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What's Next For Superhero Movies?

jackchance Re:Webcomics (396 comments)

i second "Girl Genius".
But a movie would be too short..... it needs a series.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Next For Superhero Movies?

jackchance Titans! (396 comments)

The best DC comic book of the 80's was the Teen Titans, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.
Probably the best storyline in that book was how a badass mercenary, the Terminator hires a young evil superpowered hotty to infiltrate the Titans and learn their secrets and weaknesses. Tara and the Terminator are amazing complex villains. It's a great story. Would be hard but doable to make into a single movie..... but i think they could do it.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info

jackchance Re:Been a IT Pro for 15 Years (388 comments)

If that story is true, then your college sucked. I realize that CompSci is not "software development", but the crossover is large enough that there is no excuse what so ever for a professor to not already know that you could see his data. Your story would require that the professor be incompetent.

This is simply wrong. I did Comp Sci at a world class university in the 90's. There was a separate Comp Eng department. Comp Sci was pretty much applied math. There were brilliant faculty there who never used a computer. And some who just barely used a computer. Still nobody cared about porn and there is no way you could blackmail a faculty.

more than 2 years ago
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Physicist Uses Laser Light As Fast, True-Random Number Generator

jackchance Re:"Truly random numbers" (326 comments)

However, as a programmer, this simulated reality is an big waste of computational power. It takes far more power to track down a probability waves position and interference in a probability wave as quantum physics outlines then it would have been to just implement a Newtonian version of reality.

That's only true under the assumption that they are not running the simulation on quantum computers!! Actually I wonder whether their computers have to be quantum or just analogue.

more than 2 years ago
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Physicist Uses Laser Light As Fast, True-Random Number Generator

jackchance Re:"Truly random numbers" (326 comments)

Although we can't totally rule out QM as having a meaningful effect on neural circuits (and thus "consciousness") Brownian noise is almost certainly a bigger player. The brain in humans sits at a cosy 37 C. Molecules are bouncing around in there like crazy. Interestingly, the basic currency of neural communication, the action potential, seems to be an attempt to achieve something like digital signaling on inherently noisy and probabilistic hardware.

One of the most interesting papers arguing that QM has an effect on living systems is here (behind a paywall, sorry):
Coherently wired light-harvesting in photosynthetic marine algae at ambient temperature

more than 2 years ago
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Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices

jackchance Re:Whiners... (574 comments)

The whole netflix (and hulu, and every other streaming service) party will come crashing down once ISPs start charging per MB.
It will be the revival of the sneakernet!!

more than 3 years ago
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Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices

jackchance Re:Whiners... (574 comments)

My "cable" company (if you consider AT&T U-verse cable; it's close enough) wanted $120+. So now it's $50-60/mo on internet plus $16/mo for Netflix, $8/mo for Hulu Plus, and I can still buy $96 worth of TV off Amazon or iTMS and still break even!

Absolutely!!!

The truth is, i think Netflix wants people to cancel their DVD subscriptions and move to an all streaming model.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 5 Scheduled For June 21 Release

jackchance Re:Color versioning! (266 comments)

No, it's definitely Samus' Morph Ball

more than 3 years ago
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MythBuster Developing Light-Weight Vehicle Armor

jackchance Re:To all "They're not REAL scientists!" posters (308 comments)

They are certainly scientists. They are just not very good scientists.

Science is a method that involves using experiments to test hypotheses.
The mythbusters are definitely doing that. However, there conclusions are often too broad considering the specifics of their experiments. The ice bullet episode comes to mind. They attempt to make ice bullets in a few ways, and fail. They conclude that you can't make an ice bullet, but they certainly did not exhaust the ways in which one could make an ice bullet.

Additionally, they often make conclusions from a single experiment. In the case of showing something can work, a single sample, an existence proof is enough. But demonstrating something is impossible is much harder.

FYI, I am a scientist. Also, the best scientists are generally pretty good engineers because testing new ideas often requires building new devices.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

jackchance Re:In other words (450 comments)

I've done similar tests and i the cutoff for AAC is 128kbps while MP3 was much higher > 256kbps. I did this on relatively good Sony MDR headphones and on audiophile quality Axiom Audio speakers.

