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The Spin of a Star Reveals Its Age

kurokame Re:Observation, not math, is what's important. (67 comments)

The scientific method is a toy model thrown together by philosophers to attempt what scientists do when they're doing "good science." Very few people in philosophy or science actually subscribe to it. The fact that it's taught as gospel in primary schools is somewhat depressing.

Your other objections are simply not a realistic depiction of modern science or of Meibom's study.

more than 3 years ago
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The Spin of a Star Reveals Its Age

kurokame Re:Excellent. Now go repeat with another cluster (67 comments)

From the paper, they were using it to determine what stars were cluster members and what stars were field stars (i.e. stars which just happened to be in that direction). It has already been tested as a classifier to determine cluster members versus non-members. Whether it holds up as an absolute measure is another question, but it already holds "outside that one cluster" to a useful error rate.

more than 3 years ago
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The Spin of a Star Reveals Its Age

kurokame Re:Seems commonsense in retrospect. (67 comments)

I haven't had time to read the paper yet, but if I was doing it, I'd use stars whose ages can be well-determined via other methods to form a statistical model.

more than 3 years ago
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The Spin of a Star Reveals Its Age

kurokame Re:Observation, not math, is what's important. (67 comments)

Good science is testable. Meibom's paper is an example of this. Your post and 36233236 are not; they are nothing more than a bare denial that anything in the universe is knowable. Yours additionally contains several factual errors, which would be more of an issue if the overall thesis wasn't a denial of the potential existence of true knowable facts.

more than 3 years ago
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HDMI Brands Don't Matter

kurokame Re:CAT5 to HDMI (399 comments)

The propagation delay isn't the reason why length matters. S/N is why length matters. As length increases, noise increases while signal strength drops off. The point where this starts becoming a major problem depends on how noisy the environment is and how good the coupled devices are at dealing with increasingly poor S/N. Digital signaling makes it take much longer before this becomes noticeable - but it's not magic.

But neither are the name-brand cables. Anything with better shielding and a lower gauge will usually help -- and that only if you're at the point where it's creating a noticeable problem. Most home electronics won't have any trouble provided that they're close together. A few models, or if you want them farther apart than is normal, then maybe it's time to hit Monoprice. Otherwise, usually not.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Gets Geohot's Hardware, But Not YouTube/Twitter User Info

kurokame Re:Oops! (254 comments)

Use a security algorithm where one of the keys is based on reverse geocaching. The key is only available if the system is within a reasonable distance of the location where the file was created.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?

kurokame Um, no? (804 comments)

College students are ostensibly adults. If they don't want to pay attention in class and want to look like an idiot while they do FarmVille offers in the lecture hall, that's their problem. It's also their right if they want to use it to look up something they didn't understand or to take notes. There's no reason to meddle with this if it's not actively disrupting class. If the bare fact that they have one out is bothering you, get over yourself. If they're being disruptive, sit somewhere else or talk to someone about it. You're in college, it's time to grow up now.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

kurokame Re:Something tells me.. (229 comments)

It's not eye damage so much as brain damage. But the visual system gets fubared either way.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

kurokame Re:There might be something to it (229 comments)

Also, note that it's not "3D" itself that's the problem. We look at the real world all the time, right? The problem is that the methods used to create the illusion of 3D do not completely mimic the real thing. Stereoscopy is something of a first step. There has been research into systems which do a more complete job, and they can significantly cut down on things like headaches and simulator sickness. We'll probably see this in our consumer electronics one day, but all modern consumer 3D display technology has these issues.

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Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

kurokame Re:There might be something to it (229 comments)

It's not over-cautiousness. This issue has been known for some time.

Children under about 10-12 shouldn't be exposed to any artificial stereoscopy as it can cause developmental impairment. Whether it's used for games is beside the point - movies and television pose the same risk. Really, any use of stereoscopy to create the illusion of 3D. The technology imperfectly replicates real visual stimuli from a 3D environment. Exposing children to it, particularly regularly or for long sessions, can cause the brain to try and adapt to the wrong set of stimuli.

Watching Avatar in 3D once is probably okay but should probably be avoided. Watching movies in 3D every weekend is probably bad. Using a 3DS daily for several hours at a time is probably going to cause some degree of harm. Gaming tends to long sessions, frequent use, and attentive focus.

more than 3 years ago
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Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good

kurokame Re:Sigh (534 comments)

To add the 0.5 Informative for those who can't recall or who are too lazy to google - the PS3 was released in Nov. 2006.

more than 3 years ago
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Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good

kurokame Re:Sigh (534 comments)

Okay, I'll give you 12 months. The difference is negligible. The techniques used to root the PS3 are so fundamental and well-known that it was largely a matter of trying them out. There was nothing revolutionary here, it was just a matter of people with sufficient expertise and resources becoming motivated to spend the time to do the necessary work.

