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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Jartan This is surprising? (529 comments)

The entire trick to religion has always been peace of mind. You don't have to think about the hard stuff. Of course the flip side of that is being a bad person.

I'd rather have morals with depression personally.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Jartan Look up code visualization. (876 comments)

The best way to understand is to turn the question around. Look at the methods people use to visualize code. There's no one method that's really good. You have to use several different ones.

We might see some new tricks with VR though. Stuff like call graphs would work far better in full 3d.

about 2 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Jartan Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

Libertarians only care about freedom on public property. Once you're on their land it's their way or the highway.

about 2 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

Jartan Re:Kinda Suprised...but I guess I shouldn't be... (505 comments)

Any language can do that. You're just impressed that javascript has come so far.

The only reason to "get used to it" is that web browsers still aren't supporting other languages.

about 3 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

Jartan Microsoft is mostly to blame. (209 comments)

Open and mature client technologies have always been a threat to MS's core business.

about 3 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

Jartan Re:Dreaming of code? (533 comments)

That's only true for the miniscule amounts they'd actually consider. Companies exist to pay employees less than they're actually worth.

Corruption at the top has made meaningful salaries impossible. So yes most people would rather enjoy their job. Start talking real extra money and they'll quickly change their tune.

about 3 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album

Jartan Inc CIA operatives (69 comments)

Baboom users can install a little plugin that replaces the ads you'd normally see on the internet with ones that we control through our ad network. Just as advertisers go to AdWords to buy ads from Google for certain search terms, they'll be able to come to us and buy these ads at half the price and still have ads shown against the same keywords.

When the corporate masters hear about this it's going to get dicey.

about 3 months ago
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Algorithm Aims To Predict Fiction Bestsellers

Jartan Extreme selection bias. (146 comments)

If you read the article they're not really examining best sellers at all. A site like Gutenberg has no correlation with modern best sellers.

Film, TV and Internet have all had drastic effects on the market as well. Thus old books aren't really representative.

about 3 months ago
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LLVM and Clang 3.4 Are Out

Jartan Re:pretty quick on the C++14 support (118 comments)

The GPL doesn't have anything to do with it. RMS won't even allow simple command line features that could be "used" by a proprietary IDE for instance.

It's an understandable stance but the result is inferior software.

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Jartan Re:In which units? (684 comments)

It's only ambiguous to a scientist "twice as cold" is "double the negative distance from 72".

about 3 months ago
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Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

Jartan This has huge usages in HDR. (102 comments)

The magic bullet for eye tracking is using it for adaptive HDR. Monitors for good reason can't show bright lights. This makes it difficult to fit all the luminance information on the screen at once.

By tracking the eye we can adjust luminance information locally. This can have a huge impact on image quality.

about 3 months ago
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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

Jartan Some of those recomendations are downright scary. (316 comments)

The commission recommended that the phone companies or a third party take over responsibility for storing the data.

They're just trying to shuffle things. In the process it will most likely become worse.

about 4 months ago
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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

Jartan Crap studies. (554 comments)

No clear benefits at all? There's always going to be some pros and cons on this. Such a blatant over generalization is worthless.

about 4 months ago
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Valve Releases Debian-Based SteamOS Beta

Jartan Re:Why does UEFI matter? (211 comments)

It has nothing to do with TPM or Secure Boot. This OS is specifically for new hardware. They have no reason to support legacy stuff.

about 4 months ago
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Valve Releases Debian-Based SteamOS Beta

Jartan Re:Debian! (211 comments)

It's not a "little fiefdom" when they alone can force every graphics vendor to finally release drivers for Linux.

The end result is going to be the exact opposite of your whining.

about 4 months ago
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Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

Jartan Re: Google will have their way (291 comments)

Ron Paul isn't an honest politician? He votes AGAINST spending measures that would benefit his own constituents.

Nobody claimed he wasn't republican.

about 4 months ago
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SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

Jartan Re:GNOME? (211 comments)

This is stripped down and intended to run Steam in Big Picture mode all the time. No desktop at all.

Do you have a source on this? Steam sells apps so this sounds unlikely.

about 4 months ago
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Google Is Building a Way To Launch Chrome Apps Without Installation

Jartan Is this really that different? (135 comments)

For the average user that does not use noscript, this isn't a big difference. They're already essentially trusting every site they visit.

about 5 months ago
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1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info

Jartan Re:All or nothing approach is silly (131 comments)

Apart from F-Droid none of the stores are actually curated. They all want tons of free apps so they won't ever discriminate against user tracking/adds.

That's fine if you only use open source. For the rest of us it's a huge pain in the ass.

about 4 months ago
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Why Project Flare Might Just End the Console War

Jartan Seems pretty iffy. (166 comments)

Basically instead of streaming the game they're talking about offloading the peak cases.

The boxes example would of been fine as a precomputed animation. I'm guessing if the player interrupts the process real-time it becomes screwed up due to latency.

No matter what the use cases are going to be somewhat limited. Calling it a game changer at this point is just silly.

about 5 months ago

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