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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

baffled Re:SWF: 20 fps; SVG: 5 fps (178 comments)

150-160 HTML, 120 canvas, 200-ish SVG.

1920x1080, Pentium G3420 $70 CPU, Ubuntu 14.04, Chrome. I am surprised how much better my numbers are.

about 4 months ago

Google Buys UK AI Startup Deep Mind

baffled Re:strong AI is pointless (113 comments)

Start with a machine designed for survival - situational awareness, means of defense, mobility. Now add in your 'preferences' - don't injure humans, be nice, don't lie. Mass produce a few million of these and distribute into the population. Along comes a reason the manufacturer or government finds to deactivate them all, mix in a little human attachment and hacker mentality.. Survival of the fittest. If these things are smart enough to build/engineer themselves..

about 7 months ago

Experiment Shows Caffeine Boosts Long Term Memory

baffled Memorizing vs Recollection (123 comments)

The experiment used caffeine during memorization. Does caffeine have any relative effect on recollection?

about 7 months ago

Why Don't Open Source Databases Use GPUs?

baffled Re:Something something online sorting (241 comments)

Using your data, assuming the key block is 512 bytes out of say 8GB RAM, the odds of the key block being corrupted is 1 in 16.78 million. Even if you have 16 bit errors a year, there's a 1 in a million chance of that happening in a year. Now compare that to other risk scenarios, and how much you invest in protecting against those.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

baffled Re:Excellent question (321 comments)

BTRFS needs to become the Linux default FS.

I just lost my wife's BTRFS partition yesterday after a hard-reset. Consulted Google for btrfs repair options and discovered they are lacking. Kept reporting root->node assertion failed, whatever that's supposed to mean. I don't recall the last time I've lost a partition like this, I assumed fsck would have done the trick.

See :

Note that while this tool should be able to repair broken filesystems, it is still relatively new code, and has not seen widespread testing on a large range of real-life breakage. It is possible that it may cause additional damage in the process of repair.

about 9 months ago

A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

baffled Re:How hard can that possibly be? (663 comments)

Reading your response, I realized the formulation of the question forces the student to deal with not only icons or only numbers, but rather they have to deal with both. That is, they see five pennies, and see one cup. But, they need to reason the 1 cup can hold 6 pennies, then perform the calculation. It seems the strange part of the problem - that it mixes icons and numbers - might precisely be why it was formulated as such.

There are even more abstractions that need to be dealt with than that - they have to associate the cup that can hold 6 pennies is what is considered to be 'whole', and they need to recognize the 'missing' part will exclude 'part I know'. Whether this is a sound approach or not, I don't know - but I can understand, it being so different from traditional mathematics, it would ruffle some feathers.

about 10 months ago

Comcast Donates Heavily To Defeat Mayor Who Is Bringing Gigabit Fiber To Seattle

baffled Re:And this is why... (356 comments)

Money is a requirement for effective speech.

No it's not. That's like saying a pistol is a requirement for effective self defense, and prisoners have a right to self defense, so let the prisoners have guns. No.

We set a moral standard, we draw a legal line, and people do the best they can within the confines of the law. Money is not a requirement for effective speech. So ask yourself, morally, should we limit spending on political speech?

about 10 months ago

Arizona Commissioner Probes Utility's Secret Funding of Anti-Solar Campaign

baffled Re:Its a shame. (207 comments)

If we're going to play that game, then don't forget backup generation for the coal/gas plants. The electrical grid has its uses. Also, apparently that table doesn't include fuel costs, strangely enough.

about 10 months ago

Arizona Commissioner Probes Utility's Secret Funding of Anti-Solar Campaign

baffled Re:Its a shame. (207 comments)

Facts are facts. Solar is clean, diverse, expensive and unreliable.

