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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

enharmonix Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

being able to lock a person up for 6 months as opposed to 30 years and getting the same result might be a good thing.

I hit Submit too soon. I should add that this would absolutely need to be completely voluntary. You can't tinker with somebody's brain without permission, especially as punishment. That's just wrong.

about 1 month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

enharmonix Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

That's ridiculous. If we wanted to cause as much damage to the criminals as possible, why not simply reinstate torture?

You missed part of it. "Is it really OK to lock someone up for the best part of the only life they will ever have, or might it be more humane to tinker with their brains and set them free?" Yes, you can inflict longer sentences for more severe cases, but they have more of their lifespan left when they get done serving their sentence. Don't get me wrong, I think 1000 year sentences are both cruel and unusual, but being able to lock a person up for 6 months as opposed to 30 years and getting the same result might be a good thing.

about 1 month ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

enharmonix Re:A looping simulation, apparently (745 comments)

they are fundamentally unverifiable

They are fundamentally unverifiable as long as you are inside them. Of course, if you can ever escape your simulation, that suggests duality... On that note, Descartes did not believe reality was an illusion and yet he believed in duality. They seem mutually exclusive to me.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

enharmonix Re:A looping simulation, apparently (745 comments)

e^(i*pi)+1=0

Isn't that answer supposed to be 42?

I believe you are thinking of 6 * 9.

about 2 months ago
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Putting the Next Generation of Brains In Danger

enharmonix Re:Number of _known_ dangers (143 comments)

There seem to be more things that are _known_ to be dangerous, but these things obviously were dangerous even when we didn't know they were.

I moderated a really controversial article once and as a result I stopped getting moderator points (as I expect did anybody else who moderated in that discussion, because I promoted comments on both sides of the issue). Since I can't mod you up, I'll just say "good point" in hopes that you get modded up some more.

Taking your comment a step further, this is "Good news, everyone!" because when we know these chemicals are bad, we avoid them. Not all of them are regulated, but manufacturers know people care about their kids safety so they avoid using chemicals shown to be bad (like BPA). That doesn't mean kids are no longer exposed to all of them, but I'd wager they're exposed to significantly fewer of them in smaller amounts than we were as kids.

about 2 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

enharmonix Re: Really good question (326 comments)

But numerology... Now that's science!

about 2 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

enharmonix All I've got to say... (326 comments)

Thank heavens!

about 2 months ago
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Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

enharmonix Re:Does the data imply better marriages? (158 comments)

LOL .. do you read Slashdot at all?

Because I would say most of us are suffering from "asshole syndrome" instead of "nice guy syndrome".

My original UID was in the 100,000s (I think, I seem to recall being disappointed it wasn't 5 digits). Anyway, the point is... I've read slashdot for a long time and most of the people here seem to fit the nerd stereotype pretty well and seems they still do, as long as you ignore the trolls and flamebait. The heated arguments here are always about data and empirical evidence and formal logic and the like. We don't really get passionate about everyday life, so I was basing my observations of nerds on people I know IRL. I really can't speak for your average /.er, on this subject because the subject just doesn't come up too often.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

enharmonix Re:[Fuck Beta] Re: Engineers FTW! (158 comments)

You realize that getting married means you get to pay MORE in taxes, right?

Nope. Dropped my taxes.

I have three kids. I haven't paid taxes in 9 years. The year we bought our house we actually got a refund of $12,000 from all the tax credits we qualified for.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

enharmonix Re:This doesn't mean they're not loners. (158 comments)

Their crushing loneliness compels them to wife the first woman that gives them a chance.

