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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

cyberchondriac Re:But what IS the point they're making? (318 comments)

No, that's kinda the point of evolution. The species that adapted best to it's habitat - or even was already best equipped for that niche- out-survived those that didn't. Random mutations create variety in a species, those mutations which "fit" the local environment better somehow gave that particular lineage an advantage over those lineages whose mutations (or lack thereof) didn't do them as much good there.

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

cyberchondriac Re:But what IS the point they're making? (318 comments)

I hate "survival of the fittest". It's not actually all that accurate for describing evolution, and it's used to excuse being a jerk so often.

It should have been "survival of the breediest". Anyway...

Many people misconstrue what Darwin meant by "fittest"; he didn't mean the most athletic or strongest, he meant the species that best fits it's habitat, or the most adaptable.

4 days ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

cyberchondriac Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

I'm trying to imagine a deep, chest rumbling, fear inducing, "BOKKKKK"


Nope.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

cyberchondriac Re:However minute, risks remain. (539 comments)

Fuck off and die, troll. 7 billion people on the planet, we don't need your type. Besides, you're wrong.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

cyberchondriac Re:However minute, risks remain. (539 comments)

I'm missing part of a finger, but I can manage. I could live with a limp. But eyesight is a pretty big gamble. Yeah its small. But still higher than lottery.

That's why I opted for orthokeratology. I put my lens for one night, once every 7-ish days, and have 30/20 vision for the first 24h and then 20/20 for the rest of the week.

I used to do this. It's surprising how many people have never heard of this. The downside is of course, discomfort. It's a tad hard to sleep with a hard lens in your eye, at least, it was for me. Also, I find contacts to be a lot of hassle; including the fact that washing my hands so much leads to cracks in my fingertips in wintertime.

Still, I think maybe more people should give it a shot. If you miss a night or two, it's no big deal, which is a nice plus. If you stop wearing them at night altogether, it takes your eyes about 2 weeks to go back to their natural state.

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

cyberchondriac Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (539 comments)

One common technique for people who are close to or have age-induced presbyopia is to perform the surgery on only one eye, or, depending on the prescription, to apply it in different amounts. The idea is to get one eye which is good for near vision and one that is good for far vision. Sort of the same notion as bifocals, but applied directly to the eyes. Apparently the brain adjusts quickly and effectively to this and you end up feeling as though you have good vision at all ranges as long as both eyes are open.

I'm considering doing that. I'm 45 and my eyes have just begun to change. I'm still generally myopic, but so far the change just requires me to take my glasses off when doing close work. I'm going to give it a couple more years to be sure my eyes have more or less settled, then get surgery on one or both, in whatever degrees will give me the best overall visual acuity and flexibility.

If your eyes haven't actually changed yet, then it's something of a crapshoot. The idea is to adjust your vision based on guesses as to how they're going to change. That said, my optometrist says that they can make very good guesses. The only reason he's recommended that I wait is because I'm not far from the point where guessing won't be required, based on my history of general visual stability and current rate of change.

I tried that with contacts, personally I hated it. I got headaches, and it seemed more like a lose/lose than a win/win. It varies from person to person.
If you do that with LASIK, it's permanent. I'd highly recommend getting some contacts first and trying the monovision thing on a trial basis first.

It's wise to wait on LASIK til later years if presbyopia is just around the corner; for me, it's already here and settled in. My conundrum is choosing between leaving my vision as is and needing glasses for distance, or getting the LASIK and needing reading glasses. I'm hoping that such an operation might lead to a side benefit of reduced presbyopia too, but I haven't done my research on that yet.

5 days ago
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India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

cyberchondriac Re:All about trust (107 comments)

Honestly, I don't think I've heard but a handful of americans saying that it's fine when we do it.. Pretty much everyone is up in arms over the NSA. What I hear people say - if unapologetically- is that the NSA isn't the only one doing it. And you'll probably never hear much about what the KGB does (I know that's more an equivalent to the CIA than the NSA but I'm not sure if Russia sets up their organizations like the US does).

Still, Google may have a presence in India but it's not an Indian company, per se.