Expensive? Get your facts straight.
Check out Table 1 from this report we paid for. Assuming the guys we paid to assemble the report did their jobs well, it shows capital costs and operational costs on-par or better than most forms of energy except natural gas.

about 10 months ago

Physicist Unveils a 'Turing Test' For Free Will

baffled Free Will and Simplification (401 comments)

A given outcome is such because of the mechanisms that exhibit the noted outcome state. A prediction of that outcome entails a prediction of the behavior of those mechanisms prior to their actuation.

A behavior's complexity can be increased, such that the defining mechanism complexity increases, and prediction entails more complex operations to reach the prediction.

I am unaware of a reason the complexity can't reach a level where the physical mechanism producing the outcome is the most simplified definition of the mechanisms producing the outcome. Thus, the process must be actuated to determine the outcome. Is this free will? I don't know.

about 10 months ago

What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

baffled Re:I can think of one that Steve Jobs disagreed wi (598 comments)

Some people actually provide documentation with their code? Your point highlights the importance of quality documentation that allows an outsider to quickly understand a code base. Something quite useful in the open source world.

about a year ago

The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements

baffled Re:Diet and laziness (707 comments)

This study indicates Vitamin C may lower cancer risk from NDMA. NDMA can be found at dangerous levels in chlorinated water - essentially anyone with 'city water.' And there's currently no EPA regulation on NDMA content of drinking water.

I found the study referenced in this broad examine article on Vitamin C.

So, there's credence to the notion of Vitamin C for cancer prevention. One can argue prevention is better than chemo or radiation.

about a year ago

SOPA Creator Now In Charge of NSF Grants

baffled Re:ah the anti-NSF crowd again (307 comments)

Does the NSF have budget constraints? Do they have to determine which proposals get funded and which don't, or do they fund as much as they want? How do they prioritize their selections? Should those defining the budget have any input on the priorities? These seem pertinent questions that I see neither discussed nor addressed.

about a year ago

SOPA Creator Now In Charge of NSF Grants

baffled Re:ah the anti-NSF crowd again (307 comments)

That was an intense response. Research.. who can argue with research? Did you have a specific research request? As a scientist, I suspect you can surmise an idea research path. Feel free to expound, ideally with less insult and more substance.

about a year ago

Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs

baffled Re: Lump of labor (559 comments)

That day could be near; I think fear of that day is what is preventing its quick approach. I know I personally could accomplish much in that field of technology, but I don't consider it morally acceptable to do so.

about a year ago

Walgreens To Build First Self-Powered Retail Store

baffled Re:But... (186 comments)

It's dependent on society as a whole. Together, we determine demand, minimum wages, the availability of spending cash, etc. So, he's right, but there are caveats - impediments, if you will. A logical focal point would be to analyze these impediments, unless the goal is to transform society away from the 'free market'.

For instance, if there are no limits to the accumulation of wealth by the rich, then more of the circulating money is bound to be in their hands, as has been the trend for decades. This equates to less spenders, and less production. Perhaps if the distribution of wealth stabilized (not necessarily made equal) then more spending cash would be available to the lower classes (the masses, mostly). But that's only a possibility - odds are these people will continue to be stripped of wealth via planned obsolescence, usury, and generally taking advantage of ignorance/greed.

about a year and a half ago

UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

baffled Re:Supply and demand (353 comments)

In what field, may I ask, are all these people with degrees not working for peanuts? I've been avoiding a degree on the basis that it won't guarantee me stable employment, just cost me time and money. Just wondering if I'm way off here.

about a year and a half ago

A School in the Cloud

baffled Re:"Education" is itself flawed (126 comments)

Your definition of 'hell-bent on learning' is not necessarily the same as others'. I've continued to impress myself with the vastness/complexity of bodies of knowledge I can assimilate myself. With the right mindset and determination, the quality/comprehensiveness of your own skillset is unlimited.

about a year and a half ago

Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

baffled Re:my whole class was taught to program in high sc (265 comments)

Yes, and even those few people who become great programmers may struggle to find paying work doing it, and end up doing something else.

about a year and a half ago


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