Loneliness in nerds is usually self-inflicted because we choose to socialize remotely (Iike slashdot). I think the typical nerd doesn't "wife the first woman that gives them the chance", but that, unlike your average Joe, they don't typically pursue relationships that they know wouldn't work out. In other words, it's not just somebody who'll give a geek a chance, but somebody who actually loves them enough not to turn around and divorce them after a year. Maybe that "never married" statistic contains the lonely geek stereotype, but I know a lot of geeks (IT, math and music) and most of them are happily married (and most of the ones who aren't are still in long-term, committed relationships). Mine is just anecdotal evidence, but the fact that census data shows both married and never married are above average makes me think nerds stay married.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

enharmonix Re:Computer Geeks? (158 comments)

I don't think just working with tech makes you a "tech worker." Working on tech does. But you're right about it not being computer geeks. The people I work with aren't really nerdy, like you say, and most of them are women. Can't forget that it's not just guys in IT anymore.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

enharmonix Does the data imply better marriages? (158 comments)

It's encouraging that a higher than average number of IT workers are married but a higher percentage also have never married because I interpret that to mean IT folks don't just commit, but they stay married too. (I am by profession in IT and I know I am completely committed to my wife and that it's reciprocal, but of course I'm just one person.) There's the term "geek chic" which I guess means nerds are more attractive than they used to be, and I guess that in the end "nice guy syndrome" works to our advantage.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Building an 'Xbox Reading' App For Windows 8

enharmonix Re:Competing Against Amazon (52 comments)

Who says it has to be Windows only?

Stop and think about that for a second. With the exception of Office for Mac, how many cross-platform apps from Microsoft can you name? I don't really have a big problem with MS like most /.ers do, but even I know that MS is not a big fan of cross-platform development. One OS to rule them all and in the darkness bind them.

about 2 months ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

enharmonix Re: boycott slashdot (179 comments)

Unless the new site runs on ReactOS, please shut the fuck up about slashdot beta.

about 2 months ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

enharmonix Re: version 0.3.16. (179 comments)

Worth putting it in a VM and at least trying it out, isn't it? However, I'm with you when it comes to putting on a real machine. I'll wait until 1.0.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

enharmonix Love the look, hate the code... (2219 comments)

Very nice, but some it (particularly the AJAX stuff) just doesn't work... and I use Firefox. I would expect slashdot to work best with a standards-compliant open-source browser, but I've had more luck with IE than Firefox or Chrome, and I refuse to use IE to browse anything but my company's intranet.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

enharmonix Re: The move to Linux (299 comments)

That'll work. Cheers!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

enharmonix Re: The move to Linux (299 comments)

I thought of dual boot but with a VM I can move files over a network. In the past I've had issues with moving files across different file systems, though I imagine ntfs support for Linux has matured since then. I'm probably not going to use something like FAT32 if I can help it.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

enharmonix Re:for open source, add, don't create. Mac != iOS (299 comments)

I'd bet there is an open source synth that is 98% what you want.

Another slashdotter pointed out something called csounds. It sounds like what I'm looking for in a synth. I'd have to put it in a VM since Sibelius or Final seem to be the best for notation, but it looks like my synth is already out there.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

enharmonix Re:The move to Linux (299 comments)

I think that settles it. I'll get a Win 7 machine and put Ubuntu Studio in a VM. If Ubuntu Studio with Muse Score works for me, I'll swap Ubuntu and put Win 7 in a VM. If Ubuntu Studio doesn't do the trick, then I'll keep Win 7 and shell out the money for Finale and do the synthesis in csounds in the Linux VM. Cheers!

about 3 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: An open source PC music studio?