This push to 24-bit is sheer nonsense. The biggest limitation to sound quality is for sure speaker/headphone quality.

I've read a paper showing that people cannot tell the difference between CDs and AAC 128 bit. But i can't find it at the moment.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Dolphins Be Treated As Non-Human Persons?

jackchance Re:Non-human intelligences (785 comments)

I agree that the comparison to slavery takes it a bit far, but there is a kernel of truth there. Slaves are treated as resources, not persons. And when European colonists first encountered "natives" they were often considered sub-human savages. Sure, there were some who understood that they were human, but many people did not see them that way.

On another note: shouldn't rights come with responsibilities?

more than 3 years ago
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Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction

jackchance Re:Hmm (779 comments)

If God knows all, we have no free will. simple as that.

Convince me of this.

In the future I freely chose some action, and a transtemporal being can see me chose that in the future how does that invalidate my free will. I think you have to make some assumptions about time and causality in order for your argument to stick.

more than 3 years ago
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Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction

jackchance Re:Hmm (779 comments)

Uh...actually, if anything, the bible proves free will doesn't exist either. god's supposed omnipotence makes free will an impossibility.

If someone already knows what you are going to do, how is it a choice?

Free will is a foundation of Judaism. Ergo, free will certainly is not "disproved" by the old testament.

Also, while there is much debate as to the "qualities" of the Jewish God, a central theological tenant of Judaism is that "God is unknowable" . This is emphasized above any concept of omnipotence or omniscience.

more than 3 years ago
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Deleting Certain Gene Makes Mice Smarter

jackchance Re:Cool, it's like Intel Upgrade Service for a bra (259 comments)

Unfortunately it's likely not. Evolution or God (your choice) rarely gives something for nothing. This gene is likely there for a reason. Disabling it will have some drawback, and it may not be an obvious connection.

I agree. As a neuroscientist, it irritates me to no end when the media go from "$geneticmanipulation makes mice learn this task faster" to "$geneticmanipulation makes mice smarter". Smart is not a well defined concept. Learning faster on one specific test does not guarantee an increase in overall fitness.

about 4 years ago
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Throwing Out Software That Works

jackchance Re:Wait for Google then... (622 comments)

I love apple products. I have 2 mac laptops, a mac mini, iPhone 3G, and 3 generations of iPods.
But I will not buy an iPad exactly and only for the reasons mentioned in TFA.
If the iPad offered a full internet experience, i would probably get it. But flash is still really really ubiquitous.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Zero In On Protein That Destroys HIV

jackchance Re:yea. (216 comments)

If I had a nickel for every condom that broke on me, I could buy myself another pack of Condoms.

Really? maybe you should use lube dude.
I've never had a condom break. That said, i don't use latex. polyurethane or polyisoprene.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Zero In On Protein That Destroys HIV

jackchance Re:Oblig Rodney Dangerfield (216 comments)

Seriously, +5 interesting?
+5 funny, maybe.

Unfortunately, the HIV isn't the only STD out there. And at least wearing a condom is pretty effective against HIV. Not always against HSV, HPV, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Find a Better Way To Pour Champagne

jackchance Re:Wow, I got that one right ... (15 comments)

Ya, i also pour my prosecco like beer. If you want to maximize bubbliness this is the right way to pour. If you want fewer bubbles, pour straight down.

I prefer a flute to a wide shallow glass. but that's just personal preference.

more than 4 years ago
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Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan

jackchance Please downrank this story (190 comments)

This is total irresponsible science media reporting. This should be downranked into oblivion.

more than 4 years ago
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Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan

jackchance Re:Base rate fallacy (190 comments)

mod parent up.

more than 4 years ago

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Flash-charging allows deployment of electric buses without overhead wires.

jackchance jackchance writes  |  about a year ago

jackchance (947926) writes ""Onboard batteries can be charged in 15 seconds with a 400 kilowatt boost at select stops" This technology seems like a pretty massive breakthrough in charging technology, but there are few details available about how this works. For example, the tesla supercharger runs at 120kW but still takes 20 minutes for half of a charge for a car. Is this 15 seconds just a trickle charge for a bus? How do they get around battery heating problems?"
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