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CMU System Lets You Get To the Good Parts of Video, Fast

Dahamma Re:Does it work on movies? (32 comments)

No, action is synonym for porn.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

Dahamma Re:This just in. (281 comments)

How was it legal? He stole people's property.

So, bitcoins are now property that you can steal?

Please show me a law that shows bitcoins are any more real or worth any more than virtual gold in World of Warcraft.

about 2 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

Dahamma Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (387 comments)

Well, I do agree with you the media is as much to blame as any talking heads spewing the misinformation (just not that we should give the original sources a pass).

The problem is same as with global warming, evolution, or other fringe non-scientific alternative opinions. The media tries to "balance" the argument by providing equal coverage of both sides when in reality the actual evidence/voices/etc are overwhelmingly in favor of one side (skip to 3:20 if you just want the punchline...)

about 2 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

Dahamma Re:Stay in the basement! (387 comments)

Also, what TFA did point out but the summary didn't is that even if the immunization had reduced effectiveness, most cases would be less severe in someone who has been vaccinated, which can be the difference between a very annoying illness and a life-threatening one.

about 2 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

Dahamma Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (387 comments)

She's still promoting unsubstantiated FUD about vaccinations, she has just switched her focus from autism to "toxins".

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad...

"Yet as doctors say, dosage makes the poison. The amount of, say, formaldehyde in a typical vaccination is much less than you’d get eating an apple. The same can be shown for the other ingredients claimed to be toxins in vaccines as well. The truth is vaccines contain far too small a dose of any of these things to cause any of the problems McCarthy and other anti-vaxxers claim exist.as doctors say, dosage makes the poison.

Also, botulinum is the single most lethal toxin known to humans. Yet McCarthy has enthusiastically praised injecting this toxin into her face. How can anyone possibly say that and also say vaccines have dangerous levels of toxins in them with a straight face?"

about 2 months ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

Dahamma Re:thankX (179 comments)

Yeah, totally. America has never had much luck with its space program!

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

Eh, I think "Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology" was pretty clear. Of course they are going to bring the lawyers in and codify it all, etc. I'm sure it will be the pretty standard "you don't sue us we won't sue you kind of thing" plenty of other companies have already done. This was a blog post, not a legal document...

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

In fact, RTFA and not just the two sentence quoted in the summary, and said clearer statement is already there :)

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

And most importantly...

not good faith: using our patents and then trying to sue us for infringing yours.

They aren't going to give up their defensive position, they are basically just promising not to sue if they are not sued.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re: Trust but verify (211 comments)

If there was a written agreement/contract or patent license (which I assume there will be, and it will also include very specific clauses about indemnifying Tesla against any lawsuits of the licensee) then it doesn't matter.

And despite the casual tone of Musk's post, Tesla is a large public company and still beholden to shareholders, etc. They will undoubtedly get the lawyers involved to make sure things go as planned. This isn't the first time a company has done this (or similarly, multiple companies have pooled their defensive patents), so it's not like there aren't established practices already...

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

Telsa should have the CEO publicly post such a statement where Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use their technology. This will be quickly picked up by tech blogs and linked to the statement.

I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not... because it's EXACTLY WHAT THE LINKED BLOG POST IS. And in fact, that's exactly what Slashdot just did...

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

They don't really need something "new", because what they already have is a completely new mindset for a car company. They are so far ahead of the established old-thought auto makers in so many areas that it would take the rest of them a complete overhaul of their entire executive staff, middle management, engineer and design teams, factories, etc, to get close.

Not to mention they are profitable and make an $80k+ niche car that has been backordered since well before it was ever released. At some level it's like Ferrari saying "ok, we are releasing the patents behind our $1M supercar" - the market is so specialized it wouldn't matter, and Ferrari's demand so outstrips their supply you basically have to get permission from Ferrari to even buy one.

about 2 months ago
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Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Dahamma Re:And Ramadan is coming... (148 comments)

Sure, science waits for no one, and everyone besides the grant-writers work odd hours occasionally.

Actually, the PI would take odd hour shifts when necessary. I guess that's part of why everyone else was willing to do it without complaint once in a while. Lead by example...

