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Nvidia Drops Support For Its Open Source Driver

assert(0) Who cares? (412 comments)

DirectX being proprietary and Wine unable to Not Emulate it, might you not as well go with nvidias blob and OpenGL? At least the screensavers look good. Well, some of them. 3D is so 2000. What we need is fast 2D. Wayland and nouveau may be the future. xf86-video-nv never was.

more than 4 years ago
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Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C

assert(0) Mine is simpler (582 comments)

/* -*- coding: utf-8-unix -*- */

#include <stdio.h>

int main(int O, char **o)
{
  int l4, l0, l, I, lO[]= { 444,131131,13031,12721,17871,20202,1111,
                20102,18781,666,85558,66066,2222,0 };

  for(l4=0;l4<14;++l4){
    for((l=l0=lO[l4])&&(l0=-7);
    l>4&&(I=2-((l|l>>O)&O));l=l&O?l+(l<<O)+O:l>>I,l0+=I);{
      putchar(10+l0);
    }
  }

  return 0;
}

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Skirt FDA To Heal Patients With Stem Cells

assert(0) Re:cancer worries (394 comments)

1. What makes you think fasting is any more enjoyable than light to moderate exercise? Repeat after me: "Starvation is painful." With exercise you get pain modulation in the form of endorphines. Fasting ... well, no such luck... Your genes are SCREAMING at you to FEED. Constantly.
2. How are you planning to avoid gaining when going back to your body's set-point caloric intake after fasting for 6 months?
3. The less you eat, the smaller the margins and the higher the risk of not getting the nutrients you need. And no, supplements will not magically fix a deficient diet.

more than 4 years ago
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DVD-CSS's Encryption Not Enough? Here Comes DECE

assert(0) DVD-CSS is not encryption (361 comments)

It's data scrambling.

Encryption is when the key is sooper sekrit, get it?

more than 4 years ago
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Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?

assert(0) Re:NTFS linux driver will always be quirky (484 comments)

True, I have had zero problems with Windows XP / ntfs and Linux in recent years. But what about Windows 7's ntfs? I've upgraded from XP to Windows 7 and I have found that Ubunut Karmic has problems accessing *some* of the directories on the ntfs-filesystems.

Another thing, will windows 7 "enhance" my external HD's ntfs so that I won't be able to acccess it from Linux? The external HD is mostly a storage/backup disk but I use it occasionally to transfer files to Windows 7.

more than 4 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

assert(0) Re:Dunning–Kruger (928 comments)

Actually, don't thank me. Thank Dunning and Kruger man.

more than 4 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

assert(0) Dunning–Kruger (928 comments)

Reminds me of the cognitive bias known as the Dunning-Kruger effect, which describes how incompetetent individuals overestimate their competence (did anybody say middle manager?) while the truly competent underestimate their competence (aka. depressive realism). Maybe competent women are more vulnerable to depressive realism?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning-Kruger_effect
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depressive_realism

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Says Brain Implants Could Control Computers By 2020

assert(0) Re:Let me know when... (314 comments)

Actually it's worse than that. Every 30 seconds, men think about something completely unrelated to sex. It's been tagged WONTFIX upstream for aeons.

more than 4 years ago
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The Jet Fighter Laser Cannon

assert(0) not very effective (464 comments)

5kg, 750 J? Seriously?

Wake me when 5kgs of marine mammal weapon systems produce 4.5E17 J.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

assert(0) Re:It's about social status... (836 comments)

You and I are certainly not capable of spotting the non-clowns. But we don't need to!

This is where the collaborative and accumulative nature of hard science really excels. In weeding out the non-clowns. Or really, the non-clown *ideas*. Scientific progress is less impacted about individual, renaissance type geniuses these days.This is because the simple questions have been answered. Solving the remaining hard questions require collaboration.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

assert(0) Re:It's about social status... (836 comments)

Sorry about whooshing you.

My point is this: for every Wegener/Cantor/Galileo there are thousands of Bozo the clowns. This is a strong indicator that the system works.

I'm really sorry if you're unable to grasp this basic fact.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

assert(0) Re:It's about social status... (836 comments)

Cute, the old "they laughed at galileo" adage... Every crackpots favorite.

Folks, we all know about Wegener, Semmelweis etc. How they were ridiculed and later vindicated. Now, why do we remember these guys? Because they were the exception. They happened to be right. They were not your ordinary crackpot.

Remember they also laughed at Bozo the clown.

more than 4 years ago

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