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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Njorthbiatr Re:That's because (222 comments)

It's objectively better in all metrics except cost.

Here's it's shown to be better than consoles visually. And the modders haven't even touched it yet.

4 days ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Njorthbiatr Re:Sorry, but no ... (104 comments)

Yeah it's a cash grab.

He's basically pushing to get companies more business paid for by taxpayers.

4 days ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Njorthbiatr Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (226 comments)

I've been learning to code on my own for more than the past 19 weeks pretty heavily.

I could not tell you anything about hashmaps. I can in fact avoid off-by-one errors :p

I still do the best I can but I feel like I have so much to learn I'll never get there.

about a week ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Njorthbiatr Re:We all dance in the streets (192 comments)

So your argument is that the IDE is... Too good?

about a week ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

Njorthbiatr Re:Good for him! (223 comments)

Because marketing.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Njorthbiatr Re:The providers (127 comments)

The content providers already pay for their bandwidth too.

about two weeks ago
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The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

Njorthbiatr Re:John McCain says ... (163 comments)

It's only a matter of time before Congress declares war on global warming.

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Njorthbiatr Re:Efficiency (181 comments)

The brain does convert chemical energy into mechanical energy into electrical potentials.

But to say the brain runs more efficiently than a computer is pretty dumb. A processor needs some electricity and that it's it, it's good to go. Brains require nutrients beyond simply burning carbohydrates and it needs to keep being fed. Brains cease working if they aren't fed and they can't be restarted. Further brains need 1/3 of every day just to maintain itself.

They also have a really high error rate.

about two weeks ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Njorthbiatr Re:Methodology? (131 comments)

I read the abstract; the actual article is paywalled, which is why I asked the question.

But thanks for assuming I was criticizing the study when I said nothing of the sort and simply had a question about its methods.

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Njorthbiatr Re:They're probably correct (273 comments)

Hard work beats talent every time.

about three weeks ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Njorthbiatr Methodology? (131 comments)

When did they test these candidates? If you're testing everyone at 8 AM that's going to show a bias for the people just woke up and had their coffee compared to the night shift workers who are getting ready for bed.

about three weeks ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

Njorthbiatr Re:Algorithms Can Be Patented (164 comments)

Only Google will be like, "Okay, I can do that if you pay me a huge recurring fee."

about three weeks ago
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How Google Can Get the Flu Right

Njorthbiatr Re:Indirect measurement (31 comments)

I don't think Google was wrong in underestimating the number of cases, they just had trouble putting the human element. How many people are actually going to go to the doctor?

It assumed people would do the sane thing and consult a medical professional instead of trudging into work chugging DayQuil with a box of tissues so they're not seen like a slacker (because it's just a cold and you can't skip work for just a cold, c'mon).

about three weeks ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

Njorthbiatr Re:Clean out your keyboard! (105 comments)

But that's not how it works in movies.

Too bad she didn't invest in one of those computers that splashes a skull and crossbones on the screen with a blaring siren to let her know she was being hacked.

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Njorthbiatr Re:People are getting better service from 4G (392 comments)

I don't know about you, but I get uncapped, consistent internet from TWC. So that's why I stick with them.

I can run downloads all day for the whole month and the quality doesn't change.

about three weeks ago
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Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

Njorthbiatr Re:Long thought to be mere trash (46 comments)

These "pretentious arrogant twats" have known that exosomes can carry mRNA and miRNA and what exactly as early as 2007. Further, we knew that tumor cells used them to manipulate its environment and how as early as 2010.

And we've known about them since a study published in 1987. It seemed to just carry obsolete proteins from cells called reticulocytes. But we've known for well over a decade that they're used as a form of intercellular transport, especially within the immune system. No legitimate scientist was going, "Hey this does this one thing for this specific type of cell under certain conditions, I bet it does that exact same thing for all other cells in the body."

In fact scientists noticed that platelets were also using exosomes and it was a mystery as to why.

It's funny because you're the one who doesn't seem to be understanding basic microbiology, like the difference between a protein and mRNA.

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Njorthbiatr Re:$3500 fine? (286 comments)

If companies are people, jail the companies.

about a month ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Njorthbiatr Re:Politics (384 comments)

Sure, it is easy enough to contain with the right procedure.

Except the human element keeps fucking that up. Texas Presbyterian should have sent the patient to a different hospital equipped to handle it the moment they knew what it was. They didn't. Two nurses screwed up and got sick. The hospital wasn't giving proper oversight to the problem. Incompetent management ensured that problems didn't get fixed.

Ebola is also more infectious than people would have you believe. Direct contact is within three feet. If they sneeze or cough on you, they can transmit the virus. The virus doesn't present itself with these symptoms, but it's nevertheless a perfectly reasonable possibility. Under the right conditions (4 degrees C on glass), the zaire strain has been shown to survive up to fifty days. Further, it's still plenty alive for weeks after the host has died.

But still not enough to make me the least bit worried until you factor the human element. The nurses did screw up even though they swear up and down they didn't. If they didn't then they wouldn't be sick. It's that simple. The suits work perfectly fine supposing they don't have any defects and are manufactured up to par. Maybe the hospital cheaped out and bought inferior equipment. But don't buy for a moment that they didn't mess up.

95% of people or something don't even wash their hands long enough to kill germs. Humans are really bad at this.

about a month ago

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