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Comment: Re:Statistical studies (Score 2) 130

by nedlohs (#48657217) Attached to: Does Journal Peer Review Miss Best and Brightest?

1.What was the selection process for the studies. The phrase "All 14 of the most highly cited papers in the study" implies that there were papers not in the study. Possible selection bias?

Of course there were papers not in the study, they didn't look at every single paper ever submitted to a peer reviewed journal in all of human history. The paywall means I can't see if they explained how the 1008 got selected - well not can't, won't since my interest isn't so high as to fork over cash for it.

2. They do not go into why the 14 papers were cited so much and if any further research or refinement of the papers were done before they were accepted by other journals. Surface analysis of numbers can be manipulated to say anything.

Did you read the paper? As you said it's behind a paywall. I would hope they'd dig into the top 10 at least.

3. They also say that it might be better to not have a review and just publish everything. This just means that everyone who reads the papers has to do the review. That is not practical. There are many papers that should not be published due to shoddy practices or malfeasance. Instead of trowing out the whole system how about looking at why the 14 papers were rejected and modifying the system accordingly.

I see no such claim is that in the paywalled paper or did you mix up a random commentator and the authors?

The top papers being rejected seems like a perfectly fine system to me. The prestigious elite journals will have some risk aversion to publishing things way out of the mainstream - that's fine because there are other journals that take more risks. And according to this study the most cited articles were in fact not published in those elite journals but were published elsewhere (or else they couldn't be cited) and thus "the system" appears to work just fine.

Comment: That seems strange (Score 2, Insightful) 185

by nedlohs (#48653995) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Deporting her to a country she has never been in seems a strange thing to do. Don't people complain when you do that to human people - deporting people who have only ever lived in whatever country their parent illegally migrated to. Heck it's not even the "native" country of the species in question...

So surely just set her free into the streets of whatever city the zoo is in.

Comment: Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (Score 3, Insightful) 390

by nedlohs (#48636489) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

It's a simple extrapolation. Microorganisms are the dominant form of life on the only planet we know that has life on it.

Sure extrapolation is always risky, seems a far better to bet than going with super intelligent robots that don't exist at all on the only planet we know that has life on it.

Comment: Re:Case insensitive file systems were a bug (Score 1) 148

by nedlohs (#48633531) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

so what?

The file system is independent of the shell. My shell probably uses different special characters than yours too - ^ means something in mine for example.

Adding complexity into the file system because people are idiots is silly. If you really need to you can wrap an idiot layer on top the file system after all.

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 1) 482

by nedlohs (#48633315) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Surprise, surprise a cop who lies.

I promise that officer has not arrested people who were breaking the law numerous times. They've probably let a bunch of people off with warnings for various things, plain ignored an offense they consider minor, and so on.

Police have discretion: http://www.law.cornell.edu/sup...

The solution of problems is the most characteristic and peculiar sort of voluntary thinking. -- William James