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Comment Re:Not a proper study, get this astroturf out of h (Score 1) 71

My thinking was that all the trial patients should have been forced to go through the onerous EM exercise with a random half actually getting the EM treatment in addition to everyone receiving standard treatment. I don't think this was the case and it's possible that there were selection biases towards those who were able choose(?) to go through the EM therapy. If there was some conflict with EM therapy and the standard treatment then some placebo for standard treatment should be used as well. The idea of course is that nobody knows or can tell who's getting what treatment during the trial. How practical that is and the ethics involved are above my pay grade.

Comment It's a placebo Re:oh no (Score 1) 297

The bloody veterinarian here in town sells that crap. There's a store here, a "healthfood store" that sells all manner...

I think they're selling the placebo effect. The vet may actually be selling it to placebo (sorry for using it as an adj.) calm anxieties of the pet owner. I don't think placebos work as well if you slap a placebo label on a sugar pill.

Comment Re:Different sets of laws (Score 1) 1368

what you guys need is different sets of laws

We already have that to some extent at the state, county and city level. California (CA) just authorized legal pot. One issue is there can be too many jurisdictions that can easily cause confusion, especially in our 'modern age' where mobility is much easier than in the past. I recall on business trips to Alabama where it was indeed confusing whether one was in a dry county or not (counties are typically smaller there than in CA). Another issue revolves around rights and such, where here I'm thinking of the states rights arguments used by the right and racists during the 50's and 60's.

Comment Re:Disheartening (Score 2) 164

I hope you reconsider, because this is one of the more interesting articles I've read here in a long time.

I agree. I think what's most important is what ultimately becomes a 'story'. As for the comments it's not too difficult to filter the dross. Any dearth of quality might be expected on a story such as this, where expert knowledge of the subject matter is beyond the ken of even most nerds.

Comment Re:The whitewash continues (Score 1) 733

The main point still stands that whoever was responsible for enabling classified content to breach the security perimeter which it originated in should be held to account, as breaching the perimeter at best demonstrates criminal negligence. That no one, neither government, media or politicians have followed up on this is something of a mystery. My guess is that media and politicians have their blinders on while their spotlight is focused exclusively on HRC. The government is, surprise, simply incompetent, happy to sweep things under the rug while nobody else is looking.

Comment Re:wake up, Ballmer (Score 1) 114

The reason Microsoft lost in the smartphone market was because there wasn't enough of a corporate legacy they could leverage like they could with personal computer software after filling the vacancy left by IBM. Smartphones were an open, mostly consumer market where they had to compete on more of an equal footing.

Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 2) 205

I'll bite. There's likely a little craziness correlated with the drive that's required to become rich and famous. Multiply this with a little craziness often correlated with 'artists' and then combine this with the ability that wealth provides to shield oneself from the reality checks that the rest of us would otherwise face. Then finally I think you might add a touch of selection bias due to the celebrity that wealth and fame bring and voila.

Comment Re:Sometimes being first isn't the best plan. (Score 1) 254

Those ships that brought most people's ancestors to where they live now are technology.

And they were built for economic profit. If the same were true of manned space travel we'd have a colony on the moon by now. "Wanderlust" already takes us to the extreme points of our planet and boundaries of the solar system.

Comment Re: Middle Ages preserved content (Score 1) 348

The destruction of the Library of Alexandria is an example of how digital "staying power" is at least on the level of the vaunted hard copy approach. As noted earlier, the facility to create, distribute and store copies is just as important towards "media longevity" as the media's physical endurance.

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