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Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

TCQuad Re:Just a minor timing error (740 comments)

A human doesn't need to read/decide. You just need to program your algorithm to look for "no taper" (or some combination of words to that effect) in the text that's coming in.

about a year ago

Arrested Chinese Blogger "Confesses" On State TV, Praises Censorship

TCQuad Re:Drudge and other U.S. bloggers are next (349 comments)

Machetes work very well too.

That comparison's more than a bit disingenuous. From the link:

Chuwanga Gyang said he heard a gunshot early Sunday. He said he left his house through the back door but stopped when he realized that the attackers were shooting to herd fleeing villagers toward another group of attackers carrying machetes.

You're comparing Sandy Hook (one individual, primarily one weapon) to Dogo Nahawa (a group using machetes for killing, but wielding both guns and machetes).

about a year ago

Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: Now With New Kickstand!

TCQuad Re:Version 2?? (294 comments)

Then around version 8, they'll force 'features' down your throat that you don't want.

"You got rid of the touch screen?"

"Yup, now it's all eye gestures! Cameras on either side record and extrapolate, figuring out what you're looking at. Simply blink your left eye to left click, your right eye to right click and both of them to go back to the new and improved desktop replacement, the home tesseract!"

about a year ago

Nintendo Announces 2DS Handheld — Plays 3DS Games In 2-D

TCQuad Re:Numbering .. (156 comments)

"I want a 0DS!"

"But... isn't it just a single blinking pixel?"

"Pffft. You just don't understand gaming technology."

about a year ago

Don't Fly During Ramadan

TCQuad Re:Why? (1233 comments)

It's called jihad.

When an entire religion blah blah blah

Among the major flaws in your argument:

He then asked, “What is your religion?”

"I’m Hindu."

He's not Muslim. He just looked like he conceivably might be due to his skin color and his decision to skip breakfast before going to the airport.

about a year ago

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

TCQuad Re:CEOs are overrated (692 comments)

He personally may not think that is an essential feature, but it was certainly a selling point of the iMac. Quick connectivity served as a proxy and reinforcement of their key selling point: a simple, aesthetically pleasing and efficient machine. "Look at it, it just works. Even getting on the internet for the first time only takes a couple of minutes. How long did it take the last time you tried to do that with a PCR?"

The /. crowd may not think that's a significant selling point, but for average consumers in the AOL era? That was an interesting thought and an effective marketing technique.

about a year ago

Breakthrough In Detecting DNA Mutations Could Help Treat Cancer, TB

TCQuad Re:Sounds like BRCA1 and BRCA2 case... (42 comments)

I don't have access (I miss being able to read every paper I wanted when I was in college...), but that's not necessarily true. Multiplex qPCR (TaqMan, not SYBR) can use a number of different probes with a number of different, uniquely fluorescing fluorophores. Depending on how their method works, you may be able to adapt the protocol to accommodate these additional options. You're still looking at a small number of probes (probably ~5 before the peak overlap becomes too significant), but it's not necessarily "1".

Honestly, though, I'd flip the protocol from how it's laid out in the press release since false negatives could be deadly if you're looking at resistance mutations. Put in three non-WT versions, assay lights up if it's mutant. If you don't care about which mutation, they can share the same fluorophore. Or three non-WT and one WT with a different fluorophore so you always get a positive if the assay went correctly and a negative if there's an unexpected mutation in a different region of the sequence.

about a year ago

Tar Pitch Drop Captured On Camera

TCQuad Re:Drop? (142 comments)

Some jumping could theoretically occur on the arm that's holding up the funnel, but the position of the C-clamp on a lab stand itself shifted up slightly (some separation forms between the tar pitch c-clamp and the other arm that's steading the lab stand). That's not going to happen without human intervention.

From when the jump occurred, it appears that they lifted the clamp slightly to allow space for the next drop.

about a year and a half ago

Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

TCQuad Re:Good ... (1073 comments)

That Scalia dissented means he's not looking at the right parts of the Constitution but is just being selective.

The day after SCotUS overruled the Voting Rights Act, Scalia complained that overturning DOMA "is an assertion of judicial supremacy over the people's Representatives in Congress and the Executive". I think you're being kind when you only label his arguments "selective".

about a year and a half ago

MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

TCQuad Re:Who cares? The xbox one is already dead (463 comments)

There's still five months before the consoles' release. One segment of the market (non-gaming parents who will be giving consoles for birthdays/Christmas) has no idea any of this is going on and they wouldn't understand it regardless. As for the rest, I don't really trust the gaming community to be able to sustain this level of vitriol and/or fanboism for that long.

All Microsoft needs to do is ditch everything they said at E3 and start over. Not fixing the problems, but presenting the situation properly. It'll still be terrible, but at least some of the insane restrictions will make some logical sense with regards to what they're trying to do.

about a year and a half ago

The Hunt For LulzSec's Missing Sixth Member

TCQuad Re:Clever guy (104 comments)

It's proxies all the way down.

about a year and a half ago

Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

TCQuad Re:"totally new like the ipod" (327 comments)

Secondly it had storage space, lots and lots and lots of storage space.

I have it on very good authority that the iPod had less space than a Nomad.

about 2 years ago

The U.S. minimum wage should be

TCQuad Re:Link it to the ooverty line (1106 comments)

First problem: the poverty line is variable. For one person under 65, it was ~$11k, for a family of two (single mom + kid, for instance) it's $15k, for a family of four it was $23k. Would you advocate a different minimum wage in each case? Or would you choose one? Those create, respectively, a $5.37, $7.27 and $11.08 minimum wage.

Second problem: at the minimum wage, you have to work every day of every week just to not be impoverished. There's no way to retire if you can never save, no way you can take an unpaid day (sick day, vacation day, personal day for your kid's doctor's appointment; I didn't have paid leave when I was a wage earner)... Heck, if your hours are reduced one week due to factors outside your control (your boss schedules your hours), you're in trouble. You're basically fighting every day just to tread water.

about 2 years ago

Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

TCQuad Re:What could possibly go wrong... (1388 comments)

Easy: The deranged lunatic took out the batteries. Sorry, Would-Be Citizen Hero And Families Of All Those Dead Kids, our bad.

Or he has a knife or is lobbing home made pipe bombs or spoofed the GPS signal so it thinks it's at a firing range or he stole a cop's gun...

about 2 years ago

TSA (Finally) Studying Health Effects of Body Scanners

TCQuad Re:The hypocrisy just keeps getting worse. (225 comments)

Radiation for all!
Very well, no radiation for anyone!
Hmm... Radiation for some, miniature American flags for others!

about 2 years ago

Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

TCQuad List of projected games? (332 comments)

Out of curiosity, is there a list of games that are expected to be released on Linux? Is it everything that says "SteamPlay" or some subset therein?

about 2 years ago

US Presidential Debate #2 Tonight: Discuss Here

TCQuad Re:Logical Fallacy Bingo (706 comments)

The polling threshold is set at 15%, which would have excluded all third-party candidates for the last hundred years.

Not quite true. Teddy Roosevelt in '12 (27.4%), La Follette in '24 (16.6%), Wallace in '68 (13.5% of the final vote, but was polling higher than that), Anderson in '80 (6.6%; was polling closer to 20% at the time of the debates) and Perot in '92 (18.9%).

more than 2 years ago



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