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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

ScienceofSpock Re:reflexes? (112 comments)

I'm not an expert either, but it seems to me that the activity they were seeing in the brain was not in that area. If I recall, they were using those caps with all the wires coming out of them to monitor brain activity, not some of the more sophisticated/expensive machines, so I don't know how accurate that is.

3 days ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

ScienceofSpock Re:reflexes? (112 comments)

I get that I can simulate it, but I choose not to because it makes me uncomfortable :)

To your point of not being able to tell how far away anything really was, it's interesting because one of the pages I found during my cursory search said that stereoscopic depth perception only works within about 20 feet, anything further than that, the difference between left and right images is so negligible that your brain doesn't register any difference, and can't determine distance anyway. To get any better distance would require moving the eyes farther apart.

3 days ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

ScienceofSpock Re:reflexes? (112 comments)

Right. My point was that at least some states don't seem to require it, and while I feel it's pretty essential to driving, I have no clue what it would be like to actually go through life without it. Maybe it's not as "required" as I think it is, so maybe it's not that irresponsible either.

3 days ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

ScienceofSpock Re:reflexes? (112 comments)

I was going to post something to the effect of:

"If 3D movies don't work on her, she probably has limited or no depth perception, which is a huge problem for driving"

BUT

A cursory google search shows stereo vision or depth perception doesn't seem to be a requirement for a driver license, at least in some areas. Only "sufficient vision" and a regular field of view are required. People can get a driver license with only one eye.

Personally, *I* wouldn't feel comfortable driving with limited depth perception, or only one eye, but I'm speaking from the perspective of having both of those things all of my life. I wouldn't feel comfortable doing ANYTHING without depth perception or only having one eye.

3 days ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

ScienceofSpock Re:reflexes? (112 comments)

I watched a show a few months back, one of those shows where they talk about people with different/special abilities, synesthesia, a German guy who was blind from birth, but could understand and draw perspective, etc.

There was one study they talked about where they had a group of people who were blind in one eye, but the blindness was the result of a brain injury or defect, not a problem with their actual eyes. In the study, the subjects had their sighted eye covered, and were shown pictures of faces with various emotions/expressions to the blind eye. They found that even though they were blind in that eye, they could still "see" the emotion in the faces and would mimic it on their own face.

Basically, they were saying that the visual signals were getting into the brain and were being interpreted on some level by an unknown part of the brain before getting lost in the damaged visual cortex. I wonder if this has something to do with it?

3 days ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

ScienceofSpock Really dissappointed in Obamacare (739 comments)

I was excited for Obamacare, until I experienced Nevada's botched implementation, and found out it's not nearly as affordable as it's made out to be. On March 28th, I received a mass email from whitehouse.gov, purporting to be from a Mark D. Bearden, Ph.D., and how he's a "staunch Republican and self-proclaimed Fox News addict". The bulk of the email was how he was a chemotherapy patient, who was paying $428/mo for health coverage and it was cancelled, so he signed up for Obamacare and found a plan for $62 a month and it's the best healthcare he ever had. I was excited, but when I tried to find a comparable plan, there wasn't anything even close. How can a Ph.D. in North Carolina find a good plan for $62 a month, but the cheapest plan I could find was $160 with a $2000 deductable? If I wanted a "manageable" deductable, closer to $500, my monthly payments went up to $300. I even tried searching in North Carolina, where he is from, and couldn't even get close to $62, even if I set my income below minimum wage, there were 0 plans for $62 month, so where did this guy get his insurance? Does he *really* exist? Why can't I find a plan like this? I emailed whitehouse.gov to get answers to this, but all I got was an autoresponder.

My problem with the whole implementation of Obamacare is that it is supposed to be affordable, however, the only way to get the payments truly affordable is to have high deductables, which means if you go to the doctor a lot for small things (most of which won't exceed the deductable), then you are paying out of pocket for most of those. On top of already having to pay out of pocket for most of your care (which you would have to do if you didn't have insurance), you are also forced to pay for the insurance, so instead of costing people less, it's actually costing people more.

If you opt for reasonable deductables, then the plans are MUCH less affordable. Basically, it seems the insurance companies have managed to massage this whole thing into just a government mandated requirement for you to get and keep insurance.

about three weeks ago
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

ScienceofSpock Re:Where will decent software come from? (111 comments)

Try Rhino. I absolutely LOVE their mouse controls. Incredibly intuitive.

about three weeks ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

ScienceofSpock Re:Meh (208 comments)

Yeah, Desert Combat was cool as hell, but I thought the inherent small size limits of the maps made modern jets quite a bit over powered in terms of their ability to move across the map quickly. Most DC maps I played were quickly dominated by the jets. Hell, there are still BF1942 servers up, I may have to dig out my disks this weekend :)

about 5 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

ScienceofSpock Meh (208 comments)

The only GOOD Battlefield was BF 1942 and its expansions. When BF:Vietnam came out and allowed picking any primary class with any secondary class, it just ruined the game, killed cooperation and turned it into a free-for-all.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

ScienceofSpock um... no (365 comments)

