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Comment Re:Psychology more scientific than cancer studies? (Score 1) 175

It's hard to believe psychology studies are more reproducible than cancer studies (11% reproducible):

It seems you don't understand what it is you linked to or you're trolling, the key here is preclinical. That is, there's an 11% chance we can reproduce lab results on actual people in clinical trials, so if you're in the first round of an experimental drug 9 out of 10 times it won't work. That sucks, but our understanding of the body and cancer isn't better so we have no choice but to experiment in practice. It says nothing about how reproducible the clinical results are, but before it's through all the rounds and approved for general use I would think we know with 99%+ certainty they will work. Until then, well that's why we call them experimental.

Comment Re:Do we really want Google... (Score 1) 107

Do we really want Google or Mozilla, or any other browser determining what content we can see or not see in a browser? I understand the security problems with Flash and I am not a fan of Flash, but everybody gets upset if an ISP blocks content, so why is it okay for a browser to do so? What next, will they block? This seems like an awfully big slippery slope and people are just accepting it.

Not really the same situation, I think a browser is perfectly entitled to say what third party plug-in/add-on/extension APIs it will allow, how they'll run and so on. Just like Firefox just decided to change their extension API, now whether it's a good idea is a different story but they're certainly entitled to do so. Would you be opposed to IE dropping support for ActiveX plug-ins too? I'm here assuming that there's some technical difference in flash between ads and video players, not that Google is actually sitting there saying that's an ad and that is not.

Comment Re:Comparison? (Score 2) 175

In spite of the gut feeling of the submitter, it's not much better in at least computer science: http://reproducibility.cs.ariz...

And to clarify: they only checked for what they call "weak repeatability": was it possible to get the code from the original researchers and if yes, was it possible to build it (or did the author at least explain how he himself managed to build it). They did not even investigate whether they could replicate the reported results with the the code that built.

Comment Re:"...need to be prepared..." (Score 1) 318

If you want to talk about paleo-climate, realise that the industrial revolution looks like an asteroid strike in the fossil record.


Mostly due to the difference in resolution between the proxies used for paleo-climate and today's instrumental measurements of course.

Comment Windows XP pushed me to Linux (Score 1) 136

At the time, I was running Windows 98 on my PC, and wanted to move to Windows XP, which had just been released. Unfortunately, the drivers for my sound card and some other hardware was not available for XP (or even Win2K), so I figured "why not try out this Linux thing instead?"

I had had some limited experience with Suse 6.4 some time earlier, but from reading about the different distros, I decided to pick up Mandrake 8.2. I downloaded the whole CD set and even printed covers and everything for them. From there, I've used Debian, Gentoo and Arch. I'm pondering trying out PC-BSD next, it seems pretty nifty, and I'm getting too old to constantly tinker with my main desktop OS.

I lasted a year or so running Linux exclusively (and playing a LOT of Quake 3) before I buckled and added a Windows partition again. I'm pretty well satisfied with Windows 7/10, actually. Very good OSes, if you must run Windows apps.

Comment Re:Study is right, but needs more.. (Score 1) 148

A nuclear accident could easily release a lot more radiation than a coal plant. You are confused by the often-quoted fact that when operating normally, a coal plant can release more radiation. An accident though means the plant is not operating normally.

This may mean that the risk from the radiation from either type of plant when operating normally is pretty low. It's fun to point out that more radiation comes from a coal plant, but I'm pretty certain the danger from breathing the other crap that comes out of the coal plant way outweighs the radiation danger.

Comment Re:Time investment (Score 4, Insightful) 160

Curious: what prompted Max Rossett to spend hours solving programming puzzles before being even given the opportunity to submit contact information for a job consideration?

This may be news to you, but many people will take on a challenge just because it's a challenge like climbing a mountain only to climb back down. Particularly if you think it would impress someone you'd like to impress. And unless you think Google has an odd way of providing entertainment, it should be pretty obvious they want to find someone who can solve those puzzles. If a company is looking for your competence, well then add 2+2 (no, that won't qualify you for a position at Google) about what might come next. And if not a job offer, then probably some kind of PR stunt price. Whatever it is, would it be rational to think at the end of it all they're going to say "Hope you enjoyed the challenge, have a nice day!" and nothing more?

Comment Re:no fiji under $500? (Score 1) 59

what does binning for low power usage mean, exactly?

Some chips perform well with low drive current, think about it like being able to read reasonably well in poor lighting.

and that translates somehow into "luxury product"

If lower power usage or being smaller/lighter/quieter is more important than raw performance, it might be. All depends on what you value.

Anyway, the really big question is the headline which you didn't mention anymore, not what this card is but what it isn't. I expected the Nano to be half the Fury at half the price competing in the $2-300 market, instead it looks like the R300 series is here to stay a while - on the shelves, I think.nVidia must be laughing so hard now, realizing there's nothing new to compete in the GTX960/970 territory for a while.

Comment Re:Well, I read *that* headline wrong (Score 2) 59

Bringing this back on topic: Disappointed with new tech? Welcome to the club. Hardware has become so stagnant in the last 5 years. 28nm. *yawn*. Yet-another-Megaherz or "core". /sarcasm Yay. (...) When is the next (tech) revolution going to happen?

Actually I feel we've had several since the PC revolution. There was the network revolution with the Internet. The mobile revolution that lets you use it anywhere, any time. And with fiber rolling out I'd say we're in the middle of a bandwidth revolution. Even if you extrapolate like crazy going from 8GB to 16GB RAM isn't going to feel like going from 8MB to 16MB. The changes were huge because there was so much you couldn't do with 8MB, there's not so much you can't do with 8GB. Welcome back to the real world, where cars and planes don't go twice as fast with double the capacity and mileage three years later. Has it actually bugged you that you don't have terahertz processors or terabytes of RAM or petabytes of storage lately? I can't really say that I have, I often wish shit would work better but it's not because they lack hardware resources. There was a time when the really hardware wasn't capable even if you wrote optimized assembler, today it's 99.99% the software that's not capable.

Comment Re:Glad they didn't read the books (Score 2) 193

The TV show might in some ways be considered censored for good taste!

Perhaps in terms of content, but not in terms of being explicit and graphic. Whenever others have showed violence or sexual assault by or on young people usually it's far more implied or indirectly shown. They show the burned carcass that's supposed to be Bran and Rickon, Geoffrey very painfully dying of poison, Arya cutting a man's throat, Sansa getting raped, princess Shireen burned at the stake, Olly stabbing John Snow and the list just goes on. I almost expected them to film Meryn Trant having his way with the young girl in the brothel, but I guess even they decided that would be over the top. Yes, the books are cruel but they could have shown it far more subtly if they wanted to. I'm sure they're aware of all the headlines they get though and being so mainstream and established they can push it without getting much social stigma attached. At least going by their ratings they're still in the zone where most people want to tune in to whatever fucked up thing happens next rather than turn away in disgust. More people than you think have some morbid curiosity.

Comment Re:Risk Tolerance not that High (Score 1) 95

Try telling that to the students who have had an appalling low standard of education because of the 90-99% failure rate of all the new things they had tried on them.

I have not read any studies which claim a significant number of these new techniques are creating an appallingly lower standard of education than the students would have gotten otherwise.

Then you haven't read any studies on the subject at all.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll