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Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 1) 184

by vux984 (#49185625) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

That isn't in the bill itself.

I realize that.

That's what one person said in response to Morganstein's stated opinion about the bill.

A person who backs the bill, who perhaps could and should have said something a LOT MORE INTELLIGENT about it.

I hardly think a reasonable person would conclude that study subjects could not be anonymous. That's an extreme interpretation, not a reasonable one.

So then what is the REAL dispute? That would lead a president to veto it? Or is this whole debate the syphility ramblings of a 24 hour media cycle that can't seem to find any real news to report on in a world of 6 billion people with nearly uncountable real issues to investigate? (And despite my sarcasm... I count that possibility as entirely plausible.)

Comment: Re: Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress lat (Score 1) 184

by vux984 (#49185589) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

Sorry, you don't get to redefine science as "Something a scientist told me."

I never did. So ... there's that.

There is no shortage of people willing to make statements in the authoritative tone, and the stupid and undisciplined accept that as a way to avoid that uncomfortable feeling of uncertainty. I'm not among them, are you?

Again... nobody is redefining science. What are you on about?

Comment: Re: Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress late (Score 1) 184

by vux984 (#49185417) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

If it's not transparent and reproducible, it's not a proposal based on science, but authority. It holds as much weight as a statement by the Flying Spagetti Monster.

One can (and should) post the methodology and results without revealing confidential patient health information, sufficient that another group could reproduce the study.

You do not need to know the names of the participants, and have access to their medical records to reproduce the study. Find your own patients and reproduce the published methodology to lend weight or cast doubt on the original study.

That's how medical research should be done.

If you want a faith based approach to law making...

Time for your meds.

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 1) 184

by vux984 (#49185391) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

If I propose we serve beef burgers, and a vegetarian selection at a picnic and someone says, hey that sounds like maybe your suggesting we serve vegetarian PEOPLE as food?!!!

Would I say... "Not to worry, vegetarians may choose to opt-out of eating or being eaten."

Or... would I say? Are you nuts? I obviously didn't mean it that way. Fine, whatever... "I propose we serve beef hot dogs and a green salad"? We good?.. Lets move on.

If its a reaching non-issue Why would the backers of the bill suggest study participants can sign waivers or opt out? Why aren't they just fixing the bill to exclude that interpretation?

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 5, Informative) 184

by vux984 (#49184959) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

What's weird about making the data from scientific studies publically available? Frankly, I think the data from all government funded research should be public domain.

From the full article, the law as written, would bar the EPA from using any studies involving confidential patient information unless they were made public.

The (Republican) backers response? Apparently they think participants/Patients should sign a waiver agreeing that the raw study data might be made public, or they can simply choose not to participate in the study.

Frankly, I'm disgusted.

The result is clear: very few, if any, studies would be available to the EPA to use as a basis to set policy.

The idea of transparent science is good. But this is clearly an attempt to strip the EPA of any ability to actually do science or regulate based on science.

Comment: Re: Try and try again. (Score 4, Interesting) 323

by vux984 (#49183649) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

The iPhone when it came out was far less useful than any of the windows phones, but it took off because it cost more, and did less, while being pretty.

Nope. Multitouch was simply worlds better than stylus + soft or slide out keyboard.

"Visual voicemail" or whatever it was called kicked the ass out of dial-in voicemail which was still the default on windows mobile devices.

And the whole UI being designed for touch instead of stylus made it a LOT easier to use.

Yes, you definitely gave up lots of functionality in terms of the iphone not having stylus, and only being able to interact with it with your fingers; editing a spreadsheet on an iphone 3G was terrible compared to Windows Mobile 5/6... but making a call or appointment or sending a text message was orders of magnitude better.

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 2) 255

by vux984 (#49182823) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Not really.

Yes, its important to consider the context classical works were written from. The Flintstones for example or Huck Finn... etc. The various racial and gender issues in them can and should be attributed to values from 1880 or 1960 respectively.

We should of course, bear in mind that Heinlein is writing from the 40s through the 80s and need to keep that in focus, but they are not the background canvas that his works rest on he... he brings the social conventions to the forefront propses that we look at them his way, and in doing so demands that we consider them on their own merits. Whether its that we re-consider the family unit as a business-corporate entity; or to challenge us on incest and pedophilia; or his postulation that libertarian economic policy is ideal.

These are not the context; these are his theses. They demand critique.

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 2) 220

by vux984 (#49182477) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Uh... they're *fun*?

Of course, but why are they *fun*? Do you really think it says nothing about you?

They certainly aren't universally viewed as fun; I know many people who would never choose to play one. And of those that do choose to play them their are a variety of motivations and reasons... I outlined some earlier; but there are lot more.

That you read anything else into a game says something about you, wouldn't you think?

That I even play games says something about me. Which games I choose, and how I choose to play them All reveal a great deal about me. Do I play them on easy or on hard? Do I care about "achievements" ? Do I care if others can see those achievements? Do I use cheats? Do I tend to play Iron man or do I save and reload often? Do I prefer strategy or tactics or reaction? How important are graphics? Do I prefer solo or competitive multiplayer or cooperative? Do I pirate games? Or buy them? Do I wait for sales or buy on realease day? Which games do I buy on release day? Do I choose avatars that are projections of me? (Mayor Sheldon Cooper of Sheldonopolis? Or are they whimsical? Or are they crude... Mayor Farts of Pooplandia? Do I only choose handsome male avatars? Or will I play a female or troll ... or troll female? Does it affect how I behave? Do you finish every quest you start? Do only do quests that give you measurable upgrades? Do you read the quest text? Do you care about the story at all? Do you bother with appearance items at all? Or are you look like a patchwork of mismatched armors? Do you want it to look impressive or fearsome or do you set out to make it look like a joke? Do you get into your character or is it just a puppet you steer around?