I don't even like Apple and I wouldn't trade a macbook for a surface pro. Hell, I'd be hard pressed to trade my first gen Nexus 7 for a surface pro.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

ScienceofSpock Vim from a Nokia nGage (310 comments)

Wrote a php script using vim on my web server. I was at a bar at the time, logged in using an SSH client on my nokia nGage. Took about an hour to write like 10 lines of code. Most of that time was spent trying to find special characters, like parentheses and square brackets. It would have been much quicker to drive to the office and do it there, but logging into our server from a phone was new and cool.

about 6 months ago
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After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers

ScienceofSpock Re:Smart move (457 comments)

The Nexus 7, like the Nook, has a 'special' charging USB cable that can carry more current. The plug-in part is slightly longer. When i use normal phone chargers on my Nexus 7 it takes a lot longer to charge.

The tip of the cable being slightly longer is to accommodate the curve on the edge of the N7. A cable being able to carry more current makes no difference if the power source is the same (ie. a USB port on your PC).

about a year ago
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Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

ScienceofSpock Re:Down the line... (248 comments)

Everyone else seems to always forget that cable used to advertise itself as one of the advantages is that there were no commericials. Now the cable companies rape you for more money than ever and all the channels have tons of commercials...

When I was growing up in Texas, when cable was first taking off, I remember commercials for Rogers Cable where they would pose the question "Why would anyone PAY for TV?!?" and the big answer to that question was "No commercials".

I pay quite enough for Cable TV that I consider it my prerogative to switch channels during commercials, or skip them on the DVR. I'm sorry that the OTA channels are feeling like they're being ripped off, but most of them are owned in whole or part by large media groups, who make quite enough money from the premium channel packages I pay for.

about a year ago
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After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers

ScienceofSpock Re:Smart move (457 comments)

Yeah, my Nexus 7 will use any micro USB cable I happen to have lying around. I think GP may have just had a bad cable and made an assumption that it was proprietary instead of just a bad cable.

about a year ago
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Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

ScienceofSpock Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

I suspect they have a great deal of the digital market. I made a realization the other day that the vast majority of games I purchase are from 2 sources: Steam or Amazon. I haven't made a conscious effort to use those 2 exclusively, they just happen to be the most convenient and have very frequent sales.

I think the most startling thing for me is that 2 years ago, I didn't buy games from Amazon at all, but since then, they have managed to become my #2 go-to game shop, and I didn't even realize it.

about a year and a half ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

ScienceofSpock Re:"Always on" is "Mostly Unusable For Several Wee (511 comments)

It's also apparently not working. Over on the Answers HQ forum, there are more than a few people complaining about corrupt cities that can either be abandoned or rolled back, usually resulting in huge population and money loss. I can only imagine what kind of chaos this causes with the influence that cities are supposed to have over each other. I wasn't able to even get into the game in the 2 days since it launched so I requested, and received, a refund from Amazon. Last EA game I ever buy.

about a year and a half ago
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New GPU Testing Methodology Puts Multi-GPU Solutions In Question

ScienceofSpock Re:Crossfire/SLI are worthless (112 comments)

In the case of Skyrim, the game didn't work AT ALL with Crossfire on my system when it was first released. Had to disable Crossfire at first, then ATI released a profile that finally got it working, but it wasn't a performance boost, it was a bug fix.

I'm not saying Crossfire/SLI didn't give any performance boosts, what I'm saying is that for most models of graphics cards, it is a marketing gimmick to get you to pay twice for something that might average out to a 10% performance boost across all your games. In some cases, it was buggy and causes games to crash, in some other cases, the games didn't even support it.

Yes, at the bleeding edge, with super high resolution, you probably require SLI or Crossfire, but for those of us not in that 1%, who build our PC's within a budget, SLI and Crossfire are a waste of that budget

Bear in mind, this is just my experience. It's purely anecdotal, take it with a grain of salt. It's possible that newer cards may have gotten a lot more efficient at SLI/Crossfire, but given my experience last time with video cards, I can't justify paying for something twice when I can't see any real noticeable improvement.

about a year and a half ago
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LG Acquires WebOS Source Code and Patents From HP

ScienceofSpock Re:Can they do that? (80 comments)

Yeah, I don't get this either. How did they open source it, then sell it to LG who is now claiming complete ownership?

about a year and a half ago
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New GPU Testing Methodology Puts Multi-GPU Solutions In Question

ScienceofSpock Crossfire/SLI are worthless (112 comments)

I discovered this about a year ago, when i wanted to add a 3rd monitor to my system, and discovered I couldn't do it in Crossfire mode with my dual 4850s, but COULD do it if i turned it off. Productivity being slightly more important to me than game performance, I turned it off and hooked up my 3rd monitor.

A few days later I decided to fire up Skyrim, and didn't notice any discernible drop in performance at all. My settings were all on medium, just because the cards were a few years old, but still, I expected to see *some* performance hit going from 2 GPUs to 1.

I have since upgraded to a 7950 that supports 3 monitors, but I'm never doing that SLI/Crossfire shit again.

about a year and a half ago

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