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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

nonsequitor Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

Let's be clear that Tizen is actually the child of Nokia's and Intel's Linux-based OS that was known as Meego, which owed much of its existence to Nokia's Maemo Linux platform and Intel's Moblin. That's a lot of history, and Samsung has added more and more. Half-baked? What a bizarre term.

I think it refers to the fact they must have been high to think it's a good idea.

about two weeks ago
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Deep-Frying Graphene Microspheres For Energy Storage

nonsequitor Should have been obvious (49 comments)

I mean, look at the energy density of an Arancini.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

nonsequitor Re:Does not contradict (273 comments)

Not aging as a whole, but the effect of the telemeres on aging was reversed in mice with premature aging diseases. Telomerase can reverse the shortening of the telemeres, that's what the enzyme does, just like DNA transcriptase pops off a bit of the telemere each time it copies it. It does not stop or reset aging, but combined with other therapies may be part of a treatment which does.

The telemeres themselves are only one component, in a very complex system, but it's not an intractible problem like you seem to be suggesting. If it were a real limiting factor, how is it that babies are born bioliogically younger than their parents? I'm not being flippant, seriously think about it. It's obvious people can make a new life, which starts as a bunch of pluripotent stem cells. But how does the clock reset? What if we could "freeze" the clock right around 22 - 26 or better yet, turn it back.

It's almost certain that telomerase will be a part of the solution. I personally think it will also require us replacing our naturally occuring symbiotic bacteria in our guts and on our skin with synthetic bacteria which is engineered to function as the old, plus feed us a drug cocktail which keeps us young and protects us from foreign bacteria.

Telling someone they don't understand the material which they linked and to get back to you, is condescending and rude. Yeah, I'm a jerk for pointing it out, but I'm okay with that. But I don't like bullies, especially not nerdy ones that use their perceived intelligence as a bludgeon in discussions, since they scare the women out of STEM, so stop it. If you don't want to sound like a bully or a jerk, don't tell people RTFA and come back when you get a clue, actually write out why you disagree.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

nonsequitor Re:Ref:Telomerase (273 comments)

What about this article in Nature which directly contradicts your snide presumption?
http://www.nature.com/news/201...

Given how we don't really understand if coffee and eggs are good or bad for us, and every month it seems to switch, it seems more than a little arrogant to condescend to someone who is basing their opinion on alternate though legitimate scientific theory.

Also, considering your GP post about telemeres, he was just asserting that the reduction of the telemere by DNA transcriptase can be reversed using mechanisms which already exist in our body. If you meant something different, you should have written it in your post, rather than let people guess the obvious implication.

So stop posting like an asshole, no one really KNOWS anything for sure about what will or will not stop or reverse aging, so stop acting like you do.
OR
Enlighten us and share your knowledge rather than beating us up with it. Since I am not a microbiologist, I can't rip apart the article from Nature I posted, but you surely must know what they got wrong given the confidence with which you derided that same information as being misunderstood when Wikipedia was linked.

about two weeks ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

nonsequitor Re:Bicycles and Jets (372 comments)

If I had mod points, I'd mod you up some more.

Any new safety critical code has to be developed with "State of the Art" techniques, which now means using a variety of fancy tools for job & bug tracking, requirements and V&V (the requirements shall be written the same way we decided 20+ years ago), design IDE (UML from the 90's), coding IDE (emacs anyone? probably not at work), static analysis for complexity metrics, coverage tools for decision and structural coverage, source control, etc. These tools then get scripted to cross reference everything. And that's just for the software portion.

At system level, you have to perform a hazard & risk analysis to determine what the potential for harm is from hazards that may be encountered during operation. If you were writing software for radiation therapy machine like the THERAC 25, you would have to identify risks, like exposure to high dose of radiation and the severity of harm, in this case potentially lethal radiation poisoning. This determines you safety integrity level, and amount of process which must be applied, in avionics it's the difference between DO-178B Levels A - E (A = plane falls from sky, E = no risk to critical systems), in automotive it's the safety integrity level SIL 0 - 3. Then you would have to define safe operation, like maximum plausible therapeutic dosage. Then from a functional perspective you would identify critical signals from sensors, data buses which carry data that feed the algorithms which control the X Ray Beam intensity and activation. It will also mandate various software integrity tasks for each component like cyclic CPU core tests, program flow control monitoring, cyclic RAM and ROM tests, stack monitoring or analysis, and trace-ability of requirements to design to code to tests, and level of independence between coders and testers. For a SIL 3 component like an electronic steering wheel, where a malfunction in steering control at highway speeds can cause multiple fatal accidents, an independent organization would be required to develop and implement the test plan based on the requirements.

Managing the development of software by teams of individuals requires much more documentation and meetings than working as a lone coder and a process in which only 10% or less of the work is actually coding, that means enough documentation for new team members so they don't have to bug the productive team members and having a work culture that strives towards excellence in ensuring mundane details like a decimal point don't kill someone. If you want to write software that does cool stuff like control the maneuvering thrusters on the SpaceX Falcon 9R for a soft ground landing, then you and maybe dozens of other people have to make sure all those mundane details are right when its the difference between landing softly at the spaceport and crashing into a major metropolitan area and exploding (or so I assume, considering I do not and have never worked for Space X). If you undertake a project like this and fail to do your due diligence and are negligent in carrying out these tasks and people die, you or your manager might easily end up in jail or your company could be fined Billions in damages like what happened to Toyota.

about 6 months ago
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Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

nonsequitor Performance vs Closed source driver? (143 comments)

Kudos to the Nouveau team for reaching this exciting milestone!

If they tested side by side with the closed source driver from Nvidia, where does this put them in terms of performance?

How long until an average user will chose the nouveau driver over the closed source driver, if said user doesn't care about licensing or building from source, but is looking for out of the box performance? Where does that put them in comparison with the Nvidia driver on Windows?