To suggest that how you play a game says nothing deep or penetrating about you is to be utterly naive. Sure playing a Rogue doesn't imply you are a criminal. But there's a wealth of information about you from how you play.

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 1) 255

by vux984 (#49182035) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Yeah, I second the poster who suggests rereading them again now... except honestly most just weren't THAT good.

nobody is going to confuse Heinlein with Ayn Rand when it comes to message versus storytelling.

Actually I disagree, several of his works had lengthy tangents of just Heinlein channeling message that really didn't connect to the story. Friday for one, Farnham's Freehold for another, Number of the Beast, I will fear no evil, all stand out as examples for me. Probably others... to sail beyond the sunset...etc.

I think Stranger in a Strange Land ... well the commentary on society in that one was integral to the story.

A lot of his work was good, and even his weaker stuff is still worth a read -- some neat stuff explored; but your definitely looking through a window into Heinlein's political, economic, and sexual ideology and it becomes apparent to the point of being an annoying distraction.

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 4, Interesting) 220

by vux984 (#49181761) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Not saving an avatar doesn't show that you're biased against them, because they don't exist.

Discriminating between saving black vs white avatars does indicate some sort of bias. Deal with it.

Am I racist because I like green coloured avatars,

Adding green colored avatars would be an interesting experiment; would they similarly be discriminated against on average? Or would their introduction break the "real world to virtual world" parallel in the average mind and lead to any real-world biases not being applied; leading to no discernible bias... or perhaps you need to eliminate black and white as options and only have green, orange, and purple avatars... and then that might be interesting too. Would their be a bias... would people bias towards helping other avatars with the same color as their own avatar... would orange be universally favored regardless of the color of self? Would players own real life colorings affect the displayed bias or lack thereof. I couldn't say.

But if there is a definite bias displayed, then there is a definite bias. Racism is one possible and reasonable explanation that can't be discounted out of hand.

Although depending on the textures and lighting... maybe it was simply because the white ones were easier to see...?

or a criminal because I have a penchant for rogue classes?

A criminal? no. but it does say something about you; if you examine the reasons why you have a penchant for rogue classes; I'm sure you'll find something out about yourself reflected in that.

and I don't go around pickpocketing IRL either.

I find it interesting you mention pickpocketing at all. My interest in rogue classes tends to focus on their stealth and back stab attacks -- I have a friend who plays rogues and his interest is always in their fast-talk / deception skills. But you... you mentioned pickpocketing... interesting. ;)

Comment: Re:As the majority pointed out (Score 3, Informative) 130

by vux984 (#49173333) Attached to: Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

Anything you leave behind at a crime scene is fair game.

What about stuff you leave behind NOT at a crime scene?

So they got some DNA at a crime scene, but don't know whose it is. They think it might be you, but the judge denies them a warrant based on lack of evidence... so they follow you around until they see you throw away a cup, or a piece of gum, or sneeze and toss the tissue away in a public place. Then they amble up and help themselves.

The couldn't get a warrant for your DNA, but because its impossible to live a normal and free life without shedding DNA they just had to wait a while until you left some behind.

Whether or not that is "ok" is something that deserves national discussion.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 231

by vux984 (#49167877) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

well the issue i am having now is that i have to pull the battery to do a real reset. how will the GS6 deal with that? when the soft button combo wont do a reset, pull the battery!

I've never run into an iPhone where I couldn't do the hard reset with the soft buttons. I'm sure its probably happened to somebody out there, and if they'd been able to pull the battery that would have been another option for them.

I also can't remember the last time I had to physically take the battery out of a laptop or pull the plug on a desktop computer either because the power off button combo wasn't being responded too.

You are making a mountain out of a molehill.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 231

by vux984 (#49166829) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

Speak for yourself. I now have to use an external battery pack instead of just being able to carry around a relatively small battery.

That is where the market has gone even for phones with replaceable batteries. Nobody is carrying around an actual spare battery anymore.

I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, but I can't get a full day's use out of a smartphone.

I couldn't quite get a full day out of a galaxy s3 no matter what I did.

I can now get just barely 2 days out of an s5 if i forget to charge it. I don't use it continually, and I don't use it for music or games; or "social crap".

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 231

by vux984 (#49162491) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

5 years ago that was true. Im still using my GS3 which works fine to this day. it gets a little hot, but after replacing the battery i could see me getting a good 2 more years out of it (longer if i wasnt using a bunch of apps)

You can replace the battery on most "sealed phones" too. Its just more of a process; and depending on your comfort level you might prefer to take it to a shop to do it for $20+price-of-battery for you. But you can still do that. And you only need to do it once, after 3-4 years.

Who cares if its super easy to replace the battery if its something you only do once after 3-4 years? As long as the 'non-replaceable battery' is shop replaceable that's good enough for me.

If its not shop replaceable, then I don't want it. But i know zillions of people with old iphones who have had the battery replaced.

The fact that they can't carry a spare and change it between calls? So what? Nobody does that? I don't even know I'd charge an extra samsung s5 battery if i owned one.

As long as I can get the battery replaced 2-5 years down the road for a nominal price; that's fine. So my concern isn't whether the S6 has a user replaceable battery or not... its whether the little shop down the road will be able to get one 4 years from now. Because he has no trouble getting iphone batteries for an iphone 3GS ... but my friends 3 year old Sony feature phone ?? Good luck... and that phone actually has a user replaceable battery!

The number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected. -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June 1972