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Comment Re:Summary Needs Correction (Score 2) 80

Companies have been doing health initiatives like this for years.

If Aetna really wanted to do a "health initiative", maybe they could start by actually paying health insurance claims instead of fucking people around. They're famous for trying to "run out the clock" on sick people,. hoping they'll die before a claim is approved.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 4, Insightful) 80

I train brazillian Jui Jitsu. I wanted to wear a fitness tracker to figure out how much work I do in a session because they are very intense, the warm-ups are what most fitness places call a 'work-out'. You can wear them in the warm up however the trouble with them is they get torn off when you fight and they *can't* track the amount of work I am doing.

If you train Jui Jitsu, why do you feel the need to quantify the amount of work you're doing? It's like needing a special device to tell you how much fun you're having at a party.

If you need to quantify your martial arts workouts, you're missing the point of martial arts, no? Maybe I'm wrong and am just not hip with the kids these days, who seem to seek numerical validation for everything they do in the form of "likes" and "favs" and "retweets".

In thirty years of martial arts training, study and instruction, it has never occurred to me that knowing the number of calories I'm burning will be in any way enlightening. But then, I'm not really part of Apple's target demographic.

Comment ADL (Score 1) 182

Who are these ADL people anyway, and what do they know about anti-semitism? The real anti-semites are those that wouldn't get that six-pointed stars are merely sheriff's badges and swastikas are really just Hindu good-luck symbols.

Oh, and "88" just stands for the average IQ of a 4chan user, and has absolutely nothing to do with the beloved Fuhrer.

Trump 2016

Comment Re:Like it would have mattered (Score 1) 105

No, I don't think the CELL system would have handled the increased load unless the venue was used often at this capacity...

Hofstra has been used for this purpose before, and for much bigger conferences than the measly 1000 people in the hall last night.

They charged $200/head for their wi-fi hotspot. $200,000 can pay for a lot of bandwidth for a 90 minute event.

Comment Re:What's the _actual_ algorithm. (Score 1) 77

With 43 papers on Arxiv answering to that author surname, I suspect that the paper will be there some day. (That search's most recent result was "1. arXiv:1512.02135 Soficity, short cycles and the Higman group " ; other papers in the results relate to work on primes, so it looks as if this is the correct author.)

Linking to that, when the (draft) paper goes up is much more appropriate than mucking around with emailing pre-prints.

Comment Find the actual paper, not gizmodo crap. (Score 1) 166

Well, it looks as if no-one has bothered to find the actual source, instead of relying on some clickbait advertising site's cut'n'paste.

Well, that took about 3 minutes. The paper is in Science. If you don't have a subscription, you'll need to try something like Sci-hub.

Abstract: The history of atmospheric O2 partial pressures (P-O2) is inextricably linked to the coevolution of life and Earthâ(TM)s biogeochemical cycles. Reconstructions of past P-O2 rely on models and proxies but often markedly disagree. We present a record of P-O2 reconstructed using O2 / N2 ratios from ancient air trapped in ice. This record indicates that P-O2 declined by 7 per mil (0.7%) over the past 800,000 years, requiring that O2 sinks were ~2% larger than sources. This decline is consistent with changes in burial and weathering fluxes of organic carbon and pyrite driven by either Neogene cooling or increasing Pleistocene erosion rates. The 800,000-year record of steady average carbon dioxide partial pressures (P-CO2) but declining P-O2 provides distinctive evidence that a silicate weathering feedback stabilizes P-CO2 on million-year time scales.

So, for starters, it's evident that the researchers (though not the non-geologists at Giz-wotsit) appreciate the difference between erosion (the mechanical break up and movement of rock) and weathering (the chemical alteration of the minerals that comprise that weathered rock). They're also well aware that with two processes in place, and a critical factor (temperature) being considerably variable in both time and space, then deconvolving what is actually going on is going to be quite difficult, if not impossible without more data (perhaps from looking at mineralogy variations in sediments deposited in different areas with different mean temperatures.

contrary to the impression that many people have got (I guess from Giz-thingy, the researchers were specifically not looking at air bubbles in the ice, but at air dissolved in the ice. "(ii) Only analyses of bubble-free ice with clathrates were considered. (para 3)" (Do I need to remind people that "clathrate" does not only mean "crystalline compound of hydrocarbon gases and water"? Probably.) They also look at the argon - nitrogen ratio to monitor for changes in the dissolution of oxygen, argon and nitrogen relative to each other due to changes in the immediate environment of the accumulating snowpack.

Could this be an artefact of measurement? Well, they've certainly considered (and rejected) that : "Our hypothesis is further supported by the observation that data from all four ice cores individually exhibit the same general trends and magnitudes of decreasing dO2 /N2 with time (table S3), even though each was drilled, stored, and analyzed differently." So, they think it's a genuine atmospheric change.

CO2 recorded in the cores does not change sufficiently or sufficiently consistently to explain the changes observed, so they ascribe a lot of the change to the weathering of pyrite - a reduced iron mineral - into oxidised iron salts ("rust", or iron-rich clays e.g. the glaucony/ glauconite familes).

There's a reason that people write papers, instead of using journalists to report their findings. It's because the details matter.

Comment Re:Incoming liberal asspain (Score 1) 851

Consider her actions after the 2008 election. (That was a turning point in my opinion of her).

She fought VERY hard with tremendous grit.

Then she lined up behind her party's candidate and immediately went to work getting President Obama elected. Can you imagine trump doing that? He's incapable of that kind of behavior.

I started to follow her and look a little more critically at republican comments on her at that point. What I saw was someone who did remarkably well after 25 years of continuous attack by the RNC and multiple conservative billionaires.

She's spent a lifetime serving her constituents in various roles in government.

Comment Re:It's okay, inflation is only 1.6% (Score 1) 219

That's fair. And I'm only positing that CPI is a little lower. Like say 1.6% vs 2.6%. A little higher for meat (about 5%) but balanced by things like Gasoline. I think inflation is a little higher than that (say 3%) for the lower two quintiles (and hence people on social security and retired veterans) and it may be higher for the top 1% too.

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