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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

FunkDup Re:What's the solution? (295 comments)

Yep, and then when you reload all of those tabs:

Never mind that 10 of them are paused youtube videos that I will have to locate and pause again

about 9 months ago
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The Ephemerality and Reality of the Jetpack

FunkDup Re:Almost as if (127 comments)

Suppose you had an unlimited energy source with negligible weight.

Pratt and Whitney's impressive trimodal nuclear rocket seems relevant (sorry about the weird links, this engine has largely disappeared from the internet). Some of the ideas and materials in this design would not doubt be applicable to a rocket belt regardless of the nuclear capability.

about 9 months ago
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Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

FunkDup Re:Yes, that's obviously safer (142 comments)

You are MUCH more likely to dieor seriously injure someone while driving at high speed than in slow stop and go traffic

This doesn't invalidate your point, but most motorcycle deaths occur on 60 km/h roads

about 9 months ago
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Study: Half of In-App Purchases Come From Only 0.15% of Players

FunkDup Re:0.15% vs 1.5% (144 comments)

Were you told there would be no math? RTFS and DTFA.

FTFY

about 9 months ago
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3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean

FunkDup Re: "Once widely emitted"? (266 comments)

In America almost every family can afford cars. Not true in most Asian societies. (Yes there are exceptions, such as Singapore, hence I said most.)

I don't know how many people in Singapore can actually afford a car but I can tell you that the certificate required to own a car costs $93k for 10 years and the cost of the car can be as much as triple that of a "Western" nation. A lot of people catch cabs.

about 9 months ago
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South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

FunkDup Re:Burma - aka Myanmar (221 comments)

Despite Buddhisms many wrong notions (like reincarnation)

We do not know that, and neither do you. We live in a mystery in that regard. All we can do if we want to be truthful is admit we don't know what happens after death. We simply don't know. That's the truth

There's lots of evidence that thinking and consciousness require a functioning brain, therefore it is reasonable to believe that you cease to exist if your brain decomposes. At this point, if you want to believe in an afterlife, you need to propose a mechanism for transmigration. The wikipedia page on Bardo says "The intermediate being ...existence is demonstrated by the fact that it cannot have any discontinuity in time and space between the place and moment of death and those of rebirth, and therefore it must be that the two existences belonging to the same series are linked in time and space by an intermediate stage." Which doesn't even constitute evidence let alone proof.

you are clinging to your notions the same way religious fundamentals cling to theirs

You're making wild assumptions about my convictions. I was open to the idea of reincarnation for many years, now once again I'm open to the idea that our universe is statistically likely to be a simulation, therefore an afterlife is possible. It's just that there's only worthless evidence for an afterlife and strong evidence against it.

about 9 months ago
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South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

FunkDup Re:Burma - aka Myanmar (221 comments)

Myanmar. 'Nuff said. Look it up. The Buddhist right wing clergy are being assholes.

That's disingenuous. Those assholes are dressing up as monks for fun and for profit, not "in the name of Buddhism" (even if that's what they say), and despite the great incentives in that country for assholes to dress up as monks, many of those monks are genuine Buddhists.

Despite Buddhisms many wrong notions (like reincarnation), meditation is immensely powerful. It's like martial arts for your brain. It significantly improves concentration, focus and clarity as well as being a tool that can readily create happiness. Buddhism has done so much to improve peoples lives that assholes in Burma and Thailand don't make it bad.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Quietly Fixes Windows XP Resource Hog Problem

FunkDup Re:Everytime I posted about this sort of problem (246 comments)

what causes my Win 7 to take 10 minutes to boot

Holy fuck. I've seen servers with extensive startup scripts but no desktop should take that long. My windows 8 gets from power button to password in in 6 seconds, it's usable immediately. I could boot and shut down over 50 times while you boot up once!

