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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Garfong Re:Cost (535 comments)

At least where I live, prescription glasses are tax-free medical devices; ironic glasses are taxed fashion accessories.

Of course the tax is far less than the cost of prescription lenses, but if you're going to wear glasses anyway the government is literally subsidizing not getting Lasik.

4 days ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Garfong Re:Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

I don't want it all for free, but I think companies should be honest about their business model. I think they should distinguish between "Free" trial, "Free" with paid upgrades, "Free" ad-supported, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Garfong Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

Is it repeated, unwanted, attention of a sexual nature? Then it's sexual harassment.

about two weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

Garfong Re:It is Canada's fault! (130 comments)

Based on the number of "please click here to continue getting our newsletter" messages I've been getting in my inbox, other companies don't seem to think the sky is falling.

about a month ago
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Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

Garfong Re:The real question in my mind (119 comments)

In this test, both took exponentially longer. So either the d-wave doesn't work, or as the manufacturer has claimed, the problems were not setup to demonstrate the class of problems where the d-wave will show better performance relative to problem complexity growth than a conventional computer.

Or the maximum problem size handled by the machine is too small so see the sub-exponential growth. Complexity theory deals with performance on very large data sets, and, if I remember correctly, the D-wave machine is limited to a small problem size (max a hundred or so qbits)

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

Garfong Re:Really? (281 comments)

Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.
        -- Publilius Syrus

about a month ago
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Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

Garfong TFS, of course. (248 comments)

Keep in mind the Supreme Court of BC is a trial court (despite the high sounding name). This could still be overturned on appeal.

about a month and a half ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Garfong Re:Read the whole article (136 comments)

Women don't talk about poetry, math, and chess?

This alternate test sounds really easy:

Q: Add 34957 to 70764.
ELIZA: Don't you ever say Hello?
Man: What does this have to do with being a woman?

about a month and a half ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

Garfong Re:Legally correct decision with awful results (303 comments)

It kind of looks like the appeal court decision is setting this up for a potential appeal to the Supreme Court. The decision repeatedly talks about differences and conflicting rulings between different Circuits, which is one of the things the Supreme Court looks for when deciding whether to approve an apeal.

about 3 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

Garfong Re:Stupid headline (157 comments)

He probably didn't show the label because posting personally identifying information on the Internet is generally a bad idea, especially if you're in temporary possession of a $100K+ item.

And I'm not sure where you're coming from about trying to make the Feds look bad. Having a package mis-delivered by UPS or a call ring through to voicemail are hardly scandalous.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Takes Out Porn- and Botnet-Spewing ISP

Garfong Re:One of These Things.... (263 comments)

Pornography featuring children (RTFA) does not belong. The others prey on people who should know better.

more than 4 years ago

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