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The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

Stenchwarrior Re:Not if you have tinnitus? (332 comments)

The way I understand tinnitus, I don't think it would make a difference.

Here's what I know: Our inner ears contain hair cells which would normally be responsible for perceiving specific frequencies when stimulated by the basilar membrane inside the cochlea (which is simulated by the 3, tiny bones which are stimulated by the attached ear drum, which is stimulated by...you get the idea.). With tinnitus, however, some of these hair cells are damaged and can no longer detect vibrations. As a result, the accompanying neurons associated with those damaged cells become "hungry" for stimulation because the brain sends an increasing level of "outbound" signal since it never receives any "inbound" signal, thereby causing the ringing sound we hear...a "loop" of information, if you will. This is very similar to the phantom-limb pain we can feel after having lost an arm or leg; this situation also causes the associated part of the brain to stop receiving signals from the amputated or damaged limb and the increased level of outbound signal causes (severe, in many cases) pain. Tinnitus works the same way, but on a much smaller scale because fewer neurons are left wanting, plus we still have many hair cells remaining which function normally and help "drown out" the ringing.

So, by that rationale I imagine that the ringing would be much more apparent initially but would eventually be drowned out by the sounds perceived by the working cells, like heart beat, breathing and digestion. Then when those sounds are not enough, our brain starts creating "phantom" stimulus which causes the hallucinations.

In short, I would think the answer is no.

about 9 months ago
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The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

Stenchwarrior Re:Lame (332 comments)

There's always one in every crowd...I assume you think we never landed on the moon, as well?

about 9 months ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

Stenchwarrior Re:Cheats! (201 comments)

I actually meant to reply to a different guy. Sorry about that. Yours was funny...

I'm going to get off Slashdot until I have a bit more coffee

about a year ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

Stenchwarrior Re:Cheats! (201 comments)

*not looking to

about a year ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

Stenchwarrior Re:Cheats! (201 comments)

Sheldon Cooper, is that you? I'm to get into a geek-argument here...was a fucking joke

about a year ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

Stenchwarrior Re:Cheats! (201 comments)

Maybe you're trolling, but I'm pretty sure that's what I said.

about a year ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

Stenchwarrior Cheats! (201 comments)

Before someone else posts it:

He clearly should have used the UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START to pick up a few more lives.

ba dum, bum

about a year ago
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Emotional Attachment To Robots Could Affect Battlefield Outcome

Stenchwarrior Build more, identical bots (194 comments)

I think part of the problem is that the upper cadre have beat into these guys that the robots are crazy expensive and hard to obtain, therefore are perceived as rare and possibly irreplaceable. Maybe if we build several more and assigned, say, 5 - 10 to a unit then they wouldn't care as much if they are blown up.

On the other hand, I've build a very "close" relationship to my M-16, despite the fact that there are at least thousands available to me. You work with them and get to know their nuances and a familiarity is created that has taken time and effort to build.

I can certainly see it both ways

about a year ago
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FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

Stenchwarrior They needed to ask? (573 comments)

I'm confused as to why they actually needed to ask. Don't they have the ability to peek into the direction, ports/protocols and external addresses being used during transfers? I mean, if they can see a bunch of traffic on ports 568 or 119 from "newshosting.com", they can safely assume the user is leeching from a Usenet server, for example. I have to think there's at least one person who works for the ISP capable of running WireShark on a mirrored port and able to make sense of the data. Is it a privacy thing?

about a year ago
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Opportunity Breaks NASA's 40-Year Roving Record

Stenchwarrior Re:And the winner is still a machine. (92 comments)

I completely agree and would mod you up if I had any points; Humans have accomplished these mile-stones (or baby steps?) and it shouldn't matter, over all, who has the biggest dick. Competition is a fantastic motivator, but shouldn't be the main purpose for advancing our species.

about a year ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

Stenchwarrior Re:Still "stinging", sockpuppet? (719 comments)

No one runs from you Petey, they just walk away from the ridiculous bullshit you spew. It is kind of nice to see that you're still using phrases like "ad hominem", "sockpuppet" and "P.S.=>", however.

And yes, I am attacking you on a personal level. I don't need to say anything about your completely ignorant statements regarding hosts file usage or the one program you wrote 10 years ago...plenty of people on the interwebs do that for me. I'd rather point out what a loser you must be to troll every forum (the ones you haven't been banned from, anyway) looking for anyone who might have the audacity to dare speak negatively of you so you can then reference multiple 3-year old posts and the names of anyone who have done you wrong (you act like a pissed off girl mad at her cheating ex-boyfriend the way you do that, BTW).

Oh well, at least you've provided me with some entertainment. :-)

about a year ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

Stenchwarrior Re:How APK avoids paying taxes (719 comments)

Oh. My. God. I just laughed so hard I farted. It does my heart good to know that even after many years here on /. that douche bag is still the butt of jokes.

about a year ago
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YouTube Drops 2 Billion Fake Music Industry Views

Stenchwarrior Re:-Conflicted (167 comments)

I have no interest in looking smart to anyone here just like I would have no interest in looking ethical. If I'm the owner of a company and have the ability to make more money by taking advantage of a loophole in whatever system, then I'm going to do it. Unless there's a legal punishment, then why not? If I don't then someone else will and in the business world the advantage goes to whomever does.

Unfortunate as is may be, nice guys usually do not finish first. Sorry.

about a year and a half ago
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YouTube Drops 2 Billion Fake Music Industry Views

Stenchwarrior -Conflicted (167 comments)

I can't decide if the people who took advantage of the ranking system are to blame, or if the system itself is. I certainly can't blame anyone for trying to inflate numbers by utilizing a loophole left by Google or YouTube; I would probably do the same thing if it meant making more money. Even though I'm glad that Google and YouTube closed the "vulnerability", it does lend fuel to the idea that we're really just seeing the Internet that Google wants us to see.

about a year and a half ago
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US State Department Hacks Al-Qaeda Websites In Yemen

Stenchwarrior Re:...Huh? (245 comments)

It's not like they hacked the website to post links for Goatse and Lemonparty; they did so to remove the anti-American/European propaganda and replaced it with the truth about the horrible acts of violence bestowed upon those civilians by Al-Qaeda. But I guess it's their right to kill innocent people in the name of some imaginary fairy in the sky, and we should just mind our own business and stay the hell out of their country and off their servers.

Say what you want about the political aspects or reasons to "invade" or not to...I don't give a shit about any of it, but there's nothing that makes it OK to harm innocent people and then lie about it. Much of the indigenous population supports Al-Qaeda because of they're simply not aware that the terrorists cover up their own disgusting actions.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: 'Unlikely' Credit Card Details Lifted From Xbox 360s

Stenchwarrior Re:Microsoft is right (105 comments)

Oh, so it's a semantic argument you want, is it? No thanks, take a stroll elsewhere, please.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: 'Unlikely' Credit Card Details Lifted From Xbox 360s

Stenchwarrior Re:At least they didn't do Vizzini mistake (105 comments)

I think they should be applauded, for using the word "unlikely" instead of "incontheevable".

FTFY

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: 'Unlikely' Credit Card Details Lifted From Xbox 360s

Stenchwarrior Re:Microsoft is right (105 comments)

From the PCI Security Standards Council "PCI Data Storage Do's and Don'ts":

Do not store any payment card data in payment card terminals or other unprotected endpoint devices, such as PCs, laptops or smart phones

And

At a minimum, PCI DSS requires PAN to be rendered unreadable anywhere it is stored – including portable digital media, backup media, and in logs.

Based on that information, I would say that PCs and, certainly in this case, game platforms (since the Xbox is really just a PC) would fall under the "endpoint device" category. Especially since the end-user has no control over whether or not that information is stored on their device because only Microsoft can alter the code that allows or disallows the storage.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: 'Unlikely' Credit Card Details Lifted From Xbox 360s

Stenchwarrior Re:Microsoft is right (105 comments)

Fortunately "reasonable" doesn't have to come into play here. PCI auditing standards exist so the human fallacies (potentially) of reason and common sense are mitigated by explicitly defined controls that anyone who deals with credit cards at all must adhere to. Someone like Microsoft, thankfully, would probably be even more scrutinized by auditors, not only because they are Microsoft, but because Microsoft would want to make sure they are compliant.

