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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

maeka Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

The drivers will brick chips which have not violated any IP laws.

Anyone is legally free to use any USB product / vendor ID they want.

Where you violate the standard is by using an unassigned (or not assigned to you) ID and slapping a USB logo on the device.

The killer drivers are not able to see if the chip is mislabeled or if the device is inappropriately using the USB logo. In other words the drivers can kill 100% non-counterfeit, 100% legal devices.

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

maeka Re:it's got to be the genes (254 comments)

Why, do you have research to indicate that mental toughness is such an important factor, and that amateur high school kids have more of it than professional runners ?

amateur high school kids who are raised in a culture which, from birth, will punish them for outwardly showing any sign of weakness or intolerance for pain.

Do you understand just how severe their passage-to-adulthood rituals are?

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

maeka Re:it's got to be the genes (254 comments)

What's truly amazing is how people try so hard to find any excuse to deny the genetic evidence. "Eugenics deniers" are far worse than "climate change deniers" in that the scientific evidence for eugenics is far greater than even that for anthropomorphic global warming.

It was nice of you to completely ignore the argument for "mental toughness" AKA "I had my penis mutilated as a grown-ass man and would have lost everything had I shown any sign of discomfort during the process".

If you've never competed in serious athletics (where there are a thousand people younger, stronger, and hungry waiting for you to fail so they can take your job) breathing down your neck you might not understand just how important a skill swallowing pain is.

about 2 months ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

maeka Re:Still a fail (203 comments)

Imagine having enough money to buy a small aircraft (and time to get a license to fly it) OR a new luxury car, but not really feeling rich enough to justify buying both

Except for the fact this car has the performance characteristics not of a private jet, but of a $40,000 used Cessna with half the seats removed and rocks in one of the fuel tanks. Anybody who can afford this can afford a comparable fixed-wing aircraft easily.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

maeka Re:Statistics (602 comments)

Are you dense or are you intentionally conflating the concept of mean time to failure with guaranteed (minimum) lifetime.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

maeka Re:No surprise (224 comments)

How is 'pride' anything more than a word we give to this emotional drive to maintain status?

It appears to me that you're nitpicking on the word GPP used for being overly broad, for not digging deep enough, though you dismiss it with a quite broad wave.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

maeka Re:No surprise (224 comments)

Hardly.

How is pride anything else than a costly signal that you're virile enough?

From an evolutionary perspective that would be very meaningful.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

maeka Re:No surprise (224 comments)

War is mate competition carried out by other means. There is no other rational for it (war is always economically irrational, although this is not generally understood because it "just makes sense" to so many people that war is somehow a good idea.)

You speak in bold assertive tones about studies and ideas (including kin selection) as if they were established truths.

You claim there is no other rational reason for war, while there is an entire rich field of study on the possible motivations for war amongst humans.

For example it was Ernest Becker who (if not developed at least) popularized the (widely held today) believe that humans war for reasons chimpanzees can't. That (and I'm going to grossly oversimplify here) our death-denial systems rely on an outsider, rely on an enemy, and if one looks past the economic value of many wars (and yes war is often economically rational too) what one will find is a clash of death-denial stories.

And, yea, let's get onto that untruth - that war is somehow always economically irrational. Seizing buffer lands, trade routes, ports, or natural resources is hardly irrational.

about 3 months ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

maeka Re:We call this propaganda. (191 comments)

Wow, you kids with your high uids.

This kettle is calling your pot out. I'm a noob.

about 3 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

maeka Re:because drinking water is so pristine (242 comments)

Show me a city where the (wild and domestic) animal biomass approaches double-digit percentages of the human biomass.

about 5 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

maeka Re:because drinking water is so pristine (242 comments)

not like the wild animals and fish don't piss and shit into our water

The wild animals don't tend to piss and shit birth control hormones and other still quite bioactive medications.

about 5 months ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

maeka Re:OPEC to subsidize its demise? (385 comments)

This.

