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The Problems With Drug Testing

Graydyn Young Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (156 comments)

do we want to rely on results that are likely skewed because the test subjects were also taking heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine?

There are tests for that.

10 hours ago
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Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara

Graydyn Young Tough for new features (45 comments)

This is going to be a pain when I'm trying to convince the bosses that we should add a feature to an Android app. For example, right now it's easy to say we should add a feature that uses a camera, every phone has a camera. But if I want to add a feature that has, for example, a fingerprint reader attachment, only X% of users are going to have this attachment. It makes it a harder sell.

10 hours ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Graydyn Young Re:Radicalization (835 comments)

I know your being sarcastic, but maybe making enemies is part of the plan. The net result of attacks on Israel has been an over-all increase in territory for Israel. Seems like making enemies has been working out pretty well for them so far.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

Graydyn Young Re:Advice (112 comments)

A quick search on Ebay shows used tablet screens going for around 20-30 bucks.

2 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Graydyn Young Re:Finally! (474 comments)

You really don't need to make this concept compulsory. A lot of the people you see out on the street are there because of over-crowding in homeless shelters.

about two weeks ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

Graydyn Young Risk of Burns (162 comments)

Wouldn't this be rather dangerous to use outside of the lab? I would think that if a person tried to pull their hand off the generator while it's on, the arc would burn them quite badly.

about three weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Graydyn Young Re:Where can I apply (87 comments)

Yes, please, you go first.

about three weeks ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

Graydyn Young Re:Bigfoot doesn't exist (198 comments)

Well, Bigfoot does seem pretty unlikely at this point, but what about Yeti? Some form of undocumented mountain ape that lives in the Himalayas seems totally plausible to me. It's not like people are going through leisurely jaunts up the Himalayas with their camera phones.

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Graydyn Young Re:Lets list other free energy communication scams (448 comments)

My rule of thumb is, if it were a real source of free energy, I would be hearing about it on the news, not Kickstarter. It's just like with Viagra back in the day. For a thousand years people were advertising dick pills. But when a legit one was invented, it was all anybody on TV talked about for a year.

about a month ago
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Otherlab Working on a 'Fundamental Jump' in Technology for Exoskeletons (Video)

Graydyn Young Re:Sounds like PR Hype to me. (36 comments)

They addressed this in the video. Their approach is to greatly decrease the weight of the exoskeleton. That reduces power requirements. They show an elbow pad that's so light that the presenter can easily hold it in one hand (although I'm assuming the battery isn't attached).

about a month ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

Graydyn Young HAXM (167 comments)

I hate to disagree with Wharton (look up his work, the man is a champion) but the Android emulator has already been fixed with HAXM. It's been released into the SDK Manager and only requires copying a file to turn on. Once it's on, the emulator runs at totally acceptable speeds, and provides a much richer environment than a simulator would.

about a month and a half ago
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Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software

Graydyn Young Re:Recruiting Tool (147 comments)

This is also a great way to get their application featured in college courses. And if people learn how to do 3d animation in RenderMan first, they are going to more inclined to use it on future projects.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

Graydyn Young PM/BA (158 comments)

I've never made the transition myself, but I've seen others do it. You need a new profession that works closely with your current one, so you can be "The guy who knows how to talk to the techies". There are quite a few roles that can act as the buffer between management/customers and IT. It depends on where you currently work, but I've seen people do this with both Project Management and Business Analysis. If your boss is open to the idea of you filling one of these roles on a few projects, you can get the experience you need while still performing your current job.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Stop Being So Cynical, You Could Give Yourself Dementia

Graydyn Young Re:Wait (153 comments)

Specifically, they were measuring cynicism using the Cook-Medley scale, which defines cynical distrust as "A generally negative view of humankind, depicting others as unworthy, deceitful, and selfish"

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Graydyn Young Sentinels (493 comments)

"Oh, and they probably won't use sentinels to track down the dangerous unvaccinated folks."

*sigh* If only....

about 2 months ago
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Data Center With a Brain: Google Using Machine Learning In Server Farms

Graydyn Young Neural Network? (26 comments)

I'm very curious as to why they are using a neural network for this. I'm no machine learning expert, but I was under the impression that neural networks were somewhat outdated. And yet it seems like Google is spending rather a lot of time with them lately.

about 2 months ago
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Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights

Graydyn Young Re:Cheaper solution (64 comments)

Too soon.

about 2 months ago
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Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

Graydyn Young Re:I'm curious what a FPS with "Maturity" is (167 comments)

An 18+ certificate almost implies a promise of immaturity at this point. 18+ games always have the sort of ridiculous violence and awkward nudity that primarily appeal to 18- gamers.

about 2 months ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

Graydyn Young Re:NOTHING is radiation free (146 comments)

The article is vague, but it sounds like they've reduced the radioactivity by growing it without potassium. Unfortunately, potassium is a very important nutrient, and most people are not meeting their recommended daily intake of it.

about 2 months ago

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