At this rate, it seems like someday in the future we may have to deal with possibility that being on the Internet is like being a celebrity: no expectation of privacy.

about three weeks ago
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India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

cyberchondriac Re:All about trust (107 comments)

Yes actually, I do expect there to be some sympathy. Because everyone bitches when the NSA does it. Every other country does it's sharing of spying too, let's not be naive. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it. This was clearly wrong, they targeted another country's corporation, and one that has a huge impact on the Internet, worldwide.
It's only fair that you either get to protest when every and any country pulls something like this, or not at all.

about three weeks ago
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Intelligent Thimble Could Replace the Mouse In 3D Virtual Reality Worlds

cyberchondriac Re: I always wondered (65 comments)

Ugh, not that thing. Close, but there are differences. I had a Leap motion, it broke after a year. But in any case, it never quite worked out that well, and suffered almost as badly from gorilla arm syndrome as a touch screen. I was disappointed with it. It's also difficult to perform small, sensitive movements with your hands in the air hovering over the sensor, despite the fact that LEAP has high definition scanning.
My first thought was this was too similar and just as futile, but on further reflection, maybe not.. if you can just rest your arm on the desktop surface like you would for using a mouse, and not have to aim your fingers anywhere specific this might be comfortable and useful enough to be the "mouse killer" HID developers have been hoping for.

about three weeks ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

cyberchondriac Re:seems like snowden did the exact same thing. (95 comments)

I propose severe punishment for blueg3. He has to read every single comment in today's threads. That should be sufficient. Then he'll learn to properly maintain angst and cynicism with a healthy portion of peer bias.

about three weeks ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

cyberchondriac Re:Good news though (74 comments)

That's an arrogant point of view. Who are you to judge who's an idiot? And MSNBC is certainly no less biased, and both CBS and NBC have been caught either lying (Dan Rather) or editing/doctoring tapes (as in the Trayvon Martin case).
All the news media are becoming cartoonish extravagances of yellow journalism, but it's trite when when someone feels they must proselytize their bias by attacking selective news sources when news sources weren't a prior part of the conversation; besides, it's just a leftish mantra to be parrotted, no actual thought required. Fox News is not as bad as the strawman lefties make it out to be, but because it gives "those other guys" a strong voice, and it's popular in the face of it's competition, it must be attacked at all costs and at every available opportunity. It just smacks of desperation.
People have been saying that SS is going to be gone before they retire for years, and the danger is real; under Bush, no one challenged that claim, but now suddenly it's just derp?

about three weeks ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

cyberchondriac Re:Good news though (74 comments)

How trite, another "faux news" comment

about three weeks ago
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Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

cyberchondriac Re:Fear Mongers Didn't Want to Let Cassini Fly (45 comments)

Being proven wrong is a good thing in science. The more we prove wrong, the better supported our remaining hypotheses become. We need more people who come up with falsifiable theories that fit our current knowledge, so we can narrow things down further.

But yeah, the sensationalism is not doing science any favors. I cringe when I see Morgan "We only use ten percent of our brain" Freeman present Michio Kaku yet again.

Are you referring to that movie with Scarlett Johansson? Yeah, I cringed bigtime when I heard that bullshit 10% premise trotted out once again; and worse, so many kids idolize Morgan Freeman (apparent via the memes and comments on sites like memedroid), that a good number of them are likely going to believe this hook line and sinker just because he's in the movie and seems to be confused with something of an authority due to his hosting Through the Wormhole.

about three weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

cyberchondriac Re:Brain ZAP! (284 comments)

As another pointed out, rehabilitation is pretty much a joke, (especially for the people stupidly incarcerated for minor drug offenses, then they get exposed to far worse behaviors); which just leaves punishment. And increasingly it seems, activist hippies on the far left don't seem to see much difference between justice/punishment and revenge, (typically in capital punishment cases), so this might be a future option.
What I mean by that remark: take the death penalty for example; if we execute a murderer, the counterargument goes that it makes us somehow just as bad as the murderer (despite the fact he's not an innocent like his victims were). Yet, if we lock up someone like Ariel Castro in a high security prison, (the guy who imprisoned several teenager girls in his basement and regularly raped them), you don't hear the same argument, though it's essentially the same logic, a case of doing to the perpetrator what he did to his victims, only the rape would come (ostensibly) from other inmates.
This may be a good compromise.

about three weeks ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

cyberchondriac Re:Star? (119 comments)

You're thinking in terms of terrestrial temperatures. As gravity and friction do their thing as the elements clump together, the temperature rises -pardon the pun- astronomically.

about three weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

cyberchondriac Re:hero worship (242 comments)

I have to agree. This makes slashdot sound like a bunch of One Direction groupies. Woz is a good dude and all, but seriously, no need to gush like a teenage girl.

about a month ago

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Verizon Internet to drop the alt. newsgroup

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyberchondriac (456626) writes "From http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Clarifies-Newsgroup-Changes-95333
As part of last week's anti-child-porn agreement with New York's Attorney General, Time Warner Cable and Verizon agreed to take aim at newsgroups. While Time Warner Cable confirmed to me they've eliminated newsgroup access entirely, Verizon says they're simply limiting the newsgroups offered. According to the company's policy blog, starting June 24, the telco will "only offer groups in the Big 8 newsgroups hierarchies." While over 1,000 hierarchies exist, Verizon will only offer access to comp, humanities, misc, news, rec, sci, soc, talk, and of course the Verizon support groups. Verizon Business customers meanwhile will no longer have the ability to view newsgroup images.

