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Comment Re:Mutations? What mutations? (Score 1) 87

Wrong. First of all, recessive genes only happen when you have sexual reproduction, where two sets of genes combine, not in bacteria, where the gene is either there when the bacteria splits into two almost-identical bacteria, or not.

Second, if some of the bacteria originally possessed the genes which enabled it to survive 1000x concentration of the antibiotic, you would see a streak as that bacterial strain immediately spread into all the bands. The pauses at each concentration boundary show that no strain existed that could do it, until a mutation provided it.

Comment Re:Hope the story is good..because the minutia suc (Score 1) 73

I am the guy who thinks Science Fiction should have science with it, not just flimsy background for a big bada-boom. You must be the other guy.

The Martian has been described as "a love letter to science", and I loved how it paid attention to details, because getting the details wrong is dangerous when your margin of survival is thin. I loved how Watney paid a big price when he got the details wrong.

I liked Star Wars and Star Trek as much as the next guy (the earlier ones more than the later ones), but I LOVED the Martian. Crichton was scientific on the outside, but internally never let the facts get in the way of the story he wanted to tell. In "The Martian", Weir let the details write the story, and just made sure it was an interesting story.

Comment Re:Groklaw has a pretty good article. (Score 1) 472

That part is true, but it only affected some computers (anecdotally, about half). It appears to be at root a bug in the timer chip on the motherboard, which in turn tickled a bug in Win9x.

Nope, it was a purely software issue - a 32 bit counter, incremented 100 times a second. When it overflowed, windows crashed.

And a lot of the stability problem wasn't Win9x at all (at least once we got past the initial version of Win95) but rather was due to shit hardware and buggy drivers, or sometimes just plain poor design, like the 3-slot memory thing.

Doesn't explain why a Windows box that crashed multiple times per day would run stably for weeks to years once Linux was installed on it. Nope, it was the fault of the operating system, no doubt about it.

Comment Re:"Climate Scientist" is not Pro or Con (Score 1) 638

Climate Cretins (otherwise known as Real-Climate Scientists), seem to think that the real-world data needs changing when it doesn't fit the model, rather than the model requiring change when it doesn't fit the data.

You, Anonymous Coward, a simple liar. Climate scientists never said or did anything to indicate real-world data needs changing when it doesn't fit the model. And if you really were scientifically literate, let alone post graduate, as you claimed, you would know that.

Comment Re:Cognitive dissonance endgame (Score 1) 638

Or the amount of faked "climate research" done at the request of politicians.

Yes, we know that Republican politicians requested the faked Wegman study, but I didn't expect YOU to bring it up.

Phil Jones admitted to faking data and denying FOI requests to duplicate his work.

citation needed.

He admitted that there is no warming trend over the last ten years.

Ha admitted that the warming over a specific period was not statistically significant because the period was too short to be able to tell.
He also pointed out that the warming during that period was just under statistical significance, and that for a longer period it would be statistically significant. Since the journalist was asking questions that were specifically solicited from denialists, of course the period selected for the question was such that it did not contain statistically significant warming. Jones was just being honest, and you twist his words to damn him for it.

ALL IPCC data is based of his fake, and self admittedly so, research.

Two untruths. No, his data isn't faked, and IPCC data is based on much more than just Jones' data.

But then again, liberals are never out for facts

You haven't got a single post in your post right, so it looks like it's more the other way around.

Comment Re:Good for him! (Score 1) 140

Activestate are not some unsophisticated VC who can be "cheated by cloud related buzzwords". They package their own distribution of Perl, and they have a very good editor/IDE for Perl/Python/Ruby.

They know their Ruby and Perl markets quite well, and if they think something is worth investing in, it's because they think the technology is the market needs,
and they can sell.

Comment Re:There is still long way to go (Score 1) 410

Wait. Your Android device isn't getting an OTA update from your carrier? You can't even GET an OTA update because your only 6 month old device isn't compatible with Froyo? And you have to be even MORE of a carrier bitch and pay out more money just to get Froyo, but you can only get a gimped version with features missing?