That being said, PCI, in part, states that credit card info must never be stored, cached, saved...etc., in any device that is directly accessible to the customer or attached to the vendor's network unless sufficiently encrypted with even more controls guarding the public and private encryption keys. Basically, no XBOX should ever store credit card information, only account information at the very least. Even then, the credit card info that CAN be saved on Microsoft's servers can contain the CC number, cardholder name, service code and expiration date (cardholder data), but it CANNOT store the PIN, magentic stripe data or CAV2 code (card authentication data).

more than 2 years ago

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Lucas Makes More Changes to the Trilogy

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "Many would argue that the original "Star Wars" films were masterpieces when they were first released (the prequels not so much). However George Lucas just can't stop futzing around with his creations.

The billionaire filmmaker's latest change can be seen in the upcoming Blu-ray release of the original trilogy. In the battle between Luke Skywalker and the Emperor in "Return of the Jedi," Lucas has given Darth Vader a new bit of dialogue."
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Settling Court Case with Quake3

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  about 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "Bethesda is suing Mojang over the title of their new game "Scrolls", which closely resembles "Elder Scrolls"...a title in which Bethesda owns the copyright. Markus Persson of Mojang came up with the following solution:

Remember that scene in Game of Thrones where Tyrion chose a trial by battle in the Eyrie? Well, let's do that instead!

I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, you select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins.

If we win, you drop the lawsuit.

If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you're fine with.


Now wouldn't that be fun?"
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Ask Slashdot: Relativity

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "Maybe this one's been done to death, but I knew the way-smarter-than-me people here at Slashdot would have a nice way to explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity to my 68 year old father. Don't get me wrong, he's an intelligent man. He's a design engineer and vice president of his company, but a little "set in his ways" if you will.

I've read Brian Greene's Elegant Universe and I especially love the cars-racing-down-the-track analogy to explain why time apparently slows the faster we travel, but that didn't sink in with the guy. I also tried to explain (in an effort to show real-world application) that even the GPS satellites had to be re-calibrated to account for the speed difference they travel relative to us on the ground to make the results accurate, but my father the skeptic simply replied "I don't believe you".

I know, I know, just because someone doesn't believe in gravity doesn't mean it doesn't exist. But I'd really like to find a way to get this through to my dad; it's a notion that I believe as verifiable and a fact and I want him to understand the same things I made myself learn all those years ago. Have any good references or analogies?"
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10 Most Violent Video Games

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "PCMag lists the 10 most violent video games of all time here. They also mention that the Supreme Court will decide in June if it should be illegal to sell violent games to minors."
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March Madness Server

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "I'm an admin at a fairly small organization, 25 or so employees, and we're getting into the busy season of live-streaming NCAA games and even half of those people could cripple the 6Mbps/1Mbps cable connection. Now, I know I could easily block streaming or even implement QoS to prioritize traffic, but these guys here would be pissed if they couldn't watch the games. We're a laid-back company and there's no policy against it, so I'm wondering if there's not a way to just setup a server application that would allow the local clients to connect and watch the games from their desks without eating bandwidth. Basically, I want to have one computer streaming while serving out the feeds to everyone on the network. So, I ask the good people of Slashdot: How would you do it?

I'm running gigabit switches and there are no remote offices; this is a very "vanilla" setup with nothing special or out of the ordinary. I do have dual internet, one is the aforementioned cable used for workstation browsing and the other is a T1 for the servers."
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Fukushima - A Simple Explanation

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "Along with reliable sources such as the IAEA and WNN updates, there is an incredible amount of misinformation and hyperbole flying around the internet and media right now about the Fukushima nuclear reactor situation. In the BNC post Discussion Thread – Japanese nuclear reactors and the 11 March 2011 earthquake (and in the many comments that attend the top post), a lot of technical detail is provided, as well as regular updates. But what about a layman’s summary? How do most people get a grasp on what is happening, why, and what the consequences will be?"
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HP to put WebOS on PCs in 2012

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive officer Leo Apotheker announced that WebOS will be on every PC that HP ships in 2012. A move to attract more developers and push the operating system from mobile devices onto desktops. Apotheker made the announcement during a presentation to HP’s staff in India, according to a report by Bloomberg.

It’s not likely that WebOS will supplant existing operating systems on PCs, but rather would run on top of Windows to be able to launch WebOS apps. HP had previously announced its plans to push WebOS on to PC’s last month, but, at the time, the company didn’t reveal the scope of its commitment to the operating system. We now know that HP means each and every PC it sells starting in 2012 will have WebOS installed."
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Not sleeping enough? Turn off the tech.

