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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

_anomaly_ Re:A few issues with this... (585 comments)

You keep asking for sources about whether or not compromises were made in testing accuracy to get it in the form of nail polish. I assumed you were just being lazy, because how could there not be a more in-depth article out there on something that's getting so much attention. Well, after a bit of searching, it appears you probably weren't being lazy... I couldn't find anything out there in the form of details. Maybe the detection rate isn't so great... or (god forbid) they're having difficulty with false positives or false negatives.

about a week ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

_anomaly_ Re:definition is clear (306 comments)

The phrase "programming language" is so vague that it's wide open for interpretation. That's why I'm not going to say you're wrong, which was my first inclination, but simply disagree with you.

My definition of a programming language is that which is compilable into machine-readable form.

Now you're going to say, "HTML can be compiled into machine-readable form, it's displayed on your screen, isn't it?!". Yes, the content that originated from HTML (and others) is displayed on your screen, but that's because the browser is interpreting the HTML and then displaying it. Like someone else already responded to you and said, HTML is data, or more specifically structured content.

An analogy that may help distinguish HTML (and CSS and the like) from what I consider programming languages would be to take printing a certificate using a word processor. The words and images you insert into the word processor isn't a "programming language". It's a "template" which is used by the printer in order to display the content (on paper), just like browsers that use the HTML to display the content (on the screen).
HTML tags for forms, different types of media, etc. kind of blur the lines a little bit because they instruct the browser to perform certain actions, but that doesn't invalidate the interpretation of HTML as a display template, or data.

about three weeks ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

I know. That's why, just about every year, I have to either change to a similar plan with less benefits or bump up my deductible to keep it from going up much. The only time I didn't have to do that was last year, when I did a "risk re-evaluation", which turned out in my favor.

about a month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

No other "utility" even comes close.

No, but my health insurance (individual, not through my small-business employer) goes up about 30% per annum... but I digress...

about a month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Comcast should run for office (250 comments)

Well, if you do it right (run for office), you aren't footing the bill, your supporters/constituents are.

about a month ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

_anomaly_ Re:Now I wish.... (60 comments)

He did use the original inputs (control pad and buttons, power slider).

about a month ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

_anomaly_ Re:Scale? (170 comments)

I think it's the infection rate that is all the hubbub, to put it lightly. 67 new cases and 19 deaths in the span of 3 days (July 15-17)?

Then, posted not long ago, an update: 45 new cases and 28 deaths from July 18-20.

about a month ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

_anomaly_ Re:Incomplete data (174 comments)

Yeah, the first thing I thought of was: how many people who graduate with any 4-year degree stay in their field of study? Without having anything to compare this to, how do we know that the numbers for STEM graduates are abnormal?
I would guess that those figures for the STEM graduates aren't too different from any other field.

Also, it would have been more meaningful if they had limited the time after graduation. For example, if 50% of STEM graduates were working in an unrelated field 10 years after graduation, I'd say that says a lot more than just "currently". Seems to me a significant number of people "retire" from their main field of study and then take on another, completely unrelated, but more satisfying job in their golden years (i.e. retiring from a management position to work at a golf course).

about a month ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

_anomaly_ Re:why new balls (144 comments)

I may have not completed my thought and main point, although it may be obvious enough... the shots in the video being further out will end up having much more curve on them by the time they reach the goal. The same shot closer to the goal won't have as much noticeable curve, of course.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

_anomaly_ Re:why new balls (144 comments)

Good question, but I'd argue it's more about shot selection than anything. Most of those goals were well beyond the 18 (the penalty box). If you're comparing to recent games (yeah, I'm in the US, I still call them games, shoot me), like in the World Cup, you see very few shots outside the 18. An extreme example would be the Netherlands-Argentina game where they both played very defensive games. Even in games like Germany-Brazil, it seemed Germany was more about finesse and getting the ball deep inside the box to increase chances of the shot going in the back of the net. Even on free kicks near the 18, not many are even an attempt on goal, but rather crosses.

I used to play, and IMHO shot shaping is more about technique (and shot selection) than the design of the ball. You'll notice in your video a lot of them were hit with the outside of the foot, right or left, and that's the easiest way to get it to curve to the outside. You don't see many players these days even attempting those.

about 2 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

_anomaly_ Oh Geeez (501 comments)

That might have been where they went, but it's not where they're going...

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Spending Millions of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

_anomaly_ Re:But didn't their patents protect them? ;D (120 comments)

Yeah, true. The show's OK so far. Has more potential to interest me than most of the other stuff on TV these days.

about 3 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

_anomaly_ Re:Tech isn't there yet (765 comments)

I agree with the point you're making, in this post and others, but what if the smart gun manufacturers erred on the side of an operational, not disabled, weapon? In other words, if the battery dies or fails, or if it's determined that a fingerprint scan couldn't be gathered successfully (if it's using fingerprints), then default to an enabled state?

This would still put the onus of making the gun safe on the gun's owner, much like making sure a trigger lock is in place, requiring that the battery be checked frequently, and so on.

I realize that there are still other fail cases that would reduce reliability (like, in the case of fingerprints, a scan was successfully gathered but is not correctly identified), but eliminating the power failure, among others, by defaulting to an enabled state would no doubt get much closer to your high reliability target, would it not?
The way I see it, this would likely prevent more accidental shootings while getting closer to that reliability target.

about 4 months ago
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Ben Starr Answers Your Questions About Sustainability and Kitchen Tech

_anomaly_ Re:Beer with bacon fat and maple syrup (46 comments)

You must be talking about Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale by Rogue. I had it a couple of years ago while visiting the brewery near Portland, OR. It's interesting, but a bit too interesting to have more than a pint, IMHO.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

_anomaly_ Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I'm sure there are parts of the Brady Bill that should be revised, re-worded, or even taken out, but I'm not going to get into that, or argue about semantics.

However, you may be able to say that a flash suppressor has no affect on the function of the weapon in a literal sense, but I'd argue it completely changes the weapon's intended use. A weapon intended for target practice, sport, or self defense has absolutely no need for a flash suppressor. This type of "feature" is intended for covert use of the weapon, which I'd argue falls under what most would categorize as an assault weapon.

about 4 months ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

_anomaly_ Re:WTF? Pebble is not "progenitor" (97 comments)

More than one year before the Pebble there was Metawatch [metawatch.org] (which uses exactly the same display type), and ages before the Pebble there were much, much more advanced "smartwatches".

Like the inPulse watch? You know, made by Allerta, who became Pebble?

about 5 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

_anomaly_ Re:Standard practice... (192 comments)

1,000 peanuts and 70,000 people

;-)

about 7 months ago

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