The subsidies for fossil fuels by first-world western nations (and China) (those in a position to fund green energy technologies) are a small percentage of the total. Most fossil fuel subsidies are done by oil producing nations as a form of population pacification. The idea that these funds are available for redirection is ludicrous.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

maeka Re:It's Intended (137 comments)

ty

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

maeka Re:It's Intended (137 comments)

in some cases they're no better than gambling (ie: buy tokens to feed into this jackpot like system to win a random digital item!)

Not that I disagree with you, but what part of the gaming industry isn't preying off of exactly the same neurons as gambling? Nearly every game, be you buying the game itself, in-game purchases, or DLC, is getting its revenue almost entirely due to exploiting pleasure-seeking behavior.

about 5 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

maeka Re:How did this get modded up (187 comments)

Again, as was pointed out by someone else to (one of) you, AC, I made no assertive claims which needed a citation. I can hardly be charged with "I'm right even though I did the exact same thing." Such false equivalence is a cheap crutch.

about 5 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

maeka Re:How did this get modded up (187 comments)

I love how on Slashdot how threads frequently go, Poster A:"Well, this is true (with not citations)" Poster B: "No, that is wrong (with no citations)." Poster C: "No, B is wrong because they provide no citations (still no citations for A or C)". No one is providing concrete numbers or citations. You chew someone out for not being concrete, but then turn around and still are no concrete yourself, making vague comparisons because the word "argument" gets used in a lot of places that have no relevance to the issue. I would assume that most people who actually cared about the subject would take a quick Google search because it is a heavily researched topic.

You're not a victim of anything, as much as you wish to draw it that way.

As poster B, if you feel poster A needed held to account then do so - but two wrongs don't make a right. What Poster A needed was to be ignored. The post wasn't modded up, it was drawing no attention until you used it as a springboard for your totally offtopic ranting about taxes in general. If anything you gave it the credence you were attempting to deny it.

And despite your chest-inflating portrayal of the situation as the poor misguided bearer of light into this quagmire of no proof and faulty assumptions as to which arguments I "like", you really have no idea.

I can't help that my OT rant was modded up +2, but then again somehow so was yours. /. has become the land of easy OT karma it appears.

about 5 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

maeka Re:Only in America (187 comments)

Your bullshit would be more compelling if only more concrete.

A lot of argument already suggests the taxes are disproportionate to any impact.

A lot of argument suggests the morning after pill causes abortions. A lot of argument suggests homosexuality is a choice. A lot of argument doesn't make it so.

Are the taxes disproportionate to impact or not? Say something real.

about 5 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

maeka Re:It is safer to fly (187 comments)

I assume they only do that when behind schedule, same as the GE jet final assembly plant in Peebles, Ohio does. Truck or rail if on schedule, big honking cargo jet if behind.

about 5 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

maeka Re:aha! infinite repeating sound required for Nyqu (217 comments)

Now it suddenly makes sense to me, I "get it". Infinite samples of a repeating function will create a unique pattern.

You're getting closer.

You seem to be forgetting that the signal is bandpassed before encoding. Thus any frequency below the Nyquest limit maps to a unique pattern.

A sound recording of duration 1/R second will generate one sample. The value of that single sample tells us virtually nothing about the sound.

Obviously,
For that signal has a period twice the lowpass frequency.

Since real-life sounds are not infinitely long repetitions, samples of real sounds can be pretty good approximations, only.

But you know what? The ear can't distinguish those either. What does a sub-cycle-length 21 Khz tone sound like?

It doesn't sounds like a continuous 21 Khz tone.

Such signals, in the context of hearing exist only in theory.

about 9 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

maeka Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

There is an increasingly large number of devices (just about every lower power device of the last 5-7 years) which will play h.264 and not divx. Since the era of the iPod 5th gen ("iPod Video") the trend has been for h.264 hardware decoders paired to relatively weak CPUs.

about 9 months ago

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