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Comment Re: The problem with data driven science.. (Score 1) 55 55

This has been a semantic argument since the first reply telling you that you're using words wrong. Your response: "We can play words games if you like... I'm quite good at them. But I frankly find the prospect to be boring. So I'll just win."

Best of luck finding something to interest you.

Comment Re: The problem with data driven science.. (Score 1) 55 55

Data's meaning is made accessible through analysis. Absent analysis, its meaning may be obscured or unintelligible, but it's in there regardless of if we observe it. The data sharing initiative from the article is allowing future researchers the chance to find that meaning in the data.

Comment Re: The problem with data driven science.. (Score 1) 55 55

I agree that defining terms is important. FYI, I think you should consult a external reference for a definition of meaningful, as you did much higher up the thread with "data". Your usage of the word seems unusually specific, specifically the "automatically" part referring to data without further analysis. Collecting and analyzing data is what researchers do, so requiring data to be useful without analysis is baffling. Several commenters have tried to correct your definition.

Even data without pristine integrity can be collected and analyzed to create something meaningful. For an example of that, how about neurosynth.org - this uses an automatic scraper to collect coordinates from published neuroimaging papers. The scraper does as scrapers do and collects all sorts of false positives, so many of the "coordinates" are in fact not. The overall result produces very strong results.

Comment Re: The problem with data driven science.. (Score 1) 55 55

Well, I think I've caught the flu, but yes, I'm generally happy. Thanks for the concern. Glad to hear you are too, buddy.

One question though, does your happiness have anything to do with this semantics argument? If so, don't write them off as boring. Seek them out! Follow your bliss!

Comment Re:The problem with data driven science.. (Score 1) 55 55

Some people use their accelerometer data as a pedometer, some don't. Is the data meaningful or not? Whether data is meaningful, or useful or significant (all are fine with me) is subjective. Accelerometer data is not meaningful to you? Fine. But, you are not the arbiter of what is meaningful.

On the other hand, if you'd like an example of data which is (nearly?) universally recognized as meaningless, how about /dev/random > data.txt?

Comment Re:The problem with data driven science.. (Score 1) 55 55

I can set the output of my phone's accelerometer to output to a spreadsheet... then record the data. Will the data mean anything?

Of course it will! The data will convey how much your phone as moved. Why do you think that this data is meaningless? Perhaps you mean "useful"?

Comment Re:No just payment! (Score 1) 336 336

These features sound like they're covered by HomeKit, Bluetooth, AirDrop, iMessage, etc.

Sure, it'd be nice for developers to get access to this new hardware. There is a security cost though, to opening up the hardware, which might not be an acceptable loss. Especially since there are other ways to get the benefits you listed.

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