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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

blackiner Re:Calories in/out, but nobody measures OUT (252 comments)

Very true. I eat quite a bit some days. I work out quite a bit. I actually want to gain weight, so that I can lift more, but no matter how much I eat in a day (sometimes I will eat an entire pizza for dinner), it all evens out... I am always within a couple pounds when I weigh myself. The days I eat a lot of food? I have massive shits the next morning. The days I eat very little? Very little poo. My body is simply too good at regulating itself I guess.

about a month ago
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Machine Learning Used To Predict Military Suicides

blackiner Re:The New Magic (74 comments)

It is also such a general term as to be useless to anyone with some AI know how. Did they perform Bayesian analysis? A neural net? Get into the details. Anyway, I think the general public would be shocked to see how utterly simple some of these algorithms are. Most are just really basic probabilities generated off some input...

about a month ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

blackiner Re:Is there anything Obama CAN do? (202 comments)

Nobody who was paying attention voted for Obama because of his anti-surveillance promises. The moment he voted for telecom retroactive immunity it was clear he wasn't about "Change" at all. I don't know why people were so easily fooled by his charade, just looking at his voting history would have made it all very clear.

about a month ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

blackiner Not the ISP's problem (200 comments)

The ISP should be concerned only with delivering their advertised data rates sold to the customer at low latency, regardless of how much it is used. It is not their problem if the user maxes out their upload with torrents or something, that is the user's problem (and rather easily solvable by using a modern router with fq_codel. Ingress traffic is another issue... also made difficult by the ISP, by buffering stuff too much). If they cannot actually produce the connection they advertised... then it is time for them to start changing their connection packages.

about a month and a half ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

blackiner Re:Dislike Arch (303 comments)

Hmm. You must have had a device with particularly poor driver support. Was the issue with a graphics driver? I use Arch on my desktop and laptop, update it multiple times a week. I have never had an update break the system. That is part of why I like it so much.

I don't use it for any production stuff but I imagine if you wanted to do that, it would be best to have a test machine to run updates on first. Or just stick to RHEL/CentOS.

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips

blackiner Counterfeiting? Or...? (35 comments)

I am no engineer or scientist, but are these precise enough to be used to extract hw encryption keys? Because if so, I think I can guess the real purpose for developing these.

about 3 months ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

blackiner Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

Take a careful look at what they released this beta for: Creative Cloud Education program. Chromebooks have gained a decent foothold in schools recently. This is Adobe looking out for their own interests, by trying to hook students at a young age. Which is totally acceptable, imo, plenty more people will benefit from this than just them.

about 3 months ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

blackiner Re:Desktop GUI (132 comments)

Honestly I gotta agree with this. I mostly am doing one thing and like having that task take up the whole screen. Unity does this better than anything else. Sometimes I'll multitask and have two windows side by side or will alt-tab between them. Really freakin easy in Unity to do this as well. Unlike Gnome it doesn't waste horrendous amounts of space on title bar padding either. Unity and Ubuntu in general get more flack than they deserve, IMO. Now, I actually use Arch because I prefer rolling release above all other factors in an OS, but Ubuntu is pretty much my second choice.

about 3 months ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

blackiner Re:A working heart is not much (183 comments)

I am curious if they would be able to do some sort of 'mental reset' at that point, restoring your brain to its youthful state, although likely losing most or all memories in the process. Could you imagine looking at videos you recorded of yourself to tell your 'new' self stuff? Or perhaps people would just decide it is more cost effective to kill the elderly minds off and let the next generation take over. Pondering cyborg technologies always allows for such fascinating thought experiments...

about 3 months ago
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The Evolution of Diet

blackiner Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

I mostly had researched marathon running (I wanted to run one, but my joints just can't handle it), there was no real mention of interval training. A lot of fitness stuff nowadays does not even mention cardio, and just focuses on strength training.

about 4 months ago
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The Evolution of Diet

blackiner Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

Run 20 to 40 miles a week and you will sneeze at a 1.5 mile "jog" :)