enharmonix enharmonix writes  |  about 3 months ago

enharmonix (988983) writes "I have a big decision to make. I am probably going to buy a laptop that I will primarily use for music. I would prefer an OEM distro so I don't need to install the OS myself (not that I mind), but I have no preference between open- and closed-source software as an end-user; I just care about the quality of the product. There are two applications that I absolutely must have: 1) a standard notation transcription program with quality auditioning (i.e., playback with quality sound fonts or something similar, better than your standard MIDI patches) that can also accept recorded audio in lieu of MIDI playback, and 2) a capable synthesizer (the more options, the better). If there's software out there that does both 1 and 2 in the same app, that's even better. I've played with some of Ubuntu's offerings for music a few years ago and some are very good, though not all of them are self-explanatory and the last time I checked, none of them really met my needs. I am not so worried about number 2 because I think I could pretty easily develop my own in .NET/Mono, which I think would be a fun project (which would be open source, of course). I am a Gnome fan so if I go with Linux, I will almost certainly go with standard Ubuntu over Kubuntu, but Gnome seems to rule out Rosegarden which was the best FOSS transcription software out there the last time I checked. The other solution I've thought of is to just shell out the $600 for Finale, which I'm more than willing to do, but I'm not so sure I want Windows 8 and I'm just not sure I can afford to go with a Mac on top of the $600 for Finale. I don't intend to put more than one OS on my laptop, either. Any slashdotters out there dabble in composing/recording, using MIDI, sound fonts, recorded audio, and/or synthesizers? What setup of hardware/OS/software works for you? Can FOSS music software compete with their pricier closed source competitors?"
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Google faces off against Intellectual Ventures in landmark patent trial

enharmonix enharmonix writes  |  about 3 months ago

enharmonix (988983) writes "Although Google initially invested in Intellectual Ventures, a patent holding firm, the two have since parted ways and are about to face off in court over some technologies used in Motorola (and other) phones. This is an important battle and the timing is significant given Congress's recent interest in patent reform."
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Schneier: Police data-mining done right

enharmonix enharmonix writes  |  more than 6 years ago

enharmonix writes "Courtesy of Bruce Schneier, it's nice to hear something good about data mining for a change: predicting and stopping crime. For example, police in Redmond, VA, "started overlaying crime reports with other data, such as weather, traffic, sports events and paydays for large employers. The data was analyzed three times a day and something interesting emerged: Robberies spiked on paydays near cheque cashing storefronts in specific neighbourhoods. Other clusters also became apparent, and pretty soon police were deploying resources in advance and predicting where crime was most likely to occur.""
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Chinese gamers get to execute corrupt officials

enharmonix enharmonix writes  |  more than 6 years ago

enharmonix writes "The Chinese government has launched an online game where players advance by killing corrupt government officials using weapons, magic, or torture. Apparently it's very popular — the game has already reached 100,000 downloads and even had to be taken offline while they upgrade their systems to handle the load."
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enharmonix enharmonix writes  |  more than 6 years ago

enharmonix writes "The Register is reporting on a strange new phishing technique that is able to fool IE7's phishing filter and Norton 360. Spoofed sites include PayPal, eBay, HSBC and others. The sites are confirmed to be fraudulent but are cleared by both security tools. The exploit seems to be specific to Internet Explorer (FireFox just goes straight to the correct site). Roger Thompson of Exploit Prevention labs believes users may have an html injector that communicates directly with IE and modifies the HTML of legitimate websites."
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enharmonix enharmonix writes  |  more than 6 years ago

enharmonix writes "Just a bit of an update on the recent digg revolt over AACS. Well, the New York Times has taken notice and written quite a decent article that actually acknowledges that the take down notices amount to censorship and documents instances of the infamous key appearing in purely expressive form (I was pleased to see the similarity to 2600 and deCSS was not lost on the Times either). More interesting though is that the EFF's Fred von Lohmann blames the digg revolt on lawyers. And in an opinion piece, John Dvorak expands on that theme."
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enharmonix enharmonix writes  |  about 7 years ago

enharmonix writes "According to an article in PCWorld, "The U.S. departments of Defense and State received F grades, and Homeland Security a D, in the latest scorecard measuring their information security measures. Representative Tom Davis ... said it was 'troubling' that three of the main agencies fighting terrorism received low grades again in their compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act.""
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enharmonix enharmonix writes  |  more than 7 years ago

enharmonix writes "I recently came across this post to alt.tv.futurama that references this IMDB entry. Yup, it's Bender's Big Score (a.k.a., The Futurama Movie). Before you get too excited, this guy claims to have read the script, and states that it will be broadcast in 4 parts in X-mas of 2007, though it's not clear whether these are the first four episodes of Season 5 (2008)."

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