational Users Reject Security Advice, Researcher Argues"

The "considered" construction can be elegant in some cases but I don't think it should be used when it can introduce this sort of ambiguity.

Comment: Re:Surprise (Score 2, Insightful) 272

by jlintern (#31080114) Attached to: Microsoft Says Windows 7 Not Killing Batteries

I wouldn't let Microsoft off the hook just yet. Lithium ion batteries need to be slow charged the last 10-15% of their charge cycle or they will be damaged. There are already known unfixed issues with the Vista/7 battery controller, and I wouldn't be surprised to hear some lithium ion batteries are failing through mismanaged charge cycles.

If the operating system (or any software) were in charge of regulating the battery charge cycle, how would the battery charge safely while the system was powered off? There should be hardware in the charge circuit to prevent this kind of damage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charge_controller

Comment: I have been an active Facebook user (Score 1) 446

by jlintern (#30392004) Attached to: Facebook Masks Worse Privacy With New Interface
...for nearly 5 years. My profile is completely public except for 1) phone number and 2) photos tagged of me. I have never experienced any event that would cause me to reconsider these privacy options nor has an argument ever been advanced that would convince me to change them.

Comment: Reverse engineering (Score 5, Interesting) 326

by jlintern (#29164877) Attached to: Apple, Google, AT&T Respond To the FCC Over Google Voice

Apple says they haven't actually rejected the app, they're just continuing to "study it," and that it may "alter the iPhone's distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone's core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging, and voicemail."

So Apple is holding Google's app in limbo until they have time to reverse engineer the functionality and release it as native functionality of the iPhone?

Comment: Chronology of the "documentation" (Score 1) 1020

by jlintern (#20901331) Attached to: Scientists Deliver 'God' Via A Helmet
To clarify for those who haven't studied the Bible, the earliest known Christian writings consist of Paul's Epistles and the Four Gospels. The Epistles are the surviving letters written by Paul to various groups that discuss matters relating to Christianity. Paul is considered the the "first Christian". The Four Gospels are written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These are the documents that give an account of the life of Jesus (ie. these books are where you'll find the stories of his birth, the sermon on the mount, the miracles he performed, his death, etc.) Additionally, Matthew and Luke aren't "independent" - they both borrow from writings in Mark's gospel (and possibly a 2nd source, look for the "Q Document" on wikipedia). Mark and John are the only two "independent" gospels. The gospels aren't completely cohesive (they contain contradictions as well as duplications).

Actual "historical" accounts of Jesus are simply not there. Again, look on wikipedia for the "historical Jesus" and you'll find that there are about 2-4 accepted historical (secular, non-religious) accounts of the man Jesus in the first century.

Furthermore, here is the chronology of the writings (c. means circa):

c. 5 CE - Jesus is born
c. 30 CE - Jesus is crucified
c. 49 CE - First new testament writing (One of Paul's Epistles)
c. 65 CE - Hypothesized "Q" source is written
c. 70 CE - The first known gospel (Mark) is written

As you can see, the first surviving document about the life of Jesus was written 30 years after his death.

This is not speculation, it is all fact, or at least is accepted as fact by the majority of scholars in the field.

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