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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

turing_m Re:The biggest news was left out (54 comments)

Intelligence is largely similar between all humans: we don't have actual boundaries.

You do know what a bell curve is? Sure, most people tend towards a mean but the difference between either end is immense, with very real implications. It separates hedge fund managers from janitors. Different races and ethnicities also tend towards different means. Half a century of trying to eliminate "the gap" between blacks and whites (about a standard deviation in IQ) has been a dismal failure. Billions of dollars has been thrown at this money pit with nothing to show for it. We will see commercial fusion reactors, strong AI, heck, even mass-market-popular commercial flying cars before the gap has been eliminated.

IQ tests follow a sliding scale such that Einstein was kind of dumb and we've repeatedly revamped the Culture Fair and changed the baselines for the Wechsler.

I am definitely on the right side of the bell curve, I was born a lot later than Einstein, and modern physics is still one of the hardest subjects I've taken, if not the hardest. I call BS on this one. If Einstein did not so great on an IQ test, it says more about the particular IQ test than Einstein's IQ. I suspect that there were questions on the IQ test where Einstein was right and the IQ test was wrong, and/or the IQ test was only calibrated to be accurate near the mean and not where Einstein's IQ was. You can take a hundred cram school attendees who have managed to ace the SAT through sheer bloody-mindedness and still not get the intellectual output of one Einstein.

Attaching sounds, smells, and actions makes a more vivid, accessible, memorable image; and complex techniques and systems such as linking, story forming, and mind palaces further aid in recall by providing indexing or association.

I know the technique of mind palaces and find them utterly unwieldy. Why use a mind palace to remember a fact when you can just write it down or google it?

3 hours ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

turing_m Re:Why not buy assembled? (391 comments)

Why? Because I'm particular about what I want. It should be very reliable, low idle power (as it will be mostly idle), relatively performant, practically silent, easy to clean (e.g. positive pressure with filters on the inlets) and good value. If you want all that, there's no substitute for researching each component and how it fits with the others. It's nice having a system that is better (for me) than anything off the shelf. Often reliability, low power, and practically silent go together. SPCR (Silent PC Review) is my reference for case, PSU, heatsink and fans. Anandtech and others are references for performance and power consumption. A question you will need to ask is, what do I need the performance for? It depends on what you do.

Usually, I find that the best components are a rung or two down from the highest performing part (e.g. GPU or CPU). Something that has ~85% of the performance for a very low idle power, is the best choice. These will be much easier to cool effectively and relatively silently.

At the cost of spending a few days researching, I've got a machine I can live with for years and does not bug me, that will last a long time because it runs cool and has proven reliable parts, and performs well enough while being inexpensive to run. I've found the Antec P-18x series and successors to be the best cases for silence, cooling and filtration, the Seasonic X series PSU the best combination of reliability, silence and efficiency, the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus series to be a heatsink offering really good silence and cooling at a great price. After that it's a matter of reading newegg reviews and such to judge reliability of components and other factors. I usually go with AMD because they usually offer better value at a given performance point.

about 4 months ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

turing_m Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Meh. Gun ownership is an extraneous factor as far as violence is concerned. If you want to see the primary factor, it's right on this page. Check out the sub-region section. Certain peoples have (much) greater proclivities to kill than others. Wherever people end up, they tend to exhibit similar homicide rates as a group to others of their same racio-ethnic group. This has all sorts of implications, like where you want to have your kids go to school, how you lower the crime rates if you are running a city or country, etc.

This hate fact will turn a lot of people purple with rage. But just keep telling yourself it's all culture, that no matter into what larger culture people are transplanted into, their behavior is similar, it can't possibly be genetic in basis. And yet whatever the cause is, this phenomenon is certainly predictive. For others this little factoid is hopefully enlightening. Have a nice day.

about 5 months ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

turing_m Re:Tablets (386 comments)

Tablets are wonderful little machines for two sorts of people. First, those who aren't heavy computer computer users; the grandmothers of the world who check their email once a day. The tiny screen and on-board keyboard are no major inconvenience because they don't use either enough for it to become a significant problem. The small form factor means the tablet is easy to tuck away when not in use (unlike the big bulky computer which dominates whatever corner it sits in) and its uncomplicated OS makes it easy to use. The other group are people who want it solely for media consumption, whether that takes the form of watching a movie, listening to music, reading articles on the web or playing uncomplicated games. Some of this latter group will also have a proper computer and use the tablet as a supplementary device.

