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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

GenaTrius Re:Put it another way... (157 comments)

I think the idea is that all this guy's practice has streamlined his mental footballing process. If you tried to go kick a ball around in a stadium full of screaming fans while trying to avoid all the other people trying to kick the ball, you'd use tons of brain power. I suspect I'd use so much I'd pass out. But this guy's trained himself to filter out all the superfluous information and do the work as naturally as I type these words.

about a week ago

Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

GenaTrius Re:Time to start building more nuke plants as long (288 comments)

Did you know 3 Mile Island is still manned, operating, and producing power? Evacuation was not mandatory, there is no exclusion zone, and the surrounding area is still populated. The reactor that melted down isn't in operation, of course, but the safety checks worked and no one died. I am consistently amazed at hoe many people do not know this.

about a week ago

Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

GenaTrius Fair enough, as far as I'm concerned (288 comments)

Everyone has to play a part if we want to end our reliance on fossil fuels, especially big companies that actually have buying power. Greenpeace may be a bunch of sensationalist hypocrits, but that doesn't mean Amazon couldn't stand to try and source more of their power from renewables.

about a week ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

GenaTrius At Least They Got One Part Right (200 comments)

"If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct." Well, this part is certainly true, as we can see. Verizon is throttling Netflix, and there's a massive consumer backlash towards them. Which is doing nothing, because these very providers have secured monopoly or duopoloy status in just about every individual market in the country.

about a week ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

GenaTrius Re:Is this the same Lockheed Martin... (184 comments)

Lockheed Martin is a major defense contractor. They do damn near everything. They're practically a part of the government. Military-industrial complex and all that.

about a week ago

Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

GenaTrius Yes, And (223 comments)

And pizza is more popular than fajitas in Beijing. So what?

about a week ago

FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

GenaTrius A note to consumers as well? (38 comments)

Perhaps they're also trying to send a message to consumers to not suffer illegal charges in silence. The FCC can't audit every single bill that an ISP sends to it's customers to see if it's in line with that ISP's advertisements, but consumers are hopefully pretty conscious of what they're paying for internet service. How many people do you know who, when faced with an egregious bill for internet or cell phone service, send a letter to the FCC?

about a week ago

New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

GenaTrius Case by Case (150 comments)

It's up to a judge to decide what kind of warrant gets served.If they can authorize the search of a person's home and the arrest of that person, I don't see why they shouldn't be able to authorize the search of a person's full Gmail account if the need arises. As long as it's not a secret court and all due process is followed, then we're doing the best we can. The linked article makes no mention of the details of this court case. We have no idea why this Gmail account is being searched, who the Gmail account belongs to, how the search will be carried out, or how much data this particular Gmail account even contains. There's also no indication that the police will indefinitely retain a copy of the account, as some above have speculated. If they do, THAT is the problem, not the search itself.

about two weeks ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

GenaTrius This Isn't The Way (590 comments)

Depowering a beloved character so a woman can take his place is not the way to show respect for women. This isn't feminism, it's just ridicullous. If Marvel wants to show respect to women, they should make sure their existing female characters are well-written and well-drawn. As it stands, I don't believe for a second that this new Thor isn't going to be subject to the same sexist tropes as so many other superheroines.

about two weeks ago

Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

GenaTrius Re:How about no? (104 comments)

Oh yes, office buildings would certainly need that kind of network, and it would be very useful if it could be monitored over the internet. But the minute you start building controls to change the temperature over the internet, you're asking for trouble. And don't try to tell me no one's going to try to do that; this comment is on an article about lights that can talk to smartphones!

about three weeks ago

Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

GenaTrius How about no? (104 comments)

Lights should illuminate things. Refrigerators should refrigerate things. Stoves should heat things, air conditioners should cool your air to a certain temperature, and coffee makers should make you coffee. They don't really need to do anything else. They don't all need Twitter accounts. I don't want my workplaces' lights to talk to my cell phone and tell some server somewhere where I was and what I was doing. That is a.) creepy and b.) almost certainly pointless.

about a month ago

Can Google Connect the Unconnected 2/3 To the Internet?

GenaTrius Re:Does it really matter? (99 comments)

It's sort of funny that you have very nearly the sum total of human knowledge at your fingertips, the ability to communicate with people over thousands of miles (or hundreds, or dozens) instantly, and all the news about every place in the world you could possibly want to hear about... And the first thing you think about someone else doing with that ability is "play Candy Crush." Yes, it really does matter.

about a month and a half ago

Can Google Connect the Unconnected 2/3 To the Internet?

GenaTrius Re:First things first (99 comments)

You need a lot fewer solar panels to power an internet-enabled device than you do to power a welder, or even a well. Incidentally, most of the world doesn't worry about DMV regulations. Places that don't have a well for water very often don't. They might worry about gasoline, but it's just as likely that neither thought will even occur to them. On the other hand, the internet contains a lot of useful information, which is often in even shorter supply than water in places like that. It is, after all, a lot more than a repository for cat pictures.

about a month and a half ago

Can Google Connect the Unconnected 2/3 To the Internet?

GenaTrius To answer your question: (99 comments)

With as much money as they've got? Probably. At this point, they just sort of make money off of people being on the internet without having to do much else, so they've got every reason to. Hells, they may just up and decide to give everyone on the planet the equivalent of 56k for free with equipment, or something like that.

about a month and a half ago

Protecting Our Brains From Datamining

GenaTrius Re:That's why we should wear tinfoil hats (100 comments)

Psh, everyone knows that the Sheriff's Secret Police can mind-scan you from their blue helicopters through five miles of solid lead. Tinfoil hats are just tacky.

about 2 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

GenaTrius Allwissen Auto? (800 comments)

I think we're all forgetting something here. Even if an autonomous car is advanced enough that it can tell the difference between a bus and a semi truck (based on what I've seen, most current prototypes see other cars as shapes with velocities), it's not going to be able to figure out whether that bus is full of children, nuns, convicts, migrant workers, or nothing. Autonomous cars aren't likely to meaningfully tell the difference between a Ford Pinto and a Rolls Royce for a very long time, if they ever really do. The decision the car makes in such a situation will be based on whatever factors it can actually determine, without trying to poll a remote database about who's driving what and why over unreliable cellular data links. Likely, if it's completely boxed in and there's something coming towards it, it will just try to stop dead, which I'm pretty sure is what I would do too. Honestly, I don't want to live in a world where my car knows enough to even be in the position to make an ethical decision about whether I live or die. The place you all seem to be postulating in sounds like even more of a ludicrous surveillance state than we already live in.

about 3 months ago


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