The point remains: working with your users diminishes their motivation to work against you. Minimizing the artificial constraints placed on what users can do with the device they purchased means that huge swaths of people who might be motivated to reverse engineer your safeguards won't need to. The community relationship will be improved, new uses for the hardware that you didn't anticipate will be found.

When you can improve sales and customer relations while simultaneously lengthening the lifetime of your product as a DRM device, well, it seems like it would be a relatively simple decision. The net effect is to attract and retain customers both at a consumer and industry level. Consumers get a more versatile device - and equally important, respect. Developers get stronger and longer-lasting DRM and a larger and more robust consumer base. Everybody wins.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Radeon HD 6950 Can Be Unlocked To HD 6970

kurokame Re:It is still different HW (191 comments)

It depends.

I don't do chip design myself, but a few guys I work with do. They spend quite a while trying to get the fabrication pass ratio up to workable levels when there's a new part. It's nowhere near as simple as "all 6950s are secretly 6970s." It probably will mostly work for many of them, which is what a sane overclocker is going to expect anyway. However, it's very likely that a part from a later production run will have better odds of passing an "aftermarket upgrade" to the higher bin since fabrication pass ratios tend to improve somewhat with later runs as the kinks get worked out. For the initial runs, I'd say 60/40 is probably the most you can count on unless the sales of 6970s are internally estimated to be very few compared to 6950s (which is sometimes the case - the higher-spec part often serves as advertising for the unit they "expect" you to buy). This would be higher if, for example, it draws heavily on a part which has been in production previously (quite possibly the case).

more than 3 years ago
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New Tech Promises Cheap Gene Sequencing In Minutes

kurokame Re:GATTACA Here we Come (121 comments)

Forgery is almost trivial, particularly when many people assume it's impossible. I can already hop online and order an arbitrary genetic sequence for delivery. Normally, this is used to create short sequences for insertion into a larger genetic strand, but the same tech would let a patient researcher forge an arbitrary DNA sequence under any conceivable test.

more than 3 years ago
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New Tech Promises Cheap Gene Sequencing In Minutes

kurokame Re:GATTACA Here we Come (121 comments)

The emergence of MEMS devices for performing PCR and doing chemical analysis makes the development of portable DNA scanners more or less inevitable at this point. The only question is who will get the patent.

The odds are fairly high that in a maximum of 20 years, I will be able to hop on Digikey and buy a DNA scanner IC for a few dollars. Given that it could integrate an appropriate sample collection modality and immediately begin PCR may also significantly broaden what constitutes a viable sample compared to modern DNA analysis which incorporates significant oversampling mainly to ensure that something actually reaches the PCR stage. Blood would always still be the gold standard - but who knows, maybe it could pick up a high-confidence identification simply through contact.

Where's your privacy now? The ease of perpetrating privacy abuses given the modern internet is just the tip of the iceberg. Globalization transitioned from trade practices to information exchange - I can send a packet around the world three times in a fraction a second, and that makes the world a very small place indeed. Data combined is exponentially more informing, and the amount of information you leave scattered around without realizing it just by existing in the modern technologically-augmented social sphere is already massive. In coming years, the difficulty of obtaining an increasing amounts of information which are increasingly invasive is going to drop to nothing. Without active privacy protections with a lot of force behind them, the resulting situation will probably make GATTACA look extremely naive.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch

kurokame Re:A global remote kill switch in our computers (399 comments)

For starters, they're selling you a chip that they can find over 3G to forcibly deactivate it.

Kill switch, hell. You had me at "find over 3G." Because NO ONE would EVER abuse that, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Glasses-Free 3D Projector

kurokame Re:innovative? (171 comments)

Here's a good read on the subject.

Sexton, I. and Suramn, P. "Stereoscopic and autostereoscopic display systems." Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE 16:3 (1999). pg. 85-99.

The parent method of the approach they're using is parallax barrier autostereoscopy, which is covered in patents going back to 1901...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Glasses-Free 3D Projector

kurokame Re:Dude that would be soo cool... (171 comments)

Yeah, that's a lot of what's wrong with the current patent system. The other parts are that review is mainly conducted through post-hoc litigation, and that the system therefore is mainly a tool for people with lots of lawyers to fight other people with lots of lawyers while more or less freely exploiting any players with no lawyers.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Glasses-Free 3D Projector

kurokame Re:innovative? (171 comments)

It's not. This method has been known for ages.

more than 3 years ago
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Which Shipping Company Is Kindest To Your Packages?

kurokame Wrong question! (480 comments)

It's not a matter of comparing companies. The point of failure is almost always the distribution center or the delivery driver. Because of this, the "best company" answer will vary by city and by address.

more than 3 years ago

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