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Comment 0.0003 percent (Score 1) 395

" a majority of Americans, 56 percent, were in favor of warrantless surveillance."

Just to be clear, 1042 people were asked, 583 of which were in favor. That is, 0.00032 percent of the US population was asked, and it turned out 0.00018 percent of the US were in favor of warrantless surveillance. Yes, that proves something: the AP-NORC Poll is useless crap.

Comment Re:16 years of email?!?! (Score 1) 388

Hoarding? That's just stupid. IMHO nobody should ever delete any non-spam e-mails. They don't need much space and you never know when you need something or just want to get a bit nostalgic :) Point is, if it doesn't take much effort and if it doesn't get in your way, then why not keep them? My oldest e-mail I still have is from '95. And I still can read most of them (I think all of it) since I only ever used pine, mutt, netscape's and mozilla's clients, and still using thunderbird. However, my current thunderbird portable install only has e-mails from the last 5 years, the rest are archived.

Comment costs of Death Stars (Score 1) 171

Well, it's really not that hard. Basically they cost only time and fuel, since you can loot the raw materials from rebel and/or independent planets and use rebel scum for free/slave labor. You don't even have to pay the supervising soldiers since complainers end up doing slave labor and there'll be always enough dumb morons who'd prefer to be loyal soldiers than slaves. Easy peasy.

Comment Re:hoarding mentality (Score 1) 177

"There is no good reason to keep 25 years of email. "

Of course there is. You should know, some people actually comunicate about important matters, and keeping records can oftentimes be very beneficial.

My moving window for keeping all e-mails from all e-mail accounts is 10 years, however, I also have some mails dating back as far as '95. Thing is, you can never know when and what you could need, and given the almost 0 long term cost of storing those e-mails, it's better to have them than not to have them.

Comment Re:honesty... (Score 1) 45

"when your approach is to keep doing experiments until you get the results you want. And, sadly, that is what academics generally do"

Thankfully there are academics and then there are academics, and I try to believe don't all of them "generally do" that - but, I'm not denying this can be a field-dependent way (e.g. medicine) of doing things. What I mean is that if you are looking for a specific outcome (let's say curing lung cancer), then I'm not really against trying-until-succeeding :) even if it's not 100% reproducible :)

Comment honesty... (Score 3, Interesting) 45

"If researchers could report just the one finding they felt comfortable with, perhaps there would be no need to be dishonest."

Scientist speaking here. One finding in no finding. It's luck or mistake. If there's just one "finding" you're "comfortable with", it's not publication you should think about, it's changing what you do and how you do it.

"incentives associated with publishing in high-impact journals lead to loss of scientifically and ethically sound observations"

Bullcrap. And "that's all I have to say about that"

"Today's journals [...] favor [...] congruency over complexity"

Uhmm, sorry, what now? Why would one exclude the other? On the other hand, would they want journals that prefer complexity over congruency? Now, that would be a doozy.

"There are few, if any, places to publish one-off experiments that arenâ(TM)t part of a bigger story but might still be informative. So unless the researcher âoeinvests in a series of additional experiments to package the failed reproduction, that result will languish in laboratory notebooks,â"

Well, I don't think I could be convinced we should value un-reproducible one-off experimental "results". Ever. However, there's nothing stopping you people publish such "results", you know, there's the Internet and whatnot.

"a researcher who is able to show, with proper controls and statistics, that an extract from eucalyptus bark relieves pain under certain conditions. âoeIn todayâ(TM)s world, you canâ(TM)t publish that in a good journal,â Rajendran says. âoeYou would need to know which molecule it is"

Hell, good that it is so. There are still some people out there who actually like to know what the hell it is they put into their bodies and how it works (and that it actually works).

Comment barely a nodding acquaintance (Score 2) 96

"computer scientists who had barely a nodding acquaintance with the disciplines at the heart of the problem"

I don't think who wrote this has any idea how much math is in the university curriculum for computer science in different parts of the world. While far from "proper" mathematicians, there are lots of places where CS grads have much more than a nodding acquaintance.

Comment land of the ... past (Score 1) 48

"TSR changes will stop telemarketers from dipping directly into consumer bank accounts by using certain kinds of checks and "payment orders" that have been "remotely created" by the telemarketer or seller"

Well, I'm actually very surprised the U.S. as an economy still stands. WIth credit/debit card security features still in the stone age and quite disturbing news like the above (well, the news is actually good, but the fact it tries to fix ridiculous idiocies this late are anything but) what's surpising is that there is any person at all in the country that has a yet unstolen card number and/or never been successfully schemed out of every penny.

Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 2) 291

"This is what they want to achieve, as when encryption is backdoored anywhere, its much easier to argue that everybody who uses non-backdoored encryption is a has something to hide and is a criminal suspect."

That's why strongly encrypted e-mail communication was doomed from the start - nobody wants to be treated a criminal or terrorist just because they are tech-savvy and or trying to protect actual - e.g., industrial - secrets from everyone, including prying government eyes.

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 2) 350

"I can think of many times I wish others would get pulled over for tailgating."

While I also hate tailgaters, as a European who spends many months each year in the U.S. I have to say average American driving habits sometimes make me pull my hair out. I know driving rules and habits are different, still, if most drivers would at least try to keep to the right, to at least try to drive fast enough to be close to the speed limit on highways (not forcing 65-goers to constantly change lanes), to signal lane changes (left and right, yes, both), and not to break randomly on the open road (i.e., even when there's nobody ahead for hundreds of yards), well then maybe I wouldn't curse so much while driving. Oh, and for f* sake, if you enter the freeway and don't plan to leave at the next exit then you might sometimes consider shifting left 1-2 lanes.

Well, going back to going "slow", that can be really annoying, however, speed limits are upper bounds and I don't think going 25 instead of 35 would warrant a fine in any circumstance.

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