Then again, he eventually left the lab and started a company doing sleep research that was later bought out by a big pharma. I guess keeping rats awake in the name of science wasn't as rewarding as doing it in the name of a $10B+ insomnia drug market. Not that I can complain, I left that field a long time ago for tech startups as well. Lead by example, again :)

But anyway - to your point that you claim that the OP's comment about 24 hour fasting vs 48-72 hour fasting not being supported by the evidence - it seems clearly supported to me, since that was one of the main points of the study! One of key data sets they relied on was lymphocyte (and other) counts in 24 vs 72 hour fasting (it's in the full paper on Cell). And a major conclusion was "the results from a phase I clinical trial indicate that 72 but not 24 hr of PF in combination with chemotherapy were associated with normal lymphocyte counts and maintenance of a normal lineage balance in WBCs"

And if you think about it clearly 12-24 hours is not enough to be considered "fasting" from a ketosis perspective, since that's pretty much in the range of what most humans do every night. Fasting from sunup to sundown and pigging out afterwards really isn't that much different; basically just skipping a midday meal, which many people also do.

about 2 months ago
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Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Dahamma Re:And Ramadan is coming... (148 comments)

The 48-72 hours was more likely chosen because it would allow the postdocs, grad students, and techs to not have to come in at midnight on a weekend to kill a mouse and drain them of their blood (and then quit and join a different lab). Not because that time frame was empirically determined to be the minimum fasting time required for the effect.

I guess you've never been a grad student/tech, then? In the lab I worked in (with rats and mice, actually, though it was sleep & circadian research) they had no problem sending the grad students - or even better, the undergrad interns - in at midnight to do various studies.

Yes, I have sat after midnight in a lab lit only by dim red light (doesn't interrupt rat rhythms) for several hours basically keeping rats awake when they start to nod off. Which is also why our lab invented a cage that would automatically tip the rats into a pool of water when they fell asleep. Which I guess is a bit ironic that the pursuit of a decent night's sleep led to a device that prevented a decent night's sleep...

about 2 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

Dahamma Re:L.A. Story? (154 comments)

Damn, I just posted or I'd have modded this one up :)

about 2 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

Dahamma Re:Yes, lets blame video games (154 comments)

People been hacking non electric street signs since those have been coming out

Yeah, seriously... someone is smart enough to hack a street sign, but not smart enough to think of it? I'd say there are probably 100 people who would think "hey it would be cool to hack that sign" for every one who is capable of doing it.

The kind of people who can be influenced by a silly hacker video game are not often those with the intelligence to do anything about it.

about 2 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

Dahamma Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

Most crimes under the age of 18 are sealed and generally not reported by name by the media in the US, as well. Focusing on that is a straw man, anyway, since that's really not the issue here - and besides that Google ALREADY has a policy (and some US states have laws) of removing private information on minors.

I'd be willing to bet of the 41,000+ requests referenced by the article few if any were for removing sealed juvenile records. The other 99.9% of the cases is the relevant discussion.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

Dahamma Re:Fsck x86 (230 comments)

In mobile maybe. It's doing well but not "massively" dominant in the TV market, though. In that area it's gaining ground but still in heavy competition with MIPS.

ARM is SO not going to be competing in servers any time soon. Our "cheap" x86-64 servers are already at 24 cores and 64-96GB RAM. Once ARM gets anywhere near that those server specs will be 4x that, or more...

about 2 months ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

Dahamma Re:Seems reasonable... (260 comments)

They may have originally served the purpose of protection of the consumer, but now they clearly serve the purpose of protection of the status quo. You think the fact that taxi licenses/medallions in most major cities are severely limited below demand is because they have just found the cream of the crop of drivers and no one else is trustworthy and capable?

Those companies *love* the regulations they have played by, because they are the status quo and they have used the regulations to prevent what we are seeing today with Uber, etc.

It's the same sort of thing that is preventing Tesla from being able to operate dealerships in some states - there was some obscure argument 60 years ago based on Detroit monopolies and pork politics to separate manufacturers form dealerships, and now the dealerships are using a totally obsolete law to protect their status quo.

about 2 months ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

Dahamma Re:does this need refactoring (260 comments)

Not so worried about the cars, Uber and Lyft inspect them to make sure they are in good condition, and even if they didn't the first bad ride would flag it.

Much more worrying is the fact they feel the need to charge extra for extra guarantees of non-serial-killer-drivers...

http://valleywag.gawker.com/wh...

about 2 months ago

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