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Fascinating stuff, via +Patrick Georgi.
 
p-hacking,  where P(winning) = 1 - (1 - p)n, or how to fiddle results. 
 
“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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A few people, mainly "free" software types have asked me to start using GPG/PGP. To that I say this - apart from the reasons in the attached article - GPG/PGP doesn't ensure your good standing, only the "part" you're currently playing. In terms of downloads, it does nothing to ensure that I'm not implanting things into the ROM's. There's a tacit assumption of trust which doesn't have any reasonable basis, and it's misleading to pretend otherwise.
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After reading that article, GPG/PGP has so many flaws it's difficult to justify the effort.
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Ben asked me what my favourite childrens TV programme was. We watched a bit of this and then he said "Why is kids TV so bad these days?". Why indeed, Ben, why indeed ...

The other thing that struck me was the way the makers really missed a trick with merchandise. I would've loved an X-Bomber or especially Dai-X more than life itself. 

There was nothing else that had this level of craft and detail, looking back you could tell the maker was a Manga god.
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This looks to be a watershed moment, and at least a minor victory for democracy. I wonder if the UK government will come under similar pressure.
After USA Freedom Act fails in early hours after long Senate session, administration confirms it has not applied to secret court for 90-day extension
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My take on Mad Max: Fury Road - possible spoiler alert

Summary: Beautifully choreographed, theatrical, road-violence.

The good: Very well made. Similar feel to the original films. I very much liked the subtle environmental message and plethora of powerful female characters (without being preachy), and found that truly original. All but a few side-show characters have visible vulnerability, which was again refreshing. Charlize Theron was very good, and I can understand why her character will be expanded upon in the following film. The action and machinery is, of course, epic, and reaches the level of art in of itself.

The not so good: This is the worst performance I've seen from Tom Hardy. His accent is weird, which I suppose works from the point of view of audience ambiguity (which means more people will potentially identify with the film). However, he is too laconic/taciturn, and needed more dialogue. Can't help feeling Max's character is a dinosaur, which possibly explains why he won't feature so much in the next film(s). At no point in the entire film did any of the tyres on the rig get blown out. In Mad Max II, that was one of the first things the baddies went for (for obvious reasons). Consequently, the entire film doesn't hold up well in the believability stakes. The plot is thin, and there's even less dialogue than the aforementioned Mad Max II. Perhaps I'm becoming a fuddy duddy, but I feel Mad Max II is still a better film, overall.

The Irish Film Classification Office gave this film a 15A rating. I feel a 12A would've been more appropriate - there is no swearing, full frontal nudity, graphic violence (i.e. people losing limbs). Not sure what other territories classify it as, but it should be something that fathers and tweenies (or above) can reasonably happily go and see together. Alex liked it.
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Alex and I are off to see Mad Max Fury Road.

#boysnightout #inaporopriatefilmsfor10yearolds #judgemenow
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Still love Mad Max II, mate, it's a classic.
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Dear Google,

As an owner/moderator of a community, would it not be a good idea for all posts of that community to show up in your stream? You know, to avoid completely missing the occasional post that the all-powerful goo-gods have decided not to show you, in their infinite wisdom? 
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Of course, with the wonders of Amazon, you can actually buy a Dai-X now, albeit at an extortionate price. Needs to be BIGGER ...
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Cutting through the Irish marriage referendum whitewash

That the Irish people, as a whole, voted for marriage equality is undoubtedly a positive thing. But, I feel it's important to offer some balance to the current all-pervading, self-congratulatory adulation and back-slapping going on.

1. A 12.5% margin is not a landslide in a vote with only two choices.

2. Although the majority of urban conurbations voted in and around 70%, the majority of rural areas were in the mid to low 50's, which is how we ended up with the figure in 1.

3. If Roscommon didn't already have a bad enough reputation, it's ignominy and intolerance as the only county in the country to flatly say no to the proposal will weigh heavily on the county for years to come.

4. All of the above illustrate why living "beyond the pale" (in it's original, and literal sense) is a generally bad idea.

Figures relating to the above points can be found @ http://www.thejournal.ie/constituency-count-same-sex-marriage-referendum-2120378-May2015/

5. Although we are now affirmed as a bastion of gay rights, being gay in Ireland is still a dangerous state to live in, even in the "enlightened" cities.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/warning-over-homophobic-catfish-attacks-313132.html

6. Senator David Norris is a very charming and in many ways right-thinking person, who has done an enormous amount for the gay community in his personal battles with homophobia. But, he is certainly no god amongst people, as he is currently being portrayed in all this coverage. He abused his position of power to use parliamentary headed note paper to plead for clemency for an ex-boyfriend who was convicted of paedophilia in Israel. This is a position comparable to the church sweeping child abuse by it's priests under the carpet, and makes Norris a paedophile apologist. To my knowledge, he has not expressed any regret towards the position he took.

http://www.thejournal.ie/leaked-seanad-letters-show-norris-sought-clemency-for-former-partner-report-190021-Jul2011/

It's a good result no doubt, but can we please keep our feet on the ground and an objective head?
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Anyone watching Euro-blivion?
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There were certainly a few who went a touch out of tune!
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Yes, but what will become of Lucille ...
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The trials of modern life ...
 
All I wanted was a simple widget (android) on my screen to follow a twitter account.. and then i got caught up in dozens of crappy apps.. and I had to log in to Twitter (with an ancient test account of mine) .. and then it turned out Twitter's api limits the number of users for a 3rd party app.. so I installed Twitter's own app. and then something else i forgot went wrong.. so basically.. fuck you twitter... .. JUST A SIMPLE WIDGET... BLACK BACKGROUND, GREYISH FONT.. AND A FEW ACCOUNTS I WAS CONSIDERING TO FOLLOW... IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? 
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