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Comment Re:the obstacles (Score 1) 118

Sounds like it was built like a tank to resist U-boats, and fitted with diesels sized for aircraft carriers. The Wikipedia page is worth a read. To fireproof it and save weight the Navy specified building the ballroom piano out of aluminum. Eventually they found a naturally fire resistant wood for the instrument.

The propellers are on display in museums already, and the interior was gutted and fixtures sold off long ago. Why the hull mods? Maybe the heavy compartmentalization required by the Navy still obstructs putting in big rooms???

Comment Thomas Kuhn weepie (Score 1) 84

If someone who had just read Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions came up to you and started talking about it, what would you say to deflate his or her excitement, as a crabby older person? I was thinking, that dominating grant funding games play some role deepening the science but also gumming up the revolutions? Especially in anything related to medicine, which also gets the whammy of body neuroses and extreme profit taking. I guess the critique is that Kuhn sees science too hermetically? How does ActUp's role in advancing HIV research play into it? Example or counter-example?

Stupid hype words in article abstracts seem like the least of our problems. Sort of like how pundits discuss politics. Really angry anti-pundits like in the Washington Monthly used to compare Washington to a tea party or the court at Versailles where the important thing is adhere to conventional wisdom in a form of etiquette and use the right phrases while ignoring the larger issues. But now tea party means something else and breaking the china does not seem so worthy.

Comment reality (Score 3, Interesting) 576

Hannes seems to have a valid point that boundary checking should be standardized in some way. Rasmus backs him up and mentions the result of the rant is they'll end up discarding his more comprehensive work on the issue: http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/l...

Linus seems to be saying all boundary checks should be ad-hoc because the new syntax is to hard to GET OFF OF HIS LAWN. Because it is dog poop.

Comment Re:Not really true (anymore) (Score 2) 199

Mozilla was blocking all Flash until the second update came out. The page https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/... clearly showed that. You could change it to from "disabled" to "ask to activate" if you chose to.

Chrome also updated today, but the bundled Flash player in Chrome is click-to-play by default. IE should do that with its bundled player. And Microsoft should use Windows Update to block the plugin player for old version of IE. And old Java in any browser, with an override available.

Submission + - Firefox Blocks Flash By Default Over Security Fears

Mickeycaskill writes: Mozilla has confirmed all versions of Flash are now blocked by default in Firefox following the discovery of two new 'critical' vulnerabilities in the documents uncovered in the Hacking Team attack.

Adobe says it expects to patch the 37th and 38th flaws found in Flash so far in July later this week. Until these are made available, Mozilla says the block will stay in place.

The development is a blow for Flash after Alex Stamos, Facebook's new chief security officer, urged Adobe to set an "end of life" date for the much-maligned software.
Science

Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed? 444

HughPickens.com writes: Richard Horton writes that a recent symposium on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research discussed one of the most sensitive issues in science today: the idea that something has gone fundamentally wrong with science (PDF), one of our greatest human creations. The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. According to Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, a United Kingdom-based medical journal, the apparent endemicity of bad research behavior is alarming. In their quest for telling a compelling story, scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world or retrofit hypotheses to fit their data.

Can bad scientific practices be fixed? Part of the problem is that no-one is incentivized to be right. Instead, scientists are incentivized to be productive and innovative. Tony Weidberg says that the particle physics community now invests great effort into intensive checking and rechecking of data prior to publication following several high-profile errors. By filtering results through independent working groups, physicists are encouraged to criticize. Good criticism is rewarded. The goal is a reliable result, and the incentives for scientists are aligned around this goal. "The good news is that science is beginning to take some of its worst failings very seriously," says Horton. "The bad news is that nobody is ready to take the first step to clean up the system."

Comment Lost link to report found, and "site owners" (Score 3, Informative) 147

The link to the actual report in TFA is broken, as it was on the Belgian commission's own site until a few moments ago. So here it is:
http://www.privacycommission.b...

The recommendations for site owners is to enhance the cookie opt-in banner that you already see on European sites. A cookie for cookies! It's buried deep in the heavily enumerated document, so I'll quote it in full:

To Website Owners
Relating to website owners or webmasters who wish to use the social plug-ins offered by Facebook, the Privacy Commission refers to its own-initiative recommendation on the use of cookies, in which it stipulates that owners must properly inform visitors of their website and obtain the latter's specific consent for cookies and other meta files of which they may not control re-use. In this context, the Privacy Commission refers to social networks, among others, and recommends that social network buttons are not activated until users have given their specific consent. The current integration possibilities of social plug-ins offered by Facebook, however, do not meet these criteria yet. For the time being, the Privacy Commission therefore recommends to use tools such as "Social Share Privacy" ( http://panzi.github.io/SocialS... ) as a way to obtain user consent. By using a tool such as "Social Share Privacy", third-party plug-ins do not connect to third-party servers (and consequently data are not sent to third parties) until users have clicked on the social plug-in.

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