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Comment Re:Mental illness (Score 2) 396

My understanding of the UCLA copyright policy is that the rights are divided by the university and the people who created the code (staff, students). The university has the largest share. I am not sure students are always entitled to a share. It will probably depend to a large degree on how involved the supervisor was in developing the code and how much the student contributed intellectually to the project. There is a quote in LA Times that suggests that the professor was more involved than usual with the work of the student:

Klug, who was described by friends as a kind and caring man, worked diligently to help Sarkar finish his dissertation and graduate, even though the quality of Sarkar’s work was not stellar, one source said. “Bill was extremely generous to this student, who was a subpar student,” the person said.

Passing code and data from one student to another is a normal and common practice that ensures continuity of the project, reproducibility of the research, etc. This guy is clearly nuts.

Comment Not if you can avoid it (Score 1) 982

I was just dealing with the fallout of a forced win7 to win10 upgrade. Windows 10 is more resource hungry - particularly RAM. The recommended 2GB are a joke. You need 6GB for it to feel usable. It also lacks drivers for ubiquitous hardware modules that are not that fresh. In my case it was NVIDIA G210M card with hybrid engine - this is the setup where the laptop switches between discrete and integrated graphics, depending on the power state. The lack of support was something I could live with - just use the old windows 7 driver. Except I can't, because updates are now mandatory and automatic. Windows 10 insists on updating to the latest and greatest nvidia driver, which fails causing the OS to use the default VGA driver and produce grotesquely distorted picture. So buying new PC with windows 10 is ok. Upgrading an old system, particularly a laptop may be very frustrating. Failed updates sometimes result in unbootable system, which in my case could only be fixed with clean install. Did I mention that you have no control over the updates??? The come the privacy issues, which are discussed at length by others.

Comment Re:Wah wah they're automating Wendy's (Score 1) 415

And also time to start thinking about what to do when most jobs are done by robots (owned by rich people or corporations) and almost everyone is unemployed.

Exactly that! There is no cost to labor that is low enough to make it competitive with modern day automation. Talking heads that say minimum wage rises are making companies to switch to automation, don't know what they are talking about (TFA shows that quite well). Sure strawberry picking may still be a human domain, but for how long? Even if human labor was free, it will be hard press to compete with the consistency and productivity that automation brings. So yes, it is time to think how a society will function when most people will not have jobs. What would happen to such society if labor is the only source of income and jobless people are being talked down?

Comment Re:MVNOs instead? (Score 1) 33

Google definitely has the right idea with Project Fi. Project Fi alone can make you buy into their android ecosystem. I have been using it for a few months. It truly shines when traveling abroad. For the first time in my life I feel like I have a real mobile device. I no longer need to swap sim cards or pay roaming (especially data roaming!). The other killer feature are the seamless wifi call integration. Helps a lot in area with poor wireless coverage (my home). It is beyond me why Apple will discard the idea so lightly. They are facing stiff competition both in the device and multimedia business. Integrating the network into their ecosystem is not a bad way to grow their business and increase the value of their current offerings.

Comment Re:It's a matter of congestion (Score 1) 381

Self driving cars reduce congestion the same way food reduces obesity. What helps with congestion is adding lanes (good luck with that in SF) or reducing the number of cars on the road (very unamerican). The best practical solutions to congestion are: 1. large capacity public transport that stays off the roads (aka trains); 2. Integrated business and living areas cities, so you don't need to drive to get a carton of milk and if possible walk/bike to work.

Comment Hair color and math (Score 1) 512

There is some entertaining detail missing from the US News story that you can find in Washington Post. Here is their description of how the encounter started:

The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – a look he would later describe as “simple elegance” – but something about him didn’t seem right to her.

Blonde jokes and 3, 2, 1 ....

Comment This is not how the world works (Score 1, Redundant) 434

Experimental setup:

  1. 1. Dip your hands in solution containing the virus.
  2. 2. Use either blower or hand towel to dry your hands.
  3. 3. See how far from your current position you can find the virus. Not surprisingly the powerful blower spread the virus more.

Real world equivalent of the experimental setup:

  1. 1. Shit on your hands
  2. 2. Use towel or blower to "clean" you hands.

Actual bathroom operation:

  1. 1. Wash your hands with soap and water to remove germs.
  2. 2. Dry your clean hands with either towel or a blower.

Does anyone spot the little problem with what their experiment tests and what conclusions the draw?

Comment Re:In short... (Score 1) 171

In fact, it might be another three years or so before I consider a replacement.

Just three years? Unless something catastrophic happens to your Kindle or Amazon forces obsolescence there will be no compelling reason to switch. I still have a first gen. Kindle that is actively used. I have both newer version, including the paper-white, but this so that members of my family can have their own. Why would anyone shell $300 for a new Kindle, when the sub $100 versions are nearly perfect?"

Comment Re:Wireless charging is probably dangerous (Score 2) 169

Then why do radiologists always stand behind lead-lined walls/glass when they operate the machines?

Radiologist doing MRI do not stand behind lead lined glass. The reason they stand outside of the imaging room is to keep sensitive equipment (computers) out of the magnetic field and prevent random pieces of metal in their pockets from accelerating towards the patient. You must be mixing MRI (magnetic resonance imaging, which uses nuclear magnetic resonance) with CT (computer tomography, which uses relatively high intensity X-ray).

Comment Re:Should isn't the same as can (Score 2) 191

All non-issues.

1) How do you pay for the hosting, publishing, editing, etc? Those things aren't free so someone, somewhere has to pay for them.

Publication fees. How many of you realize that journals are charging both ends - the authors for publishing and the readers for reading. Universities, through organizations such as SCOPUS

2) Who is responsible for quality control and coordinating peer review when applicable?

The editors, same people that do the job today. Typically these are academics who provide this as part of their service and get payed nominal fee.

3) Who defends against plagiarism and fraud? (particularly the well funded kind)

Who does that now? Not the journals. This typically picked up during the peer review process or post-publication.

Comment Re:confused (Score 4, Interesting) 56

Feds are not suing CMU. Here is the TLDR summary:

CMU was carrying out department of defense (DoD) funded study on TOR. FBI got wind of what data CMU may have gathered (not sure how) and issued subpoena for the data. Pursuant to the subpoena CMU handed over the data which contained among other things the IP address of a drug dealing suspect the FBI was interested in.

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