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Comment: This Song? There's Nothing Tricky About It (Score 4, Informative) 386

I don't get the hoopla about how this will change the "industry". This was a case of blatant infringement, much like the Tom Petty issue. If you could not hear that for yourself, then perhaps you should be following another "industry" for your entertainment needs.

I always love the George Harrison case. That "changed the industry" too and was 40 years ago. In that case, it was not so obvious. You really had to be told what to listen for and then it was like, "oh, I get it". And George had to take it from He's So Fine and the Hare Krishna's for god's sake. OK, yeah, the Hare Krishna's sort of had a point because he copied their mantra in the song word for word.

But, George turned it into lemonade by letting the experience inspire "This Song", which was sweet revenge as it more than paid the bills from the "My Sweet Lord" injustice. Look it up, kids, its on the Internet! And while your at it, listen closely to "This Song" and read what the lyrics mean. Heck, it has voice overs from some of the Monty Python crew.

Comment: Fishing for Mod Points... (Score 2) 66

by moehoward (#49226931) Attached to: Secret Service Testing Drones, and How to Disrupt Them

I added a few tens of yards to my old Popeil Pocket Fisherman along with a 1-ounce sinker. I am fairly accurate with the PPF, and I can regularly knock out those small helicopter RC/drones from maybe 30 feet away, and can do as good as 60 feet. And that is with them hovering, not really moving. My kids have a bunch from ages ago and we have destroyed 3 this way, and knocked many out of the sky. Again, you have have to be fairly close. I really like it because you can reel it in and nobody ever knows what happened. And, you can always stop by the the stream on the way home and catch a tasty bass for dinner.

+ - Researchers 'Solve' Limit Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler writes: The best limit Texas Hold'Em poker player in the world is a robot. Given enough hands, it will never, ever lose, regardless of what its opponent does or which cards it is dealt.
Researchers at the University of Alberta essentially "brute forced" the game of limit poker, in which there are roughly 3 x 10^14 possible decisions. Cepheus runs through a massive table of all of these possible permutations of the game—the table itself is 11 terabytes of data—and decides what the best move is, regardless of opponent.

Comment: Re:In My Experience... (Score 1) 31

by moehoward (#46515333) Attached to: Famous Breast Cancer Gene Could Affect Brain Growth

Yes. Quite a bit. Diet and exercise for one in a major way, but really slowly over time. Screening programs for pancreatic, prostate, colon, and other cancers. Involvement in long-term studies. Chose not to have any more kids after I found out. How I will approach reproduction/adoption discussion with my own kids in case they are carriers. Makes ya think...

Comment: In My Experience... (Score 2) 31

by moehoward (#46515121) Attached to: Famous Breast Cancer Gene Could Affect Brain Growth

I have one of the BRCA1 mutations (there are several known varieties) that causes a greatly heightened risk of some cancers. Not just breast cancer in women, but a very high risk of ovarian cancer as well. For both women and men, the risks of pancreatic, colon, and others are raised. For men, the risk of prostate cancer is greatly increased. The pancreatic and ovarian cancers are especially nasty, but all risk factors here require heightened vigilance for continual screening throughout life.

I have quite a few family members with the mutation and many without it. There are just as many idiotic, brain defective family members both with it and without. I am not one of them.

So, that pretty much solves the science on that one. Next?

Comment: Parking Preference Anger? (Score 1) 11

Too many places allow "eco-friendly" cars better parking spaces, much like disabled. So, I could see anger directed due to that reason.

I disagree strongly with the parking space preferential treatment.Why should a business/municipality want gas guzzling cars to drive even further up the parking garage or parking lot burning all that fuel and warming globes even more? Shouldn't we want gas guzzlers to park ASAP so that they get turned off quicker? The electric cars should be parked furthest away. Besides, they are such a joy to drive as they result in the driver's farts not smelling.

Comment: Where was the Press? (Score 5, Insightful) 494

by moehoward (#45514341) Attached to: and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

While there is plenty of blame to go around, I am still left wondering where the investigative journalism was regarding the true progress of ACA implementation as the 3 years progressed up to this point.

So, while the press is justifiably having a field day with the sheer incompetence displayed here, where were they while all this was developing?

Comment: Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (Score 3) 1232

by moehoward (#42387759) Attached to: New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

I have a FOID card, but do not own a gun. Sorry that so many here do not understand the difference. There is no gun in my home, but I would appear on such a map. Is that really right? I think not. Why not an "armed robbery" registry? Murderer registry? Speeding ticket registry? Drunk driver registry? Car accident-causer registry? Etc., etc. ...

At least the fact that I have a FOID card indicates that I have been vetted by the state police. To me, that makes me a safer neighbor than one who has not been vetted by the government. Right?

Comment: Re:Good and all but... (Score 2) 193

by moehoward (#40069327) Attached to: Maryland Teen Wins World's Largest Science Fair

You would follow up with an ERCP, which is expensive.

The current CA19-9 blood test is not reliable in many individuals, but is a relatively inexpensive blood test to check for pancreatic cancer. If you baseline with CA19-9 and use the test on a regular basis, it seems pretty good right now. I guess I can't see this kid's test being 28 times cheaper than a CA19-9 test, but I could see it being 28 times cheaper than an ERCP.


Comment: Hansen Must Go (Score 0, Flamebait) 1181

by moehoward (#39685731) Attached to: Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

Hansen needs to resign. He is abusing his post at NASA and tainting the agency with his political activism. His problem is that NASA gives him a platform, and he feels that he can't give it up because he will lose his voice with the press. He is exactly the type of scientist that the public despises. Scientists that I know obsess with finding out why their theory/science/findings are wrong. They want to be proven wrong. Hansen comes off as a nut job and does not possess the skepticism that makes a good scientist. Almost everyone sees right through his charade.

The fact that most climate science is not peer-reviewed causes folks like me to just toss it all to the side. Back in the Kyoto talks, we were TOLD that if no action was taken, then the point of no return was something like 2007. Well? Based on that "science", nothing we do can help anyway. Your Prius just makes your farts smell like roses, according to "science".

Comment: Duh. Liars Lie. (Score 1) 220

by moehoward (#39412615) Attached to: Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

I worked for these folks many years ago. The "entitlement" culture bordered on paranoia. If a corporation could be labeled with DSM criteria, then the upper echelon certainly made sure the company met such a diagnosis. E-mails were repeatedly sent to all employees regarding how to vote and how to petition your government representatives. Walking in the door at 7 in the morning often meant mandatory (or seemingly) signing of petitions for government action. Don't sign? Well, an after coffee 9am phone call from HR was in works for you. Or better yet, a sit down with the local HR droid.

I did quit, but not before actually being promoted twice for speaking my mind both publicly and privately, in an anon coward sort of way.

This sort of pressure will bring this company down. They thrive on crap. Their shareholders are tossing money in to the legal game. They knew 15 years ago that the day of reckoning was closing in. The business model is unsustainable, but it is a freaking huge business.

F them and the horse they rode into town on.


All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young