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Comment Not Science, Medicine (Score 3, Informative) 55

This is medical research, not science. Medicine uses science because often the best way to cure something is to understand it but, very importantly, it has a very different motivation to science. Finding a "magic" pill which cures disease X without side effects but whose mechanism is completely unknown is great medicine but appalling science. Science is all about understanding how things work, medicine is all about treating human ailments.

This leads to a different approach using the tools of science. Medical researchers tend to focus far more on correlation over causation because that is what is most important to this. Unfortunately this approach leaves them open to random statistical effects which require a very good understanding of statistics to avoid and even then it can still be very easy to fool yourself e.g. the Monty Hall effect.

So lets call this problem what it is: a problem with medical research.

Submission + - Ad Blocking Isn't As Widespread As You Yhink

Mickeycaskill writes: Adoption of adblocking software in the UK has remained static at 22 percent, despite widespread concern among online publishers, and even the government, about impact on revenues and the creative industries.

A report believes levels of use could even be lower as 1/5 of respondents to its survey claimed their antivirus software was an adblocker. The Internet Advertising Bureau believes consumers are becoming more aware about the trade off between access to content and viewing ads.

“The continued rise in ad blocking that some predicted simply hasn’t materialised,” said the IAB UK’s CEO Jon Mew. “A key reason is publishers denying access to content to ad blockers which, in effect, has created that ‘lightbulb’ moment for people who realise that they cannot access free content without seeing the advertising that funds it. The industry has worked hard on promoting this ‘value exchange’ and it’s paying off.”

Comment Re:Refillable packaging (Score 1) 125

There's no intrinsic reason why there cannot be big jerrycans filled with ketchup on the shelves, where you can fill standardised 1 litre bottles yourself, it's just not how the supply lines currently work.

Actually, there are. It has to do with food safety. Tomato in particular is a sketchy one. Even hippies don't do this, yet they are willing to watch the machine grind their peanut butter to an inferior standard as compared to what's in the jar on the shelf. Honey is also distributed to hippies in the manner in which you describe — honey keeps basically forever, so there is no hazard there. I've also seen olive oil begin to be distributed in this fashion of late. Also, add to the list beer and wine; wine bottle-filling kiosks are beginning to become popular, as are growler filling stations for the beer lovers. And of course, all the dry bulk stuff available in the bins at the health food store, like flour, salt, baking powder, nuts, dried fruits, granola, dried legumes...

Ketchup goes bad easily, so you're not going to see it distributed in this fashion any time soon.

I misspoke when I talked about the environmental impact; what I meant to say was that using virgin glass has basically no environmental impact as compared to recycling glass.

Comment Re:I know a way to do it, too (Score 1) 125

The fridge is upside down already! I have zero g here in outer space, so I am ignoring the numbnuts part of your statement, you insensitive clod!

Unless you left your balls in space, it probably doesn't apply.

You may have to put your bottle in a centrifuge. Just don't mix it up with the science samples.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 2) 195

The world of code is more like this:

Software is inherently different to hardware, so you make a valid point. Though in a more perfect world, in which interoperability was forced by hook or by crook (so, if you don't use standards, your code repo gets raided until people can figure out how to interoperate with you) the software world itself would probably be more streamlined anyway as those who have built their existence on lock-in become eliminated.

Arguably though, for software all that has to be done is protect open source and Free Software, because eventually it will destroy all other software. It has a tendency to surpass commercial software given enough time and attention, and it has a tendency to attract that attention in proportion to the need — as Linux has proven.

Comment Re:the laws may take 3-5 years to get rid of drive (Score 1) 112

Which is part of the problem. Away from Planet Uber, if your journey is undertaken for work purposes (which going to meet a customer clearly is) you are "at work", and should be covered by work-related insurance. That's why regular taxi drivers have to have commercial insurance; private car insurance doesn't cover operating as a driver-for-hire.

I've heard this argument before, but for me it doesn't wash specifically because the secret formula used to determine how much you will pay for auto insurance includes a location component and a mileage component. If you're putting on more miles, and they know you live in an urban area, they can just price your insurance payments to account for your use of the vehicle. The only time you really need more coverage than they ordinarily provide is when you are transporting a fare. They shouldn't be allowed to deny you coverage while you're en route to a destination, because traveling to destinations is an ordinary thing for drivers to do.

The fun part is that, despite the all the penny-pinching (and the hype), Uber is hemorrhaging money.

As far as I can tell they are scumbuckets, but I am still in favor of the legal changes they are attempting to work, because I am against the monopoly that the entrenched taxi industry possesses in those places where that is the case. Where I actually live, we don't have one big taxi company that runs everything. We have a number of individuals who run single-vehicle taxi services. Of course, if they become large and successful enough (and I don't mean by eating a lot of drive-through) they can add vehicles and drivers to their businesses, and eventually get enough money to lobby for protectionist laws that will cause the same problem here. And since here is in the sticks, the amount of money necessary for a bribe might be much less than it is in the city.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 195

Since I'm NOT worried about whether the Gods are going to punish me, not worried about whether I'll make a kill on the next hunt, or if the flint spear I have will be good enough for the job... I'd say our system's working out fairly well. There's always room for improvement, though.

If you know where your next paycheck is coming from, if your basic needs are met and you can sleep without economic anxiety at night, You are the eight percent.

Damned right there's room for improvement.

Comment Re:This is pretty obvious. (Score 1) 195

Who would bet on self-driving cars that work safely and reliably in the next 20 years right now? It's always easy to wheel out some dandy-looking prototype that works fairly well 99% of the time. But that remaining 1% is what hurts you.

The sad part is that we have had the technology for self-driving vehicles since the 1800s. It is called rail.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 195

Can we just hold progress back another 40 years or so?

Sure. Just fight MGI/UBI/COLA and mission accomplished.

In an efficient world, the most talented people would produce the best stuff, and we would use it. In this world, everyone produces a lot of shit and only a few people get to use the best stuff because it is buried under feces.

You don't have to worry about finding your place in the world if your place in the world isn't tied to your economic output. You can simply exist. There is more than enough to go around if we cut out the waste simply for the purpose of waste.

Comment Re:Tesla (not the car company) (Score 1) 95

quote>That's interesting, where did he come up with those kinds of thoughts? How did he learn to tap into the other dimension?

He was born that way. I don't know that it came from any other dimension or anything, but the schematic for the practical production of AC current came to him in a vision while walking on the beach.

Comment Let me just decode this for you (Score 1) 54

Tesla notes in its press release: "Our Model 3 program is on track to start limited vehicle production in July and to steadily ramp production to exceed 5,000 vehicles per week at some point in the fourth quarter and 10,000 vehicles per week at some point in 2018.

"Limited vehicle production in July" means that they will make a few vehicles by hand and put them in the hands of customers. This is precisely what they did with all prior models.

"At some point in the fourth quarter" means in December, if then, since Tesla has a perfect record of being late.

"some point in 2018" means Q4 2018, again, if then.

This of course assumes that history will repeat itself, but it's been reliable so far.

Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 54

And, everything to this car is way more expensive than others. And body collision, even small will cost you $5K+ ~ $10K.

Well, no. You're just new. Honda made the first production car with body repair bills like that, the NSX. It was the first production vehicle with an all-aluminum unibody. I have an Audi A8, which is in exactly the same boat. It's from 1997. Get with the times, youngster.

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