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1.5 Meter Long Meteorite Fragment Recovered From Russian Lake

B1oodAnge1 Re:Slashdot Officially Sucks (86 comments)

This is correct, and an excellent car analogy.

about 6 months ago
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

B1oodAnge1 Re:What "conservative" means (548 comments)

You're technically absolutely correct, which is why I defined the sense in which I was using the word (that definition is by far the most predominant in American popular usage).

Overall, however, I prefer Ambrose Bierce's definition:

Conservative, n.
A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

about 6 months ago
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

B1oodAnge1 Re:Shade of Grey (lol) (548 comments)

You're confusing right-wing conservative nutjobs with Republican Christian nutjobs, who are neither right-wing nor particularly conservative in the sense of smaller government and more liberty.
As to your main point, you probably know a lot of third-wave feminists. Sex-positive feminism is certainly a thing, but it is hardly unopposed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminist_Sex_Wars

about 6 months ago
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Steam Machine Prototypes Use Intel CPUs, NVIDIA GPUs

B1oodAnge1 Re:AMD is gonna get reamed (187 comments)

Whoa, you're right. AMD *is* screwed!

about 6 months ago
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Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

B1oodAnge1 Re:An open system (271 comments)

That was 1999, when the TiVo came out.

about 7 months ago
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Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

B1oodAnge1 Re:An open system (271 comments)

Technically, I suppose I didn't buy the game, I just bought the right to download it and play it on any computer I want without ever needing to find or fix a disc.

Not saying it isn't a trade off, I would love to be able to resell my games, however, for me and many hundreds of thousands of gamers it is a system that adds value rather than subtracting it like every other DRM system out there.

about 7 months ago
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Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

B1oodAnge1 Re:All well and good, but... (473 comments)

it isn't exactly a series of simple, lucid, concepts accessible to the everyman

Yes it is.
Actual science is the empirical testing of falsifiable ideas (called hypotheses) via a cyclical process of prediction, experimentation, and reassessment.

There are a lot of people and things going around claiming authority under the mantle of "Science" that don't fit this description and are not scientific.

It doesn't mean they are all "bad," but they are not science. For an example, there is no such thing as "Scientific Doctrine" beyond the basic acceptance of empiricism. (which is a philosophical decision, not a scientific one)

The real division is not between science and whatever is not science, the real divisions are between empiricism and the other theories of epistemology.
We really should bring back the term "Natural Philosophy" to refer to the general investigation of thoughts and ideas relating to the cosmos beyond us.

about 7 months ago
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

B1oodAnge1 Re:Do the math (512 comments)

Sounds like using symbolic links would help you out.

I've been storing my ( >600 ) steamapps folder on another HDD for years.

about 7 months ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

B1oodAnge1 Re: Idiocracy (628 comments)

by that same argument you would have to ban all time based performance metrics for any commercial drivers, since they would encourage speeding. At some point you have to let the driver be responsible for complying with the law.

about 8 months ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

B1oodAnge1 Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

When I leave home in the morning, my wife will know that 20 minutes later chances are higher than 90% that I will be driving.

...and she can reasonably expect that you will pull over briefly to read and respond to a text that she sends you, assuming you can't just wait till you arrive at your destination.

about 8 months ago
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Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds

B1oodAnge1 Re:Correlation does not imply causation (287 comments)

I was going to post this, but Anonymous got here first. Those guys are everywhere these days!

Anyway, I agree. It seems highly likely that the soda consumption we're seeing here is a symptom of other parental and social factors rather than a cause in its own right.

about 8 months ago
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Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds

B1oodAnge1 Re:Correlation does not imply causation (287 comments)

Well, it's not a failure, it just isn't enough data to draw conclusions from.

about 8 months ago
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How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?

B1oodAnge1 Re:Something will have to give (416 comments)

What if as population and energy increase so does our ability and willingness (due to cost effectiveness) to attain resources (including shelter) from more and more expensive sources? You know, like it has throughout history. The Malthusian Scissors don't exist.

about 8 months ago
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How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?

