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Researchers May Have Discovered How Memories Are Encoded In the Brain

sunwolf Re:My mind is blown (185 comments)

This reddit comment seems to debunk the foundations of the paper. TL;DR copied below:

TL;DR The experiment has nothing to do with memory as most neuroscientists and psychologists understand it. However, it's much easier to make unsupported statements in a press release than in the peer-review process. The author of the article fell for the press release of a lab known for making outrageous statements.

more than 2 years ago

Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors

sunwolf Re:I Left Today (722 comments)

I find this attitude prevalent in many people my age - early twenties - except that instead of leaving Reddit, they talk about leaving the country. I always think it's a shame, since they are giving up any dissenting voice they may have had in the government.

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Create First Genetically Modified Monkeys

sunwolf Re:Human-chimp hybrids coming soon? (134 comments)

Considering the physiological difference between humans and chimps, I doubt their effectiveness as coaches, no matter their intelligence.

"Why don't you just grab the bar with your feet toes? Oh right, you don't have those."

about 3 years ago

Are Folding Containers the Future of Shipping?

sunwolf Alright... (188 comments)

...who's responsible for the "slashdot sent me! :D" comment?

more than 3 years ago

Persistent Home Videoconferencing Solution?

sunwolf Re:SIP Videophones? (253 comments)

I think the ideal solution for the bandwidth would be a triggered system...something that flips on the webcam only when there are actually people in the room. Maybe takes a picture every now and then on standby.

That said...I can't think of anything that does that. Might be able to use an IR sensor and AutoHotKey to turn Skype on when you pass in through the doorway and off when you go out.

more than 4 years ago

The Creativity Crisis

sunwolf Meh (571 comments)

...more worker drones for my homeschooled kids to employ :-P

more than 4 years ago

Alberta Scientists Discover Largest-Ever Cache of Dinosaur Bones

sunwolf In other news (154 comments)

...largest ever cache of dinosaur remains continues to flow from Deepwater Horizon as crude oil.

Study that, archaeologists!

more than 4 years ago

50 Years of Domesticating Foxes For Science

sunwolf So, uh... (347 comments)

Where can I buy one?

about 5 years ago

Who Installs the Most Crapware?

sunwolf PC Decrapifier (583 comments)

I'm surprised the PC Decrapfier didn't make it on their list of cleanup apps. I haven't used it in a while (haven't had the money to buy a new computer), but it has served me well in the past.

more than 5 years ago

All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month

sunwolf Re:Community college, anyone? (272 comments)

Just a quick note; in my experience, courses from The Teaching Company don't really teach as much as actual college courses. Being enrolled in a university and watching or listening to TTC lectures on the side gives me a fair basis for comparison, I feel.

They might be equivalent to 100 or 200 level courses, but the lack of interactivity is a huge handicap to learning through TTC lectures.

more than 5 years ago

Licensing Dispute Threatens Future of Skype

sunwolf Re:Oovoo (282 comments)

Oovoo is the most visually assaulting application I have had the displeasure of using in recent times.

more than 5 years ago

Med Students Get Training In Second Life Hospitals

sunwolf Re:Great for hype, not great for teaching (126 comments)

Just wait until MS releases a SL clone with Project Natal built-in. Then the simulation scene will get much more interesting.

more than 5 years ago

iPhone 3GS Finally Hacked

sunwolf Re:err, why? (376 comments)

They really are missing out on a huge demographic by banning the Kama Sutra. Imagine the utility of a touchscreen, vibrating smartphone that can display the kama sutra while it's at it.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Reviewed; Draws Praise For HTML5, Speed

sunwolf Re:Released!?!! (436 comments)

It's out if you manually check for updates too. Did they change the font rendering? Either I'm suffering from a placebo effect from my shiny new FF3.5 or everything's prettier.

more than 5 years ago

Dell's Adamo Goes After MacBook Air

sunwolf Re:But... (337 comments)

There is one - the Windows (Ultimate x64 Ed.) Tax that you will have already paid if you buy the Adamo.

That alone would stop me from buying it.

more than 5 years ago



How to best emulate Cable TV on a PC for dad?

sunwolf sunwolf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sunwolf writes "My first Ask /. comes from a dire need to cut costs. Comcast has now shifted to charging in liters of blood for its Triple Play (cable tv/internet/phone) axis of necessary evils, and I would like to move to an internet-only model. The only thing keeping me from doing so is that my dad has rarely ever touched a computer, and I would prefer the transition to be as simple as possible for him. To that end I've planned a computer that uses: the tv screen via HDMI, the Wiimote as a pointing device, and a cheap wacom tablet for input, so he doesn't need to learn to use the mouse and keyboard. Even with these improvements, though, the ease of channel surfing is, afaik, unmatched on PCs.

What is the best way to emulate this experience on a PC?"


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