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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Chuckstar Something wrong with those numbers (308 comments)

There's something wrong with their numbers.

There's no way that only 30% of Americans are high school graduates who are not obese and don't have criminal records. It's just not possible.

The U.S. high school graduation rate is 80%. About 30% of the population have been arrested. Many of those will be found innocent, charges never pressed, or convicted of very minor charges, such that 8.5% of the population ends up with felony convictions. Does obesity account for all the rest?

The stats they are using are ages 17-24. Is it possible they are skewed by the fact that many 17 and 18-year-olds simply haven't finished high school yet (even if they are on track to do so)?

about three weeks ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

Chuckstar Another way to think of it (158 comments)

Positive thinkers already get some of the mental-benefit of the task being complete. Imagining being finished is just a little bit like being finished. That saps some of the motivation to finish, since they've already received part of the payoff. Negative thinkers have actually increased the payoff even more, because they get the additional payoff of having been wrong about their negativity.

about a month ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

Chuckstar Re: mathematically equivalent ? (89 comments)

At the risk of being snarky, you seem to have no idea what you're talking about. So why did you bother with the post?

about a month ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Chuckstar Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (328 comments)

Except to truly appreciate what the artist "meant", you'd have to use exactly the headphones they used when mixing. If they used Beats, and you use ones with "flat" response, you're still getting the "wrong" experience. Even more complicated, you really need to be using the headphones that an artist thought you'd be using. They might be using headphones with "flat" response in mixing, but purposefully dialing back on the bass knowing what the effect would be for fans listening through Beats, such that the experience the artist "meant" is best experienced through Beats.

Probably makes the most sense if people just use the headphones that provide sound they like, and not try to act all self-righteous when posting on the internet about headphones.

about a month ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Chuckstar Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

I always think it's funny when people get really snarky making wrong grammar corrections.

"Their" refers back to "Apple and Bose", although "stall" should be plural. The sentence is saying "so why should we care about which crap is pulled from Apple and Bose's respective stalls".

about a month ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

Chuckstar Re:mathematically equivalent ? (89 comments)

Which is why this line was included in the description:

"Creating this kind of curved spacetime in the lab won't reveal any new physics but it will allow researchers to study the behavior of existing laws under these conditions for the first time."

about a month ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

Chuckstar Re:Not so much, maybe. (986 comments)

I know this is off-topic, but that girl is amazing.

There's no one trick in there I haven't seen before, but the presentation is refreshingly new/fresh.

about a month ago
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Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

Chuckstar Re:I don't think particulate contaminants evaporat (70 comments)

Have you read the article?

I know... stupid question.

The hypothesis is that evaporated siloxanes photo-oxidize (in the presence of hydroxyl radicals), then condense onto nanoparticles (that have been separately created by different sources), causing them to grow into the size range that's harmful for humans.

about a month ago
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Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

Chuckstar Building materials? (70 comments)

This stuff is also heavily used in building materials -- sealants that keep water from soaking into concrete, for instance. I'd be curious to see why they dismiss such building materials as a source, focusing only on personal-care products. It's possible that there is simply so much more used in personal care products. But the one link that isn't slashdotted doesn't explain why the focus on personal-care products.

about a month ago
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Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

Chuckstar Re:Your OWN air quality (70 comments)

This does not seem to have anything to do with method of application. The stuff evaporates off your skin into the air.

about a month ago
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Hacking USB Firmware

Chuckstar Re:Signed Firmware (97 comments)

The nerds are all off typing two-at-a-time on their keyboards. :)

about a month and a half ago
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Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

Chuckstar The future... (63 comments)

The future is now. And it's freaking cool, man.

Oh, I'm sure some nay-sayers will be like "but who really needs this?"

To which I say "need? Who cares about need?"

about 2 months ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

Chuckstar I'm not saying it's aliens... (80 comments)

obligatory picture of that crazy aliens guy goes here.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Chuckstar Re:Right to be forgotten? (193 comments)

The right to be forgotten should apply to Facebook as well. What it doesn't apply to is first-party stuff that gets covered by freedom of the press, as that is considered to trump the privacy freedom. Don't ask me how they decide whether or not to consider Facebook "press". I quickly get lost in the mind-boggling logic of telling Google not to list something in an index that is sitting publicly on a website.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Chuckstar Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

You could have a robot unplug/plug HDs, but once you're accepting the latency of disk changes and spin-up, I imagine Blu-Ray disks would be much, much cheaper than a similar capacity of HDs.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Chuckstar Re:Get facts straight (193 comments)

I think the point is that if you want access to stuff from an HD, it's got to be plugged into something. The more storage you have, the more of those "somethings" you need, along with the routers and logic to connect them all together. All of that stuff takes power, even when the HDs themselves are asleep.

You could do something similar to the Blu-Ray setup, where a robot plugged/unplugged hard drives instead. But I'll bet once you're going to accept that kind of latency, a robotic Blu-ray juke-box with lots of Blu-Ray disks would be a whole lot cheaper than a robotic HD juke-box with lots of HDs (the lots of Blu-Ray disks vs lots of HDs being where the savings would really be found).

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Chuckstar Re:Everything old is new again. (193 comments)

Tape may have better density, but Blu-Ray probably has better access time. Sounds like this is still stuff they want to have "live", they are just willing to have be a little "less live" than HD latencies.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

Chuckstar Re:So there is a problem... (174 comments)

The point was that only the GM cars have the problem that heavy stuff attached to the key can turn your car off in the middle of driving down the road. It's especially a problem with rental cars, because they have heavy stuff attached to the keys as a matter of course.

about 3 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Chuckstar Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

There are government grants available for such research. Not all research is done by people looking for billion dollar paydays. Some people just want enough funding to get the research done and draw a salary.

about 4 months ago

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