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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Megol Re:I humbly believe the experiment is flawed (226 comments)

You are mixing two orthogonal concepts: that we are perhaps living in a simulation and that the 3D/4D world we live in are actually a flat holographic universe. Don't do that.


Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

Megol Re:Mod parent to infinity (138 comments)

Yes. From hydro power. Yes that also destroys the environment but in a considerably lesser way than the alternatives.

2 days ago

Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

Megol Re:Guilty (102 comments)

Yes. Psychosis is induced more often by weed than alcohol, smoking weed can give a lot of troubles with the lungs and cardio vascular system (mostly caused by carbon monoxide poisoning) which in turn can lead to other problems. Eating weed have less harmful effects but still can trigger psychosis.

Alcohol is a poison but if used in reasonable quantities have fewer side effects than reasonable use of weed. Yes it is well documented. No I won't google it for you.

[expecting to get downvoted by weed fanatics that think it is a harmless "natural" drug]

3 days ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Megol Re:Ob XKCD... (358 comments)

You also get dentists telling people that teeth need brushing and flossing in order to be healthy; despite the fact that for millenia[sic] brushing wasn't the norm.

Okay, I was following you and nodding until I hit this.

On the average, people didn't make it past their 40's, the lucky(?) ones who lived to 60 generally had few if any teeth left. Most adults had chronic painful tooth decay and gum disease -- but that rarely killed them (some other infection is likely what killed them) so it wasn't that important.

If mankind doesn't descend into another dark age, middle/upper class people in 500 years won't be able to imagine how even the richest people today managed to put up with their crude and primitive lifestyles (like, dying of cancer??? or heart disease???). And that will be due to advancements (like flossing and brushing) in medicine. They would be perplexed as to why Steve Jobs died -- even with his stupid medical decisions during much of his treatment.

So many myths that need busting in this post...

People have been cleaning their teeth in most civilizations including using mouth wash and brushing - often using things like chewed twigs which both provides a refreshing feeling [TM] and a free brush. Try it, it really works.

People have been aged over 90years old even in primitive societies so your idea that 40 years of age was unusual is patently freaking false.

4 days ago

Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Megol Re:Germans (239 comments)

Yes because WW1 was 100% the fault of Germany! At least until one actually reads about how events lead up to the war and how most countries involved looked forward to it...

5 days ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Megol Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (436 comments)

Yes he is. As is all of us that have read your poorly reasoned posts.

Or maybe you are indicating that what you write should be ignored as you are simply trying to troll?

about a week ago

New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Megol Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

And how do you transfer your mind, which is made up of an individual pattern of pathways of neurons and synapse unique to the individual? You can't transfer the brain because it too ages. The DNA overtime suffers replication transcription errors. You might the able to extend the telomeres or re-program the DNA using the CRISPR method...maybe.

I think this is it. The only way to "extend your life" is via procreation. Whatever knowledge you transfer to your child[ren] will be your long lasting legacy left behind.

A sufficiently advanced emulation of your brain would be more "you" than your children are "you".

As to maintaining DNA over an indefinite time. That's already done. That is the nature of binary fission (how cells reproduce). All cells are as old as the first parent cell billions of years ago.

When one cell splits into two: there isn't a "parent" and a "child". They are both the same cell. You are the same cell that your mother grew from and her mother before her. Want an even clearer example? How old is an amoeba?


about a week ago

New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Megol Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

No the ship of Theseus problem is about changing parts one by one until the original parts have all been replaced. You are talking about changing some parts while also changing specifications of those parts which is an interesting problem in its own but different.

While not spiritual or religious I think one theoretically could replace a human brain stepwise with electronic parts so that in the end the complete brain is replaced while keeping the person alive in the end - the personality and experience, call it ghost, spirit or soul, is made up of the connections in the brain (but those are subject to change) and the signaling patterns (also ever changing) not by the actual hardware implementation.

Given the complexities involved sadly we'll all be long dead before actually trying such an experiment could be a reality. Too bad the singularity idea is just unjustified junk...

about a week ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Megol Re:god dammit. (517 comments)

Just because you think something it doesn't become true. There are fanatics that think like that, sure. But one doesn't select an extremist group and try to paint them as the average - that is the way of shills and retards.

