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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

GenieGenieGenie Re:XP losing Market share is not bad news. (336 comments)

Google needs to step in and produce Android for Desktop. The market share is ripe for the picking.

about a month and a half ago

Lose Sleep, Fail To Form Memory

GenieGenieGenie Re:no surprise (85 comments)

Gentle handling. Also, they had a control for this using injection of the stress-related hormone corticosterone, which failed to produce the changes they saw with sleep deprivation. This is in Science, they don't muck around too much there.

about 3 months ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

GenieGenieGenie Re: Is something being casually elided here? (431 comments)

This, in a nutshell, is why your first foreign language is the hardest, then things get easier (especially if you stick to one family, e.g. European).

about 5 months ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

GenieGenieGenie Re:Can the writings be read? (431 comments)

If you can formulate an objective measure for "sloppy thinking" and/or "depth of thought", I will apply with you for a grant from the NSF to do the study, and then write the paper together. One thing though - you will have to convince me that there's a chance you can convince them to cough up the cash. Until then, I'm going with feeling here.

about 5 months ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

GenieGenieGenie Re:Can the writings be read? (431 comments)

People who are encouraged as kids to be sloppy about their writing tend to emerge from adolescence sloppy about their thinking too. This is a cliche but it is, unfortunately, quite an accurate one. There are exceptions to every rule, of course, but where I live there is a generation of people who can't spell or read efficiently and this is reflected in how shallow their thoughts are.

about 5 months ago

Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

GenieGenieGenie The Permian, when time stood still (235 comments)

Comet impacts lasted 32,000 years and writing /. stories took 50 seconds.

about 7 months ago

Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

GenieGenieGenie Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

In Kazakhstan, we just use ducks.

about 7 months ago

FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

GenieGenieGenie Re:Reflective cockpit windows (445 comments)

Laser light is collimated and therefore much more dangerous to your retinae.

about 7 months ago

Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

GenieGenieGenie Re:They have the money to do this (250 comments)

Your leaders, sir, have been put there by voters. One of those voters may even have been you. So don't put the blame on them. In democratic and pseudo-democratic countries, leaders are just reflections of their populaces.

Oh, and just to make sure you don't think this comes from some partisan BS, the other side would have done precisely the same thing.

Now go and get yourself a serious government.

about 9 months ago

Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

GenieGenieGenie Re:Offer lower rates? (567 comments)

Not entirely zero sum. Theoretically, if these contraptions make people more conscious of their driving, thinking "oh wait, big brother's watching so maybe I'll cut the stunts" etc., this might actually lead to a reduction in their accident rates. Which means insurance companies pay less, have larger margins, and in an efficient market, this means they can afford to lower prices. Also, as some posters here demonstrated, people who agree to put this thing in their cars are usually safe drivers. So if an insurance company attracts them by dangling low prices in exchange for outing themselves as nerdy drivers, they can reduce their accident rates, thus their margins, and the lower prices might even end up increasing their profits.

about 10 months ago

World War II's Last Surviving Doolittle Raiders Make Their Final Toast

GenieGenieGenie Re:Why must we celebrate violence? (211 comments)

The US fight in the Pacific probably saved many lives elsewhere in Asia, the surrounding archipelagos, and Australia. We were allied with just about every other country fighting Japan.

If everyone had just surrendered to the Japanese, there would have been much fewer deaths in the Pacific theater in WWII. The point of fighting that war was not about saving the quantity of lives, but the quality of them.

about 10 months ago

Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

GenieGenieGenie Re:Units! (216 comments)

If you smoke enough pot, as the authors of this cheap attempt at attention-grabbing surely must have, you start seeing double and 5V turns to 55W...

about 10 months ago

The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements

GenieGenieGenie Re:A quick test (707 comments)

What an awesome idea! Why don't we just figure out things for ourselves. Just pop a pill, and if we feel better the next day, it's good to go.

But wait - in the dead of winter, sometimes I wake up feeling better without taking any pills. I mean, some days I feel better, some days I feel worse. What if that were the case when I took the pill? So maybe, instead of taking it just once, I should take it many times, and see if it worked every single time. We can call these repeats "repetitions". In fact, maybe just take a bunch of different people and run all the repetitions on them at the same time. Just in case there was some low pressure system that got everyone sick, or everybody's depressed because the third season of A Game of Thrones just ended.

But wait a second - I mean, you can't really expect your pill to work every time, right? See, if you took it on a day you were feeling good, it could be that the next day you feel bad, but things would have been worse without the pill. So let's look for a pill that makes things better, but on average, not every single time. Hell, we can even test for this using some branch of mathematics called "statistics".

And then there's another thing - I mean, how do you know there's an improvement unless you can compare it to another group that didn't pop the pills? So, let's control the pill taking and have another group set aside that doesn't take the pill; we'll call them the "control" group.

Here there's another problem. This control group, they're not actually "the same" as the other group, because they don't really take any pills. Maybe the group that took the pills felt so good about taking the pills that they just magically convinced themselves to feel better, and actually felt better. They just please themselves. So we'll give the "control" group a pill that doesn't have any vitamin D in it, and call it "placebo" (it's from Latin, "I will please"), in case they are just pleasing themselves into feeling better.

You know what - I think we're onto something here. I think we just invented "science"!

about a year ago

The Little Bomb-Detecting Device That Couldn't

GenieGenieGenie Re:Is this the real reason? (217 comments)

This, right here. The motivation behind every malfunctioning piece of carp employed by the armies of all creed and color, including the various "SOPs" and similar procedure nonsense that thought-challenged jarheads think might save them from investing the activity of a few neurons and yet still keep them alive. I remember once my unit entertained a bunch of US marines for a joint drill. We made them a little IED scenario with a bunch of charges and mines and stuff (all rigged with pops, no real boom-boom). They tripped every single wire and trodded on all the mines too, but they were really happy to have followed proper procedure.

about a year ago

In a Security Test, 3-D Printed Gun Smuggled Into Israeli Parliament

GenieGenieGenie Re:Cultural sensitivity? (280 comments)

Guns, especially guns of this sort, are easier to conceal, work at a distance and are lighter than the 5-10kg of C4 you would need to haul in past the guards in order to harm the speaker from where they were comfortably sitting. And the bomb scenario carries with it the price of not being able to view your accomplishment because the brain you use in order to perform said observation will be spattered across the ceiling.

about a year ago

FTC Reviews Google's Purchase of Navigation App Waze

GenieGenieGenie Re:Shutting out competitor or buying up talent? (95 comments)

(I don't see them being a real threat, the technology is easy to copy before they get too big)

There are such things as software patents, you know.

about a year ago



3-D Printed gun smuggled into Israeli parliament in a security drill

GenieGenieGenie GenieGenieGenie writes  |  about a year ago

GenieGenieGenie (942725) writes "After all the talk of printed guns and the problems they pose to traditional methods of perimeter security, we get a live demo courtesy of some rather brave journalists from Israel's Channel 10, who took the plastic weapon known as the Liberator past security into the Israeli parliament, and held it within meters of the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I say brave because had they been caught pulling this stunt, which involved taking their toy out of the bag while sitting in the audience of a speech by the prime minister, they would have faced some real steel. Haaretz has the video (sorry, Hebrew only at the moment) where you can follow the breach (from ~6:30) and see them pass the metal detector and the moment when the gun comes out. The movie also shows some testing of the gun in a police-supervised weapons range. Parliament security officials said that "this is a new phenomenon and they are checking the subject to give it a professional solution as quickly as possible". I hope this doesn't mean we will now officially face an era of ever more intruding security checks at entrances to events like this."


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