The right tablet is also a wonderful little machine for a businessman, especially a business traveller. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is roughly the size of an A4 sheet of paper. It has displaced my notebooks. If anyone is still using a daily planner, it can displace those too. I now do the vast bulk of my writing with a stylus. I will be able to keep all my notes on the tablet (with optional external backup) for the rest of my career, instead of having just the last month or two and nothing beyond that. So that's awesome right there. For anyone who takes handwritten notes on paper, this is potentially a killer app.

If I travel I can connect to the company servers, I don't have to use apps locally. I can email, which is one of the main uses. If I really need to do something in an office suite locally, I can use the openoffice port for Android. I can get a local microSIM so that between the Note Pro and my phone, I've got internet. And for travelling, I can put the bulk of my documents on the Note Pro, which makes it really convenient to travel with hand luggage only because my IT and document needs are contained within a small, flat volume well within a kilogram of mass. All I need to charge it are the USB cords and a dual USB charger that handles the 2.1A for both ports, for phone and tablet.

So you can see that there are several points where the Note Pro is more useful than the Surface Pro 2. Bigger surface that is closer to proper notebook size, no special charger required, you can use one of those portable USB batteries for your phone and your tablet. MicroSIM for internet. Somewhat longer battery life. Android Play Store. Many of the professional reviews completely miss the point of the Note Pro and say that it is too large and costly, despite the fact that it can do most/all of the relevant tasks of laptops, has similar screen size, and is thinner and lighter than any of them, while being less expensive.

Samsung, if you are reading this, you need to improve your clunky access to S-notes. I ought to be able to read the full titles to the notes, with a date and a title, without truncating the end. The default title with the date also should optionally be year-month-day order, e.g. 20140424-note_title, so that I can sort/browse the list of note files in chronological order. And also, I want to devote a whole desktop to just notes, so that I can quickly search through them. Rather than the measly quarter window that is all that you allow me to dedicate to the task. And this note browser should allow some sort of detail/list view rather than the myopic large icon view that is the default.

Another thing that ought to be available is the ability to convert the handwritten notes into a text stream for searching. Shouldn't be that hard considering that the order the stylus strokes were laid down is probably recorded. It won't be 100% of course but would still probably be useful enough for search.

about 7 months ago

Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

turing_m Re:We already tried "Hug and Release" (752 comments)

It is testament to the naivety and stupidity of some people on here that your comment is modded 1 and the one above you is modded +5 insightful, which is wrong for all sorts of reasons, including the one that you state. Most importantly, ethnic/racial background is vastly different between Sweden and the USA, and that is the number one factor in crime rates around the world. Just take a look at a map of homicide rates around the globe. Take a look at rates of homicide within the USA. I guess the crime rate in Detroit is because of the schools or something.

Just repeat after me, "people are fungible", "people are fungible", "people are fungible", and all your dreams will come true. That dumb kid you knew in the first grade - his problem was that the teachers just would never try hard enough. He could have been Don Knuth if only his parents gave him the Tiger Mother treatment. Ted Bundy - with a well enough designed re-education camp ("Murders are bad, mmmmkay?"), would have been a great contributor to society.

1 year,8 days

EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

turing_m Re:Not that big of a deal... (1143 comments)

I'm generally conservative, but if there are other conservatives who are up in arms about this, it's because they are stupid. The fact is that more efficient and cleaner burning stoves exist right now, they are not prohibitively expensive, and they will pay for themselves over time anyway.

If it's about being selfish, better my kids and I don't have asthma than someone else has to fork out some money for a new stove that will work out better for them anyway. On this issue, if stupid inefficient wood burning types want to form an armed revolution about it, be my guest. I hope the revolution gets put down as brutally as possible. Think Tianamen square or Waco.

