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Comment Re:Why would anyone be shocked? (Score 3) 174

It's indeed a science

No, it's not a science in the same way that political science is not science. Economics may borrow some scientific methods and use them to study the field but the ultimate aim is to predict what will happen not to understand why (although knowing why may help with predicting) whereas the ultimate goal of science is to understand how and why things work with the ability to predict being a good signal that we got the how and why right.

...put don't take my word for it have a look at how many university science faculties have an economics department. There may be some but I honestly can't think of any.

Comment You have failure backwards (Score 5, Informative) 174

This is not unique to economics. Most scientific fields have problems with replication. Journals are strongly biased toward publishing positive results, and nobody gets tenure for negative results or replication.

Economics is not a scientific field and the fields which seems to have the most problems with this seem to be medical, not scientific ones and "nobody gets tenure for negative results" is simply not true because I did! Indeed it is common in particle physics where we search for evidence of new physics beyond the Standard Model and, with only one exception so far, keep coming up empty handed. As for the most recent Nobel for a "failed" experiment try the one of two days ago: this was awarded to two experiments which failed to show that the Standard Model description of neutrinos was correct.

I think your definition of "failed experiment" needs almost completely reversing. Michelson-Morley was a stunning success: it completely destroyed the luminiferous aether model for light. It was not the result that was expected but that does not make it a failure. The same applies to neutrino oscillations. Not getting a result you expect from an experiment is the thing every scientist hopes for it because means that you have learnt something new about the universe which is why these experiments often win Nobel prizes. If anything is a failed experiment it is those that just end up confirming existing theories because you were hoping you might learn something new and instead just ended up confirming what you already knew.

Comment Different Job Descriptions (Score 1) 92

Speaking as a university professor this is not really correct. As a physicist I can certainly do scientific research but that is not the same as investigating human behaviour since humans, and especially politicians, have been known to lie, hide information, behave irrationally etc. You also run into ethical issues if try to run experiments on them. This is why you do not see many scientists moonlighting as police detectives or, indeed, as journalists.

In addition we are not particularly skilled at writing things down in a way which draws the reader in and captivates their attention. Have you ever read a scientific paper? It's designed to impart a great deal of precise information not entertain and inform the reader.

Comment As a Canadian Particle Physicist (Score 5, Informative) 58

While it is physics beyond the Standard Model it is really easy to incorporate it into the model. In fact it makes the leptons more like the quarks in that they now both have a mixing matrix.

It's fantastic to hear that Art finally won the Nobel though - many of us were wondering how long it would be before he did! It's very well deserved for a discovery which was at least as significant, and far more surprising, than the Higgs.

Comment A few counter examples don't disprove the general (Score 4, Insightful) 274

I'm sure you can find plenty of teams of rockstar coders who can scale in amazing ways. Unfortunately, this does not apply to teams of average programmers. An average programmer knows how to code but is typically much less intuitive about how their components impact other developers. To deal with this, you need to do all this up-front design work that it entirely serial (not scalable) and takes a substantial portion of the total development time.

Comment Re:Slashvertisment at its best? (Score 1) 240

Promotional articles about Sci-Fi movies (esp. good ones) are a good thing.

We need Hollywood to make more Sci-Fi films (good ones).

So by all means go and see it a few times in the Theater then buy it online (or BlueRay if you're retro).

Comment Re:Aside from gravity and the windstorm.... (Score 1) 240

Rich Purnell (played by Donald Glover) was awesome. :)

I liked that they didn't make it into a typical Ridley Scott movie. They kept NASA professional..

Though I wonder how they would just take off so quickly and not even take some photos from orbit to investigate/confirm what happened.


Linux Kernel Dev Sarah Sharp Quits, Citing 'Brutal' Communications Style 915

JG0LD writes: A prominent Linux kernel developer announced today in a blog post that she would step down from her direct work in the kernel community. “My current work on userspace graphics enabling may require me to send an occasional quirks kernel patch, but I know I will spend at least a day dreading the potential toxic background radiation of interacting with the kernel community before I send anything,” Sharp wrote. Back in July, 2013 Sarah made a push to make the Linux Kernel Development Mailing List a more civil place.

Comment Re:In all seriousness, (Score 2) 257

On the other hand, as long as the password exists only in your head, you cannot be forced by the state (at least legally) to divulge said passwords by invoking your right against self-incrimination (in the U.S.).

Here in the UK I can bet sent to prison for 5 years or something for not revealing a password or encryption key if a warrant orders it, which is why I answered "... if you send me a nice warrant first". I am not willing to risk 5 years in prison since I have a family to support.

This makes no difference to me though since I lead a pretty boring existence and nothing I use passwords for would be of any interests to the authorities anyway.

Comment Re:Better to drink from a leaking garbage bag (Score 1) 568

When I was a kid, I thought my parents were cheap, avoiding juice and watering it down. Now we do that for our own kids. They demand juice, so we give them apple and grape juices that don't taste like ass when you dilute them (can't do that with orange juice). And of course, we only give them the orange juice that has calcium added, and we give them almond milk and coconut (with added calcium), sometimes mixed with the unsweetened kind. The juice is mostly given as a treat... we try really hard to give them mostly water (filtered from the tap) as much as we can. Especially at night, because we don't want the sugar metabolites to damage their teeth.

Something they really enjoy, incidentally, is water kefir. It's like probiotic soda. Not too sweet, with a bit of a yeasty taste (reminds me of beer but without the alcohol). So they get probiotics, and they think it's soda. Same thing with Kombucha. Those are especially good when they pick up a stomach bug.

Comment Same pipes (Score 1) 568

It is completely intellectually dishonest to the point of a LIE to assert that water delivered via a sterile, new, plastic container is the equivalent of what runs through the often old, sometimes lead, sometimes infused with bacteria and sediments stuff tossed through underground lines prone to breakage and then on premise, subject to the neglectful landlord's, and cheap ass developer's habits.

How do you think the tap water got to the company who put it in the bottles? It goes through those exact same pipes.

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