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Comment: Re:on slashdot its always funny to see (Score 1) 320

by Fantastic Lad (#46004851) Attached to: Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

This story has half the number of comments than the one about code after it, despite it being slightly older.

Just shows you don't know how to look at data.

Sweet Jesus, it's true.

And he even brought up that 97% turkey.

AGW True Believers are the quintessential "Correlation != Causation" offenders.

Comment: Re:Economist (Score 4, Interesting) 537

by linuxdoctor (#45549545) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

Many years ago I compared the general economic forecasts of economists to those of the astrologers in what when then American Astrology magazine, a semi-scholarly attempt at presenting astrology as a legitimate field of scientific inquiry. I followed each of their predictions form five years. The results revealed that economists were right less than 1% of the time while astrologers were right about 10% of the time. Since we all know that astrology is bogus the results say a lot about economists. Maybe it's time to do the study again.

Comment: The Case Against Civility (Score 1) 1501

by linuxdoctor (#44296309) Attached to: Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

As far a civility goes, some have argued that civility is really a form of censorship ('political' correctness) that actually discourages and even prohibits open discourse of important subjects and issues. See the article by Randal Kennedy, "The Case Against Civility," The American Prospect, republished December 19, 2001.

Comment: I wasn't talking about volcano emissions. (Score 0, Troll) 229

by Fantastic Lad (#44093297) Attached to: Obama's Climate Plans Face Long Fight

Five minutes of reading about volcanic gas emisions and sun spots should convince you that your claims are false....

Except I wasn't talking about gas emissions from volcanoes.

I was talking about the basic frequency of volcanic and geologic activity. Let's just say "Earthquakes" so we can stay clear of preconceptions.

Earthquake frequency is steadily rising, and this, among the other non-emission related items indicated, are tightly linked to the climate change events we are experiencing today.

People are clinging to the belief that climate change MUST be our fault, and therefore is also within our power to fix.

It isn't.

As for reading about sun spots. . , I suggest you do some.

+ - NASA researching LENR (aka cold fusion) and they are not alone.->

Submitted by Moabz
Moabz (1480009) writes "There have been quite a few news reports about LENR lately. Unlike the drama about the Rossi e-cat, there seems to be a revival in legitimate scientific research into this area. University of Missouri is running a 5.5 million USD research project, and scientists at other institutes like Purdue, NASA, MIT, SRI, NRL are all looking into it.

A couple of days ago the Nuclear Energy Institute was talking about it on their facebook page and the American Nuclear Society posted a similar story on their "nuclear cafe". The University of Missouri will host a cold fusion conference in July this year and the topic will also be discussed in a talk at the upcoming "Nuclear & Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS-2013) organized by the ANS starting coming Monday."

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Comment: 'Innovation' not the most abused word. (Score 1) 287

by linuxdoctor (#41177433) Attached to: Is Innovation the Most Abused Word In Business?

Corporations may constantly, insistently and annoyingly claim that their products are innovative when clearly they are not but, for me, the word that is abused the most would also rank up there with most overused as well. I am referring to the word, experience.

During the last number of years, the word 'experience' has been popping every everywhere associating itself with products and corporations. Corporation XyZ no longer talks of quality products at a fair price but offer us an "XyZ experience." Customer service representatives are pleased to give us a great "XyZ experience" instead of courtesy, promptness and (above all) service.

Can the experience. Give me quality and fair prices along with prompt, courteous and effective customer service.

+ - NDAA's bid for detention without trail of Americans defeated - Barely.->

Submitted by Fantastic Lad
Fantastic Lad (198284) writes "US district judge Katherine Forrest, in New York City's eastern district, found that section 1021 – the key section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – which had been rushed into law amid secrecy and in haste on New Year's Eve 2011, bestowing on any president the power to detain US citizens indefinitely, without charge or trial, "facially unconstitutional". Forrest concluded that the law does indeed have, as the journalists and peaceful activists who brought the lawsuit against the president and Leon Panetta have argued, a "chilling impact on first amendment rights". Her ruling enjoins that section of the NDAA from becoming law."
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Comment: Changing Attitudes re WTC (Score 1) 407

by linuxdoctor (#39856875) Attached to: 1 World Trade Center Becomes the Tallest Building In NYC

Strange how New Yorkers were initially hostile to the original World Trade Centre buildings when they were built. With time that hostility was muted down to mere indifference. The only people who seemed to actually like them were the tourists. It wasn't until they were destroyed that they became 'iconic' and a 'symbol of American freedom and ingenuity' even for New Yorkers too. Living historical revisionism in action.