Yeah... and I have found something that works extraordinarily well at burning fat: sprinting. I do a 15 min jog and then 10 reps of 20s sprints/10s rest. Somehow, this basically just completely bypasses the normal laws of physics and starts telling your body to burn fat immediately. I had been working out for years and still had some stubborn bits of fat left, but after sprinting I am eating more and still losing weight. Gotta be in pretty good shape already to try this, though.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

blackiner Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Well, pretty much I guess. I am a pretty big linux fan and use it for desktop usage (but also switch to windows occasionally). It doesn't work for everyone. I am glad that they at least tried though. MS these days isn't too horrible, so I can't get too mad. I am rather concerned about the massive flux in MS towards cloud computing, though. It is a clear move to lock people in. Hopefully stuff like openstack can keep the big name companies in line, and keep some modicum of power in the user's hands.

about 4 months ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

blackiner Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

And apparently the API, considering they have successfully sued Google for implementing their own version of Java.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

blackiner Re:Trusted network zones (348 comments)

I seem to recall a story a bit back about how Apple and Google no longer consider the concept of internal vs external network access even remotely useful, and that in today's networking world with ubiquitous BYOD and VPN, you MUST consider that attackers have complete access to your internal network. So yeah, put firewalls on the special servers, or put them behind a separate firewall and do something to guarantee nobody else has access to that network.

about 5 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

blackiner Re:laying off...but needs more H-1B's (282 comments)

This sort of mentality is precisely what is wrong with the country. Companies no longer invest in their country, in their local community. They instead see people as things to hire and fire at a whim, solely to suit their current needs. This of course leads them to go to great lengths creating 'education' reforms, and 'immigration' reforms, their way of creating more labor that they can exploit at will. Jobs get offshored, wages go down, companies no longer invest in employees, no longer train employees, and the nation's people suffer. Just look at our rising unemployment and lowering standard of living, the people are no longer being empowered, and general morale plummets. The end goal of modern corporate America is quite simple, really: The complete and utter commoditization of humanity.

about 5 months ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

blackiner Re:Why not systemd? (71 comments)

I am a pretty big fan of systemd myself, but it is not feasible on a lot of these devices for space reasons alone:

[kel@octogon ~]$ ls -l /lib/systemd/systemd
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1317648 Jul 8 08:13 /lib/systemd/systemd


And that is just the systemd binary, not including all of it's helper executables. The original WRT54G only had 4MB of flash on it, so systemd alone would take up more than 1/4 of the space. But you also need to get the kernel and a slew of userspace executables/libraries on there, and the 2.4 kernel just barely fit on the original WRT54G. The 2.6 kernel, and thus ipv6 support, was out of the question. I imagine systemd and a 2.6 based kernel would cut pretty heavily into the flash memory for even the newest of routers and be fairly unfeasible. If you run your routing off an actual PC though, it is fine.

about 5 months ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

blackiner Re:Does it (reliably) support 5GHz or 802.11ac yet (71 comments)

I've been eying this myself, since I would like to upgrade my card to 802.11ac at some point as well. There are two pieces to the puzzle, user space support, and kernel driver support. AFAIK, both are supported but you need fairly new software. The ath10k driver supposedly supports 802.11ac and was included in linux 3.11. I believe newer versions of hostapd support 802.11ac but can't find any specifics about what version it was included in, but the newer the version, the better (so, preferably 2.2). And of course you will need to find a wireless card that uses the ath10k driver. I run my router off a normal PC and have a distro with recent software so this is easy to do, but I have no idea what versions OpenWRT supports.

According to this everything should work: http://wireless.kernel.org/en/...
But according to this there are mixed results: https://forum.openwrt.org/view...

about 5 months ago
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The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

blackiner Re:Expert System (162 comments)

Reminds me of how my AI professor described AI. You have two types of AI, strong and weak, strong being something akin to a conscious thinking mind (and not even guaranteed to be possible at the moment), and weak being stuff like data mining, translation, speech-to-text, puzzle solvers, etc. She also let us know that things are only considered AI until they are solved, then they are just 'algorithms', which I think mirrors people's perceptions of AI quite nicely.

about 5 months ago

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