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Comment: Models (Score 1) 525

I believe in science, but I do wonder about the accuracy of climate scientist's models. I remember reading Richard Feynman's account of a scientist's rat-in-a-maze experiment - "STILL, the rats could tell". It detailed how hard it is to control all the variables in an experiment - in that case, to make sure the rats were operating under the rules you thought they were. The same principles would surely apply to climate models, where the system they're modelling is enormously more complex.

Comment: Re: Marijuana's capacity to REVEAL TRUTH (Score 1) 291

Nuclear weapons have killed a little under 250,000 people world wide since 1945, whereas traffic deaths in 2010 alone were over a million worldwide. Therefore cars are more dangerous than nuclear weapons.

Such comparisons aren't very useful, because they ignore the fact that the weapons (thankfully) aren't used often.

Comment: Local minima (Score 1) 249

by taylorius (#49072321) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

Their model isn't necessarily inadequate. Perhaps the cooperative strategy was simply easier to arrive at through evolution. The extortion strategy might be in a hard-to-reach part of behavioural state space. It's taken these brilliant mathematicians a good while to find it, after all. If evolution finds a suboptimal, but still beneficial strategy, it can be hard to subsequently jump out of that local minima to reach an even better solution.

Comment: Re:Slave Labour is certainly profitable (Score 2) 534

by taylorius (#48922393) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

I'm using a PC, it was assembled in the UK, but as you point out, the components were surely made in the far East.
So what? Is your point that because we all use computers, and wear clothes that were made by workers in terrible conditions, that it is wrong to criticise those conditions?

I never said Apple were the only company that does this, but they are the biggest, and they have the largest gulf between their polished, doing-good-for-all image, and the reality.

Comment: Slave Labour is certainly profitable (Score 5, Insightful) 534

by taylorius (#48922209) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

$18 billion profit, but they can't afford to make their phones in a country with decent labour laws. Nope, can't do it. The numbers just don't add up I tell you. Apple are the apotheosis of psychopathic corporate greed, at the expense of any human decency.

Comment: Re: Honest question. (Score 1) 479

by taylorius (#48838229) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Then where are they? Where are all these "dual talent pool" success stories? Why don't some of these diverse talents get together and trounce the white male at his own technological game? As a white male I would honestly give them a standing ovation if they did - nothing would make me happier than to see their success. But there's precious little sign of it, so what's stopping them?

Comment: Something that surprises me. (Score 1) 162

by taylorius (#48763035) Attached to: What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

Something new - a conceptually new type of device. Not a slightly thinner tv screen, or a slightly faster / bigger phone. Those evolutionary improvements don't warrant all that razzmatazz. Not a curved tv screen or bendy phone, neither of which add any value that I can see.

I think VR headsets are more exciting, trying the latest cutting edge models would be good - I'd love to try one of the laser-in-the-eye projection headsets (alarming as lasers in the eyes sounds, it surely ought to make a vivid image).

The Thync sounds exciting too - that neuro-brain tickling mood adjuster that had an article on slashdot yesterday. More exciting new concepts like that, please! :-)

Comment: Re:Why only in Tech? (Score 1) 341

by taylorius (#48754421) Attached to: Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

Or could it be that women tend to be olympic champion complainers, and will not let an issue go until they get their way, whereas men would often rather shrug and go and do something else instead?

That isn't to say that women don't have anything to complain about - they surely do. But so do men - and male gripes get orders of magnitude less attention paid to them.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long