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Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 158

by quantaman (#49498793) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

There's a billion links on Google but as a quick specific piece of evidence here's a blog post by a doctor from 2011 that among other things covers Dr Oz's dalliances with reiki, Deepak Chopra, and the endorsement of a quack who claims baking soda cures cancer.

So yes, Dr Oz endorses quackery and he's been known to do it for years.

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 158

by quantaman (#49498631) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

I see no substance to the claims of quackery, just empty claims. Yeah, he pissed off Monsanto or Bayer or one of those, because that is the only thing they will firmly claim.

Ask the important question: How long has he been on TV and just now someone want's to claim he's a quack? Sorry, his format has not changed, nor the advice he is giving out. Then look at cui bono, and it's obvious what is going on.

People have been calling him a quack for years, even before he got his own show.

The astounding thing is it took his colleagues this long to really call him out.

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 158

by quantaman (#49498623) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

They shouldn't have said it for the reason that it was a bad PR tactic which let him spin it back at them.

If I were to guess why they included that line it's because the claimed health effects of GMO's are probably a frustrating topic. If I talk to someone and they start going on about homeopathy I know they're probably going to buy into all the alternative medicine BS. But a lot of otherwise scientifically minded people buy into the idea that GMO's have a lot of harmful health effects. They probably wanted to get in the message that there's no evidence and it's just another pile of quackery.

Comment: Re:Did they mention the yummy GMOs (Score 2) 158

by quantaman (#49498163) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Quackery they could tolerate. But how dare he question the nutritious yummy GMOs whose manufacturers are pumping millions of dollars into endowments for those other Columbia University medical faculty. While he's enriching himself, those poor souls may lose out on lucrative $$$. Can't have that.
(That's not to say dr. Oz is not a quack - he certainly is a snake oil salesman, but these guys have an agenda that's as clear as day)

Rather Dr. Oz has an agenda in spinning his response so it looks like his accusers have an agenda.

Police: Joe robbed a grocery store last week and shot five people this week!

Joe: It's not fair to say I robbed the grocery store. The owner was greedy and ripping people off!

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 4, Insightful) 158

by quantaman (#49498151) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

As long as he was peddling magical dietary supplements and weight loss pills he was a lovable scamp and was allowed to carry on with his mischief. But as soon as he dared cross Monsanto, he is a quack that must be squashed.

Here's the relevant portions of the letter in question:
As described here and here, as well as in other publications, Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops. Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.

Thus, Dr. Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgements about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both. Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz's presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.

I see one reference to GMO opposition and two or three references to quack science and conflicts of interest. Dr. Oz's rebuttal on the other hand only specifically mentions the GMO's.

It's a clever PR ploy on Dr. Oz's part, focus on the milder part of the accusation and suggest a conspiracy. Meanwhile ignore the more serious accusations that are much harder to defend.

Comment: Re:Ray, you're above embargos (Score 1) 22

by quantaman (#49497803) Attached to: Recon Instruments' Sports-Oriented Smart Glasses Now Shipping

Nothing like releasing your review the day after units start shipping, ie when it's too late to find out the unit's faults.

Goddammit I hate embargos...the only reason they exist is to hide flaws and problems from people who could get a refund. Ray, stop being the industry's bitch. You have a ton of readers, tell gadget makers to pound sand if they tell you that you can't release a review before it ships.

More likely it's a PR thing, you want the biggest media splash when the device is available for purchase, not before when you only have a handful of people willing to preorder.

Comment: Re:Stopping Bing from indexing YouTube? (Score 2) 186

by quantaman (#49490911) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

Seems they have an issue with truth here, Google does not stop them indexing Youtube, see the Robots.txt below.

The Robots.txt is just a suggestion, if the blocking was in there MS could just ignore it. I suspect the issue is that Google is detecting and blocking Microsoft's web crawlers, either deliberately or as collateral damage from trying to stop hostile bots.

Duckduckgo uses youtube

Duckduckgo is a meta search engine, they don't actually build their own index but create an index based on results from other search engines. Besides, I'm guessing the issue isn't that engines can't index Youtube at all, but they can't build a good index because they keep getting blocked.

