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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Verdatum Re:Only complaint about decaf (228 comments)

They mention this on an episode of How It's Made (or possibly a similar show, I can't recall). When caffeine is extracted from coffee, the solvents are boiled away and the remaining caffeine citrate is sold to soda companies and caffeine pill manufacturers. Decaffeinating coffee is the primary source of pure caffeine these days.

back when I worked as a pharmacy tech, they had a rather large opened jar of pure caffeine citrate powder in the back. Apparently it was used to make a compound of some sort. I was frequently tempted to see what would happen if I just dumped a spoonful of it into my coffee. My sense of responsibility and common sense kept me from trying, and that's probably a good thing.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Verdatum Re:Gamers are the Victims Here (1134 comments)

People getting death and rape threats are victims. People having their home address posted publicly with encouragement to harass them are victims. That's what Zoe has had to deal with, and no matter what she's done, short of genocide, no one deserves this kind of treatment.

It is absolutely true that the game reviewing industry is a complete mess. But having to search a little harder for honest reviews for games does not compare.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Verdatum Re:"Death to Gamers and Long Live Videogames" (1134 comments)

The Reddit censoring was because people kept posting links with her home address. That's all that was to it. Admins have to delete that stuff. It is Reddit's #1 rule, and just makes good sense for legal reasons. If people are constantly making new accounts and throwing up links faster than they can delete them, then the only solution is lock the thread (all new comments get auto-deleted) or delete the entire post. Not understanding this, people took it to be evidence of some great conspiracy.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Verdatum Re:Slashdot enjoying the clickbait... (1134 comments)

The reddit deletions were happening because they locked the thread, but people continued posting to it as a joke to see how high the number would go. In reddit, when you lock a thread, all it really does is sets an automoderator to immediately delete all new comments. The admins locked the thread because too many people were posting links containing Zoe's address, which is in violation of Reddit's #1 rule.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Verdatum Re:Zoe Quinn, wait what? (1134 comments)

The people demonizing her are doing so by contacting her directly, and noting that they are going to rape her or kill her. Or posting her home address. Or posting her nude photographs in violation of copyright, or demonizing her in the comments of these articles, or on discussion boards. I've read lots of really vicious comments about what people think of her. And anyone who tries to defend her gets ridiculed as being a loser white knight, probably only defending her in hopes of hooking up with her.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Verdatum Re:Zoe Quinn vs. Internet (1134 comments)

All the deleting I saw was due to people spamming links that included Zoe's personal information, such as her home address. It wasn't a vast conspiracy, it was just attempts to protect privacy.

And the articles themselves might not have attacked her because she's a woman, but lots and lots of assholes were indeed attacking her in a misogynist manner; e.g. rape-threats.

about two weeks ago
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Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

Verdatum Re:Been there done that... (143 comments)

I feel like any OS course worth a damn should force you to write at least one OS kernel module; and unless your course uses one of the academic OSes, it might as well be on Linux.

about 4 months ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

Verdatum Re:We have an advertising bubble... (154 comments)

Do they really need to understand? I figured that the people who don't realize it also don't particularly care. How much does it really directly affect their lives?

about 4 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

Verdatum Re:Loitering (197 comments)

I've never read a ToS carefully enough to know if it is in violation or not. Plus, ToS can vary by both provider and the laws in that country. Traditionally, these people are just dealing in cash. Though I suppose these days nothing particularly prevents someone from using a modern card reader, besides the fact that people in these areas are less likely to have a line or credit or a bank account. The street corner is usually public property, so permission is not exactly needed. And if a storefront or land owner hassles the person, they can always just move to the next corner. Doing business on public property might be illegal in that area, but, I guess bribes or keeping an eye out for law enforcement might be involved.

about 4 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

Verdatum Re:The return of pay phones (197 comments)

Nothing in particular would prevent such a thing, but it would require specialty equipment that tends to be difficult to acquire unless you're a phone company, and even then, it requires a partnership with whoever owns the property you put it on. This doesn't require anything special, just a phone.

about 4 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

Verdatum Re:They can go to 110% and beyond (197 comments)

I worked developing mobile telecom equipment for a company that mostly sells to undeveloped countries. This is sort of true in that undeveloped nations often don't have a land-line network in place, and it is far easier to set up a wireless network. So people are more likely to have a mobile phone than a stationary phone. However, impoverished people still don't have phones. It ends up being interesting because the standard Western usage models for phones don't work out at all. We can't calculate the number of available channels needed per subscriber the same way. Many mobile phones in these areas will be involved in active calls nearly 24 hours a day. The reason why is that people will buy a phone and account, and then hire people in shifts to stand on the street corner shouting out that they've got a phone. They then let people make calls for a markup.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

