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Comment Re:Mod parent UP. (Score 4, Interesting) 465

Gotta say, I've heard dumber ideas. It would be very helpful if someone started a site that keeps track of product managers who scramble the UI in popular applications, force-feed operating systems to unwilling users, or redesign websites whose only fault is that people like the way they work now.

Basically a cross between LinkedIn, FuckedCompany, and Rotten Tomatoes, where users post independent "performance reviews." When an exec moves to a new company, we'd know to disable automatic updates for that company's products.

If anyone wants to take a serious shot at this problem, they can count on at least one subscriber.

Comment Re:We need to wind back thSo, where shoue clock... (Score 1) 142

The topic isn't really, "Should Nature get paid?" or "How much should Nature get paid?", but "Who should pay them, and who should be able to view the resulting publication?"

If the original research grant were used to cover for the editorial costs associated with peer review and publication, then the Elseviers of the world could no longer make a case for restricting public access to publicly-financed research.

The goal of sci-hub is to remove artificial obstacles that block access to human knowledge. Every legitimate scientist should share this goal. But right now, the financial and academic incentives are horribly misaligned.

Comment Re:We need to wind back thSo, where shoue clock... (Score 4, Insightful) 142

So, where should that $2000 per article funding come from, exactly?

Same place the funding for the original research itself came from? Add the "cost of publishing" to the grant proposal.

And if it's publicly-funded at taxpayer expense, don't even THINK about putting the result behind a goddamned paywall.

Comment Re: Version Control = Good (Score 1) 765

To be fair to the developer, "Do you want to discard all changes?" is not even remotely the same question as "Do you want to delete all files?"

That's no excuse for not keeping backups, of course. Everybody who has used a computer for more than a few days has probably had to learn the same lesson the hard way. Nothing to do but move on with life. The code was probably full of bugs anyway.

You step into the river, but the water has moved on
Your data is no more

Comment Re:New low for privacy (Score 5, Informative) 202

It's not easy to create. This foirmer professor/former Oculus exec/former whatever is talking out of her ass.

For one thing, functional MRI is nowhere near as magically effective as she suggests. It's possible to 'read' the thoughts of dead fish in these machines. Results require extensive postprocessing and context-aware interpretation by trained personnel.

For another, these machines are among the most sophisticated devices this side of a CERN facility. They carry seven-figure price tags. They require helium-cooled superconducting magnets, high-energy RF excitation with industrial-scale power requirements, sensitive receivers with lots of signal processing power, and last but not least, long integration times. You almost need a nuclear physicist on staff just to keep one running.

This type of hardware is not going to be featured in the next-generation iPhone. It's dictated by hard physical constraints that cannot be worked around with any known technology.

I will eat an entire Apple store if FMRI or anything like it becomes accessible at the consumer level within 50 years, much less 10.

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