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Comment Re:Link to the actual report tool (Score 1) 66

I agree. The so-called "Report" doesn't tell me my current video quality at all, it just gives the average over 30 days over all the customers in my area using my provider (so how does this compare me with my neighbor???). The only one who benefits from this is the ISP who will no doubt tout it in endless commercials. (And by the way, I'm in the 29th largest metropolitan area in the US, and it has results for here).

Comment Re:Does anyone look at ads anyway? (Score 1) 355

What I hate is when I go to a website, and then all I get for the next week are ads from that website all over my other screens. Makes me want to scream, and actually is a large disincentive for going back to that website short of an Onion Browser (yes, StubHub, that's why I won't buy tickets from you).

Comment Re:Corporate speak (Score 2) 373

I think - in extension to this point - that the lawyers suing GM are too lazy/unable to read every document GM could produce in discovery and therefore they simply do word searches among the documents for the 69 words. The other alternative for protecting yourself from lawsuits (besides never using the words the lawyers will find) is to delete all copies of all emails, memos, and presentations that are more than 6 months old. I have heard about a company that tries to use this method to reduce its legal exposure.

Submission + - Wichita Lineman 2.0: Bill Gates Wants Accelerometers on Power Lines

theodp writes: GeekWire reports that Bill Gates is listed as an inventor on a newly surfaced patent filing that proposes putting accelerometers on power lines to understand how far they move in wind and other conditions, and monitor how close they come to trees and other nearby objects. The idea is to detect issues with power lines before they cause serious problems. Gates and power go way back — a legacy system BillG worked on as a teen that helped manage the electrical grid for the Bonneville Power Administration was just retired after keeping the lights on for 38 years.

Submission + - Microsoft to re-brand Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure effective April 3rd 1

DroidJason1 writes: Microsoft recently changed the name of its SkyDrive cloud storage solution to OneDrive, and now it looks like the rebranding at Microsoft will continue with Windows Azure. The company apparently plans to change the name to Microsoft Azure, in an effort to lend more of a cross-platform feel to the service. Azure has become more cross-platform compatible, so this is likely a good move for the company, and this time it has not been forced to do the renaming, unlike OneDrive.

Comment Re:Treatment (Score 1) 112

Your comment about how to shed chronic fatigue by using the body "properly" is arrogant and misguided at best. Chronic fatigue can be caused by a chemical imbalance, or other medical condition, and all the yoga and body alignment and core work will not cure it. Not that I'm advocating a jolt of electric current through the brain will.

There is much we don't know, but I don't think we have to start wearing our Aluminum foil hats 24/7 just yet.

Comment Re:Science, I think not (Score 1) 99

I'm not sure that posting in prominent journals is quite the panacea you believe it is: there are still far more articles posted each year in Nature and Science than could be tested and verified by competent researchers. And surely you do not suggest we discount all science published in "obscure" areas? The science is not obscure to the ones who study it.

Comment Re:Science, I think not (Score 1) 99

The Economist published an article last fall: Unreliable Research: Trouble at the Lab discussing that scientists may be looking at the wrong questions, and that well respected work may not be reproducible. I work at a university and to some extent, the new grad students reproduce the results that the senior grad students found en route to learning how to use the equipment, but it's not always that way.

Comment Re:Biology varies more than expected. Unsurprised. (Score 1) 64

It is really a flawed experimental design. If I have the flu, I go to the doctor or I go to bed, I don't go to Google. If I have a bad cold, and can't decide whether it's the flu or not, I google the symptoms. The sicker you are, the less need to Google. The model might be predictive for really bad colds in cities, or really mild cases of flu.

Comment Re:Slippery slope (Score 1) 187

Point of fact, when I run the browser with Adblock on it, I don't see any of the new Google ads, I just see some white space. I have a different browser without Adblock that I use to watch network TV online, so I know where the ads would be. No argument with me, Google is evil, but now it seems easier to block ads on Google than it used to be.

Submission + - White House urges 'geeks' to get healthcare coverage, launch start-ups (computerworld.com) 1

dcblogs writes: The White House is urging tech workers, or "geeks," to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and said having the coverage will give them the "freedom and security" to start their own businesses. "There is strong evidence that when affordable healthcare isn't exclusively tied to employment, in more instances people choose to start their own companies," wrote White House CTO Todd Park in a post to launch its #GeeksGetCovered campaign.Bruce Bachenheimer, a professor of management at Pace University and director of its Entrepreneurship Lab, said the effort is part of a broader appeal by the White House to get younger and healthier people to sign-up for Obamacare, and is in the same vein as President Obama's recent appearance on Between Two Ferns,

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