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Comment Re:n=6? Seriously? (Score 0) 96

Sorry, but N=1 is statistically meaningless even in your example. Could be explained away as nothing more than random change. Drawing any significant conclusion on N less than 30 is utter nonsense, and should be discarded and defecated on like the N=12 AntiVax studies. Heck I'll still have doubt on any study with less than 100 and you'll have me believing unless proven otherwise with N above 1000.

Comment Far too expensive (Score 1) 397

$2.42 for a single meal that lasts up to a year. Sounds like it's market is survivalist hipsters planning for the end of the world. I'll stick to a pound of split peas or lentils. Heck if I'm going full on Apocalypse survivalist I'll just take the discount and buy in bulk getting them at far less than a dollar per pound. They last 4 to 5 years so much better as a survival meal. With O2 absorbers they're supposed to last forever. I could even stock up on freeze dried veggies and make a better meal.Why would I buy this 'Soylent' in light of better alternatives?

Comment Noise also wasn't heard. Checksum still worked. (Score 1) 391

The cheap cable may have had signalling noise on the line in some way. Improper shielding right next to an electric cable will do that. However, until the noise reaches a level that the error handling can't compensate you shouldn't notice it at all. The odds of you consistently passing Ethernet frames that pass the checksum so you'll hear the noise is unimaginable unless deliberately setup to do so. It's a simple checksum fail - resend frame. It'll cut down on your bandwidth with re-transmissions, but not on the quality. The fact that people don't hear the quality difference on WiFi is all the proof you need. The day my Ethernet line has more errors than my WiFi signal is the day I replace the cable.

Comment Re:Thank You (Score 1) 43

I'm not sure when I was first told, and I'm unsure how the right way is. For me it was always a story used to explain away her erratic behavior mostly due to when her brain medication, dilantin, stopped working when I was 5. Most of the details came from her twin brother, and her mother who was the anesthetist nurse at the hospital that treated her.

Comment Thank You (Score 4, Interesting) 43

If it wasn't for CPR starting to catch on I wouldn't even exist. April 16, 1963 a man left what is now the Idaho Nuclear Laboratory where he had been training people on CPR before the push in the 70's for it to be main stream. Because of poor funding of education my mother, 9, was on a crowded school bus when the emergency door popped open. She fell from the bus, and died when she hit the pavement at 35 mph. That man wasn't too far behind the bus, and was able to perform CPR to keep her heart going until the ambulance was able to arrive.

Comment Re:Bad figures on both sides (Score 2) 307

They're comparing the small period of time where they've been turning off the lights due to budget cuts to 14 years of times where they haven't. Just because one half of the equation has enough data to analyse doesn't mean you have enough data to compare.

Comment Bad figures on both sides (Score 2) 307

The lack of accidents and crime are more likely related to a general trend in crime going down from before they started turning off the lights. Accounting for that is very difficult, and is more likely to get someone to weight the data to make it say what they want it to say, and not the truth. 6 deaths is also far too few to start drawing statistical meaning ether. Give me at least one full year worth of data so I can compare it to the prior year, and have half of the country keep their lights on so It can be compared to the same time frame as well. They wouldn't be perfect, but better than what both sides have given.

Comment Re:Kentucky Man (Score 1) 1197

If it's close enough a tazer might work. Paint ball gun may work, and avoid some of the firearm laws for firing in city limits. If this were Idaho the drone pilot violated several peeping laws. He should be worried about being raided by the police. They should be working up a warrant to collect his video footage. It's reasonable to assume that he was spying on the girls since it flew off when they waved to it. At that point he could be the latest incarnation of a peeping tom, and if he has video of anyone in a state of undress when they have the reasonable expectation of privacy he could be in a lot of trouble.

Comment Earth Size, and 60% Larger? (Score 1) 134

I'm willing to give Venus the title of Earth Sized. It's 80% the mass of the Earth, and roughly the same diameter. Plus or minus 20 percent of the earths mass and size sure. 60% is not in the right ball park yet. It would be ok to say this is the closest to earth sized but not earth sized.

Comment Surprised China Lost (Score 1) 280

China has a much larger advantage by using a large team. I'm surprised the Math Olympiad doesn't have a restriction for max size and minimum size. If one member of the China team feels a little off there's a fair number of competent alternates. The US team only has 6, and that's the primary reason the US looses. I'd qualify it as a form of cheating, but we won even with the disadvantage.

Comment Re:Datasets Please (Score 1) 385

The NOAA data which I believe already has the USCRN in it works just fine if you know what you're doing. A simple graph of all the stations that existed form 1900 to present shows exactly what's going on. I'd doubt any dataset that didn't show some warming since 1980 to present. Most of it is due to the Atlantic Multi-decade Oscillation cycle, but knowing exactly what the cycle is going to do next would require an accurate dataset of 600 to 1000 years which doesn't exist, and probably can't exist since one major volcano could seriously mess with it on that time scale.

Comment Re:Datasets Please (Score 1) 385

The explanation removing the global warming pause was in utter contradiction with the rational explanation given just a few years earlier. In the unweighted data-set from NOAA I can actually see the effect of a volcano going off so I'll buy that the Pause was more than likely volcano's altering the temperature. But in the statistical black magic weighted dataset those effect are magically gone. However, it still doesn't change they said they used 4 datasets and even in their appendix on 233 there isn't a link the the direct data just summary 14 different summarys of data.

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