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Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls

Cyberax Re:cis and mi regulation is not "bad" code (13 comments)

Uhm, we know pretty well that most of the junk is just junk. The recent _high_ estimates of human genome that has some function is about 10% (or about 15% with structural elements). That's a _high_ estimate based on analysis of evolution of genomic sequences.

And it's nothing unusual in the animal world. The difference is even more glaring in plants - a good old Arabidopsis is just 135Mbp and Paris Japonica is 150GBp. That's a difference of three orders of magnitude between plants that have no really special external characteristics! And even Arabidopsis has plenty of junk in its genome.

yesterday
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Cyberax Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (187 comments)

It doesn't work for photons as well. You can time a screen to block photon's path after it flies through two slits of an interferometer. You need not only instantaneous communication, but actually faster-than-instantaneous communication.

yesterday
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Cyberax Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (187 comments)

Non-locality means transmission of information with faster-than-light speeds (essentially, from future to past). To preserve causality you have to impose limitations on this transfer and these limitations are even more magical (see: "superdeterminism"). See my explanation at http://slashdot.org/comments.p... for an example.

yesterday
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Cyberax Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (187 comments)

It doesn't matter. A pilot wave is a type of a hidden state, in such theories particle take a unique way determined by a pilot wave.

Think about it - how can a pilot wave communicate which way a particle must take without going backwards in time (i.e. violating the Lorentz invariance)? Imagine that you have a classic two-slit single electron interference experiment. Suppose that the pilot wave theory is true - in this case a pilot wave interferes with itself and electron chooses one path and ultimately hits a scintillating screen where it's detected as a particle. For an external observer it would look as if a particle interfered with itself. So far so good.

However, let's add another twist - suppose that there's a device (a simple metallic screen) that blocks one of the paths that the electron can take _after_ flying through the slit - this device will cause the interference pattern to disappear (and this was checked by experiments!). However, how would an electron "know" about it when it flies through two slits? Moreover, we can complicate the device by making the screen move and block one path only after electron flies through the slits (it's complicated to do with electrons but it's essentially what happens in the delayed choice quantum eraser experiment). Somehow the pilot wave must provide information to the electron from its future!

yesterday
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Cyberax Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (187 comments)

No, it doesn't eliminate the dualism. Pilot wave theories are a subtype of hidden variable theories and thus were proven wrong by Bell inequalities. The fact that some fluid dynamics systems behave kinda like quantum systems (and only qualitatively so!) means nothing.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Cyberax Re:Jeez (580 comments)

The moment a large segment of population started cheering up torturers as Protectors of the Homeland.

3 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Cyberax Good. Fire all of them. (295 comments)

Do you know that the number of cab drivers in Paris hasn't changed since WWII? It's always been around 57000. So it's very hard to get a taxi in certain regions and at certain times. So the fucking cubbies should shut up.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Cyberax Re:Your argument is devoid of facts (392 comments)

Actually, no. Nazi party was _named_ "National Socialist", while its policies were pretty consistent with far-right wing. Basically, its name was only used for PR to drum up support.

about a week ago
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California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

Cyberax Re:I suppose this is a good thing... (87 comments)

Actually, most of energy to crack natural gas comes from (wait for it!)... natural gas! Enthalpy change in the 2*CH4 ---> C2H4 + 2*H2 is so small that it doesn't really matter, you lose more energy for pumping and heating the reactor.

about a week ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

Cyberax Re:does that mean American workers? (122 comments)

Unlikely. L1 transfers can work just as well for companies in Europe or Asia. A couple of my friends immigrated in the US by creating a company in the US and a local subsidiary in Ukraine, then they simply transferred to the US after 1 year (and it's totally legal). So why Microsoft would need to move workers to Canada first if any other country is sufficient?

More likely Microsoft said something like: "Either we cut 1000 positions in Canada or you allow us to bring temps. Your choice."

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Cyberax Re:No (1050 comments)

Actually 'Peanut laws' mandate labeling on anything that might have been in contact with peanuts. So that's covered.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Cyberax Re:No (1050 comments)

The whole society. In the case of a bad vaccine reaction you'd get a hefty compensation (up to $10 million) and assistance for life ( http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecom... ). Compensations are so huge because genuine bad reactions are _extremely_ rare.

about a week ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Cyberax Re:Looks pretty impressive... (115 comments)

Then your machine is broken beyond fixing. Which is kinda obvious since you're running an antivirus.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Cyberax Re:Looks pretty impressive... (115 comments)

Antivirus? Are you fucking serious? Just turn it off and see what happens! I've never seen IDEA work slower than Eclipse, and I've been using both since 2003.

about two weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Cyberax Re:Funny (523 comments)

But you're probably be writing notes for the equations in cursive.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Cyberax Re:Funny (523 comments)

Typing is faster except if you're writing a mathematical text or anything that is NOT simple plain text. Even simple diagrams are complicated to do on a computer. And from a personal experience - if you write something down you remember it better than if you type it.

about three weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Cyberax Re:Here's an idea (233 comments)

That's OK. Now the deaths are replaced with lots of more people getting debilitating brain damage which becomes apparent only after 15-20 years.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Cyberax Funny (523 comments)

In the xUSSR countries not being able to write cursive is considered a sign of illiteracy. Is English cursive really so horrible? I never learned it formally and I use a bastardized version of cursive and block letters when I need to jot something down quickly. As a result, I can write significantly faster than most native English speakers when they use block letters.

Perhaps the cursive script itself should be revised? Also, cursive writing really helps to develop fine motor skills which are linked with higher cognitive functions. I don't know if there's a causal relationship between two of them, but I won't be surprised.

about three weeks ago

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Nokia sells out to Microsoft

Cyberax Cyberax writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Cyberax (705495) writes "What we feared has just happened:

Nokia and Microsoft announce plans for a broad strategic partnership to build a new global ecosystem: ...
- Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
- Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies."

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DNSSec is being deployed to the root zone.

Cyberax Cyberax writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Cyberax (705495) writes "Yesterday the final root key ceremony had been successfully conducted: http://dnssec-deployment.org/ (alas, I can't find a record of its stream).

So DNSSec is just about to be deployed to the root zone. Right now it serves Deliberately Unvalidatable Root Zone (DURZ). In a few hours it's about to be changed ( http://dns.icann.org/ has a countdown)!"

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Cyberax Cyberax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cyberax writes "Recently Apple has contributed ARM support for LLVM. Some people speculate that it might be used for iPhone applications. Might it be possible that iPhone will allow to run arbitrary applications in a 'sandbox'?"

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