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Poor Sleep Prevents Brain From Storing Memories

xTantrum Or maybe it's the inverse... (180 comments)

...maybe it's that our brain deteriorates as we age and thus memories are not stored as effectively. Same thing goes for the 'celia' in our ears, we start losing them from birth, plain and simple.

about a year and a half ago

GCC Switches From C to C++

xTantrum Re:Next steps (406 comments)

I'm a hot chick at college studying computer science using Python. insensitive clod!

about 2 years ago

CERN: Neutrinos Respect Cosmic Speed Limit

xTantrum The S in scientist stands for... (96 comments)

...sheeple...too bad it didn't start with a P. smh. It was a sad day when I learned that for all their training to think logically and to seek out truth...Scientist were just like everyone else. They want to stay in line, they don't want to buck trend...god forbid someone proves the great god Einstein wrong. That would be blasphemous! I'm not saying neutrinos don't follow the cosmic speed limit, I'm just asking: would any of them have the balls to step up and claim it? Every day that passes I lose more respect for my fellow natural philosophers. every day.
Yes, I'll be modded down, yes some will think this is flamebait but the next generation wont.

more than 2 years ago

Pollution From Asia Affects US Climate

xTantrum The Fish Bowl Effect... (209 comments)

This isn't news. There is already strong evidence indicating that circa 1970's/80's US pollution played a key part - if not the cause of - the 1980's Ethiopian Famine. I think people forget that we live in a fish bowl. Excuse the expression but what I shit you eat...and vice versa.

more than 2 years ago

Kim Dotcom Alleges Studios Wanted to Work With Megaupload

xTantrum NDA Much..? (139 comments)

Maybe dotcom was approached by studios...maybe he wasn't. What I do find hard to believe though is that these studio execs - if they did contact megaupload - didn't have a standard Non-Disclosure agreement between them before they started talking. This would prevent Kim from talking about this stuff or sharing it with anyone else. Find that very hard to believe...

more than 2 years ago

Science and Engineering Workforce Has Stalled In the US

xTantrum Re:reasons are very clear (433 comments)

Haha dude, u live here she lives there? Smh. Dude, u don't have a girlfriend.

more than 2 years ago

Interrupted Sleep Might Be the Best Kind

xTantrum Right Tune...wrong lyrics... (277 comments)

I think Ekirch's research is obviously correct but his conclusions might be a little off. it's well known already people tend to lose productivity during the afternoon in the modern day workplace. This is why the Europeans have their siesta . Prior to the industrial era and the advent of lighting yes, we may have had our circadian clocks synced to this pattern prof. Ekirch talks about. However, it is Post-Industrial now, many countries around the world have constant non natural light and many individuals work around the clock and have varying shifts. As a result, the need for sleep - or "power naps" - hasn't changed, our clocks have just synced to a different schedule. Where you are in the world and the personal schedule you have will determine the optional time for that cat nap needed to recharge.
Again, it's not that we don't need to "sleep" twice in a day, more than likely we do. there is evidence that points to its benefits, however as we are finding out with medicine today, it would be and should be tailored to the individual and their schedule.

more than 2 years ago

NASA To Drastically Cut Mars Mission Funding

xTantrum Re:This is why we need China.... (191 comments)

Only time will tell my fellow canuck. The recent census put us at 33.5 million but give us a few more years and increase in population. Our politicians btw are just as corrupt as the states and civil liberties erroding just as fast. U can keep your face in that beer and ignore the reality of the situation: canada is just as bad as the states, with as much ambition. We march lockstep with them, for now though we're content to let them be the bad guys while we work on our own nefarious goals. Just ask Harper :)

more than 2 years ago

NASA To Drastically Cut Mars Mission Funding

xTantrum This is why we need China.... (191 comments)

With China rising and everything that comes with it, the U.S and Canada will realize they'll have to step up in order to maintain or become world super powers. The same rule applies here as it does in business. Competition is good for everyone.

more than 2 years ago

If You're Fat, Broke, and Smoking, Blame Language

xTantrum I'd love to see some numbers on this... (297 comments)

but it's still interesting. FTFA

while English and Greek speakers are statistically poorer and in worse health than Germans.

Greece is in serious financial trouble and Quebec (primarily french) is going the same way and has been called the Greece of Canada.....interesting....and of course Germany is a economic powerhouse of the EU.

more than 2 years ago

Faster-Than-Fast Fourier Transform

xTantrum Imagine we lived.... (271 comments) a world where mathematicians patented their Ideas and when after violators with a vengeance.

more than 2 years ago

2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C

xTantrum Re:Objective-C growth (356 comments)

Of course, if you don't take the Tiobe rankings seriously [], than all of this is moot, but I guess it's something to talk about on a Friday.

