Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Unfalsifieable (Score 1) 470

by macurmudgeon (#46670197) Attached to: It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

One of the problems with the fight against pseudo-science is that some of the of the areas painted with that brush actually do have science to back them up, specifically, ESP and so called energy healing. The effects are small but have consistently ended up showing a larger than random effect since the original Rhine Institute (now the Rhine Research Center and no longer directly associated with Duke University) experiments back before WWII. The evidence is there and has been there for decades. Research protocols are often strict and well designed. Another research body, the Institute of Noetic Sciences on the west coast is conducting legitimate research that shows that at least some of the so-called pseudo-science has something behind it.

So we have the situation in which legitimate kooks make outlandish claims that are somewhat supported by real research. That obviously taints the real research by association. We also have the situation in which non-believers, so-called rationalists, make unsubstantiated claims of pseudo-science against legitimate research, which, in turn, makes the non-believers the pseudo-scientists.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 497

by macurmudgeon (#41280651) Attached to: Scientists Say Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

Is anyone actually surprised by this?

What I'm not surprised about is that the news headlines ignore most of the report. What the Stanford study *actually* found was that organic food may or may not have more vitamins than non-organic. If that's how you define healthy, okay. However, the study did find that organic foods have 31 percent lower levels of pesticides, fewer food-borne pathogens and more phenols, substances believed to help fight cancer. That sounds healthy to me.

Comment: Re:Homeopathic Medicine (Score 1, Informative) 430

by macurmudgeon (#34652096) Attached to: Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

No, homeopathy may be bogus, but the placebo effect is not just bullshit. Actually with the placebo effect people don't just feel better but get the same results they would have had they had the real medicine. It goes even further than that. There are well documented instances of cancer remission with placebo pills and relief from angina with sham operations.

PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force To Suffer From PS3 Update 349

Posted by Soulskill
from the sounds-like-an-act-of-terrorism-to-me dept.
tlhIngan writes "The US Air Force, having purchased PS3s for supercomputing research, is now the latest victim of Sony's removal of the Install Other OS feature. It turns out that while their PS3s don't need the firmware update, it will be impossible to replace PS3s that fail. PS3s with the Other OS feature are no longer produced since the Slim was introduced, so replacements will have to come from the existing stock of used PS3s. However, as most gamers have probably updated their PS3s, that used stock is no longer suitable for the USAF's research. In addition, smaller educational clusters using PS3s will share the same fate — unable to replace machines that die in their clusters." In related news, Sony has been hit with two more lawsuits over this issue.

Comment: What? "blow up in Apple's face"? Not hardly (Score 1) 980

by macurmudgeon (#31832872) Attached to: Will Adobe Sue Apple Over Flash?

I fail to see how this will blow up in Apple's face. Big tech companies sue each other all the time. It's just par for the course. Both companies are posturing and playing a public relations game. The market place will eventually show us the winner.

Even if Adobe could somehow win it would take years. By then either Apple bows to user or Android pressure and includes Flash or Flash become much less relevant.

Comment: Re:Hey Adobe, here's a better suggestion: (Score 1) 980

by macurmudgeon (#31832702) Attached to: Will Adobe Sue Apple Over Flash?

Yes, and we're proud of it. Different interests and skill sets. Graphics people are about graphics. Linux people are about Linux. The overlap is very small. For most of us the Gimp is not viable. The command line is a total PITA and less than viable. Customizability? Absolutely. I've customized the hell out of Photoshop.

