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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

omnichad Re: Helps explain a few things ... (207 comments)

What's the survival advantage of better than 20/20 vision? "Good enough" is really as far as natural selection can go.

yesterday
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

omnichad Re:Helps explain a few things ... (207 comments)

The local maxima for specific traits don't continue to "level up". 20/20 vision is about the best we're going to evolve (with a few minor outliers), because there's no genetic advantage to having better.

yesterday
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

omnichad Re:DNA? (207 comments)

Life is a fatal condition. Putting arbitrary value on specific lifespans that you deem acceptable aren't as eugenic as you believe.

yesterday
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

omnichad Re:Then I guess you could say... (207 comments)

Probably pattern recognition. If innocuous background noise is perceived to be intelligent data, the brain amplifies it (isolates / focuses) rather than filtering it out. It's possible that the voices go away in complete sensory deprivation.

On the other hand, some studies show people born deaf also have language hallucinations - in sign language or lip movement.

yesterday
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

omnichad Re:Then I guess you could say... (207 comments)

I have a feeling that part of what afflicts people like you is a superior ability of pattern recognition. Unfortunately, that means you can "hear things" in the background noise of the world and they are recognized as voices and words.

I would assume that it's closely related to genetic advantages that would allow you to learn people's faces more easily.

yesterday
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

omnichad Re:The device is not "yours," per se (602 comments)

iTunes does not require iOS. It also runs as a client on Windows.

2 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

omnichad Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (602 comments)

Many people have already purchased all the pre-1999 music they want

And many of those people think nothing good has been recorded since.

2 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

omnichad Re:First world problems. (602 comments)

You can throw the bag of crap away. The album is tied to your account forever.

2 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

omnichad Re:911 was down for us Friday night (602 comments)

Are you saying the dispatch computers not only have iTunes set up, but are also tied to personal iTunes accounts? I'll leave the full hard drive problem for someone else. But if 911 is really that important, then these computers should not be messed with - by the users either.

2 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

omnichad Re:Water Retention? (291 comments)

I don't pay regular price. Tyson sells at Aldi for $0.69 now and then for a whole chicken.

4 days ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

omnichad Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (79 comments)

Continuous weather is low-motion, low-bandwidth- and usually SD. The main subchannel still has plenty of bandwidth left in that case.

Are stations really still airing SD on a subchannel?

4 days ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

omnichad Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (79 comments)

Of course its' worse. The cable companies get their feed from an antenna. So they recompress that rather than the original source.

4 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

omnichad Re:Water Retention? (291 comments)

I can guarantee you not everyone has that option. I can buy a whole chicken at the store for $0.69/lb. now and then, but if I tried to go somewhere else, the price starts at $5/lb. I don't know how that's slightly higher.

5 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

omnichad Re:Eat real foods, mostly veg, not too much (291 comments)

Could you conceive that conception has more than one meaning? What they said was an Eggcorn, but a logically correct one.

5 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

omnichad Re:Water Retention? (291 comments)

Fresh meat, veggies, fruits, and grains have zero added salt

Not true. Have you ever tried to buy poultry that wasn't injected with salt solution? Only the premium, expensive stuff comes in that option. Salt makes the meat take on more water, so it weighs more (and costs more).

5 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

omnichad Re:CDC guilty of correlation == causation (291 comments)

Which does not mean that salt *causes* blood pressure to increase.

Technically, salt increases osmotic pressure and definitely causes blood pressure to increase. The only thing in question is whether dietary sodium directly affects blood salt levels and to what extent. Not the same thing

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5 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

omnichad Re:Scotch tape (404 comments)

It's their own fault for lowercasing the first letter.

5 days ago
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Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light

omnichad Re:Sounds familiar (129 comments)

How do photons restrained by force fields make it to someone's eye?

5 days ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

omnichad Re:Complex? (198 comments)

It's more like the system was likely so badly put together that the data wasn't relational or optimized in almost any way. Not to say that NoSQL isn't a mess for this situation, but I can hardly imagine it was much less of a mess before.

about a week ago

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Huge Twitter Campaign against Outlook '10 renderer

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "The Email Standards Project just launched a massive Twitter campaign, begging Microsoft not to use the Word rendering engine in Outlook 2010. As it stands, Word 2010 will continue the tradition of painful HTML email design for those of us who create HTML emails for a living. Another several years of tables and almost no CSS support."
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Is "Card On File" Even Allowed Under PCI D

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "I am working on a new payment system for my employer. We would like to allow the customer to keep the "Card on File" for future service. How can we make charges against the card on file if the PCI DSS Standard explicitly forbids storing the CVV or CVV2 codes from the card?

How is it that GoDaddy, Amazon, iTunes, Paypal and all the rest are able to do this? Are they violating the PCI specification? Or is there another way of processing a transaction without the CVV codes? Dish Network kept my card on file so that they could charge my cancellation fee directly to my credit card. Note that I'm not just talking about recurring billing as a monthly fee — although that would also fit under the same umbrella."

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