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "The national penchant for watching television every evening before going to sleep, playing video games late into the night or checking emails and text messages before turning off the lights could be interfering with the nation's sleep habits.

"Unfortunately, cell phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may be abused to the point that they contribute to getting less sleep at night leaving millions of Americans functioning poorly the next day," Russell Rosenberg, the vice chairman of the Washington DC-based National Sleep Foundation NSF.L, said in a statement.

Nearly 95 percent of people questioned in an NSF study said they used some type of electronics in the hour before going to bed, and about two-thirds admitted they do not get enough sleep during the week."

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Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "I was in the car with my wife and 15 year old daughter this morning talking about the future of Facebook and how it's likely that they will not be around forever (or at least not at the same capacity as now) and my daughter asked "Well, what's going to happen to all of my pictures?"...it never occurred to her to that Facebook might not be around someday and all of those thousands of photos that she's uploaded might someday be gone. So this is what I ask the good people at Slashdot: What's a good way to preserve all of those memories? Many devices nowadays have direct access to the Internet and even to Facebook and once the images are uploaded they are eventually deleted to make room for more. How do we make sure we can access or backup those files in case Zuckerberg decides to sell out to Google or Microsoft and they do away with everyone's profiles?"
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Pwn2Own Spurs Browser Updates

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "

Mozilla on Tuesday fixed 11 security flaws in Firefox, following in rival Google's footsteps in patching its browser before a hacking contest kicks off next week. Nine of the 11 flaws were rated "critical," a threat rating that implies hackers could use the vulnerabilities to compromise a computer or infect it with malware. Of the two remaining bugs, one was labeled "high" and the second was tagged as "moderate."

I wonder if browser companies would have released these patches so quickly (or at all) were it not for Pwn2Own?"
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iPhone 5 - Larger Display?

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "A glass front that allegedly comes from the next generation iPhone appeared on a Chinese Web site over the weekend, leading to speculation that the new model will sport a larger display. If the photo is legit, it could add support to the rumor that the iPhone 5 will include a 4-inch display instead of the 3.5-inch display found on the iPhone 4."
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Robot Butler Hitches Ride to ISS

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "The space shuttle Discovery, slated to launch Thursday afternoon, is carrying a humanoid robot named Robonaut 2 up to the orbiting lab. Robonaut 2 — also known as R2 -" is a prototype robotic assistant designed to help human crews with chores and repairs. Researchers will use the bot as a test bed to help develop more advanced robotic helpers in the future."
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Apple finds child workers in suppliers

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "Apple found more than 91 children working at its suppliers last year, nine times as many as the previous year, according to its annual report on its manufacturers.

The US company has also acknowledged for the first time that 137 workers were poisoned at a Chinese firm making its products and said less than a third of the facilities it audited were complying with its code on working hours."
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Duke Nukem Forever: Hands-On

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "Yes, it's quite obvious the developers working to bring back Duke Nukem are well aware the long-overdue follow-up to 1996's Duke Nukem 3D has become a running joke in the gaming biz. From game engine changes to staff downsizing to a studio closure, it appeared one of the most beloved video game characters from the '90s was never to return.

Not so. to celebrate the upcoming launch of Duke Nukem Forever — at a Las Vegas gentlemen's club, no less — to offer journalists hands-on time with the first 90-odd minutes of the single-player campaign."

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Verizon's iPhone 4 Materials Cost Less Than AT&

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "The bill of materials for Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4 carried by Verizon Wireless totaled $171.35, 8.6% less than the version offered by AT&T Inc., according to cost estimates derived from an IHS iSuppli physical teardown of the product.

Analyst Andrew Rassweiler said Apple once again showed that "it never recycles a product design." He added the changes weren't just noted in the antenna design--which was re-engineered as the original device was associated with dropped calls--but also saw changes to items like integrated GPS functionality and the shrinking of the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo module."
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Art Project Gone Awry

Stenchwarrior Stenchwarrior writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "A New York University (NYU) professor temporarily removed the camera he had surgically installed in the back of his head to get rid one of the apparatus' parts after his body rejected it, myFOXny.com reported Wednesday.

Photography professor Wafaa Bilal, was in near constant pain after part of thumb-nail size camera implanted in December as part of an art project commissioned by a new museum in Qatar was rejected by his body."

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