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JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

Kongming If Google Dart had a stock... (112 comments)

...today would not be its best day. (As much as I wouldn't mind seeing a js alternative gain traction.)

about 4 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

Kongming Re:Stating the obvious (162 comments)

Dr. Stephen T. Colbert has been telling us to think with out gut for even longer.

about 5 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Kongming Re:So..... (445 comments)

Imagine how high it would be if they didnt ...

In 2013, the murder rate would have been about 13 lower. Source:

http://www.txexecutions.org/stats.asp

about 5 months ago
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Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles

Kongming Re:Contradicts current theory? (156 comments)

Also, would this allow for the development of an over unity, energy from nothing generation machine.

The answer to that question is always, always no. Except when it's still no, in which case it is no. No.

In conclusion, no.

about 6 months ago
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Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles

Kongming Re:Monopole Magnets (156 comments)

You ivory tower intellectuals must not lose touch with the world of industrial growth and hard currency. It is all very well and good to pursue these high-minded scientific theories, but research grants are expensive. You must justify your existence by providing not only knowledge but concrete and profitable applications as well.

about 6 months ago
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Study Doubts Quantum Computer Speed

Kongming "has not yet completed the peer review process" (105 comments)

...then why are we reading about it now? Is it really such an important and decisive finding that we can't wait a few months until it at least gains at least that level of credibility?

about 6 months ago
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Experiment Shows Caffeine Boosts Long Term Memory

Kongming Re:"I WILL have a third cup!" (123 comments)

Certainly; with a high enough dose, the subject would die.

That aside, the finding is interesting. Based on the summary, I thought that it might just be helping the subjects get closer to the ideal level of psychological arousal for what is probably a simple, routine, and possibly slightly boring task. However, the article states that the subjects were given the pills after having been shown the images, not before, in order to control for that possibility.

There is still one alternative explanation that I can see to a direct chemical effect of caffeine. For the subjects given caffeine after doing the first task in the experimental setting, an association was formed between the setting and getting caffeine. When the subjects returned to do a similar task in the experimental setting again, they received a slight boost in psychological arousal in anticipation of receiving the caffeine. (This kind of effect is commonly seen with many drugs, although I don't know if 200mg of caffeine would induce the effect with a single exposure.) The increased arousal during the follow-up task could explain the increased performance. If they wanted to control for it, one way would be to administer the follow-up task in a different environment than the one in which they did the first task, thereby reducing the impact of any associations with the original setting.

about 6 months ago
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Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees

Kongming Re:"vandalism" (373 comments)

Personally, I don't like Visigoths. Tomorrow, I'll put up a sign: "No spiders or Visigoths allowed." I'm sick and tired of these Visigoths.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

Kongming Re:News for Nerds... (710 comments)

The scientific method need not constitute the entirety of a person's belief system for them to decide that, based on its eminently observable practical applications, it is a useful tool.

about 8 months ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

Kongming Re:News for Nerds... (710 comments)

Yes. One might come to the conclusion that certain other explanations for existence are improbable or unnecessary, as well.

about 8 months ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

Kongming Re:ya know... (710 comments)

I thought that man was "ish" (aleph-yod-shin) and woman was "isha" (aleph-shin-shin-he).

about 8 months ago
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Chicxulub Impact Might Have Spread Life-Bearing Rocks Through the Solar System

Kongming Re:I think you've missed something . . . (161 comments)

While I will agree that 65 million years is not long in geological time, any novel life forms trying to develop on Earth have to compete for limited resources with existing organisms that are already well-adapted to their environments. It is probably much less likely for some alternative to cellular life as we know it to develop here in parallel with existing life than it is somewhere that we seed a supply of proteins and amino acids and watch to see what happens.

about 8 months ago
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Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer

Kongming Re:Can they get phone stores to install it? (143 comments)

Curious, has Google said or implied anything about plans for separating the radio drivers form the kernel? If so, could someone point me to it?

about 8 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

Kongming Re:Red Hat's plans (159 comments)

A bit late, but Ceylon creator Brian Krig answered the following question in an interview posted today:

Finally, going forward, do you think that going forward, Red Hat will start coding more in Ceylon?

The first step for us will be to bring some of our pieces that we have in the JBoss ecosystem that we delivered as pieces of the application server, and repackage them, and make them modular, and make those modules for the Ceylon platform.

At the same time as that, we're taking Ceylon, and we're enabling deployment to Openshift. Once we have then the capabilities that we have in JBoss, also for Ceylon, then it's going to be a lot more interesting - what can we do in Ceylon that we can currently do in JBoss?

People often ask me, does RedHat use Ceylon to build internal projects, and I'm always kind of like, I don't quite understand, we don't have internal projects, we're a product company!

about 8 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

Kongming Red Hat's plans (159 comments)

I am curious as to Red Hat's practical motivations for creating this language. Specifically, do they plan on integrating it in their existing business or projects in any way?

about 8 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

Kongming Re:Ur/Web? (159 comments)

Not sure why parent is modded down, Ur/Web does have relatively little to do with Ceylon.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Makes an Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties

Kongming Value added? (304 comments)

I legitimately wonder how many (if any) of the features covered by the patents in question would not have been implemented in Android if not for the work of whoever filed the patent. If the answer is few or none, then patents are subtracting rather than adding value to society in this domain. If the answer is many, then there is at least an argument to be made.

about 9 months ago
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Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed

Kongming Re:Am I imagining it? (230 comments)

While it is true that some security issues are outside of your awareness and control, following best practices makes it less likely for a single point of failure to provide attackers with access to sensitive data.

about 9 months ago
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Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed

Kongming Re:Am I imagining it? (230 comments)

Personally, I would never allow sensitive user data to be used in a Dev environment in the first place. You shouldn't need to, and it creates an additional potential target for attackers.

about 9 months ago

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