You need to analyze all the running processes and then uninstall them. All of them. Except the virus scanner (you haven't got 2 virus scanners doing realtime have you?). You also don't have enough RAM

about 10 months ago
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Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat

FunkDup Re:"MEOW" (148 comments)

We know the splitter changes it

I don't see how that's relevant. They're still measuring it.

about a year ago
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UN Votes To Protect Privacy In Digital Age

FunkDup Re:And how is (124 comments)

how is the UN going to protect anybodys privacy?

with the cunning use of words

about a year ago
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Tesla Says Garage Fire Not Charger's Fault; Firemen Less Sure

FunkDup Re:New tech -- of course that's the cause! (253 comments)

Of course fire investigators will point to a piece of new technology as the cause of the fire

Bullshit. My uneducated guess is that they will instead use the analisys techniques outlined here

about a year ago
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Tesla Says Garage Fire Not Charger's Fault; Firemen Less Sure

FunkDup Re:Musk's Hubris... (253 comments)

The street is where you keep your car.

Yeh, it's so convenient to keep your Tesla charging apparatus on the street.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User

FunkDup Re:This is done in the hopes Reddit will reciproca (118 comments)

and link to something.. ANYTHING slashdot has done in the last few years.

what does slashdot do?

Scratch that. We pontificate. We're very good at that.

about a year ago
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DRM Has Always Been a Horrible Idea

FunkDup Re:No Shit (281 comments)

DRM is bad.

I was watching this recently posted video of Ray Kurzweil interviewing Robert Freitas, a "nanobot theoretician", about the current state of nanotech. Freitas suggested the use of DRM techniques as a way of preventing the malicious use of nanotechnology. Seems like a "good" application to me. There's another video of RK interviewing Eric Drexler whichh is also interesting.

about a year ago
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Soviet Union Spent $1 Billion On "Psychotronic" Arms Race With the US

FunkDup Re:It's an "ology"! (230 comments)

Conducting that research, however, is what science is all about: test claims to see if they're correct.

No. They spent a billion dollars on it. They were clutching at shadows after the lights were turned on.

about a year ago
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A Year After Ban On Loud TV Commercials: Has It Worked?

FunkDup Re:Yes (288 comments)

And now it's time to ban commercials featuring unrealistically beautified people.

You want to look at ugly people? Think of the hotness!

about a year ago
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Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist

FunkDup Re:Must be the new math (312 comments)

hmmmm. I mainly agree, but as a point of accuracy...

it took 1.8B years to form and even if that is off by 1/2, that means 900M years

900M is about right according to wikipedia

The thing is, for much of that time Earth would have been a ball of lava, so once it cooled down life got going quite quickly.

the right conditions would have been present in the 15M years available

The summary actually says the the universe was about 15 million years old and would have lasted several million years. So...yeh, too short for anything useful to happen. One wonders what could be cool enough after only 15B years , and do you really need something as big as a planet?

about a year ago
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Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist

FunkDup Can this be right? (312 comments)

OK, so the heavy elements began to be manufactured after just 3 million years, but were they manufactured in large numbers?

And how long does it take for those heavy elements to disperse through the universe and then coalesce into a planet around a suitable star? Seems like it might be longer than 15 million years.

And life took 500 million years to get started after Earth formed. For sure, for some of that time the Earth was too hot for life to occur but 15 million years seems too short for anything useful to happen. Maybe some RNA and some enzymes if you're lucky, but that would be about it.

about a year ago
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Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

FunkDup Re:Pumping more efficient than desalination? (273 comments)

Firstly, most of those desalination plants are already built, and second, I really doubt that getting to this water is simply a matter of "a few more pipes". Deep water oil rigs can cost Billions, plus you have to buy the rest of the infrastructure. The Sydney desalination plant "only" cost $1.08 Billion.

about a year ago
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Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

FunkDup Re:Draining this could lower inland dwells' level (273 comments)

the dwells all around get dry

Not that I read TFA or anything, but since thuse aquifers are under the ocean, I'm pretty sure they've got nothing to do with the water table in Lybia.

about a year ago

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IBM to buy US Solid State Storage form, TMS

FunkDup FunkDup writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FunkDup (995643) writes "IBM has announced the purchase of US firm, Texas Memory Systems specializing in high performance solid state memory. The move is intended to bolster IBM's PureSystems storage hardware as well as other storage technologies and network devices."
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