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Comment: Linux Lite (Score 1) 303

by spaceman375 (#48101625) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?
Every distro I've ever installed required lots of post-install personalizations. Changing the default editor, mail client, and media player, installing "restricted" codecs and other software, adjusting which services launch when; there's plenty to do before you can call it finished. The one distro that saves me the most of that time is Linux Lite. It's a pleasure to install and to use.

Comment: developer ego (Score 4, Interesting) 324

by spaceman375 (#45680347) Attached to: Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional
By far the most annoying permission is abused by developers on every OS I've tried: Launch at boot. Of Course, YOUR app is so very important that it HAS to use time and resources just so it can be ready at all times. Get over yourselves: I'll launch it when I want it. I'd be WAY happy to just be able to deny that one permission on Android.

+ - Weak statistical standards implicated in scientific irreproducibility-> 1

Submitted by ananyo
ananyo (2519492) writes "The plague of non-reproducibility in science may be mostly due to scientists’ use of weak statistical tests, as shown by an innovative method developed by statistician Valen Johnson, at Texas A&M University. Johnson found that a P value of 0.05 or less — commonly considered evidence in support of a hypothesis in many fields including social science — still meant that as many as 17–25% of such findings are probably false. He advocates for scientists to use more stringent P values of 0.005 or less to support their findings, and thinks that the use of the 0.05 standard might account for most of the problem of non-reproducibility in science — even more than other issues, such as biases and scientific misconduct."
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Comment: Re:Not all good (Score 1) 328

by spaceman375 (#45397635) Attached to: Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"
You aren't considering the case where the subconscious WANTS to quit. You may think some people are too stupid to quit, but a psychiatrist I know commented that he's met many people who were too smart to quit. They could come up with all sorts of reasons for just one more, oh it fits so well here, I have to for thus and such reasons.

Comment: Re:Not all good (Score 3, Interesting) 328

by spaceman375 (#45397595) Attached to: Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"
You have it backwards. Asians are one of the few human lineages that haven't developed an adaptaion to the consumption of alcohol. Specifically a liver pathway for dealing with ethanol rather than a more generalized one. It's a little slower to metabolize the ethanol into the first step, an aldehyde, and the one produced has a different feel to it. Less euphoria, more blushing red face IIRC.

Comment: Call IT directly (Score 1) 247

A few years ago I enabled web access to one of my bank accounts just to check the balance. Less than a day later I started receiving phishing attacks aimed at that specific bank. It quickly became 6 or more per day. I dutifully forwarded them to the eddress the bank's website listed for reporting them, but after 3 weeks I was getting pretty annoyed. So I started including a paragraph suggesting that the bank not bother trying to trace the phishers and instead focus on finding who at the bank was selling the info. Within 2 days the phishing attacks stopped. Apparently the abuse email account was being watched by the insider. With this in mind, I suggest that you directly contact more than one person with authority in their IT department, by phone.

Comment: Kazakhstan should apply for US statehood (Score 1) 131

by spaceman375 (#42250337) Attached to: Kazakhstan Wants Russia To Hand Over Their Baikonur Space City
The US would LOVE to own that spaceport; they'd jump at the chance with promisses of lots of money. Kazakhstan would immediately be eligible for all sorts of federal grants, loans, and development incentives. The people of Kazakhstan would see a big influx of businesses and jobs, along with social programs and charities, tripping over eachother in the rush to exploit, uh, provide for the new markets. I think it would be a huge win all around. Except perhaps for Russia.

Then there really would be "Americans" who could say "I can see Russia from my front porch!"

Comment: The other side of the coin (Score 0) 127

by spaceman375 (#40713629) Attached to: Facebook and Wal-Mart Join Forces
I have been awaiting this for years for my (and everyone's) personal convenience. Yes, we will come up with all sorts of laws and violations, privileges and abuses, and some people will inevitably be wronged. Cars and trucks emit carcinogens but no one is championing going back to horses. Every single comment I've read has been all about the bugaboo paranoia, yet the vast majority of people will benefit from this.

I am specifically talking about replacing credit cards and cash. Combine location tracking and high quality facial recognition, put it in a "cash register," and I won't need to carry a wallet. No more PINs, no more swipe or bump of a card, no signature needed (I sign them with a backwards squiggle anyway.) I can't lose my face, and you can't steal it from me. No need to pass germs between checkout clerks and customers. Robbery of many kinds would drop, since the stores will have less cash on hand. But mostly I just want to not have to carry a wallet or type in a PIN in places where many others can watch.

Seriously, like everything else this has both good and bad aspects to it, but the good outweighs the bad by magnitudes here. Stop whining and start proposing appropriate laws and enforcements: It's easier to ride this horse in the direction its going 'cause it ain't gonna stop.

Comment: Got him back good (Score 3, Funny) 320

by spaceman375 (#40355431) Attached to: Hacked Companies Fight Back With Controversial Steps
One morning our net was SLOW. Turned out most of our 200+ computers were participating in a DOS attack on a computer in Texas. We traced back where the infection started, checked the logs on that computer, and found the source.

Then we called his mother.

She unplugged his PC and told us she'd deal with him when he got home from school.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.