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A Thermodynamics Theory of the Origins of Life

deuterium Re:What is Life (185 comments)

My thoughts too. Once any form has taken root, it monopolizes this route. It took all the low hanging fruit that spurred the process to begin with, The environment isn't the same as it once was.

about 8 months ago
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Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

deuterium Re:Biggest Visual Studio defect: Runs on Windows (543 comments)

What constitutes the lot? From my limited vantage, I see only Linux, OSX, and Windows. Of course, this just shows my myopia.

about a year ago
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Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants

deuterium Re:Who cares? (355 comments)

It does seem to be profitable venture.

about a year ago
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Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants

deuterium Who cares? (355 comments)

This is about as likely to happen as North Korea landing a man on the moon.
I'll volunteer to be the first man to arm wrestle an alien.

about a year ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

deuterium Kinda sad (239 comments)

It seems as though, since no one asked the question "how crazy are you?", he's simply steered all of his responses into answering it anyway. It also seems like half of what he does is only valuable to him if he can tell other people about it. Why does he care? It reminds me of a 12 year old bragging about the time he stole a car or slept with a teacher. They probably didn't happen, and even if they did, it's childish to broadcast it. And this guy's 67? Agh.

about a year ago
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Former FBI Agent: All Digital Communications Stored By US Gov't

deuterium Re:Timothy stories (621 comments)

I think the real solution to the problem is to start generating massive amounts of meaningless data until the spooks run out of storage.

We're doing it right now!

about a year ago
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How To Safeguard Loose Nukes

deuterium Re:the [] (167 comments)

If use it boom

about a year and a half ago
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Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

deuterium Meh (592 comments)

I'll still buy a console anyway. I just won't play any games that I'm not truly interested in (ones I'd buy used). My favorite games I bought new, and my Internet connection is up 99% of the time. Now, if their system for enforcement is glitchy, I'm gonna be pissed. It's got to be perfect. No "validation servers" down issues.

Also, I think this could work if they lowered the price of games. Instead of $60 for a new title, discount them the amount they calculate new enforcement will save the publishers in lost revenue. Maybe $40 a game now, since everyone buys their own copy. It'd be a gesture of goodwill to balance the stranglehold they'd be introducing.

about a year and a half ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

deuterium Re:Video games have been doing this for years (599 comments)

I agree with this for games, but I think it's because you're actually controlling it instead of merely viewing it. It's satisfying to have more immediate feedback to your inputs. Watching a mouse cursor move at 24fps (say, in an instructional screen captured video) isn't as frustrating as operating a cursor at that rate. Feedback is always better when it's faster.

about 2 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

deuterium Re:Pre-ordered. (397 comments)

Why tolerate bugs? It's just a video game. It's not a surgery or airplane. It's all make believe. The fun and enjoyment derived outweighs (or doesn't) the irritation. I enjoyed the new game, despite the numerous bugs. Hell, I've enjoyed the Xbox, despite having 2 of them die.

I guess it's about the games. We love certain stories and franchises, and there are only 1 or 2 paths to them. Sure, I could play a less buggy game, but I want to play a particular one.

Now, if I'm paying for an online course and it's buggy, I'll make some noise.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle's Newest Move To Undermine Android

deuterium Re:Why? (342 comments)

Not absurd, just not economical. Systems are born in a finite community.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are Terrorists Often Engineers?

deuterium Emotional issues (769 comments)

Engineers seem to have emotional difficulties - a poverty of emotion at times and excess emotions at other times. They also aren't great communicators, so the feelings they do have aren't expressed clearly, or at all. This leads to frustration and isolation. When you present a flat personality most of the time, people disregard you as an emotional being. When you then develop strong feelings about something, you don't have the usual outlets for them, as you haven't cultured any. You can only stew about it and resent the people who "don't understand you." Without others to help mirror and redefine your feelings, they can only be chewed over and warped within.

A terrorist act (or suicide, murder) is an exertion of those warped emotions, and a way to communicate. It's done for an audience, as a statement. It forces people to "feel your pain" and appreciate/validate your emotions.

more than 3 years ago
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ScienceBlogs.com Deals With Community Backlash Over PepsiCo Column

deuterium Re:Asinine (299 comments)

PepsiCo as an organization is not interested in any layman's definition of "nutrition."

So what? It's a democracy. People vote with their dollars. If people cared out nutrition, they'd educate themselves, as you have. Would the world be better without snacks?

This is a company designed to maximize profit by exploiting the still-ingrained hunter-gatherer instincts in us all

Yup. They wouldn't exist if they didn't. And what about using sex to sell? Damn our primitive urges!

more than 4 years ago
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Crack the Code In US Cyber Command's Logo

deuterium Re:md5? (380 comments)

You're right in that no one has explicitly stated how they "naturally" got to the mission statement, you're just supposed to know that it's an obvious bit of text to check against this hashing algorithm, and then shout "stupid" at people like you.

more than 4 years ago
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Better Development Through Competition?

deuterium Re:Companies don't know (251 comments)

Exactly. My brother, who works for a Dow 30 company, said that during a company seminar on HR, the speaker made an analogy regarding an individual's role in the organization. He asked them to think of putting their hand in a bucket of water, and then withdrawing it, then asked "how fast does the water replace your hand when you take it out?" Instantly. "That's how quickly you can be replaced."

They don't care if you're exceptional, only that you're adequate, because it's a lot of work to identify exceptional workers and there aren't many of them. Unless you're the CEO or a VP, you're not setting policies, you're only following them, so followers are needed.

more than 4 years ago
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How Sperm Whales Offset Their Carbon Footprint

deuterium Re:Iron = carbon (150 comments)

So? Iron as a source of phytoplankton blooms, and phytoplankton as a carbon sink isn't news. The "news" is that whales are doing this, and in uselessly small numbers. Tell me what I missed.

more than 4 years ago
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How Sperm Whales Offset Their Carbon Footprint

deuterium super (150 comments)

"They've well and truly bypassed being carbon neutral. They've actually gone one step further,"

What? They did? Fuck me. What is the point of this article? The whales don't know anything about this, they're just taking a shit. Maybe this supports seeding the ocean with iron, but I bet the same authors would blanch at that idea. This is just useless, idealistic drivel. Jesus Christ, slashdot.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is New In PostgreSQL 9.0

deuterium Re:Join removal is cool (213 comments)

Isn't it odd? It's been around forever, works on many platforms, and supports just about any feature you might need. I started using it a few years ago for a scientific simulation project, and I haven't looked back. I think the main hindrance, in a circular argument manner, is that is hasn't been as popular as MySQL, so there're a smaller community. It wasn't as easy to find a good PL/pgSQL book as it was to find material for all the others.

My only other complaint would be the relative immaturity of the pgAdmin software. It works fine, but does some odd things like doubly importing data if you don't know not to click the OK button after completion, and not refreshing views after actions.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Computer Science Students Cheat

deuterium The limits of observation (694 comments)

This strikes a chord with me. I program training software - modest stuff - and recently have gotten into more detailed user tracking. Every click a user makes is a web service call whose return value is required for the program to continue (without notifying the user). Previously, I would say our audience was used to software without an Internet component. They watched material and took a test. The PDF printout was the proof of use.

We get calls saying "the computer ate my homework." This can only be true for one transaction, but varying claims are made which don't agree with reality. I'm asked to inveigh in some circumstances, and it's hard to say "they're lying." Can I unequivically state (and logically convey) that they're wrong? Do I know every possible path of the program? I feel that I do, but I've had genuine glitches in the past.

more than 4 years ago

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