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Comment: Re:Have seen this several times as reviwer... (Score 0) 170

by z0idberg (#48366191) Attached to: What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

There are two types of reviewers: The valuable ones that actually read a paper and try to understand it, and the worthless ones that look at title, abstract and who wrote it (usually easy to find out even in anonymous review). The first type catches these things, the second does not and quite often lets bad papers in and keeps good papers out. The second type is much more common.

Or to put it short: Peer review is broken, as there is no quality control in most cases.

Reviewed that for you.

Comment: Re:Summary (Score 2) 124

by z0idberg (#48218025) Attached to: Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

So you are suggesting that if a death row inmate agrees to be a guinea pig, then actually survives whatever nasties they are injected with, then they should be allowed to live?

Does your master plan include releasing the survivors from jail completely then? or just downgraded from death row to life in prison?

The alternative is they keep getting tested with nasties until they do eventualy die.

Which of these do you think is going to be an acceptable outcome to everyone?

Comment: Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (Score 1) 294

by z0idberg (#48165189) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

I think the burden of proof lies on the other side.

Q. Who benefits from the bill modification?

A. Franchise dealers

Q. Who loses out ?

A. Tesla. Consumers.

So what reason did the lobbyists use to convince the members who passed the bill ?
Surely there must be valid reasons as on the face of it this hurts consumers and therefore hurts the members constituents. If they cannot show cause with these valid reasons then its reasonable to be suspicious.

Comment: Re:IP's with out ISP logs are useless and even if (Score 1) 217

Not useless.

Can you not cross-reference the IP address of known transactions (booking a flight with credit card/personal info), with unknown transactions (emails intended to be sent anonymously, visits to "offensive/dangerous/terrorist" sites etc) to determine who is doing what?

Yes, there are ways around masking your IP source and identity if you go to the trouble, but that doesn't mean everyone takes those measures.

Comment: Re:Is he really a "sucker"? (Score 0) 203

by z0idberg (#45894769) Attached to: How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

Speculator. Investment is something else entirely. You have something at the end of the day when you are investing, there is simply no way to lose your capital. Risk is kept to a minimum. Speculation on the other hand is, well, roll the dice again let's see what happens... The difference is subtle - so subtle that most people don't get it. But it's the difference between buying a piece of land or a barrel of crude oil versus buying, well - Bitcoin... It doesn't matter if you made millions with bitcoin - you did it by speculating rather than rather than investing? Why? Because not a person on earth can tell you or me why exactly bitcoin is the price that it is today, or the price it will be next week. It's extraordinarily volatile, no one is sure how many bitcoins there actually are, no one is sure how many bitcoins to charge for a given product (why should I sell you something for 1 bitcoin today that you might have to pay 2 bitcoin for tomorrow?), etc. Until someone can work out that bitcoin is not responding simply to low volume, DDOS attacks on the exchanges, and price manipulation by a few wealthy people, it's just gambling plain and simple. There's nothing wrong with gambling if you're into that sort of thing, but you have to be aware that it is very possible that suddenly end up with nothing at all. Like the guy who sold his house for one tulip, right before the tulip market crashed (forever).

A tulip is a "something", and no matter what the "something" is that you buy, you can most definitely lose your capital if the value of that something disappears to virtually nothing. Your entire argument is shot down by your last sentence.

Comment: Re:Is he really a "sucker"? (Score 3, Insightful) 203

by z0idberg (#45893187) Attached to: How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

Which part of that suggests that GPs $1000 "sucker" can't make a short-term profit and get out by selling at the right time?

An investor who bought in at $500 and sold at $1000 isn't a sucker and it isn't necessarily dumb luck either. You don't have to believe in the underlying principles or long term prospects of a company/stock/currency/anything to be able to make a quick buck off it off the back of short term investor behavior or market conditions.

This process can check if this value is zero, and if it is, it does something child-like. -- Forbes Burkowski, CS 454, University of Washington

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