Earth

Permanent Undersea Homes Soon; Temporary Ones Now 122

Posted by timothy
from the meet-our-butcher-dexter dept.
MMBK writes "Dennis Chamberland is one of the world's preeminent aquanauts. He's worked with NASA to develop living habitats and underwater plant growth labs, among other cool things. His next goal is establishing the world's first permanent underwater colony. This video gets to the heart of his project, literally and figuratively, as most is shot in his underwater habitat, Atlantica, off the coast of Key Largo, FL. The coolest part might be the moon pool, the room you swim into underwater."
Space

Nearby Star Forecast To Skirt Solar System 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the we're-doomed dept.
PipianJ writes "A recent preprint posted on arXiv by Vadim Bobylev presents some startling new numbers about a future close pass of one of our stellar neighbors. Based on studies of the Hipparcos catalog, Bobylev suggests that the nearby orange dwarf Gliese 710 has an 86% chance of skirting the outer bounds of the Solar System and the hypothesized Oort Cloud in the next 1.5 million years. As the Oort Cloud is thought to be the source of many long-period comets, the gravitational effects of Gliese's passing could send a shower of comets into the inner Solar System, threatening Earth. This news about Gliese 710 isn't exactly new, but it's one of the first times the probability of this near-miss has been quantified."

Comment: Re:Hackers Diet FTW. (Score 1) 978

by macurmudgeon (#30033584) Attached to: Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

The thing about exercise is, until you get to the point where you are pushing yourself to the limits you wont see drastic results. Most of the obese people I see in my gym spend half their time sitting around, or cycling on the lowest level while reading a magazine.

The folks in this study were under close supervision, exercising fairly intensely. It's fun to trot out your favorite lines about exercise but that's not really applicable here.

Actually, no. Read the Times article. It found that the hunger produced by exercise could counteract the benefit. Another factor is the sense of entitlement that we get from exercise. Oh, I walked 3 miles today, I can have that muffin. Boom - weight loss benefit shot.

Comment: Re:Hackers Diet FTW. (Score 1) 978

by macurmudgeon (#30033520) Attached to: Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

Getting 150 calories from a Twinkie certainly is less beneficial than 150 calories from oatmeal, for the exact reasons you describe, but they both give your body 150 calories to use (or store...).

Same calories as we count them in chemistry class but not the same effect in the body. Digestion is a complex process and a number of factors influence how the body burns/stores fat. Basically the more processed and soft a food is the more the tendency to produce body fat. Part of that is glycemic response. But it also seems that soft foods like that Twinkie will make you fat in a way that foods you actually have to chew won't. It isn't the few calories burned in the chewing, either. There are a lot more factors involved in food composition and digestion, but to simplify the explanation, Daengbo was spot on about whole foods. The 150 calories from the Twinkie will have a more detrimental effect on the metabolism than the same 150 calories from an apple.

Comment: Re:Reply to your points on Joomla (Score 2, Informative) 240

by macurmudgeon (#27053691) Attached to: Open Source Usability — Joomla! Vs. WordPress

all your points are valid. *AND* they are not easy concepts for the non-technical user to grasp. The article we're supposedly discussing compares ease of use of Wordpress and Joomla. I've built and trained people on 8 Joomla sites. Without exception I have many more support calls from Joomla users asking how do I do.... Many of them come from just the connection of an entry to the menu that I've outlined.

I've made step-by-step tutorials. I've created screencasts. I've spend hours upon hours in training. It's not my training style. I teach several computer related subjects through the local community college. I give classes through a MUG. I build and support sites in Wordpress. Joomla is the only system that I use and support that requires this level of repetition.

Comment: Re:Substancial criticisim please. (+5 Interesting? (Score 1) 240

by macurmudgeon (#27052097) Attached to: Open Source Usability — Joomla! Vs. WordPress

Create a new entry in Joomla. Where does it live? Does it even exist other than in the db table? Is it a page? No. Is it a blog entry? Maybe, if the system is set up that way. What kind of entry is it? Try explaining the difference to a non-technical user.

Choose the category you want. Oh, you need a new section. Forget about making a menu link to the entry and create a new section, then a new category. At this point it's actually easier to delete the original entry and post it again.

Now create a menu item. Which menu? If the site is complicated at all that's a legitimate question. Once you've created the menu item, then go back and find the created entry and attach it to the menu item. Okay, your new page is live. Whew.

The system is certainly flexible when it comes to creating a complex site, but for small sites and non-technical users it's both confusing and a lot of work.

Now you need to change something on one of the pages. Is it a component? Maybe it's a article. Oh, it's a module. No... Give up and call the IT guy.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?

Working...