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NASA Mulling Earth-Moon L2 Point for Mars Staging Station

FTWinston Re:Good for a lot of reasons... (186 comments)

Why not just build the base on Earth, and beam it up, when you're finished designing your Von Neumann machines?

about 2 years ago
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Earth's Corner of the Galaxy Just Got a Little Lonelier

FTWinston Re:No planets around Barnard's Star? (224 comments)

For a moment there, I thought you meant on the other side of the moon from us, rather than from the base. I was already to go "nooooo, that'll crash it into the Earth, you fool!" Then I realised. And posted anyway. Ah well.

more than 2 years ago
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Earth's Corner of the Galaxy Just Got a Little Lonelier

FTWinston Re:Alpha Centauri (224 comments)

And hard to envisage habitable plants remaining stable for sufficiently long periods of time for complex life to evolve. Though if you're looking for somewhere to put people, planets without existing life are a much better bet.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What is the sound like on Mars?

FTWinston Based on atmospheric pressure... (2 comments)

Assuming you you could survive exposing your ear, I'd say ~200 times quieter? Or should that be considered on a logarithmic scale?

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Shares Performance Numbers On Port of Left4Dead

FTWinston Re:What does it tell you? (274 comments)

So I don't know why anyone should be surprised at this, Linux has always been OpenGL, Windows DirectX, so having Linux do OpenGL better isn't surprising, anymore than Windows doing DirectX, its just what the platform is made for is all.

Assuming I understand you correctly, I should perhaps have rephrased this:

What I find more interesting, to be honest, is that Open GL is (slightly) outperforming Direct 3D on a windows/nvidia box.

To:
What I find more interesting, to be honest, is that Open GL on a windows/nvidia box is (slightly) outperforming Direct 3D on the same box.

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Shares Performance Numbers On Port of Left4Dead

FTWinston Re:What does it tell you? (274 comments)

There's no mention of graphic detail in their article, so I'd presume (might be a big one) that they're running both at equivalent resolution, level of detail, and shader effects

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Shares Performance Numbers On Port of Left4Dead

FTWinston Re:What does it tell you? (274 comments)

To be fair, it was their porting to to Open GL that improved the windows Open GL performance. What I find more interesting, to be honest, is that Open GL is (slightly) outperforming Direct 3D on a windows/nvidia box.

more than 2 years ago
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Teenager Arrested In England For Criticizing Olympic Athlete On Twitter

FTWinston Re:Threats of violence are not menacing? (639 comments)

Surely that's only not menacing if I've had an appendectomy?
I'd imagine that whether or not this message is interpreted as "menacing" is dependent on the recipient?

more than 2 years ago
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Neuroscience May Cure Videogames Industry's Obsession With Guns

FTWinston Re:Wrong premise for games! (254 comments)

I don't think this technique can reveal what's good about Dostoyevsky, nor indeed what's good about computer games. It can, however, show you whether or not something else has the same neurological effect as reading Dostoyevsky, or playing a shooter, or whatever. If they were able to recreate the identical (your word) neural stimulation, then I would - but I don't think they'd ever be able to recreate it identically, so that's perhaps not so important.

This neuro technique presupposes that you accomplish what you want by just skipping the insight and going straight to the rush of pleasure that insight causes.

I've not read TFA, but I'm not convinced that they are making that supposition. Any reason why they wouldn't consider the build up (which they can presumably also track) to be an equally important part of the phenomenon? They may be missing the point entirely, but they're the neurologists, so I'd hope they wouldn't disregard that sort of thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Neuroscience May Cure Videogames Industry's Obsession With Guns

FTWinston Re:Wrong premise for games! (254 comments)

And reading something interesting doesn't count as a specific form of neural stimulation?

more than 2 years ago
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Neuroscience May Cure Videogames Industry's Obsession With Guns

FTWinston Re:Lame (254 comments)

Those that are about that, unless they're SF or fantasy-based, should strive to have the most realistic experience as digitally possible but there is no substitute for the firing range.

Surely they'd be better off striving to have the most enjoyable experience possible? Especially if you say that they'd still be "no substitute." A sniper game that involves hiding in the one place for 2 days straight, for instance, may be realistic, but why would anyone want to play it? Give me TF2 any day.

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

FTWinston Re:You don't understand. (1165 comments)

So some of your states don't kill people? Looks like the rest are keeping nice company.

Merely rhetorical questions: Do you believe the most vile of criminals such as pedophiles, murderers and rapists can honestly meet justice with a life sentence? Should people who are serving sentences which are guaranteed to extend well past their natural life span be supported on taxpayer money?

Even though it's rhetorical, I couldn't answer the first question without knowing what you mean by "justice" ... I suspect you're thinking more about vengeance, or at best, mere punishment. Regardless of the offense, the purpose of prison is supposedly threefold: to protect society, to punish the perpetrator, and to rehabilitate them. If you feel that the state cannot punish someone enough by merely locking them up, it doesn't seem like the biggest leap from that to justifying torture as an extreme form of state-sanctioned punishment.

And here's a rhetorical one back at you: Do you believe that a state killing someone can ever be just? I can think of scenarios where it might be the best option, but I don't believe it's ever just.

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

FTWinston Re:Damn! (1165 comments)

Indeed, that's a valid example. But because so many people were involved, I doubt arming the populace would have reduced the killing in that case. I had been thinking more of "western" nations, however.

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

FTWinston Re:Absolutely no correlation. (1165 comments)

There is absolutely no correlation, nor has there every been any findings of a correlation between owning a gun and shooting someone with it; compared with not owning a gun, and not shooting someone with it.

Whah? Are you trolling, or was that meant to make sense? (If it's a troll, fair enough, Whoosh.)
How could someone ever simultaneously both own and not own a gun?

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

FTWinston Re:Damn! (1165 comments)

So how many cases do you hear about where a guy kills a whole class of kids with a cigarette lighter, or even a knife?

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

FTWinston Re:You don't understand. (1165 comments)

The person attempting to separate a firearm from its owner is an agent of tyranny.

In all circumstances? Seriously? I disagree.

It is moral, almost to the point of an obligation, to kill agents of tyranny or die trying.

I disagree vehemently. It is moral to attempt to end tyranny, provided that you know what you're doing, and aren't just gonna make things worse. (See e.g. US involvement in Afghanistan.) Surely shooting someone because you disagree with them is also tyranny?

more than 2 years ago
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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

FTWinston Re:You don't understand. (1165 comments)

It is better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6. Which would you prefer?

Alas, the USA is one of the few countries where the trial by 12 can have you sentenced to being carried by 6. Kinda makes it seem like less of a binary choice.

more than 2 years ago

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Google Italy execs convicted over YouTube video

FTWinston FTWinston writes  |  more than 4 years ago

FTWinston (1332785) writes "Three Google exectives have been convicted of privacy violations in Italy over the contents of a YouTube video showing a boy with Downs syndrome being bullied — despite the fact that the video was removed as soon as it was brought to their attention, and that Google assisted the authorities in locating those who posted it. Prosecutors argued that Google should have sought the consent of all parties involved with the video before allowing it to go online. Quite how they were meant to achieve this is another matter."
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