I have a two year old Android phone, and I have froyo on it. No, I didn't get it from my carrier. No, I didn't have to pay for it, either. In fact, I had froyo on my phone FASTER than people who were paying their carriers to get it. It's Cyanogen distro, FREE, and fully functional. And it's made possible by the fact that Android is open source.

Comment Re:The "choice is bad" argument (Score 1) 405

Well, can I reprogram it from open source code? No.

But can I wipe the phone and load the latest Cyanogen mod, which IS programmed from open source code?

Why yes, yes, I can. In fact, that is exactly what I did.

And the next Android phone I buy, I will first check Cyanogen's supported list, and won't buy the phone unless it's on there.

Thank you Cyanogen!

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 3, Informative) 701

Albert Einstein was an amateur in 1905, the year he released Special Relativity, his work on brownian motion, his work on the photoelectric effect and the equivalence of matter and energy.

No, he wasn't. He was a doctor of physics, the exact field in which he published his work. He only lacked a position in academia - he was employed by the patent office rather than the university.

Even if they were amateurs in a useful sense, you cannot call either McIntyre or Watts unknowledgeable about the subject. Not without the rest of us laughing at you, anyway.

At first, looking at how they requested input data from scientists, I thought McIntyre was inexperienced in science. The normal way to get input data is to look up the sources cited in the paper you want to verify, and get them from there. That way, you are requesting someone's results (which they are always pleased to give) and not someone's input (which they are under no obligation to give).

I no longer think that - not since it turned out that McIntyre DID get the data from the original author (Yamal), but kept harassing Mann for the same data, anyway. That means he was not after the data.

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 3, Informative) 701

None of the people who asked for the data were amateurs.

You're kidding, right? The people who used FOIA requests to get the data were ALL amateurs. And Jones and others knew what happens when you release the
data to amateurs. When Mann released data to McIntyre, he got endless requests for explanations on the format, and the meaning of this or that piece of data.

Scientists are used to having other scientists requesting data, but that means the guy requesting is actually qualified to understand the data.

Most of the FOIA requests that were made had one purpose only: to harass the scientists.

  But more importantly, the data that Jones was trying to hide had already been lost - by Jones.

Jones only lost his copies (in the eighties, when keeping that much data was very expensive) All the data was/is still
available from the original sources (individual state weather services), which is where those interested SHOULD request them from.

Comment Re:surrender monkeys as in (Score 1) 201

You stated

due to geography, blitzkrieg didnt work well in south france, yugoslavia, balkans.

Now, after I pointed out that Blitzkrieg worked just fine in Yugoslavia (a win in 6 days counts as just fine in my book) you say that Yugoslavia was not a major power.

I don't see how that affects my point one way or the other: Yugoslavia, the regional power of the Balkans, colapsed in just 6 days due to blitzkrieg. The geography (which was VERY useful for the later guerrilla resistance) did not protect them from the initial Blitzkrieg.

Comment Re:surrender monkeys as in (Score 1) 201

Not arguing with the rest of your points, just one minor nit to pick: Blitzkrieg worked JUST FINE in Yugoslavia/Balkans in 1941. From the moment Germany declared
war on Yugoslavia to the complete surrender of Yugoslavia, only 6 days passed. Considering that Yugoslavia wasn't all that small, that is not shabby by any standard (particularly considering that the invasion was conceived and executed in a matter of days).

What didn't work was the subsequent occupation and "pacification" of the territory and inhabitants - ordinary people formed volunteer resistance cells, attacked from ambushes etc. The occupation
was a failure, but the blitzkrieg phase worked just dandy.

Comment Re:Amazon UK manages it (Score 1) 507

Yeah, but Amazon UK is very clever: it correctly collects VAT for Slovenia (an EU member), but it charges the same shipping costs to Slovenia as it does to Japan (other EU countries are charged a different, much lower shipping rate). To make it even funnier, Amazon DE charges a much more reasonable shipping rate (AND offers a separate category for English books), but you have to shop for English books using a German interface. Hilarious.

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