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Comment: Re:The results are deliberately skewed (Score 1) 109

by phantomfive (#49181575) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too
They also didn't have a good control group (that is, their control group consisted of the same environment, but without the emergency situation). There are so many potential problems that it's hard to draw a firm conclusion. For all we know, the problem was the environment was too dark, and it was hard to distinguish black pixels: that is, dressing the models in red shirts could have changed everything. Here is Richard Feynman talking about a similar problem with rats (second half of that link).

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 520

republicans were drooling over gutting glass-steagall since reagan and finally some republican congrescritters got the bill done, and clinton signed it, therefore all democrats fault

No, did I say that? No, I didn't.

some democrats went along for the republican cooked up lying premise for war in iraq. therefore all democrats fault

No, did I say that? No, I didn't. Both parties are rather dumb. They're made up of politicians, after all.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 520

the republican crimes of tanking the economy with the wonders of deregulation, and wasting trillions of dollars and thousands of lives on a completely pointless iraq war that made things worse

Well actually that's it. You blame all those things on Republicans, but it was Clinton who got rid of Glass-Steagall - on the contrary, Bush gave us more regulation with SOX. With the Iraq war (which I opposed from the beginning)......so many democrats voted for it, only a blind partisan would blame it solely on one party or the other (but Bush still sucks).

The reality is, there is no position held by either party, that they wouldn't switch within a few years if it became politically advantageous. That is the secret to the parties' longevity.

Comment: Here is the text (Score 4, Informative) 88

by phantomfive (#49178137) Attached to: Has the Supreme Court Made Patent Reform Legislation Unnecessary?
Here is the text of the law in question. Parts that interest me (ianalbirp):

1) Formalization of 'Covenant Not to Sue.'
2) Makes it harder to sue the customer when the manufacturer commits a patent violation.
3) Commissions various interesting studies on the effectiveness (or on the negative effects) of patents.

There might be more but I only have so much tolerance for reading legalese......

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!

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