1 year,10 days

EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

turing_m Re:Which company bought this 'new' rule? (1143 comments)

Obviously you've never lived in a place where everyone has a wood stove and your kids get asthma. I guess the 1960s rules for car emissions were bought by the tram companies?

1 year,10 days

EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

turing_m Re: Good (1143 comments)

Actually, no they won't. What they don't tell you is that a RMH will only heat the (small) room it is in, and things in close proximity.

I've done the math on rocket mass heaters and there is not enough energy in the amount of wood they claim to burn and heat a whole house the way they claim to. There is only so much energy in wood, a RMH is not a Mister Fusion. If a RMH is heating a whole house it is because they have managed to insulate the whole house very well. The key then is in the insulation, not in the form of heating.

The fact is, commercial wood stoves like the Burley range (and I don't work for Burley, but I've looked at what I would buy if I was going to buy a wood stove) heat at ~90% efficiency, burn very cleanly, and are inexpensive to buy. There is only one stove I know of that has a higher efficiency, but is many times the price.

1 year,10 days

Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

turing_m Re:no surprise there (264 comments)

Not only are the games cheap, there is no compromise on idle power draw. Your system can be silent and cheap to run when it's not doing work, while having enough power to game or do whatever you want in the duty cycle. It is a great time to upgrade either CPU or GPU.

about 2 years ago

Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

turing_m Re:Older = how old? (264 comments)

After five years, it's really not that expensive to upgrade a lot of stuff if your mobo was cutting edge at the time you bought it. Memory is now cheap and very useful - no slowdowns with lots of tabs and VMs open. A new CPU is probably 4 times faster than your old one, and also inexpensive. It won't be top of the line, but it may hold its own with a mid-range solution. And you've probably already bought an SSD for a boot drive because it was stupid not to.

At that point, for half the price of a new PC (as you haven't upgraded case, PSU, mobo or heat sink) you've just made yourself a non-upgradable, but respectable mid-range computer that will last another 5 years or longer depending on duty. Even your GPU is not wasted, because if you want to make a new machine you can just put your old GPU back in it and migrate the new GPU to the new PC.

about 2 years ago

Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

turing_m Re:Also depends on the game (264 comments)

Some games hit the CPU much heavier these days than they used to. Many games really don't perform well if they aren't given multi-core CPUs with reasonable speed.

One thing to bear in mind with gaming benchmarks - they are performed running just the game, to keep everything else equal. In real world use it's nice to have the flexibility not to have to close down your browser and other applications, especially if you aren't the only user logged into the system. For that reason, you want more cores than you need just for the game. Maybe a quad core if you want dual core performance, or hex core if you want quad. And given how games have adapted to using multiple cores, it would pay to get more cores than you need if you are going to futureproof.

about 2 years ago

DARPA's Headless Robotic Mule Takes Load Off Warfighters

turing_m Re:M.U.L.E. (210 comments)

You don't want the DONKEY. You want an advanced recon model, the one that pairs Data Acquisition Technology with the Autonomous Sumpter System. Included of course are HUD sunglasses.

about 2 years ago

NASA Gets Two Military Spy Telescopes For Astronomy

turing_m Re:I spy with my little eye in the sky. (237 comments)

I'd rather not look this gift horse in the mouth. (Though in Soviet Russia, gift horse looks you in mouth.)

more than 2 years ago

Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

turing_m Re:God's experiment in free will (1226 comments)

Who is doing this explaining of morals in the absence of the church? I don't see a lot of this going on. I see a generation of youth who get whatever morality they have from the media they consume, living with one parent who is working hard to pay the bills and glad to hand their children over to the media babysitter. If that media glamorizes crime, violence and evil (because selling that is profitable), then that is what they often decide to do. After all, if there is no real meaning of life, why not do what you enjoy (even if it means making the lives of others hell)?

