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Comment OK, lets try this in 1D: (Score 3, Interesting) 303

a line:

a "ring" called "A":

and another "ring" called "B":

lift "B" into the second dimension:

slide "B" across:

drop "B" back onto the line:

"A" and "B" are now "linked" in the 1D universe.

Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

Comment Correlation implies failure to falsify a theory (Score 1) 190

Someone had a causal theory that corruption was responsible for certain voting patterns. They invented a test that could perhaps falsify the theory. The test did not falsify the theory.

Is it proved? No. But the correlation (failure to falsify) makes it a reasonable thing to believe unless/until it goes down to a better theory or a better test.


Submission + - You rock? You die (

coondoggie writes: "You sort of had a feeling this was true and many of you who participate in online death pools count on it, but now a study puts numbers to it: rock and pop superstars die young. In fact they are more than twice as likely as the rest of the population to die an early death — usually within a few years of becoming famous. The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health today published findings based on more than 1,050 North American and European musicians and singers who shot to fame between 1956 and 1999. How long the pop stars survived once they had achieved chart success and become famous was compared with the expected longevity of the general population, matched for age, sex, ethnicity and nationality, up to the end of 2005. In all, 100 stars died between 1956 and 2005."
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Submission + - Bad Science (

DocDJ writes: "Ben Goldacre (who writes an excellent article in The Guardian called Bad Science, which regularly demonstrates how poor the mainstream media is at reporting science) points out the flaws in the recent reporting of research which purported to show the evolutionary basis of 'blue for boys, pink for girls'."

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