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The Future of the Most Important Human Brain

Torvaun Re:This is simply misguided -- don't we know bette (252 comments)

Increased size of the inferior parietal lobe, statistically significant increase in the level of glial cells, enlarged Sylvian fissure, vacant parietal operculum. That's what we discovered in Einstein's brain. Unfortunately, Einstein is only one statistical point. Without more genius brains, it's difficult to say what exactly caused his genius. Therefore, let's study -all- the brains of dead people. As many as we can get. The one thing we can say from that is that there are clearly physical differences in brains, although if you dismiss everything different as a defect and irrelevant, I guess that doesn't help much.

Also, as far as the computer comparison goes, I think that's particularly apt. Especially if you consider the practice of binning. Not all CPUs are created equal, even in manufacturing processes as close to identical as we can manage. Some work better. The same thing used to be done with guns. Before leaving the factory, sharpshooters would put a number of rounds through them, and some rifles would be more accurate than others. Those that went past a certain threshold would be put aside and sold separately, as the Winchester "One of One Thousands." It happens with screws, there are various grades to define how close to spec the threads are manufactured.

With the best precision manufacturing capability history has ever known, we still can't manufacture a screw to perfection every time. And you think that there won't be variations among brains?

more than 3 years ago
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AppleTV Runs iOS, Already Jailbroken

Torvaun Re:Honest question (299 comments)

Most people don't know that things could be better, so it's not a problem? That reminds me of how most people don't know what a rootkit is, so it shouldn't be a problem if Sony puts them on CDs.

more than 3 years ago
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Roger Ebert On Why Video Games Can Never Be Art

Torvaun Re:Shadow of the Colossus (733 comments)

+1 Knows what the fuck begging the question means.

about 4 years ago
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First Anti-Cancer Nanoparticle Trial On Humans a Success

Torvaun Re:FDA Approval? (260 comments)

Hey, you really want to fight obesity, kill the corn subsidies so that we stop having high fructose corn syrup in fucking everything. That would be way more effective than unbanning ephedrine.

more than 3 years ago
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Company Sued, Loses For Not Using Patented Tech

Torvaun Re:But wait! (631 comments)

Well, there are people who would buy meth. Just because someone would buy it, doesn't mean it should be sold.

more than 4 years ago
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FDA Says Homeopathic Cure Can Cause Loss of Smell

Torvaun Re:Fucking idiots (452 comments)

Just to clarify, it's actually a nasal swab. You basically jam a slimy q-tip up your nose and swirl it around.

more than 4 years ago
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Left 4 Dead 2 Announced For November

Torvaun Re:Sigh... (231 comments)

Well, it -is- a game that relies on other users to enjoy. If his friends are all playing Left 4 Dead 2, then he's stuck dealing with bots or randoms.

more than 4 years ago
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The Hidden Secrets of Online Quizzes

Torvaun Re:Real Age doesn't "sell" your details. (136 comments)

The point is that Real Age is maintaining control of your information. Advertisers aren't learning anything about you. I'm sure they're getting paid for passing the ads along, though.

more than 4 years ago
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NSA Wages Cyberwar Against US Armed Forces Teams

Torvaun Re:NCCDC (219 comments)

You really think that if the NSA went to Microsoft and asked for source code, that Microsoft would say no?

more than 4 years ago
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Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution

Torvaun Re:Oklahoma? (1161 comments)

You kidding me? I've never seen a blurry photograph of God running through the woods.

more than 5 years ago
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Study Finds Gamers Prefer Control, Competence Over Violence

Torvaun Re:Violence, maybe, but not gore (219 comments)

Portal has violence, it's just all happening to you instead of your enemies.

more than 5 years ago
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Charter Cable Capping Usage Nationwide This Month

Torvaun Re:$65 per mbps is a bit expensive, a**holes (369 comments)

How about a reasonable family? Let's say two of them download games on Steam, one of them uses a VPN to work, and one of them plays WoW. Maybe they occasionally watch TV on Hulu. Think they wouldn't hit the cap?

more than 5 years ago
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Security Checkpoints Predict What You Will Do

Torvaun Re:Bullshit (369 comments)

Actually, that -is- racial profiling, but that doesn't mean it's ineffective or wrong.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Map To Real Piracy

Torvaun Re:Time for Qs to come back (262 comments)

Solution: Don't send sailors with no combat or weapons training out on the boats that are intended to be attacked.

more than 5 years ago
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Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

Torvaun Re:I'm amazed (857 comments)

Then you must be who they're talking about.

more than 5 years ago

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Robert Jordan Dies At 58

Torvaun Torvaun writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Torvaun writes "Author Robert Jordan has succumbed to the blood disease he had been fighting for years. Despite the increasingly lackluster performance of his more recent novels, there is no denying that he has had a massive impact on the fantasy genre. No news yet about what this means for the book he was working on, which was intended to be the final book in the Wheel of Time series."
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