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Comment: Re:Great, Let's Build IFR's (Score 1) 417

So, where are all the environmentalists demanding we build integral fast reactors as fast as we can?

"Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power "

You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology.

http://www.theguardian.com/com...

Comment: Re:Ho hum (Score 1) 113

by starless (#49416183) Attached to: Hyundai To Release "Semi-Autonomous" Car This Year

And yet I see so many vehicles in the left-hand lane on US highways weaving onto the left-hand shoulder.

Surprisingly that seems to include the self-driving car I was behind today.

At least I assume it was self-driving as the woman in the driver's seat was spending quite some time using both
hands to adjust her hair....

Comment: Re:Enlighten me please (Score 1) 450

by starless (#49230107) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

I had the original Macbook air which also had only one USB port (although not USB-C of course).
It was often an incredible pain having only the one port. I now have a more recent Air and the additional ports make the
machine much more flexible and useful for me. (And I use it as an international travel device for taking to conferences etc.)

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 252

by starless (#49098957) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

The difference here is that Uber has a product. A vile, rent-seeking product built on the corpse of the American Middle Class, but a product nontheless. .

I'm finding Uber increasingly useful, as so do an increasing number of people I know who live in cities.
The drivers also seem pretty happy when you talk to them.
So, I think you're overstating how bad Uber is overall. And they may even (with luck)
have a positive role to play in making cities easier to get around and so reducing the
need for cars.

Comment: Re:They are both disconnected from reality (Score 3, Insightful) 148

by starless (#49054791) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6

Can't read past the headline?

The bigger message that Samsung is going to make most of the bloatware uninstallable and optionally downloadable has been completely ignored here.

- The details are still unknown as this is essentially still just a rumor.
- The article says it appears that the Samsung apps are going to be optionally downloadable.
But it is unclear whether the MS apps that replace them will be removable/downloadable, or whether those will work the same way as the current Samsung apps do. (i.e. not able to remove without rooting phone.)

Comment: Re:The biggest failure of science: (Score 1) 200

by starless (#48981481) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle

And do not state the size of the effect.

Well, they do quote the size of the effect in the abstract. And the results clearly have no statistical "power".
This is part of the abstract. HR = hazard ratio. i.e. the relative ratio of dying for the joggers compared to the non-joggers.
And CI is a confidence interval. e.g. For the light joggers they can say with 95% statistical certainty that the risk of dying was
between 10% and 47% of the non-joggers.

The lowest HR for mortality was found in light joggers (HR: 0.22; 95% CI: 0.10 to 0.47), followed by moderate joggers (HR: 0.66; 95% CI: 0.32 to 1.38) and strenuous joggers (HR: 1.97; 95% CI: 0.48 to 8.14).

But see that for the strenuous joggers the range can be anywhere between 50% of the non-joggers death rate to 8x the death rate.
So, really nothing at all can be said about anything apart from either the light joggers, or considering all joggers together.
For those groups there is a benefit at the 95% confidence level.
(And, as a physicist, I don't really consider any result to be worth much at such a low level.)

Comment: Re:Thus confirming existing opinions: (Score 1) 96

by starless (#48946933) Attached to: ESA: No Conclusive Evidence of Big Bang Gravitational Waves

Of course, if you're being a real scientist, presumably you don't announce spectacular results till they've been peer-reviewed....

And even more than just announcing a non-reviewed piece of work, they went overboard with the hype it seems to me,
including the highly-staged video they made of arriving at Andre Linde's house and telling him the result:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Not much aperture (Score 1) 19

by starless (#48822319) Attached to: Exoplanet Hunting NGTS Telescope Array Achieves First Light

I wonder what the real step forward is (field of view? accuracy? software?), because that is not much aperture. 1.5 square meters in all, compared to 6 square meters on Kepler and 18 square meters on Hubble.

The collecting area of HST is ~4.5 m^2. (2.4/2)^2 x pi
Collecting area of Kepler is ~0.7 m^2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K...

You also have to consider e.g. field of view and observation durations for use in planet searches.

Comment: Re:Study pinpoints "lazy" authors too (Score 1) 53

by starless (#48575677) Attached to: Study of Massive Preprint Archive Hints At the Geography of Plagiarism

I work a lot with data from astronomy satellites. A lot of the first steps of the analysis, and describing the spacecraft
and its instruments are very close to the same from paper to paper of mine. (And similarly for other people doing similar
work.) This results in a lot of near (and sometimes exact) duplication of text. However, I believe this is still valid
and necessary. The heart of the paper - i.e. the new results and conclusions - does still differ of course!

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