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Comment: Interesting. (Score 4, Interesting) 75

One doesn't have to see the value in stuff that isn't immediately applicable R&D(and I'm not here to debate the point, do as you will); but if you are OK with the concept of such research this actually seems like a pretty good idea:

The question of how and why ideas, 'culture', religions, new scientific hypotheses, etc. are transmitted and compete with one another is really a very long standing one. A lot of the historical study emphasizes 'elite' culture and theory(mostly because everything else was oral record only, and that doesn't keep well; but written works sometimes survive) or religious(high frequency of literacy, and proselytizing is a technology of considerable interest to contemporary religions); but there is also study of popular culture, folk mythologies, what the middle and lower classes were reading and watching(once that became common), and so on.

Cultural transmission is a very solid social science topic, and internet memes have the dual virtues of both potentially being novel(they might actually follow some traditional propagation pattern, might be something new, either way would be interesting to know) and being amenable to large-scale analysis because the internet is just so conveniently searchable and heavily cached in various places. You don't have to like the entire field; but this research project seems like a perfectly reasonable exercise.

Comment: Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (Score 1) 102

by Sique (#47773017) Attached to: CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

So my middle post doesn't matter. I don't have a choice of providers, I just have a choice of how I get the internet. Sat, DSL or Cable.

Hm. So you were saying, that you don't have the choice of fast food chains, because Domino's only serves pizza, while McDonald's only serves burgers?

Comment: Re:interesting case.... (Score 1) 49

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47772783) Attached to: Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany
You wouldn't even need to be having production issues. As with most vendors, Nvidia has a bunch of options for sale and the nicer ones cost more. Even if you have the capability to stuff boards with the nicer chips just as easily as the cheap ones, a bit of fraud will do wonders for your BoM costs.

Comment: Re:interesting case.... (Score 2) 49

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47772773) Attached to: Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany
It would be interesting for an intermediary to be involved since producing/obtaining correctly faked GPUs is a comparatively specialized task. Not rocket science, pick the cheapest Nvidia silicon that is close enough to not react horribly to drivers expecting the real thing, tamper with the identifying portions of the firmware, replace any packaging, stickers, or other labels; but it's hardly the old 'purchase thing from best buy, return brick in the box' scam.

This doesn't mean that it isn't one of the intermediaries; but if it is they are working with considerably more sophistication than the 'fell off the truck' level of supply chain skimming.

Comment: Re:I bought one of these for Litecoin mining (Score 4, Insightful) 49

by gnasher719 (#47772589) Attached to: Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

No biggie, I contacted Amazon and received a full refund, and the dealer was soon after banned from Amazon, apparently I wasn't the only one being scammed.

Meanwhile, not everybody found out in time, not everybody bothered complaining, and the fraudster pocketed a lot of money. After being banned from Amazon he started a new company under a different name and does it again.

The only way to prevent this is someone pressing criminal charges and someone going to jail.

Comment: Re:plasticity (Score 2) 52

by Sique (#47772467) Attached to: Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas
An organism benefits from plasticity in changing or not optimal environments. About every organism shows signs of a certain plasticity. It doesn't just thrive under optimal conditions, but it can also exist in not so advanturous environments, but it doesn't grow to the same size, reaches the same age or produced the same amount of offspring. Nevertheless, thanks to plasticity, it can overcome the situation.

Comment: Re:All of these are supported by Red Hat (Score 2) 216

by StuartHankins (#47772079) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest
Looks like the article I linked is out of date ("As of October 1, 2013, MySQL 5.5 packages have been added to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 Beta, and therefore will be in the forthcoming GA release."). 5.10 was released on 2013-10-01 according to

Thanks for pointing it out. I've commented on the article requesting it be updated.

Comment: Re:Jane Q. Public is Lonny Eachus (Score 1) 437

by Jane Q. Public (#47771925) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

I have no obligation to prove every statement I make to you on Slashdot. In fact I have very good personal reasons for not wanting to tell you: I don't want to give you an opportunity to try to bullshit your way out of yet another aspect of your antisocial behavior. No fear: the records are safe.

Comment: Re:Jane Q. Public is Lonny Eachus (Score 1) 437

by Jane Q. Public (#47771897) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
In fact, the more I read of these old streams, the more I've found where I was actually correct. (Like the one on bicycle stability for instance.) I have a copy of that paper right here and it says I was correct.

Etc. Funny how when I say I'm done putting up with your bullshit, you try to ad-hominem me into replying more. You're weird, guy.

But I really am done putting up with your bullshit. Your attempts to shame me haven't been coming off too well, you know.

Comment: Re:Jane Q. Public is Lonny Eachus (Score 1) 437

by Jane Q. Public (#47771859) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
Although I have kept records of some of your comments, why do you expect I would have them handy? Not everybody shares your particular brand of obsession.

