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Comment More Crap Science (Score 1) 560

This work goes beyond the normal logical confusion of "correlation implies causation." It's just a really poorly designed experiment. A better experiment would have compared blood flow in brains of people who have never used marijuana and them had them use marijuana and then again measured blood flow. (This also lacks a control but at least it measures something useful. And I spent all of five seconds coming up with it and I'm not in the field. So.....)

So what's wrong? Maybe people who have abnormally low brain blood flow are prone to using marijuana, perhaps even to _increase_ blood flow, but less than perfectly. And instead of _causing_ psychosis, maybe people who are psychotic are prone to using marijuana. I know people who have told me that they need to use marijuana to feel normal, and maybe normal for them means non-psychotic.

Submission + - Does NASA intentionally add artifacts to Hubble photos?

iliketrash writes: Hubble photos, as amazing as they are, invariably include bright points such as stars which include sidelobes, as for example in this beautiful shot Notice the "spurs" that emanate from some of the bright white spots which are coincidentally aligned perfectly with the frame of the picture. Surely these are not flaws of NASA's fine imaging system but are artifacts added to meet the expectations of the unsophisticated viewer to match the imperfect optics that many of us experience in our normal viewing.

Comment It's a design patent, not a utility patent (Score 2, Informative) 127

The OP apparently does not understand the difference between a design patent and a utility patent. He/She should learn this before calling this design patent stupid or whatever other inappropriate language was used. Utility patents describe a function; design patents describe only the appearance.

Comment Julia needs arbitrary array indexing base (Score 4, Informative) 106

Any language that purports to be a good for technical computing needs to get away from a forced base for indexing arrays. No, this is not a 0 or 1 problem. Arrays should be numbered from whatever the programmer specifies. The Pascal-type languages including Ada have this feature and it prevents many many errors. Maybe the $600K can buy this, but somehow I doubt it as this fixed-index-base is usually in the mindsets of the language's designers.

Comment Re:total bullshit? (Score 1) 344

Honestly, if she was using the e-mail address associated with that SMTP server before she become Secretary of State, yes.

Geez, do your homework. Here, I'll do it for you.

whois turns up Creation Date: 13-jan-2009.

On the first screen for Hillary Clinton at Wikipedia: "In office January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013"

So, yea, [sarcasm] she did use it before becoming Secretary of State.

Comment Re:Kodak Automated Warehouse c. 1975 (Score 1) 108

The Kodak system also did not store stuff in the same location every time, either. (Note that I did not say that it did.) In fact, that is the reason for my comment "the computers remembered where stuff was...." Which implies that similar items could be stored anywhere, not necessarily next to each other. I suppose that they might have simplified the actual picking process by standardizing storage bins to a few common shapes. Dunno for sure. My recollection is that (1) it was a huge warehouse and (2) each aisle contained a large vertically extendable device with some sort of attaching thingy on the end which ran back and forth down the aisle on some kind of track—horizontal extendability. I don't see any problem in principle with scaling of a system like this.

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