Comment: Obviously (Score 1) 189

by Fantastic Lad (#36270464) Attached to: Lockheed Martin Purchases First Commercial Quantum Computer

It sure seems to be a Quantum Computer to me.

It either works or it doesn't.

Nobody seems to know for sure one way or the other, not the CEO who is still running tests to see, and not their detractors who can only speak in percentage certainties.

Prediction: When the question collapses into one state or the other, it will either turn out to be just an exotic classical computer, or it won't work at all. Because if it turned out to work as intended, then it would effectively prove that particles are both waves and particles and that we know what they are doing, and AFAIK that's against the rules.

But until then, the whole question is in a super-position.

You're welcome.

Comment: Re:Call me when this accident... (Score 1) 500

by Fantastic Lad (#35697326) Attached to: Nuclear Risk Expert: Fukushima Fuel May Be Leaking


What is usually going on in cases like this, (and they are far more frequent that you'd suspect) is that you're not going to look simply because you don't want to feel 'wrong' about something. In your mind, you honestly believe that if you don't see it, then you can maintain your illusion of reality. Most adults reach the emotional maturity of a five to eight year-old and then stop developing, and this is why such childish systems of management are so common among adults. This is not your fault. Society does this to you by design to keep you weak and ignorant.

It is the result of growing up in a hyper-competitive culture, in a school system which pits children against one another, causing them to build emotional and mental shields for protection.

I've done the work to move beyond that. As a result, I don't care about winning arguments. I care about knowing reality and sharing that knowledge with others who don't have it, such as yourself. I don't want your outrage and I certainly don't mind what you go away thinking.

But until you explore the world and the (easily) available material on a subject, it means your opinions on that subject are worth exactly nothing.

Those who profess wisdom while refusing to explore the world are insignificant. This is a sad truth. You can fix it, but it is a rare, rare thing when people actually do.

It takes a monumental amount of work to take down those walls and build new systems of spiritual management which will then allow the processing of actual knowledge.

I could be wrong, of course, but I'm probably not. In any case, please feel free to ignore and forget the preceding. This is for the benefit of others reading here as much as for your own.

Good luck.

Comment: Re:So all engineering is unethical? (Score 1) 826

by Fantastic Lad (#35123134) Attached to: Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

What the holy fuck are you talking about?

Don't worry about that. Forget I said anything.

Dude, the pot's made you paranoid.

Yeah, also you shouldn't let the fact that I don't use drugs alarm you. You're certain I'm full of nonsense, right? So there you go! You're fine. The things you ignore can't hurt you, right?


Comment: Re:So all engineering is unethical? (Score 1) 826

by Fantastic Lad (#35119076) Attached to: Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Secondly, 2) if you knew that was such a fucking weak piece of evidence, why didn't you explain it in your original post, thereby diverting everybody who instantly thinks "wow this guy is wrong" reading it? So you're wrong and dumb.

No. People who are not programmed to be offended by these ideas would quickly recognize what I was talking about.

The question you could benefit from asking yourself is "Why am I reacting so strongly to this?"

The answer is this, and it's worth taking a long moment to consider this, because it may be the only truly important and valuable thing you will hear all year: There is a predator in your mind which knows that it is being threatened by ideas which would make you stronger and it weaker. It's response is to pump anger into your mind which you will mistake for your own. This is how it controls you. This is how it has always controlled you.

You are a prisoner. When you understand that, then you will have a chance of moving forward.


"Regardless of the legal speed limit, your Buick must be operated at speeds faster than 85 MPH (140kph)." -- 1987 Buick Grand National owners manual.