Verdatum Re:Retrieving memories causes decay? (426 comments)

I mean, if you'd like to switch to a completely argument, regarding peer reviewed articles on the concept of near-death experiences as evidence of the supernatural (and I'm not sure you are. Your wording confuses me some) Near death experiences exist, and there is nothing wrong with discussing them in peer reviewed publications. They don't provide evidence for supernatural phenomena though. Show me one of those "I was floating above the room" stories where they do something like win a game of win lose or draw while the patient is blindfolded in a double blind scenario, and I'll change my tune.

But this is just the off-topic discussion of the nature of skepticism. If the only "evidence" is a leap that can only be made sense of by the reader accepting an implicit intervention by supernatural forces, then you've not written a good paper. Or at least, as TFA's intro hints at, not one that is appropriate for the realm of science.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

Verdatum Re:Retrieving memories causes decay? (426 comments)

I completely see where you're coming from. But I'm afraid I pulled the analogies out of my nebulous ass. It's very likely that I heard the ant one elsewhere, and the cache one is just sorta obvious. If I did hear it, it was probably on one of those horrible overdigested shows that often fails to make a distinction between well reviewed science and psuedoscience statistical fallacy bullshit (e.g. Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman).

I constantly marvel at how much we can't verifiably prove we know about the nature of the brain. I'm optimistic we're going to learn things steadily, but compared to so many other things, good lord, we've got a long way to go.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

Verdatum Re:Retrieving memories causes decay? (426 comments)

A turing machine is computable, and it can always be predicted, it merely requires all of the exact same input that it receives. In other words, to mimic a "true" random number generator, you just need a copy of its entropy. It's computable because the turing machine computed it. This is what computable means, it's a very formal term in the theory of Computer Science.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

Verdatum Re:Retrieving memories causes decay? (426 comments)

You don't need to identify or enumerate the algorithm. You only need to show that a working algorithm exists. A functional solution does exist. If it didn't, consciousness wouldn't be a reality, it would just be a nice idea. And we're not debating the existence of conciousness, because descartes did the whole cogito ergo sum thing.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

Verdatum Re:Retrieving memories causes decay? (426 comments)

Yes, I read about this study, and did not find it surprising, and it does raise some interesting points. I thought about bringing them up, but it gets into a whole bunch of "yeah but" things. Memory can be modified, by more recent experiences, one of those experiences being a recollection of said memory, or by physical or chemical influence, beat on the head, drugs, stroke. But the degradation is only in certain aspects. For example, if you memorize the pledge of allegiance, you aren't going to start fucking it up by reciting it more and more.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

Verdatum Re:Retrieving memories causes decay? (426 comments)

I did not assert that there is no supernatural element. I stated clearly that it was the only alternative that would fulfill the requirements. TFA did not invoke the supernatural, so it did not make a proper argument. If the brain does have a supernatural element, that would be extremely exciting to prove. So if you can eliminate the impossible and have supernatural influence being the only remaining solution, concretely, that's some nobel winning shit right there. I'll keep an eye out for such a discovery on /.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

Verdatum Re:Retrieving memories causes decay? (426 comments)

I am well aware that is the definition of computable. Neither you nor TFA has shown why consciousness is not computable. The only way that conciousness can be non-computable is if the brain does something outside of the realm of Von Newman Architecture in the abstract sense. It receives input in the form of electrical and chemical stimulation, it is able to store information in the form of memory (however that memory works doesn't particularly matter) it performs operations based on memory and input, and it produces output in the form of electrical stimuli and neurotransmitters. If the brain follows Von Newman architecture, then it is a computer that produces conciousness, there for it is computable. Proof by counterexample.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

Verdatum Re:Retrieving memories causes decay? (426 comments)

The halting problem exists. A functional solution to the halting problem does not exist. It does not exist because it is not computable.

about 4 months ago

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Netflix' Altered Web Interface given 1-Star rating

Verdatum Verdatum writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Verdatum (1257828) writes "Entertainment Weekly is one of many sites reporting the strong negative reaction from users of the new Netflix web interface. The new interface presents larger title images at the cost of visible ratings and the "Sortable List" view. To see a suggested rating or view details, one must now first hover over each individual title.

Netflix announced the new interface on Wednesday, in an official blog post. So far, the post has received thousands of negative comments, but only a few dozen comments by users believing the change is an improvement."

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