Well, there goes some of the appeal of having Verizon for an ISP. Are they're throwing the baby out with the bathwater?"

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Mod points

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 5 years ago I like getting mod points as much as the next guy, but when I do, why do I always always always get them on a Friday? I don't do /. on weekends. Aarrggh!
By the time I come back to work on Monday, I only have half a day left to use them. It's cruel I tell you. Cruel.

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Another shoot down

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 8 years ago Again some loser modded me down as overrated, when the post was only at the default "1" to begin with ?
What the hell is that about ?
I mean, who even cares to surf at 1 and knock people down to zero ??
That's some sick kicks.
Okay, the post wasn't fantastic - how many posts at slashdot are ? So long as you don't flame, any post represents someone's opinion and is worthy of a damn lousy "1". I thought mine was kinda funny, actually.

So... I guess I have a watchful enemy out there.
A post assassin, who remains cloaked, unnamed, and has no accountability for his actions. One who is willing to attack random, innocent people.
Hmm.. reminds me of a terrorist !

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Karma boost - w00t

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 9 years ago I wonder when that happened -- I just noticed my karma is now rated as "good", rather than just "positive".
Did I really reach a new plateau, or, did /. just decide to change the scale or naming convention ?
I mean, gee, I feel so .. *sniff* .. so accepted by the brotherhood of geeks :-)

Okay, I know that just jinxed the whole thing now ..

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Who the hell is Colin Bayer ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago He showed up in my freaks list a year ago, but hardly ever posts.
Well hey, if you gotta go so far as to mark me as a foe, for whatever reason, then f you, right back at you. I don't even know who the hell you are or why you've decided to hate me. I wonder if he's the phantom jerk that seems to follow me around to try get any positive mods I might happen to accrue get knocked down by "overrated"s and bogus "redundant"s.
Of course, the problem with this delusional hypothesis is that he would have to have moderator rights all the time, extremely unlikely since he posts pretty scarcely... unless, maybe that's just an alias for one of the editors at /. who aren't too fond of me for some of my anti-left-wing political views. Or maybe I'm just getting paranoid in my cyncial old age. Unfortunately,however, my cynicism gets more justifiable everyday.
Hey, can I get modded down for Journal entries ?

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Anonymous Coward overload !

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm beginning to wonder what point there is in moderating. The sheer amount of anonymous cowards now posting nothing but trash makes it worthless to mod somebody down, as they get a low score anyway, and the few good posts you run across and would like to mod up are usually already scored at 4 or above. I'd have to have no life whatsoever to spend the time looking for somebody with a low score who deserves a mod up. Somebody like me .. ;-)
Here's an example:
I just made a post defending, logically, not passionately or obnoxiously, Gate's Knighthood, based on what I felt MS had contributed to the world, the US economy, and the tech sector in general, by making computers a household item. I got modded down.
The last time I posted on something about MS, it involved security, and I had been humorously negative... and got modded down. You can't win. Zealots to the left, zealots to the right. Sometimes you can't get a break !

Seriously though, I think the /. editors should track the number of AC posts that each member makes: If they post as ACs above a certain number of times within a certain time period, their ability to post at all should be revoked for some period. They're more than likely trolling.
Also, new members should not be able to post as ACs until they've made a predefined number of normal posts. This might help to stem the flood just a little.

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A double standard at slashdot ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago Something just occurred to me. Many, many weeks ago, I'd posted something that I thought would found as humerous, albeit something that took a pot-shot at Microsoft, as many slashdotters do. It even included the obligatory " :-) ", normally a sign to intelligent life that the post was to be taken lightly.
For whatever reason, a moderator knocked me down a point as flamebait, and went un-metamoderated. Okay, I can stand to lose a point, no big deal, even if tens or hundreds of other slashdotters often say worse and get modd'ed up as funny. I've decided I have too much of a life to live or die by what somebody forever unknown to me thinks of my point of view on a website.
But what I just realized, was the that the icon Slashdot.org uses for Microsoft stories is itself derisive and derogatory.
How then, can the slashdot editors allow someone to mod a fellow slashdot denizen down for the very thing slashdot itself does on a daily basis ?
Things that make you go , "hmmmnn.."

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