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Comment Re:String theory is just that: a theory (Score 1) 142

It sounds like dark matter is thought to be made of particles of some sort. Could it instead be a force field of uneven density in space that interacts with the gravitational field in some way? Though the question then would be what causes the field I guess. But maybe that's an easier task.

Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 1) 268

Not much. Obama has good speaking skills but that's not something that can be emulated easily nor does it seem to go particularly far. As for Bush, I bought his autobiography thinking there may be some nugget of insight here and there but after about a fifth of the book I found none and gave up. The stories were empty and entirely predictable from his profile. The amount of trust I have in either is not very high, I see them roughly as barely competent to run a country that is generally doing well and has a lot of room for error.

Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 2) 268

> Just out of curiosity, why?

From my perspective -- he is childish, energetic and entertaining. Even his enemies often profit from crossing paths with him. Downside is he can say things that incite some of his supporters to say or do ugly things. Another is he's not much of a leader you can trust. The main upside is you can learn something from him -- how to convince people to accept your point of view using emotions. By contrast, I feel I have nothing valuable to learn from Hillary, and she's not a leader I can trust. Hillary brings nothing to the table.

Comment would have voted for Trump had it been Gingrich (Score 1) 407

For all his faults, Newt accepts climate change and calls for "green conservativism", has good attitudes on minorities and women's rights (defended those and a potential woman president in an Ali G interview), and supports a base on the moon and a flight to Mars. What more can one ask for.

Comment Re:And she gets away with it... (Score 1) 1010

I actually don't see it that way and I'm as much against Hillary as anyone (I'll vote for Trump or maybe for a 3d party candidate since I'm in CA that goes to a Democrat anyway). I think he means while she may have been negligent enough to be fired from the job -- or not hired for a new one -- she didn't conspire to break the law. She was arrogant and incompetent but not criminal. The story of her life.

I am actually glad she didn't get indicted as I want to see her lose in the voting contest, so the people send a clear message they don't like her kind, even in the face of alternatives as they are.

Comment Re:British equivalant of 1776 US revolution (Score 1) 693

That's a good example. In general having more rules than necessary to protect the weak (poor, children, the sick, animals etc.) only makes the system less stable.

But to turn things around -- if you were asked to defend the UK's EU membership, are there things you would list as positive? Just curious, don't know most of the details. Thanks

Comment For $9bln, I wonder if Oracle did simulated trials (Score 1) 243

...in-house, hiring a mock jury of people from the street to sit and listen, with a good defense lawyer to mock-represent the Google side.

Then repeating over and over until juries are more often than not swayed in Oracle's favor, then with such sharpened arguments going for the real thing.

Kind of like how NASA went to the moon, except without any nobility in the endeavor.

Comment Re:Sense of humour (Score 1) 83

I have no need for Pornhub's content myself

I love Pornhub-folks' sense of humour: they often have hilarious and creative ad-campaigns

This reminds me of a newspaper article complaining about erotic movies on a public TV channel's unlisted programming every night at 2AM back in the far more modest mid-80s in a country in the Eastern block. The author went on to say how pornography is bad and damaging for the morals etc. and then he said that at least one positive thing about the channel is they never show hard stuff like multiple men with one woman. The obvious question was, wait a minute, how do you know what they *never* show unless you're up every night at 2AM watching their porn?

Comment Re:This is why Trump is popular. (Score 1) 474

Thought the same until I read a comment above: "You know what the Cary News is? A front page with some fake BS story on it, and 5-10 pages of ads. They distribute it FOR FREE ... because no one wants the fucking thing."

The problem is deeper than the trade agreements. It's what we make and what we do.

Comment Nassim Taleb wrote of this three years ago (Score 5, Interesting) 69

"Well, if I generate (by simulation) a set of 200 variables — completely random and totally unrelated to each other — with about 1,000 data points for each, then it would be near impossible not to find in it a certain number of “significant” correlations of sorts. But these correlations would be entirely spurious. And while there are techniques to control the cherry-picking (such as the Bonferroni adjustment), they don’t catch the culprits — much as regulation didn’t stop insiders from gaming the system. You can’t really police researchers, particularly when they are free agents toying with the large data available on the web.

I am not saying here that there is no information in big data. There is plenty of information. The problem — the central issue — is that the needle comes in an increasingly larger haystack."

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