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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

demonlapin Re:I'd have a hard time, too. (302 comments)

Also, following its advice will make you lose weight while you gorge yourself on delicious meat and sauces. Steak with Bearnaise vs rice cakes? It's literally sickening just how screwed up our nutrition advice is.

11 hours ago
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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

demonlapin Re:Bullshit (204 comments)

It's the frequency of an alternating current supply that causes fibrillation, not the current or the voltage. Cardioversion ("shocking the heart") is a blast of DC that works by making all the cells of the heart contract at once, so that the standard recovery period after a contraction is long enough to prevent the aberrant conduction from being propagated.

2 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

demonlapin Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (630 comments)

Let's just say it's one of the more entertaining fringe benefits of having "M.D." after your name.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

demonlapin Re: This is so stupid. (790 comments)

Tires are almost silent on paved roads. Have someone put their car in neutral and turn the engine off as they roll down a hill toward you.

3 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

demonlapin Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (630 comments)

I'm a doctor, not a coder, but I did take C++-based CS101/102 in the late nineties, and I've played a little bit with the teach-yourself-Python courses. I'm fairly certain that I, having written next to zero code over the past 18 years, could write a piece of software in Python that cleanly accomplished everything the CS102 capstone project did, and in less than a week. Possibly in a day. Someone who knew their stuff could probably write it in thirty minutes.

Granted, that's partially missing the point - our project was meant to teach concepts like using doubly linked lists, how to export them into a file and read them back in, choice of algorithm, hashing functions, etc., not just banging out code. But in terms of something that would be useful to the average person who might want to write a snippet of code here and there to simplify their life, as opposed to someone who plans to make it their life's work, Python is amazing. Python lets students build useful programs right away because it can do the heavy lifting until they're ready to learn how the sausage is made. Maybe you'll spark curiosity in someone who would never have given it a shot. Maybe all you get is a person who has some appreciation for what writing software actually entails. Either way, aren't we all better off? The serious students are going to learn serious languages soon enough.

5 days ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

demonlapin Re:most of you will pretend you understand (84 comments)

It's the Game of Thrones version of the Garden of Eden. Neckbeards like George R. R. Martin hate it because not enough people die horribly.

about two weeks ago
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The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

demonlapin Re:Cooking (180 comments)

Stop what you're doing and watch Airplane! now.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

demonlapin Re:It depends on where you are in life (249 comments)

I'm a fan of negative income tax. I'm marginally in favor of limited free tuition, although it's the sort of thing that encourages colleges to take the money and run, and it does little to alleviate the lack of income associated with being a full-time student. Single-payer universal health care (aka Medicare) is a fine concept, but the American people aren't willing to pay the taxes or cut the available services to make it work.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

demonlapin Re:It depends on where you are in life (249 comments)

Risk and reward. Poor kids are much better off pursuing low-risk, moderate-reward strategies rather than high-risk, high-reward strategies, because in the event of failure, they don't have anything to fall back on. The children of the upper middle class can aim for the stars, knowing that they won't end up in the mud if they miss. Climbing the ladder takes generations.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

demonlapin Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (790 comments)

Plenty of CRT's left in hospitals. Lots of patient monitors are old but still work exactly as intended, so there's no particular reason to replace them. They're not used in radiology, though.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

demonlapin Re:Related - the clack of wheels on the tracks (790 comments)

Similar math problem: imagine the Earth is a perfect sphere, and you have a band of steel running around the equator. You need to roll an orange under this steel band. How much steel do you need to add? Less than a meter.

about two weeks ago
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Text Editor Created In Minecraft

demonlapin Re:the whole things an editor if you're brave enou (114 comments)

Creative potential? It would be intellectually trivial to build a 6502 or Z80 in Minecraft - a simple matter of translating logic to redstone. Doing so would be an enormous amount of work akin to creating such a processor out of discrete transistors, but the creativity involved would be minimal and mostly involved with problems like how to allow circuits to cross paths.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

demonlapin Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

The law is the law, right or wrong. You can rail against it night and day, but unless you can get 50%+1 of the legislators or judges to vote your way, your opinion isn't worth much.

about two weeks ago
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Archive.org Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games

demonlapin Re:Oh... S*** (198 comments)

MoO was pretty awesome, but Civilization is still the purest form of digital crack.

about three weeks ago
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DuinoKit Helps Teach Students About Electronics (Video)

demonlapin Re:never heard of the RadioShack kit (61 comments)

Don't give it too much credit. The circuit book was a bunch of wiring diagrams (connect pin 30 to pin 57) with schematics of the finished product, but it didn't actually explain what you were doing, why it worked, or why it was important. Decades later, I realized that it was actually capable of creating some pretty cool stuff (recognized the names of circuits), but by then it was long gone.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

demonlapin Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

"Reasonable expectation of privacy" is a legal term of art. Don't expect it to bear any relationship to how anyone would normally interpret the phrase. As a trivial example, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy in another person's home, even if they're not around.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

demonlapin Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

No, you don't, because just like with email you entrusted a third party to deliver an unencrypted message for you. Completely erases your "reasonable expectation of privacy". Welcome to the law.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

demonlapin Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

The content of your call may have a reasonable expectation of privacy, but the fact of the call does not.

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

demonlapin Re:huh? (300 comments)

Sorry man, misread your comment. Totally true.

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

demonlapin Re:huh? (300 comments)

SUV's are pretty fuel-efficient per passenger mile if you fill them up with people and stuff. They're just bad commuter vehicles.

All those suburban moms drive SUV's because it's a vehicle with a lot of utility - seats four in comfort, with plenty of room for luggage and supplies, plus you can use it for trucking things around. People buy cars to account for all their usage, not just the most common parts.

about three weeks ago

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How I choose my /. friends, or, Why did this idiot pick me?

demonlapin demonlapin writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm reading through /. and, on any occasion that a political topic comes up, befriending people who oppose leftism. Doesn't mean I think you're a True Conservative (because I'm certainly not); doesn't mean I necessarily agree with you. It just means I think you're part of a badly underrepresented community here on the Dot, and I'm doing my little part to band some of us together. Think of it as a sort of net-only ProtestWarrior.

Anyway, look through my list of friends, and I'll look through yours. I don't plan to make any further posts to the Journal, so this will always be the top post. I'll check it once a week or so for comments.

Update: Heavy preponderance of low UID's here. Could be an interesting research project for someone - differences in political opinions based on when you first went online.

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