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Reference Documentation Lead at Xamarin

Contributing Editor and Columnist, SD Times. Editor of now-defunct magazines including Software Development, Computer Language, AI Expert, and Game Developer.

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Aug
29
answered Is inhaling helium dangerous?
Aug
29
comment Are electric zaps effective for exercising?
Anecdotally, something like this was part of my physical therapy for a torn rotator cuff (IIRC about 20 minutes per session, 3 times per week). The physical therapy worked very well for me, although I was always skeptical about the "zap" part's contribution.
Aug
29
reviewed Approve Is HIV/AIDS a man-made disease?
Aug
24
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
20
comment Is “Foot Fetish” caused by cross-wiring in the brain?
Cite needed. Especially as the existence of human pheromones is not widely accepted.
Aug
11
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
10
comment Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?
Blaine's attempt is ref'd on that Wikipedia page as "17:04 David Blaine 30 April 2008 Chicago, USA Guinness"
Aug
10
revised Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?
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Aug
9
reviewed Edit Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?
Aug
9
revised Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?
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Aug
9
answered Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?
Jul
30
comment Is there a way to tell if the sun is rising or setting by looking at a picture and not knowing which coast it was taken at?
Springing to mind as a possibility: sunset images may have more heat distortion since they are shot over warmer surfaces.
Jul
24
answered Can we see a single candle X miles away?
Jul
17
comment Is the Craigslist rant saying people stay in restaurants on average a hour longer a hoax?
I am convinced it's fake. It combines (over-)precise data all supporting single causation of a "get off my lawn!" position. Colorful details about single copies left in the dusty VCRs but nothing to identify the restaurant. Inconsistent implications of effort: calculating the average time between sitting and "closing the menu to show they are ready to order" but then just a sweeping condemnation of "Before even opening the menu they take their phones out, some are taking photos while others are simply doing something else on their phone." etc. The tone isn't right.
Jul
15
comment Does the IRS claim that 7 out of 7 specific hard-drives crashed in a single month?
I don't know that calcs should be removed; it's very relevant if the 6 problems (beyond Lerner's) are the entirety of the group for whom data was requested or are 6 out of (say) 1000. From my perspective, one needs at least a rough sense of the odds to inform one's opinion about whether the claim of data loss is credible or not. (Putting aside the irony of the IRS saying "record keeping is hard"!)
Jul
14
reviewed Approve Are there 24 empty houses “available” per homeless person in the USA?
Jul
14
reviewed Reject Does the IRS claim that 7 out of 7 specific hard-drives crashed in a single month?
Jul
14
comment Does the IRS claim that 7 out of 7 specific hard-drives crashed in a single month?
@woliveirajr My doubt is that the IRS' claim (whatever it is) is properly described as having a probability of 1/36^7th. I'm not particularly skeptical about an MTBF of 36 months, but more the proper description of the event.
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13
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