Most environmentalists are those that realize we live in a world with finite resources and that our children will indeed inherit the earth as we leave it.

about a week ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Megol Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)


So the law is stupid so we'll change it right?
Increase the speed limits? Then there will be idiots driving even faster. That includes times when the weather conditions means even the regular speed limit is too high.
Remove speed limits? There lies madness - clearly shown by actual statistics. Many drivers already drive too fast for the road condition, traffic situation and the limitations of both their car and their driving abilities.

about a week ago

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Megol Re:Time for medicare for all in the usa (170 comments)

Yes that is true. What's also true is that most people doesn't need the most expensive type of treatment which makes the total less than a medical insurance in the US. The difference is that those that can't afford paying for an insurance still can get the necessary care. And if one want to and can afford it - go for it and get an insurance too and get that unnecessary CT scan or MRI whenever you feel like!

about a week ago

Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Megol Re:Microsoft also lies (179 comments)

If one removed IE, not the interface and what most users call IE but the actual core libraries that actually implemented it? Well that doesn't work too well, a lot of functionality in the user interface was removed as it did and still does AFAIK depend on them. That could be worked around though.

But yes there were a lot of stretching of truth from the MS side, no doubt about it.

However here we may see the disadvantages MS have as a convicted monopolist entity in that they may be afraid to remove applications in the store for non-technical reasons. One could hope that they detect and report duplicates and fakes to the original creator who can then tell MS to remove the app (avoiding any chance of litigation from a rightful owner) but even that may be hard to do sometimes.
Or maybe MS just likes the big amount of apps in the store even though most is copies and fakes?

about a week ago

Project Aims To Build a Fully Open SoC and Dev Board

Megol Re:Hackers? (47 comments)

Because we should all bow down to simplification and opinions of common people. Really? Go f*** yourself and then jump of a cliff.

Myself and other sane people will keep calling a computer a computer and not a "CPU".

about two weeks ago

Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

Megol Re:I don't know what they're talking about (200 comments)

Yet another load of bullshit linked to an ADHD article...

People that can juggle a lot of things in their head simultaneously can multitask. Most people can't and for those trying to multitask will strongly reduce work performance.

People that can't concentrate on things _may_ have ADHD. Or some other conditions or just bad genetics.

There's a huge difference between those things. Having ADHD doesn't give one a multi-tasking enhancement.

about two weeks ago

Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

Megol Re:People like dumb shit (103 comments)

Sure we do, just look at a history book. Who are listed? How many of those directly or indirectly killed a lot of people?

about two weeks ago

NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

Megol Re:People don't seem to get ooe (125 comments)

Nope. All standard OoO mechanisms is one of pushing - that is pushing of operations to execute from the scheduler to the execution units. The execution units are dumb and only consume data, operation information giving a set of results.
In most OoO designs the amount of operations actually capable of flowing through the execution units are less that the theoretical width, limited either by the scheduler or the retirement logic.

A VLIW can scale to greater actual execution throughput however it is hard to make them perform good on many types of code. Compilers is one example of a hard type of program for VLIWs.

about two weeks ago

NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

Megol Re:Sounds smart, but is it? (125 comments)

Out of order execution can only do one thing actually: cope with varying latency of operations. For most normal instructions a LIW/VLIW/explicit scheduled processor (yes there are some that aren't a *LIW type) can in most case do better than the dynamic scheduler. Where OoO execution really shines is hiding L1 cache misses and in some cases even L2 cache misses and there static scheduled code have a hard time adapting to hit/miss patterns.
The standard technique for statically scheduled architectures is to move loads up as far as possible so that L1 misses can at least partially be hidden by executing independent code, often using specialized non-faulting load instructions that can fail "softly" and be handled by special code paths. The problem doing things like that is that fine grain handling isn't really possible due to code explosion.

But it is fully possible to do partial OoO execution just for memory operations and maybe that's what Nvidia is doing. Maybe not.

about two weeks ago

Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

Megol Re:Benign or malignant? (111 comments)

...or one could just look it up on wikipedia.

about two weeks ago

Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

Megol Re:So only for starting stages then? (111 comments)

Chemo is used for that. Hopefully we'll soon have drugs with better targeting of the tumor cells but hey, chemo have cured many people.

about two weeks ago

Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

Megol Re:The side effect (111 comments)

Idiotic drivel.
My mother have had 3 types of cancer (that is: of separate types not related to each other) and been cured of them all using different kinds of treatments.

My father have a friend that had bone cancer in the cheek which was successfully removed surgically with chemo therapy afterwards to avoid spreading.

A relative was diagnosed with throat cancer (she was a life-long smoker) and the first treatment planned was an operation to remove the main tumors, after opening her up it was discovered that the cancer had spread more than expected and later examinations showed the tumors had spread throughout most internal organs. Then the care shifted to make her death as comfortable as possible.

I could list more examples but the fact is that oncologists are medical doctors just as any in the field and yes they are treated by the same methods as anybody else if they get cancer. This strange paranoid fixation on oncologists is strangely often linked to antisemitism for some reason, like all oncologists would be Jews...

about two weeks ago


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