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Comment Re:Don't use thousand separators internationally (Score 4, Interesting) 124 124

Ah thank you. Coming from a country where we use comma as a decimal separator I actually did misread this and thought it was a pretty crappy return of investment (due to dissonance or something my brain decided not to interpret what was written within the parentheses).

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 4, Interesting) 228 228

Sure, but why the sigh? The aim of the study was to see if portrayal of women in the comics had changed over time. It was found that this was the case and indeed it was hypothesized from the investigator that the reason was change in reader demographics as well as writer demographics. Sounds like a nice little study (especially as they hint to a somewhat randomized process in selecting the comic books), would have loved to actually see the data though rather than just the summary.

Comment Re:GNOME is the same (Score 1) 250 250

Been running Gnome 3 for the past year or so now and I quite like it, but I agree with you on alt-tab issue. I recommend the extention alternatetab which fixes that to work more simple and sane. Before installing alternatetab I avoided alt-tab all together and just used the super-key to get to the activities screen and switch window.

The feature I miss the most now is the ability to rearrange workspaces. Quite often I find my self constantly switching between say workspace 1 and 4, with some other crap on workspace 2 and 3. Then I would like to drag and drop workspace 4 so it becomes the new workspace 2.

Comment Re:States Rights (Score 1) 665 665

If I were to claim "My state will teach Newtonian theory of gravity is not fact" would you have issues with it? How about Einstein's theory of gravity? I would be correct in teaching them that those two theories were/are not factual, and showing where the gaps are. This is how we make progress in science and improve theories.

It is important to understand that all we have are observations (with noise) and we make theories/models to explain them in order to predict future behavior. Newton's mechanics worked great for the observations available at that time, while relativity theory is needed under other circumstances such that when matter travel at speeds close to the speed of light. Getting students to understand this and to realize that there are likely cases when even Einstein's theories do not explain observations is of course very valuable. However, this does not mean that any theory of mechanics is equally useful/plausible. We have for instance no reason to look back to Aristotle or some other ancient theory as an alternative as they do not offer any predictability.

Would teaching where these theories seem to fail mean that "I refuse to teach about gravity" and all of my students are idiots because I taught them to question what someone else want's them taught as "fact" (this matches the straw man TFA erects and you seem to believe)?

I'm not sure what article you are referring to but I don't see anyone claiming "not teach their children what is accepted in the scientific community". I read "argued against teaching natural selection as fact, " and "teach them the controversy".

Evolution and Natural selection surely have some gaps, which is why there is still some controversy. You may not like the other side, so choose to ignore the gaps which makes you biased. Just like the other side is biased, but of course that is difficult to come to grips with our own shortcomings.

Of course there are controversies within the fine details in the field of biology as in any research field, but they are just not the controversies Sen. Mike Fair has in mind. The term "teach the controversy" is used to propose that intelligent design/creationism are valuable alternative ideas to natural selection ( There is simply no such controversy among scientist, the people who believe in creationism do so primarily on religious grounds. Here's an interesting article explaining some actual controversies in evolution: One among them apparently being the relationship between the three main cell types Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryotes and how they exactly evolved in the beginning.

A big part of science used to be not accepting what someone gives you and following the scientific methods. Teaching people to question what they are told surely has benefits. Are you so biased that questions are only valid about someone else' belief?

I agree that it would be great to teach high school students some theory of science and give them the tools to separate good science from bad science and pseudo science such as astrology, creationism and "young earth theories". I have a hard time believing this is what the senator in SC is proposing though.

Comment Re:Add a Buy Now button (Score 1) 88 88

One simple mechanic that some Ouya games use is that you can only play for a limited time every day, say 10-20 minutes. That works very well for puzzle games or games like Counter Strike. A short story based game where someone might simply play through the story in small pieces, 10 minutes a day, could maybe be limited by a total ever play time. So from the first time you install it you can only play x minutes (enough to get through max a 1/4 of the game or so)

Comment I love my Ouya (Score 3, Interesting) 88 88

Just to give a second oppinion I can say that I really enjoy my Ouya that I bought in August. I payed $149 (one extra controller) and honestly almost felt it was repaid after the first weekend of playing games and having a blast with my girlfriend (Hidden in plain sight, Bomb Squad, Suction co-op). And now that I've discovered XBMC and spend countless hours playing Nimble Quest and Knightmare Tower the cost is completely written off.

I really like the simpleness of most Ouya games. I just don't have the time to get into some long complicated game any more, so most new AAA titles don't attract me. But my previous console was a Super Nintendo, so my reference frame might be different from many hard-core gamers :) In contrast to many other commenters here I also like the fact that it has its own store. That means that all the games I find has been tuned to work for the hardware. If it used the Google Android app-store I imagine the titles that worked well would drown in all the games that didn't make any sense to run without a touch screen.

I have experienced some un-responsiveness with the controllers which went away after a reboot, but none of the other problems you describe. Maybe many of the issues that the Kickstarter supporters experienced in the beginning has been fixed providing me with a generally more positive experience. Also I just feel completely amazed at the power you can pack in such small item and for such a small cost. The same goes for the games, I mean, most of them are cheaper than my lunch!

So, thank you very much for supporting the Ouya on Kickstarter, allowing people like me to enjoy it. I'm sorry it didn't live up to your expectations. For me it really doesn't matter if the Ouya is "doomed" or not, I'm enjoying mine plenty anyway.

Comment Re:Article is wrong: NOT due to Google searches... (Score 1) 923 923

Reading the comments on that G+ link one quickly learns that M-66 are apparently common firecrackers and that she posted the picture on July 4, a day I believe many associate with fireworks and firecrackers. I'm not saying your post is factually incorrect, a woman did indeed seem to post a picture of something explosive on Facebook. But to me that rather supports the absurdity that I believe the original article wants to point out. If you collect everything someone (or even worse a whole family collectively) writes or reads online and filter for a broad spectrum of keywords you can make up a juicy story on just about anyone.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter much (Score 1) 240 240

At first I agreed with you and thought the GP wasn't aware of the concept of chaos (small errors in input give large errors in output). However, that's not what he wrote. He correctly pointed out that the rounding error is much smaller than the error from the initial measurement. Logically it should be the dominant error that first leads to chaotic behavior. The problem then seems to be over-belief in the forecast due to not accounting correctly for the measurement error. Long before any rounding errors start to play a role one should have stopped the simulation as it didn't predict anything useful anyway.

Comment Re:Incomplete survey... (Score 1) 261 261

I'm very curious as to what your point was regarding this. Continuing to pay without using the service is of course the wet dream of any subscription based business, including Spotify, Netflix and also your gym. Could you elaborate a little bit on why you think the study is flawed? Are you saying people are paying for Spotify but are still pirating music, but yet music piracy goes down for some other reason?

If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.