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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Reziac Re:It probably can. (261 comments)

Somehow I'm reminded of how when the horseless carriage came along, in some towns they were required by law to be preceded by a man on foot, carrying a lantern or other form of warning to others.

12 hours ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Reziac Re:Neuropathic pain (199 comments)

Being able to prescribe a set dosage in a pill one gets from the pharmacy would do a lot to dispel the perception of OMG DRUGS.

(I don't use, but I'm all for legalization if only to kill the 'war on drugs'.)

12 hours ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Reziac Re:Painkillers, HA! (199 comments)

I assume the medical pot folks have a clue, and they say it tests quite a lot stronger than in the past -- more than six times stronger on average:

http://medicalmarijuana.procon...
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The average potency of all marijuana in the US, according to the UMPMC's Dec. 2008 â" Mar. 2009 quarterly report, was 8.52% (5.62% domestic and 9.57% nondomestic).

The highest tested sample had 22.04% THC (domestic) and 27.30% THC (nondomestic). The highest tested sample ever tested between 1975 and 2009 had 33.12% THC (domestic) and 37.20% THC (nondomestic).

For comparison, the national average of marijuana's THC content in 1978 was 1.37%, in 1988 it was 3.59%, in 1998 4.43%, and in 2008 8.49%.
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They also point out that today's joints are typically smaller, so the total dosage may be about the same, or at least not much higher. However, that also means it may be harder for a novice to determine his limits -- kinda like being handed a bottle of vodka for your first drink.

12 hours ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Reziac Re:"Against a wall" (140 comments)

A great deal of a PC's heat exchange happens through the case. Plastic shells are therefore not a good idea. (If you don't believe me, wrap your machine in a towel, leaving the front and back open, and watch the temperature go up.) And this one has less surface area. My guess is it will actually run hotter than the same equipment in a standard case.

As to Dell's engineering for temperature mitigation -- a few years ago someone gift me a top-of-the-line Dell that had a chronic overheating issue. It had the hood-and-distant-fan arrangement that OEMs seem to like, but no CPU fan and only the most minimal heatsink, like we mighta used on a 486. I removed the hood and the crappy heatsink, added a standard CPU heatsink/fan (nothing special, just a cheap stock model) and the machine's operating temperature dropped by 40F degrees (yes, FORTY degrees Fahrenheit).

So much for all the engineering that's supposed to enhance cooling, eh? This was when I concluded that, given that excess heat kills a machine in about 3 years, these damn things are *designed to die*.

12 hours ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

Reziac Re:Good news everybody (88 comments)

It was supposed to be 12 monkeys. Idiots!

13 hours ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Reziac Re:perhaps men and women are different? (567 comments)

A year or so ago an article on this very thing was discussed here on /. -- the upshot was that when you watch how kids behave, girls pack up as a dominant female, her immediate crony, and a bunch of hangers-on who are treated as underlings, while boys pack up as an amorphous group where all are more or less equal in status, despite one perhaps being the leader.

BTW it's pretty much the same with dogs, if you have enough to observe pack behavior.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Reziac Re:Simple (602 comments)

Right now Walmart has 16GB Sandisk flash drives for $9 (look in the School Supplies section, same damn thing as in Electronics but in a garish case for half the money). Last year they had 64GB Sandisk flash drives for $8. Costco has 64GB drives right now for $24. This sort of pricing is tempting me away from DVDs as my backup medium, because flash is more reliable in long-term storage and takes up a lot less space. Yeah, DVDs are cheaper and faster to make, but reliability in storage isn't the best.

If you want to buy in real quantity, go to alibaba.com and you'll see what they really cost at wholesale.

As to old tech, I still have a machine with a 5" floppy and a QIC-80 tape drive. It often goes years unused, but when I need it, I'm glad to have it.

2 days ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Reziac Re: But is it reaslistic? (352 comments)

Not only that, but modern Americans don't generally live in flea-infested houses anymore. Bubonic plague is endemic in the squirrel population in Los Angeles, yet everyone who goes to a park doesn't come down with it. We just don't have enough exposure to fleabites.

2 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Reziac Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

Most diet failures I've observed happen not because the diet doesn't work, but because once they reach their target weight, they revert to their old diet, and naturally revert to the old pattern of weight gain. This is regardless of lifestyle.

Fact is, you have to pick a diet you can live with the rest of your life. Cuz otherwise it will "fail" as soon as you stop following it.