I don't keep links to all your past comments at hand, or generally bother to search for them, for 2 reasons: (1) I just don't care much about you or past shit you've written, with one exception but I don't particular want to discuss that. And (2) unlike you, I'm just not that kind of weirdo. I have better uses for the records I keep.

Comment: Re:Jane/Lonny Eachus "isn't" a 9/11 Truther (Score 1) 437

by Jane Q. Public (#47771823) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
See, there you go again. Out of context links to things said long ago, in some kind of half-assed attempt to prove something.

Just a brief sample: GPS. Turned out that the people who were arguing with me were wrong, but I was wrong too. Although I assert that I was closer than they were. My statement that three satellites were sufficient to triangulate a point space (given arbitrarily fine precision) was correct. Others were arguing that it requires 4. It turns out GPS uses a minimum of 4, but the 4th is a ground station (not satellite) used to correct for errors, not necessary for the basic triangulation.

So that wasn't nonsense. In fact not only was I essentially correct about the geometry, I was the one who found the actual answer to that one and told everyone else.

Let's see... Rossi. At no time did I say the Rossi affair was not a hoax. I mentioned that he had sold one or two of his devices (and he had sold at least one). What of it? The U.S. navy has been looking into similar LENR reactions for decades, as have other scientists. That's a fact. Go ahead, try to refute it. In fact what I said about Rossi was wait and see.

YOUR problem is that you claim these things are nonsense, but you haven't disproved a single one of them. Why not?

It's ad-hominem. Plain and simple. By presenting these things (which YOU can nonsense, out of context), you are merely making yet another attempt at character assassination. I am not impressed.

Oh... and I was only partly wrong about the NATO rounds. The originals were exactly as I described them. It turned out that the UN declared the standard rounds too deadly, so they were changed to be heavier with a steel insert. I wasn't wrong, my information was just old. I hadn't known about the change, which occurred around 1980 or so.

So sure, I've made some small errors. And admitted them when I did. But that is only a minority of links above, which you are apparently trying to claim are all "nonsense". Like the beta decay: after some initial confusion I asked how the oscillations take place, and someone answered. I admitted that I was wrong.

You don't see the comments where I admitted I was wrong in your links above, do you? Why is that? No need to answer: the obvious answer is again that this is not an attempt at presenting factual information, it's simply an attempt to make me look bad, using underhanded (and illegitimate) tactics. Not to mention that in a lot of it I wasn't wrong at all, you just think I was.

But like I said before: this kind of shit is exactly what I have learned to expect from you.

One last thing, to anybody else who has bothered to wade through all his bullshit: ask yourselves why he's keeping a record of ALL the comments I made on Slashdot over a period of years that he thinks were wrong. Do YOU do that to people? No, you don't, do you? That's because YOU are probably a normal human being, who doesn't stalk or obsess over strangers.

Comment: Re:Ocean heat content is rising - Levitus 2012 (Score 1) 437

by Jane Q. Public (#47771737) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
Almost, but not quite. Quote:

(5) that the heat storage in the upper ocean takes place in the upper 100 meters, and the magnitude provides a rise in temperature at those depths of 0.5ÂC in the past 50 years (in those parts of the ocean for which we have data);

(6) this global warming (and cooling) of the ocean occurs on biennial, ENSO, decadal and interdecadal period scales; thence,

(7) the ocean thermal changes on centennial-period scales, which appear as the warming trend through the past 50 to 100 years, can be explained by means of intrinsic internal modes of the Earth going through their normal cycle of warming and cooling, independent of both radiative and anthropogenic influences.

If you read the whole article, he very explicitly says that the climate is NOT experiencing anthropogenic warming. Based on his pile of peer-reviewed papers (see his list of references).

If you want to argue the matter, then go argue with him. If you want to refute his references, then do so. I'm just reporting what he said. It's kind of pointless to argue with me about it.

Comment: Re:Ocean heat content is rising - Levitus 2012 (Score 1) 437

by Jane Q. Public (#47771725) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

That has nothing to do with measuring ocean heat content. That is just the opinion of some guy on the internet regarding the implications of increased ocean heat content. Someone who is apparently not that familiar with the concept of conservation of energy.

Hilarious. Yeah, just "some guy" on the internet. Well, let's see:

Robert E. Stevenson, an oceanography consultant based in Hawaii, trains the NASA astronauts in oceanography and marine meteorology. He was Secretary General of the International Association for the Physical Science of the Oceans from 1987 to 1995, and worked as an oceanographer for the U.S. Office of Naval Research for 20 years. ... author of more than 100 articles and several books, including the most widely used textbook on the natural sciences.

Right. Just some guy. And yes, his article DOES address heat content. And has about 40 references. (I didn't count.)

Typical warmist ad-hominem bullshit. "I've never heard of him so he must be an idiot and wrong."

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.