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Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

jdevivre Just wait... (286 comments)

Just wait until you no longer respond to your name because every third poster or shop you pass calls out to you directly for your attention. Then, maybe, we'll realize we've erred. "Joey! HURRY! Over here! It's about your daughter, Sheila! ... She would LOVE these shoes!". If that's too far into the near future for you, imagine arming a Carnie with this tool today.

more than 3 years ago

Evangelical Scientists Debate Creation Story

jdevivre Bring on the discoveries! (1014 comments)

I cannot be the only Christian to be a full-fledged scientist, so I wonder why the hullaballoo about the discoveries of science?

Every discovery made is a fascinating broadening of our understanding of this place. I'm intrigued and want to know more, as is my fellow mankind. The "fruit" chosen was from the Tree of Knowledge, after all. The curse we were warned against was loss of naivete, but also carried insatiability. It all fits, at least to me.

Picture yourself as an Egyptian-adopted guy being shown a timelapse of how the Universe and Earth came to be (ala the Genesis project animation in Star Trek) and then explain that to your recently-freed-from-slavery people. You don't expect a little fuzzy allegory?

Regardless, evolution as a driving force for change is completely natural. God uses it all the time. Let's just loosey-goosey some of this, as it's from the hip for me, so I won't bore anyone with Gospel quotes (and I'm not that well-versed), but I hope there's enough sense in the trends.

God let's things "go" in his arena, and then intervenes.

1. Mankind runs amok... until Noah selected out of the mess.
2. Mankind runs amok... until Abraham selected out of the mess.
3. Sodom and Gamorrah runs amok... until Lot selected out of the mess.
4. Mankind runs amok... until Jacob selected out of the mess.
5. Plenty more amoks... plenty of prophets selected out of the messes.
6. More amok... Mary selected out of the mess.

The list goes on and on. If we extend the pattern BACKWARD, what would be wrong with:?
0. Man evolves... until Adam chosen/created.
-1. The planet evolves... until humans develop and progress.
-2. The universe blossoms... until Earth selected/created.
-3. The void exists... until "let there be light" starts the process of Universe generation.

And don't let "6 days" trip things up, either. Think about the sped up Genesis thing that Moses sees and his rational explanation. Plus, if God exists outside of the Universe, adding light, energy, matter, and TIME to a void to start this show, why do people insist on George Burns or Morgan Freeman playing the part? Anthropomorphize all you like, but God is WAAAAY beyond that. Time is quite possibly an outside construct to that entity. Would explain why he reveals the "future". Don't get hung up on time. We haven't got any clues yet about the system OUTSIDE our system.

So, regardless, with each new scientific discovery, I find out more about how God baked this cake. He didn't necessarily tweezer each subatomic particle in place to do so, but he sure set the rules around it to make it happen. Bring on the discoveries! Stop being threatened by them!

more than 3 years ago

Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster

jdevivre Re:I've excluded two editors in my time at slashdo (523 comments)

<quote>The Lone Gunmen were killed off in X-Files</quote>
Uh sh..wha? DAMMIT!
Well I may as well throw away the friggin' DVD collection now. Thanks a bundle, feep. Ya jerk. ;)

more than 3 years ago

Worm Descendants From Columbia Disaster Relaunched

jdevivre Unbreakable (80 comments)

Hmmm. Lone survivors of the crash.
Should we be worried that some super-villainous worm is out there somewhere? Or are they so fragile it doesn't matter?

more than 3 years ago

The Decreasing Impact of Death In Sci-fi

jdevivre Real Danger -- Re:Game of Thrones (373 comments)

Love George for that. Lots of other problems (that's just the critical me, it's my favorite fantasy series), but there is much to be said for the real danger of a loved character getting the... umm.. boot. Was going to say another implement, but can't find the spoiler tags...

Now, Catherine fooked that all up, but that's for another rant at another time.

more than 3 years ago

Canadian Researchers Develop Permanent Anti-Fog Coating

jdevivre Elbow Grease (146 comments)

Use any of the other methods here, or any window cleaner, then get a clean dry cloth and work it. Push hard, polish the glass. Transparency.

This is by far the best way to clean mirrors too, reducing the frequency of using any cleaner at all. Polishing usually does the trick.
At the very least, it'll give some of you a little exercise.

more than 3 years ago

Duke Nukem 3D On Unreal Engine 3

jdevivre Re:Coolest game evar! (118 comments)

Yeah! I count like, what, 6 textures! 7? Wow! At this rate, he'll have the whole game done by next Tuesday!

more than 4 years ago

Programming With Proportional Fonts?

jdevivre Whitespace (394 comments)

I believe proper use of whitespace in programming makes enormous improvements in recognition. Spaces in proportional fonts are often thinner and less contrasting. That alone may reduce proportional effectiveness, more readable or not. One would have to form a habit of using two space characters and more tabs.

about 5 years ago

Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

jdevivre Avoiding Corn-derived Products (766 comments)

Good luck avoiding corn-derived products.