Comment: Re:Not fully junk (Score 3, Interesting) 305

It is junk science, some creatures can indeed be frozen and revived because of unique properties of their physiology. Humans cannot.

In fact, by decapitating this girl and digging her brain out of her skull, they've guaranteed she is forever dead.

So we're very unlikely to be able thaw her brain and have it work again.

But that's not the only option. Even in a brain frozen and turned into mush there will still be a lot of information preserved, how do you know that preserved information is insufficient to recreate a human consciousness?

Remember we're potentially talking about hundreds of years in the future, it's entirely plausible to assume we're talking a full theory of consciousness with nanites and a brains uploaded into computers. Are you really so certain consciousness couldn't be extracted from those brains?

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 305

I can remember reading several articles which stated that cryonics doesn't work because the freezing process is not perfect - it does not stop decomposition, which older frozen specimens were starting to show. Why do people still spend money on this?

Disregard cost and even at the worst their outcomes won't be any worse than the control group.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by quantaman (#49480929) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

They *should*, if their goal of legitimizing Open Source video drivers is true.

Legitimizing Linux gaming is not really dependent on having open source the drivers. It is dependent on having good drivers. Valve does not have a stated goal of supporting open source. Their goal is to sell games.

Decent open source drivers might even contradict their goal of legitimizing Linux gaming.

Anyone using Steam is obviously open to running proprietary code on their computer, the only question is how much proprietary code.

If there's decent open source drivers then a subset of the Linux user base is going to use those and they've got to be supported. That's more work for Valve and game publishers since there's another driver to test against. Costs go up, bugs go up, and fewer people develop games for Linux.

The best thing for Linux gaming on Steam is everyone using the same high quality driver, I wouldn't expect Valve to fight for something else.

Comment: Re:Contracts (Score 4, Interesting) 131

by quantaman (#49475897) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

So the real story is that bad contracts killed a gaming studio?

What idiots signed a contract allowing Microsoft to unilaterally change requirements mid-project with no increase in budget?

Three theories:

1) The execs were idiots for signing the contract.

2) If the execs didn't sign the contract Microsoft would just go to another studio and they'd just have died a slower death.

3) The contract didn't really matter, Microsoft always had the option to walk away and if that happened the studio would die.

I'm guessing some combination of 2 and 3.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 1) 494

Did you read you link?

It doesn't say what you think it says. Not surprising. It's deliberately unclear, like most social science.

Men in traditional woman jobs were rated second highest of categories. The highest rated category was (wait for it) women in traditional woman jobs.

Basically it says the opposite of what you claim it says.

Sorry, I thought the link was talking about the professional effect rather than perception.

This paper suggest an actual professional advantage for male nurses though the abstract doesn't mention in comparison to what. There's various other sites talking about the effect but that's the only peer reviewed study I saw.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 1) 494

So we'll see the opposite in nursing schools?

No? You must be full of shit.

Actually yes

And there should be (assuming male dominated professions have similar corrections).

The job of a faculty member is to do research and teach, having a novel perspective is a huge benefit for both.

An easy way to get a novel perspective is different life experiences, this means different races, cultures, and gender.

So if you have two otherwise equal candidates of different genders then your organization will be best served by selecting the under-represented gender.

Comment: Re:the superbowl of stupidity (Score 2) 289

Smartwatches were the #1 most returned tech item of 2014. Some models were as much as 60% returned! They're absolutely despised by anyone who has used one. I'm one of newegg's product testers and I tested the 2nd generation of Samsung smartwatches. I and everyone gave it a horrible review then I sold it. But this time around, it's Apple fans buying the product. So who will win in this epic battle of Apple false superiority and arrogant smugness versus the strong urge to return their useless, annoying product.

Possibly though I'll hand it to Apple that they've had a fairly decent track record in figuring out products that people will actually use.

Outside of a fancy running watch I'm not sure what a smart watch is good for, then again I wasn't sure what a tablet was good for either.

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