B1oodAnge1 Re:don't worry about it (416 comments)

This. Apart from the totalitarian world government you mention (and there's honestly no guarantee even that would work), there is no way to significantly alter the rate of consumption of fossil fuels, let alone stop it.
If you truly believe that catastrophic warming is going to happen then the only rational response is preparation, not prevention.

about 8 months ago
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How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?

B1oodAnge1 Re:Economic Bonanza (416 comments)

No, that's not how value works. In this hypothetical you would end up with 60 trillion dollars that are worth less than they were before. There's no such thing as a closed economy in the sense of a fixed amount of value. Total value always fluctuates.

about 8 months ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

B1oodAnge1 Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

The answer is: pretty often.
Numbers are argued over constantly, so I won't bother quoting any, but this subreddit is relevant: http://www.reddit.com/r/dgu

about 9 months ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

B1oodAnge1 Moderation != Censorship (406 comments)

Sounds like he's having trouble differentiating between government censorship and non government moderation.

Free speech has nothing at all to do with moderating a privately owned forum in such a way that the conversations are productive.

about 9 months ago

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More Complexity in Brain Than All Earths Computers

B1oodAnge1 B1oodAnge1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

B1oodAnge1 (1485419) writes "CNET reports that researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have spent the past few years engineering a new imaging model, which they call array tomography... Their work appears in the journal Neuron this week. They found that the brain's complexity is beyond anything they'd imagined, almost to the point of being beyond belief, says Stephen Smith, a professor of molecular and cellular physiology and senior author of the paper describing the study:

"One synapse, by itself, is more like a microprocessor--with both memory-storage and information-processing elements--than a mere on/off switch. In fact, one synapse may contain on the order of 1,000 molecular-scale switches. A single human brain has more switches than all the computers and routers and Internet connections on Earth.""
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Windows 7 Activation Crack Already Available

B1oodAnge1 B1oodAnge1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

B1oodAnge1 (1485419) writes "According to neowin.net, a full activation crack for Windows 7 Ultimate Edition has been released on several chinese forums, months in advance of the actual release of the operating system to the general public.

Microsoft has confirmed that they "are aware of reports of activation exploits that attempt to circumvent activation & validation in Windows 7.""

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Linux Kernel Exploit Affects RedHat 5

B1oodAnge1 B1oodAnge1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

B1oodAnge1 (1485419) writes "ZDNet reports that proof of concept code was released last week that exploits a vulnerability in both the 64 and 32 bit versions of the 2.6.30 and 2.6.18 Linux kernel to gain root access. Apparently this affects Red Hat Enterprise Edition 5, which uses the 2.6.18 kernel.

From the source code:

A vulnerability which, when viewed at the source level, is unexploitable! But which, thanks to gcc optimizations, becomes exploitable :) Also, bypass of mmap_min_addr via SELinux vulnerability! (where having SELinux enabled actually increases your risk against a large class of kernel vulnerabilities)

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Nvidia licenses 'PhysX' for Sony PlayStation3

B1oodAnge1 B1oodAnge1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

B1oodAnge1 (1485419) writes "According to TFA:

"The agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment covers tools and middleware for the PlayStation3. As a result, the binary version of the Nvidia PhysX technology software development kit (SDK) is available to registered PS3 developers for free download and use on the Sony Computer Entertainment developer network, Nvidia said in a statement."

Along with all newer Nvidia graphics cards now supporting PhysX, are we going to finally see a wider variety of games using this technology?"

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BBC use a botnet "in the public interest."

B1oodAnge1 B1oodAnge1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

B1oodAnge1 writes "According to ZDNet, 'In a bit of an awkward and highly unnecessary move, a team at the BBC's technology program "Click" has purchased a botnet consisting of 22,000 malware infected PCs, self-spammed themselves on a Gmail account, and later on DDoS-ed a a backup site owned by security company Prevx (with prior agreement), all for the sake of proving that botnets in general do what they're supposed to — facilitate cybercrime.'"

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