It's so funny to see so many taking the Tiobe index as an actual indication of a language's true popularity. I remember a few years back as a noob, when the site was still around. I used Tiobe to show just how popular C was... circa 2002 - and I was laughed off the board. One senior member just systematically tore me a new one and why Tiobe was a crock of ish....sigh. sure wish that site was still around. :/

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments

xTantrum Re:Manan Kakkar could be less of an idiot (582 comments)

I think it highlights the importance of a common labelling for software in the same way that other consumer products have. In the past I thought it was important to have software labelled for "phones home", "displays adverts", "closed source", now this would require "has government mandated backdoors".

Yes, but you're still trusting the goverment to do this and the point that should be seen here is we can no longer depend on elected officials to look out for the people. All this simply reaffirms is what Richard Stallman has been preaching for awhile now. It is up to the people to educate themselves and take the proper precautions. Of course the 99% won't and cannot and thus this is the reason we will soon see an event like Arab Spring spreading to the west. Sounds a bit crazy but the revolution will be here...soon.

more than 2 years ago

Free Software Activists Take On Google Search

xTantrum Got to get off my lazy butt... (254 comments)

...and start coding my ideas. First itunes, then fb and now p2p search. Just goes to show ideas are a dime a dozen its just who implements it first. Can't wait to see how this turns out though. P2P is really how the internet should be structured as much as possible.

more than 2 years ago

New Version of PROTECT IP Bill May Target Legal Sites

xTantrum Re:Good (115 comments)

Its funny. My knee jerk reaction to this is that like the bedroom, the goverment has no right on the internet. However that might not be entirely right....maybe....still thinking.

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Levitation

xTantrum Re:I don't think this is new? (133 comments)

It isn't. Old Tech with a new name and twist. This all has to do not necessarily with the quantum properties, but more to do with matter being super cooled . For some reason matter behaves differently as it approaches absolute zero. This is similiar to the Bose-Einstein condensate and the Meissner effect as linked above.

although it is practical in the lab and in theory, there are still problems that occur when scaling it up. Like how to keep the track cooled for example. Its still a ways off.

more than 2 years ago

Making Sensitive Data Location Aware

xTantrum Re:Ah, I understand now... (69 comments)

I'm not sure but I think this may be at the kernal level. Still Android is just a modified nix platform so for most /. Users probably easily circumvented. On another note the article didnt really say much but I love the shameless school plug and marketing in the last TWO paragraphs.

more than 2 years ago

CMU Researchers Create Multitouch Surface Anywhere

xTantrum Re:Bulky (81 comments)

god yes and geeky. It's like a retainer for your shoulders.

more than 2 years ago

Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

xTantrum The guy who supplies the guy who supplies the... (725 comments)

,,.guy who supplies you. Not many will mourn you Dennis but know that to your true family and countless friends, you will always be remembered. We love you very much and thank you even more for what you gave the world. Sleep well my friend.

more than 2 years ago



10 PC Myths From Movies and Television

xTantrum xTantrum writes  |  about 3 years ago

xTantrum writes "For over half a century, Hollywood has been making computers do whatever they damn well please. Routinely featured on television and in movies, supercomputers, desktop rigs, and laptops are all too often granted near-magical capabilities. Deceit! a href="For over half a century, Hollywood has been making computers do whatever they damn well please. Routinely featured on television and in movies, supercomputers, desktop rigs, and laptops are all too often granted near-magical capabilities. Deceit! Here are the top ten lies Hollywood tells about computers, for your amusement and scorn.Here are the top ten lies Hollywood tells about computers, for your amusement and scorn."
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Why we'll all soon forget about Google's Android

xTantrum xTantrum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xTantrum writes "Around the globe Android is barely a blip on the radar. And that's unlikely to change. Instead, expect Android to remain the latest in a long list of Google curiosities introduced amid great fanfare, only to quietly fade into the background."
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Robotic suit for rent in Japan

xTantrum xTantrum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xTantrum (919048) writes "A robotic suit that reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems will be available to rent in Japan for $2,200 a month starting Friday — an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly."

Test your broadband speed

xTantrum xTantrum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

xTantrum (919048) writes "BBC has a webpage to test how fast your internet connection is! In light of the DPI news recently on slashdot and such i thought it would be fun to submit here. Mind you they do caution that the speed can vary based on location,time and even weather."
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