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Comment Re:I prefer to download the music I buy (Score 2) 74

Because they don't get "little or nothing". Streaming services now account for over 30% of US music revenue, which is more than that of digital downloads (i.e. the reason this story got posted in the first place) but also more than the sales of physical CDs. How much of this money actually reaches the musicians and how much is eaten up by service providers and labels is of course another issue, but I bet they don't get the lion share of each sold CD either.

Comment Re:Recharge? (Score 1) 111

In Stockholm there are apparently at least two Taxis running Tesla already (http://teslaclubsweden.se/taxi-stockholms-tesla-model-s/, sorry in Swedish). According to the article they expect to save about 15kUSD just in fuel every year and possibly more from reduced service. [personally I feel more statistics is needed before we know if electric cars really are cheaper to service than ICE cars]. The car can go more on one charge than the average distance a Taxi travels during one day (50km for a car used by two drivers). So, yeah...

Comment Re:Not that I like Trump, but... (Score 1) 875

To be fair its not really the fault of the summary, as that text was lifted verbatim from the article itself. That is, If you can even call that thing an "article". The summary cites 3/4 of the total content and expresses the remaining content with slight rewording. Suddenly I don't feel bad for not typically bothering to RTFA.

Comment Re:Those Anti-Science Liberals. (Score 2) 414

No, you draw the wrong conclusion. What we do when we find out that work that should be scientific did not follow sound scientific methods (here for instance by being heavily influenced by economic incentive) is not to LOOSEN the requirements and say "whatever, if some scientific studies were bogus, let's just give up and believe what ever the next guy is trying to sell", instead, what we do, and what I assume Dr Angell was aiming for, is to rat out the phony work and require a HIGHER standard for what we consider as scientific.

The goal of the scientific project is the pursuit of truths. The methods we use and the statements we believe on the way are not necessarily optimal or correct. Therefor we try to learn from mistakes, use the most updated methods and best-practices for instance when performing measurements (e.g. use the best known equipment) and drawing conclusions (e.g. use the best known statistical methods) and always keep our eyes on the goal: the truth.

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 4, Interesting) 228

Sure, but why the sigh? The aim of the study was to see if portrayal of women in the comics had changed over time. It was found that this was the case and indeed it was hypothesized from the investigator that the reason was change in reader demographics as well as writer demographics. Sounds like a nice little study (especially as they hint to a somewhat randomized process in selecting the comic books), would have loved to actually see the data though rather than just the summary.

Comment Re:GNOME is the same (Score 1) 250

Been running Gnome 3 for the past year or so now and I quite like it, but I agree with you on alt-tab issue. I recommend the extention alternatetab which fixes that to work more simple and sane. Before installing alternatetab I avoided alt-tab all together and just used the super-key to get to the activities screen and switch window.

The feature I miss the most now is the ability to rearrange workspaces. Quite often I find my self constantly switching between say workspace 1 and 4, with some other crap on workspace 2 and 3. Then I would like to drag and drop workspace 4 so it becomes the new workspace 2.

Comment Re:States Rights (Score 1) 665

If I were to claim "My state will teach Newtonian theory of gravity is not fact" would you have issues with it? How about Einstein's theory of gravity? I would be correct in teaching them that those two theories were/are not factual, and showing where the gaps are. This is how we make progress in science and improve theories.

It is important to understand that all we have are observations (with noise) and we make theories/models to explain them in order to predict future behavior. Newton's mechanics worked great for the observations available at that time, while relativity theory is needed under other circumstances such that when matter travel at speeds close to the speed of light. Getting students to understand this and to realize that there are likely cases when even Einstein's theories do not explain observations is of course very valuable. However, this does not mean that any theory of mechanics is equally useful/plausible. We have for instance no reason to look back to Aristotle or some other ancient theory as an alternative as they do not offer any predictability.

Would teaching where these theories seem to fail mean that "I refuse to teach about gravity" and all of my students are idiots because I taught them to question what someone else want's them taught as "fact" (this matches the straw man TFA erects and you seem to believe)?

I'm not sure what article you are referring to but I don't see anyone claiming "not teach their children what is accepted in the scientific community". I read "argued against teaching natural selection as fact, " and "teach them the controversy".

Evolution and Natural selection surely have some gaps, which is why there is still some controversy. You may not like the other side, so choose to ignore the gaps which makes you biased. Just like the other side is biased, but of course that is difficult to come to grips with our own shortcomings.

Of course there are controversies within the fine details in the field of biology as in any research field, but they are just not the controversies Sen. Mike Fair has in mind. The term "teach the controversy" is used to propose that intelligent design/creationism are valuable alternative ideas to natural selection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teach_the_controversy). There is simply no such controversy among scientist, the people who believe in creationism do so primarily on religious grounds. Here's an interesting article explaining some actual controversies in evolution: http://arstechnica.com/science.... One among them apparently being the relationship between the three main cell types Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryotes and how they exactly evolved in the beginning.

A big part of science used to be not accepting what someone gives you and following the scientific methods. Teaching people to question what they are told surely has benefits. Are you so biased that questions are only valid about someone else' belief?

I agree that it would be great to teach high school students some theory of science and give them the tools to separate good science from bad science and pseudo science such as astrology, creationism and "young earth theories". I have a hard time believing this is what the senator in SC is proposing though.

Comment Re:Add a Buy Now button (Score 1) 88

One simple mechanic that some Ouya games use is that you can only play for a limited time every day, say 10-20 minutes. That works very well for puzzle games or games like Counter Strike. A short story based game where someone might simply play through the story in small pieces, 10 minutes a day, could maybe be limited by a total ever play time. So from the first time you install it you can only play x minutes (enough to get through max a 1/4 of the game or so)

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