Try reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" to get a sense of how much of our food products come from subsidized corn (sugar? CITRIC ACID???!).

about 5 years ago

Calling Video Professor a Scam

jdevivre Re:Is this the guy (385 comments)

This very act is what prompted the "negative option billing" law in the first place. The dates (yours or the "10 year" estimate) are either wrong, or your friends were caught by something less generic - i.e. they had signed up for it somewhere without realizing it. But, again, Rogers also could have just pushed their luck...

more than 5 years ago

Rosetta Fly-By To Probe "Pioneer Anomaly"

jdevivre It's X Simple (89 comments)

I blame Magneto.

more than 5 years ago

Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier Women

jdevivre Re:I'll take a crack at it (411 comments)

Just on the off chance you read this again, AC...

Regarding social heredity, you strangely state you disagree then promptly state the same as I did: daughters tend to follow their mother's social footprints. With what are you in disagreement? There's exceptions, there's the opposite tack, but the trend is there.

Regarding physical beauty, you are in an age where you must see past the makeover. Women have become quite excellent at painting their faces, pumping their bra bladders, and otherwise fitting the current norms of beauty (your "ideas"). I'll leave it to you to discover the beauty that wakes up beautiful. Then look at *their* mothers / fathers. The foundation is often palpable.

And that rare level of beauty used to sleep next to us in a cave.

Regardless, my original post stands. Sweeping generalization, yes, but it stands.

more than 5 years ago

Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier Women

jdevivre I'll take a crack at it (411 comments)

The problem with most biologists and geneticists (I'm one) is a lack of objectivity. They should talk to more engineers when solving problems (I'm one of those too).

Process A
Most planned pregnancies happen in later life.
Most unplanned pregnancies happen while drunk.
Most drunk intercourse is with the first willing partner.
Most willing partners are more homely than gorgeous.
Most homely women are shorter and fatter.

Process B
Most unplanned pregnancies are followed by unplanned marriages.
Most marriages starting with an unplanned child are followed by subsequent progeny (it started with sex, so sex is what you do together for the first while)
Most social traits carry on through generations - daughters of young mothers often have early pregnancies (these may involve factors expressed in Process A)

Thus, homely Mom, homely daughters, Mom got drunk and had sex early so why can't I, followed by more homely daughters...

Where's the mystery?

more than 5 years ago

Bullet-Proof Sheets of Carbon Nanotubes

jdevivre Re:Violence (206 comments)

Yea... where is the squeezably soft nanotube toilet paper.

"Protect Your Ass."

more than 5 years ago

Police Swarm Bungie Office Over Halo Replica Rifle

jdevivre Re:Funny thing:doesn't happen in gun-control count (746 comments)

This guy's experience:
Rifles? Agreed. Same here.
Automatic (or semi) Rifles? Different story. BIG "fun" bringing those out.
Handguns? Ugly. Very very ugly. Too empowering. Too tempting.

I too enjoy shooting other people's guns. But they really shouldn't own non-hunting rifles or handguns. That's stupid. Sorry, rationalize away, but it really is.

more than 5 years ago

Police Swarm Bungie Office Over Halo Replica Rifle

jdevivre Re:AK47? (746 comments)

considering that my neighbors are all upstanding, law-abiding citizens, I'd be thrilled if they all carried AKs.

Yeah, because the freaks who snap and kill their families or random innocents were all identified by their neighbors as being "loud troublemakers with long criminal histories".

more than 5 years ago

Police Swarm Bungie Office Over Halo Replica Rifle

jdevivre Re:AK47? (746 comments)

Wow, 2-for-1! I've learned the term "eggcorn" and discovered that "just deserts" is not desserts after all. I'm indebted.

more than 5 years ago

New Wheel of Time Book — Chapter One Online, Released Oct 27

jdevivre Re:There isn't enough bandwidth in the world (269 comments)

It compresses remarkably well, though.

That's because "pulled her braid" and "smoothed her skirts" comprise 47% of the content.

more than 5 years ago

Web-based IDEs Edge Closer To the Mainstream

jdevivre Re:Potential for Netbooks (244 comments)

...mimicking mainframes from the 80s with the ability to cool and keep a quad core beast at home with a terabyte of storage mirrored across two drives...

Oh my. The irony!
That's like saying the Grand Canyon mimics a crack in a sidewalk. Legacy dudes are saying "I wish!" in chorus.

more than 5 years ago


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