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Comment: Re:Science is... (Score 1) 641

by c6gunner (#47966425) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Your job, not mine. Or, we have a domain not resolvable by science, as was the original claim.

That's easy then; I'll define "best" as "most records sold", look up the figures, and have an answer for you in no time.

What, that's not the kind of "best" you meant? Well then rephrase the goddamn question instead of telling me that I have to define what you're asing for.

Comment: Re:We like to feel smart (Score 0) 641

by c6gunner (#47966071) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Science has no heroes

Bullshit. Science has plenty of heroes, and their stories serve to fascinate and inspire future generations. What science doesn't have is the mindless fanboi-ish worship of heroes. Anyone who actually understands the first thing about science knows that even our heroes can be wrong; and most of them HAVE been wrong about at least a few things. That doesn't stop them from being heroes, it just makes them human.

Comment: Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 2) 641

by c6gunner (#47965985) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

"Why?" is still a valid question;

No, it's not. The question "why" in this case presuposes some kind of purpose, without any reason to believe that such a purpose exists. Just because you can phrase something in the form of a question doesn't mean that your "question" makes any sense.

Comment: Big fat red herring... (Score 3, Informative) 115

by jedidiah (#47964073) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

If streaming video is a problem for ANY one then it should be a problem for EVERY one. That's the basic idea of equality being fought about here. A natural monopoly should not be able to abuse it's position to sabotage competitors in different markets. This is also basic anti-trust.

The entire issue only exists because we tolerate (if not actively encourage) monopolies.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 184

by jedidiah (#47961991) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

>> Funny you should say that. Also how is that any different from registered mail or any other method where it's guaranteed that a message was sent.

> There's no proof that they were communicated with by merely posting to f.b.

With registered mail, there is proof. That proof is physical and is mailed back to you and is suitable for 3rd party verification. You can actually verify that the person that signed for it is the individual in question.

NONE of that exists for Facebook.

Posting something on Facebook is only vaguely like publishing it in the local newspaper (also bogus).

Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 447

by jedidiah (#47961949) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

SystemD and Upstart are both more complex and easier to screw up. That right there is enough good reason to stay well enough away.

if you want to redo the plumbing under the foundation, you first need to give good reason why the foundation needs ripped up. You don't get to do random nonsense and then explain yourself later.

This is just pretty basic change control.

Comment: Re:The Titanic is UNSINKABLE. (Score 2) 348

by c6gunner (#47950611) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Of course, there is video. Yes, there are SD copies and screeners, maybe even someone ballsy enough to cam and slip that on BitTorrent, but 1080i (true, not upsampled) movies are rare.

Say what?

Dude, either you haven't been paying attention, or you don't know how to use teh intertubes. Every movie is available as a torrent in full 1080p pretty much the day the blueray disks hit the store shelves. Many are available even earlier.

Even Blu-Ray hasn't been fully cracked yet (it is still a race with each individual movie.)

If by "race" you mean that the various release groups are tripping over each other in order to see which one can get theirs up in the shortest amount of time, then yes. "X-Men Days of Future Past" won't be available for purchase for another 3 weeks, but there's already a 720p blueray rip available on the torrent sites, and the 1080p version should follow in the next few days.

Comment: Re:Expert. (Score 1) 348

by c6gunner (#47950521) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

It's easy to copy music by plugging a cable from a headphone jack into a line-in jack on another computer.

Got you one better: in this day and age it's pretty much inconceivable that they would disable bleutooth functionality. If you can pair your fancy unpiratable player to a PC rigged to copy the incoming audio stream to disk, you've got yourself a digital copy with essentially no quality loss.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 53

by c6gunner (#47950233) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

The problem is devices that WOULD be significantly cheaper to repair if parts were more easily (and reasonably) available and if the things weren't designed to be harder to repair.

I keep hearing this complaint - that there are devices out there which are "designed to be harder to repair" - but, at least in my experience, that's incredibly rare. More often devices are designed to be difficult to open due to concerns about warranty claims on modified items, and even THAT is pretty rare. Every electronic gizmo which I currently own can be opened with relative ease. Most of them I would be able to perform SOME repairs on, as long as it doesn't involve having to replace chips or capacitors.

There are some things that bug me - such as my Nexus 5 not having a (easily) replaceable battery. However, while I may not be happy about them, they're all design choices which the manufacturer made for reasons that have nothing to do with repairability. And, for the most part, they're things that don't really effect me (eg. it is highly unlikely that I will keep my Nexus 5 long enough to actually need a battery replacement).

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 218

by c6gunner (#47949947) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Actually it's pretty well supported by data.

If it were well supported by the data I wouldn't have said that it keeps being repeated without any good evidence. In reality, all of these claims are only supported by the "research" of S.A. Marshall, and there's no evidence that the guy ever actually did the research that he claims he did. There's certainly no replication of his results. But there is evidence that he had a habit of making up data to support his narratives.

In fact, it's one of the reasons veteran units are so dangerous. Most of the members are actually trying to kill you instead of just shooting in your general direction.

This is like saying that the reason professional basketball teams are so good is because they actually try to score points. Silly, at best.

The actual reason veteran units are so dangerous is because:

1. They're experienced.
2. They're a (literal) example of the survivor bias; most of their crappy soldiers die off, shifting the bell-curve to the right.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 319

by jedidiah (#47948743) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

> I suspect they just want to know how many customers they have, not specifically who they are.


I am sure that Netflix is more than willing to BRAG about how many Canadian customers it has, or how many customers it has in ANY country.

Way different kettle of fish than actual subscriber info.

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