Personally, this project is not very relevant to me since I have no qualms about using the closed source driver which is good enough for my purposes, but I'm not a gamer. I really hope someone like Valve is sponsoring this development because it sounds like a lot of tedious, hard work to be doing pro bono.

about 7 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

nonsequitor Re:A boon for Parallel Construction (461 comments)

I think this is exactly what is happening when a criminal "butt dials" 911 or the sheriff who hears them discuss their plans in their entirety. I think that there must be some system in place that flags the phone user to the NSA, who when listening to their activated mic after hacking their phone, connects them to 911 automatically when they determine an active crime is being discussed. Or as in this case, the NSA calls the DEA who execute some parallel construction when they think the package is in transit.

Pre-Snowden this would be called a conspiracy theory, now it actually sounds fairly reasonable.

about 9 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

It's more than just that, a lot of the keys are a different shape too. I still get lots of #'s when going for enter even after 9 months here. Gotta train new muscle memory. Fortunately, learning the QWERTZ layout hasn't degraded my ability to type on a QWERTY keyboard in the slightest.

1 year,20 days
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

I replaced it with a Samsung Galaxy S which is now running CyanogenMod, no regrets here.

1 year,20 days
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

You're comparing 20+ year old hardware not being able to run the latest software, to 2 year old hardware not being able to run the latest software and I'm the idiot? I was late to buy the iPhone 3G, does that mean it's okay for Apple to stop providing updates less than 18 months later??

1 year,20 days
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

My late 2006 2nd generation intel Macbook Pro cannot be upgraded to Mavericks. I'm not making this up just to spite the Apple fanboys, I got an error message when I was attempting the upgrade. That's hardly leaping to conclusions..
And the iPhone 3G hardly runs iOS 4, since it causes the phone which worked fine before the update to drop 1 in 5 calls. And it certainly cannot be upgraded beyond that point meaning it does not receive anymore security updates.

In short, I would have to be a fool to continue using my iPhone 3G for anything important like online banking. And by extension, I would be a fool to buy more Apple products given their propensity to force users to buy newer hardware if they want to be able to receive security patches.

1 year,20 days
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

When was the last time iOS 4 recieved a security update? Additionally, if you actually had an iPhone 3G you would know that upgrading to iOS 4 basically rendered it useless even though it was technically possible.

1 year,20 days
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

I needed to buy a laptop with a German keyboard since I now work in Germany and need practice with the new layout (it's more than just Z & Y reversed if you code for a living). Switching to Windows 7 is what I did with that laptop but that's not what the article is about. It's about updating OS X, not Windows, who's trolling now?

By the time I realized iOS 4 had borked my phone, CyanogenMod was an option for Android.

It's not about more "Software Updates", it's about adequate security for devices I use for online banking.

1 year,20 days
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

Only for a very limited definition of run. I had dropped calls increase to about 1 in 5 and the software made the phone run sluggish. It cannot be upgraded beyond that and upgrading to that point is a mistake if you actually like to use your phone.

You are all calling me a troll, but I don't like being extorted into hardware upgrades due to lack of continued support for older hardware.

1 year,20 days
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

When my iPhone 3G could not be upgraded to iOS4, I switched to andriod for security concerns.
Then my 2 generation intel Macbook Pro was too old to upgrade to Mavericks, so I bought a Lenovo.
I'm seeing a pattern here. I will not buy Apple anymore as a result of their withholding security updates from older and perfectly functional hardware. My response is not to buy a newer model, but to switch away from Apple products.
I initially switched to Apple because I liked their hardware and as a developer I wanted to experience a variety of OS's. Seeing how they abandon products only a few years old has left a sour taste in my mouth, I'm done buying Apple products, I've learned my lesson.

1 year,20 days
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Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

nonsequitor Re: In other Breaking News... (159 comments)

What article did you read? The article linked in the summary says physical access to the CAN network was required for this hack. They said other researchers had hacked the car over Bluetooth, but not the researchers in the article.

about a year ago
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Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

nonsequitor In other Breaking News... (159 comments)

In other breaking news, cutting the brake lines of cars can prevent them from operating correctly. Somebody issue a recall, quick!

This is not news, a CAN bus is viewed by the industry in the same way as analog wiring in the car, physically vulnerable. It's an issue when the side view mirror actuators are on the CAN bus, and thieves can open the door and start the engine with this technique. However, this research is stating the obvious for anyone in the know. Next thing you know, one of these researchers will find a copy of the J1939 protocol standard used by the automotive industry and discover what the CAN messages mean without fuzzing the problem space.

If someone found an On Star exploit that allowed a hacker to remotely accomplish these things on the CAN bus, then it would be news, this is not.

about a year ago
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LulzSec's Raynaldo Rivera, a.k.a. 'neuron,' Gets One-Year Prison Term

nonsequitor Re:$600,000 (105 comments)

Unlike student loans, this debt can be cancelled out by declaring bankruptcy. He will lose everything he has first though, assuming he doesn't have assets valued at $600k

about a year and a half ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

nonsequitor Re:WA - voted by mail 2 weeks ago (821 comments)

I voted 2 weeks ago as well. I hear WA is expected to have a voter turnout exceeding 85%. I hope other states adopt this approach, it is certainly the most democratic and fair approach to elections I've seen so far, since every voter has weeks to go through the literature sent about all the candidates. And no one has to skip work to vote, so it doesn't disenfranchise the poor.

There's still the option of going to an actual polling place, like I did 4 years when voting for president, but I much prefer voting by mail.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration?

nonsequitor Re:why are the options close together? (398 comments)

Why use a touch screen at all? They should have just made the screens have bezel keys along the sides like an ATM.

more than 2 years ago

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