BTW I'm atheist, not Christian - but I see where society is headed and I don't like it.

more than 2 years ago

350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

turing_m Re:I don't think it's by design (414 comments)

One additional comment - at the younger levels, you do not need a genius to teach a genius, provided that the teacher is smart enough to recognize a smart child and teach to his level. At higher levels this is certainly true though, whether that genius is present in person or as an author of a work (book, web page, video, game), the child learning autodidactically. Also, being able to break a given problem or skill down into all the component skills necessary to solve that problem, and teaching them in order - that in itself requires above average intelligence. Much more than is probably thought.

more than 2 years ago

350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

turing_m I don't think it's by design (414 comments)

I'm honestly not sure that the system is actually designed to discourage this (though it certainly feels like it). It's just an unintended consequence of the relatively low IQ levels of the teachers and administrators who design such systems, and the teachers who are actually doing the teaching. IQ, intelligence, call it what you will - is distributed in something approximated by a bell curve. If you had the brains to be doing advanced geometry and algebra at age 8, you are very, very likely to be smarter than virtually everyone involved in designing, administering and implementing education at any given primary or secondary school. You have an IQ that is high enough to be very rare.

There are lots of sad corollaries to this fact. Firstly, there are no resources to design an education system around a student that is 1/500, 1/1000, let alone 1/10000 in terms of rarity in the population. As soon as we approach the inverse of school population, there may not even be any student in the school who is that smart.

Secondly, it takes a smart person to understand statistics, the concept of distributions and the like. Even understanding my first two paragraphs is above the head of the average person. Due to influence of PC, its component blank slatism and the like, the number of people who both can and would even want to understand IQ, bell curves and the implications of the distribution of intelligence is even less. The ramification of this is that the vast majority of people automatically assume that anything they can't understand is either wrong or crazy, and impossible for anyone else to understand. It is insulting for many people to realize that there are problems that are too difficult for them to ever solve, but that others can solve with varying amounts of difficulty (or ease). They have an in-built chip on their shoulder towards these concepts. Most people also assume that they are smart enough to figure out who is smarter than they are, despite not realizing that there is a class of problems for which they will never, ever solve or perhaps even understand the solution, and so are incapable of judging those who will solve such things.

Then you have the problem of recruiting teachers who are capable of teaching a very bright child, if that is what you want your school system to do. There aren't any. The vast majority of the very small relative number of bright people in a given country are taking advantage of the exploitation of IQ by companies. Those who aren't duped by graduate schools into pursuing graduate education with no monetary payoff are busy earning lots of money, with job security and great working conditions. Why would they want to teach a bunch of relative dullards, when the pay is not there and the working conditions are crap? They are off doing medicine, engineering, law, business and the like.

So what do you get when your average teacher does not (want to) realize that any kid in class is smarter than they are, and can do mental gymnastics that they will never, ever achieve? And does not have the resources to allocate to it? And do not have teachers capable of teaching them? You get the current education system.

If you want to give a smart kid the opportunities to learn, you must do as the parents of the boy in this article did. You must school him yourself until he hits the point where he can autodidactically learn anything he wants to, and then give him the resources to pursue that. There is no substitute for a smart, motivated parent, involved in his child's education.

more than 2 years ago

Germany Sets New Solar Power Record

turing_m Re:What nonsense units. (568 comments)

He's half right; the article is obviously referring to an analogue of acceleration. If m:distance, m/s:velocity, m/s/s:acceleration;
GWhr:energy, GW:power, GW/hr: increase in power per unit time

Those efficient Germans must be rapidly ramping up their technology. At the rate they're going, they'll be able to power their whole country (423GW on average) within 19 hours!

more than 2 years ago

Neil Armstrong Gives Rare Interview

turing_m Re:What's the problem with building self-sustainin (248 comments)

In an ideal world I would tend to agree. However, that does limit the number of people who can vote to maybe 10% of people, if that. It's a hard sell.

more than 2 years ago



Wall Hacker Counter-Hacked

turing_m turing_m writes  |  more than 4 years ago

turing_m (1030530) writes "A teenage boy boy has survived a 25cm knife lodged in his skull as a result of a dispute over his alleged use of a wall hack in Counter-Strike. The attack occurred at a net cafe in China's Jilin province. According to the boy's 18 year old friend, "When we were playing games, a group of people from the same cafe came to us, saying we must install some software to win the game. Then we had an argument with them.""
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