5 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Reziac Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

If your brain is responding to sugar like cocaine, get your thyroid checked. That sort of response is very typical for insuffucient thyroid hormone -- the brain is always starved for glucose, so if you provide FREE SUGAR! it suddenly gets a boost, which lasts a couple hours or so.

5 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Reziac Re:ha! Inuit diet. Hazda diet. (281 comments)

Just because there's less or no marbling in wild game doesn't mean that "lean meat" was all they ate. Toward fall, wild game carry a lot of fat. And from what I've read, the fatty tissues were the most-prized portions, and consumed first -- being not only the most calorie-dense, but more prone to spoilage with time (fats go rancid, while meat can be preserved by drying).

5 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Reziac Re:I had to switch my stepson's junior high school (421 comments)

Fortunate that you had another school to switch to. Many places, you have a choice of one.

And I'm with the other two replies... this was the time to start a rifle club!

I don't think it's coincidence that we also have the insanity of "trigger warnings" lest someone be traumatized anew by the mere mention of whatever evil befell them... in Another Forum[TM] I griped that soon mere breathing will require a 'trigger warning' lest it traumatize someone who once had a sip of water go down the wrong way.

Cuz, ya know, the mere mentioning of something (eg. a gun) is the same as doing horrible things with it.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Reziac Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Because if it's running longer, it's probably using more power.

Which is more efficient, passing over the cat hair with the 2200W once, or with the 1600W five times?

about a week ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Reziac Re:What about Confidence (243 comments)

"Unless kid #2 in fact had tried very hard but still failed, and says to himself, "Even my best attempt was not good enough. Next time I won't try so hard; that way, if I fail, I can just claim/believe it's because I didn't try my best."

THAT is what happens when no matter how hard you try, your best is never good enough. Parents, take heed: if you regard anything less than perfect success as "failure", you will raise a kid who is afraid to try.

about a week ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Reziac Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

Nope, we can't. But point was that circumstances might winnow the better or worse minds from the average, and if that's the basis of the population you've got available to test, you'll get skewed results.

Likely the spectrum of intelligence isn't so different, but the bumps in the curve are in different places.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Reziac Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

There's also skew that happens other ways because, well, history. Frex, I'd hazard that Africans who got enslaved and shipped off to America were, as a group, not the brightest bulbs in their particular regional box -- cuz the brighter bulbs were doing the enslaving and selling of their unfortunate neighbors.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Reziac Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

"This is how the PC establishment thinks. If there is a conceivable way to twist and distort what is said so that it can be labeled racist, they will do it."

Exactly. Which is why we make so little progress in treating genetic disease that happens to afflict mental processes. "Oh no, you couldn't have inherited that; someone must have done something to make you that way."

We select for personality traits, intelligence, etc. in animals... that's all genetics. Is it so hard to consider that different environments would have selected for different mental traits in humans, too? And that a physical or mental advantage in that environment might be a disadvantage elsewhere?

Frank Spinath (best known as the lead singer in Edge of Dawn, but a professor of psychology in his day job) published a paper a few years ago on the heritability of personality traits in humans. He found the heritability was around .3, which is actually very high for a trait that is subject to environmental influence.

(And all the breeders of performance animals are saying, "We told you so...")

about three weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Reziac Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

Same principle applied to the Newcastle outbreak on chicken farms (mostly small producers) a few years ago. Inspectors dashed madly from farm to farm checking for infected chickens, spreading the virus as they went. Smart farmers locked the gate (the inspection was voluntary) and saved their chickens. (Smarter ones vaccinated, but I don't know how good the vaccine is. Tho it's useful for treating distemper in dogs.)

about three weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Reziac Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Since it's already happened in one form, it's not only not far-fetched, it's more likely than not, and we can't say what its effects would be (perhaps benign, perhaps even more lethal). So, yeah, by all means keep the damn thing contained as best we can.

This game video done by a friend is interesting from a modern-vectors standpoint:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about three weeks ago

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I understand friends. I understand fans (tho I wonder where I got some of 'em). I understand foes. But WTF are "freaks"?? I don't recognise any of those people. Maybe it's time to clear brush from under the bridge again. ;)

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

And sorry, trolls anonymous and otherwise, but I don't respond to your ilk. Just in case you came here to find out if there were any available goats.

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hell, I didn't know /. *had* a journal, til I found a link appended on someone else's comment!!

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